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Pfeiffer University students bring home awards from state business competition

Business Student PBL 0413Several Pfeiffer University students brought home awards during the 59th annual North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference held in Charlotte, N.C., April 11-14.

Phi Beta Lambda is a national association of college and university students who are interested in careers in business. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

Students attended seminars and general assemblies and participated in competitive events that included objective tests, presentations and interviews. During the opening general session, participants heard from keynote speaker Leigha Smith, senior vice president, Wells Fargo.  

“Pfeiffer students brought their best game, ranking high against teams from UNC-Chapel Hill, Appalachian State University, Western Carolina University, Campbell University, Barton College, Gaston College and others, most of which offer special programs to help students prepare for competition,” said Dr. Christopher Howard, assistant professor of business administration. “Pfeiffer students, who prepare through coursework offered as part of the Business Management and Leadership program, are proving that they are certain to be ready for the challenges of graduate school or the business world. The competition offers a great opportunity to network and valuable exposure to business leaders.”

Pfeiffer students recognized were:

John Anderson, Albemarle, N.C., placed third in Retail Management and sixth in Emerging Business Issues.

Jesse Crump, Albemarle, N.C., a 2013 transfer to Pfeiffer University, placed first in Marketing Analysis and Decision Making, second in Management Analysis and Decision making, and received recognition as a 2013 Who's Who Phi Beta Lambda recipient. In addition, Jesse served as a March of Dimes spokesperson at the event, sharing details about his own premature birth to help build awareness for the organization and its commitment to lowering the number of babies born early.

Hernan Jaimes, Norwood, N.C., placed second in International Business and third in Human Resources Management.

Chris Stokes, Virginia Beach, Va., placed second in Future Business Executive, sixth in Emerging Business Issues and also received the organization's Executive and Director Award in the Career and Membership Achievement Program.

Kristina Trexler, Salisbury, N.C., placed third in Human Resources Management and seventh in Management Concepts.

Vontenea Williams, Granite Falls, N.C., received the Director Award in the Career and Membership Achievement Program.

The North Carolina state Phi Beta Lambda conference includes general sessions, business meetings, competitive events, officer elections, special-interest sessions, awards banquet and social activities. The first- and second-place winners for all events with a national counterpart are eligible to advance to competition at the National Leadership Conference, June 22-25, in Anaheim, Calif.  

Photo caption: Pfeiffer University students who received awards at the 59th annual North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference in Charlotte, April, 11-14, are John Anderson, Chris Stokes, Vontenea Williams, Hernan Jaimes and Kristina Trexler

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