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Chapter Spotlight: Diablo Valley College

Ryan Rim, State Officer Intern, ‘18-19

This week, I had the opportunity to interview Andrew Pajes, who is the president of DVC PBL. DVC PBL is special because, at 150 members, it has the largest membership of all the local chapters. One of the greatest challenges that comes with having so many members is gathering everyone’s attention. But I sensed a common theme among all the members of DVC PBL: a shared sense of community. This was what initially attracted so many members and, in turn, kept them all together.

I recently set up a table for my own local chapter at my school’s club fair with the help of Dillon Johnson and Nanki Ahuja. Dillon is a state officer who manages northern membership and Nanki is a state officer intern. Both of them are members of DVC PBL and I could immediately feel their hospitality. Even though DVC is almost an hour away from my college, both Dillon and Nanki took time out of their days to help me. We met in person only once, during the State Fall Business Leadership Conference, but despite this  they immediately treated me like family.

When I interviewed Andrew Pajes, I also felt a similar vibe. His motto for the organization is, “You come to DVC and we treat you as family.” He noticed most people normally went to school for class and left afterward. Keeping that in mind, he committed to offer DVC PBL as an open, familial environment for all DVC Students. Andrew was actually introduced to PBL by Billy Colston (who was recently featured in the CAPBL Newsroom post about UCSD PBL). According to Andrew, “Billy’s charismatic speech motivated me to stay in PBL.” When I asked Andrew what he would like to see changed at the State and National levels, he replied, “I would like to see more unification among other local chapters. More online interactions, whether it’s offering competitions online or projects, will definitely be helpful.”

With 150 members, I can just imagine the time and effort it takes to organize and manage conference trips. Speaking of conferences, Andrew is “looking forward to see new faces, especially from chapters that don’t usually go to the conferences.” He is also anticipating case study competitions because “they require critical thinking and working as a team.” With so many local chapters getting fired up for spring conference, I personally can’t wait to return to conferences; hopefully with a team instead of as an individual.

Best,

Ryan

Diablo Valley College

President: Andrew Pajes

What was the hardest part about starting (if the chapter was just established) and/or operating your chapter?

The chapter was already established. It currently has around 150 members. Keeping their attention is hard. Our motto is: you come to DVC and we treat you as family. This encourages people to stay in the club. People normally go to school for class and leave. They aren’t there to make friends. But PBL offers them a place with a family environment.

Is there anything you would like to see changed from the state or even the national level?

I would like to see more unification amongst other local chapters. Also more online interactions whether it’s offering competitions online or projects would definitely help a lot especially for bigger chapters since it’s much more convenient.

How did you get involved with PBL?

Billy Colston convinced me to go to the general meeting. Billy’s charismatic speech motivated me to stay in PBL.

What are you looking forward to for the State Business Leadership Conferences?

Definitely networking activities. I’m looking forward to seeing new faces, especially from chapters that usually don’t go to the conferences. I’m also excited for case study competitions because they require critical thinking and working as a team.

For your chapter, do you prioritize more on student acquisition or student retention? And how do you manage that?

Initially I focused on student acquisition but now it’s balanced between the two. I capitalized marketing in the first 2-3 weeks of school, via word of mouth. With regards to student retention, I focus on the current members. We emphasize the MRP System: a recognition program for awarding members for their hard work using tiers of bronze, silver, and gold. Members who reach the gold standard receive special recognition at the bi-annual banquet.


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Chapter Spotlight: UC San Diego

Ryan Rim, State Officer Intern ‘18-19

I had the opportunity to interview Billy, the President of UC San Diego’s PBL chapter. As a CAPBL State Officer Intern and an aspiring founder of a local chapter, I wanted to delve deeper into the workings of a local chapter. Billy, who is currently the president of UCSD chapter and the state president, first got involved with PBL while he was attending Diablo Valley College. Although he wasn’t initially interested, he was inspired by the people in the organization. After talking to some of the members, he ended up being recruited.

Before Billy took over as the president of the UCSD chapter, the culture within the organization was completely different. As Billy put it, “many people left the organization due to the culture. The [previous] board’s vision wasn’t translating because they lacked accountability.” Billy’s top priority was to restructure the image of the chapter and change the lackluster culture that consumed his local chapter. When asked what changes he would like to see within the state and national levels, Billy responded, “It would be better [for California PBL] to communicate with local chapters more. I want to connect with more members and chapters across California. As for the national level, it would be nice to see more conferences in the west coast because it’s hard to finance coast to coast trips.”

