More than 14,000 U.S. and foreign students competed this week at the 66th annual DECA International Career Development Conference in Salt Lake City in events that simulated difficult global economic scenarios.
The four-day conference at the Calvin L. Rampkin Salt Palace Convention Center ended Tuesday.
Salt Lake Conference » The International Career Development event attracted 14,000 U.S. and foreign high school and college students.
Global reach » The nonprofit student group operates in the United States, Canada, China, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, South Korea, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
Mission » Founded in 1946, the organization prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.
High school and college students from all 50 states and several countries competed in areas of finance, hospitality and tourism, marketing, management and entrepreneurship.
Participants were picked from 120,000 DECA members who had competed in events at the local and regional levels.
The top state and provincial winners put their talents to the test in Salt Lake City during the final round of competition.
"You cannot help but be inspired by the accomplishments of these emerging leaders and entrepreneurs," said Edward Davis, DECA’s executive director. "The amount of preparation to get to this point is admirable."
The students were joined by 2,000 teachers, business partners and competition judges. Organizers said the conference contributed an estimated $14 million to the Salt Lake City-area economy.
Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.