MIDLAND, Mich. – Business Professionals of America (BPA) held its National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida on May 10-14, 2017. Two students from Northwood University were elected to the national officer team to lead the organization next year.
More than 6,000 conference participants traveled from 19 states and the territory of Puerto Rico to compete in various business-related skills-based competitions and receive recognition in community and school service projects.
Jacob Taylor, a 2014 graduate of Escanaba High School and 2017 graduate of Northwood University, was elected to serve as the 2017-2018 National Postsecondary Division President, and will also serve on the National BPA Board of Trustees. Taylor recently graduated from Northwood University with a degree in finance and plans to continue at Northwood for another year to earn his MBA from the DeVos Graduate School of Management.
“BPA teaches students basic life skills, such as communication, professionalism, time management, as well as it provides an opportunity to network with so many new people of completely different backgrounds,” Taylor said.
As a national officer he plans to work on increasing membership in the organization and help increase the networking opportunities provided to the student members.
Jon Perrault, a senior at Escanaba High School, was elected to serve as the 2017-2018 National Secondary Division Vice-President. Perrault plans to begin his postsecondary education at Northwood University in the fall and pursue a dual major in Business Management and Entertainment, Sport & Promotion Management. Jon currently serves as the president of the senior class and just completed his term of office as the 2016-2017 Michigan BPA State Secretary/Treasurer.
“I joined BPA to gain real life skills including public speaking, confidence, and leadership experience and to get to know students from around the country,” Perrault said.
His goals are to promote professional development for students and to create an internship directory for secondary students.
Taylor and Perrault begin their terms immediately and will conclude their service at the end of the 2018 BPA National Leadership Conference held in May 2018 in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas.
In addition to their achievements being elected to national office, Taylor received the third place award in the Legal Office Procedures competition and Perrault was recognized as a Merit Scholar recipient.
Furthermore, 13 students from Northwood University were recognized for 22 various awards in the top 10 in their respective business-related skill competitions.
Northwood University was a national conference sponsor for the Entrepreneurship events for both the Postsecondary and Secondary Divisions.
Business Professionals of America is a national career and technical student organization consisting of 19 state associations and more than 50,000 members from over 2,700 chapters. The organization serves students who are currently, or were previously enrolled, in a business education program at a secondary or postsecondary institution. Chapters are located in high schools, career/technical centers, postsecondary technical institutions, junior and community colleges, and colleges and universities. Michigan is the fourth largest state in the organization with more than 4,300 student members.
About Northwood University
Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.
Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at a full-service, residential campus located in mid-Michigan. Adult Degree Programs are available in multiple states and online. The DeVos Graduate School offers accelerated, evening and weekend programming in Michigan and Texas. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.