Pictured left to right, Anthony Giordano, Sophia Parbatani, Mrs. Irwin, Lyresh Naces, Kate Hall, Nishta Reddy, Lucia Villanustre.
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. With nearly a 75-year history, DECA has impacted the lives of more than ten million students, educators, school administrators and business professionals since it was founded in 1946. Their strong connection with our organization has resonated into a brand that people identify as a remarkable experience in the preparation of emerging leaders and entrepreneurs. DECA’s programs and activities have constantly evolved as we use the latest technology and apply cutting edge educational research. Our core focus has remained consistent and is captured in our mission.
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AAI DECA provides students a multitude of competition opportunitutes, ranging from the Regional level, State level, and International levels depending on placement. Students can compete in any of the four competition clusters: Business Management, Hospitality and Tourism, Entrepernuership, Marketing, and Finance. Students can compete within a team or by themselves. State (CDC) and Internationals (ICDC) are multi-day events in which students compete, attend workshops, foster leadership skills, obtain awards, and network! CDC is hosted in downtown Atlanta, while ICDC rotates through multiple locations. 2021 ICDC will be hosted in Anaheim, California, while 2022 ICDC will be hosted in Atlanta, Georgia. We find that students build lifelong friendships through DECA, all while fostering important career-ready skills that prepare them for the real world!
2020-2021 DECA Officer Team
President- Nishta Reddy
President of School Stores- Lyresh Naces
VP Chairman of the AAI Commnity Breakfast - Kate Hall
VP of Marketing- Arnav Patidar
VP of Career Development- Sophia Parbatani
VP Hospitality- Bella Varrone
VP of Membership- Anthony Giordano
VP of Community Service- Lucia Villanustre
Anthony Giordano, AAI DECA 2019-2020 Student of the Month