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>>1937 - Hamden L. Forkner of Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City, proposes to business teachers across the country that a national organization is needed for the thousands of business clubs in the nation's high schools and colleges.
>>1940 - The National Council for Business Education (now known as the National Business Education Association) sponsors the proposed student organization. Committees are appointed to formulate the organization’s general plans. The name “Future Business Leaders of America is selected for the organization.
>>1942 - An experimental chapter is chartered in Johnson City, Tennessee, on February 3. Second chapter is started two days later in St. Albans, West Virginia. By the end of the year, 39 chapters are added; and for the next three and one-half years, another 38 chapters join.
>>1946 - The United Business Education Association assumes sponsorship of FBLA. Headquarters office for FBLA is established at the National Education Association Center in Washington, D.C.
>>1947 - Iowa becomes the first FBLA state chapter. Indiana and Ohio quickly follow. Within the next three years, FBLA state chapters total ten.
>>1958 - The postsecondary division, Phi Beta Lambda, is created. The University of Northern Iowa is the first PBL chapter.
>>1969 - FBLA-PBL is granted independent status as a nonprofit educational student association under Internal Revenue Code 501c(3). FBLA-PBL, Inc. acquires its own board of directors and full-time staff.
>>1973 - FBLA-PBL, Inc. appoints Edward D. Miller as the association's first full-time executive director
>>1979 - The Board of Directors approves establishment of the FBLA-PBL alumni division.
>>1981 - The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation purchases 1.6 acres of land in the Center for Educational Associations, Reston, Virginia, as the site for a future national FBLA-PBL headquarters.
>>1987 - FBLA annual membership tops 200,000 for the first time.
>>1989 - The professional division is formed to include alumni and professional businesspersons.
>>1990 - The ground breaking ceremony is held for the FBLA-PBL national headquarters.
>>1991 - The grand opening of the FBLA-PBL national headquarters is held. -
>>1994 - The FBLA-Middle Level division is formed for students in grades 5-9.
>>1997 - Edward D. Miller retires as president and chief executive officer of the National Association. Ms. Jean Buckley is appointed president and chief executive officer.
>>2001 - National headquarters mortgage retired following a successful capital campaign.



>>The Future Business Leaders began in New York State in 1946 when Dobbs Ferry High School was chartered as the first chapter in the state. Eighteen years later, on April 15, 1964, New York State was chartered as the thirty-fifth state association of the Future Business Leaders of America. New York has since grown to 5,000 members strong!

>>The state was originally divided into thirteen districts whose boundaries were set up in accordance with the State Education Department Planning Regions. Subsequently, due to its large geographic size and population, District 1 was later divided into two districts by county: District 1 Nassau (1N) and District 1 Suffolk (1S). This brings the total number of districts within New York State to fourteen. Finally, in 2001, District 3 was divided into District 3 North (3N) and District 3 South (3S) bringing the new total number of districts within New York State to fifteen.

>>New York State Association Chapters are divided into fifteen districts as shown here:

>>In 1967 the New York State Association of FBLA came under the auspices of the Bureau of Business Education in the New York State Education Department in Albany. Mr. Hobart H. Conover, Chief of the Bureau of Business Education at that time, was named State Chairman; Mr. Elton T. Murphy, Associate of the Bureau, was named the first State Adviser. Today, our State Chairperson is Mr. Dennis Kagel, Supervisor of Occupational Education for the New York State Education Department. On March 20, 1970 FBLA received an absolute charter from the University of the State of New York. Within five years our state had grown to 125 chapters; after ten years New York State increased to 151 chapters.

>>Today, as we lead the way into the twenty-first century, New York State strives to achieve a chapter total of 170, a membership of 5,600 and a Professional Division membership of 200.