DECA Seeks Business and Marketing Professionals to Judge International Competition for Students

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Official at, an online public relations firm, volunteers to participate in conference, encourages other professionals to do the same.


This is an excellent opportunity to help and meet the next generation of business people. I’m really excited to see what they bring to the table.

The youngest, brightest business minds from around the world will gather in Salt Lake City to compete against each other at the DECA International Career Development Conference on April 30. President Lori Gilson volunteered to serve as a judge for the competition, but DECA is still seeking business professionals to judge events.

“We’re really looking for people who have experience in the fields of marketing, management, finance, hospitality, tourism and entrepreneurship,” said Shane Thomas, director of competitive events for DECA Inc.

DECA is an association of student members who are preparing for careers in marketing, management, finance, hospitality and entrepreneurship. The event will be held at the Salt Palace Convention Center and is expected to bring in about 14,000 high school students from around the world.

“This is an excellent opportunity to help and meet the next generation of business people,” said Gilson, an expert in brand development. “I’m really excited to see what they bring to the table.”

Students will compete in more than 40 events. The events will be in various areas of the business world.

“This is the generation that will be entering the professional workforce in just a few short years,” Big Start CEO Dave Bascom said. “I encourage business professionals to volunteer and meet their future employees.”

All volunteers will be provided free parking, breakfast, lunch and an onsite orientation session.

“These are the people who will be creating jobs and running their own company,” said Thomas. “It’s a great opportunity to meet young professionals with bright futures ahead of them.”

To volunteer, applicants must visit and fill out a registration form.

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