SANFORD — Central Carolina Community College Phi Beta Lambda members brought home five top ten awards, including two first places, and three other top 25 awards from the July 9-12 Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in Nashville.
FBLA-PBL is the oldest and largest business student organization in the nation, with approximately 250,000 members. Approximately 1,700 members from around the country attended the conference. The Central Carolina C.C business faculty and students established a chapter at the college in 2006.
At the national conference, Shirley Rijkse, of Broadway, won first place awards in the presentation competition on Human Resource Management and testing competition on Healthcare Administration. Melvin Smith, of Sanford, took sixth place in Marketing Concepts. He and Alejandra Benitez, of Sanford, were in the top 25 in the Business Ethics competition. Benitez and Kevin Hutchinson, of Pittsboro, took Seventh Place in the Small Business Management Plan competition.
Nicholas Wicker, of Mamers, placed in the top 25 in the area of Contemporary Sports Issues. Cheryl Reynolds, of Cameron, placed in the top 25 in the areas of Accounting Analysis/Decision Making and Financial Analysis/Decision Making. Donna Flowers, of Sanford, competed in Business Communications.
The student PBL competitors were accompanied to the conference by the college’s PBL advisors: Accounting instructor Drew Goodson, lead instructor for Business Technologies Johnny Shull and Business and Marketing instructor Diane Kannarr.