Business students win, place and show in multiple competitive events

Yavapai College's Future Business Leaders of America students impressed business scholars their first state leadership conference last month, winning multiple first-, second- and third-place awards in the competitive events at the Arizona FBLA Collegiate Conference at Arizona State University. 

“I felt strongly that our team would do well,” Yavapai College Business instructor and FBLA Advisor Eric Hall said.

The chapter competed in a range of business/finance and performance-based events with students from colleges and universities that included Arizona State University, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, East Arizona College, and Phoenix College.

“The competitive events are based on business-related scenarios involving accounting, marketing, finance, impromptu speaking and more,” Hall explained. “Students are provided a scenario or topic and then five to 20 minutes of prep time. Judges evaluate the performance [in terms of] preparation, knowledge, professionalism, dress code compliance, and time allocation.”

The YC Chapter performed impressively, scoring two 1st place finishes, a 2nd Place finish, and two 3rd place finishes:

  • 1st place for Finance Case Competition—Brian Matuskey and Nic Clower
  • 2nd place for Management Case Competition—Brian Matuskey, Nic Clower and Lukas Solano
  • 1st place for Business Ethics—Alex Bacci
  • 3rd place for Public Speaking—Jadyn Ferris
  • 3rd place for Impromptu Speaking—Alex Bacci
  • Outstanding Chapter Advisor—Eric Hall
  • Outstanding Chapter—Yavapai College


In addition, the FBLA conference elected YC’s Jayden Ferris as State Executive Vice President and requested Yavapai College host the 2025 State FBLA Leadership Conference next year.

Future Business Leaders of America is the largest and oldest business student organization in the world, with over a quarter of a million high school and middle school students, college and university students. Across the country, the FBLA’s educators, administrators, and business professionals work to help prepare students for careers in business and business-related fields.

Hall praised the chapter competitors and found the results encouraging: “The mission of Yavapai College is to provide accessible, quality workforce, transfer, lifelong, and cultural learning opportunities.” He said. “The Business School and its programs and clubs exist to support and contribute to that mission. The results our competitors achieved demonstrate that we are doing the right work in on our campuses, in our classrooms and online.”


Yavapai College operates six campuses and centers throughout Yavapai County and offers over 100 degrees and certificates, two baccalaureate degrees, student and community services, and cultural events and activities.

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