Bryan College Enactus Takes Second in League at Expo

The Bryan College Enactus team won second place in their league at the Enactus 2019 National Exposition in Kansas City, Missouri earlier this month. The five-member presentation team consisted of Peter Urban, Keeley Holliday, Daniella Banda, Nathan Ecarma, and Anthony Tejeda. Tomas Aleman Hogue provided audiovisual support. Also in attendance were project managers Ethan Shaw, Emily Brown, and Mac Raughton. Bryan’s win places the team among the top 32 out of 404 national teams. This is their second time winning at Nationals, continuing a two year streak that began in 2018.

The Bryan Enactus students presented a live, multimedia summary of the entrepreneurial-based projects they developed and implemented through the 2018-19 year. They were judged by a panel of business leaders on how successful they were at using business concepts that empower people to transform opportunities into real, sustainable progress for themselves and their communities.

This year’s presentation centered around projects divided among two initiatives: Global Entrepreneurship and Community Wellness. The Global Entrepreneurship Initiative focuses on increased economic stability and united families in a nation where half of the people are living in abject poverty, and the rampant orphan crisis is largely fueled by lack of employment. Bryan’s Enactus team focuses on meeting these objectives via product development, new product lines, marketing improvements, and skill-specific internships. For every Haitian employed, 6-10 others see a rise in their standard of living.

The Community Wellness Initiative focuses on creating patterns of healthy eating, exercise, and sustainable use of resources in Dayton and Rhea County. This is accomplished through multiple projects throughout the city and school: the local community garden, Dayton City School’s annual Field Day, and a campus-wide paper recycling program.

In addition to capturing second in their league, Bryan College was also nominated for an Enactus Excellence award in the category of ‘Leveraging Resources’. This is the first time the team has been nominated for an award outside of the area of competition since winning Rookie of the Year in 2009.

“I am very proud of this year’s Enactus team,” said Benton Jones, Bryan College Enactus advisor and interim head of the Department of Business and Economics. “They have continued to take on more impressive projects and to become more competitive. The quality and breadth of projects this year impressed the judges, who are active professionals within their own industries.”

Congratulations to the Bryan College Enactus team on their win!

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Bryan College ENACTUS team helps transform lives for a better world


Bryan College 2018 ENACTUS team at regional competition
ENACTUS team from left to right: Back row: Daniel Vonthin, Peter Urban, Logan Parsons, Cooper Ferguson, Tomas Aleman
Front row: Maebry McNeese, Abigail Brown, Shania Rogers, Michaela Thomas

April 16, 2018 – The Bryan College Enactus team recently presented a live, multi-media summary of the entrepreneurial-based projects they developed and implemented throughout the year at the Enactus United States Chicago Regional Competition. They were judged by a panel of business leaders on how successful they were at using business concepts, which empower people to transform opportunities into real, sustainable progress for themselves and their communities.

“Competition encourages creativity, motivates excellence and rewards results,” says Alex Perwich, President, Enactus United States. “Enactus students are transforming lives and enabling real human progress through entrepreneurial action, while developing key business and leadership skills that will differentiate them from their peers.”

Bryan College’s Enactus presentation team was named Regional Champions and will compete in the National Exposition in Kansas City in May. The team was led by Abigail Brown, a senior management major from Adams, TN and Logan Parsons, a senior marketing major from Crossville, TN, Tomas Aleman, a freshman Management major from Seville, Spain, and Maebry McNeese, a senior marketing major from Nashville, TN. The presentation team included Abigail Brown, Shania Rogers, a senior Management and Marketing major from Halls, TN, Daniel Vonthin, a senior Marketing major from Wetzlar, Germany, Cooper Ferguson, a senior Film major from Cleveland, TN, and Peter Urban, a freshman Management major from Fillmore, Indiana. Michaela Thomas, a senior Leadership major from La Follette, TN provided audio-visual support.

Benton Jones, assistant professor of business, served as the advisor for the Bryan College Enactus team. Mr. Jones said “I am very proud of this student-led group for developing meaningful, impactful projects which benefit residents of Rhea County, students at Bryan College, and citizens of Haiti. Seeing them showcase these projects in such an esteemed venue was quite an experience. Being recognized for their excellence in community impact, project management, and presentation skill reinforces their desire to serve their communities.”

Bryan College’s Enactus team (formerly known as Students Incorporated for Free Enterprise, SIFE) has been a source of community organization and entrepreneurial project at Bryan College for over a decade.