Business Professionals of America 2020

Alex Gutierrez
New Mexico - Secondary

100 Word Statement

In life, there are many doors for opportunity, but what good is a door without the key to open it? BPA offers many doors for its members, but the keys are not always easy to find. Many BPA members only focus on one thing about the organization, the competitions, so many miss out on plenty more that BPA offers. My goal is to increase communication in BPA to help members find the keys to open the doors that BPA offers. I am Alex Gutierrez, and I believe that communication is the key to success for BPA.

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What experiences have you had in Business Professionals of America to prepare you for national office?

I have served as a state officer in BPA, where the team lived in separate parts of the state. We were an effective team despite the distance between us, and I believe that being able to work at a distance has prepared me for national office.

What experiences have you had outside of BPA to prepare you for national office?

I used to teach the seventh grade for Catechism, and while preparing my lesson plans, I had to keep everyone in mind. I learned to work with people who had completely different personalities than that of my own and learned to communicate a message in different ways.

What makes you a leader?

A leader is a person who serves others and puts others before himself or herself. I believe that I am a leader because I strive to help others before helping myself and make sure that everyone is in a good place before I even bring myself there.

Can you commit time to being a national officer?

Absolutely. During this past summer, I was going through a hard time due to unforeseen circumstances. However, I continued to keep BPA as a priority despite these circumstances; I attended officer training, wrote monthly reports, and attended monthly meetings as a newly elected state officer.

What changes and enhancements will you make as a national officer?

I plan to increase communication between our members and the national officer team by making the social medias more personable. I also plan to inform BPA parents about the organization by adding a “FOR PARENTS” section on the BPA website. 

What do you think your biggest challenge as a national officer will be?

My biggest challenge as a national officer would be managing my time. I will be a first-time college student, and thus I will have to accustom myself to balancing my schedule. However, thanks to planners and cell phones, I believe that I can manage my time effectively.

Alex Gutierrez

New Mexico

Secondary

Ashley Lin
National Virtual - Secondary

100 Word Statement

My name is Ashley Lin and I’m running for national office to maximize my full potential as a student leader. This opportunity would enhance my leadership skills and allow me to give back to our members. BPA has helped me find purpose through BPA Cares, Torch Awards, Student Certification Series, and much more. This organization has helped me build confidence, expand my network, and gain lifelong career skills. My platform is to increase awareness of our virtual chapter, establish scholarships for members, and enrich our social media presence. Together, we can make BPA accessible and affordable to all.  

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What experiences have you had in Business Professionals of America to prepare you for national office?

I joined the National Virtual Chapter (NVC) three years ago when it was just an idea. Today, I serve as the NVC’s Secondary Division President, where I’ve played a key role in shaping our chapter vision, leading discussions, and facilitating projects—creating an accessible virtual space for members around the country.

What experiences have you had outside of BPA to prepare you for national office?

I’ve served on the local, state, and national levels for a Career & Technical Student Organization called Future Business Leaders of America, most recently as State President. I know what makes CTSOs stand out—and will bring that knowledge, from developing a rigorous Program of Work to recruiting & retaining members, to BPA.

What makes you a leader?

My commitment to circulating opportunity. I believe leaders have a responsibility to share what they learn, realize they don’t know everything, and invite others to add value and be part of the mission. I am a leader because how I organize my community and inspire those around me to act.

Can you commit time to being a national officer?

Yes. BPA is where I’ve always felt invited and included. Although there are so many opportunities drawing us all in so many directions, I believe this is where I can make the most impact. I’ve already started cutting back on other commitments to make national office my priority.

What changes and enhancements will you make as a national officer?

My platform is all about accessibility and opportunity. Every student deserves a meaningful BPA experience as part of their education. We can make that possible by increasing awareness of year-round online opportunities—such as the National Virtual Chapter. We will create scholarships for membership dues and enhance our social media presence.

What do you think your biggest challenge as a national officer will be?

