October-AZ PBL message from the president.


Left To right: Tom O’Hallern Arizona                                                                                                                                                                       Congressman  & Mark Creech                                                                                                                                                                                                       July 2017 Washington, DC

Hi Fellow Arizona PBL members,

We just finished our 2017 Local officer training and for many chapters recruiting classroom and club activity week is crucial. I am sure you will be asked many times “Why should I join PBL”? I want to share with you my reasons for joining Arizona Phi Beta Lambda.

Why Should You Join Phi Beta Lambda While Attending College?

In 2011, an intensive care surgeon told me that my excruciating headaches were caused from Vasculitis (vas-kyu-LI-tis) which is a condition that involves inflammation in the blood vessels. My reply was doc is it fatal? He replied “no, but you’re professional trucking career is over”. Devastating news for a 48-year-old high school dropout with no interpersonal skills. After a few failed attempts to get a job locally, I enrolled at Central Arizona College to pursue a business degree.

Slowly, I acclimated to the world of academia and began to excel in my studies. However, I still needed to find employment to replace my lost income stream. Luckily, my personal doctor cleared me to drive again and I resumed my driving career. However, this time it was different, my life’s perspective had changed due to my business classes. I yearned to work in an office atmosphere for the first time in my life. Wow was I scared, see I had the people skills of a rock!

I found a recruiting brochure in the computer lab at Central Arizona which stated that ‘Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) is dedicated to developing future leaders”. I was desperately seeking an opportunity to enhance my people skills and in a nutshell, that is why I joined PBL.

That brings me to the question why should you join PBL when you attend college? I’ll answer it this way, you’ll gain practical experience application while you learn to use skills like project management, event planning, and fundraising. PBL is the ideal way to sharpen your business skills and apply your classroom knowledge to real-world scenarios.

You can also find out what you’re good at, for me I discovered that I was good at multitasking, staying organized, generating ideas. I also discovered that I had a passion for serving others. This was critical to my evolution from lifetime introvert to infancy extrovert. My professors call this self-awareness and I believe it is crucial to transitioning from classroom to work force.

During my interview with my future manager, he asked how my involvement in PBL would help me be successful at Swift Transportation. I told him that I was part of a dynamic leadership team for the largest collegiate business student organization in the world. I also mentioned my competition success at leadership conferences and I was competing against very best business students in the nation.

Joining PBL will help you develop people skills which allow you to effectively interact with others. Most importantly, you’ll learn the best way to communicate with both individuals and large groups. While working with a team you’ll develop a network that will help down the line when you’re looking for a job.

I suggest you become an officer during your time in PBL. As a leader, you will learn that patience and time management is crucial to your success. Remember change does not happen overnight and the turtle always wins the race. I’ll see you at the finish line, and perhaps at the next PBL national leadership conference.

Mark Creech

PBL Western Region VP