Each year, the advisors of Washington DECA nominate one of their peers who has gone above and beyond in supporting Washington DECA and preparing students for area, state, and international competition. The Advisor of the Year is selected based on their commitment to professionalism in managing their chapter, preparing members for competition, encouraging members to apply for scholarships, and for contributing to the greater good of Washington DECA by being involved in an advisor leadership role.

Advisor of the Year Nomination Form 

Nominate a DECA advisor for this year’s Advisor of the Year Award. Only DECA advisors may nominate a fellow advisor for this award.

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2019 Advisor of the Year: 

Marc Hillestad, Cedarcrest High School
Marc Hillestad, DECA advisor at Cedarcrest High School, was selected to receive the 2018-2019 Advisor of the Year award. In addition to teaching business and marketing classes and running a DECA chapter, Marc has served in important roles within the WA DECA organization with integrity and professionalism. He has served as vice chair of the WA DECA Board of Directors for two years, he has been the Area 3 Leader for more than seven years, and he has volunteered to manage a competitive event at SCDC for the last several years. Marc’s students are stalwart servant leaders in their community, raising funds and toys for various charities. Nominated by several peer advisors, one commented, “Marc is one in a million. He not only guides and mentors students, but he guides and mentors advisors and anyone who wants to learn more about DECA.

Previous Advisors of the Year:

2018  Brenda Grabski, Capital High School
2017  Greg McCormick, Mark Morris High School
2016  Tim Crawley, Highline High School
2015  Ray McCabe, Hazen High School
2014  BJ Sherman, Skyline High School
2013  Stephanie Schirm, Richland High School
2012  Paul Glenovich, Woodinville High School
2011  Dennis Rockwood, Inglemoor High School
2010  Sherry Busby, Camas High School
2009  Lori Jacobs, Auburn High School
2008  Heidi Wilson, Kamiakin High School
2007  Mike Dwyer, Eisenhower High School
2006  Dave Eby, Olympia High School
2005  Ron Cooper, Bothell High School
2004  Doug Aubert, Auburn Riverside High School
2003  Lynn Carey, Clarkston High School
2002  Karen Timken, Arlington High School; Laura Jones, Pasco High School; Jim Burton, Auburn High School; Yetta Rouse, Lindbergh High School; and Rick Davis, Kelso High School


Each year, Washington DECA inducts an advisor, board member, or business supporter into the Hall of Fame. These inductees have made a lasting impact on the organization by giving years of service as well as volunteer and financial support. It is one of the highest honors to be part of this elite group of Washington DECA supporters.

Hall of Fame Nomination Form 

Nominate our next Hall of Fame Award recipient!

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2019 Hall of Fame Inductee

Rick Davis is a retired educator, advisor, coach, area leader, board member and mentor from Kelso High School. During his years in the classroom, Rick prepared students for not only school but for life. He provided students with real-life experiences through DECA, developing skills that enabled them to compete for top jobs in local companies and/or attend the university of their choice. Rick is an outstanding educator and advisor, he developed 4 Washington State DECA presidents, 11 area presidents, and 1 DECA Inc. executive president. Rick served on the Washington DECA Board of Directors, including multiple years as board president. He also served as an area leader, providing leadership and a voice to DECA advisors in Southwest Washington. Rick developed the Northwest Curriculum Academy, which provided mentorship and successful teaching strategies to business and marketing educators from Washington State and across the nation.                 

Previous Hall of Fame Inductees

2018  Dave Eby and Kandice Herndon
2017  Rod Brooks
2016  Kurt Imerman
2015  Dr. Gary Cohn and Diane Heath
2014  Maggie Wall
2013  Ron Cooper
2012  Sherry Busby
2011   George Way
2010  Yette Rouse                                                                                                          
2009  Jim Pankiewicz
2008  Jim Burton
2007  Ed Price and Kim Villeneuve
2006  Kristin Crowe
2005  Don Bailey and Jim Greiger
2004  Pat Knowles; Judy West; Jerry Gribble; and Margaret Rosbach
2002  Patsy Ethridge-Neal
2000  Bill Crossman
1999  Ginger Anderson; Jerry Bender; Dennis Caplen; Bobbie Peterson; Fred Rexus; and Bill D. Syhlman
1998  Floyd Ashcroft; Jim Blue; Bob Leingang; Leroy McCartney; Jack Ray; and Dee Webster
1997  K. Otto Logan 


Students, please nominate someone from your chapter who has gone above and beyond to support your school, community, and DECA chapter. This is an individual who has personified the ideals of Washington DECA, and who has given their all to express those ideals. The Member of the Year will be recognized at the State Career Development Conference.

Member of the Year Nomination Form 

Nominate our next Member of the Year!

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2019 Member of the Year:

Mariah Alexander, Skyline High School
Mariah Alexander. Dedicated. Successful. A respected leader. These are just a few words used to describe this year’s Washington DECA Member of the Year. Our award recipient is described as someone who perseveres and never gives up. Her work ethic is extraordinary in all areas of her life from school, sports, work, faith, community service, family, and of course, DECA. This member is fully committed to DECA, not only in her own competitions and activities, but also in her role as a leader of her chapter. One can describe her as the glue that holds the chapter together because of her commitment to keep the chapter informed and on top of their deadlines and expectations to help set everyone up for success. Her chapter always has such a strong showing at state level conferences, and her contributions behind the scenes has an impact on this. This year’s Member of the Year is a true leader, within DECA, and beyond. When she is not with DECA, you can find her leading the way on her school’s girl varsity soccer team as team captain. Congratulations, Mariah!


The Diamond Award recognizes an organization or individual who consistently provides time, talent and treasure in support of DECA’s mission and vision. 

2019 Diamond Award Recipient: 

PEMCO Insurance
For nearly two decades, PEMCO employees have served on Washington DECA’s Board of Directors (John Okerman, Rod Brooks, Jim Menzies, and Nate Luce) and Business Leadership Council (John Osterberg and Allison Leep). PEMCO employees continue to serve as volunteer judges and workshop presenters, and the company provides valuable financial support, which benefits DECA advisors in the form of professional development, and access and opportunity to underserved youth across the state. 

Washington DECA is pleased to recognize the 2019 Diamond Award recipient, PEMCO Insurance.

Previous Diamond Award Winners:

2018  BECU