From creating the state newsletter to presiding over
your district and state conferences, your State Officers are future business
leaders in every sense of the term. Elected at the State Leadership Conference
for one-year terms (or appointed, in the case of the parliamentarian), the New
York State FBLA Officer Team has worked long and hard both at the August State
Officer Training at Kutsher's Country Club and afterwards, using their
leadership skills to guide NYSFBLA to success. While the application, test and
campaign processes for State Office are rigorous and the duties expected of
officers are numerous, the experiences and friendships that result leave many
officers calling their terms in office one of the most amazing influences on
Students interested in running for state office are strongly
encouraged to pick up application information from their advisors or print it
Applications for State Office are
due on or before December 15th.
2004-2005 State Office Candidate Information:
Candidate Letter to Advisors
State Officer Candidate Duties
State Officer Candidate
Guidelines and Procedures for Campaigns
State Officer Candidate
Without any further adieu, here is your New York State FBLA Officer Team!
Cobleskill-RichmondVille High School
Members and Advisors:
behalf of the New York State Association of the Future Business Leaders of
America, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2004-2005 year!
For those of you who don’t know who I am, my name is RJ Shevat,
and I am a senior at Cobleskill-Richmondville High School.
Presently, I am
involved in a number of activities in addition to FBLA.
I am a three-sport athlete, participating in Varsity Golf, Varsity
Basketball and Varsity Baseball. I
am also a member of National Honor Society, and a Boy Scout, where I hold
the highest rank of Eagle Scout.
the hard work and dedication that each of your state officers possess, our
state association this past summer developed several goals at Kutcher’s
Country Club that will lead New York State FBLA throughout the year.
At this extensive leadership training, we successfully established
the Program of Work and five different state committees to fulfill each
goal: Community Service,
Spirit and Unity, Membership, Public Relations, and our new committee,
Grant Writing. In addition to
our five committees, the Program of Work also includes our state charity,
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and our state theme, Piecing
the Puzzle of Success.
is my honor to be leading and guiding New York State FBLA throughout the
2004-2005 year. Through the
efforts of the State Officer Team and the Board of Trustees, I am truly
confident that this year will be successful.
I believe that all the members throughout New York State, in all
Districts, will provide the amount of time and energy needed to make this
year outstanding by Piecing the Puzzle of Success!
York State President
this office is vacant for the
Office Is Vacant for the 2004-2005 Year
Jericho High School
my name is Benjamin Cole and it will be my privilege to serve as the State
Vice President for District 1N this year.
I will be a junior at East Meadow High School on Long Island this
year and this will be my third year in FBLA.
I’ve lived in East Meadow for nearly seven years, before which I
lived in Queens. After college, I hope to enter the business world and work my
way up to become the Chief Executive of a multinational corporation.
major goal for the state this year is to increase communication between
the state organization and the chapters.
I have seen my work experience and my experience in FBLA that
communication is absolutely vital for the success of any organization.
I have already started assembling a database of the contact
information of all the chapter presidents in my district.
When school year begins, I intend to keep in continual contact with
them so that I can better help my chapters with their events and
activities. I eagerly look
forward to developing a strong working relationship with all of you this
year. With your support, I
know that this year’s officer team can lead, achieve and success once
This office is
vacant for the 2002-2003 FBLA year.
E-mail Address: StateVP2@nysfbla.org
Clarkstown South High School
the three adjectives I hope will define this year for District 3S.
Speaking of definitions, let me define myself for you right now.
If you looked up Jon Conlon in Webster’s Dictionary, you would
find that I am this year’s State Vice President for our district.
You would also learn that I am going into my senior year at
Clarkstown South High School. I
have two brothers: James and Jake. I
guess you could say my parents had a thing for the letter J!
I am the editor of our
school’s newspaper and yearbook, and am an active member of the National
Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. But
the word that truly defines me is FBLA.
I joined FBLA as a freshman, and that was the best decision of my
high school career. FBLA has
provided me with an outlet to hone my leadership skills and become a more
Let’s define something
else now: my goals for our district this year.
