Here recently, the students of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda have been sharing a lot of their successes—and rightly so. These students are outstanding in more ways than I can enumerate here. But during a recent chat with her, I learned that Lindsey Elias, the current President of the WCU chapter of PBL, would be running for State President. Ever humble, Lindsey almost blushed when she told us.

Humility aside, Lindsey is deserving of the honor of being the State President. Behind that somewhat shy façade is as hardworking, smart, and motivated of a student as I have ever seen. Which is why, when I found out this week, that Lindsey had won the race, I told my team we needed to “Shout it from the rooftops!” 

Not only are we incredibly proud of her and all that she’s accomplished, but we’re honored to be able to support her and the rest of the PBL students here at WCU. A great group of hardworking, humble, and dedicated professionals who will, no doubt, go on to be outstanding leaders in their communities. 

Our latest support helped 11 FBLA-PBL students to travel to Charlotte, NC for their state leadership conference where Lindsey was voted into her new office, and where they were able to compete in business-related competitions, many of whom did well enough to qualify for the national competition to be held in San Antonio, TX this summer. 

Below is a list of all the competitors, with those going on to the national level listed in bold.

Accounting Analysis & Decision Making – 3rd Place – Kiley Brown & Ben Wilson

Business Law – 5th Place – Brianna Weaver

Economic Analysis & Decision Making – 2nd Place – Lindsey Elias & Jonathan Holden

Financial Analysis & Decision Making – 2nd Place – Nick Clay

Future Business Educator – 1st Place – Abi Fairbrother

Integrated Marketing Campaign – 2nd Place – Townsend Lenihan

Job Interview – 3rd Place – Jeremy Ang

Marketing Analysis & Decision Making – 1st Place – Townsend Lenihan

Sales Presentation – 2nd Place – Brianna Weaver

Accounting Principles – 2nd Place – Abi Fairbrother

Computer Concepts – 8th Place – Michael Pilotos

Cyber Security – 5th Place – Michael Pilotos

Financial Concepts – 2nd Place – Nick Clay

Macroeconomics – 2nd Place – Jonathan Holden

Marketing Concepts – 4th Place – Kiley Brown

Personal Finance – 1st Place – Justina Owens

Statistical Analysis – 1st Place – Ben Wilson

For more information about PBL, visit their website or Facebook page.