PBL students Sabrina Atkins, Ashlee Koth and Tina Morrison along with two PBL advisers, Shannon Ogden and Ruth Schaa, recently attended the 2014 PBL National Leadership Conference and Competition held in Nashville, TN, where Morrison and Koth were awarded for their achievements. The conference was attended by more than 1,800 of America’s best and brightest college students representing two-year colleges as well as four-year colleges and universities.
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) is the world’s largest and oldest student business organization. Participants from across the United States and two countries attended this conference for an opportunity to sharpen their business skills, to expand their networks, and to participate in more than 55 business and career-related competitive events. The conference was sponsored by KPMG LLP, one of the big four audit, tax, and advisory services firms in the United States with 87 offices and more than 23,000 employees.
Morrison received national recognition during the opening ceremony with a $1000 scholarship presented by the National Technical Honor Society. She was also awarded ninth place in Accounting Principles during the Awards of Excellence Ceremony after competing with students from other colleges and universities by taking tests over various accounting methods.
Also during the Awards of Excellence Ceremony, Koth was awarded ninth place in Small Business Plan for her presentation about the business that she and her husband plan to expand. She highlighted the company’s competitive advantages and fielded questions from the judges who were all business leaders from around the country.
Sabrina Atkins tested in two events, Personal Finance and Retail Management. She and her husband are owners of a Snap-On Tools franchise in Northeast Arkansas and provided a donation to help with the expense of the group’s trip to the conference.
“The awards are part of a comprehensive, national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers,” explained Schaa. “In addition to the competitions, students immersed themselves in educational workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and attended motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics.”
While the students were busy with presentations and exams, the advisers were assigned coordinator roles at the conference. Ogden checked in the students for the Hospitality Management scenario event while Schaa monitored the students competing in the Business Law scenario event.
BRTC’s Student Government Association (SGA) helped to fund the majority of the costs associated with attending the conference, and members of PBL raised money through various fundraising activities including indoor yard sales and an online auction.