Southeast Recognized with Top Honors at PBL National Conference


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., July 3, 2013 – Five Southeast Missouri State University students brought home six national awards from the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) National Leadership Conference June 22-25 in Anaheim, Calif.

The Zeta Alpha Lambda Chapter from Southeast sent 13 students to compete in 25 individual events and two team events. Five of these students brought home six national awards.

• Justin Bader (Accounting major from Jackson, Mo.) earned first place in Sports Management and Marketing.

• Stephanie Bechard (Accounting major from Freeburg, Ill.) earned eighth place in Accounting Analysis and Decision Making.

• Josh James (Marketing Management major from Jackson, Mo.) earned third place in Management Concepts.

• Emily Kraenzle (Accounting major from Ste. Genevieve, Mo.) earned ninth place in Computer Applications.

• Matt Reishman (Computer Information Systems major from Ballwin, Mo.) earned third place in Computer Concepts and ninth place in Networking Concepts.

These awards were part of a comprehensive competitive events program sponsored by FBLA- PBL. Individuals, state teams and local chapters were encouraged to compete in any of the more than 50 different events representing a range of activities and the business and leadership development focus of FBLA-PBL. The winners of these highly competitive and prestigious awards were selected from among FBLA-PBL’s membership of 250,000 students and advisers and represent some of the best and brightest of today’s youth.

Southeast Missouri State University’s Zeta Alpha Lambda chapter was awarded sixth place for Local Chapter Annual Business Report. The annual report was prepared and submitted by Megan Stackle (Integrated Marketing Communication major from Ste. Genevieve, Mo.) and Brandon Oatsvall (Mass Communication – TV/Film and Public Relations major from East Prairie, Mo.). The Local Chapter Annual Business Report, known as the Hamden L. Forkner Award, recognizes chapters that effectively summarize their year’s activities. The event provides participants with valuable experience in preparing business reports.

The chapter also received the Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit, known as the Hollis and Kitty Guy Award, which recognizes outstanding local chapters that have actively participated in projects and programs identified with the goals of FBLA-PBL. Missouri only has two Gold Seal Chapters each year.

Other Zeta Alpha Lambda Chapter members from Southeast who participated in the conference were Dakota Cummins, a management major from Dongola, Ill.; Brooke Dial, an accounting major from Sikeston, Mo.; Chelsea Edwards, a historic preservation major from Florissant, Mo.; Jenny Flint, an integrated marketing communication major from Rolla, Mo.; Trevor Muholland, a mass communication-public relations major from St. Louis; Ryan Rhodes, a communication disorders major from Sparta, Ill.; and Katie Stephens, a human resources management major from Jackson, Mo.

Future Business Leaders of America­Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA­PBL) is the largest and oldest student business organization. More than 1,800 conference participants from around the country and the world were in attendance for the National Leadership Conference and the FBLA-PBL Institute for Leaders.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in 12,000 chartered middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, just outside Washington, DC. For more information, visit