Beckfield College Business Students Continue to Wow – at a National Level!

Awesome job!  Hard work pays off!  Way to go gentleman!  Our hats are off to you!  There are so many ways to tell our students they have accomplished big things because of their hard work, dedication, and focus on success!  This is so true for our Phi Beta Lambda business fraternity members from Beckfield College’s Florence, Kentucky Campus.

Ed Villaverde, James Massengale, and Wayne Strickland all participated successfully in a state competition in Kentucky in April that led them to a national competition in Nashville, Tennessee last week!  There was no shortage of success.  These three Beckfield College business students participated in 4 of the competitions and placed in the top 10 in all 4 categories – that’s right – 100% success!  That’s no easy feat.  There were more than 1,800 students who participated in the conference from 190 colleges across the United States and 2 countries!  Beckfield College students surpassed the work of students from Rutgers University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Nebraska, and many more!

James Massengale, Wayne Strickland and Ed Villaverde from Beckfield College received national recognition at the PBL Awards of Excellence on June 27.  Wayne Strickland competed in Sales Presentation and came home with a first place trophy.  James Massengale competed Business Communication and brought home place a sixth place finish. Ed Villaverde competed in Retail Management and placed tenth.  The team of James Massengale and Ed Villaverde competed in Emerging Business Issues and brought home a 4th place award.

“I couldn’t have been more proud of what James, Wayne and Ed accomplished in Nashville.  Their hard work, focus and desire to be the best paid big dividends.  They did an outstanding job representing Beckfield College,” said Charles V. Richardson, Dean, Business & Technology and PBL Advisor at Beckfield College.

Beckfield College congratulates you on YOUR success Ed, James and Wayne.

Just a little note to put things in perspective:  The advisor for the University of North Carolina tweeted how excited he was to have 2 top 10 finishes!  Our Beckfield College students brought home 4 top 10 finishes.  It just rocks.

Some pictures are on Facebook and more will be added!

The award was part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers. In addition to the competitions, students immersed themselves in educational workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and attended motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics.

About FBLA-PBL, Inc.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active 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



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