Phi Beta Lambda Heads To Nationals Competition

Phi Beta Lambda posing for a picture with their awards.
ORLANDO MAGIC: PBL Chapters from MDC will represent the school at the 2011 National Leadership Conference from June 23 to 26.

Miami Dade College’s Phi Beta Lambda organizations placed in more than 30 state competitions in Tampa on March 10-13. Now it’s on to the National Leadership Conference in Orlando on June 23-26.

Phi Beta Lambda, an education organization that prepares students for careers in business and business-related fields at post-secondary institutions, has one of the largest chapters at MDC with an enrollment of 200 students.

The largest chapter is at the Kendall Campus which boasts 125 members followed by 35 at the Wolfson Campus, 30 at the North Campus and 10 at the InterAmerican Campus.

“Miami Dade College has made a name for itself over the past 50 years.” said Kendall Campus’ PBL adviser Maria Mari. “But, this proves that the quality of students from MDC are equal to any major university in the country.”

At the state competition, PBL members competed against universities such as Penn State University, Stanford University, Michigan State University the University of Miami and Florida International University.

“[The] Phi Beta Lambda State Competition was exciting, challenging, and a wonderful learning experience,” said Stephanie Ramos the public relations director for the PBL chapter at North Campus.

Horacio Aguirre PBL president at Kendall Campus, alongside partners Giovanni Castro and Carlos Arguello won first place in last year’s National competition for Small Business Management where they used their winning idea of creating a nutritious ice cream bar and turned it into a real company.

Their company, Neomotiv, was founded in 2010 after Arguello came up with the idea. The company also includes Pablo Rodriguez, Christopher Silva, Mirtha Guerra, Aguirre, and Ilka Kohan.

Neomotiv is expected to launch their nutrient-rich ice cream bar called the ÜberBAR on April 30.

The ÜberBAR is an on-the-go ice cream bar that offers proteins, vitamins, and minerals. Priced at $1.99 and available in vanilla and chocolate flavors, NeoMotiv is hoping to attract gym goers and active students.

Neomotiv plans on working with Lackmann Food Services at MDC to sell their line of ice cream bars on campus.

“PBL really does prepare you to do something in your life, whether it’s just helping you network or creating ideas that you can turn into businesses, it’s great,” Aguirre said.