Pfeiffer, SCC win national PBL recognition

Published 11:35 am Tuesday, July 16, 2019


The Stanly Community College and the Pfeiffer University Phi Beta Lambda chapters returned from the business student group’s 2019 National Leadership Conference with awards, including a national “Gold Seal Chapter” designation for SCC.

The conference was at the Grand Hyatt and Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, with chapter leaders and state competition winners gathering for leadership programs, career planning sessions, the election of national officers and events resulting in national winners.
Historian Monica Chang was one of four state officers who presided over state meetings during the conference. The officers accepted awards for the largest state chapter membership and the largest state Professional Division membership.

Amy Ray, an SCC graduate now enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, served as national treasurer for 2018-2019.

The opening day included the announcement of the national “Gold Seal Chapter” recipients. Based on chapter activities and involvement in state and national programs, recognized chapters received the award and special ribbons for their name badges.

In the competitive events, Ajahna Bellamy and Aaliyah Thomas from the Pfeiffer University chapter received seventh place in the Hospitality Management team competition.

SCC’s Chang, Giselle Chavez and Britney Pouch represented North Carolina in the Human Resource Management team event. Pouch was one the state’s two entries in the Future Business Executive event.

A document highlighting the chapter’s work throughout the year brought SCC second place in the Local Chapter Annual Business Report event.

The chapters receiving first through fifth place recognition also received monetary awards from “Visit Salt Lake City,” the organization working with FBLA-PBL on the 2020 National Leadership Conference.

SCC Adviser Dan Hazlett and State President Lindsey Elias from Western Carolina University conducted a leadership workshop during the conference.

Rick Gardner, an SCC graduate and president of the NCPBL Professional Division-Foundation Board of Directors, was one of four members of a “success stories” panel.

“Tina Preslar, the adviser at Pfeiffer, and I are pleased at the attention these PBL students have brought to Stanly County,” Hazlett said. “We were especially excited to have one of our local graduates serving as a national officer. Both of us express appreciation to the campus and community leaders who supported the PBL students and assisted with the chapters’ activities during the year.”

— Stanly Community College