Pennsylvania DECA

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Schedule

  • 18 February
  • 19 February
  • 20 February
  • 21 February

The DECA Difference

09:00 PM 10:00 PM

Cassie Borzillo

Kate Briegel

Alexia Catalone

Collin Christein

Theo Damiani

TreVaughn Ellis

Kyle Gardner

Noah Gocial

Lizzie Guan

Meer Gujral

Emily Heck

Allie Keister

Iris Li

Courtney Patterson

Peter Van Osdol

Mark Vighetti

Officer & Advisor Recognition Brunch

10:00 AM 12:00 PM

Conference Registration (Advisors Only)

12:00 PM 04:00 PM

Advisor Orientation

01:00 PM 05:30 PM

State Officer Campaign Booths

03:00 PM 06:00 PM

Buffet Dinner

03:30 PM 05:30 PM

Opening Ceremony

06:00 PM 07:15 PM

Orientation for Entrepreneurship Events

08:15 PM 09:15 PM

Written Test for Integrated Marketing Campaign Events

08:15 PM 09:15 PM

Orientation for Business Operations Research, Project Management Events

08:15 PM 09:15 PM

Written Test for Individual Series Events

08:15 PM 09:15 PM

Written Test for Professional Selling & Consulting Events

08:15 PM 09:15 PM

Written Test for Team Decision Making Events

08:15 PM 09:15 PM

Written Test for Modeling Contestants

08:15 PM 09:15 PM

Written Test for Chapter Banner Participants

08:15 PM 09:15 PM

Written Test for DECA Quiz Bowl

08:15 PM 09:15 PM

Orientation for Job Interview (JOB)

08:15 PM 09:15 PM

Orientation for Public Speaking (PUB)

08:15 PM 09:15 PM

Scholarship Interviews

09:30 PM 10:30 PM

Modeling Contestant Rehearsal (Weds.)

09:30 PM 10:30 PM

"DECA After Dark" Dance Party

09:45 PM 11:15 PM

Meet the Candidates Campaign Session

10:00 PM 11:00 PM

Curfew

11:30 PM 12:00 AM

Curfew

12:00 AM 06:00 AM

Breakfast (Hershey Lodge)

07:00 AM 09:00 AM

Judge Registration/Orientation

07:30 AM 08:00 AM

Breakfast (Hotel Hershey)

08:00 AM 09:30 AM

Workshops (All Students Must Attend 1)

08:00 AM 03:00 PM

Role Plays for Principles Events

08:20 AM 04:00 PM

Role Plays for Team Decision Making Events

08:20 AM 04:00 PM

Job Interview

08:20 AM 04:00 PM

Public Speaking

08:20 AM 04:00 PM

Role Plays for Individual Series Events

08:20 AM 04:00 PM

Successful Social Networking

08:30 AM 09:15 AM

Noah Gocial

Written Events Presentations

08:30 AM 05:00 PM

DECA Quiz Bowl

08:30 AM 11:30 AM

New Advisor Training

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

Chapter Banner Contest

09:00 AM 11:30 AM

Scholarship Interviews (Thurs.)

09:00 AM 04:00 PM

Surviving the College Application Process

09:00 AM 09:45 AM

CM Chris Morlock

Tips and Tricks for Finding the Right University for You

09:00 AM 09:45 AM

LH Lindsay Hartelis

Economics of Social Entrepreneurship

09:15 AM 10:00 AM

TY Tiffany Yau

Communications in the 21st Century

09:30 AM 10:15 AM

Will Theodore

Find Free Money for College to Minimize Student Loans

10:00 AM 10:45 AM

KL Kelly Laukemann

How to Ace the Interview

10:00 AM 10:45 AM

GB Gina Borgesi

Creative Problem Solving

10:15 AM 11:00 AM

TY Tiffany Yau

Finding Your Passion and Turning It Into a Career

10:30 AM 11:15 AM

BW Brian Walton

Empowered to Create: Launching OUR Magazine - For Students, By Students, Telling OUR Stories

11:00 AM 11:45 AM

JG Juliana Guglielmi

Dressing for Success

11:15 AM 12:00 PM

MJ Melissa Johnson

You Can Increase the Probability of Making Your Dreams Come True

11:30 AM 12:15 PM

JT John Tile

Lunch - Students

11:30 AM 01:30 PM

Lunch - Advisors & Judges

11:45 AM 01:00 PM

Chocolate World and Outlet Shuttle Bus

12:00 PM 05:00 PM

Modeling Contest Rehearsal (Thurs.)

12:00 PM 02:30 PM

Male Model Dressing Room

12:00 PM 05:00 PM

Female Model Dressing Room

12:00 PM 05:00 PM

Financial Literacy

12:00 PM 12:45 PM

PS Peter Simons

Philanthropic Leadership

12:15 PM 01:00 PM

AD Anne Louise DeBord

Careers in the Hospitality Industry

12:30 PM 01:15 PM

AS Amit Sharma

Find Free Money for College to Minimize Student Loans

01:00 PM 01:45 PM

KL Kelly Laukemann

Bring a School-Based Enterprise to Your School

01:15 PM 02:00 PM

JM Jennifer Mason

How to SCORE as an Entrepreneur…All it takes is ‘One Word’!

01:30 PM 02:15 PM

RK Rich Keller

World Cafe Networking Workshop

01:45 PM 02:30 PM

Kyle Gardner

Election of 2020-2021 Officers

02:00 PM 03:00 PM

Communication and Style Flexing

02:00 PM 02:45 PM

NM Nicole McCarten

College and Life Preparedness 101

02:15 PM 03:00 PM

CV Curtis Voelker

Fashion Show & Modeling Contest

03:00 PM 05:00 PM

Dinner

04:30 PM 06:30 PM

Mini Awards Ceremony

07:00 PM 09:00 PM

DECA Dance

09:30 PM 11:15 PM

Curfew

11:30 PM 12:00 AM

Curfew

12:00 AM 06:00 AM

Breakfast for Students (Hershey Lodge)

07:30 AM 09:15 AM

Advisors Breakfast

07:30 AM 08:30 AM

Breakfast for Students (Hotel Hershey)

07:45 AM 09:15 AM

Check Out of Rooms

08:00 AM 09:15 AM

Grand Awards Ceremony & Installation of 2020-2021 Officers

09:45 AM 12:00 PM

Pick Up Ratings Sheets

12:00 PM 01:00 PM

Sponsors

Exhibitors

State Officers

Speakers

TreVaughn Ellis

State President
Pennsylvania DECA
Hello PA DECA! My name is Trevaughn Ellis and I have the honor of serving as your State President. I am a Senior at East Stroudsburg High School South and I’ve been in DECA since my freshman year. I’m beyond excited to be working on improvements to the state in all aspects. Outside of DECA I’m in National Honors Society, a class officer, in Eastburg’s Minithon committee, on the debate team, Junior State of America varsity tennis and ultimate frisbee club. My hobbies include keeping fish, doing all types of art, and gardening. I’m ready for a great year, are you? Let’s dream big and DECA do it!!

