CEO Class of 2017 Finishes Strong

Personal Businesses Come Alive At CEO Trade Show

The 9th Annual Trade Show at the Keller Convention Center received huge support from the community. All the preparation and energy the students created for their personal business came to life as each student greeted potential customers who were interested in their products and services. 

Dustin Gurley won the 2017 John H. Schultz Scholarship. This was created in memory of John H. Schultz and his wife Fran, an Effingham area entrepreneur and businessman. It was presented by their son Bob Schultz to Dustin as a $1,000 annual scholarship.

Sidney Webster and Alex Denoyer were voted on by their CEO peers as "Entrepreneurs of the Year". Congratulations to Dustin, Sidney, and Alex. They each had an entrepreneurial attitude throughout their journey alongside their peers. Each week in CEO, they were asking questions, eager to meet guests who visited the class, and when given an expectation would exceed what was expected. 

It was a wonderful evening showcasing all of the student's personal businesses.  This year demonstrated so many creative and well thought out business plans. Everything that the CEO Journey processed over the past eight months provides the Trade Show with so much energy. We wish the CEO Class of 2017 continued success in all their future endeavors.

Last Day of CEO (Cincinnati Reds Stadium Tour)

CEO Investor Breakfast Was Well Attended

Special Recognition given to CEO Founding Investors

The attendance at the CEO Investor Breakfast was outstanding despite the heavy rain. The Firefly Grill prepared a delicious breakfast and the networking between students and investors at the end of their CEO Journey was the perfect last chapter.

Steve Witges, CEO Chairman presented 36 CEO Founder Investors with appreciation awards for their 10 year investment into the Effingham County program. He also honored Kent Probst, retiring CEO Facilitator, with a Crystal Award recongnizing his years of dedication in building the next generation of business leaders for Effingham County.

This breakfast event also allows the students to share their personal journey and to say thank you to our investors. Many of the investors commented that hearing the personal stories and meeting the students provides evidence that their investment is impacting our future with strong business leaders for our county. A big thank you goes out to Niall Campbell and his team in making our morning so special. 

Student Journal Highlights for this week

"Man, I sure will miss CEO. Cincy was just a great day to spend time with a few CEO friends before not ever having CEO again. I was really impressed with the stadium. I was interesting to compare it to the other baseball parks I have visited. We listened to the presenters for quite some time, but I personally found it really interesting. Especially when the Digital Media manager spoke. I could see myself in a career like hers. It was a long day, but a great one! Like I said, I am going to miss CEO greatly, but I cannot wait to see where the next chapter of my life takes me. I am ready to take the tools I have gained through the program and utilize them elsewhere.  CEO is an unforgettable experience."

"And just like that I am writing my last weekly CEO journal. At the beginning of the year, I could not imagine how quickly this program would have gone. I have learned so much over the past eight months that has given me such a great foundation for my adult life. Whether it is learning different business concepts, practicing communication skills, or discovering how amazing my county is, this program has given me so much. I don’t think I understand yet how much I have received in this year. I believe that in the next few years, and as I start my career, I will have CEO to thank for such an incredible set of skills. While this year wasn’t all rainbows and butterflies, I am so happy that I decided to apply for this program last spring. I could not imagine a better way to spend senior year."

"CEO was such a beneficial class for me. I loved every minute of it. There were times that I was definitely pushed outside my comfort zone, but that’s how you grow and learn more about yourself. I really wish this class could continue for another year with all the same students, but I know that one day all the students will be able to interact again as community leaders! Thank you for this amazing opportunity and for impacting my life in such a positive way, and I hope to continue the relationships that I have made in this class! “Once a CEO student, always a CEO student” is my only motivation to finish the rest of my senior year."

Jacob Bushue

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"Being the last journal, I thought I would add some thoughts about the entirety of CEO. CEO has without a doubt created an impact on me in various ways. This impact is able to be felt every day when I go to school or am in public talking with adults. I feel as though CEO has prepared me to excel in college or anything else that I will do. I have made some new friends and countless connections and I gained some new mentors. I have been exposed to aspects of life and business that I probably would not have until much later. I really enjoyed CEO and I will remember its lessons and experiences forever."

Jacob Crow

Jacob Crow
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Aly Armstrong attends Effingham High School where she participates in softball, basketball, and volleyball. She is involved in a variety of clubs such as History, Chemistry, Art and Math Club. Academically she has been a part of Academic Hall of Fame for four years and National Honor Society for two years. In summer ever since she was 8, she has played travel softball for Effingham Flame and just this past summer for Premier Fastpitch. Along with softball over the summer she has worked at the Kluthe Pool in Effingham for the past three years. In college she plans to study business and hopes to continue her softball career.

“I am very grateful that I have been given the opportunity to be a part of an amazing program such as CEO. I look forward to seeing how much the program changes my life along with my classmates. While expanding my personal skills, I can’t wait to see what else CEO will prepare me for in my future.”

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