2024-2025 State Officers

Michigan DECA, your voting results have been tallied, and we are proud to announce the next State Officer team! 

They will start their training at the International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, California in April, then attend the CTSO Training Camp in May with State Officers from the Michigan Association of BPA, SkillsUSA Michigan, Michigan FCCLA, and Michigan HOSA. 

They will also attend the DECA Emerging Leader Summit in July in Nashville, Tennessee. Their official term of office starts on July 1st.

Ryan Carrannanto
Milford High School

2024-2025 State President

Carter Hostetler
Grandville High School

2024-2025 State Secretary

Brianna Barbre
Lakeview High School

2024-2025 Vice President of Leadership Development

Aneesh Burri
Lakeshore High School

2024-2025 Vice President of Chapter Development

Emily Jacobs
Hartland High School

2024-2025 Vice President of Career Development

Ilija Mitovski
L'Anse Creuse North High School

2024-2025 Vice President of Business Partnerships

Micaela Wagner
Portage Central High School

2024-2025 Vice President of Community Service

Milan Patel
Birmingham Seaholm High School

2024-2025 Vice President of Public Relations

Running for Office

The chance to serve Michigan DECA’s members is an exciting opportunity and a big responsibility. Being elected as an officer is an honor… but serving entails a lot of commitment, hard work and dedication. Michigan DECA encourages potential candidates to talk to their parents, chapter advisor, employer, guidance counselor and principal to discuss the responsibilities involved in holding a state office.


Running for and holding a State Office is exciting and challenging. The rewards are many:

  • Personal growth
  • Development of life-long leadership skills
  • Travel to exciting places and meet new people
  • Plan Michigan DECA State Leadership, District and State Career Development Conferences
  • Visit high schools and universities
  • Recognition for chapter and community

Interested individuals should:

  • Talk to your parents, advisor, employer, and principal to discuss the responsibilities and activities.
  • Obtain permission for absences from school, work, and family activities.

Interested individuals MUST:

  • Be an active member in an affiliated Michigan High School Division chapter.
  • Be enrolled in or be a completer of a marketing, management, finance, hospitality, or entrepreneurship program during your Junior and Senior years of high school.
  • Have held a responsible position at the chapter level.
  • Candidates may only run in their Junior (11th grade) year of school.
  • Be recommended by the chapter advisor, parents, chapter members, and school administrators.
  • Be the only candidate from your DECA chapter (chapters may only have one candidate).
  • Have good speaking and writing skills.
  • Complete the required forms (See the application process for specific instructions):
    • Register for the Candidate Screening
    • Complete the online Candidate Information Form
    • Complete the Candidate Signature Packet with two letters of recommendation
  • Attend the State Officer Candidate Screening Interviews in East Lansing, Michigan.
  • Follow the Michigan DECA State Officer Campaign Guidelines (in the Campaign Guidebook and other details will be sent once you are approved to run for office).
  • Agree to the State Officer Code of Conduct (in the Candidate Signature Packet).

What kind of training will I receive?

  • Once elected at the State Conference, training will be provided during the following required conferences: the International Career Development Conference, the CTSO State Officer Workshop, and the DECA Emerging Leaders’ Summit. 
  • At the International Career Development Conference (attendance required), you will be assigned to several officer training workshops and voting delegate meetings.  If you are competing, these activities will be scheduled around your competition schedule. Please note, due to the activities and commitments required of you as a State Officer you will not have much time to spend with your chapter at the conference.
  • Additional training will be available during State Officer meetings throughout your term of office.


Application Process


Before Monday, January 29, 2024

  • Study the Candidate Guidebook for complete rules, regulations, and information about running for office.
  • Candidates must register for the State Officer Candidate Screening by completing the Candidate Screening Registration Form with their chapter advisor. Completed forms are to be scanned and emailed to Ms. Day at Michigan DECA by January 29, 2024.
  • Michigan DECA will email each candidate’s advisor a Recommendation Form designed for chapter advisors when we receive the candidate’s screening registration.

Candidates must complete the online Candidate Information Form by January 29, 2024. This form collects basic information of the candidate and will be shared internally only by Michigan DECA and the election committee. Information needed for this form includes:

  • Basic contact information for candidate and parents (phone numbers, address, etc.)
  • Clothing sizes
  • Information about DECA conferences attended, DECA chapter activities, community activities, and your future goals and plans.
  • Rank of your State Officer position preferences. Note: Potential candidates will not select a specific office to run for. The Election Committee will slate up to sixteen candidates based on the candidate application and screening process. The State Executive Council will consist of eight officers.