18 February

Kyle Gardner

State Vice President
Pennsylvania DECA
Hey PA DECA, I’m Kyle Gardner and I am your state Vice President from St. Marys. You may remember me from last year when I was your District 1 Representative. This is my 4th and final year in PA DECA so I hope to grow PA DECA’s roots into better communications, more business partnerships, and more membership. Outside of DECA I play soccer and tennis, tennis being my favorite. I work at the St. Marys Boys and Girls Club and have been a little league umpire for 3 years. My favorite subjects in school are all based in social studies and my top 5 shows to watch are Game of Thrones, The Office, Ozark, Dexter, and Prison Break. I am looking forward to seeing all of you this year at our conferences! I am looking forward to my last year as a PA DECA and hope to make the best of it. #HereWeGo

18 February

20 February

Lizzie Guan

Vice President of Communications
Pennsylvania DECA
Hey PA DECA!! My name is Lizzie Guan and I am beyond excited to serve as your 2019-2020 VP of Communications! I am currently a Junior at West Chester East High School, where I also serve as the class president! I decided to join DECA my freshman year, and it has been one of the best decisions of my life so far! Outside of DECA, I enjoy playing tennis, making calligraphy, singing, and spending time with my family and friends! I absolutely love talking and interacting with all types of people, but I also love reading, listening to podcasts, and spending time with my earbuds (I am always listening to music:). I’m a huge fan of Game of Thrones, ATLA, the Office, David Dobrik, and of course, Harry Potter (team Slytherin!!). I love volunteering my time by teaching and spending time with kids, and I am avid about fried eggs, mac’n cheese, ramen, and all food in general! I am looking forward to our year together and connecting through social media! I would love to meet you all, so please reach out to me at any time and come say hi at a conference!! PA DECA, HERE WE GO!!

18 February

Collin Christein

Vice President of Community Outreach
Pennsylvania DECA
Hello everyone! My name is Collin Christein and I am your 2019-2020 VP of Community Outreach. Currently, I am a senior and this year will be my fourth year in DECA. Aside from DECA, you can find me hanging out with my friends and playing sports in my backyard. When I’m not hanging out with my friends or playing sports, you can find me working as a camp counselor and at a local pizza shop. So, if you need advice on how to entertain your younger brother/sister or make a pizza, I’m your man. But out of all of these things, I most importantly care about my faith because without it I’d be lost. PA DECA, I absolutely cannot wait to serve my second and last term as your VP of Community Outreach this year!

18 February

Theo Damiani

Vice President of Member Development
Pennsylvania DECA
Hello PA DECA! My name is Theo Damiani and I am your 2019-2020 Vice President of Membership Development. I’m a senior at Owen J. Roberts High School and have been heavily involved in DECA since my freshman year. I will also be serving as my chapter president for the coming year. Outside of DECA, I love to play basketball or soccer and watch Stranger Things. In school, I enjoy spending time in many of our clubs including theater and the school paper. I cannot wait to get started and meet all of you this year. Here we go!

18 February

Iris Li

Vice President of Business Partnerships
Pennsylvania DECA
Hello, PA DECA! I’m Iris Li, your 2019-2020 VP of Business Partnerships from State College Area High School. I’ve been a DECA member since my freshman year, and I’m so grateful for the organization that has guided me throughout my high school years. Outside of DECA, I love to watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine and volunteer. In school, I’m involved in speech and debate, NHS, and serve as my school’s student government Vice President. I’m excited to meet all the members of PA DECA and help everybody grow. If you see me, introduce yourself! I’d love to meet each and every one of you. This year is going to be phenomenal, so #herewego!

18 February

Alexia Catalone

District 1 Representative
Pennsylvania DECA
Hello Pennsylvania DECA! I am Alexia Catalone, a senior at Saint Marys Area High School, and YOUR District One Representative! This year I am so excited to focus on membership development, and to be your go-to girl! Outside of DECA, I am a vocalist, cheerleader, and run a tailoring business. I attend PMEA choir festivals, participate in musicals, and write my own music. In cheer, I fly and backspot. If you need a prom dress, give me a call! My favorite tv show is the Simpsons. I am planning on going to mortuary school and opening my own funeral home. PA DECA, I am so excited to serve you and make your experience a DREAM come true!

18 February

Peter Van Osdol

District 2 Representative
Pennsylvania DECA
Hi PA DECA, my name is Peter Van Osdol, and it is a privilege to serve as your District 2 rep! I attend North Allegheny Senior High School, and I eagerly joined DECA in my junior year! In my second and final year in PA DECA I hope to increase membership for underclassmen and start a Shark Tank competition that soon all DECA members could compete in. Outside of DECA, I run XC/track, play the violin with my orchestra as well as appalachian fiddle, volunteer with Key Club, and help out at my local library. My destined vacation spot is Italy, and I hope to go there next summer! At the time I joined, it was only offered to Juniors and Seniors, it is now offered to underclassmen! DECA has been a blast and my only regret is that I didn’t know about it until my Junior Year! Set your goals high and Dream Big with PA DECA!

18 February

Mark Vighetti

District 3 Representative
Pennsylvania DECA
Hey PA DECA! My name is Mark Vighetti and I am a fourth year DECA member and Senior at Bethel Park High School. I am beyond excited to serve District III and all of PA DECA this year! I look forward to meeting all of you! Outside of DECA, I am involved in National Honor Society, National Latin Honor Society, Boy Scouts, Student Government, Principal’s Advisory Council, String Orchestra, Varsity Swimming and Ultimate Frisbee. I also enjoy playing and watching hockey, football, and baseball with my friends! Music is also a big part of my life. I play the viola, piano, and love to sing, even though I’m not too great at it! After high school, I aspire to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point or Penn State through ROTC. Word of advice to all members: take advantage of every opportunity in DECA and in life!

18 February

Allie Keister

District 4/5 Representative
Pennsylvania DECA
Hello PA DECA! I’m Allie Keister, the District 4/5 Representative from Midd West High School. I have been a member of DECAsince my freshman year and I am currently a junior. When I’m not in DECA, you will most likely see me at a football game cheering on the team while being thrown in the air or on a cruise ship going to a tropical island. I also enjoy spending time with my family and my dog, Bruno. I am involved in National Honor Society at my school and I am the treasurer of student council. I enjoy performing on stage and singing in chorus. I am excited to help Team 69 plan an unforgettable states conference. I am looking forward to meeting all of you and encouraging new chapter to join PA DECA!

18 February

Emily Heck

District 6 Representative
Pennsylvania DECA
Hey PA DECA! My name is Emily Heck and I am your District 6 Representative for the 2019-2020 school year! I am a senior at Berks Catholic High School and have been a been a member of DECA for the past 3 years. To let you all know a little about me, I play field hockey and lacrosse for my school and club teams and am a huge Flyers fan! When I am not on some kind of sports field, you can most likely find me either on my couch watching Criminal Minds or sitting in the shade somewhere reading a good book. I love to listen to music, watch musicals, travel, and hike! I cannot wait to get to know all of my fellow members and am more than excited for this upcoming year! Here we go PA DECA…let’s DREAM BIG!

18 February

Kate Briegel

District 7 Representative
Pennsylvania DECA
Hi my name is Kate Briegel and I’m the District 7 Rep! I started my DECA journey freshman year and have been hooked ever since! I’m a junior at East Stroudsburg South where I serve as the Vice President of our chapter. I swim competitively, play the oboe, participate in Junior State of America, and serve as a class officer. I love anything outside or in the water. I can’t wait to grow membership in district 7 and give members resources and opportunities to succeed! #HereWeGo into the best DECA year ever!

18 February

Cassie Borzillo

District 8 Representative
Pennsylvania DECA
Hello PA DECA! My name is Cassie Borzillo and I am beyond proud to serve as your District 8 Representative for a second year. I am a senior at Northampton Area High School and I have been a part of DECA since my freshman year. I have been an officer of my home chapter for three years and have competed at districts, states, and nationals. This year, my partner and I won fourth place in our event at Nationals in Florida. Besides DECA, I am an officer in my school’s drama club and orchestra. I am also a member of my school’s chorus, women’s chorus, select ensemble choir, field hockey, and spring musical. I cannot wait to work with all new students from around the state to see what this year’s DECA conferences have to offer. Visit any of my social medias because I would love to meet each and everyone one of you! Let’s dream big with PA DECA!

