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State Career Development Conference
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welcome to the sTATE CAREER DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE!

Washington DECA’s State Career Development Conference (SCDC) is one of the largest, most exciting, and most rewarding experiences in all of DECA.

Over the course of the conference, hundreds of industry judges and DECA volunteers assess and evaluate thousands of DECA students in competitive events. DECA’s emerging leaders are put to the test with an examination and multiple rounds of performances. The winners are revealed and Washington DECA’s competition delegation for the International DECA competition is announced.

View Conference Agenda | Dress Code

event overview

opening session: march 3

Tune into the opening ceremony where members can kick-off SCDC with State President candidate speeches, chapter and member awards, scholarship announcements, and keynote speaker and WA DECA alumnus, John Vlastelica!

RE-WATCH OPENING SESSION! Click here.

march 3-5

Gain essential industry insights through our Executive Mentor Sessions! Mentors will share valuable experiences and allow students to ask questions and gain key industry lessons. Attend at least two sessions and earn a digital badge!

Join the sessions here! (A password is required to access these sessions. Ask your advisor for the password or email info@wadeca.org).


Featuring: Brad Jones, Visit Bellevue Executive Director

Visit Bellevue serves as Bellevue’s official Destination Marketing and Management Organization and exists to stimulate economic growth and development by attracting visitors, convention + event business and inspiring memorable visitor experiences.

Brad has a rich 25-year history as an Executive Director with convention & visitors bureaus, most recently prior to Visit Bellevue serving 13-years as the Executive Director with Experience Rochester in Rochester Minnesota and prior to that 10-years as Executive Director with the Mackinaw Area Visitors Bureau in Michigan.

Brad was born and raised in Michigan and received his formal schooling at Ferris State University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management with other degrees in Food Service Management / Culinary Arts and Marketing.

Brad has been married to his wife Shelly for 28 years: they have two children Samantha (age 22) and Max (age 20). Brad is an Eagle Scout and still enjoys being involved in the scouting program and enjoys hockey, golf, kayaking, and is an avid backpacker and wilderness explorer. Brad is also a former hockey player and USA hockey official and was fortunate to officiate and compete at high levels of hockey during his ice hockey career. Over the years, Brad has coached many youth, high school hockey & lacrosse teams.

Brad serves on several business, civic and organizational boards. In Minnesota he was appointed to the Minnesota Tourism Council by Governor Tim Pawlenty and reappointed by Governor Mark Dayton. Brad was the 2016 recipient of Minnesota’s Outstanding Individual in Tourism. Brad currently serves as Vice President of the Washington State Destination Marketing Organization.


Featuring: Casey Jacox, Speaker, Author, Coach

  • Winning The Relationship, LLC – Sales & Leadership Coaching
  • Author, “Win The Relationship; Not the Deal”
  • The Quarterback Dad Cast – Podcast

With more than 20 years of business experience, Casey’s leadership helps companies emphasize the building of relationships and not just transactional business deals. He’s a father, a husband, a coach, a podcaster, a speaker and a business leader who is the same person in and out of work.

Over his entire career, adversity has always made him stronger. Casey is blessed to have a positive attitude, as he always looks at life through the eyes of an optimist. While at Kforce, Casey was the number one sales rep nationwide for 10 years in row before moving into the President of Client Strategy and partnerships. In that role, Casey played a key role in driving a sales transformation as well as providing executive level support for large customers. In April of 2019, Casey left Kforce as the firms all-time leading salesperson in the nearly 60-year company history to begin writing his debut non-fiction book titled, “WIN the RELATIONSHIP – Not the DEAL.”

Casey now is the founder of Winning The Relationship, LLC which is a consulting firm providing sales leadership and coaching. Additionally, Casey is the host of The Quarterback DadCast which is a podcast that provides stories, advice, and wisdom for fathers looking to become the ultimate QB of their household.

Casey is a passionate networker and has an intense energy for building relationships – true relationships that are long-lasting. He loves to laugh and make those around him laugh; if we are not having fun, then why do we go to work? He loves to empower people to achieve more than they think they are capable of ever achieving. Competition is something he thrives on and is always pushing himself and others to compete so that our clients will win by receiving our best effort.

