It’s three in a row as FBLA-PBL secures Florida Chapter of the Year designation again.

Some of the members were still in high school when FBLA-PBL began winning the coveted title of “Florida Chapter of the Year.” The ranking was achieved for the third time at the 2011 State Leadership Conference for Future Business Leaders of America–Phi Beta Lambda held March 10-13 in Tampa. Twenty-nine members of the chapter, an organization in the College of Business Administration at Florida International University (FIU), were among the almost 600 people attending the conference.

“Our main mission was to capture this title and we’re proud to return to campus with it,” said chapter president Bruno Cevallos.

Members of Future Business Leaders of America–Phi Beta Lambda at the State Leadership Conference, where they won many awards including “Florida Chapter of the Year” for the third time

Conference results in abundant awards and honors.

At the conference, with its theme of “Electrifying Leadership,” Emmanuella Casimir was elected 2011-12 District V vice president.

Jose Betancourt, the outgoing Florida FBLA-PBL President, was given the Rob Kelleher Memorial Award, presented annually to the member who best exemplifies the leadership, ideals and aspirations of the organization.

The chapter placed first in three important categories:

  • Local Annual Business Report
  • Free Enterprise Project: “Economic Xperience: Exploring the Great Recession”
  • Community Service Project: “Healthy Steps,” raising awareness and funds for the American Diabetes Association

Team awards went to:

Emerging Business Issues

First Place: Eric Lopez, Angelica Navarrete, Quy Van

Integrated Marketing Campaign

First Place: Jose Nunez, Michael Perez, Juan Zambrano

Computer Game and Simulation Programming

Second  Place: Laura Alonso and Saul Perez

Second Place: Business Presentation

Bruno Cevallos and Gedma Estrada

In individual competition, Christopher Cuan placed third in the highly competitive Public Speaking category.

Claudia Capdesuner won first place in the Job Interview category.

“One goal of FBLA-PBL is to facilitate the transition from school to work,” she said. “Because of this competition, I am more than ready to apply the skills to real life interviews.”

Other individual winners were:

Future Business Teacher

First Place: Yelen Nunez

Financial Analysis and Decision Making

Third Place: Bruno Cevallos

Information Management

Second Place: Daniel Fernandez

Third Place: Saul Perez

Networking Concepts

Second Place: Laura Alonso

Fourth Place: Daniel Fernandez

Client Services

Third Place: Mauricio Rodrigues

Financial Services

Second Place: Maria Sabando

Future Business Executive

Fourth Place: Emmanuella Casimir

Hospitality Management

Second Place: Barbara Borrero

Human Resource Management

Fifth Place: Leunelys Lopez

Impromptu Speaking

Fourth Place: Jonathan Yoc Kim

Sales Presentation

Third Place: Saad Munaf

Yanyn San Luis (BA ’10) and Jose Toscano (BA ’97) serve as FBLA-PBL chapter advisors.

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