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Miami Dade College Students Come out on Top of Competition Once Again at PBL State Leadership Conference

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MDC 2014 PBL Winners

Miami, April 7, 2014 - A group of high-achieving Miami Dade College (MDC) students from InterAmerican, Kendall, North, and Wolfson Campuses recently garnered unprecedented wins at this year’s Florida Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) State Leadership Conference. The students competed in events testing their business knowledge and skills. Top winners will go on to compete in the 2014 PBL National Leadership Conference in the summer. Rene Choy, professor at the North Campus, won PBL Adviser of the Year for the State of Florida.     

Phi Beta Lambda is the premier collegiate business organization in the country. With dedicated advisors and hard-working officers as its cornerstone, MDC’s PBL chapter has earned recognition across the nation, including more than a hundred awards in state and national competitions. In addition, PBL embraces a spirit of community service, taking part in numerous fundraisers and charity events throughout the year.

This year’s state winners are: 

First Place

InterAmerican Campus

Economic Analysis and Decision-Making: Juan Balcazar


Kendall Campus

Accounting Analysis and Decision-Making:  Jessica Garcia, Nicholas Mallory, Caleb Castillo

Accounting Principles:  John Centeno

Business Sustainability: Chris Cuan, Khalid Eisa, Dianelys Torres

Human Resources Management: Eryka Melo, Vanessa Noguera, Andy Oceguerra

Integrated Marketing: Melanie Velasquez, Claudia Romero, Shanna Knowles

Macroeconomics: Antonio Cajade

Management Concepts: Chris Cuan

Mobile Application: Daniel Liwuam, Alex Lopez, Dimitri Griffith

Small Business Management: Sophia Fleites, Giselle Garcia, Catherine Acosta

Website Development: Francisco Cano, Ana Medina


North Campus

Business Presentation: Yohei Fujita, Angel Juan

Management Analysis: Ana Paredes, Nicole Simon

Public Speaking: Quinn Allen


Wolfson Campus

Accounting for Professionals: Yanet Arcaya


Second Place

InterAmerican Campus

Macroeconomics: Juan Balcazar

Kendall Campus

Accounting Principles: Nicholas Mallory

Business Presentation: Paulina Rios, Pablo Tineo, Laura Ayala

Community Service: Hyacinth Llanos, Michael Gutierrez, Iris Lopez

Management Analysis and Decision-Making: Marilys Solano, Alex de Cespedes, Brandon Silva

Parliamentary Procedure: Jessica Caicedo, Nathan Duenas, Betsy Trujillo, Allen Llodra, Robert Knewitz


North Campus

Business Law: Malcolm Gomez, Svetlana Valdes, Tiffany Wood

Contemporary Sports Issues: Malcolm Gomez

Economic Analysis and Decision-Making: Sean McKenzie, Katherine Puig

Justice Administration: Svetlana Valdes

Sports Management: Malcolm Gomez


Wolfson Campus

Accounting for Professionals: Jieyi Wu


Third Place

InterAmerican Campus

Human Resources Management: Nerea Alvarez, Joaquin Pannunzio

Personal Finance: Camila Ceballos


Kendall Campus

Business Decision-Making: Nicholas Mallory, Antonio Cajade

Cost Accounting: John Centeno

Desktop Publishing: Brandon Silva, Alex de Cespedes

Emerging Business Issues: Alexis Perez, Michael Gutierrez, Jason Miyares

Project Management: Kevin Galvez

Public Speaking: Maycol Delgado

Sports Management: Nicholas Mallory

Strategic Management: Iris Lopez, Yheinny Santana, Jason Miyares

Word Processing: Victoria Weller


Wolfson Campus

Business Communications: Roderick Bell

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366,, media specialist
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Kai Hill, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

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