Remembering that work will always be there—there’s always one more thing to check off on the Program of Work, more Torch Award resumes to review, more Instagram dm’s to respond to—and that it is equally important to get out into chapters and be physically and emotionally present with members!

 

 

 

Ashley Lin

National Virtual

Secondary

Elijah Sorensen
Idaho - Secondary

100 Word Statement

Although I’m a fun-loving Star Wars enthusiast with an unhealthy obsession for fonts, I’m a people person first and foremost. Business Professionals of America’s contributions to my growth over the past four years imbued me with a sense of responsibility to represent the members that distinguish it. To support them, as they continue to support BPA, requires a purposeful connection between the National Officers and members, a firm emphasis on engaging with the unique opportunities BPA provides, and diversified methods for encouraging achievement at each level of the organization. I’m Elijah Sorensen, and together, we can reach new heights.

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What experiences have you had in Business Professionals of America to prepare you for national office?

Competing and participating at the regional, state and national levels for the past 4 years gave me a great understanding of our organization. Having just served as Idaho’s Secretary, I learned to love representing the foundation of BPA—the members. Representation is a crucial duty of a national officer.

What experiences have you had outside of BPA to prepare you for national office?

As Senior Design Editor for our school newspaper, I know the importance of fielding a diverse subset of concerns and instilling confidence in our staff to achieve goals and improve our publications. I believe in my ability to hear our members and encourage them to strive for greater success.

What makes you a leader?

Those in leadership positions must remain transparent with those they represent, to prevent a lack of trust in their decisions. I value living openly, true to yourself—whether I’m just another student, or a recognized leader, authenticity is my best means of leading others to accomplish common goals.

Can you commit time to being a national officer?

During high school, I’ve held a job, competed in cross country and track, and held various leadership positions. I understand the importance of time management. I’m committed to investing time directly into BPA. I’ve learned that efficient usage and sacrifice of my time is a key leadership skill.

What changes and enhancements will you make as a national officer?

National officers are conduits for the members to provide input to improve our organization. Having been a local member and a state officer, I see an opportunity to facilitate purposeful, direct interaction between national officers and the membership. Engaging in this work is a central goal of mine.

What do you think your biggest challenge as national officer will be?

Communicating the true nature of my role. I spent too long thinking the national officers were too important to give me time, too busy to hear my voice. This misconception is common among many members. It’s an obstacle that must be overcome to incite active, national involvement in BPA.

Elijah Sorenson

Idaho

Secondary

Risha Arora
Illinois - Secondary

100 Word Statement

Over the past three years, BPA has become more than a club. BPA has helped me create life-long memories, gain confidence in myself, and has taught me skills that I will carry with me throughout my life. I am grateful for this wonderful organization and I believe that it is time for me to give back to BPA. Being able to represent and serve this organization and all of you is an opportunity I will always remember. I vow to always give my best to all of my peers and to continue to stay dedicated to BPA.

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What experiences have you had in Business Professionals of America to prepare you for national office?

I am currently serving as Vice President of Special Recognition of the Illinois Association and Chapter President. I have served on my chapter’s board for two years, competed at SLC twice, received the Statesman Torch Award, qualified for NLC, and attended many leadership conferences demonstrating my commitment to BPA.

What experiences have you had outside of BPA to prepare you for national office?

I have the wonderful opportunity to be a teen leader at a local institution called Safety Town. There I learned leadership skills while working with kids and other leaders. I’m also the Director of Corporate Communications for a non-profit organization that allows me to develop communication and collaboration skills.

What makes you a leader?

Leadership is not only being able to guide a group but making sure that no one’s left behind. In my leadership positions, I make sure to gain everyone’s trust so they can openly communicate with me. Through this I have learned the responsibilities that come with being a leader.

Can you commit time to being a national officer?

Yes! BPA has always been my top priority and will continue to be when accepting a national officer position. I am always willing to make sacrifices and give my full attention to my responsibilities as a BPA member and leader.

