TWC recognized at PBL National Leadership Conference

Posted on: July 17, 2012

Five students made the trip to San Antonio after qualifying by earning top scores on their state-level exams.

More than 1,700 of America’s best and brightest college students traveled to the historic city of San Antonio to make some history of their own as they showcased their talents as future business leaders and vied for the opportunity to win over $54,000 in cash awards.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL), the largest and oldest student business organization, held its National Leadership Conference in San Antonio on June 24–27. Participants from across the United States and two countries attended the conference to sharpen their core business skills, expand their networks and participate in more than 55 business and business-related competitive events.

Mallory Hayes received national recognition at the PBL Awards of Excellence on June 27. Hayes competed in the open event, Management and Labor Relations, and brought home first place. Lauren Flores competed in Accounting Principles and placed ninth in the nation.

The awards were part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers. In addition to the competitions, students immersed themselves in educational workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall and attended motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics.

Five students made the trip to San Antonio after qualifying by earning top scores on their state-level exams. Other TWC national competitors included Michael Howard (Management Concepts), Russell Watters (Accounting Principles) and Meagen Akins (Management Concepts and Retail Management). Accompanying the students to the conference were Dr. Martha Maddox, TWC business department chairwoman, and Stacy Swafford, TWC PBL faculty adviser.

The trip was made possible thanks to the support of Tennessee Wesleyan’s Student Government Association and the college’s William R. Bennett Student Leadership Fund.   

As the TWC FBLA-PBL chapter enters its second year this fall, the students will attempt to double TWC’s number of qualifiers for next year’s national conference, which will be held in Anaheim, Calif., in June, 2013.

About FBLA-PBL, Inc.

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 over 6,500 active 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, just outside Washington, D.C. For more information, visit