Beta Sigma Epsilon business club competes at international conference

By Guy Harrison, Media & Marketing Specialist

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Central Arizona College academic business team, which included Michelle Clapp, Kenneth Martinez and Andreas Pasqual, all members of CAC's Beta Sigma Epsilon business club, was accompanied by faculty club advisor Gayle Haro to the 50th annual Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference, April 12-17.

The turnout of 1500 students represented the largest ever for the conference.

The International Career Development Conference (ICDC) is the culminating experience for Collegiate DECA members. ICDC provides opportunities to participate in leadership development, receive recognition for competitive achievements, and expands networking through interaction with other students, advisors, and industry leaders.

Students participated in professional development academies and competed for international honors in the competitive events program with numerous industry professionals serving as judges for the competitions.

Additional competitions and scholarship opportunities included the Culinary Management Institute sponsored by Safeway, the National Management Institute sponsored by PiperJaffray and the National Entrepreneurship Academy & Challenge sponsored by the International Franchise Association Educational Foundation, Inc.

All students participated in the election process of a new officer team and attended the final awards ceremony.

CAC's business ethics team of Martinez and Pasqual were given one hour to analyze a case study and prepare a 15-minute presentation to the judges. They received a blue ribbon medal and advanced to the finals to work on a new case study presentation.

Clapp competed in an individual retail management competition that included a 100-question exam and 30 minutes to prepare a case study analysis presentation to the judges.

She received a silver ribbon medal for her high test achievement and advanced to the finals. Professional attire was required for all events and competitions.

Students qualified to attend this event as finalists in the Collegiate DECA State Conference held Jan. 29 at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

CAC's six-member business academic team competed against students from Arizona State University, University of Arizona and Scottsdale Community College.

At the state competition, Clapp was awarded first place in retail management. Miguel Ramirez was honored for a high test score placement in travel and tourism, while Martinez and Pasqual received first place for the business ethics team event. David Mendoza and Oliver Munoz earned second place in the state business ethics event.

Collegiate DECA is an international organization for college students preparing for a variety of careers with over 16,000 members.

The DECA program engages students while maintaining a strong focus on business-related areas such as marketing, management and entrepreneurship.

Activities integrate with and enhance the student's college curriculum as students participate through local college and university chapters. DECA is currently active throughout the U.S., its territories and Canada.

The mission of Collegiate DECA is to serve its diverse international membership as a professional organization, providing leadership and career-oriented opportunities to develop and enhance tomorrow's leaders.

CAC's Beta Sigma Epsilon business club (ΒΥΣ) is a newly re-organized organization on campus this year.

For more information regarding the Beta Sigma Epsilon business club and related business classes, contact Gayle Haro by e-mail at, or by phone at 520-494-5403.

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