SFSC's PBL members (left to right): Kerry Mushrush, Martile Blackman, Kylee Martin, Mario Barajas, Deidre Shankle, Michael Nyhan, Teresa McGovern, Shane Meeks, Glenn Powers, Catherine Steiner, and Elizabeth Batts

SFSC’s PBL members (left to right): Kerry Mushrush, Martile Blackman, Kylee Martin, Mario Barajas, Deidre Shankle, Michael Nyhan, Teresa McGovern, Shane Meeks, Glenn Powers, Catherine Steiner, and Elizabeth Batts

Eleven South Florida State College (SFSC) students were among the top winners in events testing their business knowledge and skills during the 65th Annual Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) State Leadership Conference and Competition held in Orlando, March 26 – 29.

After two days of testing and presentations, nine SFSC students placed in the top five in the state in nine different categories including sales presentation, management concepts, hospitality management, project management, entrepreneurship concepts, information management, organizational behavior and leadership, help desk, and human resource management. SFSC PBL member’s placements included one first place, four second place, two third place, one fourth place, and two fifth place finishes. In addition, five SFSC students qualified to represent Florida at the PBL National Leadership Conference this summer in Chicago, IL. Representing SFSC and Florida at the national competition will be Martile Blackman, Mario Barajas, Michael Nyhan, Catherine Steiner, and Elizabeth Batts.

“SFSC’s PBL students spent countless hours preparing, studying, and fundraising in order to attend the conference,” said Adam Martin, PBL advisor and instructor, SFSC Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management Program. “Their performance and awards demonstrate not only their own academic excellence, but also the quality of instruction at SFSC.”

The annual state conference and competition attracted over 400 college and university students from around the state that competed in over 60 different business related categories, including subjects ranging from economics and business decision making to public speaking and marketing. SFSC’s competition included students from Florida State University, University of Florida, University of Central Florida, University of South Florida, Florida International University, Webber International, Saint Leo University, and many state colleges.

“Over the next three months, these student will study and prepare for the National Leadership Conference where they will compete against other top state winners while continuing to raise funds to help pay for their travel and lodging expenses,” Martin said.

PBL is the post-secondary division of the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) organization, which is the largest business career student organization in the world.  PBL’s National Awards Program recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas.