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Introducing our Board Member and Business & Marketing Specialist

Dean Breuer

Dean Breuer has served as the Business and Marketing Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Education for the past four years. He provides professional development, curriculum development and grant funding support to Business and Marketing teachers around the state, and serves as an MDE liaison member of the BPA Board.

Prior to working at MDE, Dean worked at Richfield Public Schools for 24 years in variety of capacities including business and marketing teacher, student organization advisor, head track coach, and Instructional Technology Coordinator.

Envision. Empower. Ignite.

From our National Executive Director Dr. LouAnn Ross:

This year’s theme was selected after receipt and review of, as well as comprehensive dialogue around, submissions from state qualifiers in the Graphic Design Promotion competitive event. There were many this year that projected encouraging messages of energy, aspiration and motivation and made for lively conversation by our National Officer Team. The team felt that the chosen theme embraced what BPA is as a student organization and conveys a message of inspiration, achievement and hope for our members.

We will begin sharing the news on our National BPA social media platforms to help generate excitement among the BPA membership. Also, as the National Officer Team begins development of their Program of Work, they will explore how they would like to reveal the Membership Theme’s artwork design for this year. More information regarding this announcement and reveal will come later this summer. 

Our Mission Statement

The mission of Business Professionals of America is to develop and empower student leaders to discover their passion and change the world by creating unmatched opportunities in learning, professional growth and service.

Vision Statement

Our vision for Business Professionals of America is: To be an innovator in Career and Technical Education, providing our members with opportunities for growth through education, competition, community service and personal development.

Leading CTSO

Business Professionals of America is the leading CTSO (Career and Technical Student Organization) for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields.  Our Minnesota State Representative to the Foundation for Student Organizations is Steve Weber.


Nationally, BPA has 43,000 members in over 2,300 chapters in 23 states. In Minnesota we have over 1,100 members in  eight regions.  BPA is a co-curricular organization that supports business and information technology educators by offering co-curricular exercises based on national standards.  For Minnesota information about joining or starting a new chapter contact our State Executive Director, Jackie Schiller.

Workplace Skills Assessment Program (WSAP)

The Workplace Skills Assessment Program (WSAP) prepares students to succeed and assesses real-world business skills and problem solving abilities in finance, management, IT and computer applications. It is BPA's showcase program and facilitates students demonstrating their career skills at regional, state and national conferences in 72 competitive events, including virtual opportunities. 

For more info about our program, please contact Minnesota's CEAC (Classroom Educator's Advisory Council) representative, Lynn O'Driscoll.

Jackie Schiller

Jackie Schiller

Executive Director

Phone: 218-847-5355

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