Micah Larey, a junior finance and accounting major at Southern Arkansas University, was recently elected state president of the Arkansas Phi Beta Lambda organization. PBL is the college division of Future Business Leaders of America.

Larey, from Fouke, Arkansas, was elected vice president of membership of PBL last year, and thinks what he learned will help him in his new office.

“It was a great experience,” said Larey. “And we made a lot of progress and added a lot of new members," according to a press release.

Larey was one of several SAU students earning recognition at the state competition. The SAU PBL team earned 28 state awards this year, bringing the Rankin College of Business’s all time total to 1,296 state awards.

In addition, 10 SAU business students qualified to compete at the national competition in Baltimore later this spring.

Larey hopes to work as an accountant and financial advisor in southwest Arkansas. He said he was initially drawn to the chapter at the Rankin College of Business by friends and faculty members.

“I enjoy the camaraderie, the networking, and the competitive opportunities of the organization.”

The FBLA/PBL  is the largest career student business organization in the world. Each year, it helps over 230,000 members prepare for careers in business while inspiring students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences.

The junior said he plans to work the established tradition of the state chapter of the organization.

“I’m hoping to increase our membership, increase communication among the chapters in the state, and let the members’ voices be heard.”

Larey is the son of Lee and Cori Larey of Fouke.