All ten UW-Green Bay Collegiate DECA students who competed at the 2020 Midwest Case Study Competition qualified for the International Career Development Conference.
To qualify, teams and individuals had to place in the top of their competition category. College students from nearly twenty Wisconsin and Iowa Collegiate DECA chapters competed at the Midwest Conference, and no other university had all members qualify for international competition. The team of Olivia Ryan (Communications) and Carli Shamion (Business Administration) and the team of Matt Gruetzmacher (Business Administration) and Maxwell Meyer (Business Administration) both competed in the team Business Ethics case study competition category and qualified for internationals. Both teams also medaled for their top performances in the category.
The team of Michael Ninham (Business Administration) and Matthew Schellinger (Business Administration) competed in the team Sports and Entertainment Marketing case study competition category and qualified for internationals. The pair also medaled for their top performance in the category. The team of Connor Hamann (Business Administration) and Nathan Post (Business Administration) competed in the Marketing Communications case study category and qualified for internationals. The team previously medaled in the category at the Fall 2019 Wisconsin Case Study Challenge and Leadership Conference in November.
Kody Kohnke (Business Administration) competed individually in the Entrepreneurship Operations case study competition category and qualified for internationals. Kohnke also medaled due to his top performance in the category. Nick Blasczyk (Business Administration) competed individually in the prepared presentation category of Entrepreneurship: Starting a Business in which he had to pitch his start up. Blasczyk qualified for internationals and medaled in the category due to his top performance.
The International Conference that each student qualified for was cancelled due to COVID-19. Collegiate DECA is open to all UWGB students who aspire to careers in hospitality and tourism; finance and accounting; marketing and communications; business management and administration; and entrepreneurship. Conferences involve individual students preparing presentations to a different judge each of two days, or teams or individuals can compete in case study categories in which students are given thirty minutes to prepare answers for judges based upon a given scenario that they do not know about ahead of time. The case study category competitors also are given a different scenario each of two days and present to a different judge or pair of judges each day. Some individual events also involve taking an online subject matter test prior to the competition and is used as part of the overall score.