Southeast Marketing Students Prevail at DECA State Competition


marketing state competition 2015JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, March 9, 2015 — Southeast Missouri State University Marketing Club students Nibish Amatya of Mahakalisthan, Bhaktapur, Nepal; Hannah Gordon of Arnold, Missouri; Kyle Jacobsmeyer and Samantha Rupp, both of Florissant, Missouri; Ashley Bocek of Chesterfield, Missouri; and Allie Winters of Ballwin, Missouri; won high honors in the 2015 Collegiate DECA State Career Development Conference and Competition Feb. 26-27 in Jefferson City, Missouri.

Southeast’s winners competed in a field of about 250 outstanding competitors from colleges and universities in Missouri.

Rupp and Gordon won first place in the Business Ethics role-play.  Rupp also won first place in the Fashion Merchandising event. Amatya won fifth place in the Banking and Financial Services Simulation and fourth place in Accounting. Jacobsmeyer won second place in the Marketing Management Simulation Competition. Also, Bocek and Winters won third place in the International Marketing Competition.

In addition, several of the Southeast Collegiate DECA competitors were proficiency winners in their events, for superior performance in their role plays and marketing exam.

This year’s proficiency winners include: Jacobsmeyer and Vincent Sorrentino of St. Louis in the Marketing Management Case Simulation; Amatya in the Banking and Financial Services Simulation and in Accounting; Rupp in the Fashion Merchandising Business Simulation; Gordon  and Rupp in Business Ethics; Bocek, Winters, Harman Malhi of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and Omar Dawood of Dhaka, Bangladesh, in International Marketing; and Bocek and Gordon in Travel and Tourism Marketing Management.

As part of its commitment to experiential learning, the Department of Management and Marketing in the Harrison College of Business has sponsored Collegiate DECA for several years, and each year sends numerous participants to the state and international competitions. This spring, membership has remained steady with more than 30 members, making the Southeast Collegiate DECA chapter among the largest in Missouri.