Previous ICDC competitive events winners share their thoughts and insights on DECA's prepared events. Discover tips and tricks to help you prepare for your quest for DECA glass in Business Operations Research, Project Management, Entrepreneurship, Integrated Marketing Campaign and Professing Selling & Consulting Events.
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Daniel Sammarco is a two-year DECA member from Plainville, Massachusetts. During his time in the King Philip DECA Chapter, he worked with Ryan Wood to prepare two written events for junior and senior year. During their junior year, the pair created a franchise business plan that focused on building a Dunkin' Donuts location in Virginia Beach, VA. In their senior year, they became the first-ever winners of the Integrated Marketing Campaign - Event category. The glass winning plan called "Embrace the Bear" was a 45-day marketing campaign that centered upon encouraging the Pawtucket PawSox baseball team to position itself as an important cultural influence in their new home of Worcester, MA. Dan's brother Nicholas was a key strategic mentor during both years. In his free time, Daniel enjoys skiing and hiking in the White Mountains of NH, playing guitar, and following political and financial news. Daniel is currently a sophomore at Stonehill College, studying finance, economics, and Spanish.
Sammy Ward is currently a sophomore at Texas A&M University majoring in Sport Management. At Birdville High School, Sammy was a two-year DECA member and one-year competitor in the Sports and Entertainment Operations Research (SEOR) competition. Sammy and his partner, Adam Jennings, created a cause marketing campaign focused on eliminating plastic straws in the American Airlines Center, home of the Dallas Mavs and Dallas Stars. The two partners took this project all the way to internationals where they placed 1st in the 2019 ICDC and brought home some DECA glass
Ryan Rivera is a four-year DECA member from New York. Throughout his four years as a member of Clarkstown South DECA, Ryan led a variety of initiatives and projects to further his chapter’s success. After being elected as the New York DECA District Three President, Ryan decided to run for New York DECA’s Vice President of Competition and was elected to serve his association. Throughout his term, he led the association’s charitable efforts for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, unified members by increasing chapter communications and worked to prepare competitors from around the state. His goal as DECA’s North Atlantic Region Vice President is to continue these unifications across the thirteen associations within the North Atlantic Region. Outside of DECA, Ryan enjoys public speaking, debate and mentoring his peers. He will be attending Nova Southeastern University as part of the class of 2024 for Public Health and Management.