March 2019
Founding Father of OEA/BPA Celebrates 100th Birthday
John "Jack" Adams was one of the founding fathers of the Office Education Association (OEA) which later became the organization that we know as Business Professionals of America. He served as our first Executive Director and on the National Board of Trustees. He was also the business coordinator for Chicago Public Schools for many years and has a passion for educating young people. He loved OEA and the opportunities that it created and continues to support BPA as a lifetime alumni member. He will be turning 100 on March 7th and we would like to send him some birthday love and share the impact that OEA/BPA has made on all of us. We are planning some activities at the State Leadership Conference but if you would like to send your own birthday wishes, you can mail them to:
John "Jack" Adams
4133 W. 100 St.
Oak Lawn, IL 60453-3569

Feel free to bring some birthday cards to share so we can shower him with birthday wishes from our chapters across Texas. We will be sending him a Texas care package and including our cards and letters. He is one of the reasons we are all together and we are happy to celebrate this milestone with him. Happy Birthday, Jack! Texas BPA loves you!
March 2019
NO BULL Challenge Golden Ticket Winner - BPA member, Michaela Riggins
Michaela Riggins, BPA sophomore from Lamesa High School, won "The Golden Ticket" award for the NO BULL Challenge video contest. NO BULL is partnered with Business Professionals of America and is sponsored by the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS).

Her video entitled, "The Importance of Online Safety," illustrates how easily teens can become victims online. Check out her video here: 

We look forward to honoring Michaela at our State Leadership Conference in Dallas and congratulate this young filmmaker on her work and advocacy for online safety. Shout out to her outstanding advisor, Lisa Telchik, and her BPA chapter at Lamesa High School for sharing this great accomplishment with us. Way to go, Michaela!
March 2019
Texas Board of Directors and Staff Preparing for SLC
Your Board of Directors and Texas BPA Staff is already in Dallas and preparing for your arrival for the State Leadership Conference. We look forward to your arrival. Please be sure to have your paperwork ready so registration can go as smoothly as possible:
- Copy of SLC conference registration invoice
- Copy of your check for registration
- Your registration check (we cannot accept cc payments)
- Hotel Responsibility Form (one per school)
- Bounce N More Release Form (one per school) - for Friday night event
- Note: If you have outstanding membership dues, you will be required to show proof of payment or bring your membership dues payment with you to SLC for your students to participate at the State Conference. Your BPA account will be locked by National BPA and your SLC registration will be flagged until your account has been cleared. Please see Diana Weber at registration to settle your account. Thank you for your help with this. Contact Michele Gordon at Nationals at if you have questions.
 October 1, 2018
News from your Officer Team
Your State and Regional Officers have been busy planning for a great membership year. Check out their goals for the year and see their plans [HERE]. #dots4dollars #bpaallday #texasbpa #togetherwecreate
Vickie Thomas Honored with Lifetime Dedication Award from Business Professionals of America
Business Professionals of America Inc. (BPA) is proud to announce that Vickie Thomas has received the first-ever Lifetime Dedication Award from the organization's National Center. Vickie is a recognized leader who exudes dedication, passion, enthusiasm, commitment and selflessness to the organization she has dedicated more than 25 years. She has positively affected thousands of students and advisors not only within her home state of Texas, but across the country by committing herself to building and growing many programs, services and events. She has participated in many of the organization's milestones, including the evolution of the organization from the Office Education Association (OEA) into what is now Business Professionals of America (BPA).

Vickie's contributions cover a broad spectrum across BPA and are not limited in scope. She has been pivotal in the growth and expansion of the organization's keystone Workplace Skills Assessment Program (WSAP), help launch the Virtual Competitive Events program, served as Chair of the Board, Interim Executive Director, Director of Education and Associate Director of Education. She has impacted thousands of students and educators many of whom she remains in contact with and continues to support and inspire.

"Vickie has been a shining star for the organization and a dedicated servant leader," said Executive Director Dr. LouAnn Ross. "She has been generous with her time and her talent and her commitment to the students and the mission has been unmatched. It has been my pleasure and my privilege to work with her and I can say on behalf of everyone at BPA she will be missed more than words can express."

After dedicating a significant part of her life to BPA, Ms. Thomas has decided the time is right for retirement and is now looking forward to spending time with her family, supporting and cheering on her grandchildren as they achieve success in their lives, and enjoying time on her family farm.

"On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I want to congratulate Vickie Thomas on this special recognition for her many years of dedicated service to BPA and Career & Technical Education," said National BPA Chair of the Board Cedric Bandoh. "Her impact will be felt for generations and our organization is better for her leadership and care of our members. Vickie was my state advisor as a student member in Texas and I can attest the positive impact she had on thousands of students, including myself, under her leadership of the state association. I wish Vickie all the best in her much deserved retirement."

The Lifetime Dedication Award was established to recognize an individual who has performed an outstanding service and accomplishment, and has devoted his or her professional life to the improvement of BPA. Through this award, it is the goal of the National Center to shine a spotlight on an individual whose track record of excellence and service to Business Professionals of America is undeniable.

"We can think of no one better than Vickie Thomas to recognize with the first ever Lifetime Dedication Award," said Dr. Ross. "To continue honoring Vickie for all she has done, and what she has meant to our organization, moving forward, this award will be known as the Vickie Thomas Lifetime Dedication Award."

"Receiving this award is an amazing capstone to my career with BPA," said Thomas. "I have enjoyed the many years I have been involved this organization. From meeting and working with such a great staff to the many advisors and students I have had the opportunity to know, it has been a great honor and my sincere pleasure."
August 11, 2018
Members and advisors from La Vernia High School BPA had a great day of leadership training for their Summer Leadership Academy.
Members were able to learn about new programs and where to find information online. La Vernia BPA is looking forward to participating in the Torch Awards, BPA Cares and the Special Recognition Awards Program this year. Members discussed their program of work and shared ideas for meetings and fundraisers. It was a fun day of leadership activities and team building. Best of luck to La Vernia BPA for a fantastic year in BPA.

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Advisors pictured with the group are Cynthia Sutton, Justin Hellman and Ronald Kimball.