18 February

Meer Gujral

District 9 Representative
Pennsylvania DECA
Hey PA DECA! My name is Meer Gujral and I am a senior at the Downingtown STEM Academy. I have loved DECA since my freshman year (4 years ago) and I am really excited to make PA DECA the best it can be this year. Outside of DECA I enjoy participating in Robotics (S/O to 91A) and participating as a cheerleader in powderpuff… No Leaks Though. In my free time I enjoy going to BWW w/ boys, playing games, or bingeing Netflix shows. Aside from this I also enjoy watching football and am a huge Steelers fan! Can’t wait for another great year in PA DECA! #HereWeGo

18 February

Noah Gocial

District 10 Representative
Pennsylvania DECA
Pennsylvania DECA, My name is Noah Gocial, and honestly to say it is an honor to serve you is an understatement. As an incoming Junior at Cheltenham Highschool, I am so excited to be able to hold this position; to be able to meet all of you, to be able to represent you, and to be able to inspire you, is all a dream come true. DECA has, since I joined, given me a family, and I hope that I will be able to provide that same comfort to all of you.

18 February

20 February

Courtney Patterson

District 11 Representative
Pennsylvania DECA
Hey PA DECA! My name is Courtney Patterson and I will be serving as your 2019-2020 PA DECA District 11 Representative! I am currently a Senior at Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School and am involved in many activities, but DECA truly has a special place in my heart. I have been involved with DECA since my Freshman year and have loved every moment of it. Although I give my all to DECA, I am also President of our Mock Trial Club, a Public Relations Representative for Student Council, and a student School Board representative. I always stay busy, even outside of school, especially with being a HOBY alum, which involves completing 100 hours of community service a year. My favorite organization I am apart of is Dolphin Companions, I visit a 90-year-old Army veteran every week named George! Wherever I am, I am always listening to music, Alternative to be exact. I cannot wait to meet you all and make PA DECA the best it can be! Please feel free to contact me whenever!

18 February

Will Theodore

North Atlantic Region Vice President
DECA Inc.
Will Theodore is a four-year DECA member from New Hampshire. In his chapter (Bedford High School | Bedford, NH), Will helped with design projects during his freshman year. After meeting so many great people at his first ICDC, Will decided to run for state office 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. As NARVP, Will’s goal is to link together the North Atlantic Region to be stronger and more unified. Beyond DECA, Will loves to play the piano, go backpacking, and play ultimate frisbee. He also enjoyed wrestling in high school, serving as the captain of his school’s varsity team. He will attend Emory University as a part of the Class of 2023. He plans to study political science and economics.

20 February

CM

Chris Morlock

West Virginia University
John Chambers College of Business & Economics

20 February

LH

Lindsay Hartelis

Stevens Institute of Technology
School of Business

20 February

TY

Tiffany Yau

Founder & Chief Executive Officer
FulPhil

20 February

20 February

KL

Kelly Laukemann

1982-1983 National DECA President
President of Harvard Square College Financial Advisors

20 February

20 February

BW

Brian Walton

Pennsylvania College of Technology

20 February

JG

Juliana Guglielmi

Professor of Fashion Merchandising
Jefferson University

20 February

MJ

Melissa Johnson

Men's Wearhouse

20 February

JT

John Tile

Adjunct Professor
Elizabethtown College

20 February

AD

Anne Louise DeBord

Four Diamonds Mini THON

20 February

JM

Jennifer Mason

DECA Advisor
Midd-West High School

20 February

RK

Rich Keller

Motivational Speaker &
Personal Brand Guru

20 February

NM

Nicole McCarten

Central Penn College

20 February

CV

Curtis Voelker

Central Penn College

20 February

GB

Gina Borgesi

FIDM - Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

20 February

PS

Peter Simons

US Securities & Exchange Commission

20 February

AS

Amit Sharma

Penn State School of Hospitality Management

20 February

Charles Mariotz

Platinum Sponsor

LeBow College of Business

Platinum Sponsor
Drexel is a comprehensive global research university ranked among the top 100 in the nation. With over 24,000 students, Drexel is one of America's 15 largest private universities.

Drexel has built its global reputation on core achievements that include:
  • Leadership in experiential learning through Drexel Co-op.
  • A history of academic technology firsts.
  • Recognition as a model of best practices in translational, use-inspired research.

Founded in 1891 in Philadelphia, Drexel now engages with students and communities around the world via:
  • Three Philadelphia campuses and other regional sites.
  • The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the nation’s oldest major natural science museum and research organization.
  • International research partnerships including China and Israel.
  • Drexel Online, one of the oldest and most successful providers of online degree programs.

Drexel is one of Philadelphia's top 10 private employers, and a major engine for economic development in the region. Drexel has committed to being the nation’s most civically engaged university, with community partnerships integrated into every aspect of service and academics.

Hershey Lodge

Platinum Sponsor
Offering 665 guest rooms and 100,000 square feet of function space, Hershey Lodge provides convenience and comfort for families and guests of all ages. We hope you'll enjoy the sweet hospitality and iconic chocolate details around every corner.

Hershey Lodge is also one of The Official Resorts of Hersheypark, alongside The Hotel Hershey and Hersheypark Camping Resort. Guests to each of our resorts enjoy the value, convenience, and special access of our FREE resort benefits.

Jefferson University

Platinum Sponsor
Jefferson is rewriting the rules and resetting the odds. We are changing higher education to provide our students with unparalleled value. Jefferson is a model professional university born out of a unique merger of Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University. Through our distinctive and award-winning 21st-century curriculum, we are preparing students with the skills they need to succeed and lead now and in the future of work. At Jefferson, we are helping you to redefine what’s humanly possible.

Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association

Platinum Sponsor
The Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association (PFMA) is a statewide trade association advocating the views of convenience stores, supermarkets, independent grocers, wholesalers and consumer product vendors operating in Pennsylvania.

PFMA’s membership consists of national chain stores, regional chains and locally owned independent retailers of all sizes. Our 800 + corporate members operate more than 3,200 retail food stores and employ more than 150,000 Pennsylvanians.

Jerry DiGiovanni

Platinum Sponsor

Pennsylvania College of Technology

Platinum Sponsor
Pennsylvania College of Technology, a special mission affiliate of Penn State, is a national leader in applied technology education and is ranked among the top 10 public regional colleges in the north by U.S. News’ Best Colleges.

Penn College offers more than 100 bachelor, associate, and certificate majors in careers ranging from manufacturing, design, transportation, and construction to hospitality, health, business, and natural resources. Business/industry connections, small classes, industry-standard equipment, and faculty with work experience contribute to strong graduate placement rates.

The full college experience awaits those desiring on-campus housing, Greek Life, student organizations, and NCAA Division III athletics.

Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Platinum Sponsor
Founded in 1897, the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) is the second-oldest CPA organization in the United States and the largest CPA association in Pennsylvania. Our more than 20,000 members include practitioners in public accounting, industry, government, and education.

The PICPA supports CPAs and future CPAs by providing education, networking, leadership, and volunteer opportunities. The PICPA offers thousands of continuing professional education (CPE) programs annually, as well as social programs throughout our 11 chapters across the state. There are also opportunities for career growth through involvement in state or local committees, speaking to the media or public groups, authoring articles, and much more.

The PICPA also represents the voice of the CPA profession in Pennsylvania through our advocacy efforts in the state legislature and promoting public confidence in CPAs and the quality of their services.

