Mount Olive College Students Recognized at State Phi Beta Lambda Leadership Conference

MOUNT OLIVE—Students involved in Future Business Leaders of America—Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL), the largest and oldest student business organization, were recently recognized at the 57th Annual PBL State Leadership Conference held in Charlotte, NC.  Over 300 members, advisers, and professional division members representing 25 local chapters participated in this annual event.

Four students from University of Mount Olive attended the conference: Efrain Valencia of Louisburg, Audrey Owens of Wilson, Kenneth Jones of Dudley, and Crawford Bolton of Louisburg, as well as Advisor Sonya O’Brien.

Owens and Bolton placed second in the Management Analysis and Decision Making; Jones placed third in Telecommunications and seventh in Networking Concepts; Valencia placed sixth in Sales Presentation and seventh in Client Service; Bolton placed seventh in Contemporary Sports Issues.  First, second and third place winners from the conference will advance to nationals in Orlando in June.

As a group the University of Mount Olive Chapter of  PBL also earned several awards and recognitions including:  the prestigious Terry Lowrance Leadership Award; 4th place in the Eastern Region Largest Local Chapter Membership; 2nd place in the Eastern Region Professional Division Membership; Membership Achievement Award for Maintaining/Increasing Membership over the previous year; Certificate for Contribution to the NCPBL Foundation, Inc. Scholarship Fund; and Certificate for Contribution to the NCPBL Foundation, Inc.

University of Mount Olive PBL Advisors Sonya O’Brien was acknowledged for her 27 years of service as PBL local chapter adviser, as well as serving as a NC PBL State Awards Program Committee Member.  Dr. Kathy Best received a five-year service recognition as PBL local chapter adviser.

University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The College, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville.  For more information, visit