What changes and enhances will you make as a national officer?

I plan on further advancing the BPA Cares program. Many members are involved in the BPA Torch program, but chapter’s often overlook the BPA Cares program. This program gives back to the community and as BPA members we should give more importance to it.

What do you think your biggest challenge as national officer will be?

A personal challenge of mine is making sure that everyone is always pleased. Sometimes this affects the time I put into my work. Therefore, I think time management will be a challenge, but I’m positive that I will make the time I need to satisfy my needs and my responsibilities.

Risha Arora

Illinois

Secondary

Ryan Nkognyu Delaware - Secondary

100 Word Statement

Inspire, innovate, impact: three words that describe my leadership skills and qualify me to serve as an ideal candidate for BPA National Office. I have goals to make nationals more financially accessible through scholarships, expand community outreach through key programs, and strengthen involvement with the middle-level to retain membership throughout the divisions. I am ready to inspire, innovate, and impact our membership nationwide! Through these goals, I plan to break barriers, reach new pinnacles, and effectively serve Business Professionals of America and help give purpose to the potential of our future. Completing all of these tasks with passion and drive.

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Social Media Questions

What experiences have you had in Business Professionals of America to prepare you for national office?

My experiences having the opportunity to serve in a number of officer positions has prepared me to serve on the national office. I’ve been able to serve as the parliamentarian of my chapter, vice president of my chapter, and I currently serve as the state president. Through these experiences.

What experiences have you had outside of BPA to prepare you for national office?

Having served as the class secretary for Student Government, president of my school’s Black Student Union, and the clerk of the house for Delaware Youth in Government, I have had the chance to cultivate the ideas of many people and bring them together. Being on my high school varsity track team.

What makes you a leader?

I am a leader because I work to serve those who depend on me to the best of my ability. I will work to ensure that I am an officer that takes into consideration the needs of our members and work with my team to figure out the best way to.

Can you commit time to being a national officer?

BPA is not just a club that I am a part of but it is also something I am passionate about. I can and will commit time to being a national officer to ensure that I fulfil my goals and responsibilities.

What changes and enhancements will you make as a national officer?

I would like to do things like make nationals more financially accessible through scholarships, expand community outreach through key programs, and strengthen involvement with the middle-level to retain membership throughout the divisions, but I am ready to work with my team to ensure that we achieve the goals we set.

What do you think your biggest challenge as a national officer will be?

My biggest challenge as a national officer will be trying to connect and meet the needs of every single member. I believe I will be able to overcome this through building a connections with the state officers and through cultivating ideas on how to address any concerns.

Ryan Nkongnyu

Delaware

Secondary

Emily Ramzinski
Texas - Secondary

100 Word Statement

Serving BPA over the years has taught me leadership as well as communication skills.  Pushing myself to the next level was frightening but I wouldn’t want to serve any other organization for this past year.  The members of BPA hold a special place in my heart and I would be honored to watch them grow and discover their full potential throughout this next year.  As an officer it is my duty to stand behind each member to offer support and encouragement and I do so willingly and with 100% devotion.  So together let’s create a spark and leave our mark.

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What experiences have you had in Business Professionals of America to prepare you for national office?

I was elected to serve as the Texas State Historian for the past year and the experience was riveting. Over this past year I learned that a good leader doesn’t walk in front but trails behind assisting their members and being their for every single one of their people.

What experiences have you had outside of BPA to prepare you for national office?

Growing up in a small community agriculture was a large part of my childhood, I served as the Treasurer, Vice-President and President of my FFA chapter. This has introduced me to a range of different scenarios, taught me to problem solve fast and accomplish my goal of serving my members.

What makes you a leader?

I believe that my want for our members to succeed and accomplish their every endeavor is what makes me a servant leader. I am the type of leader who wants to make sure you have all the information to do your best and succeed, while also having fun.

Can you commit time to being a national officer?

