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"From escaping Austria during WWII to moving to the United States, to being the visionary who co-developed the Effingham Medical Park, Dr. Peter Kollinger has had quite an eventful life. Hear more about Dr. Kollinger’s stories of success, failure, struggle, and happiness that made him the man he is today in his breakout session titled, “An Incredible 90+ Year Journey”. This breakout session is graciously sponsored by Jerry and Madalaine McDaniel.

Join us in celebrating the 10th anniversary of CEO at the 2018 CEO Experience on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at the Keller Convention Center. We have a fantastic lineup of keynote and breakout speakers that will inform our guests of numerous ways to improve their lives and businesses. Each guest will leave with a renewed sense of inspiration and innovation to bring into their lives. Registration starts at 11am and the event lasts from 1pm to 5:45 pm. Read more about our speakers, and purchase tickets by going to effinghamceo.com. Adult tickets cost $50, and student tickets cost $30. Guests will attend two breakout sessions, so please register ASAP before breakout sessions are full. Selection will be decided on a first come, first serve basis."


Hodgson Mill: Have a Grain Day!

Hodgson Mill: Jeff Masters, Hope Yingst

CEO had the privilege of touring Hodgson Mills with Hope Yingst. She taught the class interesting facts about the business. The students found it interesting that Hodgson Mills doesn’t throw away the unusable products; Hodgson Mills gives the materials to a local farmer for use with his animals. Hodgson Mills made it very clear that it is important to them to keep gluten-free products in separate sealed rooms to prevent from cross-contamination of products containing gluten.

Hodgson Mills taught the students that it is important to remember where you’re from and that the customer matters more than anything. They stressed the importance of honesty and integrity when labeling their products. Hope Yingst may not be the owner of the company, but she had a great passion for Hodgson Mills that lead for a great tour for the students.

Written by Tiffany Gates


Financial Planning for Business

Ann Deters

The CEO students had the pleasure of hearing Ann Deters present. Ann helped the students with their personal business plans by showing them a way to calculate their finances. Ann stressed the importance of knowing how much start up cash you will need before starting anything else. She had used a mock business example to show the students the exact steps they could take to completing their financial plan.

Mrs. Deters had also provided them with an Excel document to help the students. She provided positive energy and answered all the questions that the students had. Ann left the students with more knowledge about financial plans and the confidence to work with their personal business financial plan.

Written by Tiffany Gates



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The manner in which the CEO program is funded is critical to its success and sustainability. All funds raised are used exclusively for the Effingham County CEO Program. To participate, a 3-year $1000 per year commitment is required. Business Partner Investors commitments of time and energy are also critical to the program's success. Contributions may be tax deductible, as our organization is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.

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When we are not touring local businesses, we need a place to host the class. During that time, the 40 CEO students and their Facilitator would meet at your site where they would also have guest speakers and guests from the community attend. Hosting requires a facility with internet access and adequately accommodates up to 45 people.

We are looking for people to share real-life stories about the concepts of running a business, from strategic thinking, product development to marketing, and cash flow management. Also, sharing your personal successes and failures are what recent classes have enjoyed the most.


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Megan Hodge - Effingham County CEO

Megan Hodge

About Me

Megan Hodge attends St. Anthony High School. She is involved in National Honor Society, history club, Campus Ministry Club, and Catholic Athletes for Christ. Megan also competes on her school’s varsity tennis team, is active in the school musical, and participates as a Eucharistic Minister at her Church. In her free time, Megan likes to read, participating in a small book club, and paint, which she attends private lessons for. She recently won a congressional art competition and was honored to travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with Congressman John Shimkus. She also enjoys travelling, including destinations like Krakow, Poland for World Youth Day. Megan is employed part time at Martin’s IGA in Effingham. She is also active in her community, volunteering at the Lake Sara Dam Run and the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics. Megan wishes to attain a degree in business, finance, or accounting in college.

“This year, I am looking forward to gaining a specific skill set that I believe only CEO will be able to provide me. I think this journey will affect the way I interact with others for the rest of my life and help me grow as an individual.”


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