Affiliation with the PICPA represents commitment to the CPA profession, including adherence to a Code of Professional Conduct and a stringent set of professional and technical standards.

American Marketing

Gold Sponsor
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Grimm Trophy & Gifts

Gold Sponsor

Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology

Gold Sponsor
In the College of Information Sciences and Technology, we are about solving problems—not only those found in textbooks, but real-world problems where information, technology, and people intersect to impact everyday lives.

Our programs are truly interdisciplinary. They blend technical expertise in computer science, programming, and mathematics with skills in communications, business, psychology, and many other fields. Our students work collaboratively to innovate and explore new solutions in a diverse community, leaving them well-prepared to become versatile leaders in the digital age.

Whether you’re interested in IT business solutions or application development, big data or the social impact of technology, cybersecurity or national security, our bachelor’s degree programs can propel you to forge new frontiers and create a meaningful impact at Penn State and beyond.

IST at a Glance
  • 24 associate, B.S., M.S., M.P.S., and Ph.D. degree programs
  • 5 undergraduate bachelor’s degree programs
  • 21 Penn State campuses offering IST degrees and courses (residential and online)
  • 7,300+ alumni
  • #1 Best Alumni Network – Penn State (2019 Princeton Review)
  • 100% of undergraduates completing an internship before graduation
  • 84% of undergraduates receiving a job offer from an internship provider
  • 50% of undergraduates completing multiple internships
  • $68,000 average full-time starting salary of bachelor’s degree recipients
  • 300+ organizations recruiting IST students annually
  • $15 million in annual externally funded research
  • 20 research centers, institutes, and laboratories

Temple School of Sport, Tourism, and Hospitality Management

Silver Sponsor
Temple University is many things to many people. A place to pursue life's passions. A nurturing learning environment. A hotbed of research. An engine of employment. A melting pot of ideas and innovation. An incubator for tomorrow's leaders.

Our 17 schools and colleges, nine campuses, hundreds of degree programs and more than 35,000 students combine to create one of the nation's most comprehensive and diverse learning environments. In neighborhoods, across disciplines and on a global stage, members of the Temple community are making things happen.

Sara & John Armstrong

Silver Sponsor

SD Associates P.C.

Silver Sponsor
About Us
SD Associates P.C., organized in 1983, is a full-service CPA and business advisory firm located in metropolitan Philadelphia servicing clients throughout the Tri-State area. Our firm’s philosophy has been, and continues to be, to consistently provide the highest quality of personalized service to our clients.

Unparalleled Service
Whether it is an accounting, auditing, consulting or tax engagement, our clients appreciate how professional and committed our staff is to their business needs. We believe that we are large enough to provide expertise in many areas, yet small enough that our shareholders and staff are accessible and responsive.

SD Associates P.C. has six shareholders with over 140 years of combined experience that includes a staff of CPAs who have advanced degrees, including Masters in Taxation.

Highest Professional Standards
The firm’s professional staff is well versed in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) auditing standards, guidelines, rules and regulations. The firm’s quality control system has been reviewed by the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants and has received the highest available rankings. The reviewer’s report expressed an unqualified opinion that the firm’s system of quality control met the requirements of the quality control standards for an accounting and auditing practice established by the AICPA.

Tax Planning
When it comes to business and tax planning, our firm is proactive and forward thinking. We strive to provide personalized service with a high degree of competence and integrity.

Successful businesses and individuals face complex and challenging issues. We take pride in helping our clients to successfully address business tax challenges in a timely manner.

Strong Relationships
We believe open communication is critical in fostering strong client professional relationships. One of our main goals is to keep our clients well informed and to be accessible to answer questions as the need arises. We encourage our clients to discuss their goals and needs, and we welcome the opportunity to discuss the manner in which work will be handled.

Broad Client Base
SD Associate’s diversified clientele ranges from start-ups to fully matured companies.

Our clients are engaged in a wide variety of business activities including manufacturing, wholesale distribution, retailing, financial services, professional services, real estate development, restaurants, and various non-profit organizations.

Hair Symmetry Inc.

Silver Sponsor

Christy Spoa

Bronze Sponsor

Howard Leight

Bronze Sponsor

Shawn Schwoyer

Bronze Sponsor

Manuela's

Bronze Sponsor

Marcus Penith

Bronze Sponsor

Morris & Sarita Gocial

Bronze Sponsor

Zipf's

Bronze Sponsor

Clearpoint Business Group

Production Team
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Pulse Productions

Production Team
Creators by day, dreamers by night. Your ideas are our passion, the fuel that drives our creative energy. Our pulse comes from seeing your audience brought to life! From video design to event production, we’re ready to bring a dynamic and attractive story to your next project. Are you Ready for It?

Pulse Productions is a full-scale creative communications company specializing in video design, scripting, event production, and total show management. A division of Clearpoint Business Group, Pulse Productions brings the next generation of technology and talent to the production space.

PSAV Presentation Services

Production Team
Every event is unique, which is why we customize every solution to fit your needs. PSAV experts partner with you to determine your specific event goals and objectives. Next, we strive to exceed those expectations by delivering a one-of-a-kind experience that combines creativity and technology.

PSAV offers a wide array of planning, design and technology solutions to create awe-inspiring event experiences of any size, anywhere you are – or want to be. With our world-class service, you’ll have the peace of mind that we are personally invested in making your event a success.

PSAV experts become a seamless part of the venue team because we have a deep understanding of the hospitality industry and provide world-class service. Our wide range of resources and breadth of knowledge all serve to help you increase your event-based revenue.

Platinum Entertainment

Production Team
Since 1992, Platinum Disc Jockeys has provided a personal, professional, cheese-free touch with an emphasis on high quality customer service and attention to detail for Pennsylvania weddings, corporate events, and private parties. Our small staff of experienced professional Disc Jockeys will coordinate your event in the style and format of your choice.

Central Penn College

Why choose Central Penn College?

You are career focused.
We offer personal attention, community partnerships and hands-on learning. Our experienced faculty members work in the fields they teach, so they can impart current knowledge that students can immediately use in their careers.

You are success driven.
At Central Penn, your success is our mission and our numbers prove it. Based on our most recent One-Year Graduate Survey, 84.7% of Central Penn graduates were employed in their chosen field or continuing their education within one year of graduation.

You are concerned about college costs.
We can help. At Central Penn, financial aid is available to those who qualify, including grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs. Our financial planning coordinators will guide you every step of the way.
You are goal oriented.
We offer associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs that can put you on the fast track to career success in a wide variety of fields. With classes held year round, you can finish your degree in just three years, plus an internship.

You want to be part of a community.
Central Penn has more than 1,400 diverse students, unique apartment living arrangementsinstead of dorms, and a true spirit of community. So you will make friends for a lifetime, gain social skills for the real-world career of your choice, and enjoy a quality of life on campus unlike any other. 85% of Central Penn College's faculty and staff donate a portion of their pay to student scholarships.

Central Penn College's mission is to provide degree-seeking students from a variety of academic backgrounds a rigorous, flexible, and holistic education to support student success, and to bridge theory and application, fostering graduates who have a positive impact on their professions and communities.

Central Penn College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (Ph: 267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission (www.MSCHE.org) on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Approved by: the Secretary of Education and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to award the Master’s of Professional Studies degree, the Bachelor's of Science degree, the Associate’s in Science degree, and the Associate in Applied Science degree.

FIDM - Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

FIDM's engaging learning environment and rigorous programs of study develop graduates who become leaders in the industries of global design and business. Under the guidance of faculty who are industry professionals, students learn to strategically integrate design thinking with technology, producing work that is grounded in critical and creative thought. Graduates embrace cultural diversity and ethical choice while advancing the well-being of their communities.

