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#FabFriday: Jailene Vazquez

Our #FabFriday goes to Jailene Vazquez! She is one of the hardest working UNLV DECA member and the hardest individual to take a picture of! She always seems to know where the camera is.. Jailene is a graduate of Clark High School and an active high school DECA member. Jailene is a part of UNLV’s Global Entrepreneurship Experience (GEE) Program Cohort 6 and pursuing a degree in Hospitality Management! In the GEE program, Jailene is studying what makes the culture of companies amazing, how she can be a successful entrepreneur, and how to build an international empire. As a freshman, Jailene has accomplished a lot as a member of our organization from being a leader to giving back to the community. She has served on different committees and was the co-chair for our largest volunteering project, Nevada DECA State Career Development Conference. On this committee, Jailene and her team recruited members to participate in our largest philanthropy project and the result was the largest number of volunteers in the history of the project. Jailene has proven multiple times as a dependable UNLV DECA member and a leader on various projects no matter her role. Thank you for being a part of our family and we look forward to the upcoming years with you (especially more photos of you)!

“The emphasis on individual initiative, accomplishment and recognition is fundamental to DECA’s success during our first 50 years and it will be an important part of our future.” – Dr. Edward Davis, Former DECA Executive Director

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#FabFriday: Blaze Lovell

Our #FabFriday goes to our first time UNLV DECA member Blaze! Blaze is from Hawaii and has been a member of Hawaii DECA during his high school years. Blaze is currently studying journalism at UNLV. As a freshman, Blaze has done amazing feats for the chapter. Blaze not only volunteers in different capacities from being an intimidating bouncer to team leader, he can also make anyone smile. Even when some members feel a bit down, he’s there to cheer them up. Thank you for being a part of our family and we look forward to more happy memories!

“The emphasis on individual initiative, accomplishment and recognition is fundamental to DECA’s success during our first 50 years and it will be an important part of our future.” – Dr. Edward Davis, Former DECA Executive Director

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#FabFriday: Olivia Crick

Our #FabFriday goes to Olivia Crick! Olivia is a freshman pursuing a bachelor in Hospitality Management and a minor in Finance. While most freshman would be focused on their studies, Olivia has balanced her school work and continuing to be an active DECA member. Olivia is originally from Montana where she started her DECA career. Olivia competed in UNLV DECA’s 2nd Annual Shark Tank with Daniel Dinev and won People’s Choice Award. She is an outgoing member who can make a room full of strangers become a home filled with friends. Thank you for being apart of our growing family and we look forward to great memories!

“The emphasis on individual initiative, accomplishment and recognition is fundamental to DECA’s success during our first 50 years and it will be an important part of our future.” – Dr. Edward Davis, Former DECA Executive Director

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#FabFriday: Annie Bellorin

Our #FabFriday goes to our VP of Finance Annie Bellorin! Annie is a second year Rebel majoring in Accounting. She loves Harry Potter and can beat anyone in a Harry Potter showdown. Annie stated her DECA journey as a Collegiate DECA member and will be competing at her first Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference in late April in Orlando, Florida. Annie has led various DECA projects from recruitment to hosting our second annual Diamonds In The Alley last October.
Thank you for your hard work and outstanding leadership!

“The emphasis on individual initiative, accomplishment and recognition is fundamental to DECA’s success during our first 50 years and it will be an important part of our future.” – Dr. Edward Davis, Former DECA Executive Director

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#FabFriday: Bonnie Lei

Our #FabFriday goes to our first year member Bonnie Lei! Bonnie is a graduate of Southwest Career and Technical Academy where she started her high school DECA and FCCLA Career. She is currently pursuing a degree in business and as a freshmen, she has done remarkable feats. Bonnie has actively contributed to various projects from the Applebee’s Breakfast Social Fundraiser to competing in UNLV DECA’s intense competition, Shark Tank. The 2nd Annual Shark Tank challenged teams to develop a strong business plan for Kona Ice’s shaved ice kart deployment at UNLV. In a week after receiving the case study, each team went through a preliminary round where a panel of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and angel investors selected the best teams to proceed to the final round at the Nevada DECA State Career Development Conference in February 2015. Bonnie and her team passed the preliminary round with older members of our chapter on the other teams which is a remarkable accomplishment! When Bonnie is not competing, Bonnie takes on various tasks for different projects and encourages members to have fun while they’re working. Within five minutes, Bonnie can make any member smile. Thank you for your hard work and we look forward to amazing years with you!

