Nine MSOE students represented the university in competitions at the annual Wisconsin Future Business Leaders of America/Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA/PBL) State Leadership Conference held in Oshkosh, Wis., March 13-14. The state conference and competitions served as a qualifying round for the FBLA/PBL National Conference to be held in June in Chicago. By virtue of placing first or second in their events, all nine of the MSOE students competing at the state conference qualified for the national competition.

Competitive events included both written examinations and judged demonstrations in business and information technology subjects. 

Timm Berger, international business, Hamburg, Germany
1st place: International Business
4th place: Business Decision Making (team event with Forrest Fink)

Forrest Fink, international business, Milwaukee
1st place: Management Concepts
2nd place: Marketing Concepts
4th place: Business Decision Making (team event with Timm Berger)

Ian Hyzy, management information systems, Midlothian, Ill.
1st place: Computer Applications
1st place: Information Management
2nd place: Computer Concepts

Michael LeRoy, management information systems, Kenosha, Wis.
1st place: Computer Concepts
2nd place: Networking Concepts

Dan Pappas, business management, Franklin, Wis.
1st place: Business Decision Making (team event with Spencer Rode)

Aleah Quast, business management, Whitewater, Colo.
1st place: Macroeconomics
3rd place: Microeconomics

Spencer Rode, business management, Winthrop Harbor, Ill.
1st place: Business Decision Making (team event with Dan Pappas)
2nd place: Impromptu Speaking

Carl Saffron, management information systems, Hartland, Wis.
1st place: Cyber Security
1st place: Networking Concepts

John von Helms, mechanical engineering and business management, Ingleside, Ill.
2nd place: International Business
2nd place: Business Communication

More than 100 college students attended this year’s state conference and competitions. The nine students representing MSOE are members of the university’s Phi Beta Lambda Chapter, a student organization open to all MSOE majors. Several Midwest business schools were represented at the state event including UW-Madison, UW-Oshkosh and UW-Whitewater. The Rader School of Business has been affiliated with FBLA/PBL since 2006. Dr. Trina Moskalik, assistant professor, is the group’s advisor.