Learn a little more about the 2016-2017 state officers by reading their bios below.
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Your state officers are ready for action at the state for the 2016-2017 school year.From left to right: Jordan, Jessica, Saveri, EmilyBack left to right: David, Jon, Brandon, Spencer, Justin, Arhant
Name: Saveri NandigamaTitle: State PresidentChapter/Currently Attending: Mercy High SchoolInterests: Netflix, watching FRIENDS, reading, talking, eating food, but not meat because I'm vegetarian :)Career Plans: I hope to go into either a science related field or an international affairs positionHow many years in BPA: 3How BPA has helped me: BPA has helped me to become more outgoing and more willing to take risks. Additionally, it has helped to me to make connections with people from different areas throughout Michigan and the U.S.Most memorable moment in BPA: My most memorable moment in BPA was when my friends won first place at their regional leadership conference. They had worked so hard for their event, and I had helped them through their event, so I saw how much work they put in. Once they won, I screamed because I was so excited!Favorite Quote: “Life is about making an impact, not making an income.” –Kevin Kruse
Name: Emily ReevesTitle: Executive Vice-PresidentChapter: Ithaca High SchoolCurrently Attending: Central Michigan UniversityInterests: Graphic design, playing the flute, watching Marvel movies, watching an entire series on Netflix in two weeks, journalism, and readingCareer Plans: Double major in Marketing and Advertising Design with a minor in Journalism; eventually receive my MBA and PhD in Sports Administration, work for a professional football or basketball teamHow many years in BPA: 4How BPA has helped me: BPA has opened my eyes to so many new opportunities, and helped me to step outside of my comfort zone. It has given me passion and drive, and I have connected to new people that I never would have met normally. I have also overcome my fear of public speaking through competitions and campaigning for state office.Most memorable moment in BPA: My favorite moment was placing fourth at NLC in Human Resource Management my junior and senior year. I used to be scared of speaking in front of anyone, and this helped me gain confidence and it has reaffirmed that I am a strong person and can overcome adversity.Favorite Quote: “Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever.” –Walt Disney
Name: Jon PerraultTitle: State Secretary/TreasurerChapter/Currently Attending: Escanaba High SchoolInterests: Couponing, working at a graphic design shop, student council, and Youth Advisory CommitteeCareer Plans: To go into business managementHow many years in BPA: 3How has BPA helped me: BPA has helped me to engage with fellow members and to explore different parts of the state and the country as well as expand my leadership capabilities.Most memorable moment in BPA: My most memorable moment in BPA took place when I placed first at the 2016 RLC. I finally placed 1st after three years of trying!Favorite Quote: “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that's what matters to me.” –Steve Jobs
Name: Arhant SrivastavaTitle: State ParliamentarianChapter/Currently Attending: H. H. Dow High SchoolInterests: Sports that I love are basketball, tennis, and soccer. I also love to sing, play guitar and drums, and also write my own music. Other hobbies of mine include cooking and bird watching.Career Plans: Double majoring in Mathematics and Computer ScienceHow many years in BPA: 2How has BPA helped me: BPA has allowed me to advance on many leadership skills such as my public speaking, time management, problem solving, and self-motivation.Most memorable moment in BPA: NLC in Florida was one of the most fun and yet still enlightening events that I have ever participated in. Equally memorable, was the interview by the previous State Executive Council during the process of getting elected to this position.Favorite Quote:“For every dark night there’s a brighter day.” –Tupac Shakur
Name: Jordan Smith Title: State HistorianChapter: Newaygo County Career-Technical CenterCurrently Attending: Grand Rapids Community CollegeInterests: Working out, spending time with family, reading, playing golf, moviesCareer Plans: To become a motivational speakerHow many years in BPA: 2How has BPA helped me: BPA has helped me develop personal communication skills and self-confidence. These skills will help me in the business world and out of the business world. Most memorable moment in BPA: My most memorable moment in BPA was after the officer election ceremony. Coming off stage I was met by my best friends Jaymes and Shamus who were also my campaign managers, not only did we start to tear up, but our year-long goal had finally been achieved.Favorite quote: “You don't have to be a top ten student at your high school or the best athlete in your area to be a stand out student and leader for Business Professionals of America.” –Treasa Evans-Dunn
Name: Spencer HoffmannTitle: Vice-President of MembershipChapter/Currently Attending: Bay Arenac Career CenterInterests: Scriptwriting, making videos, playing tennis, watching movies/YouTubeCareer Plans: Either a Film Director or a Digital Media SpecialistHow many years in BPA: 2How has BPA helped me: BPA has made my dream of having a career in film a reality. While it is not the traditional business career by any means, getting involved in the Digital Media Production contest really opened my eyes to the opportunity that BPA could give me if I invested myself in it. So I dove in head first and have never once regretted that decision.Most memorable moment in BPA: At the National Leadership Conference in Boston, on the day we were leaving, my advisor and I took a walk around the city one last time. While on the walk, we stopped at a beautiful dock along a walking trail. We were both exhausted from the long weekend, and he turned to me and said “I’m going to show you a trick, it’s called sitting still.” Sitting there and reflecting on the entire experience that week was refreshing and relaxing, and reminded me that every now and then, we need to stop and reflect on the work we’ve done and appreciate it, but also look toward the future.Favorite Quote: “One life. One shot. Give it all you’ve got.” –Parkway Drive
Name: David BurkhardtTitle:Vice-President of Leadership DevelopmentChapter/Currently Attending:Flushing High SchoolInterests:Tennis, swimming, traveling, Super Smash BrosCareer Plans:Entrepreneur/InvestorHow many years in BPA: 3How has BPA helped me: BPA hashelped me greatly improve my communication skills to become more affective not only one-on-one but also in a group setting.Most memorable moment in BPA:My most memorable moment in BPA took place at the 2016 SLC when I was called up on stage to become a State Officer.Favorite Quote:“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently.” –Warren Buffett
Name: Jessica RubyTitle: Vice-President of CommunicationsChapter/Currently Attending: DeWitt High SchoolInterests: All sports, card games (especially euchre), writing, and organizing. I am also addicted to coffee and Grey’s Anatomy. Career Plans: Double majoring in business and pharmacy, eventually becoming the owner of a pharmacyHow many years in BPA: 3How BPA has helped me: The dedication that it takes to run for an SEC position and compete in judged events has taught me discipline, focus, and the value of time and synergy. These experiences have not only planted the seeds for my growing and changing dreams for the future, but have also provided me with the tools to create pathways that will lead me to reach them. Most memorable moment in BPA: My chapter was on its way home from a Pistons basketball game, when we divided the bus into teams and broke out into a full on riff off (like in Pitch Perfect). Favorite Quote: “Life is tough my darling, but so are you’ –Stephanie Bennett-Henry
Name: Justin KelleyTitle: Vice-President of Chapter ActivitiesChapter/Currently Attending: Clarenceville High SchoolInterests: Playing baseball and football, running, creative writing, and watching moviesCareer Plans: Study psychology and nursingHow many years in BPA: 3How has BPA helped me: BPA has increased my personal confidence level, and stretched my leadership ability to its full potential. Through BPA, I have attained the skills that will allow me to be successful in and out of the business world for the rest of my life.Most memorable moment in BPA: My most memorable moment in BPA is definitely when I heard my name called as one of the state executive council-elects. The intense rush of different emotions I felt is a moment that I will never forget.Favorite Quote: “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breath, then you will be successful.” –Eric Thomas
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