Meeting Future Business Leaders at the Forsyth County DECA Regional Event

This week, I had the pleasure of judging at the Forsyth County DECA Regional Event, an experience that provided invaluable insights into the next generation of business leaders, leaving me thoroughly impressed. Allow me to share this wonderful experience as I describe DECA, the specifics of the contest format, and the remarkable skills displayed by the talented students.

What is DECA?

DECA, short for Distributive Education Clubs of America, is a non-profit organization dedicated to shaping future leaders and entrepreneurs. Through hands-on learning experiences, DECA equips high school and college students with the essential skills for success in marketing, finance, hospitality, management, and other business-related fields.

Role Playing in Restaurant Management Services

Assigned as one of the judges in the restaurant management services category, I found myself immersed in a realistic role-playing scenario that demanded quick thinking, problem-solving, and a deep understanding of the industry from the students. Each participant, including myself, was presented with a mock scenario involving an issue at a restaurant they managed. The challenge was to present recommendations to me, acting as the restaurant’s district manager.

The scenario was incredibly lifelike, and the solutions presented varied. The diversity of the responses showcased the breadth of skills these students brought to the competition.

Impressions of Student Presentations

The standout memory of the day was the impressive presentations delivered by the students. As they tackled the challenges presented in the role-playing scenarios, each participant demonstrated a remarkable ability to think critically and creatively. Abundant use of visual aids enhanced the clarity and impact of their recommendations.

Notably, students incorporated innovative acronyms and unique methodologies to describe the challenge and explain a solution. Students addressed issues systematically, showcasing their creativity, confidence, and flair for effective problem-solving. These approaches not only highlighted the students’ grasp of theoretical concepts but also their practical application in real-world situations. I even had the privilege of a student walking me through their SWOT analysis.

Participants also displayed a strong awareness of the impact of social media on the restaurant industry. Their recommendations often included strategies to leverage social media platforms for marketing, customer engagement, and reputation management. This keen understanding of the digital landscape showcased the students’ adaptability and foresight in addressing contemporary challenges in the business world.

Get Involved with DECA

For those interested in getting involved with DECA, visit their official website at DECA Inc. Explore the diverse programs and opportunities DECA offers and discover how you can contribute to shaping the future leaders and innovators in the world of business.

My participation in the DECA regional event was an enriching experience that deepened my appreciation for the talent and potential within our youth. The students’ proficiency in tackling real-world challenges was truly commendable. DECA’s commitment to fostering such skills in young minds is not only praiseworthy but also indicative of a bright future for the business leaders of tomorrow. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my day!!!

ACE Micro, LLC

Mark Munson

President and VP of Business Development

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