CMU students to vie in national business competition

Colorado Mesa University students captured 13 championships and 20 top-three finishes in a state business competition.

All nine members of the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda chapter at CMU who vied in the online state leadership conference qualified for the national competition in June.

“Our students were absolutely amazing,” said Tyler Liff, a business instructor at CMU who advises the students. “It was a great day for them and a great day for the CMU Department of Business.”

CMU President Tim Foster also praised the students and the efforts of business faculty who advise them. “The CMU Department of Business faculty continue to go above and beyond creating real-world experiences for their students,” Foster said. “Some of our faculty have been FBLA advisors for most of their careers, and the performance of our students and the commendations they received this month reflect that ongoing commitment to learning.”

CMU students who qualified for the national event are: Angelina DeCrow, Kaila Fox, Raymond Hamer, Victor Hellstrom, Lexis Nylund, Dillon Sandrock, Noah Stahlecker, Orlando Trujilo and Shannon Weeks.

At the statewide conference, college students from across Colorado competed online in business-related tests, presentations and role-plying events.

Fox said the virtual format required CMU students to use different skills and strategies. “We adapted and did well enough for first place. We had a lot of fun, and everybody did great.”

Students from CMU captured first in business communications, business decision making, contemporary sports issues, entrepreneurship, human resource management, impromptu speaking,  marketing analysis and decision making, marketing organizational behavior and leadership, retail management, resumes and strategic analysis and decision making.