“The emphasis on individual initiative, accomplishment and recognition is fundamental to DECA’s success during our first 50 years and it will be an important part of our future.” – Dr. Edward Davis, Former DECA Executive Director

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#FabFriday: Alyssa Nikoley

Our #FabFriday goes to Alyssa Nikoley of West Career Technical Academy (West CTA) DECA! Please excuse our creepy President in the back. Alyssa is a senior at West CTA and has done miraculous feats to become an amazing Nevada DECA advocate from attending DECA conferences to being a social media inspiration! She has also attended various UNLV DECA events and volunteered her time to help with various UNLV DECA projects in the last two years. Even if it’s last minute, she’s one of a few Nevada DECA members UNLV DECA can count on. Thank you for being awesome!

“The emphasis on individual initiative, accomplishment and recognition is fundamental to DECA’s success during our first 50 years and it will be an important part of our future.” – Dr. Edward Davis, Former DECA Executive Director

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#FabFriday: Dyan Baguio

Our #FabFriday goes to one of our all star members from Alaska! Dyan Baguio is a senior in the Hospitality College and will be part of the first graduating class of DECA members. She is usually a bubbly person but being awake at 7am can take a toll on you. Dyan has served on various projects in different capacities from advocating DECA to future students to being the Conference Logistics Coordinator during our first Nevada DECA Las Vegas Competition Academy. Dyan continues to take the initiative by leading DECA projects to being accepted into the OCA Las Vegas Mentorship Program. Thank you for your hard work and we are sadden we only had a year with you!

“The emphasis on individual initiative, accomplishment and recognition is fundamental to DECA’s success during our first 50 years and it will be an important part of our future.” – Dr. Edward Davis, Former DECA Executive Director

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#FabFriday: Jamie Hillen

Our #FabFriday goes to one of UNLV DECA’s awesome advisers! Jamie was recently appointed to the Collegiate DECA Program Advisory Council. Jamie is a former Collegiate DECA Officer (Delta Chi Epsilon back in the old days) and joined as UNLV DECA’s adviser in 2013. Thank you for your hard work and your new journey!

“The emphasis on individual initiative, accomplishment and recognition is fundamental to DECA’s success during our first 50 years and it will be an important part of our future.” – Dr. Edward Davis, Former DECA Executive Director

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UNLV Students Awarded 1st and 2nd at Utah’s Case Study Competition

Case Studies were created and judged by Boostability & Adobe Digital Marketing

Utah Collegiate DECA’s annual Fall Leadership Conference (FLC) is one of the most exciting, intensive, fun, and rewarding experiences for UNLV Collegiate DECA students who decide to attend. The conference is always filled with leadership development workshops, amazing speakers, opportunities to network, and competition.

The 2014 Utah Collegiate DECA FLC began with the Chapter Officer Leadership Academy (COLA) hosted by Angela Dayton, a professional consultant, serial entrepreneur, and public speaker. After an interactive session of leadership exercises, COLA concluded and FLC’s Opening Session began. Opening session featured a talk from Michael Glauser, a Utah State University professor who embarked on a 4,000 mile bicycle journey across the United States to interview and reveal some of America’s top successful small businesses and entrepreneurs During the conference students also heard from Michelle McCullough, managing Director of Startup Princess on her strategies to leverage social media engagement and Spencer Quinn, Student Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Fiber Fix, a Shark Tank success story whose product can be found in over 1,600 locations world-wide including Home Depot and Lowes. “I still remember the first time we were handed $20 from someone and I thought, WHOA! Someone wants to actually buy this!” said Quinn during his presentation. All of the presenters during the conference were found to be a true inspiration to all the future business leaders and entrepreneurs in attendance.

