Florida International University’s (FIU) chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) was named the Florida Chapter of the Year at the 66th annual Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference held March 17-20, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Fourteen members of the chapter attended the conference.
The FIU chapter also captured five first-place finishes in state conference competitions. Additionally, Albert Amaya won election as the 2016-2017 Florida State President and Elizabeth Alvarez was named the state’s 2016-17 Parliamentarian, the result of earning the highest score on the parliamentarian procedures exam.
“We’ve put in a lot of hard work and many late nights to not only strengthen our chapter but also to prepare for the state conference,” said Amaya, who serves on the executive board along with Alvarez and chapter president Kevin Carballe. “We’re thrilled with being named as Florida Chapter of the Year, along with again earning the designation as a Gold Seal chapter.”
“I was a member of this organization at the high school level, then as an FIU student and now as a professional, so I have seen how this organization can help students grow and develop,” said chapter advisor Yanyn San Luis (BA ’10), assistant director of alumni relations in FIU’s Office of Advancement. “The members’ stellar achievements led to their high honors and recognition at the conference and have once again made FBLA-PBL one of the premier student organizations in FIU’s College of Business.”
Winning students are now eligible to compete at national level.
As the result of top place finishes, the following are eligible to compete at the 2016 National Leadership Conference to be held this summer in Atlanta, Georgia:
Economic Analysis and Decision Making: Adrian Peart
Future Business Executive: Albert Amaya
Hospitality Management: Alexander Alonso, Jesus Mendez, Michael Angrand
Sales Presentation: Carolina Chavez
Local Chapter Annual Business Report
Community Service Project: Albert Amaya and Kevin Carballe
Help Desk: Karina Hleuka
Impromptu Speaking: Lai Eng