Jefferson University

Jefferson is rewriting the rules and resetting the odds. We are changing higher education to provide our students with unparalleled value. Jefferson is a model professional university born out of a unique merger of Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University. Through our distinctive and award-winning 21st-century curriculum, we are preparing students with the skills they need to succeed and lead now and in the future of work. At Jefferson, we are helping you to redefine what’s humanly possible.

Johnson & Wales University

Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with approximately 16,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its 4 campuses in Providence, RI; North Miami, Fla.; Denver, Colo.; and Charlotte, NC.

An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, education, nutrition, hospitality, physician assistant studies, engineering and design. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal growth.

The university’s impact is global, with 100,000+ alumni from 155 countries pursuing careers worldwide.

LeBow College of Business

Drexel is a comprehensive global research university ranked among the top 100 in the nation. With over 24,000 students, Drexel is one of America's 15 largest private universities.

Drexel has built its global reputation on core achievements that include:
  • Leadership in experiential learning through Drexel Co-op.
  • A history of academic technology firsts.
  • Recognition as a model of best practices in translational, use-inspired research.

Founded in 1891 in Philadelphia, Drexel now engages with students and communities around the world via:
  • Three Philadelphia campuses and other regional sites.
  • The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the nation’s oldest major natural science museum and research organization.
  • International research partnerships including China and Israel.
  • Drexel Online, one of the oldest and most successful providers of online degree programs.

Drexel is one of Philadelphia's top 10 private employers, and a major engine for economic development in the region. Drexel has committed to being the nation’s most civically engaged university, with community partnerships integrated into every aspect of service and academics.

Lehigh University

Penn State College of Health and Human Development

Dedicated to enriching human well-being and strengthening intellectual, social, physical, economic, and emotional wellness, Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development (HHD) will give you a solid foundation for positively impacting the way people live — both now and far into the future.

HHD faculty and staff are proud to be recognized as some of the most respected leaders across the country and around the globe in our respective disciplines. Our faculty — which includes fellows, presidents, and board/committee members of numerous national academies and organizations — is regularly honored for innovative excellence in teaching, advising, research, and actively engaging students.


As an HHD student, you will participate in learning, service, and research activities that put you in direct contact with patients, clients, and consumers. You’ll graduate with a portfolio of real-world opportunities that help you hone your professional skills while also experiencing the satisfaction of improving the world in which we live.
With a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs available through eight fields of study, you’re sure to find one that aligns with your passion, challenges you both personally and academically, and sets you on a path to achieving your life goals.


Now more than 50,000 strong, HHD alumni go on to make substantial contributions to society and to the proud Penn State legacy through their careers, their accomplishments, their ever-growing networks, and their community outreach initiatives.

Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology

In the College of Information Sciences and Technology, we are about solving problems—not only those found in textbooks, but real-world problems where information, technology, and people intersect to impact everyday lives.

Our programs are truly interdisciplinary. They blend technical expertise in computer science, programming, and mathematics with skills in communications, business, psychology, and many other fields. Our students work collaboratively to innovate and explore new solutions in a diverse community, leaving them well-prepared to become versatile leaders in the digital age.

Whether you’re interested in IT business solutions or application development, big data or the social impact of technology, cybersecurity or national security, our bachelor’s degree programs can propel you to forge new frontiers and create a meaningful impact at Penn State and beyond.

IST at a Glance
  • 24 associate, B.S., M.S., M.P.S., and Ph.D. degree programs
  • 5 undergraduate bachelor’s degree programs
  • 21 Penn State campuses offering IST degrees and courses (residential and online)
  • 7,300+ alumni
  • #1 Best Alumni Network – Penn State (2019 Princeton Review)
  • 100% of undergraduates completing an internship before graduation
  • 84% of undergraduates receiving a job offer from an internship provider
  • 50% of undergraduates completing multiple internships
  • $68,000 average full-time starting salary of bachelor’s degree recipients
  • 300+ organizations recruiting IST students annually
  • $15 million in annual externally funded research
  • 20 research centers, institutes, and laboratories

Penn State School of Hospitality Management

Pennsylvania College of Technology

Pennsylvania College of Technology, a special mission affiliate of Penn State, is a national leader in applied technology education and is ranked among the top 10 public regional colleges in the north by U.S. News’ Best Colleges.

Penn College offers more than 100 bachelor, associate, and certificate majors in careers ranging from manufacturing, design, transportation, and construction to hospitality, health, business, and natural resources. Business/industry connections, small classes, industry-standard equipment, and faculty with work experience contribute to strong graduate placement rates.

The full college experience awaits those desiring on-campus housing, Greek Life, student organizations, and NCAA Division III athletics.

Pennsylvania DECA

Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Founded in 1897, the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) is the second-oldest CPA organization in the United States and the largest CPA association in Pennsylvania. Our more than 20,000 members include practitioners in public accounting, industry, government, and education.

The PICPA supports CPAs and future CPAs by providing education, networking, leadership, and volunteer opportunities. The PICPA offers thousands of continuing professional education (CPE) programs annually, as well as social programs throughout our 11 chapters across the state. There are also opportunities for career growth through involvement in state or local committees, speaking to the media or public groups, authoring articles, and much more.

The PICPA also represents the voice of the CPA profession in Pennsylvania through our advocacy efforts in the state legislature and promoting public confidence in CPAs and the quality of their services.

Affiliation with the PICPA represents commitment to the CPA profession, including adherence to a Code of Professional Conduct and a stringent set of professional and technical standards.

Shippensburg University

Founded in 1871 as the Cumberland Valley State Normal School, Shippensburg University is a member of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education.

Ship values its community feel, as is evident from our average class size of 26. Personalized attention is key to both the success of our students and our academic programs, of which 13 are accredited.

Beyond the classroom, our students have access to unique resources, such as the Center for Land Use and Sustainability, a stock trading room, centers for entrepreneurial leadership and innovation, a fashion archives and museum, and the only public elementary lab school in the state.

Ship is located about an hour south of Harrisburg. Our campus is in the center of the East Coast’s major metropolitan areas, making Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and New York accessible options for students to visit and complete internships.

South Hills School of Business & Technology

South Hills School of Business & Technology is a fully accredited post-secondary school specializing in training adults for productive and fulfilling careers and lives.

Through a variety of specialized associate degree, certificate, continuing education, and professional development programs, we prepare people for their first job, job advancement, or a new career. Established to fill a regional need for more specialized skills training in central Pennsylvania, South Hills has three convenient campuses and highly touted programs in business, technology, health, criminal justice, and graphic arts. Our students range from recent high school graduates to returning adults looking for a new skill set or a new opportunity.

Stevens Institute of Technology

Stevens Institute of Technology is a premier, private research university situated in Hoboken, N.J. overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Founded in 1870, technological innovation has been the hallmark and legacy of Stevens’ education and research programs for more than 140 years. Within the university’s three schools and one college, more than 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students collaborate with more than 350 faculty members in an interdisciplinary, student-centric, entrepreneurial environment to advance the frontiers of science and leverage technology to confront global challenges.

Stevens is home to three national research centers of excellence, as well as joint research programs focused on critical industries such as healthcare, energy, finance, defense, STEM education and coastal sustainability.

The university is consistently ranked among the nation’s elite for return on investment for students, career services programs and mid-career salaries of alumni. Stevens is in the midst of a 10-year strategic plan, The Future. Ours to Create., designed to further extend the Stevens legacy to create a forward-looking and far-reaching institution with global impact.

Temple University School of Sport, Tourism, and Hospitality Management

Temple University is many things to many people. A place to pursue life's passions. A nurturing learning environment. A hotbed of research. An engine of employment. A melting pot of ideas and innovation. An incubator for tomorrow's leaders.

