SHORELINE - Shoreline Community College Professor David Starr has been awarded DECA’s (Distributive Education Clubs of America) highest honor, “Honorary Life Member,” for his dedication and service to the goals of the student leadership organization.
DECA is an international association of college and high school students studying marketing, management and entrepreneurship that supports skill development and competence for marketing careers. The award is given to only one individual a year. Starr will be recognized at this year’s International Career Development Conference in April in Atlanta, Ga.
Persons eligible for this prestigious award are marketing educators who have contributed a minimum of 20 years of service to DECA and who have added significantly to the development and/or progress of the organization at the international level. Individuals are selected via a nomination process and voted on by members of the National DECA Board of Directors. Starr was nominated by former students, state advisors, DECA Honorary Life Members, and many others who have worked with him in the field of marketing education.
Starr has more than 30 years experience teaching marketing and management skills. The marketing professor joined the college chapter of DECA about 1977 while at Central Washington University and has been involved since that time at the college, high school, state, national and international levels. He has served as chapter advisor, Washington state conference coordinator, Washington state advisor, international competitive events coordinator, and served on the National Post-Secondary Council for three years as chair.
This year, Starr will serve his fourth term on the national staff as an international conference coordinator.