Impressive hardware: Team Mihaylo won 24 medals at the State Business Leadership Conference in Ontario, Calif., over spring break. Consisting of members of Mihaylo’s Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda club, the team competed against all FBLA-PBL chapters statewide. The team’s top 15 medal winners will advance to the national competition in Anaheim this summer.
“All of the activities and programs of FBLA-PBL are structured to promote professional and personal development,” says Mihaylo chapter president Kevin McNulty ’14 (business administration-accounting). The competitive events included case-study presentations to judges and exams testing contestants’ knowledge in nearly two dozen disciplines, from finance and international business to retail management and cyber security.
In addition to the 24 victories, the competition also provided students with a solid way to showcase their talents within the business world. “Many students don’t have job experience in their field of study, so this experience, the awards and the work that’s put into preparation are great accomplishments to include on a résumé,” says McNulty.
Expanding personal contacts and networking is also chief among the goals for the two-day event, he adds. “We also take advantage of the opportunity to bond and develop friendships and and network with members from other chapters. In the future, these contacts could be invaluable.”
McNulty, who earned both a first-place medal in project management and the President’s Award for leadership within the PBL organization, is impressed with the club’s performance – the team increased their medal count over last year. “Our preparation this year included mock case-study competitions and practice tests,” he says. “Older members shared their experience from last year and helped the new members with what to expect and how to put sound arguments together for their case studies.
“It’s a balance of fun and challenging,” says McNulty. “You must develop the courage to get up and speak in front of people, and you must sacrifice free time to prepare.” But it’s worth it, he says.
“Business is people-based, and the process for this competition gives each of us great experience working with people.”