Our 17 schools and colleges, nine campuses, hundreds of degree programs and more than 35,000 students combine to create one of the nation's most comprehensive and diverse learning environments. In neighborhoods, across disciplines and on a global stage, members of the Temple community are making things happen.

Vector Marketing

We provide the professional foundation for the next generation through a hands-on experience selling CUTCO® Cutlery.

Vector Marketing Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of CUTCO Corp., which has manufactured CUTCO® Cutlery in Olean, N.Y., since 1949. Made of the finest materials, CUTCO® knives are American-made and carry a Forever Guarantee that protects the consumer’s investment for generations.

Established in 1981, Vector Marketing Corp. is the sole distributor of CUTCO®. More than 15 million customers in the US and Canada enjoy CUTCO® products in their homes every day. The majority of Vector's sales force is comprised of college students who work part-time and during the summer building valuable business and professional skills.

Vector is a member of the Direct Selling Association and the Better Business Bureau.

West Virginia University

WVU is a family of distinctive campuses united by a single mission. From the groundbreaking research of our flagship in Morgantown to the liberal arts hub of WVU Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley — we are leveraging our talents and resources to create a better future for West Virginia and the World.
Workshops

The DECA Difference

09:00 PM 10:00 PM Cocoa Terrace

A workshop presented by your State Officer team on taking your role play competition to another level.

Speakers

Officer & Advisor Recognition Brunch

10:00 AM 12:00 PM Cocoa Boardroom

Advisor-Only Events

Conference Registration (Advisors Only)

12:00 PM 04:00 PM Cocoa Suite 5

Advisor-Only Events

Advisor Orientation

01:00 PM 05:30 PM Tower 1

1:00, 3:00, or 4:30 PM
All advisors must attend one session.
Voting Delegates

State Officer Campaign Booths

03:00 PM 06:00 PM Chocolate Lobby

All campaigning must take place in the Chocolate Lobby. No campaigning shall take place outside this area.
Advisor-Only Events
Competitive Events
Modeling
Voting Delegates

Buffet Dinner

03:30 PM 05:30 PM Confection Hall

Dress Code A
Casual
Advisor-Only Events
Competitive Events
General Sessions
Modeling
Voting Delegates

Opening Ceremony

06:00 PM 07:15 PM Great American Hall

Dress Code B
Business Professional

This event will be broadcast LIVE on the PA DECA app and at www.padeca.org. Invite your friends and family to join in on the fun!

Competitive Events

Orientation for Entrepreneurship Events

08:15 PM 09:15 PM Empire

Dress Code B
Business Professional

Innovation Plan (EIP)
Start-Up Business Plan (ESB)
Independent Business Plan (EIB)
International Business Plan (IBP)
Business Growth Plan (EBG)
Franchise Business Plan (EFB)
Competitive Events

Written Test for Integrated Marketing Campaign Events

08:15 PM 09:15 PM Crystal

Dress Code B
Business Professional

Integrated Marketing Campaign - Event (IMCE)
Integrated Marketing Campaign – Product (IMCP)
Integrated Marketing Campaign - Service (IMCS)
Competitive Events

Orientation for Business Operations Research, Project Management Events

08:15 PM 09:15 PM Magnolia

Dress Code B
Business Professional

Business Services Operation Research (BOR)
Buying & Merchandising Operations Research (BMOR)
Finance Operations Research (FOR)
Hospitality & Tourism Operations Research (HTOR)
Sports & Entertainment Operations Research (SEOR)
Business Solutions Project (PMBS)
Career Development Project (PMCD)
Community Awareness Project (PMCA)
Community Giving Project (PMCG)
Financial Literacy Project (PMFL)
Sales Project (PMSP)
Competitive Events

Written Test for Individual Series Events

08:15 PM 09:15 PM Chocolate Ballroom

Dress Code B
Business Professional

Competitive Events:
Principles of Business Mgmt. & Admin - PBM
Principles of Finance - PFN
Principles of Hospitality & Tourism - PHT
Principles of Marketing - PMK
Accounting Applications - ACT
Apparel & Accessories AAM
Automotive Services - ASM
Business Finance - BFS
Business Services Marketing - BSM
Entrepreneurship - ENT
Food Marketing - FMS
Hotel & Lodging Management - HLM
Human Resources Management - HRM
Marketing Communications - MCS
Quick Serve Restaurant Management - QSRM
Restaurant & Food Service Management - RFSM
Retail Merchandising - RMS
Sports & Entertainment Marketing - SEM
Materials Handling/Logistics - LOG
Personal Financial Literacy - PFL
Competitive Events

Written Test for Professional Selling & Consulting Events

08:15 PM 09:15 PM Wild Rose

Dress Code B
Business Professional

Financial Consulting Event (FCE)
Professional Selling Event (PSE)
Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling Event (HTPS)
Competitive Events

Written Test for Team Decision Making Events

08:15 PM 09:15 PM Red Room

Dress Code B
Business Professional

Competitive Events:
Business Law & Ethics Team - BLTDM
Buying & Merchandising Team - BTDM
Financial Services Team - FTDM
Hospitality Services Team - HTDM
Marketing Management Team - MTDM
Sports & Entertainment Marketing Team - STDM
Travel & Tourism Marketing Team - TTDM
Modeling

Written Test for Modeling Contestants

08:15 PM 09:15 PM Chocolate Ballroom

Dress Code B
Business Professional
Competitive Events

Written Test for Chapter Banner Participants

08:15 PM 09:15 PM Chocolate Ballroom

Dress Code B
Business Professional
Competitive Events

Written Test for DECA Quiz Bowl

08:15 PM 09:15 PM Cocoa 3

Dress Code B
Business Professional
Competitive Events

Orientation for Job Interview (JOB)

08:15 PM 09:15 PM Cocoa 1

Dress Code B
Business Professional
Competitive Events

Orientation for Public Speaking (PUB)

08:15 PM 09:15 PM Tower 2

Dress Code B
Business Professional

Scholarship Interviews

09:30 PM 10:30 PM Tower 2

Modeling

Modeling Contestant Rehearsal (Weds.)

09:30 PM 10:30 PM Cocoa 3

DRESS CODE C
DECA T-shirt (provided), casual pants or jeans (no shorts)

"DECA After Dark" Dance Party

09:45 PM 11:15 PM Great American Hall

DRESS CODE C
DECA T-shirt (provided), casual pants or jeans (no shorts)

NAMETAGS and PROPER DRESS CODE required for entry to the DECA Dance.

Voting Delegates

Meet the Candidates Campaign Session

10:00 PM 11:00 PM Empire

All chapters must send 1 voting delegate.

Curfew

11:30 PM 12:00 AM

All Campaign Booths to be Dismantled

Curfew

12:00 AM 06:00 AM

Advisor-Only Events
Competitive Events
Modeling
Voting Delegates

Breakfast (Hershey Lodge)

07:00 AM 09:00 AM Confection Hall

Dress Code B
Business Professional

Judge Registration/Orientation

07:30 AM 08:00 AM Trinidad

Advisor-Only Events
Competitive Events
Modeling
Voting Delegates

Breakfast (Hotel Hershey)

08:00 AM 09:30 AM Hotel Hershey, Garden Terrace

Dress Code: Casual
Workshops

Workshops (All Students Must Attend 1)

08:00 AM 03:00 PM Hershey Lodge

Attendance will be taken.
Competitive Events

Role Plays for Principles Events

08:20 AM 04:00 PM Chocolate Ballroom

Dress Code B
Business Professional

Individual role play times may run early or late. We recommend arriving 15-20 minutes ahead of your scheduled time.

