Time to Power Forward with Collegiate Vice President Paul

Adriana Garcia | Lyman DECA

There are many kinds of people – introverts and extroverts, those who run marathons and those who consider a walk to the fridge a work out, and most importantly, those who don’t know what they want and those who do know.

Paul is the kind of leader who knows what they want and put in the time and effort to accomplish those goals. This Vice President has nothing but complete love for this organization and is ready to power forward with the help of this year’s executive officer team!

Paul’s story begins his freshmen year of high school. He was an average student but he joined DECA knowing it could help him with his marketing aspirations. He went on to take any leadership role that came up along the way, both chapter and state level of leadership and now executive.

“DECA really has changed my life for the better. I would say most of the opportunities I’ve had were somehow connected to DECA.”

Hearing Paul’s extensive connection to DECA these past few years, I had to ask what held him back from running for executive office during his high school years. Truth is, Paul doesn’t really know either.

“I actually planned on running for executive office my senior year, but I kind of dropped the ball on it. Heading into college, I realized I could make a larger impact in Collegiate DECA so I went straight for it.” For Paul, there was absolutely nothing holding him back this year!

After speaking with the officers for Collegiate DECA, I noticed all of them have very distinct personalities and perspectives. What brings them together according to Paul?

“Our willingness to work together! We all know how to collaborate and lead together. Jake leads us, but also lets us take the lead. Joe and Josh create the ideas while Darcie and I are the creative ones. I think with these talents, we really complement each other.”

With this, Paul also added “I’m an analyzer so I like to make sure everything is working so I’m definitely looking forward to implementing our ideas and seeing how they work. I love putting out the ideas and going to conferences but I also want to see the data and proof. It shows that we did something to better Collegiate DECA.”

For his closing statement, Paul was nothing short of determination and honesty.

“I’m gonna do what I gotta do to make DECA a better place. I’m here to serve you and that’s what I’m gonna do! Never forget: DECA is not for four years, it is for life!

Make sure to connect with Paul on Twitter @cdecavppaul!

This article was written by Lyman DECA member, Adriana Garcia. You can follow Adriana on Twitter @AdrianaGaricaa.

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