Christopher Young, CAE
Christopher Young, CAE, is the director of DECA’s high school division, providing leadership in the areas of program development, member services, conferences and events to the organization’s division that serves more than 219,000 members in 3,500 chapters. Christopher establishes the strategic direction for division and employs membership strategy comprised of recruitment, retention and engagement plans resulting in annual growth.
Christopher has more than ten years of professional experience in non-profit organization management, specializing in the education sector, with eight of those in a management role. His responsibilities have spanned to include program development, member services, large-scale conference planning, membership strategy, communications, professional development, strategic planning and budgeting.
His efforts have resulted in the development of sustainable new programs, increased member engagement, continued record-setting membership growth, an effective rebranding initiative and the implementation of innovative communication strategies. Christopher has collaborated with a variety of educational, association and corporate groups on special projects and has been a featured speaker on association topics. His leadership has also netted numerous accolades for DECA Inc., including three ASAE Gold Circle awards.
Christopher joined the DECA Inc. staff in 2009 and served three years as DECA Inc.’s assistant high school division director, where his efforts focused on membership development, advisor professional development and publications.
Prior to joining DECA Inc., Christopher served as state advisor for Missouri DECA and Collegiate DECA, where he developed innovative programs, posted record membership increases and successfully ran national officer candidates in both divisions. Concurrently, he also served as state supervisor for business, marketing and information technology education at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, providing leadership in program management, curriculum, professional development and state policy for 560 business, marketing and cooperative education programs.
A former DECA member, Christopher earned a bachelor of educational studies degree from the University of Missouri where he also attained minors in journalism and marketing.