Principles of Business Mgmt. & Admin - PBM
Principles of Finance - PFN
Principles of Hospitality & Tourism - PHT
Principles of Marketing - PMK
Competitive Events

Role Plays for Team Decision Making Events

08:20 AM 04:00 PM Chocolate Ballroom

Dress Code B
Business Professional

Team role play times may run early or late. We recommend arriving 15-20 minutes ahead of your scheduled time.

Business Law & Ethics Team - BLTDM
Buying & Merchandising Team - BTDM
Entrepreneurship Team - ETDM
Financial Services Management Team - FTDM
Hospitality Services Management Team - HTDM
Marketing Management Team - MTDM
Sports & Entertaiment Marketing Management Team - STDM
Travel & Tourism Marketing Management Team - TTDM
Competitive Events

Job Interview

08:20 AM 04:00 PM Tower 1

Dress Code B
Business Professional

Individual event times may run early or late. We recommend arriving 15-20 minutes ahead of your scheduled time.
Competitive Events

Public Speaking

08:20 AM 04:00 PM Tower 2

Dress Code B
Business Professional

Individual event times may run early or late. We recommend arriving 15-20 minutes ahead of your scheduled time.
Competitive Events

Role Plays for Individual Series Events

08:20 AM 04:00 PM Chocolate Ballroom

Dress Code B
Business Professional

Individual role play times may run early or late. We recommend arriving 15-20 minutes ahead of your scheduled time.

Accounting Applications - ACT
Apparel & Accessories AAM
Automotive Services - ASM
Business Finance - BFS
Business Services Marketing - BSM
Entrepreneurship - ENT
Food Marketing - FMS
Hotel & Lodging Management - HLM
Human Resource Management - HRM
Marketing Communications - MCS
Quick Serve Restaurant Management - QSRM
Restaurant & Food Service Management - RFSM
Retail Merchandising - RMS
Sports & Entertainment Marketing - SEM
Materials Handling/Logistics - LOG
Personal Financial Literacy - PFL
Workshops

Successful Social Networking

08:30 AM 09:15 AM Cocoa 1

They say it’s all about the handshake, or the eye contact, or what you say. But what about how you talk or getting your audiences’ attention or leaving them with a lasting impression? This workshop will allow you to master the art of networking.

Speakers

Competitive Events

Written Events Presentations

08:30 AM 05:00 PM Red Room

Dress Code B
Business Professional

Presentation times may run early or late. We recommend arriving 15-20 minutes ahead of your scheduled time.

Business Services Operation Research (BOR)
Buying & Merchandising Operations Research (BMOR)
Finance Operations Research (FOR)
Hospitality & Tourism Operations Research (HTOR)
Sports & Entertainment Operations Research (SEOR)
Business Solutions Project (PMBS)
Career Development Project (PMCD)
Community Awareness Project (PMCA)
Community Giving Project (PMCG)
Financial Literacy Project (PMFL)
Sales Project (PMSP)
Innovation Plan (EIP)
International Business Plan (IBP)
Start-Up Business Plan (ESB)
Independent Business Plan (EIB)
Business Growth Plan (EBG)
Franchise Business Plan (EFB)
Integrated Marketing Campaign - Event (IMCE)
Integrated Marketing Campaign – Product (IMCP)
Integrated Marketing Campaign - Service (IMCS)
Financial Consulting Event (FCE)
Professional Selling Event (PSE)
Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling Event (HTPS)
Materials Handling Written Event (MHE)
Digital Advertising Event (DAE)
Competitive Events

DECA Quiz Bowl

08:30 AM 11:30 AM Cocoa 6

Dress Code B
Business Professional

Team event times may run early or late. We recommend arriving 15-20 minutes ahead of your scheduled time.
Advisor-Only Events

New Advisor Training

09:00 AM 12:00 PM Cocoa Boardroom

Competitive Events

Chapter Banner Contest

09:00 AM 11:30 AM Crystal A

Dress Code B
Business Professional

Individual event times may run early or late. We recommend arriving 15-20 minutes ahead of your scheduled time.

Scholarship Interviews (Thurs.)

09:00 AM 04:00 PM Tower 4

Workshops

Surviving the College Application Process

09:00 AM 09:45 AM Cocoa 2

Dress Code B
Business Professional

In this workshop, we will discuss different factors you should consider when exploring colleges. We will explore what colleges are seeking in the application process and what questions you should ask when you are visiting campuses.

Speakers

Workshops

Tips and Tricks for Finding the Right University for You

09:00 AM 09:45 AM White Room

Dress Code B
Business Professional

This workshop will help guide students through the variety of factors to consider related to finding their best-fit college. We will review some of the terminology related to the college admissions process such as the difference between ranking and metrics, and provide helpful hints for putting your best foot forward in the college application process.

Speakers

Workshops

Economics of Social Entrepreneurship

09:15 AM 10:00 AM Cocoa Terrace

Dress Code B
Business Professional

Social entrepreneurship is such a buzz word in today's day and age. It really comes in all different shapes and sizes. Here, students are participating in a workshop to help them understand what "impact" really means in entrepreneurship, in their community, and in the world.

Speakers

Workshops

Communications in the 21st Century

09:30 AM 10:15 AM Cocoa 1

Dress Code B
Business Professional

This workshop will examine the ways in which communications have changed in the modern era and how to utilize them to your advantage. Through many interactive activities and group dynamics, you will learn the essential skills in interpersonal communication and networking. At the end of this workshop you should be able to lead a dynamic team and create initiative within small and large group settings.

Speakers

Workshops

Find Free Money for College to Minimize Student Loans

10:00 AM 10:45 AM Cocoa 2

Dress Code B
Business Professional

Topics discussed will be the FAFSA form; the difference between scholarships and loans; tips on how to find and win scholarships; and other creative strategies to pay for college. Students in 9th - 12th grades are welcome!

Speakers

Workshops

How to Ace the Interview

10:00 AM 10:45 AM White Room

Dress Code B
Business Professional

The key to a successful interview is preparation and practice. Students will prepare a “tell me about yourself” profile and write their personal answers to the most commonly asked interview questions.

Speakers

Workshops

Creative Problem Solving

10:15 AM 11:00 AM Cocoa Terrace

Dress Code B
Business Professional

Here, students are guided through a workshop to help them understand the problem they are solving in relation to their interests and values. Students will be expected to develop a more comprehensive understanding of the problem they are solving in relationship to the world at large.

Speakers

Workshops

Finding Your Passion and Turning It Into a Career

10:30 AM 11:15 AM Cocoa 1

Dress Code B
Business Professional

How do you know what you want to do for the rest of your life? How do you decide? What if your change your mind? Come join a discussion and presentation that explore strategies that can help answer the question of “what am I going to do for the rest of my life?”. The goal of this workshop is to help students learn how to discover their passion, what resources exist, and how education fits into career goals.

Speakers

Workshops

Empowered to Create: Launching OUR Magazine - For Students, By Students, Telling OUR Stories

11:00 AM 11:45 AM Cocoa 2

Dress Code B
Business Professional

With the support of their faculty advisor, entrepreneurial Jefferson students offer a compelling look at the process of starting a new student-run magazine for the Jefferson East Falls campus.

Speakers

Workshops

Dressing for Success

11:15 AM 12:00 PM Cocoa Terrace

Dress Code B
Business Professional

This workshop is designed for both young men and young women.Learn how to look your best on an interview as well as on-the-job.Dress for the job you want.Come get all the best tips.