Two of the biggest events hosted by California PBL are the State Business Leadership Conferences held in the Fall and Spring of each year. I asked Billy what is he looking forward to in the conferences as both a state President and the UCSD chapter President. Billy is looking forward to instituting new ideas and hopes that state continues to develop innovative ideas and implement them into the conferences.

During last year’s fall conference, I personally participated in a new event called the Incubator Competition. There were four 20 minute elimination rounds to create a business plan from scratch. My team and I ended up placing first place even though none of us ever met before. It was definitely an exciting competition that truly put each person’s communication skills to the test. I can’t wait to see what California PBL has planned for the Spring Business Leadership Conference!

Best,

Ryan

UC San Diego

President: Billy Colston

What was the hardest part about starting (if the chapter was just established) and/or operating your chapter?

The chapter was already established. The hardest part about operating the chapter was changing the culture. Previous board members’ visions weren’t translating due to the lack of sincerity, and previous board members lacked accountability. Therefore, a lot of people left the organization. My main goal was to restructure the image of the chapter.

Is there anything you would like to see changed from the State or even the National level?

From the state level, it would be better to see more communication with local chapters. I want to connect with more members and chapters across California. At the national level, it would be nice to see more conferences in the west coast. It’s hard to finance coast to coast trips.

How did you get involved with PBL?

I was inspired by the people in the organization at DVC. I talked to some people and ended up getting recruited. I like to surround myself with other like-minded motivated individuals.

What are you looking forward to for the State Business Leadership Conferences?

I am looking forward to instituting new ideas. I hope state continues to develop new ideas and implement into the conferences.

For your chapter, do you prioritize more on student acquisition or student retention? And how do you manage that?

Both. Last year I focused more on student acquisition. To operate a successful chapter, acquisition should come first and then retention. We emphasized alumni initiative. We created different projects to incentivize members to dedicate their time and effort into being active within the organization. Exposure to different industries definitely attracted new members. I like to work on meaningful projects.

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Rishabh Bindal Steps Down

LOS ANGELES, California (November 15, 2015)

California Phi Beta Lambda announced that Rishabh Bindal is vacating his role as Director of Partnerships effective today.  Rishabh started working with The California PBL Alumni Collective and leaves several other projects.

  1. State President Tiffany Perez will continue the Partnership forged with The California PBL Alumni Collective. 
     
  2. Director of Programs Tammy Han will work with The California PBL Alumni Collective on developing structures to unite PBL members with PBL alumni.
     
  3. Business Relations Associate Harmin Kaur will pick up Bindal's partnerships with industry.

"We regret losing Rishabh, and wish him well.  We hope he continues to be involved with Phi Beta Lambda both at USC and at California PBL events," said State Adviser Jason Ishibashi.

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California Schools Recognized with Top Honors

GARDEN GROVE, California (November 8, 2015)

More than 250 of California's best and brightest college students traveled to the Anaheim Resort District for interactive development sessions, case study competitions, and to raise money for our philanthropic partner the March of Dimes.

California Phi Beta Lambda is proud to recognize our chapters and members:

Case Study Competition - Levendary Cafe
1. UC Riverside
2. CSU Fullerton
3. Univ. of Southern Cal.

Case Study Competition - Comfort Class Transport
1. UC San Diego
2. UC Berkeley
3. College of the Canyons

Largest Local Chapter - as of November 7
1. UC San Diego (100 members)
2. CSU Fullerton (44 members)
3. Cerritos College (41 members)

Largest Conference Delegation
1. UC San Diego (34 delegates)
2. Diablo Valley College (29 delegates)
3. Cerritos College (27 delegates)

Mr. Phi Beta Lambda
1. Andrew Lou (UC Berkeley)
2. Daniel Nannery (CSU Fullerton)
3. Javier Sandoval (Diablo Valley College)
$4,279.13 raised for the March of Dimes!

Inter-Chapter Olympics
1. UC Santa Barbara
2. UC Riverside
3. CSU Fullerton
Most Spirited: UC Santa Barbara

Name Tag Competition
1. Cerritos College
2. UC Riverside
3. CSU Fullerton

Congratulations to all our winners!

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Alumni Give Back to California PBL

GARDEN GROVE, California (November 7, 2015)

California PBL is excited to welcome back 15 alumni to judge our Case Competitions and host an Alumni Panel discussing their thoughts on the importance of Phi Beta Lambda in today's working environment.

Our alumni frequently gather  to share ideas and discuss how to help each other in the professional world in The California PBL Alumni Collective.  This is a self-organized collective of Alumni interested in helping fellow Alumni (and current members).  

The California PBL Alumni Collective truly shows what FBLA-PBL is about: Service, Education, Progress.  They do this every day.

To learn more, please like their Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/The-California-PBL-Alumni-Collective-1625073977736798/

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