Sophomore Puts DECA Student Group in Spotlight

Sophomore Puts DECA Student Group in Spotlight

UT Dallas DECA officers, clockwise from top center: Aman Vakharia, historian; Ola Saleh, vice president and Texas DECA vice president; Anishka Kappalayil, fundraising chair; Rebecca Raymond, UT Dallas and Texas DECA president; Diana Pinzon, treasurer; Jasmine Chemplanikal , fundraising chair; and Saachi Minocha, marketing director (in green)

Sophomore Rebecca Raymond already has an impressive résumé of collegiate accomplishments, but she says the most rewarding lately have been getting elected state president of Texas Collegiate DECA and leading the fledgling UT Dallas chapter of the student group to an outstanding showing at DECA’s international competition.

Raymond is chapter president of UTD DECA, which she helped launch last year. She was elected statewide president in February.

DECA is an international not-for-profit student organization with high school and college divisions whose goal is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

For Raymond, double-majoring in business administration and accounting, the club’s leadership ambitions align with her own. At UT Dallas, her tah-dah list already includes being:

So heading for a career-development conference sponsored by DECA’s collegiate division — which includes more than 15,000 members in 275 colleges and universities — made sense to her.

Raymond traveled in April with 18 other UT Dallas students to Orlando, Florida, where participants competed in various business competitions individually and in groups.

In the business research category, one UT Dallas team earned second place, and another placed fourth. In individual competitions, 11 Jindal School students advanced to the finals, with 10 of those placing in the top 10 of their categories.

“I am so proud of how well UTD participants performed at a competition that included countries from around the globe, as well as 25 U.S. states,” Raymond said.

2015 Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference Winners
Event UT Dallas Contestant/s Results
Business Research Team:
Nousheen Karimi
Mounika Mutyala
Jasmine Chemplanikal
Business Research Team:
Mariam Allahrakha
Jyothi Navaneeth
Nidhi Gotgi
International Marketing Team: Ola Saleh Rebecca Raymond Placed in Top Ten
Emerging Technology Marketing Strategies Team: Aman Vakharia Aaryamaan Atriwal Placed in Top Ten
Retail Management Sejal Mali Finalist