Yes, if elected as a national officer this organization will have 100% of my commitment. I feel as though if the members choose me as one of their leaders that they should be able to come to me at any time with questions and concerns and get a timely answer.

What changes and enhancements will you make as a national officer?

I want to connect more of our members and give you all more information, I plan on doing this through social media. I talked to numerous people who want to join BPA , they just don’t know how so I plan on making that information more clear through social media.

What do you think your biggest challenge as national officer will be?

I think the biggest challenge of being a national officer will be juggling college and national officer, but I have no doubt in my mind that I will have no trouble in accomplishing this task. I learned at a young age that planning is key.

Emily Ramzinski

Texas

Secondary

Jayla Neal
Ohio - Secondary

100 Word Statement

Three simple characteristics can describe me: Passionate. Ambitious. Leader. I embody these traits in everything I do. As a National Officer, I want to give back on a larger scale and further improve our membership. With my prior experience as a volleyball team Co-Captain leading to other roles as a local and regional BPA President, along with being a State Treasurer, I am more than capable of leading our organization to greater heights! BPA has changed my life for the better and I would love to continue advocating for this incredible organization while representing it at the National level.

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What experiences have you had in Business Professionals of America to prepare you for national office?

Through Business Professionals of America, I have had the opportunity to serve as a Local Vice President and President, a Regional President, as well as Treasurer for my State Association. From these experiences, I was able to prepare for national office.

What experiences have you had outside of BPA to prepare you for national office?

Outside of BPA, an experience that prepared me for national office was being a Volleyball Co-Captain, which gave me personal leadership development. I also promoted a tobacco-free lifestyle with a Food and Drug Administration campaign known as Fresh Empire and learned how to productively advocate for an organization.

What makes you a leader?

A leader should be someone who is an active listener, has great communication skills, is passionate, and collaborates well with individuals. These qualities, along with many others, are traits that I exhibit regularly and are what make me a leader.

Can you commit time to being a national officer?

Of course, I would love to commit my time to being a National Officer and efficiently carrying out my role! By using proper time management skills, I would be able to balance my academics, extracurriculars, and National Officer duties.

What changes and enhancements will you make as a national officer?

Some enhancements I would make as a National Officer are improving the BPA Scheduler App’s efficiency, utilizing social media to increase membership interactions, and enhancing aspects of the Torch Awards Program. For more details, be sure to connect with me and ask about my platform!

What do you think your biggest challenge as a national officer will be?

I believe my biggest challenge as a National Officer will be to productively use various communication styles with my fellow officers. With us being from different states and living in different time zones, we will have to work harder to collaborate, but I am completely eager for the learning experience!

Jayla Neal

Ohio

Secondary

Robert Skrzypek
Florida - Secondary

100 Word Statement

Hello BPA! I’m Robert Skrzypek, a senior from Hollywood, Florida and I wish to be a candidate for national office because it is a core tenet of mine that we should give back to those who have given to us. BPA has afforded me opportunities I never knew that I had such as meeting new people at state and national conferences and now I ask you for the opportunity to represent you at the national level. As a national officer, I will expand membership influence in the future direction of BPA as well as new pathways for students in BPA.

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What experiences have you had in Business Professionals of America to prepare you for national office?

While my experiences as a five-time state officer certainly aided me in preparing for national office, considering that I was able to collaborate with diverse teams to expand FLBPA, my six years as a member offer me a unique insight to make BPA more inclusive and equitable.

What experiences have you had outside of BPA to prepare you for national office?

Over the past two years, I have politically involved myself by working with community organizations and candidates for office. I was able to ascertain and understand the needs of our community while bargaining with current leaders. These skills are necessary in determining members’ needs and how to negotiate for changes.

What makes you a leader?

A leader is more than just someone who develops the talents of those around them, they are altruistic and willing to accept failure. A dedicated service above all else regardless of personal benefit is what I believe makes me a leader.

