Williams Baptist College’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda has, once again, walked away from the national competition with several new awards in tow. While at the National Leadership Conference, which was held in Atlanta on June 24-27, 18 WBC business students competed in 16 different events, and placed in nine, including a first place finish.
PBL is the collegiate extension of Future Business Leaders of America. In order to compete at the NLC, students must have top finishes at state competitions, which are held in the spring.
“PBL Nationals is always an amazing experience,” said Viola, Ark., native Michaela Thompson. “Not only do we get to enjoy being with our classmates and professors, but we also compete against large, well-known schools. When we win, it really shows how great the quality of our education is and also how prepared we are for the workforce.”
Thompson was a member of the team bringing home WBC’s top win. She worked with Jacob Hames of Memphis, Tenn., and Oni Robertson of Baton Rouge, La., to earn first place in Integrated Marketing Campaign.
Hames, Robertson and Megan Weick of Pocahontas earned second place in Business Ethics.
Taylor Galloway of Fisk, Mo., Tyler Dibert of Imler, Penn., and Garrett Williams of Little Rock won second place for Business Presentation.
Dibert, Patrick Grigsby of Bella Vista, Ark., and Dalton Nilges of Bourbon, Mo., brought home the fourth place award in Community Service Project.
A fifth place win was earned by Collin Whitney of Searcy, Ark., Ethan Risley of Farmington, Ark., and Luke Carter of Bourbon, Mo.
Williams and Keith McAnally of Smithville, Ark., received the sixth place award for Business Law.
Galloway and Weick won sixth place for Financial Analysis and Decision Making.
Alec Scott of Rector, Ark., brought home the seventh place finish for Sports Management and Marketing.
Scott and Nilges also earned ninth place for Hospitality Management.
“Williams business students’ hard work was rewarded in their outstanding performance at the National Leadership Conference. We are so proud of them and all of their hard work,” concluded Janna Himschoot of the Williams business faculty, who is co-sponsor of WBC’s PBL group.
Williams is a four-year, liberal arts college located in Walnut Ridge.