DECA Collegiate is an international association bringing together students interested in succeeding in the business world. And the 36 new members of Essex County College’s DECA Collegiate chapter are confident they will be a big part of the organization.


The students were inducted into DECA Collegiate during a campus pinning ceremony on November 2.


“Standing here today with everyone, I know I made the right decision in joining DECA,” said Business Administration major Dazhai Brown, the College’s DECA president. “We’re all part of the DECA family now and we will lead by example.”


Paul Averhart, New Jersey Collegiate DECA executive vice president and a Kean University student, urged the students to take advantage of all the opportunities DECA offers. “DECA prepares you to be a professional; you will have the opportunity to attend conferences, leadership programs, as well as develop corporate connections.”


Brian F. Martin, co-owner & chairman of Adweek and a 1995 Essex graduate, told the students what he uses in business everyday he learned through DECA. “Yes, you will deal with problems and yes, you will learn the practical solutions to deal with them.”


Mr. Martin gave the students another piece of advice. “The thing we are looking for most in business is not where you started, but rather your hunger. Your hunger is what counts the most. Don’t think there is anywhere you can’t go.”


In her advice to the students, Administrative Law Judge Christina Bonne-Annee said it is extremely important to build relationships. “You cannot always do it alone. You are with people who share your passion. Building relationships is right up there with your studies.”


Shortly after reciting the DECA pledge, Orange resident Christelle Bourdeau said she is confident membership in the association will benefit her going forward.


Similar sentiments were shared by John Sarango, majoring in Business Administration. “I’m new to this and I would like to get out of my comfort zone.” The Newark resident added that DECA will give him the chance to expand his horizons.


Dr. Augustine Boakye, chair of the Division of Business, told the students “I am gratified to see you distinguish yourselves so much and represent us everything you go. After joining DECA, you will be more confident and never feel shy again.”


The College’s newest DECA members are: Anthony Abernathy, Olusanjo Akerele, Valdin Amos, Thiago Araki, Mardoche Auguste, Jefry Bernal, Christelle Bourdeau, Craig Bradley, Dazhai Brown, Manuel Carvalito, Luisa Garcia Perez, Anastasia Golubinski, Katherine Gonzalez, Khondaker Hasan, MD. M Islam, MD. Nasimul Islam, Tarique Jeffrey, Kuchnide Joachim, Aaliyah Latimer, Ronald Layne, Memunatu Leigh, Jenny Liu, Juan Maldonado, Kevin Miranda, Emmanuel Ochuba, Maria H. Plaisir Mimy, Anthony Prado, Geomara Pullatasig, Nelly Pullutasig, Michael Quaye, Andreia Ramos Marquis da Silva, Mohammed Sanoe, John Sarango, Salaam Sweatte, Freddy Urgileo, and Edwina Yanta.



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