Gwinnett Tech Student Named International VP for Collegiate DECA

Michael Santillan to Serve as Primary Contact for U.S., Abroad


Lawrenceville – March 19, 2014

A Marketing Management student at Gwinnett Technical College was recently named one of DECA's top international officers.

As International VP for Collegiate DECA, Michael Santillan will serve as the primary contact for Georgia and other parts of the United States as well as Guam, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) is an international organization for high school and college students that prepares them to become emerging leaders and entrepreneurs with careers in business, sales, marketing, finance, sports marketing, hospitality and management.

Gwinnett Tech DECA advisor Perry Hidalgo said that Santillan is a born leader and an asset to the organization. Mike Santillan was raised on a Texas ranch where he learned to dream as big as his surroundings," Hidalgo said.

Prior to his enrollment in Gwinnett Tech, Santillan joined the U.S. Navy, where he served during the Persian Gulf War and peace-keeping missions around the world. "While in the Navy, Mike learned a set of core values that include mutual trust, respect and care for others, excellent communication and high integrity," Hidalgo said.

Following his military service, he spent 15 years working for Delta Air Lines, teaching and leading teams within the Strategy and Technology department.

In Fall 2012, he enrolled in Gwinnett Tech to pursue a degree in marketing and later joined DECA. "It did not take Mike long to discover how relevant Collegiate DECA experiences are to the real business world," Hidalgo said. "He soon realized how this organization would be beneficial not only to him but to others who are looking toward careers in business."

In addition to Collegiate DECA, Santillan is involved in campus life as a member of Toastmasters International, Phi Theta Kappa and National Honor Society. He is also a substitute teacher for the Buford City Schools district. He plans to graduate in Spring 2014 and seeks to one day teach high school or college-level marketing and business classes.

Gwinnett Tech offers an associate degree and diploma in marketing with concentrations in marketing management, entrepreneurship, e-business, retail management, professional selling and sports marketing. The college also has certificate options for entrepreneurship, sports management, e-commerce marketer, marketing specialist, sales representative, and small business marketing manager.

In all, Gwinnett Tech offers more than 50 degree, diploma and certificate options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit or call 770-962-7580.

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