Business students attend conference for second year

Posted on: July 11, 2013

Eight Business students recently flew to Anaheim, Calif., to represent Tennessee at the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference.

Eight Tennessee Wesleyan College Business students recently flew to Anaheim, Calif., to represent Tennessee at the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference.

Over 2,000 students qualified to attend this conference by testing in a variety of business-related topics at their state level. Testing categories ranged from Accounting for Professionals to Sports Marketing and Management. Tennessee sent 10 qualifiers to test at the national level, eight of which were from TWC.

Michael Howard, Jacob Grimsley, Ramon Rivera, Allen Bouchard, Kristen Camp, Katie Carr, Meagen Akins, and Andrea Adams represented Tennessee Wesleyan College at the conference. The top ten scores from each category were announced at the awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 25, with the top three finishers in each category receiving monetary prizes.

Kristen Camp, an upcoming TWC junior, placed fifth in the nation in Management Concepts.

“It was a remarkable feeling knowing that I was not just representing myself or my school but the entire state of Tennessee,” said Camp, who will serve as the TWC PBL President for the 2013-2014 school year.

Mr. Tony Bryant, TWC assistant professor of business administration, and Dr. Martha Maddox, TWC associate dean of business administration, accompanied the students on the trip. 

"I could not be more proud of our students at TWC,” said Dr. Maddox. “The TWC Business Administration Department is so honored to have eight out of the 10 qualifiers from Tennessee. This number of qualified students confirms that our curriculum is a very rigorous program for our students."

PBL is a rapidly growing student-led organization at TWC that was founded and became nationally accredited during the 2011-2012 school year. This past academic year, the club reached 50 members, exceeding its membership from its original 40 students. This is the second year TWC’s PBL branch tested and qualified for the national conference.