HUTCHINSON and WILLMAR, MN – Six Ridgewater College business and marketing students recently placed in the Minnesota Collegiate DECA Career Development Conference and competition with 200+ students in Alexandria.
Ridgewater’s Gabe Whitcomb, Matt Krumrie, Jacob Halldorson, and Nathan Johannek qualified for the next level of competition in April in Atlanta, GA, for the International Collegiate DECA Conference. Unfortunately, due to the current coronavirus pandemic, the competition won’t occur.
“We are really proud of these students for taking their business skills out of the classroom and into a simulated experience,” said Derik Schwanz, Ridgewater College Marketing and Sales Management instructor. “It’s a great opportunity for them to practice real-life situations by pushing themselves out of their comfort zones. This is essential for them later on when interviewing for a job or preparing for an important meeting.”
Gabe Whitcomb (Watertown) and Matt Krumrie (Hutchinson)- 3rd, Sports and Entertainment
Nathan Johannek (Glencoe) – 4th, Sales Management Meeting, 5th, Hotel and Lodging
Krumrie – 5th, Organizational Leadership, 8th in Hotel and Lodging
Jacob Halldorson (Willmar) – 5th, Advertising Campaign, 8th, Marketing Management
Whitcomb – 6th in Organizational Leadership
Joey O’Brien (Morton) – 6th in Restaurant and Food Service Management
Jose’ Trevino (New London) – 9th, Entrepreneurship Operations
Formerly known as Distributive Education Clubs of America and Delta Epsilon Chi, Minnesota Collegiate DECA is the post-secondary branch of DECA in Minnesota serving college students interested in business, marketing, finance, hospitality and entrepreneurship. The organization connects the classroom to the boardroom by preparing emerging leaders and entrepreneurs through educational and competitive conferences and leadership training.