Can you commit time to being a national officer?

Yes, one of my qualities is to persist under pressure or constraints. If persisting to reach goals as a national officer means setting aside time or possibly even stepping away from other tasks at hand to devote more time to BPA, then I am fully willing to make that decision.

What changes and enhancements will you make as a national officer?

As a national officer, I plan to expand scholarships for students and the Torch Awards program as both allow members to further engage with their community either by expanding financial opportunity to continue education or by allowing them to have greater opportunity to give back to their community through service.

What do you think your biggest challenge as a national officer will be?

My biggest challenge as a national officer pertains to the COVID-19 outbreak. Going into the next year, current and potential members are more likely than ever to face financial and familial hardship which is why the team will most likely be finding solutions to these issues to keep members engaged.

Robert Skrzypek

Florida

Secondary

Pankti Desai
Delaware - Secondary

100 Word Statement

Business Professionals of America is an asset that promotes professional growth among young students through competitive events and networking opportunities. If elected and nominated to be a part of the National Office Leadership Team, it would be my mission to ensure that each member of the organization understands the impact that the organization can make on a student’s future. This organization is a stepping stone, one to an extravagant future. It is vital to make sure that everyone understands the importance of what this organization can do for them in the long run. Let us rise together and create excellence.                                                                                                                                                         

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What experiences have you had in Business Professionals of America to prepare you for national office?

I was elected as the Delaware Association State Vice President in 2019. I experienced planning a state conference at an all-new location while learning how to work on a team both efficiently and effectively. I was able to create connections with Delaware members inside and outside the association.

What experiences have you had outside of BPA to prepare you for national office?

I have been working for a candidate in the upcoming state elections, allowing me to build both leadership and networking skills. I have also been active in other organizations such as Model United Nations and Technology Student Association. These experiences together would make me a well rounded national officer.

What makes you a leader?

I believe my drive to advance my community, my efficiency in accomplishing timely projects, and my empathy and support for those who need it makes me a leader. I possess the skills that are vital to being an effective leader, and plan to utilize them throughout my term if elected.

Can you commit time to being a national officer?

Coupled with time, I pledge to commit my passion and emotion into my experience as a potential national officer. I know there will be an abundance of work, but I have the resources and motivation to succeed and persevere through the workload.

What changes and enhancements will you make as a national officer?

I believe that the organization is already great as it is. I would, however, like to expand the widespread knowledge of the opportunities offered by Business Professionals of America is, by doing this will, members will learn how much of a vital stepping stone this organization is for the future.

What do you think your biggest challenge as a national officer will be?

With the cancellation of the National Leadership Conference there is an expectation to have an unforgettable conference in Orlando next year. Although I believe it will be done, it will be a great challenge. A challenge that will define the National Officer Leadership Team.  

Pankti Desai

Delaware

Secondary

Rhyan Goodman Ohio - Secondary

100 Word Statement

Business Professionals of America, it has been an honor serving as your National Secondary Vice President. Last year, you entrusted me to serve as your voice. I have worked tirelessly to create and improve opportunities such as the Level 2 Certification Series, Instagram filters, Academic Scholars, and the Knowledge Test. I have served our organization at each level, advocated for CTE in our nation’s capital, and contributed over 800 hours of service. This year, I ask you to Capitalize Your Future, Think Forward, and allow me to serve you once more as a National Officer.

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What experiences have you had in Business Professionals of America to prepare you for your national office?

While serving as a national officer I have engaged our students, served as their voice, and advocated for BPA and Career & Technical Education. These opportunities have allowed me to grow my leadership skills which aid me in a national office.

What experiences have you had outside of BPA to prepare you for national office?

Outside of BPA, I am a member of Key Club, Quick Recall, NTHS, NSHSS, Marching Band, and Student Senate. Learning to work with different types of learners and leaders has allowed me to gain leadership traits and shaped me to properly serve on the national officer team.

What makes you a leader?

