Meet Your State Executive Council

Learn a little more about the 2014-2015 state officers and see them in action throughout their term in the photo gallery below.

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 Your state officers are ready for action at the state for the 2014-2015 school year.
From left to right: Rachel, Skylar, Ally, and Hannah
Back left to right: Jacob T., Brian, Jacob R, and Kunal

Name: Kunal Garg
Title: State President
Chapter/Currently Attending: Troy High School
Interests: Soccer, Lacrosse, Musicals/Acting, Guitar, Entrepreneurship, Robotics, Student Governement
Career Goals: Engineering & Business/Management
How many years in BPA: 1
How has BPA helped me: Business Professionals of America has provided me with the opportunity to explore the real-world applications of the knowledge I acquired in the classroom.
Most Memorable Moment in BPA: Without a doubt, the experience of giving my state officer candidate speech was the most memorable moment in BPA. Something that most people don’t get the opportunity to experience; speaking in front of 2,000 people is something I will never forget.
Favorite Quote: “Hesitating to act because the whole vision might not be achieved, or because others do not yet share it, is an attitude that only hinders progress.” - Mahatma Gandhi

Name: Jacob D. Roe
Title: Executive Vice-President
Chapter: Bay-Arenac ISD Career Center
Currently Attending: Davenport University
Career Plans: Acquiring a degree in Network Technologies or IT Management
Interests: BPA Information Technology, Computer Science, Watersports, Swimming, Random Drives, Hanging at Coffee shops, Exploring
How many years in BPA: 2
How has BPA helped me: Business Professionals of America has made me the person I am today. It helped me break out of my comfort zone and step into a world of opportunities. Before BPA, I was an introverted and shy kid; but through my experiences in this wonderful organization, I have become more than I ever thought. It has given me the inspiration to be more.
Most Memorable Moment in BPA: Drinking Starbucks, meeting new people and running for state office during the state leadership conference. From the elevator dropping while we were in it, to the wonderful questions asked in my campaign, the 2014 SLC was the most memorable part of BPA so far!
Favorite Quote: “Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” -Jim Rohn

Name: Brian J. Branham
Title: State Secretary/Treasurer
Chapter/Currently Attending: Gibraltar-Carlson High School
Career Plans: Work as a lawyer then run for state legislator, then run for congress.
Interests: I love reading history books, spending time with my family, and going on vacations. When I’m in my local community I love going for strolls in Elizabeth Park with my friends or dogs. As best said in Saving Mr. Banks, “Leisurely strolls are a gift,” and gifts are best shared with loved ones.
How many years in BPA: 3
How has BPA helped me: BPA has given me the confidence and the skills I need to live a professional life. Throughout my years in the organization I have grown immensely, though I have much more to learn, I know BPA will remain a major part.
Most Memorable Moment in BPA: My most memorable part in BPA would have to be in my junior year at the CTSO. I had a chance to meet such great people from FCCLA and DECA. Everyone was fun to be around and laugh with; I hope I get to see them again!
Favorite Quote: “One of the most powerful forces that shapes us as human beings is the desire to leave a legacy. What legacy will you leave behind?”

Name: Jake Taylor
Title: Parliamentarian
Chapter: Escanaba High School
Currently Attending: Northwood University
Career Plans: Undecided
Interests: Other than BPA, bowling, math, finance, business, scouts, OA, and lots of others.
How many years in BPA: 3
How has BPA helped me: BPA has helped me with a plethora of skills, such as: public speaking, leadership, self-confidence, and communication skills.
Most Memorable Moment in BPA: My favorite moment would have to be my first regional leadership conference because I was the first one ever to qualify for the state leadership conference from my chapter.
Favorite Quote: “Just because you find that life’s not fair it, doesn’t mean you have to just grin and bare it.” - Matilda, from Matilda the Musical

Name: Hannah Ex
Title: State Historian
Chapter: Oxford High School
Currently Attending: Northwood University
Career Plans: I plan to major in Finance
Interests: Not including BPA, I enjoy art, listening to music, volunteering , photography, and adventuring with my friends
How many years in BPA: 2
How BPA has helped me: BPA has helped me become a stronger leader and also have a better understanding of other people. I have also been able to step out of my comfort zone and meet so many new people through BPA.
Most Memorable Moment in BPA: Being called upon stage as the State Historian, and also being my advisors third Historian in a row, have been a memorable moment and also to have gone through this experience/application, it has been wonderful.
Favorite Quote: “ I may not have gone where I needed to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” -Douglas Adams

Name: Skylar McArthur
Title: Vice-President of Membership
Chapter/Currently Attending: Capac Jr./Sr. High School
Career Plans: Major in and obtain a Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology/ Audiology and Communicative Disorders while minoring in psychology and business management.
Interests: Not including BPA, I love dance (ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and contemporary), bowling, history, meeting new people and giving back to the community.
How may years in BPA: 4
How BPA has helped me: BPA has given me skills and lessons that have played a huge part in my everyday life. I am no longer afraid of speaking up and speaking out. BPA has opened so many doors and given me opportunities that I couldn’t get anywhere else. BPA has even helped me stand out to employers when applying for jobs. I just love #MIBPA.
Most Memorable Moment in BPA: Walking into opening ceremonies for the first time my freshman year and thinking “there is more people in this room than my entire town.” And now I represent all of those people and couldn’t be luckier. We also ordered pizza that night and it came after curfew so my advisor had to go down in her pajamas to get it, she’s never been so mad at us but now we look back and laugh. Haha Love you Mrs. Palmateer!
Favorite Quote: “If it is worth your time, it is worth 100% of you effort.” -Albert Blaise Cattafi

Name: Rachel Walling
Title: Vice-President of Leadership Development
Chapter: Armada High School
Currently Attending: Macomb Community College
Career Plans: My career plans include obtaining a Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy with a minor in business management. This is in hopes to eventually own my own private practice or nursing home.
Interests: My interests other than BPA are Disney, reading (my favorites series is Harry Potter), swimming, Survivor, running, Pokémon, movies, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), and cooking.
How many years in BPA: 2
How has BPA helped me: BPA has helped me by pushing me to not only become a better leader, but in other aspects of my life as well. My experiences with BPA have made me realize how the value of hard work and determination can really get me anywhere if I put my mind to the task. BPA has also helped me by encouraging members from my local chapter that even though we are a small chapter, we can truly have a large impact.
Most Memorable Moment in BPA: My most memorable moment in BPA would have to be meeting all the different members at the state conference and being able to do Twister tournaments with my chapter and other chapters as well. Also, taking selfies was a blast and a great way to meet members! Thanks to experiences like these, I have been able to make tons of new memories and friends from all over the state! Also, one of my other most memorable moments was becoming the first state officer from my local chapter at Armada High School.
Favorite Quote: “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” -Walt Disney

Name: Ally Zuke
Title: Vice-President of Communications
Local Chapter: Dewitt High School
Currently attending: Michigan State University
Interests: Tennis, movies, golf, BPA, history, reading, travel, and spending time with family and friends
Career Plans: Secondary History Teacher
Number of years in BPA: 3
How has BPA helped me: BPA has allowed me to explore different career options as well as learn more about public speaking, leadership, and networking. This has opened doors for me in the form of employment, new opportunities, and local community service.
Most Memorable Moment in BPA: My most memorable moment in BPA would be giving my speech in front of over 2,000 people while running for state executive council. It was definitely something I will never forget and has allowed me to gain more confidence in my public speaking.
Favorite Quote: “All you need is 20 seconds of insane courage and I promise you something great will come of it” -Benjamin Mee