GRCC Student Takes 1st Place Honors at National Business Conference - Eight Students Become Finalists

Eight Grand Rapids Community College students took top honors at the Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership Conference recently held in Chicago all of whom qualified at the state competitions in February by finishing in the top three places of their competitive events. 

Reinier Fontaine-Perez earned 1st place honors in the entrepreneurship competition for his business plan and pitch for Fontaine Financial, an accounting and finance entity.  Also representing GRCC at the conference were Alexi Bettig, David Colbert, Jacob Golden, Zachary Nestor, Samantha See, Dominick Sheridan and MacKenzie Shangle.   

“I am extremely proud of our students and how well they represented themselves and our college,” said GRCC Assistant Professor of Business Peg Schoenborn.  “In addition to the competition, the conference was a great learning experience for them – it offered access to the National BPA Leadership Expo, National BPA Officer Elections, various Student Success Sessions and multiple opportunities for networking with students and professionals from more than 23 states.”

According to Schoenborn, more than 5,000 student delegates and advisors attended the conference.  All eight GRCC finalists participated in 14 different national business technology contests, and finished in 10th place or better in the preliminary rounds of a competitive event.

“This group of students prepared diligently for months for both team and individual competitions ranging from Video Production to Financial Analysis.  The professionalism and character that our business students bring to the table is impressive.  I have no doubt they will be competitive professionals as they prepare to enter today’s business arena,” said Schoenborn.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 32,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.