Having the willingness to serve and work for other members as well as recognizing all ideas and input allows me to bring forth creativity and drive for our organization. The pride, drive, and passion I have for this organization and its members makes me a leader.

Can you commit time to being a national officer?

During my time in office, I will be a student at Ohio University. In the Honors Tutorial College, I will have dedicated time to fulfill my responsibilities. Utilizing available resources and experience, I have created a schedule to prioritize both my duties as a national officer and my coursework.

What changes and enhances will you make as a national officer?

As a national officer, I would like to continue opening new opportunities for member recognition and involvement. I hope to work on our new programs and create forums for our members to gather their ideas. I want to involve state associations and improve communication at the national level.

What do you think your biggest challenge as a national officer will be?

One of the biggest challenges I will face is improving communication within our organization. BPA does a great job of opening opportunities! With better communication, more of our members will become aware and participate in these programs. With better communication, we can continue giving purpose to potential!

Rhyan Goodman

Ohio

Secondary

Sophia Pearson
National Virtual
Post-secondary

100 Word Statement

Hello, my name is Sophia Pearson. I am a Software Engineering student at BYU-Idaho. It was BPA that first taught me I have a talent for programming and inspired me to pursue a degree in computer science. My formative experiences with BPA are the reason that I am running for national office in 2020. Serving as an officer would allow me to help other students realize and reach their great potentials. Members of BPA, I have confidence in each of you. Together, we can give purpose to our potential; we can reach new heights.

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What experiences have you had in Business Professionals of America to prepare you for national office?

I have served as both a historian and a voting delegate for my local chapter. I also have qualified for and attended the National Leadership Conference twice. These experiences help me to better understand the voting process and the responsibilities involved in national office.

What experiences have you had outside of BPA to prepare you for national office?

I’ve served in numerous leadership positions outside of BPA. I’ve held titles such as President, District Leader, Zone Leader, Project Manager, Team Leader, Manager, Administrative Assistant, and Trainer. Each of these opportunities came with its own learning situations. These experiences have prepared me to serve as a national officer.

What makes you a leader?

Previous experience tells me that I can only be a good leader if I am willing to listen to and learn from those I serve and those I serve alongside. I am a leader because I am willing to dedicate my time and learn from others.

Can you commit time to being a national officer?

When I commit to something, I’m all in. If I am elected a national officer, I will commit the time and serve to the best of my ability. I am very excited about this opportunity.

What changes and enhancements will you make as a national officer?

As a student at a college that does not have a BPA chapter, I am aware there are many students who don’t know anything about BPA. My goal is to increase awareness, membership, and participation in the post-secondary level. I believe that each member impacts the future of our organization.

What do you think your biggest challenge as national officer will be?

My biggest challenge would be keeping my goals and tasks prioritized. I’m sometimes a perfectionist and want to get everything done all at once. However, I’ve spent years working on patience, organization, prioritization, goal-making, and time-management. While I’m not perfect yet, I can still accomplish much as a national officer.

Sophia Pearson

National Virtual

Post-secondary

Kyle Bennett
Florida
Post-secondary

100 Word Statement

My name is Kyle Bennett and I am an undergraduate student at Rollins College in Orlando, FL and feel that my extensive leadership experience, relentless dedication, and staunch advocacy

helps prepare me to be a perfect member of the Post-secondary National Officer Team. I’m grateful for the skills I’ve obtained within BPA, that have helped me develop as a leader & professional. That’s why it’s my passion to provide members with a multitude of opportunities throughout the entire membership year.

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What experiences have you had in Business Professionals of America to prepare you for national office?

Throughout my tenure in BPA I’ve had the honor of serving as a Chapter, State, and National Officer. Those experiences, particularly as a National Officer, have opened my eyes to the importance of effective time management and communication skills, to ensuring the success of the team in which you serve.

What experiences have you had outside of BPA to prepare you for national office?

