WILSON, N.C. – Barton College Phi Beta Lambda students were recognized with top honors at the recent 2009 Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference, and Dawn Lewin-Montoya, a recent Barton graduate from Rocky Mount, was elected Southern Region Vice President.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL), the largest and oldest student business organization, held its National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif., earlier this summer. Nine Barton students and approximately 1,775 college business students from across the United States and around the world attended this conference and the FBLA-PBL Institute for Leaders. Barton’s chapter advisers Teresa Parker and Ron Eggers accompanied the members.

Lewin-Montoya, who served as the 2008-2009 North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda State President, will represent the interests of Phi Beta Lambda members in 12 states as she serves on the National Board as an officer during the 2009-2010 year. Lewin-Montoya was North Carolina’s Who’s Who representative and also was recognized for achieving both the Executive and Presidential levels of the national Career Management and Achievement Program. Lewin-Montoya was one of only six individuals in the nation to attain the Presidential Award.

Lewin-Montoya and Andrea Alston, a junior from Rocky Mount, attended the FBLA-PBL Institute for Leaders. Alston is currently serving as the 2009-2010 North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda State Secretary/Treasurer.

Paola Marte, a recent Barton College graduate from the Dominican Republic, received a $400 National Leadership Conference Scholarship. Elaine Guthrie, a senior from Bailey, placed sixth in Client Services. The team of Montoya, Marte, and Jaren Palmer, a senior from Corpus Christi, Texas, ranked ninth in Business Decision Making. Amanda Tyndall, a recent Barton College graduate from Goldsboro, and Lisa Payne, a recent Barton graduate from Elm City, garnered tenth place in Emerging Business Issues.

In addition to receiving the Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit, the Barton College chapter was commended as an Outstanding Chapter and a contributor to the March of Dimes national philanthropy. And, Alston, Palmer, and Amanda Moore, a senior from Kinston, were acknowledged for their efforts in increasing local chapter membership.

The awards are part of a comprehensive competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL. Individuals, state teams, and local chapters were encouraged to compete in any of the over 50 different events representing a wide range of activities and the business and leadership development focus of FBLA-PBL. The winners of these highly competitive and prestigious awards were selected from among FBLA-PBL’s membership of approximately 11,000 students and represent the best and brightest of today’s college scholars.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisors in 12,000 chartered middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Va., just outside Washington, D.C. For more information, visit http://www.fbla-pbl.org.

For additional information about Barton College’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, contact Teresa Parker, associate professor of business, at 252-399-6421 or email: tparker@barton.edu or contact Ron Eggers, associate professor of business, at 252-399-6417 or email: reggers@barton.edu.

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