Northwood University Florida Campus DECA Students Prepare to Compete Internationally

Alumnus Wilson Enriquez (far left) and alumna Amber Johnson (far right) join Professor Bob Sundwick (center) to support students (L-R) Gisele Dormeus, Philip Mawamba, Daniel Tellez, Jevoane Prince, Taron Beckford, Nicholas Cooper, Zachary Lieberman, Juan Guerrero, and Michelle Ray.

Northwood University Florida Campus’ Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) students recently earned a variety of awards and medals from this year’s Florida State competitions in Orlando, Florida, and now look forward to representing the University on the international level.  

“I am always pleased to oversee Northwood University students as they compete at events such as this,” said Chair of the University’s Florida Aftermarket Department and DECA Advisor Bob Sundwick. “The students continually remind me that they are eloquently prepared to present themselves in both business competitions and social settings – qualities which will take them far when they’re ready to embrace the real world of business.”

The six competitors who placed in the Florida state competition and who will compete on the international level in Washington DC this April include:

  • Nick Cooper & Taron Beckford - 1st place in Financial Statement Analysis  
  • Juan Guerrero - 1st place Hotel & Lodging
  • Zach Lieberman - 1st place in Retail Merchandising  
  • Michelle Ray - 1st place in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing
  • Daniel Tellez - 2nd place Hotel & Lodging

Those students who earned medals include:  

  • Taron Beckford                                                
  • Nick Cooper     
  • Giselle Dormeus 
  • Juan Guerrero
  • Zach Lieberman                
  • Philip Mawamba
  • Jevoane Prince  
  • Michelle Ray                                   
  • Daniel Tellez

"It was really great to see all of the students apply the knowledge they’ve obtained from the many classes Northwood University offers," smiled Daniel Tellez, a Northwood University senior who serves as DECA President. “It’s easy to see how these experiences puts them one step ahead of the competition when entering the professional world.”

With over a 60 year history, DECA has touched the lives of more than ten million students, educators, school administrators and business professionals since it was founded in 1946. Clustered around the six academic areas of business management and administration, communications and technology, entrepreneurship, finance and accounting, hospitality and tourism and marketing and sales, DECA competitive events provide meaningful opportunities for Northwood University students to apply classroom knowledge toward scenarios they’ll encounter in the professional world of business.


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 two full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida and mid-Michigan. Adult Degree Programs are available in seven states with many course delivery options including online. The DeVos Graduate School offers accelerated, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. 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.