University of Mount Olive Phi Beta Lambda Students Receive Top Honors

MOUNT OLIVE – University of 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 National Leadership Conference held in San Antonio. 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.

Four University of Mount Olive students attended the conference: Jessica Pineda of Mount Olive, Martin Brekko of Norway, Efrain Valencia of Louisburg and Jacob Morton of Beulaville.

Pineda and Brekko received national recognition at the PBL Awards of Excellence. Pineda brought home fifth place in Business Communications and Martin Brekko placed seventh in International Business. Mount Olive students Jacob Morton and Efrain Valencia also attended the National Leadership Conference.  The students were accompanied by PBL Adviser Sonya O’Brien who served as an event administrator for the public speaking event and an event coordinator for the business decision making event.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. is a nonprofit 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.

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