From April 13-15, 2014, over 1,300 high school students, teachers, business members and community leaders from all across Arizona convened at the Westin La Paloma in Tucson, AZ for the 52nd Annual FBLA Arizona State Leadership Conference. Nearly $10,000 in scholarship money was awarded and students competed in over 60 different types of competitions relating to business, management, accounting, computer programming and entrepreneurship. Keynote speaker Bill Cordes fired up the conference during the opening session while the Mayor of Tucson, Jonathan Rothschild, brought greetings to the members on behalf of the City of Tucson. Previous FBLA member, national officer and current Business and Marketing Education Program Specialist and National FBLA-PBL Board of Directors member, Shea Padilla, brought greetings at the awards session. The top winners in each event will now advance to the FBLA National Leadership in Nashville, Tennessee from June 29 – July 2 to compete against 9,000 other FBLA students from all over the United States.
FBLA is a dynamic organization of young people who are actively interested in pursuing careers in business. With over 225,000 members nationwide, FBLA is the premier student business organization in the entire world. Along with scholarship, community service and civic service opportunities, FBLA provides recognition and leadership activities directly related to attainment of specific occupational and leadership skills. FBLA Arizona has over 5,000 members in 100+ high schools and middle schools across the state.
FBLA Arizona is housed and funded in-part by the Career and Technical Education Division in the Arizona Department of Education, John Huppenthal – State Superintendent of Public Instruction.