Prescott Campus


Embry-Riddle Prescott Campus Students Take Top Honors at National Business Leadership Conference

Prescott, AZ, July 15, 2013

Phi Beta Lambda Honors

Embry-Riddle PBL chapter competitors at the National Business Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Prescott Campus students recently claimed multiple high honors at the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif. The strong national performance followed the students’ eighth consecutive year of winning the most awards at the state PBL Leadership Conference, a qualifying event for the national competition, held in Tempe, Ariz., in April 2013.

Now in its 43rd year, the annual National PBL Leadership Conference is the largest student-focused competitive business event in the country with over 200 advisors mentoring 1,800 students to develop business and leadership skills for future careers. The awards are part of a comprehensive competitive events program. Individuals, state teams, and local chapters compete in more than 50 events, representing a wide range of activities and the business and leadership development focus of PBL.

“Our students performed brilliantly in a highly competitive environment, and are reflective of the high quality of students attending Embry-Riddle’s Prescott Campus,” said Dr. Robin Sobotta, Chair of the Department of Business. “Their successes at the PBL National Leadership Conference also reflect the strength and diversity of our curriculum, and the willingness of our faculty to help students explore business interests in an environment that promotes innovation, collaboration, and experiential learning.”

Two Aviation Business Administration students, Turner VonAlman and Sylvia Tang, claimed the top award nationally in Digital Video Production, with a team video and presentation focusing on a prominent local aviation businessman.

"Clearly, this national victory demonstrates the value of the relationships forged between dedicated members of industry and our amazing students,” Sobotta noted. “Additionally, Mr. Tolentino’s top-10 finish in the highly competitive International Business category reflects our strong commitment to preparing business students for global success. In fact, due to strong student demand, a new Bachelor of Science in Global Business degree was recently approved for delivery in the fall of 2014 with language immersion options in Mandarin Chinese or Arabic.”

Students who competed at this year’s PBL National Leadership Conference placed nationally in the top 10 in five events:

  • Sylvia Tang, Turner VonAlman, First Place, Digital Video Production (team event)
  • Alexandre Tolentino, 10th Place, International Business
  • Ikechukwu Opara, Vishra Patel, Vrushali Suvarna, Josh Turney, Ninth Place, Parliamentary Procedure (team event)
  • Anthony Salazar, Eighth Place, Telecommunications
  • Kyle Sale, Turner VonAlman, Eighth Place, Financial Services (team event)

The winners of these highly competitive and prestigious awards were selected from among PBL’s membership of 250,000 students and advisors and represent some of the best and brightest of today’s youth. Earlier this year, the PBL organization at Embry-Riddle’s Prescott Campus received a total of 64 awards, including 36 first-place awards, in the state PBL competition. Only students who take first or second place at the state level are qualified to compete at the national level.

About Future Business Leaders of America - Phi Beta Lambda Inc.

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