Additionally, giving back is a huge part of Casey’s life. You must pay it forward so that you are open to receiving in the future. Every day we are judged by who we are or what we do. As a former collegiate quarterback, Casey coach’s youth sports alongside his daughter and son. He is the President of Tahoma Basketball Association which serves the Maple Valley community (over 200 athletes and 20 teams for boys and girls). Casey also sits on the Central Washington University Foundation Board which works with the University to plan and fundraise for large capital projects. He loves to read, do old man CrossFit, play golf, and most importantly spend time with his family.


Featuring:
DECA Inc.’s Executive Team

  • Catherine Horton, DECA Executive President
  • Mattie Bradford, DECA Western Region Vice President
  • Ramkishore Annachi, DECA Southern Region Vice President

CATHERINE HORTON | A Georgia native living in Arizona, Catherine is a three-year DECA member. She has served as a chapter officer at Mountain Ridge High School and as an Arizona DECA State Officer. She finds great joy in all the opportunities and challenges DECA presents and thrives in building relationships with members. Loving the competitive aspect of DECA, Catherine competed at the association and international levels in Marketing Management Team Decision Making and Community Awareness Project events. She is excited to continue her service as an advocate for DECA. In the fall of 2021, she will pursue degrees in Marketing and Business Administration. Throughout Catherine’s high school career, she was involved in many extracurricular activities. She was a varsity cheerleader, International Thespian, National Honor Society member and a freshman mentor.

MATTIE BRADFORD | Mattie Bradford is a four-year DECA member from sunny, southern Arizona. Serving as chapter president her junior year and as the Arizona DECA State Vice President her senior year, she has contributed to the organization she loves in many ways. Her diverse experience has allowed Mattie to gain a broad perspective on DECA’s programs and the motivation to devote herself to impacting the lives of every member. She loves people more than anything and values the relationships that have been created throughout her service to DECA.

Mattie is pursuing a degree in hospitality to prepare her for a career as a flight attendant. She plans to continue her DECA journey into Collegiate DECA and her professional career. Outside of DECA, Mattie spends time volunteering in her community, contributing to the development of her family’s restaurant and spreading kindness wherever she goes.

RAMKISHORE ANNACHI | Ramkishore (Ramki) Annachi is a four-year DECA member from North Carolina. After attending the International Career Development Conference his freshman year and recognizing the abundant professional development opportunities, Ramki ran for association office to make similar experiences accessible to more members throughout his state. After transferring schools, Ramki was highly involved in reestablishing the North Carolina School of Science and Math DECA chapter.

Ramki has served as the Dixie Pines Region Vice President and State President for North Carolina DECA, where his teams led immense membership growth and implemented new chapter engagement programs. At ICDC, he achieved second and first place in VBC-Hotel Management in his sophomore and junior years. Ramki believes all members can utilize DECA’s opportunities to grow and seeks to make more members aware of these possibilities. Beyond DECA, Ramki enjoys tennis, conducts research on water filtration and is working towards his private pilot’s license. Ramki is attending North Carolina State University as a Park Scholar studying Computer Engineering and Economics.

march 4

Participants will be sent the Zoom invitation link via email on March 4.

march 5

Team Captains will be emailed prior to the event.

senior management academy

Presented by BECU, the Senior Management Academy is a special opportunity for our seniors to engage with DECA before they transition to the next step in their life journey. In this academy, seniors will interact with each other while learning valuable career related skills and industry experience.

Attend this session and earn a digital badge!

Pre-registration required | March 5 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

School-Based Enterprise Academy

Collaborate with other SBE student leaders in the state, share and gain new ideas to bring back to your local chapter! Only participating students who submitted an SBE certification/recertification to DECA Inc. will be eligible to participate in the SBE competition segment. Competition will allow your team to receive constructive feedback from volunteer judges to help you prepare for ICDC competition. Attend the academy and earn a digital badge!

SBE Academy Agenda | SBE Competitive Event Information

Pre-registration required | March 4 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

awards SESSION: march 6

earn digital badges!

A digital badge is an indicator of accomplishment or skill that can be displayed, and verified online. They are perfect for adding to your resumes, blogs and website, LinkedIn, college/career applications, and they serve as a recognition for online learning and help aspiring professionals get their qualifications verified.

COMPETITORS achieving an 80% or higher in their competitive event are eligible to earn the competition badge specific to their career cluster (e.g. marketing).

>> Get started!

thank you

To our Bellevue business partners who have supported Washington DECA and our members year after year, providing an environment for our students to learn, excel, and succeed.

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to our sponsors

STATE CAREER DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE 2021