DECA Announces Mr. Joseph Abboud as 2018 #DECAICDC Opening Session Keynote Speaker

DECA Inc. is excited to announce that Mr. Joseph Abboud will serve as the 2018 International Career Development Conference keynote speaker, honorary chair of DECA’s Executive Mentor Program and recipient of the 2018 Entrepreneurial Spirit Award.

Mr. Abboud is the Chief Creative Director for Men’s Wearhouse, a longtime member of DECA’s National Advisory Board, and is known for his long and successful career as a fashion designer and entrepreneur.

Mr. Abboud began his career by selling suits at a store in his hometown of Boston, Mass. From there, he went on to become a buyer, merchandiser, promotion and advertising coordinator, and eventually launched his own label in 1984.

Mr. Abboud’s impressive resume also includes being the associate director of menswear design for Ralph Lauren, being the first designer to win the CFDA award as Best Menswear Designer two years in a row and having a flagship store on Madison Avenue in New York City.

To help DECA members get to know Mr. Abboud better before he arrives in Atlanta for the #DECAICDC opening session in April, three DECA members spent the day in Mr. Abboud’s Madison Avenue store learning more about his career and philosophy on leadership.

Click here to watch the 2018 #DECAICDC Video Series on YouTube.

During the next few months, DECA will be releasing three exclusive interviews with Mr. Abboud:

  • Abboud on Entrepreneurship – Featuring Jaron May, DECA High School Division President
  • Abboud on Success – Featuring Rachel Lynch, New Jersey DECA Association Officer
  • Abboud on Tomorrow – Featuring Nicholas Kaufman, New Jersey DECA Association Officer

Stay tuned to decadirect.org to learn more about Mr. Abboud, and get ready for an incredible experience in Atlanta, Ga., at #DECAICDC 2018.

Follow Joseph Abboud on Twitter @josephabboud, Men’s Wearhouse @menswearhouse and DECA @DECAInc.

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