FBLA-PBL brings home buckets of awards from state competition.

It’s outstanding math: 30 members of Future Business Leaders of America–Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) from Florida International University (FIU) brought back 32 awards from the organization’s 2012 State Leadership Conference held March 15-18 in Tampa.

“FIU became one of the universities to take home the most awards, the most ever for our team,” said chapter advisor Yanyn San Luis (BA ’10), who accompanied the group. “Many of the awards entitle members now to compete at the national level this summer.”

Members of FIU’s FBLA-PBL at the 2012 State Leadership Conference
Members of FIU’s FBLA-PBL at the 2012 State Leadership Conference

The conference, with the theme of “Ignite the Light,” drew 400 students from around the state. Two FIU students were elected to state office: Gedma Estrada as state president and Nathalie Aviles as District V vice president.

Again and again, students from FIU’s College of Business Administration stepped forward to receive top awards, including these achievers earning a spot at the national competition in San Antonio, Texas from June 24th through the 28th:

Laura Alonso, first place, database design

Claudia Capdesuner, first place, sales presentation

Louis Castillo, second place, networking concepts; third place, telecommunications

Bruno Cevallos, chapter president, first place, macroeconomics, third place, international business

Julia Fuller, third place, sports management and marketing

William Lowery, first place, first place, economic analysis and decision making

Yegor Nadvornyy, second place, financial analysis and decision making; third place, financial concepts

Daniel Torrens, first place, client service

Quy Van, second place, accounting analysis and decision making, accounting principles

Team Awards:

Bruno Cevallos, Claudia Capdesuner and Michael Perez, second place, free enterprise project

Bruno Cevallos and Amir Vasquez, second place, business ethics

Nicole Jimenez and Jackie Perez, first place, business presentation

Jose Nunez and Adam Kamadia, first place, hospitality management

Michael Perez and Gabriel Noboa, first place, marketing analysis and decision making

Group is gearing up for national competition.

“We’re polishing our cowboy boots and getting ready for the national conference in San Antonio,” Aviles said. “The business world is full of competition and events like these help prepare us.”

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