Baylor Professional Fraternity Took Care of Business at State Competition

PBL winners
Phi Beta Lambda award winners. Courtesy photo.
April 28, 2015

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WACO, Texas (April 28, 2015) – Baylor’s freshly minted Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) chapter has set a precedent of success after bringing home 43 awards April 10-11 at the 2015 State Leadership Conference at The University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson.

PBL is the collegiate fraternity division of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), an association geared towards preparing students for leadership in the professional world. The FBLA-PBL provide opportunities to showcase excellence in business knowledge and skills through its competitive events programs.

“It was one of the proudest moments of my life,” said Baylor senior Narishah Ghulamani, Phi Beta Lambda chapter president.

“Each individual did his or her best at the conference and they were being awarded at the award ceremony.”

Only a year old, Baylor’s Phi Beta Lambda business fraternity was represented by 33 students in the competition-style conference against other Texas PBL chapters. Overall, 22 Baylor students won first place, 12 won second place and 9 won third place awards. In addition, 25 students qualified for the national competition to take place in Chicago, Illinois this June.

“I believe that there is a little bit of business in every profession, and business is not only about the grades you make but also the hands you shake. PBL isn't just another student group—it gives members that opportunity to learn, travel, and grow as a business professional. By taking advantage of the many programs that Phi Beta Lambda offers, students acquire the skills that will set them apart from the average graduate,” Ghulamani said.

PBL student participants and awards are as follows:

• Aaron Klaes—first place Small Business Management Plan

• Afsha Maknojia—second place Small Business Management Plan and third place Entrepreneurship Concepts

• Ali Ali—first place Client Services and third place Social Media Campaign

• Allison Lieberman—first place Justice Administration

• Brandon Fawcett—third place Business Law

• Brian Denson—second place Sports Management and Marketing and Second place Business Decision Making

• Brianna Cooper—first place Forensic Accounting

• Brielle Banks—first place Sports Management and Marketing

• Edgar Monzon—first place Entrepreneurship Concepts and first place Business Sustainability

• Erik Broussard—third place Impromptu Speaking

• Forrest Davis—first place Accounting Analysis and Decision Making and third place Business Law

• Hallie Hillebrand—first place Web Site Design and third place Accounting principles

• Johanna Lassig—first place Help Desk and second place Business Decision Making

• John Rahlfs—first place Financial Concepts and first place Business Decision Making

• Jordan Daniels—first place Contemporary Sports Issues

• Kadie Mennell—first place Forensic Accounting

• Karen Pedraza—first place Business Decision Making and second place Marketing Concepts

• Katy Schmidt—first place Project Management and first place Community Service Project

• Madiha Lakhani—first place Word Processing and first place Community Service project

• McKenzie Bryan—first place Website Design and second place Computer application

• Mike Rodriguez—first place Small Business Management Plan and second place Future Business Executive

• Narishah Ghulamani—third place Public Speaking, third place Social Media Campaign

• Nikki Kalisek—second place Project Management

• Rahil Karedia—second place Small Business Management Plan

• Rebecca Clarke—second place Hospitality Management

• Sarah Sefcik—third place Job Interview and third place Social Media Campaign

• Sazmin Momin—first place Organizational Behavior and Leadership and second place Small Business Management Plan

• Sumbal Ali—second place Computer Concepts

For more information, contact Narishah_Ghulamani@baylor.edu

by Sarah Czerwinski, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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