Barton Students Held High Profile at Phi Beta Lambda State Conference

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WILSON, N.C. — April 30, 2018 — Barton College was well represented at the 64th annual North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda (NC PBL) State Leadership Conference held April 5-8 in Charlotte. Sixteen Barton chapter members participated in a variety of competitive events and attended general sessions, regional meetings, and leadership seminars.

Approximately 300 delegates, representing 25 chapters, attended the annual conference. First-place, second-place, and third-place winners at the state conference earn the right to compete at the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) National Leadership Conference to be held in Baltimore, Md., in June.

Luke Miller, a MBA student from Zebulon, concluded his year as the N.C. Phi Beta Lambda State Secretary, and Kaity Lynch, a freshman from Wilson, was elected N.C. Phi Beta Lambda State Secretary for 2018-2019.

Luis Reyes, a junior from Ocala, Fla., concluded his year as the N.C. Phi Beta Lambda Region Vice President.

Bronte Thompson, a MBA student from Staley, placed first in Future Business Executive and in Business Presentation. The chapter’s Local Chapter Annual Business Report, authored by Thompson, placed second. She also was a recipient of Who’s Who in North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda.

Denning Hudson, a sophomore from Wilson, and Michael Tyler, a junior from Virginia Beach, Va., won first place in Social Media Challenge.

Second place honors for Barton’s team included Kathy Turner, a MBA student from Wilson, and Gentry Buchan, a MBA student from Wilson, for both Business Decision Making and Global Analysis and Decision Making. Joanna Williams, a MBA student from Wilson, placed second in Retail Management and third in Management Concepts.

Grace Browning, a junior from Pine Level, placed third in Sales Presentation, while Sean O’Brien, a freshman from Wilson, placed third in Sports Management and Marketing. Tollamius Beatson, a junior from London, placed third in Cost Accounting and eighth in Business Law.

Lynch placed fourth in Job Interview, and Tiffany Cooper, a junior from Wilson, placed fourth in Retail Management.

Miller placed fifth in Integrated Marketing Campaign, and Erica Underwood, a junior from Wilson, placed fifth in Client Services.

Oliva Rivera, a sophomore from Wilson, placed sixth in Personal Finance. The team of Asia Robinson, a junior from Hendersonville, and Tyler placed sixth in Human Resource Management.

Miller placed seventh in Emerging Business Issues. Hudson placed seventh in Computer Concepts.

Four members received certificates for participation in the Leadership Development Program.

In addition to receiving the Gold Seal Award and being recognized as a Gold Star Chapter, the Gamma Gamma Chapter at Barton was acknowledged for meeting local, state, and national goals with The Legacy Leadership Award. Barton’s chapter also received recognition for its monetary contributions to state- and nationally-recommended projects (March of Dimes, Professional Division-Foundation Scholarship and General Funds). And, the chapter received first place honors in the Eastern Region for the Largest Chapter Membership, the Largest Increase in Chapter Membership, the Largest Percentage Increase in Chapter Membership, and the Largest NCPBL Professional Division-Foundation Membership. Statewide, Barton’s chapter received fourth place in the Largest Increase in Chapter Membership and the Largest Percentage Increase in Chapter Membership.

Teresa Parker of Wilson, associate professor of instructional technology at Barton College, and Ronald Eggers of Rocky Mount, associate professor of business, and dean of the School of Business at Barton College, accompanied the student delegation to the state conference. Eggers was acknowledged for 30 years as a FBLA-PBL adviser.

For additional information about the Gamma Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, visit the web site, https://www.barton.edu/campus-life/activities/clubs/#pbl

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