Students win national business competitions

Published on: June 29, 2017

2017_news_PBL_nationalsJune 29, 2017 – MSOE students certainly know how to mind their business! Eighteen students recently traveled to Anaheim, California to compete at the Future Business Leaders of America/Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA/PBL) National Leadership Conference. The students, all members of MSOE’s PBL chapter, came home with 23 awards—including nine first place finishes! Competitive events included both written examinations and judged demonstrations in business and information technology subjects. More than 2,000 students from 30 states competed at the conference, which was for students who advanced from their regional competitions. (See MSOE’s regional results.)

At the chapter level, MSOE PBL received the Chapter Gold Seal Recognition from Wisconsin FBLA/PBL leadership. They also achieved national Diamond Chapter status for their efforts to increase chapter membership, especially among underclassmen; participation in regional competitive events; contribution to community service and education; and more. Only 18 universities nationwide received this designation, which requires significant effort above and beyond the normal PBL activities.

Congratulations to the students on their success:

Katherine Chitko ’17, business management major
1st place: Advertising
9th place: Marketing Concepts

Rachael Ferguson ’17, actuarial science major
4th place: Financial Concepts

Forrest Fink ’17, international business major
7th place: Project Management
10th place: Entrepreneurship Concepts

Maya George ’17, technical communication major
9th place: Future Business Educator

Erin Heinz ’17, software engineering major
1st place: Network Design (team)
5th place: Programming Concepts

Ian Hyzy ’17, management information systems major
1st place: Network Design (team)
1st place: Computer Concepts

Michael LeRoy ’17, management information systems major
1st place: Network Design (team)
2nd place: Information Management

Hamzah Mirza, management information systems major
6th place: Administrative Technology
9th place: Computer Applications

Aleah Quast, business management major
3rd place: Project Management

Samantha Riding ’17, business management major
1st place: Business Communications
1st place: Marketing Concepts

Carl Saffron ’16, MBA graduate student
1st place: Cyber Security
2nd place: Networking Concepts

Nathan Stachowiak, management information systems major
1st place: Information Management
10th place: Computer Concepts

Debra Wilson, business management major
6th place: Global Analysis and Decision Making

MSOE’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter is a student organization open to all MSOE majors. The Rader School of Business has been affiliated with FBLA/PBL since 2006.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,900 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 97 percent placement rate; and the highest ROI and average starting salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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