Heavener student receives notable leadership award

Members of UF's Phi Beta Lambda team

Members of UF’s Phi Beta Lambda team (PBL) at the Florida PBL State Leadership Conference in Orlando.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Shuyun Xue, a junior Management major at the Heavener School of Business at the Warrington College of Business Administration, was the recipient of the Rob Kelleher Memorial Award at the Florida Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) State Leadership Conference on March 21-24 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando.

The Rob Kelleher Memorial Award is presented each year to the “outstanding member who best exemplifies leadership, ideals, and aspirations of Phi Beta Lambda.” Xue, now a member of Florida’s Who’s Who in Phi Beta Lambda, will be Florida’s candidate at the National PBL Leadership Conference on June 22-25 in Anaheim, Calif.

“The Rob Kelleher Memorial Award is one of the highest honors a PBL member could hope for, and it is such a privilege to be the 2013 recipient,” Xue said. “The past winners are some of the most accomplished people I know and it is an honor to be part of this tradition. I cannot express enough gratitude to my chapter, our adviser [Executive Director of the University of Florida’s Center for Leadership and Service] Josh Funderburke, and the entire Florida PBL family.”

Additionally, UF’s team placed in the top five in eight events at the conference, including first-place finishes by Electrical & Computer Engineering major Eric Konkol-Bennett (Telecommunications), Management major Kevin Bryce (Management Concepts) and Finance major Yasmin Yuen (Help Desk).

PBL is the college counterpart of the Future Business Leaders of America. PBL provides opportunities to gain person growth, business experience, and to participate in business and community activities.

UF results from the Florida Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference:

Business Law

4. Annelys Hessing

Help Desk

1. Yasmin Yuen

Human Resource Management

2. Shuyun Xue

Information Management

2. Eric Konkol-Bennett


2. Bryan Blette

Management Concepts

1. Kevin Bryce

3. Bryan Blette

Sports Management & Marketing

2. Yannik Wiggemans

Statistical Analysis

2. Bryan Blette

5. Eric Konkol-Bennett


1. Eric Konkol-Bennett