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College of Business Students Earn National Awards

PBL Students

July 18, 2019— Northern Kentucky University’s Haile/US Bank College of Business is now home to national champion business students.

NKU’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) captured three first-place finishes along with 11 national awards at the 2019 National Leadership Conference, nearly quadrupling their previous year total. Approximately 2,000 PBL members from across the United States competed from June 24 to 27 in San Antonio, Texas.

The conference provides college students with the opportunity to develop leadership and professional skills and to compete academically with real-world scenarios across business disciplines. NKU’s group of nine qualified for nationals by finishing top three in their event at the Kentucky State Leadership Conference in April.  

“Our team is continuously improving year after year. Before the 2019 conference, we never finished higher than fourth place at the national level. Now after five straight years of competing, NKU is known for having some of the best business students in the nation,” said Emily Kuderer, NKU’s chapter president. “This is the highest achievement for a PBL member. I’m thankful for our amazing faculty’s commitment in preparing us for the most complicated business problems.”

NKU award recipients: 

1st Place Finishes

-Taylor Gagne: Contemporary Sports Issues

-Taylor Gagne: Sports Management & Marketing

-Rachel Franzen: Project Management 

4th Place Finishes

-Emily Kuderer & Kathleen Pfeffer: Accounting Analysis & Decision Making 

-Emily Kuderer: Personal Finance 

5th Place Finishes 

-Kathleen Pfeffer: Accounting for Professionals

-Rob Witt: Human Resource Management 

-Jessica Wert: Retail Management 

6th Place Finishes 

-Korbin Florer: Business Decision Making

7th Place Finishes

-Ethan Patton: Management Concepts 

-Ethan Patton: Marketing Concepts 

Top 14

-Korbin Florer & Madison Kalb: Small Business Management Plan

NKU’s PBL chapter aims to bring business and education together through innovative leadership and career development programs. PBL is open to any student who is interested in building their professional skills. PBL meetings are every other Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the College of Business. Visit their social media @nku_pbl for more information.

About the Haile/US Bank College of Business: With more than 2,000 students, the Haile/US Bank College of Business’ goal is to educate and connect with the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati business community by delivering globally relevant, innovative and sustainable programs and practices. The college offers 12 undergraduate degrees and three masters level programs. For more information, visit its website.

About NKU: Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information, visit