Rutgers students who were award winners at Phi Beta Lambda's national leadership competition

Rutgers students are big winners at Phi Beta Lambda conference

Every year, the Rutgers chapter of Phi Beta Lambda receives special recognition in the national competition. This year, the students fared even better than usual.

A total of 11 competitors from Rutgers Phi Beta Lambda received recognition in five events at the national organization's Awards of Excellence Program on June 26.

A team comprised of sophomores Chelsea Wong, economics and political science; James Xia, finance and supply chain, and Richard Zhu, supply chain and marketing placed first in economic analysis and decision making and took home a prize of $1,200. Additionally, Senior, Matthew Peyrek, accounting, placed fourth in Sports Management and Marketing, and Jesus Roa, engineering, placed fourth in Business Sustainability.

“I am extremely proud of our members’ continuing display of excellence in the nation and of our chapter’s growing recognition at the national level. Every year, Rutgers produces numerous national finalists and this year, a team of national champions” said chapter President Matthew Peyrek.

The Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference was held June 23–26 in Baltimore, Maryland. Participants from across the United States attended to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in 60 business and business-related competitive events. Nearly 2,000 of students competed to win more than $110,000 in cash awards.

The awards were 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 competitions, students immersed themselves in interactive workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and heard from motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics.

Members of Future Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda who represented Rutgers at the organization's 2018 national leadership conference.
Members of Future Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda who represented Rutgers at the organization's 2018 national leadership conference.

About FBLA-PBL, Inc.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., the premier student business organization, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in more than 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. FBLA-PBL’s mission is to inspire and prepare students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia. For more information, visit

About Rutgers Phi Beta Lambda

Rutgers Phi Beta Lambda is a local division of FBLA-PBL, Inc. located in Piscataway, N.J. and a student organization of Rutgers Business School-New Brunswick. It is a professional development organization open to all majors, built around the pillars of Service, Education, & Progress. Rutgers PBL hosts many on-campus networking events, including its signature event, “Dining with the Distinguished,” which annually attracts more 200 students and professionals and has been recognized as the “Best Overall Event” or “Best Networking Event” in the business school four years running by the Rutgers Business Governing Association.



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