Meet Your State Executive Council

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, Emily
Back left to right: David, Jon, Brandon, Spencer, Justin, Arhant

Name: Saveri Nandigama
Title:
State President
Chapter/Currently Attending:
Mercy High School
Interests:
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 position
How many years in BPA:
3
How 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 Quot
e: “Life is about making an impact, not making an income.” –Kevin Kruse

Name: Emily Reeves
Title: Executive Vice-President
Chapter
: Ithaca High School
Currently Attending
: Central Michigan University
Interests
: Graphic design, playing the flute, watching Marvel movies, watching an entire series on Netflix in two weeks, journalism, and reading
Career 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 team
How many years in BPA
: 4
How 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 Perrault
Title
: State Secretary/Treasurer
Chapter/Currently Attending
: Escanaba High School
Interests
: Couponing, working at a graphic design shop, student council, and Youth Advisory Committee
Career Plans:
To go into business management
How many years in BPA
: 3
How 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 Srivastava
Title: State Parliamentarian
Chapter/Currently Attending: H. H. Dow High School
Interests: 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 Science
How many years in BPA: 2
How 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 Historian
Chapter: Newaygo County Career-Technical Center
Currently Attending
: Grand Rapids Community College
Interests
: Working out, spending time with family, reading, playing golf, movies
Career Plans
: To become a motivational speaker
How many years in BPA
: 2
How 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 Hoffmann
Title
: Vice-President of Membership
Chapter/Currently Attending
: Bay Arenac Career Center
Interests
: Scriptwriting, making videos, playing tennis, watching movies/YouTube
Career Plans
: Either a Film Director or a Digital Media Specialist
How many years in BPA
: 2
How 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 Burkhardt
Title:Vice-President of Leadership Development
Chapter/Currently Attending:
Flushing High School
Interests:
Tennis, swimming, traveling, Super Smash Bros
Career Plans:
Entrepreneur/Investor
How many years in BPA:
3
How 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 Ruby
Title: Vice-President of Communications
Chapter/Currently Attending: DeWitt High School
Interests: 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 pharmacy
How many years in BPA: 3
How 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: Brandon Markle
Title: Vice-President of Community Service
Chapter: Byron High School
Currently attending: Lansing Community College
Interests: BPA, running, expanding my network, and watching the Walking Dead
Career plans: Investment banking, and owning my own bank
How many years in BPA: 2
How has BPA helped me: Business Professionals of America has changed my perception not only on the world but on me personally. Getting the chance to meet new people will extend our relationships to life-long friendships. Through BPA, I have been able to effectively use my leadership/communication skills to impact other members.
Most memorable moment: Not only running for SEC, but also speaking in front of 2,000 people at the state conference.
Favorite quote: “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be” –Ralph Emerson

Name: Justin Kelley
Title: Vice-President of Chapter Activities
Chapter/Currently Attending: Clarenceville High School
Interests: Playing baseball and football, running, creative writing, and watching movies
Career Plans: Study psychology and nursing
How many years in BPA: 3
How 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