Thomas Nelson is Host Site for Virginia Future Business Leaders of America’s 28th Annual Spring Conference


Published: February 24, 2009

Enterprising high school students destined to be tomorrow’s business and industry heads will converge on Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) Saturday, March 7 when the Virginia Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) holds its regional spring conference on the Hampton campus.

Thomas Nelson has been host site to the organization’s TNCC Region conference for several years as Historic Triangle campus Provost William Travis, Ph.D., is director for the region. This year marks the twenty-eighth spring conference, he noted.

“This is a great opportunity for the students in the TNCC Region to gain valuable experience. Many of the top finishers in the competitive events will go on to compete at the State Leadership Conference in Reston in April and even on to the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim in June. This is something they’ll carry with them for many years,” said Travis.

Travis said TNCC faculty and staff have wholeheartedly supported the conference each year by serving as judges for the various competitive events during the conference.

He explained that students compete in as many as 58 different events in spring such as business ethics (team), impromptu speaking and job interview, to name a few. Some events take place before the conference and those events are judged as well with TNCC participating in some of the judging.

The FBLA is an educational association of student members preparing for careers in business and business related fields. The organization provides innovative leadership development programs to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship. In 1950, Virginia was chartered as the eleventh State Chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America. Virginia FBLA is part of the national structure of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc.

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