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EAC students return from the PBL National Leadership Conference in Orlando

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EAC students return from the PBL National Leadership Conference in Orlando

By Todd Haynie

Thatcher, AZ—Students in Eastern Arizona Colleges chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) joined fellow business students from around the country and successfully competed in events at the National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida, June 23-26, 2011. The four-day conference gives members the opportunity to compete in leadership events, share their successes, and learn new ideas about shaping their future careers through workshops and exhibits. It is considered the pinnacle of the PBL experience giving members the opportunity to network with students from other chapters.

Prior to the conference, EAC students and Arizona PBL state officers Alexandria Duran, Jacob Pearce and Jordan Borchert participated in the PBLs Institute for Leaders, a high-energy, two-day seminar of leadership activities for state and local chapter officers.

It was a great experience, said Duran. I learned new things about myself that will help me become a better leader.

Ten students from EACs PBL chapter participated in business competitions at the conference. Alexandria Duran and Jacob Pearce took seventh place in the Desktop Publishing event and Jacob Pearce and Jordan Borchert took tenth place in the Business Presentation event. EAC business instructor and PBL Chapter advisor Derek Rich was recognized as the Arizona Advisor of the Year.

EACs PBL chapter also received the Gold Seal Chapter award, which recognizes outstanding local chapters which have actively participated in projects and programs identified with the goals of FBLA-PBL.

This conference really helped us grow, said EAC student Shelby Kennedy. We learned how to break barriers and open communication lines. This was the best overall experience I could have had. Phi Beta Lambda is the collegiate level of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and is the premier student business organization helping students prepare for a career in business and business-related fields. The first PBL chapter was established in 1958, and the first Arizona PBL chapter was founded at NAU in 1969. Arizona PBL currently has five active chapters, including the EAC chapter.

EACs PBL Chapter is open to students interested in business involvement, community service, and leadership development. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Rich or Dana Barnett at EAC.