Twelve San Jacinto College students will represent the state of Texas at the 2016 National Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda Leadership (PBL) Conference in June.

Courtney Saenz, Alondra Romano, Richard Vega, Whitney Diggs, Tyrra Carr, Vontonio Jones, Jose Tur, Jackie Rodriguez, Johann Moreno, Justin Gutierrez, Alex Miranda, and Jared Upham all placed in the PBL state competition held at the University of Texas at Dallas earlier in April.

“We are extremely proud of this year’s PBL member accomplishments,” Kristy McAuliffe, San Jacinto College business professor and PBL advisor. “It’s very exciting to have them compete at the national level. Every year San Jacinto College PBL students are competing against four-year colleges and universities, and it is definitely an accomplishment for our students to be able to advance to the national level in PBL events.”

First place winners include: Saenz, business communications; Romano, macroeconomics; Diggs, business sustainability; Jones, business sustainability and client services; Rodriguez and Moreno, hospitality management; Upham, marketing analysis and decision making, and sports and entertainment marketing; Carr, business sustainability; and Gutierrez, prepared speech.

Second place winners include: Saenz, business decision making; Vega, business decision making and marketing analysis and decision making; Carr, client services; and Tur, future business executive.

Third place winners include: Romano, microeconomics; Miranda, accounting principles; and Gutierrez, impromptu speaking.

The PBL national competition takes place June 24-27 in Atlanta, Georgia.


About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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