Business students qualify for national conference

Posted on: May 10, 2013

For the second year in a row, TWC Business students will travel across the country to participate in the FBLA-PBL National Leadership Conference.

For the second year in a row, Tennessee Wesleyan College Business students will travel across the country to participate in the Future Business Leaders of America - Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference. TWC had several students perform well in a variety of disciplines at the state level, and eight of those students will have the opportunity to fly out to Anaheim, Calif., to represent Tennessee Wesleyan at this year's national conference.

The students will be accompanied by Phi Beta Lambda co-sponsors Dr. Martha Maddox, TWC professor and associate dean and chairwoman of the department of business administration, and Tony Bryant, TWC assistant professor of business administration.

“Two years in a row now our business students have done an extraordinary job in qualifying for this conference,” said Dr. Maddox, who helped start TWC’s chapter of PBL last year. “I could not be prouder of this group of students and I am thrilled that they will be representing Tennessee at this prestigious conference.”

The following students will be competing at the 2013 FBLA-PBL National Leadership Conference:

Michael Howard will be testing in Accounting for Professionals and Management Concepts; Kristen Camp in Business Law and Management Concepts; Allen Bouchard in Computer Applications and Accounting for Professionals; Meagen Akins in Business Communications and Hospitality Management; Andrea Adams in Sports Management and Marketing and Marketing Concepts; Katie Carr in Business Law and Management Concepts; Jacob Grimsley in Accounting for Professionals and Marketing Concepts; and Ramon Rivera in International Business and Marketing Analysis and Decision Making.

“I am truly excited for these students to have the opportunity to attend the National Leadership Conference,” said Stacy Swafford, a TWC instructor of business administration and Phi Beta Lambda co-sponsor.

“As they interact with other students from across the country, they learn valuable networking skills that will benefit them in their careers.  The competitive events offer an opportunity for scholarship and resume-building, as many of the awards are sponsored by Fortune 500 companies.”

Dr. Maddox, Swafford, and Bryant are assisting their students in fundraising activities to help offset the financial costs of the students’ travel expenses. For more information on the trip, contact TWC Chief Advancement Officer Randy Nelson by phone at 423-746-5330 or by email at