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Undergraduates Take Home Top Awards at National Leadership Competition

September 29, 2011
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Pictured: The winning Phi Beta Lamda members with the GEICO Gecko. GEICO sponsored competitive awards and cash prizes for the national competition.

Founding members of the School’s Future Business Leaders-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) chapter brought home several awards this summer after attending the organization’s national competition in Orlando, beating more than 1,500 other students from across the country. FBLA-PBL is a national education organization that aims to help its more than a quarter million student members who are interested in business careers develop leadership, communication, and team skills, and network with others at the local, state and national levels. UM School of Business Sophomore Alicia Barroso founded the School’s chapter last year.

In order to attend the weekend of workshops and competitions, members had to first qualify in their competitive event at FBLA-PBL’s state competition, which was held in Tampa last year. Barroso, the chapter’s president, competed in help desk and project management, and was ranked fourth in the nation for both. Meeting FBLA-PBL members from Florida was important to Barroso, who was recently elected state secretary. "It was great to network with motivated and talented students from across the nation. The students were all very competitive, but knew how to be friendly and social with one another."

Another UM business student, Chris Morgan, advanced through the state competition in both financial and marketing concepts, and received a cash reward for placing third in marketing concepts at nationals. “The national competition afforded me the chance to test my own limits, as my best performances occur when I am truly challenged. I also loved connecting with competitors from across the country, many of whom shared my passion for the equities markets,” he said.  

UM undergraduate Max Wexler qualified for statistical analysis and macroeconomics and placed eighth in statistical analysis at nationals. "At every competition we develop new relationships, encounter new experiences, and explore new career possibilities. My teammates and I have become great friends and have learned each other's strengths and weaknesses. We work extremely well together and have a connection that I am confident will continue into the future," said Wexler.

A fourth UM student, Chris Kelm, qualified to attend nationals in the business communications competition. Their founding adviser, Mary Young, the director of the School’s Ziff Graduate Career Services Center, joined the members at the 2011 competition. They are planning to attend the next national FBLA-PBL competition in San Antonio, Texas in June 2012.

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