Diablo Valley College recognized with top honors at PBL National Conference in Nashville


Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda

Contacts: Claudia Eckelmann, Charlie Shi, and Carolyn Seefer, DVC PBL Faculty Advisors

www.fbla-pbl.org: 925-969-2338

E: cseefer@dvc.edu

PBL NationalsPleasant Hill, California, July 2, 2014 —More than 1,800 of America’s best and brightest college students traveled to the historic city of Nashville to make some history of their own as they showcased their talents as future business leaders.

Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), the largest and oldest college-level student business organization, held its National Leadership Conference in Nashville on June 24–27. Participants from across the United States and two countries were in attendance for this exciting conference to sharpen their core business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 55 business and business-related competitive events. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers. In addition to the competitions, students immersed themselves in educational workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and attended motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics.

This is the second year that Diablo Valley College has had students qualify for this prestigious event, and this year we sent a team of eight students to the 2014 National Leadership Conference. Six of these students received national recognition at the PBL Awards of Excellence on June 27. The awards are part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas.

Alex Butorin: 5th place, Computer Concepts
Daniel Humphrey: 5th place, Personal Finance
Daniel Humphrey: 5th place, Accounting Analysis and Decision Making
Vivian Natalia: 4th place, International Business
Angad Singh: 2nd place, Impromptu Speaking
Steven Wijaya: 4th place, Business Sustainability
Virginia Yan and Vivian Natalia: 7th place, Emerging Business Issues

In addition, DVC PBL was recognized as being the Top Fundraising Chapter and the fourth largest chapter in the entire country.

Angad Singh, one of the NLC attendees and award winners reported, “I just returned from NLC a couple of days back, and it was a breathtaking experience. Competing against the best in the country and networking with hundreds of immensely capable and charismatic future business professionals served as an eye-opener.”

Shireen AbouKhalil, DVC PBL President, said the following upon the team’s return, “DVC PBL is honored to have such bright, motivated, and hard-working members to represent us.” And Carolyn Seefer, DVC PBL Faculty Advisor, said, “We are so incredibly proud of these students and thank them for representing DVC at the national level in such an outstanding way.”

Finally, Jason Ishibashi, a State Advisor for California Phi Beta Lambda, said, “All California Phi Beta Lambda advisors thank DVC PBL for your dedication and energy this year. Your successes this year have amazed us all. It has been the greatest honor to get to know DVC PBL a little better at NLC, and I hope we carry this energy into the new year. We proudly congratulate DVC PBL on an amazing year!”

About FBLA-PBL, Inc.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, just outside Washington, DC. For more information, visit www.fbla-pbl.org.