MOC’s PBL Chapter Recognized at State Conference

phi beta lambda, pbl, state leadership conference, crumpacker, kesic, simien, massey, o'brienMOUNT OLIVE – University of Mount Olive students and professors involved in Future Business Leaders of America—Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL), the largest and oldest student business organization, were recently recognized at the 59th Annual Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference in Charlotte, NC.

Dr. Norm Crumpacker, assistant professor of management, and Sonya O’Brien, assistant professor of business, accompanied the four PBL members. Crumpacker led two leadership development workshops, served as conference volunteer, and was newly-elected to the Professional Division-Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors for a three-year term. O’Brien, local chapter advisor, served on the NC PBL State Awards Program Committee for the sixth consecutive year.

Dr. Crumpacker stated, “In addition to performing well in their choice of competitive events, University of Mount Olive business students admirably represented the College via their participation in a multitude of events offered throughout the 2013 Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference, including Leadership Workshops (Leadership Development Series), March of Dimes Walk, and activities to earn recognition as a Gold Star Chapter. It was a genuine pleasure working with a team of energetic and industrious student-leaders.”

MOC students earned respective spots in the competitive events at the conference. Charquele Simien, an accounting major, from Fayetteville placed 2nd in statistical analysis and 8th in business law. Jeffrey Massey, a computer information systems major, from Princeton placed 3rd in computer concepts and 5th in accounting principles. Vuk Kesic an accounting from Serbia placed 7th in accounting principles and 8th place in microeconomics.

The MOC PBL chapter was recognized as a Gold Star Chapter for their work this year, and they earned a certificate for completion of the Leadership Development Program. Sonya O’Brien was given a certificate for 28 years of service as a chapter advisor. Another certificate for 7 years of service as a chapter advisor was given to Dr. Kathy Best.

“I am so honored that I had a chance to participate in such a great conference,” said Kesic. “This was a good opportunity for me to learn more about leadership and principles of business. I also met a lot of new friends, who all are very diligent and ambitious people.”

“I am proud of our team for presenting University of Mount Olive in the best possible way at 59th Annual State Leadership Conference in Charlotte! We are coming back next year with even higher expectations and hopefully with a more massive delegation. Therefore, this is an invitation to all University of Mount Olive students to join MOC PBL Chapter and make a significant step forward in building successful careers,” said O’Brien.

Simien and Massey qualified to compete in Nationals to be held in Anaheim, California in June.

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