Representatives from Adobe Digital Marketing and Boostability Inc. were invited to present on their companies and judge the competition. These two companies would be featured in the case studies which students who attended had to work on for the remainder of the conference. Adobe Digital Marketing, who surpisingly has dominated the market over companies such as IBM, focused their case study on strategies to increase sales of the Adobe Marketing Cloud through the use of the Adobe Digital Index. Boostability Inc., a leader in search engine optimization and named #254 in the Inc. 500/5000 list that catalogues the fasted growing privately held U.S. companies, asked students to focus on the employee hiring process and increasing their retention rate.

Since students were placed in random teams, the case study competition was more challenging than a typical team competition. Aside from the intensive research and preparation to present, students had to work together with others they have never met. UNLV Collegiate DECA students embraced the challenge and worked tirelessly through the night with their teams to deliver the best presentations possible to present to the company executive the next morning. The hard work paid off when four UNLV students joined their respective teams as first and second place winners of both Adobe’s and Boostability to be awarded on stage. Adobe’s first place winners were also invited to a meeting with their executive team and to tour the facility in Utah. Dara Tinoco, first year UNLV DECA member said, “FLC was an incredible experience for me as a college Freshman, it taught me to be an influential leader, and overall an excellent entrepreneur, now I’m even more excited to pursue my career at Lee Business School.” With most UNLV students in attendance as first time attendees, the conference delivered the excitement and joy of not only competing, but networking and having lots of fun. We hope to continue this tradition every year and cannot wait for the opportunity to attend again in 2015!

The following students participated or were awarded during the conference. Every UNLV student in attendance put forth their strongest effort to put their industry knowledge to the test, grow as leaders, and expand their professional skill set. Please feel free to congratulate them for a job well done if you see them on campus. You can also email [email protected] to congratulate the members on their success.

Dara Tinoco: Entrepreneurship/Political Science – 2nd Place Adobe Digital Marketing

Celine Endy: Hospitality/Global Entrepreneurship – 1st Place Boostability

Bianca Cseke: Journalism – Participant

Daniel Dinev: Accounting/Global Entrepreneurship – 1st Place Adobe Digital Marketing

Blaze Lovell: Journalism – Participant

Christian Perez: Accounting – Participant

Annie Bellorin: Accounting – 2nd Place Boostability

Rebecca Lychock: Philosophy/Law – Participant

Dyan Baguio: Hospitality/Accounting – Participant

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UNLV DECA Shark Tank

UNLV Collegiate DECA is hosting its own version of Shark Tank on March 29th and March 30th. The event is free and open to public to attend. 11 teams will be competing in a case study about a mystery company associated with the growth of Downtown Las Vegas. The teams will only have one day to create a presentation focused on securing investments and promoting company growth.

The opening session is on March 29that 12 p.m. in BEH 242. Angel investor Bill Payne and Shark Tank Survivor Jayson Sandberg will be presenting a special keynote session. This is also the time the case company will be announced and the teams will be receiving their case study challenge. The teams will present the next day to a panel of preliminary judges who will decide the 5 teams to advance to the live finals. Preliminary judges are Susan T. Spencer (Executive Director and Host of Not Just Sports), Joe Murphy (Senior Vice President of numerous casinos), and Rey Dos Santos (COO of Rebel Venture Fund and Director of Sales and Business Development of Walls 360).

The closing session on March 30th at 4 p.m. in the Student Union room 208C will feature the live finals round with People’s Choice Award as well as a special presentation from the case study company owners. At this session the top 5 teams will present in front of a live audience and final judges which consists of Felix Daniciu (CEO and Founder of Elmcore Group Inc.), Dominic Marrocco (Millionaire Entrepreneur), and Sophia Liang (CEO of Rebel Venture Fund and Executive Intern for Brennan Capital Partners). In addition to the judges panel, students and public attendees will have the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Awards during the final round of the closing session.