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RAJ PATEL - State President

Honored to be serving as the 2019-2020 Nevada DECA State President, Raj Patel is ready to elevate Nevada DECA to new heights. He is a fourth year DECA member, two term state officer, experienced competitor, and rising leader. He attends West Career and Technical Academy in the Biomedical Sciences program, with a passion for business.

During his first year in DECA, he focused his time and energy in developing as a leader and competitor, eventually capping off his first year with a 5th place finish at the 2017 International Career Development Conference in Principles of Finance with the support of his chapter.

The support he received was the key to his success, so he decided to give back to the members of his chapter by becoming a chapter officer. As a chapter officer, he was able to raise money to help members attend conferences. At his next state conference, he decided to run for the VP of Career Development position, using his competitive edge to give back to the state.

His passions extend past competition to creating success for each and every member, whether by hosting competition preparation calls before ICDC, helping with Chapter Leadership Council calls, or visiting chapters.

When not in DECA mode, Raj is a committed student, aspiring chef, and longtime swimmer. He hopes to dual major in business and medicine in college to eventually start his own medical practice. He also loves to cook at least one night a week and has swam both competitively and recreationally for the past 8 years.

In the future, Raj hopes to excel at ICDC to bring home some DECA glass! He believes that this upcoming year, Nevada DECA can grow to new heights with the help of a new cohort of state officers.