Before February 2, 2024

  • Complete the Candidate Signature Packet and gather the required signatures and recommendations. The original copy must be brought to the State Officer Candidate Screening on February 3, 2024. No scans of the signature packet will be accepted, these pages must be the originals signed by all parties.
  • Each candidate must submit two recommendations using the Recommendation Form found on the last page of the signature packet. Suggested resources for these recommendations include school officials, teachers, counselors, employers, community members and leaders, etc. Recommendations may not be provided by the DECA chapter advisor, parents, relatives, or classmates. Recommendations should be received by the candidate in a sealed envelope, and may not be opened by the candidate.


On Saturday, February 3, 2024

  • All potential candidates must attend the State Officer Candidate Screening on Saturday, February 3, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in East Lansing, Michigan. 
  • Candidates that do not attend will not be considered.
  • The completed Candidate Signature Packet and Recommendation forms must be turned in when you arrive at the screening. 

 Each candidate will participate in the following on Saturday, February 3, 2024:

  • Candidate Interview
  • Deliver a two-minute presentation on “DECA and What it Means to Me.” The audience is the screening committee, and the purpose of the speech is to convince the committee of your belief in DECA and its goals and your dedication to the organization. The speech should be viewed as a sales presentation on your behalf.
  • Participate in an evaluated interpersonal skills activity.
  • Take a written examination.
  • Photos will be taken for use on the website and in Spotlight on DECA.

State Officer Screening Policies

  • Candidates must submit the required materials by the posted deadlines.
  • Chapters may not have more than one candidate for state office.
  • A DECA blazer (optional) and/or other suitable professional dress is appropriate.
  • The Election committee will evaluate each candidate during the screening process on the criteria provided and may slot a maximum of sixteen candidates to run for state office.
  • Potential candidates will not select a specific office to run for. The Election Committee will slate up to sixteen candidates based on the candidate’s combined applications and screening process. The State Executive Council will consist of no more than eight officers.


What happens next?

  • The election committee will approve candidates to run for office, who will be notified.
  • Prepare your campaign. After being approved by the Election Committee, you will receive guidance and regulations for your campaign.
  • Review responsibilities and commitments of office.
  • Review the election process.
  • Candidates cannot post anything about their campaign or that they are running for office until they are given approval and posting regulations after they have been approved to run for office. Candidates may post on social media according to the guidelines provided.
  • No materials may be sent to chapters or voting delegates prior to the State Conference.
By February 21, 2024:
  • Approved candidates must EMAIL a one-page (8 1/2” x 11”) State Officer Candidate Flyer by February 24th that will be distributed in a special packet for voting delegates. We will contact you with the email address to send the attachment.
  • Email the completed Campaign Summary Form to Ms. Day by February 21st.
At the State Conference:
  • Attend the Candidate Briefing meeting on Thursday, March 14, 2024, at Huntington Place.   If your competitive event orientation interferes with the Candidate Briefing, you will be excused from the orientation.  You will need to report to the event’s check-in desk on Friday at the first time listed in the program for your event, in order to pickup your competition schedule.
  • You will need to bring with you the following items to the Candidate Briefing.  Candidates who are missing any of the required materials will not be allowed to open their campaign table.
    • A copy of your completed and current Campaign Summary Form 
    • A bag containing one of each promotional item that you plan on distributing at your table.
  • NEW for 2024:  The Michigan DECA Advisors’ Council has asked for campaign booths to be redesigned so candidates have an opportunity to speak with the voting delegates. To accommodate the new direction for campaign displays, the following changes will take place:
    • Campaign displays will be in room 330 Huntington Place. 
    • Each candidate will be assigned to one 10’ round table for their display.
    • Chants, marches, music, shouting, noisemakers, and demonstrations are not allowed.
    • Only Voting Delegates, Candidates, Advisors, and Campaign Workers will be allowed into the room. All Voting Delegates must have the ribbon attached to their nametag to enter.
    • You may enlist 1-2 chapter members to assist with your campaign table at the State Conference.  The candidate is responsible for the actions of his/her campaign workers.  Please advise them of all rules and regulations.  Campaign workers must also be registered to compete at the conference. 
    • Each candidate must have an Advisor or Chaperone in the campaign room during the hours of the campaign.
  • Candidates will give a one-minute greeting during the Opening Session at the State Career Development Conference.  Candidates must use a normal speaking voice.  If a Candidate yells into the microphone, their microphone will be turned off, their time will be cut short, and will be escorted from the stage.
  • No campaigning can take place after the Opening Session at the State Career Development Conference.
  • The election will take place following the Opening Session.
  • Election results will be announced during the Award Session on Saturday morning.

If you have any questions about being a State Officer, your best resource is to contact a current State Officer.