As a senator of my college’s Student Government (SGA), I’ve had the ability to further learn the importance of teamwork and collaboration with others. This experience has helped mold me into a more confident and purpose-driven leader.

What makes you a leader?

A leader is someone who possesses the ability to bring the best out of others by being able to lead by example. Personally, I understand the importance of being able to delegate tasks and ensuring that people are being held accountable, while also remaining impartial and equitable amongst the team.

Can you commit time to being a national officer?

As I reflect upon my time as a current member of the National Officer Team, I can say that serving as an advocate for our membership is essentially a full time job, however, I am fully prepared to reaffirm that commitment for another year.

What changes and enhancements will you make as a national officer?

As a National Officer it will be my objective to provide our Post-secondary membership with a multitude of opportunities throughout the membership year. Some potential proposals are a Secondary/Post-secondary mentorship program and increasing the amount of Post-secondary specific events available at the National Leadership Conference.

What do you think your biggest challenge as a national officer will be?

One of the potential biggest challenges I see as serving as a Post-secondary National Officer is ensuring that I’m accurately representing the best interest of specifically the Post-secondary membership, and in return hope they feel empowered to utilize me as a resource.

Kyle Bennett

Florida

Post-secondary

Kevin Day
Minnesota
Post-secondary

100 Word Statement

My name is Kevin Day. I’m the current Minnesota Post-Secondary State Recording Vice President for Business Professionals of America. I have been a member of this organization for five years. Throughout my college career, I’ve participated in many National Leadership Conferences. Being a member at both state and national levels has instilled valuable skills and has inspired me to give back to the organization, serving as both State and Chapter President. As National Officer, I would be my honor to work towards bridging the gap between education and industry. Together, we can give purpose to purpose to our potential.

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What experiences have you had in Business Professionals of America to prepare you for national office?

I am two term state officer and the current Minnesota’s Post-Secondary Recording Vice President. I was elected twice the Post-Secondary Chapter President at Dakota County Technology College. Being a part of BPA, I’ve participated in Nationals at Anaheim, Boston, Orlando, and Dallas. Through the spirit of competition, I’ve gained valuable.

What experiences have you had outside of BPA to prepare you for national office?

I was elected to serve as Student Senate President of the DCTC campus. As President, I was responsible for overseeing the budget for all Student Life clubs and activities, organized campus events, and served as Student Ambassador assisting in recruitment and retention. As official representative of DCTC, I scheduled meetings at.

What makes you a leader?

Business Professionals of America has cultivated strong interpersonal skills that have given me the courage and confidence to take more initiative. I have the creativity, the drive, and the leadership skills necessary to make a positive contribution to this organization.

Can you commit time to being a national officer?

I will dedicate as much time as needed to serve as Post-Secondary National Officer. I will avail myself as I have been a dedicated BPA member for 5 years, throughout my college career.

What changes and enhances will you make as a national officer?

I want to bridge the gap between secondary, post-secondary and industry as members prepare for careers in the real world. Serving as National Officer and working with all the chapter across America, I believe we can create a new era for Business Professionals of America.

What do you think your biggest challenge as national officer will be?

Creating a more cohesive and unified BPA presence for all the chapters America. Also, bridging the gap between secondary, post-secondary and industry to help our members better prepare for future careers in a world class work force.

Kevin Day

Minnesota

Post-secondary

Jessie Ross
Oklahoma
Post-secondary

100 Word Statement

My name is Jessie Ross. I wish to be considered for Business Professionals of America National Office to represent this amazing Career Tech Student Organization in the best way possible. Choosing to apply was such a natural thing to do. While attending a Summer Leadership Institute Conference, I realized that I have the ability to accept leadership roles and handle leadership responsibilities. I’ve also realized the impact that BPA has on students, and I want to help others by having a positive impact as well.  BPA allows students to grow, network, and develop and I want to share that passion. 

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What experiences have you had in Business Professionals of America to prepare you for national office?

