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New LTU chapter of DECA scores big at biz competition

Release Date: February 9, 2017

Lawrence Technological University started its chapter of Collegiate DECA only a few weeks ago.

Over the weekend, LTU proved that it’s already a force to be reckoned with in the collegiate business world, as four of its business administration majors scored top places in the Michigan Collegiate DECA State Career Development Conference, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids.

LTU sophomore Max Sabo from Washington Township, placed first in the Executive Job Interview competition, a mock job interview for an entry-level management post, and third in the Banking and Financial Services competition, in which students analyze a real-world banking and financial services situation. Josh Dirlam, a junior from Spring Arbor, finished second in the Corporate Finance competition, in which students analyze investment and corporate finance opportunities.

A team of Sabo and Garrett Vonk, a sophomore from Grand Rapids, finished third in the Business Ethics competition, in which students analyze a business situation containing an ethical dilemma, then present a resolution of the dilemma to an expert judge. And Kirk Markowski, a junior from Dryden, Ontario, was a finalist in the Retail Management competition, in which students analyze a real-world situation, develop solutions, and role-play their strategy with an expert judge. Vonk was also a finalist in Corporate Finance.

Also competing for the LTU team was Chanz Harris, a sophomore from Garden City.

Merissa Hudnall, coordinator of undergraduate and graduate student services in LTU’s College of Management, said she was “proud of these students for representing LTU and the College of Management so well this weekend.”

In their performance at the state competition, Sabo, Dirlam and Vonk earned the right to attend the International Collegiate DECA Career Development Conference April 19-22 at the Hilton Anaheim Hotel in Anaheim, Calif.

DECA, formerly known as the Distributive Education Clubs of America, prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, management and entrepreneurship. LTU started its chapter at the end of the Fall 2016 semester as an extracurricular opportunity for students to take on leadership roles, and experience more opportunities in attending educational conferences, participating in competitive events against other students at universities within the state and internationally, as well as getting more involved in their career preparedness. More than 3,500 high school chapters and 275 collegiate chapters involve more than 215,000 members in activities sponsored by DECA and its corporate partners.

A total of 189 students from 11 universities competed over the weekend in Grand Rapids.

(Pictured below are, from left to right, Chanz Harris, Kirk Markowski, Max Sabo, Garrett Vonk, and Joshua Dirlam.)

DECA Competitors


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