As State Vice President, I plan on increasing communication within
our district, recruiting new chapters, promoting the professional
division, and implementing the state program of work.
get ready for a great year, District 3S!
I am confident that by the close of this FBLA year, we will be able
to define our district as one of the most successful in the state!
Tri-Valley High School
Hello New York State FBLA!
My name is Alan Coombe and I am your District 3N Vice President.
I am a senior in Tri-Valley High School.
I play football, basketball, and golf.
My hobbies include snowboarding fishing, and bowling.
2004-2005 is going to be my 4th year as an FBLA member
and I have competed at the State level all 3 years previous.
I competed in the Team Parliamentary Procedure event 2 years and
placed 3rd both times as well as have taken the Accounting II
upcoming year is going to be extremely exciting.
I look forward to working with you at the conferences.
District 3N, I am planning on having a good time at the Fall
District Meeting with you October 8.
It is going to be an entertaining as well as educational day of
I foresee this year being extraordinary raising money for our state
charity; the Leukemia and Lymphoma society.
Also, there are many outstanding opportunities for projects with
the new state theme: “Piecing
the Puzzle of Success”. I
can already picture a few creative Chapter Business Displays at the SLC.
I am looking forward to the Fall Leadership Workshop in Buffalo.
I will be participating in a workshop and hope to see many New
Yorkers there. Make sure to
say Hi when you see me around in the various conferences.
Cobleskill-Richmondville High School
E-mail Address: StateVP4@nysfbla.org
District IV! My name is Jackie Deschamps and I am your 2004-2005 State
Vice President of District IV. I am honored to be serving such a hard
working and dedicated district for the upcoming year. This year’s state
officer team has several unique and exciting opportunities for you, the
members, to enjoy. However, we will need all of your hard work and
determination to make this year the best New York State has ever seen.
are also many unique qualities about me that I wish to share with you. I
am a 17-year-old senior at Cobleskill-Richmondville High School. I have
many interests, and participate in many activities. I am a member of
Varsity Volleyball, Select Choir, Choral/ Drama Club, Choir, Band,
Orchestra, Chess Club, FBLA, Varsity Club, and the secretary of the CRCS
chapter of National Honor Society. I also enjoy spending time with my
friends and playing leisure sports such as badminton and croquet.
year, New York State has numerous committees to reach its many goals. As
Vice-Chairman of the Spirit and Unity Committee, I know that each one of
you will want to participate in the fun activities we have planned for
you. This year’s Fall District Meeting will take place on October 8,
2004 at Mildred Elley Business College. Please don’t ever hesitate to
say “hi”, and if you have any questions please feel free to email me
at StateVP4@nysfbla.org. I hope
to see you all at the Fall District Meeting as we begin this new and
exciting year as New York State FBLA.
State Vice President of District 4
This Office Is Vacant
for the 2004-2005 Year
This Office Is
Vacant for the 2004-2005 FBLA Year
Canasota High School
E-mail Address: StateVP7@nysfbla.org
a series of State Historians from my school I will have the prestigious
task of being the first District Vice President our school has ever had.
This year, I will be serving as District Seven’s Vice President and it
will be my pleasure and duty to carry out the responsibilities and tasks
that will assure the sustainability of the district’s FBLA program. In
addition to the tasks at hand I will endeavor to take on extra actions and
projects that will make District Seven a more productive and enjoyable
place to work and learn.
a more personal level, I am seventeen year-old senior attending Canastota
High School, home of the International Boxing Hall of fame, which
doesn’t do much for our quaint town’s tourism rate. School is the
primary responsibility and time-consuming agent in my life as of now. I
believe in the old adage that “knowledge in power,” an d from that you
could surmise that I am power-hungry. Outside of my school-life, since
there is little or nothing to do in my town (Wal-Mart is exciting), I
enjoy playing volleyball, soccer, and doing spontaneous, random things
with my friends.
I assume the responsibilities and requirements that I have come to, I hope
that this year, our year, will be the most productive, exciting, and
fulfilling year FBLA has ever seen.
