Our National Student Leadership Group
Our Executive Officers
Business Professionals of America Executive Council represent the BPA student members from across the organization. Executive officers serve a one-year term and are elected each year during the organization’s National Leadership Conference.
Executive Officers are known collectively as the “Executive Council” and represent the national organization at various conferences and meetings throughout the nation during their term of office. In addition, they may make recommendations to the Board of Trustees as well as to the members of their divisions. Executive Officers also oversee all meetings at the National Leadership Conference.
Structure: The Secondary Division Executive Council is composed of up to six (6) officers and the Post-secondary Division Executive Council is composed of up to four (4) officers.
The Secondary Division Executive Officer Team has created an amazing platform of opportunities for our members! Download their Program of Work to gain a detailed overview of their goals for this membership year.
Elijah is overjoyed to serve as the National Secondary Division President of Business Professionals of America. A Junior at Blaine High School in Minnesota, he is an avid lover of academics and music, as well as a passionate student leader. Previously, he has served as his local chapter’s treasurer, and as the President of Minnesota’s Region Four. He is humbled and honored to have the privilege of working with the exceptional members of the Secondary Executive Council, as they strive to represent members across the globe, and do their part in the never-ending quest to continue making BPA the best it can be.
As BPA moves into the future, it is his hope to provide the love and support needed for new international chapters, as well as the continued guidance needed to ensure that new and existing National chapters flourish.
Donate to the Executive Officer Scholarship fund in Elijah Johnson’s name!
Keegan is beyond excited to serve the members of Business Professionals of America as the National Secondary Division Vice President. While this is his fifth year as a BPA member, he is still looking forward to the new opportunities and experiences in this membership year! Keegan developed a passion for BPA due to the unique leadership and career exploration opportunities our organization provides.
As a freshman at Brigham Young University, Keegan can’t wait to start this new journey! He looks forward to networking with members across the world as the Executive Officer Team works hard to make this year unforgettable!
Donate to the Executive Officer Scholarship fund in Keegan Ward’s name!
Grace (Siyue) is honored to have the opportunity to serve as the National Secondary Division Secretary of Business Professionals of America. Grace believes that BPA has offered her wonderful opportunities and experience that will continue to empower her in every stage of her life. As a senior at Shanghai World Foreign Language Academy,
Grace previously served as the Vice President of Academics for the BPA International Independent Chapter in China. She aspires to serve all BPA members with full devotion and promote the organization’s spirit in the international landscape.
Donate to the Executive Officer Scholarship fund in Grace Tang’s name!
Hi! I’m Shree Kodavatiganti, a current Senior in high-school based out of Dallas, Texas. A couple of my favorite BPA activities are competitions, meetings with friends, and Chapter/State/National events. Outside BPA, I love spending time with my family and friends, hiking, playing spike-ball, and watching the Philadelphia Eagles (huge fan). I’ve been a part of BPA for the past 3 years and am looking forward to making this upcoming year the best one yet!
As always, I hope to keep in touch with you. Please reach out whenever you need to– I’m always an email away!
Donate to the Executive Officer Scholarship fund in Shree Kodavatiganti’s name!
Nathan Slater is beyond thrilled to be serving Business Professionals of America as the National Secondary Division Historian. Through BPA, Nathan has experienced amazing opportunities in competing and serving his community.
As a former State Reporter from Oklahoma Business Professionals of America, Nathan hopes to continue to develop tangible opportunities for BPA Members and to keep inspiring his peers to exceed the limits of leadership.
Donate to the Executive Officer Scholarship fund in Nathan Slater’s name!
From being a kid who would only speak when called on to a leader on an executive board developing 6,000 entrepreneurs today, I intend to inspire growth and help uplift the voices of members to tell their own stories. As we slowly resume in-person activities and develop new virtual ones, I want to use my abilities in time management, delegation, and taking initiative to effectively carry out my duties as a national officer.
As an executive council, we aspire to foster unbreakable bonds and develop as business leaders both virtually and in-person with all members.
Donate to the Executive Officer Scholarship fund in Daniyal Ghayasuddin’s name!
John Lucas Guimaraes
John Lucas Guimaraes is honored and excited to serve this membership year as the Post-secondary National President and be able to work alongside his fellow Executive Officers to make this year incredible. Going into his 8th year in BPA, he has seen all that BPA has to offer our members and is striving to further leave a lasting impact in this organization. He hopes to increase opportunities for Post-secondary members, make the Executive Officer Team more accessible to our membership, and drive social media to strengthen BPA’s presence.
John Lucas is a former Massachusetts BPA State officer and is currently studying Civil Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. He loves running, nature, and trading pins with members at NLC. After college graduation, John Lucas hopes to go into the environmental area of engineering and government.
Donate to the Executive Officer Scholarship fund in John Lucas Guimaraes’s name!
National Vice Presidentesundberg@bpa.org
Hello everyone! I am incredibly excited to have the privilege to serve as your National Post-secondary Division Vice President of Business Professionals of America! In the past, I served three years as a local officer and four years as a state officer and I am extremely grateful that BPA has not only been highly influential in many aspects of my life, but has changed my life.
As an Executive Officer, I will endeavor to expand the post-secondary division membership and increase member involvement. I want to bring this process to the organization as a whole and all students who participate. I am ready to work with you all this membership year!
Donate to the Executive Officer Scholarship fund in Engen Sundberg’s name!
Donate to the Executive Officer Scholarship Fund
Executive Council Winter Meeting
The Executive Council Winter Meeting is held annually in January. Secondary and Post-secondary members of the National Officer Team meet to review goal progress and plan for the National Leadership Conference. The 2022 Executive Council Winter Meeting will take place January 1 – 6, 2022 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, TX.
Executive Council Summer Meeting
The Executive Council Summer Training is held annually during the month of June or July. Newly elected national officer team members from the Secondary and Post-secondary Divisions meet under the direction of the National Center Staff to train for their respective positions and goal-set for the upcoming membership year. The 2021-2022 Executive Council Summer Training will take place electronically and be conducted over a period of days during the months of June and July.