I served as Reporter for my local chapter and coordinated a service project to distribute toys to children. I have shared BPA with others through social media, verbally, and at school assemblies. I gained experience competing in state BPA contests and campaigning for state office.

What experiences have you had outside of BPA to prepare you for national office?

Previous experience with SkillsUSA helped me become a more confident speaker. Girl Scouts and 4-H provided opportunities to volunteer and gain leadership skills early in life. I work as a cosmetologist, where listening is critical. All of these experiences allowed me to hone my leadership, public speaking, and organizational skills.

What makes you a leader?

I am a dependable, trustworthy, and responsible. I work hard to get the job done and enjoy working with a team. I have a fun and outgoing personality. Serving others is important and I consider that critical as a leader. I am passionate about sharing ideas and promoting BPA.

Can you commit time to being a national officer?

It is easy to devote time to BPA because it is something I am passionate about. I have a flexible work schedule that allows me to be available when needed. It would be an honor to fully commit as a national officer and my school and work fully support this.

What changes and enhancements will you make as a national officer?

BPA is already great; as an officer I would do my best to add value and fresh ideas to the existing organizational goals. Sharing and promoting the many opportunities BPA provides and encouraging more professional mentoring opportunities will allow growth for members and for BPA.

What do you think your biggest challenge as national officer will be?

Working on a national level and working digitally with other officers across the country can be challenging. It is a challenge I gladly accept. Currently everyone has had to develop their remote work skills and I embrace the opportunity to grow and work as a team member of BPA.

Jessie Ross

Oklahoma

Post-secondary

John Lucas Guiimaraes
Massachusetts
Post-secondary

100 Word Statement

Hello! My name is John Lucas Guimaraes and I’m a candidate for national office.

In 2018, I co-founded the Massachusetts Post-secondary Division. I was elected as the first Massachusetts Post-secondary State President and served on the Massachusetts BPA Board of Directors.

Campaign Goals:

*Work with State Advisors and members to create a recruitment plan for each state.

*Work to improve the membership experience so current members return to BPA.

*Empower our members with effective recruitment methods.

*Encourage the creation of social media accounts to spread awareness of BPA.

*I look forward to further discussing my goals with each of you!

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What experiences have you had in Business Professionals of America to prepare you for national office?

In 2018, I co-founded the Massachusetts Post-secondary Division and was later elected as the first Massachusetts Post-secondary State President. In that capacity, I also served on the MA BPA Board of Directors. For the 2018 and 2019 National Leadership Conferences, I was a Massachusetts Post-secondary voting delegate.

What experiences have you had outside of BPA to prepare you for national office?

Through my current job, I’ve become very skilled at handling conflicts in fast paced and stressful situations. Volunteering my time has also made a huge impact on me by showing the importance of putting others before myself. These experiences have been crucial in building my leadership skills.

What makes you a leader?

I can connect with people and really get to know them. At our 2020 SLC, I had an incredible time making sure our members were enjoying themselves and assisted MA BPA directors to ensure the conference ran smoothly. I’m a leader because I genuinely care for our members.

Can you commit time to being a national officer?

I attended college full time and worked part time while serving as a State Officer. I was able to successfully plan two Conferences, attend all BPA meetings, and was on my college’s Fall Dean’s list. I am confident that I have the time management skills required of a national officer. 

What changes and enhancements will you make as a national officer?

I have many goals to improve BPA. Growing our membership is vital in keeping BPA as the leading CTSO. Improving membership experiences will also ensure that current members return as post-secondary, alumni, and volunteers. I also want to grow our social media presence to spread awareness of BPA.

What do you think your biggest challenge as a national officer will be?

I get so focused on doing a good job and making sure everyone’s’ needs are met that I forget to take a step back and enjoy the moment. If elected, I will make sure to take a step back regularly and experience all the moments of being a national officer.

John Lucas Guimaraes

Massachusetts

Post-secondary