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It’s cool to know a world champion, someone you have known since birth, mature into quite simply “the best”.  The young man I speak of is Wesley O’Beirne, a high school student from Aurora, Ontario. Wesley recently competed in The Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) Career Development Conference from April 24-27, 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky. DECA is a not-for-profit student organization preparing for careers in marketing management and entrepreneurship. During the school year 120,000 high school students from the Americas and Europe compete against one another at local, provincial and states competitions built around real-life situations in marketing, management and entrepreneurship, with the winners advancing to Louisville for the finals. Wesley was part of the Ontario contingent and won the Accounting Application discipline.

Watching Wesley grow from aspirations of playing net for the Montreal Canadians (we won’t hold that against him) to this stage of his development makes me very proud. I doubt my contribution of playing mini sticks, table tennis, the occasional wrestling match and general trash talk was much of a contribution in his development, but that is not the way I will tell the story years from now.

Wesley will be entering the engineering program at The University of Waterloo in the fall and no doubt will be a future business leader in whatever career field he ultimately chooses. For all you employers reading, you might want to get your job offers in early.

Super job Wesley. We are very proud of your accomplishment.  I hope you received the “superstar” treatment at home… well at least until garbage day.