FIU Business student elected national president of Phi Beta Lambda at conference.

From left to right: Ashley Pozo (5th place Community Service Project), Jesus Mendez (5th place Hospitality Management), Karina Hleuka (7th place Help Desk), Carolina Chavez (5th place Sales Presentation), Albert Amaya (3rd place Future Business Executive, 5th place Community Service Project and elected National President), Elizabeth Alvarez (appointed National Parliamentarian), Michael Angrand (5th place Hospitality Management) , Lai Eng and Alexander Alonso (5th place Hospitality Management).
From left to right: Ashley Pozo (5th place Community Service Project), Jesus Mendez (5th place Hospitality Management), Karina Hleuka (7th place Help Desk), Carolina Chavez (5th place Sales Presentation), Albert Amaya (3rd place Future Business Executive, 5th place Community Service Project and elected National President), Elizabeth Alvarez (appointed National Parliamentarian), Michael Angrand (5th place Hospitality Management) , Lai Eng and Alexander Alonso (5th place Hospitality Management).
From left to right: Ashley Pozo (5th place Community Service Project), Jesus Mendez (5th place Hospitality Management), Karina Hleuka (7th place Help Desk), Carolina Chavez (5th place Sales Presentation), Albert Amaya (3rd place Future Business Executive, 5th place Community Service Project and elected National President), Elizabeth Alvarez (appointed National Parliamentarian), Michael Angrand (5th place Hospitality Management) , Lai Eng and Alexander Alonso (5th place Hospitality Management).

Albert Amaya, a human resource management major at Florida International University (FIU), has been elected as president of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), the largest collegiate business student organization in the world.

The announcement was made at the National Leadership Conference for PBL, the collegiate division of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), which was held June 24-27, 2016, at the Atlanta (Georgia) Marriott Marquis. Amaya also serves as the FIU chapter president and as the 2016-17 Florida State president.

Applause filled the ballroom at the awards ceremony when Amaya’s name was announced for the highest honor. Members from chapters throughout Florida, including the ten members from FIU, were said to have cheered the loudest as one of their own was called to the stage.

“It was an incredible moment and I am very grateful for the chance to lead this talented group of students,” says Amaya, who is travelling at the end of July for leadership training at the organization’s headquarters in Reston, Virginia. “Activities and opportunities within FBLA-PBL give members the chance to have a portfolio of documented accomplishments before they enter the job market.”

While other FIU students have held national office for FBLA-PBL, Amaya is the first to earn the title of president. His year ahead includes leading the national organization and representing its members in meetings including those with congressional leaders in Washington, D.C. FBLA-PBL, one of the student organizations in FIU’s College of Business, helps over 230,000 members prepare for careers in business and business-related fields.

“I am over the moon at the honor Albert has brought to FIU’s College of Business and to all of Florida,” said chapter advisor Yanyn San Luis (BA ’10), assistant director of alumni relations in FIU’s Office of Advancement. “I have known Albert since his high school days in FBLA. He has continually developed his leadership skills through this organization, bringing him to the moment he was ready for the highest leadership position.”

Also named to national office was Elizabeth Alvarez, who will serve for a second year as National Parliamentarian. Her appointment is based on achieving the highest test score on the parliamentary procedure written exam.

FIU FBLA-PBL officers Albert Amaya (National President), Elizabeth Alvarez (National Parlimentarian)
FIU FBLA-PBL officers Albert Amaya (National President), Elizabeth Alvarez (National Parlimentarian)

More honors at the national conference.

FIU’s chapter, named as the Florida Chapter of the Year last March, once again received the FBLA-PBL Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit award at the national conference.

Chapter members earned distinction in competitive events at the conference:

3rd Place
Future Business Executive: Albert Amaya

4th Place
Local Chapter Annual Business Report

5th Place
Community Service Project: Ashley Pozo and Albert Amaya

5th Place
Hospitality Management: Michael Angrand, Jesus Mendez, Alexander Alonso

5th Place
Sales Presentation: Carolina Chavez

7th Place
Help Desk: Karina Hleuka

“We are especially impressed that four achievers at the national level – Alexander Alonso, Michael Angrand, Karina Hleuka and Jesus Mendez — are freshmen,” said Amaya.

“The group of leaders at FBLA-PBL at FIU has done amazing work in taking this chapter to the next level,” said San Luis. “It’s an exciting time to be a member.”

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