Effingham CEO Mentors & Ambassadors


CEO Ambassador

The Ambassadors work as a mentoring group assisting the Class Facilitator to help further develop and strengthen the CEO class with their experience and direction. This is another strong way to provide networking opportunities for the students to prepare and receive feedback on their communication skills through group feedback on their upcoming class business and personal businesses.

Here are the following responsibilities and activities:

  • Will serve as special guests to help develop the social skills and business etiquette among the students.
  • Will be asked to attend the class on the weeks prior to the Class Business to develop the student's confidence in selling tickets about their event before they go out into the business community.
  • Will be asked to attend class prior to the Trade Show to hear the student's elevator pitches.

CEO Mentor

A mentoring program provides an effective networking model for Effingham CEO students. Establishing effective one on one connections, that will strengthen the student's awareness of employment opportunities in Effingham County and develop greater social skills through this mentorship experience. Every CEO student, known as a protégé, is matched with a mentor from the business community. Ultimately, these relationships strengthen the CEO program's success and builds generational bridges between the proteges and the business community.

Here are the following responsibilities and activities:

  • Meet with the Protege outside of class for scheduled meetings to discuss what they are learning in CEO
  • Attend a few scheduled events such as the CEO Experience and Trade Show
  • Review the Protege's business plan for their individual business
  • Experience the weekly progress of their Protege through reading their journal entries of what they experience each day in CEO

Would you like to be a Mentor/Ambassador?

A Mentor/Ambassador is a business owner, entrepreneur, or intreprenuer from the Effingham County business community. A mentor is someone willing to share his or her time and expertise with a CEO student. Please contact us, if you are interested in being a CEO mentor. You will be provided mentor training and be required to have a background check to enroll in the program. Successful mentoring partnerships are advantageous for everyone – the protégé, the mentor and the CEO program.


Mentor Testimonials

Our Mentors

Jamie Stang - CEO Ambassador
Stang Arts

Wanda Pitcher - CEO Ambassador
Tuscan Hills Winery

Bev Soltwedel - CEO Ambassador
The Etiquette Enthusiast

Tom Purcell - CEO Ambassador
Retired Sales & Marketing

Jeff Traub - CEO Ambassador
Down Stream Energy Partners

Kaye Dent - CEO Ambassador
Frisse, & Brewster Law Offices

David Doedtman - CEO Ambassador
Washington Savings Bank

Rick Siemer - CEO Ambassador
Siemer Milling Company

Jeff Speer - CEO Ambassador
RE/MAX Key Advantage

Teresa McCloy - CEO Ambassador
Leadership Coach

Elaine Stock - CEO Ambassador
Heartland Dental

Noah Brandenburger - CEO Ambassador
Loudon Machine, Inc.

Ann Deters - CEO Ambassador
Vantage Outsourcing

Rachel Anderson
Jansen's Dance Center

Justin Beyers
Bonutti Technologies

Dean Bingham
Agracel, Inc.

Boris Bonutti
Bonutti Technologies

Jake Buhnerkempe
J & R Collision

Dawn Burrow
Promark Advertising

Theresa Bushur
Prudential Insurance

Matt Cekander
Doehring, Winders & Co. LLP, CPA's

Rusty Conner
Irwin Telescopic Seating Company

Matt Cremens
Bonutti Technologies

Matt Dasenbrock
Washington Savings Bank

Mike Defend
Crossroads Bank

Tim Ellis
Heartland Dental

Brent Emmerich
ewebdzine

Dwight Erskine
Raymond James Financial Services Inc.

Karen Etter
ReMax Key Advantage Realtor

Jill Feldhake
Dieterich Bank

Debby Frailey
Century 21 Realtors

Erin Goldstein
Hodgson Mills, Inc.

Laura Hemmen
LHD/Balanced Wellness

Pam Hemmen
Patterson Technologies

Brad Koester
First State Bank of Beecher City

Katie Koester
Firefly Grill

Norma Lansing
Effingham County Chamber of Commerce

Kerris Lee
Midland States Bank

Tara McAllaster
R + F Consultant & Marketing

Ron Mietzner
Martin's IGA Plus

Danielle Niebrugge
Continental Mills

Kellie Niemerg
Lake Land College

Jake Pals
John Boos & Company

Theresa Rutherford
HSHS St. Anthony Hospital

Julie Shamhart
Smith Moore

Aaron Stortzum
Old Macs Drive Thru

Chris Swing
Vantage Outsourcing

Jodi Tardy
Heartland Dental

Mike Walker
Sehy & Jones Optometrists PC

Lucas Wenthe
Bonutti Technologies

Jennifer Westendorf
Patterson Technologies

Stephanie Westendorf
E J Water Cooperative, Inc.

Tracy Willenborg
Taylor Law Offices, P.C.

Eric Zeller
Effingham Ophthalmology Associates