Concord Business Fraternity Wins in All Categories at State Conference
Athens, W.Va. - Phi Beta Lambda, Concord University's business fraternity, sent four of its members to the annual State Leadership Conference in Charleston on March 11 and 12. The conference is sponsored by Future Business Leaders of America and usually hosts 20 to 25 business organizations from high schools and colleges across the state. Of all the organizations, CU's Phi Beta Lambda was one of the most recognized and awarded at the conference.
The conference holds competitive events in five different areas on both individual and group tiers. Each participant is allowed to compete in up to two events for which they are qualified based on academic standing. The five events are business planning, management, communication, marketing, and statistical analysis. Concord's Phi Beta Lambda produced winners in all five areas of competition.
On the group level, Phi Beta Lambda won first place in the business planning event for a presentation by Daniel Dowdy of Ronceverte and Dimitar Peykov and Nikolay Peykov, both of Smolian, Bulgaria. The group was recognized for "demonstrating an understanding and mastery of the process required in developing and implementing a new business venture.”
On the individual level, CU produced three winners in four different events. Jennifer Preast, of Fayetteville won first place in the management competition and second place in business communication; Dimitar Peykov won first place in statistical analysis; and finally, club president Nikolay Peykov won first place in marketing.
Dr. Kendra Boggess, chair for the business division and associate professor of business noted that, “We begin working with high school students in various business-related competitions like our annual business challenge as a way to incite learning and develop business skills. We encourage our college students to continue to pursue competitive challenges as a way to master both individual- and team-based skills. This is the first such conference that our students have attended without a sponsor in about 12 years … they did a great job of distinguishing themselves!”
All first and second place winners qualify for the PBL National Leadership Conference that will be held in Orlando, Fla., in late June. "That should be a really nice conference," Peykov said.
CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Steven Davis, a staff writer for the “Concordian,” the University’s student newspaper, wrote this press release. His hometown is Hurricane.