Barton College’s Phi Beta Lambda Recognized At “Gateway to Greatness” Conference

WILSON, N.C. — Barton College’s Phi Beta Lambda students secured their share of awards at the 2012 “Gateway to Greatness” Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference recently held in San Antonio, Texas.

Eight Barton students joined over 1,800 college business students and advisers from around the world to attend the national conference and participate in the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) Institute for Leaders.

George Black, a senior from Winterville, represented North Carolina as its Who’s Who nominee. Black garnered second-place honors in Management Concepts.  Black partnered with Ashley Johnson, a freshman from Wilson, to earn fifth-place in Business Decision Making.

Cameron Jones, a senior from Selma, placed third in Justice Administration. The Barton College chapter earned third-place honors with its Local Chapter Annual Business Report. Jones teamed with Christina Powers, a junior from Wilson, to present their Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina Community Service Project and garnered tenth place.

Jones was also recognized for completing all three levels of the CMAP (Career and Membership Achievement Program): Director, Executive, and President. Barton College’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter was recognized as a CMAP Outstanding Chapter—the only chapter in North Carolina to achieve that distinction. The chapter was also recognized as Gold Seal Chapter of Merit.

Also competing were Sarah Casey, a junior from Kinston, in Macroeconomics. Casey serves as the 2012 North Carolina Eastern Region Vice President, and she had the opportunity to speak during the state meeting. Holly Lafond, a sophomore from New Bern, competed in Accounting Principles. Casey and Lafond teamed in Business Presentation. Casey Gaston, a freshman from Wilson, competed in Accounting Principles and Microeconomics. Johnson competed in Computer Applications. Powers competed in Future Business Executive. Kathy Turner, a senior from Wilson, competed in International Business and presented a Dating Abuse Community Service Project.

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 advisers 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, Virginia. For more information, visit