>>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 organizations
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
>>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
>>1990 - The ground breaking ceremony is held for the FBLA-PBL national
>>1991 - The grand opening of the FBLA-PBL national headquarters is held.
>>1994 - The FBLA-Middle Level division is formed for students in grades
>>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
>>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
>>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.
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.