MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Members, Advisors, Alumni, and Professionals,
Inspiration to move forward can come from many different places. Most recently for me, my inspiration has come from speaking with the many members, advisors, and our lively, tremendous, marvelous, jovial, energetic, intellectual, stellar, brilliant, and ambitious State Officer Team as we’ve returned for the 2020-2021 school year. In an environment where many are inclined to choose pessimism, negativity, and hopelessness, our Arizona DECA members and advisors have demonstrated a remarkable level of optimism, positivity, and hope.
Over the past six months, I’ve witnessed paradigms shift from despair in the face of restrictions to optimism for the opportunities the future brings. I’ve seen chapter members and leaders get excited about their plans for the new school year. I’ve seen advisors collaborate in ways they never have before, share ideas to help each other, and find new and innovative resources to set the stage for chapter excellence. Most humbling to me, I’ve watched your State Officer Team evolve from a varied assortment of individual shining stars to an assembled supernova of passion, dedication, and achievement to bring you a Program of Leadership that will take your chapter further than ever!
During all of the virtual events leading up to the start of the school year, including State Officer and chapter advisor training, the Emerging Leader Summit, the Business and Marketing Conference, the Chartered Association Management Conference, and more, your Arizona DECA State Staff has listened to YOU, our stakeholders. Under the framework of DECA’s Comprehensive Learning Program and Competitive Events Program, we have worked closely with our State Officer Team and developed programs that aim to address your needs while respecting the current health and social climates. In the weeks to come, you’ll hear more about the resources and offerings from both DECA Inc. and Arizona DECA. That said, we would love to hear from you about what we can do to improve what we do for you. We are One Diamond, One Family. We rise together! Members, reach out to your chapter leaders. Chapter leaders, communicate with your advisors and State Officer Team. And advisors, please reach out to your State Staff to let us know what we’re doing right and what we can improve.
Thank you all for what you do each and every day to move our organization forward and take us all to the #NEXTLEVEL!
Yours in DECA,
Francisco Ortiz y Davis | Arizona DECA Executive Director and State Advisor