Meet the 2019-2020 Executive Officer Candidates
The following candidates are running for executive office, hoping to serve as the leaders of DECA’s High School Division for the 2019-2020 school year. You can meet the candidates at their campaign booths in the Exhibit Hall at ICDC.
The 2019-2020 Executive Officer Team will be announced at the Grand Awards Session at DECA’s International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Florida.
D’Andre Vasquez is a three-year DECA member from Cascade High School in Leavenworth Washington. He currently serves as the Area 10 President and State Vice President of Leadership for Washington DECA. Throughout his involvement, D’Andre has enjoyed the benefits of DECA including winning at the state level of competition and competing in Sports and Entertainment Marketing Series Event at the International Career Development Conference. He believes that all students should have access to the DECA experience and is a passionate ambassador of the organization.
D’Andre has built a seasoned background in leadership. Some of his most memorable leadership roles outside of DECA including serving as Cascade’s DECA President, Student Government President and Governor of Evergreen Boys State. In addition, D’Andre enjoys service on the field and on the mat as captain for both the soccer and wrestling teams.
This Fall, D’Andre will pursue a major in Marketing and a minor in Political Science and plans to fulfill his dreams of developing a franchise, traveling the world and continuing to advocate for others. He is eager to pave the way to success for members in DECA and in life by serving as DECA’s next Executive President.
CENTRAL REGION VICE PRESIDENT
Dalton Green is a five-year DECA member form Green County Area Technology Center in Greensburg, Kentucky. Throughout his high school career, Dalton served on the Green County ATC DECA Executive Council for one year before being elected to Serve as Kentucky DECA’s Region Vice President for the 2016-17 term, Region President for the 2017-18 term, and Region Vice President of Finance as well as State Vice President of Finance for the 2018-19 term. Dalton was a five-time state qualifier for the competitive events of Community Service Project, Professional Selling, Finance Operations Research, and Innovation Plan. He was a state champion all five years and has represented Kentucky DECA at the 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 International Career Development Conferences in Orlando, FL; Nashville, TN; Anaheim, CA; and Atlanta, GA. Dalton was also a varsity golfer for Green County and was the Charter President of the Rotary Interact club. Dalton plans to attend the University of Louisville to study accounting, as well as English. Dalton enjoyed serving the members of Kentucky DECA and achieving the association’s goals and hopes to achieve DECA’s goals as your Central Region Vice President.
NORTH ATLANTIC REGION VICE PRESIDENT
Will Theodore is a four-year DECA member from Bedford High School in Bedford, New Hampshire. In his chapter, Will helped with design projects during his freshman year, and after meeting so many great people at his first ICDC decided to run for State Office in his Sophomore year. He then served on the New Hampshire Executive Board, which works as a cooperative team as opposed to having specific positions, for two consecutive terms. During his time as an association officer he started the first-ever New Hampshire President’s Council and significantly grew membership in the state. He also succeeded in becoming a national finalist in competition. Beyond DECA, Will is a member of the National Honor Society, Debate team, and plays classical piano. He is also a varsity wrestler and team captain. Although he hasn’t decided where he will attend college, he is excited to study Political Science this fall, and cannot wait to connect with the rest of the DECA members during this conference!
SOUTHERN REGION VICE PRESIDENT
Garrett Elkins is a four-year DECA member who embodies a strong passion for the future of DECA Inc. Garrett was highly involved in reestablishing Strom Thurmond High school’s DECA chapter, located in Edgefield, South Carolina, his ninth-grade year: growing membership from fifteen members the first year, to over eighty-chapter members his junior year. Garrett served as the South Carolina DECA CP of leadership for 2017-2018, and recently finished his term as the SC DECA President for 2018-2019. Garrett thoroughly enjoyed serving as a South Carolina state officer and hopes to be a voice for each of the southern states as the Southern Region Vice President. In the fall of 2019, Garrett will be attending the University of South Carolina Beaufort on a track and cross-country scholarship. In addition, he will be enrolled in the Honors College program. One of Garett’s goals is to establish a Collegiate DECA chapter at USCB and advocate the opportunities that DECA has to offer.
Ryan Rodriguez is a member of West Broward High School DECA in Pembroke Pines, Florida. In his first year of DECA he competed at the state level conference in Orlando, Florida. That conference was a very influential experience on Ryan. Shortly thereafter, Ryan started to promote the core DECA ideas to his community and had a wide reach. Armed with a desire to help other students realize the power of DECA, he developed learning strategies that would help members reach their DECA goals. Ryan has also strongly advocated for better financial literacy education to high school students and the community. Ryan has been a Boy Scout for 6 years and has served at the highest level of scout leadership in his troop. He has also founded a finance club that teaches students financial skills in a fun environment. Through his actions in the past three years, he has left a positive impact on DECA members and students.
WESTERN REGION VICE PRESIDENT
Sam Sawale has been in DECA for three years, although his commitment and interest in the organization stems from middle school. In his first year, Sam attended the International Career Development Conference and placed within the top ten in the Sports and Entertainment Operations Research event. Outside of academics, Sam is actively involved in his community as a leader, a teammate, and a friend. He has served as the treasurer of his class council for the past three years and is an Eagle Scout. Sam enjoys the outdoors and can be found swimming, biking, or hiking in his free time. Sam has a hidden talent of telling the worst jokes at the worst times. He believes DECA creates opportunities for people to grow as well as learn more about the business field and aims to create unity within the international DECA family.
Sam will attend New York University and major in finance and statistics.
Mackenzie Hanson is a four-year DECA member from Little Falls Community High School in Little Falls, Minnesota, and Arizona College Preparatory in Chandler, Arizona. During her time in high school, Mackenzie served as community Service Manager of Little Falls DECA and spearheaded the creation of Arizona College Preparatory DECA. Mackenzie grew her chapter by 625% before becoming Arizona DECA’s first State Representative elected in a chapter’s inaugural year. Beyond DECA, Mackenzie has been involved in She’s the First, sustainability club, and competed in cross country, soccer, and track & field. Mackenzie will be attending Northern Arizona University where she will study marketing and French. This year, Mackenzie is most looking forward to connecting with members from across the globe.