Speakers

Workshops

You Can Increase the Probability of Making Your Dreams Come True

11:30 AM 12:15 PM Cocoa 1

Dress Code B
Business Professional

Your dreams are an abundant source of inspiration for your career/life. How can you increase the probability of making your dreams come true? You have a dream, or you have a new dream, or maybe you had a dream but it didn’t come to pass…..what do you do?

Did you know you can increase the probability of making your dreams come true by 50-80%?Did you know you can do this with a few simple fundamental actions on your part?This is not fiction.This is based on neuroscience, statistics, and many experts in the field.This “You Can Increase the Probability of Making Your Dreams Come True” workshop will help you set your future path and increase your chances of success to make your dreams come true.

Speakers

Competitive Events
Modeling
Voting Delegates

Lunch - Students

11:30 AM 01:30 PM Confection Hall

Dress Code B
Business Professional
Advisor-Only Events

Lunch - Advisors & Judges

11:45 AM 01:00 PM Trinidad

Chocolate World and Outlet Shuttle Bus

12:00 PM 05:00 PM Convention Center Entrance

Buses run every 10-15 minutes (approximately). 

Please note that the last bus is often very crowded, so please plan to leave early so you're back at the Lodge in time for dinner and Mini Awards!
Modeling

Modeling Contest Rehearsal (Thurs.)

12:00 PM 02:30 PM Great American Hall

Modeling

Male Model Dressing Room

12:00 PM 05:00 PM Cocoa 6

Modeling

Female Model Dressing Room

12:00 PM 05:00 PM Cocoa 3

Workshops

Financial Literacy

12:00 PM 12:45 PM Cocoa 2

Dress Code B
Business Professional

Learn how to be fiscally responsible.

Speakers

Workshops

Philanthropic Leadership

12:15 PM 01:00 PM Cocoa Terrace

Dress Code B
Business Professional

Are you interested in improving the climate and culture at your school? This interactive workshop will equip students with the knowledge and resources to create effective, result maximizing service projects that promote teamwork, creativity, and school spirit. Mini-THON offers a robust set of resources to aid the student leaders in their project. Students will walk away with a turn-key program that is easily implemented at their school.

Speakers

Workshops

Careers in the Hospitality Industry

12:30 PM 01:15 PM Cocoa 1

Dress Code B
Business Professional

Learn all about the potential in this hot industry!

Speakers

Workshops

Find Free Money for College to Minimize Student Loans

01:00 PM 01:45 PM Cocoa 2

Dress Code B
Business Professional

Topics discussed will be the FAFSA form; the difference between scholarships and loans; tips on how to find and win scholarships; and other creative strategies to pay for college. Students in 9th - 12th grades are welcome!

Speakers

Workshops

Bring a School-Based Enterprise to Your School

01:15 PM 02:00 PM Cocoa Terrace

Dress Code B
Business Professional

A school-based enterprise (SBE) is an entrepreneurial operation in a school setting that provides goods/services to meet the needs of the market. SBEs are managed and operated by students as hands-on learning laboratories that integrate National Curriculum Standards in marketing, finance, hospitality or management. SBEs provide realistic and practical learning experiences that reinforce classroom instruction. SBEs can sell to consumers through a permanent location, a mobile kiosk or through Internet marketing. Products may include spirit wear, food and beverage items, school supplies, signs and banners and more, while other SBEs provide services such as creative design, advertising sales and more.

Speakers

Workshops

How to SCORE as an Entrepreneur…All it takes is ‘One Word’!

01:30 PM 02:15 PM Cocoa 1

Dress Code B
Business Professional

Can you describe your personal brand in ’One Word‘? Rich brings a unique approach to personal branding. As a CATALYST, he understands the challenges associated with trying to discover what makes you stand-out. He has learned that you can conquer life’s obstacles and reach excellence when you uncover you core value, which he defines as who you are…NOT what you do. Rich left his corporate career behind and now travels the country inspiring young entrepreneurs to step into their power, by integrating their personal brands with their business ventures, so they can break through and become forces to be reckoned with (think Steve Jobs, Howard Schultz, Sara Blakely and Jennifer Rubio). Sharing brand examples from his professional career, Rich guides young entrepreneurs via a motivational journey by demonstrating how the power of just ‘One Word‘ (their core value) can transform how they and their business ventures are seen by the world in order to Stand-out Conquer Obstacles Reach Excellence and SCORE.

Rich’s empowering story of victory will motivate you to craft your personal brand in ‘One Word’ and turn it into your greatest asset!

Speakers

Workshops

World Cafe Networking Workshop

01:45 PM 02:30 PM Crystal

Dress Code B
Business Professional

Speakers

Voting Delegates

Election of 2020-2021 Officers

02:00 PM 03:00 PM Trinidad

Dress Code B
Business Professional

All chapters must send 1 voting delegate.
Workshops

Communication and Style Flexing

02:00 PM 02:45 PM Cocoa 2

Dress Code B
Business Professional

This interactive session will help you learn more about your communication style, ability to style-flex and will give you the tools to succeed in communicating in business settings.

Speakers

Workshops

College and Life Preparedness 101

02:15 PM 03:00 PM Cocoa Terrace

Dress Code B
Business Professional

This interactive presentation places students in a mock college term.Students will be engaging and discussing about making different choices with pre-planned real-life scenarios that they may be faced with in college and life post-graduation.Topics covered in this presentation include but not limited to:Academics, Multi-Tasking, Study Habits, Professional Appearance.This workshop is great for juniors and seniors.

Speakers

General Sessions
Modeling

Fashion Show & Modeling Contest

03:00 PM 05:00 PM Great American Hall

Sponsored by The Men's Wearhouse and Jefferson University
Dress Code: Casual

This event will be broadcast LIVE on the PA DECA app and at www.padeca.org. Invite your friends and family to join in on the fun!
Advisor-Only Events
Competitive Events
Modeling
Voting Delegates

Dinner

04:30 PM 06:30 PM Confection Hall

Dress Code B
Business Professional
Advisor-Only Events
Competitive Events
General Sessions
Modeling
Voting Delegates

Mini Awards Ceremony

07:00 PM 09:00 PM Great American Hall

Dress Code B
Business Professional

This event will be broadcast LIVE on the PA DECA app and at www.padeca.org. Invite your friends and family to join in on the fun!

DECA Dance

09:30 PM 11:15 PM Great Ameican Hall

DRESS CODE
School-spirited T-Shirt of your choice, casual pants or jeans (no shorts)

NAMETAGS and PROPER DRESS CODE required for entry to the DECA Dance.

Curfew

11:30 PM 12:00 AM

Curfew

12:00 AM 06:00 AM

Competitive Events
Modeling
Voting Delegates

Breakfast for Students (Hershey Lodge)

07:30 AM 09:15 AM Confection Hall

Dress Code B
Business Professional
Advisor-Only Events

Advisors Breakfast

07:30 AM 08:30 AM Cocoa 1

Competitive Events
Modeling
Voting Delegates

Breakfast for Students (Hotel Hershey)

07:45 AM 09:15 AM Hotel Hershey, Garden Terrace

Dress Code: Casual
Advisor-Only Events
Competitive Events
Modeling
Voting Delegates

Check Out of Rooms

08:00 AM 09:15 AM

Advisor-Only Events
Competitive Events
General Sessions
Modeling
Voting Delegates

Grand Awards Ceremony & Installation of 2020-2021 Officers

09:45 AM 12:00 PM Great American Hall

Dress Code B
Business Professional

This event will be broadcast LIVE on the PA DECA app and at www.padeca.org. Invite your friends and family to join in on the fun!
Advisor-Only Events

Pick Up Ratings Sheets

12:00 PM 01:00 PM Cocoa 5