FBLA-PBL impresses at national level.

In March, 30 members of Future Business Leaders of America–Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) from Florida International University (FIU) captured 32 awards from the organization’s 2012 State Leadership Conference.

Thanks to their victories, they earned the right to compete for 17 awards at the 61st Annual National Leadership Conference, “Gateway to Greatness,” held in San Antonio, Texas from June 24-27, 2012.

And compete they did. The 18-student delegation from the College of Business Administration won 15 awards—including three first-place finishes. That number exceeded the chapter’s record-breaking 13 awards in 2011 and placed FIU ahead of University of Texas, University of Pittsburgh and University of California-Berkeley, among many others. More than 500 chapters/universities attended.

FBLA-PBL members won 15 awards at the organization’s 61st Annual National Leadership Conference, “Gateway to Greatness.”
FBLA-PBL members won 15 awards at the organization’s 61st Annual National Leadership Conference, “Gateway to Greatness.”

“We continue to set the example across the country that the business students at FIU are unparalleled,” said chapter advisor Yanyn San Luis (BA ’10). “The undergraduate students continue to do amazing work and represent FIU Business exceptionally well.”

Members and chapter as a whole gain recognition.

Individual awards

Laura Alonso, sixth place, database design and applications

Claudia Capdesuner, eighth place, sales presentation

Louis Castillo, ninth place, telecommunications

Bruno Cevallos, Career and Membership Achievement Program (CMAP), President level

Gedma Estrada, CMAP President level

Yegor Nadvornyy, first place, financial analysis and decision making; seventh place, financial concepts

Jose Nunez, CMAP President level

Daniel Torrens, tenth place, client services

Team awards

Bruno Cevallos and Amir Vasquez, first place, business ethics

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

Nicole Jimenez and Jacqueline Perez, first place, business presentation

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

Chapter awards

Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit, a national recognition program for which the top 15 percent of local chapters in each state are eligible, based on their active participation in projects and programs identified with the organization’s goals

Outstanding Chapter Recognition, based on 12 activities in the categories of service, education and progress

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