Secondary Candidates

 100 WORDS

I would love to be National Officer of Business Professionals of America for many reasons. BPA has done so much for me in the time I’ve been involved and I want to do the same for others. I have grown in many areas that are essential to life, such as public speaking, leadership, and teamwork. Everyone is a leader in their own way and being in BPA has helped me to become a better leader. I would like to become National Officer so that I can help all members throughout the nation bring out their inner leader.

SOCIAL MEDIA

  1. What experiences have you had in Business Professionals of America to prepare you for national office?

As State Parliamentarian, I have been able learn what it’s like to lead a large organization and connect with the members to help everyone have a better experience. As a Chapter Officer, I have been able to encourage my peers to become involved in all that BPA has to offer.

  1. What experiences have you had outside of BPA to prepare you for national office?

As a captain on my school’s football team, I have been able to bring everyone together and understand the true meaning of good teamwork. As a shift leader at my school’s student-run credit union, I have learned how to lead my peers and provide a positive experience for our members.

  1. What makes you a leader?

I feel what makes me a leader is my ability to work with and understand everyone. I always make sure I understand someone else’s opinion before I try to put my own opinion into situations. I feel that I can always lead by example and give my peers confidence.

  1. Can you commit time to being a national officer?

Throughout high school, I have been involved in activities such as football, basketball, track, BPA, DECA, and Key Club … all while taking on college-level classes. I have learned effective time management skills and will be able to commit my time to making our organization the best it can be.

  1. What changes and enhances will you make as a national officer?

I would really like to increase our middle-level involvement. I want to work harder to get these members more involved. I wish I could have experienced BPA earlier, so I would like to help everyone become more involved earlier and develop into a business professional no matter their age.

  1. What do you think your biggest challenge as national officer will be?

I feel my biggest challenge will be connecting with every member on a personal level since our organization is so large. However, I can overcome this by connecting with state, regional, and local officers personally and building a relationship with them.

Post-secondary Candidates

 100 WORDS

My name is Kevin Day. I’m the current Minnesota Post-Secondary State President for Business Professionals of America. I have been a member of this organization for five years. Throughout my college career, I’ve participated in four Nationals Leadership Conferences. Being a member at both state and national levels has instilled valuable skills and has inspired me to give back to the organization, serving as both State and Chapter President. As National Officer, I would be my honor to work towards bridging the gap between education and industry. Together, we can make today’s students into tomorrow’s business professionals.

  1. What experiences have you had in Business Professionals of America to prepare you for national office?

I currently serve as the Minnesota’s Post-Secondary State President, as well as elected twice the Post-Secondary Chapter President at Dakota County Technology College, and Dakota County Student Senate. Being a member of BPA, I’ve participated in four National Leadership Conferences. Through the spirit of competition, I’ve gained valuable skills such as time-management, problem solving, and most importantly, the value of collaboration and teamwork.

  1. What experiences have you had outside of BPA to prepare you for national office?

I was elected and served as Student Senate President of the Dakota County Technical College campus. As President, I was responsible for overseeing the budget for all Student Life clubs and activities, organized campus events, and served as Student Ambassador assisting in recruitment and retention. As official representative of DCTC, I scheduled meetings at the Minnesota State Capitol where I met with State Senators and Representatives to lobby for bills proposed by the LeadMN and MNSCU. My agenda addressed issues that concern today’s college students: student rights, transfer credits, affordable education, and most importantly, the burden of excessive student debt.

I founded Dakota County Technology College’s (DCTC) Information Technology Club, where members come to share computer interests and facilitated curriculum-based activities to develop marketable IT skills.

  1. What makes you a leader?

Business Professionals of America has cultivated strong interpersonal skills that have given me the courage and confidence to take more initiative. I have the creativity, the drive, and the leadership skills necessary to make a positive contribution to this organization.

  1. Can you commit time to being a national officer?

I will dedicate as much time as needed to serve as Post-Secondary National Officer. I will avail myself as need as I have shown as being a dedicated BPA member for the last five years.

  1. What changes and enhances will you make as a national officer?

I want to bridge the gap between secondary, post-secondary and industry as members prepare for careers in the real world. Serving as National Officer and working with all the chapter across America, I believe we can create a new era for Business Professionals of America and help industry understand our organization and goals.

  1. What do you think your biggest challenge as national officer will be?

Creating a more cohesive and unified BPA presence in all divisions of Business Professionals of America. Also, bridging the gap between middle, secondary, post-secondary and industry in aiding our members prepare for future careers in a world class work force.