DEX state champs!

Feb 14, 2008

Kettering's talented Business students qualified for international contests by winning the Delta Epsilon Chi State Career Development Conference in Lansing Feb. 8-10.

A talented team of Kettering University students “smoked” the competition at the Delta Epsilon Chi (DEX) State Career Development Conference in Lansing.  Professor Karen Cayo, from the Business Department, said the diligent work and preparation by six members ofKettering’s two DEX chapters paid off as they were named state champions. The event was Feb. 8-10 inLansing.

Eight college and university chapters participated in the competition.  Kettering competed against the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Michigan State University; Davenport of Grand Rapids; Valparaiso University; Northwood University; ITT and Delta College.

Kettering students captured seven awards: two first place honors; one second place; one third place and three honorable mentions. At the conference, students took exams, solved case study problems, wrote business plans and role-played with industry judges. The winners qualified to compete at the International Delta Epsilon Chi Career Development Conference in Atlanta, April 12-16.

The winners are:
Two first place honors:
Kristen Winter and Blake Gowing won with an Entrepreneurship Plan for “RateMyStudentRental, LLC” ( 

Hrishikesha (Richie) Vemaganti and Steven Schwartz won in International Marketing Management. 

One second place:
Reisha Ivory won with an Entrepreneurship Plan for a three-floor “lounge” in downtown Flint.

One third place:
Steve Schwartz also won in Travel and Tourism Management.

Three honorable mentions (placements between fourth and sixth places):
Tyler Finnegan won in Marketing Management,
Hrishikesha (Richie) Vemaganti also won in Financial Services Management, and
Kristen Winter also won in Retail Marketing Management.

Students’ majors and hometowns are:

  • Kristen Winter, Business, Alpena, Mich.
  • Blake Gowing, Industrial Engineering, Colton, N.Y.
  • Richie Vemaganti, Industrial Engineering, Rochester Hills, Mich.,
  • Steven Schwartz, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Wilmington, N.C.
  • Reisha Ivory, Mechanical Engineering, Flint, Mich.
  • Tyler Finnegan, Business, Elyria, Ohio

Saturday evening there was a Karaoke contest with favorable results, too. Steve Schwartz was the front person for the first-place band, The Machidoh Wangz, singing: “I Will Survive.”

Delta Epsilon Chi is a student-oriented organization focused on developing future business leaders. The four cornerstones of DEX are career awareness, civic consciousness, social intelligence, and leadership development with competitive events in: Business, Design, Entrepreneurship, Finance & Accounting, Food Service & Culinary, Hospitality & Travel, Information Technology, Management, and Marketing & Sales. Besides the yearly State and International Career Development Conferences in the spring, DEX also sponsors a yearly Leadership Conference in the fall.

The KetteringA and B section chapters are sponsored by the Business Department. The students raise funds by selling snacks in the Business Department lobby. This money helps to offset the registration fees and travel money needed to attend the conferences.

To find out more about the two chapters, contact Professor Cayo ( or go to Delta Epsilon Chi’s Kettering’s Facebook page -

Written by Pat Mroczek and Karen Cayo
Contact: Pat Mroczek