This office is
vacant for the 2004-2005 FBLA year.
G. Ray Bodley High School
E-mail Address: StateVP9@nysfbla.org
New York State and District 9. I am honored to be serving as the 2004-2005
State Vice President for District 9. I am extremely excited about the
upcoming year, as the State Officer team has an excellent program of work
to implement for the year.
this time I would like to introduce myself. I am a senior at G.Ray Bodley
High School in Fulton, NY. Though FBLA has become a vital priority of my
life, I am also involved in several extracurricular activities such as
playing on the
look forward to this year and I would like to wish you the best of luck
for the 2004-2005 school year, and I hope that you will join the State
Officer team, as we are “Piecing the Puzzle of Success” together!
Varsity tennis and Varsity bowling teams. I was recently elected as
President of Bodley Student Senate and recently inducted into the National
Honor Society and am the acting president of the Science club. I also
volunteer at the A. L Lee Memorial hospital as well as dance with the
Norma Broderick dance studio.
Brighton High School
New York State FBLA! My name is Jared Westfall and it is my pleasure to be
your 2004-2005 New York State District 10 Vice President.
year I am a junior at Brighton High School in Rochester, NY.
At Brighton I am a very active student.
I am a center and linebacker for the Varsity football team.
When I am not playing football I attend Democrat Club and FBLA
meetings. I have also been an
annual Ski club member since seventh grade.
I also enjoy hanging out with friends, going to the movies and
York State and District 10 have great things coming, but it comes with
hard work. This year my main
goal is to increase the membership of District 10, but I cannot do this
without the help of the current members of District 10.
My second goal is to increase communication throughout the
chapters. I plan on doing
this by having bi-weekly chapter president meetings.
I also plan on attending AT LEAST 1 chapter meeting for every
chapter in District 10. I
feel this year will be a great year for both NYS FBLA and District 10 as
we are “Piecing the Puzzle of Success” together!
10 Vice President
This Office Is
Vacant for the 2004-2005 Year
Williamsville East High School
E-mail Address: StateVP12@nysfbla.org
As the newly elected State Vice President from District 12, I introduce
myself to you with enthusiasm. Over the next year, I hope to prove to you
that I am a hard working and determined person. Together we can live up to
and go beyond the very high standards of New York State FBLA.
am currently an honors student at Williamsville East High School, which is
in a suburb located outside of Buffalo. I am involved in many
extracurricular activities. I especially enjoy working on service projects
that help people who are less fortunate than myself. I volunteer at local
hospitals and soup kitchens. I am on varsity track and on the travel ski
racing team. I like hanging out with my friends and I love classical rock.
am interested in working closely with my local chapters to make NYS FBLA a
bigger and better organization. Generating new ideas as well as listening
to the ideas of others is high on my list of priorities. I hope to induct
new chapters into our district this year. This year’s Fall District
Meeting is going to be amazing and details will be forthcoming soon. I
hope to see you all at this meeting.
beyond what is expected is a sure way to reach success. That is exactly
what I plan on doing as we work together “Piecing the Puzzle of
State Vice President,
Clymer High School
NYS! It is exciting for me to introduce myself to you as the newly elected
State Vice President for District 13! I am currently attending Clymer
Central School as a sophomore, and I have been an active member in FBLA
since the sixth grade making this my 5th year in FBLA.
have several goals for District 13 this year, and I know that we can
attain them with all of the hard work and dedication that is currently
present in our wonderful district. First, since District 13 has very few
members, I feel that the most important action that can be taken is to
recruit as many new members as possible. My second goal for the year is to
have two district socials to allow members to interact with each other
outside a competitive atmosphere.
am confident that District 13, as well as New York State FBLA, can
overcome any obstacle and that is presented to us as we are “Piecing the
Puzzle of Success.”
E-mail Address: StateSec@nysfbla.org
Hello, New York State FBLA. I’m
Kevin Hornbeck, the 2004-2005 State Secretary.
I believe that by letting you all know more about myself, we will
work together much more easily. I
recently turned 17 and live in Neversink, New York.
