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HSHS St. Anthony Hospital

Theresa Rutherford, Kelly Sager

CEO students had the pleasure of touring HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital. The students had the privilege to see first hand some of the inner workings of the hospital and the day to day routine of a few of the employees. It was amazing to see the amount of technology that is now being incorporated into everything the hospital staff is doing. It was also very interesting to see how large and successful St. Anthony’s has grown despite being in a small town. Like many businesses in the community, they use being in a small town to their advantage and it ends up helping them a lot. The CEO students really enjoyed getting to tour their main event sponsor for the CEO Experience!


Spring 2018 Community Excellence Breakfast

Jerry Tkachuk, principal of Altamont High School, led the Spring 2018 Vision 2020 Breakfast. The Effingham Chamber of Commerce was proud to announce the creation of the Effingham Regional Career Academy (ERCA). The ERCA is a partnership with the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce, Effingham County Schools, Local Governments, Area Employers, Lake Land College and the Illinois State Board of Education working together to help students and adults gain the skills and knowledge needed to secure and advance in high-demand area jobs.

Guests also heard from guests speakers Norma Lansing, President and CEO of Effingham County Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Josh Bullock, President of Lake Land College, and Dave Frederking, Altamont businessman and community leader.

As they have for the last 20 years, the Vision 2020 committee is continuing to work towards improving our community and living through their mission of “building dreams for the future.”

Written by Madison Magee


E J Water Cooperative is Helping Communities Grow

Bill Teichmiller

The class got to visit EJ Water in Dieterich and hear from Bill Teichmiller, CEO of EJ Water Cooperative, Inc. He told the class about the business’ start as well as how he got involved and what he does today. The business is constantly growing and innovating, even thinking about the next fifty years of the company. They started by solving a problem and their growth is focused on solving more of these problems. When they began, it was giving people in the country access to running water. Now they are finding ways to give these same people access to high speed internet, which is becoming a necessity in a world growing more connected. The class gained a lot of wisdom and perspective from Mr. Teichmiller's life lessons of failures and successes. 

Written by Tyler Higgs


Reds - Take Me Out To The Ballgame

Play Ball!

CEO Students got the once in a lifetime opportunity to tour and job shadow at the Great American Ballpark, the home of the Cincinnati Reds. This opportunity was made possible to the class after founder, Craig Lindvahl, produced Let's Get Ready to Win. It was a film that highlighted the behind-the-scenes work that make such a massive business operation possible and had asked that his payment be the opportunity of future CEO classes to tour the park. From ticket booth, field, and one on one interaction with players, each student had a unique opportunity to see what it takes to make baseball possible. It is more than just a baseball game, it is all business behind the scenes. 

Written by: Truman Rhodes


Koerner Distributor's New Building Is Amazing

Jordan Koerner & Paul Koerner

Koerner Distributor Inc. was started in 1982, and has grown to become one of the largest beverage distributors of beer, wine, liquor and non-alcoholic beverages in Illinois. In class, the students had the chance to hear from one of the family members Jordan Koerner that works for the business now, and they also had the opportunity to tour the facility and see the immense amount of product that the company distributes. They learned a lot about how the business began, and they also learned about the different struggles and challenges that the business has gone through to become what it is today. This gave them an idea of just how hard it is to create such a successful business, and also helped them learn some techniques to help in their own personal businesses.

By: Meg Deters


Student Journal Highlights for this week

"Wednesday we had the 20/20 breakfast. I thought the breakfast was very good and the speakers were also very good. The thing that stuck with me the most was when Mr. Tkachuck said, “Effingham county doesn’t dream, Effingham county does!”"

Noah Kopplin

Noah Kopplin
Wednesday, April 18, 2018Learn More About Noah

"It is incredibly sad to think of how little time is left of CEO. I have gotten so close to some people and made some great friendships. I can’t imagine what would’ve happened my senior year without this class. I wouldn’t be near as confident with myself as I am now. I wouldn’t jump at opportunities like I have begun to do because of CEO. I wouldn’t have gotten to meet so many great people, older or younger. I truly am grateful for this entire program and for everything it has taught me so far in this journey. I am scared and excited for the ending, but I’ll never forget what has shaped me as the person I am today."
Tiffany Gates

Tiffany Gates
Wednesday, April 18, 2018Learn More About Tiffany

"Koerner Distributors’ new building is VERY impressive. Every single room in this building has a meaning or purpose. For example, the big room that we were in is planned to help improve communication. The memorial room is a great way not only to remember the people who started it all, but also to remember the values they instilled into the business."

Bryce Lohman

Bryce Lohman
Wednesday, April 18, 2018Learn More About Bryce


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Jessica Campos attends Effingham High School. She is a Chamber Choir vice-president, soccer manager, and a student council officer. She is also involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Drama Club, and theater. Jessica works at T.G.I Fridays and volunteers at Oneighty and New Hope Church. During her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, going on adventures, and listening to music. Jessica plans after high school include going to Lake Land College for two years and then transfer to a university to study Business and Psychology.

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