DSU success at PBL National Leadership Conference

The Dakota State University Phi Beta Lambda chapter recently sent six students to the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in Nashville. More than 1,800 of America’s best and brightest college students traveled to the historic city to sharpen their core business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 55 business and business-related competitive events.

DSU Phi Beta Lambda students who attended the FBLA-PBL Conference were Andrew Van Demark, Andy Behrens, Austin Vogt, Craig Marquis, Rigoberto Aguirre, and Emily Blackwelder. They qualified to attend the National Conference by taking either first or second place in at least one business knowledge or skill event at the regional conference held last April in Iowa. 

Five of the DSU students placed in the top ten in the nation in four events:

    -Rigoberto Aguirre: 10th in Networking Concepts

    -Craig Marquis: 9th in Cyber Security

    -Andy Behrens: 8th in Help Desk

    -Austin Vogt: 9th in Integrated Marketing Campaign (team)

    -Andrew Van Demark: 9th in Integrated Marketing Campaign (team) and named the S.D. representative for "Who's Who" in PBL 

“I believe five students placing in five events at the National Leadership marks a new first for DSU PBL,” stated Dr. Daniel Talley, DSU professor and PBL advisor. “That exceeds even last year's very impressive results. Considering some states struggle to have that many winners across all of their chapters, this is indeed a highly successful conference for DSU and South Dakota.”

The largest and oldest student business organization, FBLA-PBL focuses on showcasing academic achievement in business areas and providing opportunities for students to develop leadership skills, and promoting service to the university, the local community, as well as state and national charitable organizations. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers.

Last Updated: 7/11/14