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OVU Future Business Leaders of America - Phi Beta Lambda


Vienna, W.Va.—Ohio Valley University has the 2nd largest Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) chapter in the Nation with 199 registered members. PBL is one of the largest student business organizations that recognizes excellence in various business and career-related areas.

According to the FBLA-PBL website, “Through state-based competition at the spring State Leadership Conferences, members compete in events that test their business knowledge and skills. Top winners in each state are eligible to compete for honors at the National Leadership Conference each summer.”

On April 9th, 41 OVU students competed at the State Leadership Conference in Charleston, WV and walked away with thirteen 1st place awards, eleven 2nd place awards, and six 3rd place awards.

Nemanja Acimovic (3rd Place - Computer Concepts); Danielle Blair (3rd Place - Cyber Security); Stefanie Brosey (2nd Place - Management Concepts, 1st Place - Organizational Behavior & Leadership); Rachel Browne (1st Place - Business Ethics); Aaron Bush (1st Place - Marketing Concepts); Justin Cronin (1st Place - Computer Concepts); Ryan Cunningham (1st Place - Management Concepts); Nathan Eddy (1st Place - Administrative Technology, Computer Applications); Candice Frerot (2nd Place - Retail Management); Josh Fuller (2nd Place - Statistical Analysis); Alexandre Horveno (3rd Place - Sports Management & Marketing); Seth Hower (1st Place – Macroeconomics, Project Management); Rebecca Jones (2nd Place - Business Ethics); Kyle Kaminski (1st Place - Cyber Security); Rachel Kashorek (1st Place - Impromptu Speaking); Stephen Limo (3rd Place - Statistical Analysis); Allyson Lynch, Grace Mathers, & Suzanne Paugh (1st Place - Business Law); Allyson Lynch & Grace Mathers (1st Place – Forensic Accounting); Suzanne Paugh (2nd Place - Financial Analysis & Decision Making); Evan Pugh (2nd Place - Social Media Challenge); Caden Rites (2nd Place - Programming Concepts); Jared Shipley (2nd Place - Entrepreneurship Concepts, 3rd Place – Future Business Executive); Curtis Thomson (3rd Place - Project Management); Raul Vasquez Calderon (2nd Place - Sales Presentation); Chandler Wood (2nd Place - Cyber Security,Project Management)

Those that placed 1st and 2nd qualify to compete at the National Leadership Conference in Baltimore, MD this June. OVU has 20 impressive students eligible to compete and represent OVU and the Mid-Ohio Valley. The biggest issue with this level of participation is the cost. The estimated cost per student this year is $1,250, which includes transportation, hotel stay, food, conference fees, etc.

“I know how hard our students have worked. With the increase in eligibility this year, I really want to give everyone an opportunity to shine without having to worry about cost.” stated Jessica Anderson, OVU-PBL Advisor.

OVU would like you to consider becoming a sponsor of these PBL competitors. This educational milestone will not be possible without community support. OVU is a non-profit institution of higher learning. Donations are eligible for tax charitable status.

“We graciously appreciate any amount you feel comfortable donating and thank you in advance for your generosity!” added Dr. Dan Blair, OVU Dean of the College of Business.

If you have any questions or would like to become a sponsor, please contact Jessica Anderson by phone at 304.865.6172 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Chartered in 1958, Ohio Valley University is a faith-based, residential, liberal arts college founded by members of the Church of Christ. Students of all faiths are accepted and encouraged to apply. The university offers a variety of baccalaureate and master’s degrees to students from 26 states and 25 nations. To learn more visit www.ovu.edu.