Students get down to business at Phi Beta Lambda state competition

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For the third consecutive year, Pfeiffer University’s Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) chapter outpaced its previous performance at the North Carolina PBL competition, which took place April 5-8 at the NCPBL State Leadership Conference in Charlotte.

At state and national PBL competitions, students from colleges and universities across their respective states and U.S. connect to match their knowledge in a variety of business-related categories. At last weekend’s state competition, Pfeiffer’s chapter brought home first place in nine categories and second place in five categories, assuring these students an entry in the PBL national competition in Anaheim, Calif., June 24-27.

“PBL provides an ideal platform for students to sharpen their business skills and apply classroom knowledge in real-world scenarios,” said Dr. Christopher Howard, associate professor of business administration and a PBL advisor. “Pfeiffer’s business students continue to represent the university at a high level and demonstrate the skills necessary to lead in the workplace; they exemplify the message that at Pfeiffer, students experience their education.”

First place winners and categories include Curtland Hanes and Marcin Malczyk, Business Presentation; Jessica Cloer, Computer Applications; Sam Baden, Contemporary Sports Issues; Kevin Garcia, Macroeconomics; Axel Woerner and Eduan Louw, Management Analysis and Decision Making; Jesse Print and Tori Jackson, Marketing Analysis and Decision Making; Tori Jackson, Marketing Concepts; Alexis Speaks, Eddie Pinon, Dalton Huneycutt, and Noah Beane, Parliamentary Procedure; Axel Woerner and Eduan Louw, Strategic Analysis and Decision Making. Second place winners and categories are Marti Sanchez, Financial Concepts; Matthew Morrow, Jesse Print, Networking Concepts, Organizational Behavior and Leadership; Sam Baden, Sports Management and Marketing; and Klay Gill, Strategic Analysis and Decision Making.

Phi Beta Lambda, the collegiate partner to Future Business Leaders at the high school level, brings business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. As a member of the North Carolina contingency, Pfeiffer is part of the country’s largest state chapter—and for the Southern region’s growing membership is considered a PBL “Super Sweeps” member.

Photo: Alexis Speaks, Dalton Huneycutt and Tiffany Smith; Axel Woerner, Eduan Louw, Jesse Print, Tori Jackson, Noah Beane and Eddie Pinon