Five Duhawks Earn Top Honors in FBLA-PBL State Competition

Five Loras College students topped the competition in seven categories at the Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda state competition and eight students will move on to compete at the national conference in June.

Cori Welch (’21) – marketing concepts; Nick Reiter (’22) – financial concepts; Darby Callahan (’20) – information management retail management; Paige Diebold (’23) – microeconomics; and Jamie Engelke (’20) – personal finance, organizational behavior and leadership, each claimed top honors in their categories against students from across the state, including Iowa State University and University of Northern Iowa.

“Loras students have acquitted themselves well the last two years in representing Loras College and the Noonan School of Business,” Doug Gambrall, Ed.D., associate professor of business administration, said. “This year was no exception, with seven first place finishes at the Iowa PBL Leadership Conference.”

The top two finishers in each category qualify for competition at the FBLA-PBL National Leadership Conference. Callahan, Diebold, Engelke and Welch will all move on to compete in June. They will be joined by fellow qualifiers Juan Jose Arias-Mondragon (’21), Brett Batkoff (’22), Leonardo Bellingeri (’21) and Claire Siegert (’22).

“One of the primary benefits of PBL membership is the opportunity for students to compete at state and national level,” Gambrall said. “These occasions where students can stretch their capabilities beyond the classroom can be quite rewarding,”

PBL is the collegiate division of FBLA. Its mission is to prepare students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences. The National Leadership Conference hosts students from across the country and is the organization’s signature event.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2019, Loras was the second-highest ranked Catholic college in the state of Iowa according to College Consensus, the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the third consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 10th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).