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

Tom Purcell
Retired Sales & Marketing

Teresa McCloy
Business Productivity Coach

Jamie Stang - CEO Ambassador
Stang Arts

Tine Brumleve - CEO Ambassador
Designs Unlimited, Inc.

Aaron Stortzum - CEO Ambassador
Old Macs Drive Thru

Mike Defend - CEO Ambassador
Crossroads Bank

Wanda Pitcher - CEO Ambassador
Tuscan Hills Winery

Eric Zeller - CEO Ambassador
Effingham Ophthalmology Associates

Bev Soltwedel - CEO Ambassador
The Etiquette Enthusiast

Jeff Traub - CEO Ambassador
Down Stream Energy Partners

David Doedtman - CEO Ambassador
Washington Savings Bank

Rick Siemer - CEO Ambassador
Siemer Milling Company

Ron Mietzner - CEO Ambassador
Martin's IGA Plus

Noah Brandenburger - CEO Ambassador
Goss Loudon, LLC & Smoothie King Franchise Owner

Rachel Anderson
Jansen's Dance Center

Terri Beal
Peoples Bank & Trust

Skyler Bilbo
Wente Plumbing

Jake Buhnerkempe
J & R Collision

Sherrie Busby
Heartland Dental

Don Bushue
Retired/Life Long Learner

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

Roy Dent
Dent Law Offices

Jake Donsbach
Country Financial

David Dorris
Turnkey Computer Systems

Tim Ellis
Heartland Dental

Dwight Erskine
Raymond James Financial Services Inc.

Mike Etter
Kwik-Wall

Karen Etter
ReMax Key Advantage Realtor

Julie Everett
Smith Moore

Jill Feldhake
Dieterich Bank

Debby Frailey
Century 21 Realtors

Ted Gardewine
Bray Title Services

Ali Habing
Dieterich Bank

Angie Hartke
Prudential Financial Services

Amanda Kemme
Taylor Law Offices

Brad Koester
First State Bank of Beecher City

Katie Koester
Firefly Grill

Tara McAllaster
R + F Consultant & Marketing

Toby McMahon
Probst Autobody

Jake Pals
John Boos & Company

John Perles
Momentum Builders, Inc.

Alec Ring
Ring Financial, Inc.

Justin Roley
Crossroads Bank

Theresa Rutherford
HSHS St. Anthony Hospital

Joe Schumacher
Stevens Industries, Inc.

Jodi Siebert
Heartland Dental

Chris Swing
Vantage Outsourcing

Brad Waldhoff
Dieterich Bank

Melissa Willenborg
Firefly Grill

Kelly Willenborg
Certified Cognitive Coach at MyMemoryWorx

Tracy Willenborg
Taylor Law Offices, P.C.

Dr. Nanci Wood-Huels
Pet Wellness Center