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Ryan Evans revs up DECA

Ryan Evans, DECA president

Ryan Evans’ competitive spirit made him a good choice to serve as this year’s president of the SCC DECA club.

The club’s members enter into business competitions to hone their business and presentation skills. Innovative thinking and well presented solutions to business challenges as  described in case studies are an important part of the judging process.

Evans, who graduated from Saguaro High School in 2014, said his decision to run for the DECA presidency reflects his ‘all in’ attitude and his desire to lead. At Saguaro, he served as captain of the school’s wrestling and golf teams.

In October, he and fellow business students Neil Advani, Isaac Coronado, and Mark Cramer, won second place at the 2016 Arizona Community College Excellence (ACCE) Case Competition. Community college students from throughout Arizona presented creative solutions to real-world business problems. A panel of judges reviewed the solutions and placed the teams.

The ACCE Case Competition takes place annually at the University of Arizona.

“I thought we did a very good job and made a good presentation,” said Evans, who plans to transfer to Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Management in the fall.

The teams analyzed the case of an underperforming restaurant at the University of Arizona’s Student Union and offered ideas and solutions to help it generate more revenue. Those solutions included expanding to a half-service restaurant where customers could order their food at a counter and the food would be delivered to them, cutting down on portion size among pre-packaged meals, and instituting a campus delivery service.

“We heard the judges liked the other team’s ideas because they aligned with some of their own ideas,” Evans said. “But we were told to think out of th box and that’s what we did.”

Now Evans and other DECA members are preparing for the state competition in the spring. If they do well there, some will go on to the national competition.

Given Ryan’s track record, he could be one of those who will be heading to the national competition. He’s intent on double majoring in finance and economics. In addition to attending the W.P. Carey School of Management, he stands a good chance of being part of The Barrett Honors College.

His long-term plans include earning a Master’s of Business Administration at an East Coast university and working in the hedge fund industry, with the goal of managing a hedge fund.

“Numbers have always intrigued me,” he said. “I’ve always watched the market and felt like I had a good ability to see trends.”

Part of that business acumen may have come from his father, he noted. His father was a successful general contractor. Ryan recalls seeing his dad wearing suits, attending meetings and working in his office and believes that professionalism and drive rubbed off on him.

He’s already experienced some success in the work world. After high school, Ryan worked at a Bass Pro Shop in north Scottsdale, where he eventually became a team lead. He also helped run a friend’s fitness business.

He took a year off to work before going to college so he could earn enough to marry his high school sweetheart, Krysta. They are married and she is now in her last year of nursing school at Grand Canyon University.

SCC has been a great start to his college education, he said. “I love that I’ve been able to specialize in finance and economics. My professors have been great. And I’m looking forward to taking higher level courses at the W.P. Carey School next fall.”

Meanwhile, he’ll continue studying and practicing for the upcoming DECA competitions.

“I enjoy what I’m learning and being able to compete in that realm is just an added bonus,” he said.