Neversink is a very small country town where most of my time is
spent outdoors. I enjoy hunting, fishing, biking, hiking, and playing
paintball during my free time. I
mostly listen to classic rock or punk rock, but I do like some country
every now and then. I attend
school at Tri-Valley Secondary School, and some of my other school
activities include football in which I am a linebacker, defensive back and
a team captain. Along with
football I run track and am in several choral groups.
I most recently participated in the drama department’s spring
production of “Guys and Dolls,” in which I was Sky Masterson.
family is very important to me. I
have a thirteen year old sister, Shannon-Rose, and two loving parents.
They have always been here for me and I owe them a lot.
see a great year ahead of us all. It’s
going to be full of hard work, but it is well worth it.
I think this year is going to be one of the best New York State
FBLA has ever had. We have
many intelligent, creative people in our membership who have a lot to
offer this state. This year
we should push our limits and think outside of the box to help NYS FBLA
prosper and move up to all new heights.
I am very excited to work on the state officer team this year and I
know that if we all work together, many great things can be done.
Carnel High School
E-mail Address: StateRep@nysfbla.org
Welcome NYS FBLA to the
2004-2005 school year, it is with my greatest honor and privilege to be
serving as your New York State Reporter.
As a leader of New York State I plan on leading our state to one of
its most successful and productive years ever.
As the chair of the publicity committee I plan to increase exposure
of NYS FBLA to communities through out the state through newspaper, radio
and web publicity. My committee has also devised a program of work that will
generate great support from the business community. We will be using all funds raised through our state support
campaign to help increase the quality and quantity of our state express.
As your state Reporter I plan on creating 5 state newsletters that
will be out on time and to the highest quality possible.
Outside of FBLA, I
am an active member of my school newspaper, mock trial team, and young
republicans. I also have the
privilege of interning at a Smith Barney office in my hometown of Carmel.
I will be a senior this year at Carmel High School, and since this
will be my final year I plan to go out by making a true difference for the
membership of NYS. I look
forward to serving this year as a member of your state officer team, and
will work to my utmost potential to bring to you the greatest year New
York State FBLA has ever seen.
without you the members we cannot go far, so please join me as begin
“Piecing the Puzzle of Success.”
New York State Reporter & Webmaster
Mammaroneck High School
am absolutely honored to be your state Historian this year and I am sure
that it will be a year full of new innovations and prosperity.
I come from
Mamaroneck High School, home of the Tigers, where I will be entering my
Junior year. There, I enjoy studying History, which is one of my passions
as are Politics and Government. Besides FBLA, I’m involved in the
performing arts program at my school as well as the debate club. I am
currently my FBLA chapter President and am entering my third year in this
I have many duties and goals ahead of me, one of which is to make certain
that every chapter is included in the slideshows. So I encourage every
single chapter to send photographs of their chapter activity.
I look forward to meeting as many of you, the
members, at the conferences as possible. Thank you for giving me the
opportunity to expand the possibilities of this organization. Good luck to
everyone this year as we “Piece the puzzle of success!”
Carmel High School
New York State FBLA, my name is Steven Calebrese and I will be serving as
your State Parliamentarian for the 2004-2005 year.
In addition to insuring the proper use of parliamentary procedure
at meetings, I also have the job of serving as the Community Service
am also serving as a local chapter officer at Carmel High School.
I will be entering my senior year, focusing on the subjects of math
and science. I
first joined FBLA in the middle school, but didn’t get a real feel for
it until I was a freshman in high school.
Other activities I enjoy outside of FBLA are the Chess Club, the
National Honor Society, running track, playing recreation baseball, and
being a member of the Boy Scouts of America.
In my free time I usually hang out with my friends, or jam with my
band. I am
currently living with my mom, dad, and best friend, and my brother is
attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a college I hope to be
attending after graduation.
look forward to meeting many of you at your Fall District Meeting, and
many more of you at the FLW/NFLC.
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org I am
always delighted to assist any way I can.
I hope you all enjoy another great year as we work together in
“Piecing the Puzzle of Success.”
York State Parliamentarian