Phi Beta Lambda Competitors Headed to Nationals After Setting a Texas Record

Phi Beta Lambda Competitors

Phi Beta Lambda members posed for a celebratory photo with advisors Dr. Vance Johnson Lewis (back row, second from left) and Dr. Michele Lockhart (middle row, far right) after another winning year at state conference competitions April 11-12 at Stephen F. Austin University.

A dozen members of the JSOM student organization Phi Beta Lambda are entering leadership competitions at the organization’s national convention in Nashville June 24-27 following record-setting success at PBL’s state conference.

Contests at that April gathering at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches tested subject knowledge in 26 business and management categories. In all, JSOM students earned 35 awards, including 21 for first place – a state record.

Atop that success came the announcement that the Jindal School has been selected to host the 2015 and 2016 state conferences.

The collegiate division of the Future Business Leaders of America, Phi Beta Lambda focuses on preparing students for careers in business and business-related fields. On the college level, more than 11,000 students nationwide participate in the organization, which is designed to build leadership and scholarship. The UT Dallas chapter is based in the Jindal School.

Jindal School competitors at the state conference were happy to improve upon their 2013 performance, when 21 students earned 29 state awards.

“When we won so big last year, it was a surprise and exciting,” said Dr. Vance Johnson Lewis, advisor to the UT Dallas PBL chapter and director of the Jindal School’s undergraduate program in business administration. “This year we definitely wanted to prove we are the strongest team in the state.”

The state competition allowed students to compete in both online and on-campus events, and those who placed first or second in each category qualified to move on.

“I’m very proud of all our members and commend all the effort put into preparing for competition,” Melvin Lopez, a JSOM senior going to Nashville, said. “We’ve proven we’re the best in Texas.…Now it’s time to prove we are the best in the nation.”

Aside from competing, Lewis said that other elements of the chapter changed during the 2013-2014 academic year to add strength to the team. “We have moved away from just being a competition team,” Lewis said. “Over the past year we have also focused on being a well- rounded student organization and increasing our professional growth.”

As part of these efforts, Lewis invited Dr. Michele Lockhart, a senior lecturer in JSOM’s Organizations Strategy and International Management Area, to join as co-advisor and Shaheena Ramzan, a 2013 BS in Management Information System graduate and consultant at Capgemini Worldwide, to join as an alumni advisor.

UT Dallas Phi Beta Lambda 2014 State Competition Winners
Event Name JSOM Contestant Place
Accounting Principles Timmy Paul 3rd
Business Ethics Team:
Saad Khan*
Joyce Chemplanikal*
Natasha Chou*
Business Presentation Team 1st
Client Service Robert Kim 1st
Computer Concepts Luis Fuentes* 1st
Economic Analysis and Decision Making Thu Pham 1st
Emerging Business Issues Team 1st
Entrepreneurship Concepts Phuong Nguyen 1st
Financial Analysis and Decision Making Team 1st
Financial Concepts Siddarth Vyas* 1st
Zohaib Mohd 2nd
Future Business Educator Alice Zhu* 1st
Future Business Executive Robert Kim 2nd
Hospitality Management Team:
Joyce Chemplanikal*
Puja Kalyani*
Saad Khan*
Human Resource Management Team:
Melvin Lopez*
Omar Farid*
Impromptu Speaking Sumanth Nelluru 1st
Alice Zhu* 2nd
Macroeconomics Lyndsey Ibarra* 1st
Job Interview Omar Farid* 3rd
Management Analysis and Decision Making Team:
Anil Pandya*
Siddarth Vyas*
Marketing Concepts Natasha Chou* 1st
Microeconomics Stanley Joseph 2nd
Organizational Behavior and Leadership Lyndsey Ibarra* 1st
Melvin Lopez* 2nd
Project Management Zahraa Shubbar 2nd
Retail Management Sara Lavingia 1st
Sales Presentation Anil Pandya* 1st
Web Site Design Phimlamphay Dimanh* 1st
Word Processing Phimlamphay Dimanh* 1st

* – Going to Nationals