Effingham CEO Mentors & Ambassadors

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

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 pitche

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

Noah Brandenburger
Entrepreneur

Lee Althoff
Country Rhodes Catering

Skyler Bilbo
Wente Plumbing

Dean Bingham
Agracel, Inc

Megan Brandt
Pyramid Marble

Grant Bushue
Fifth Third Bank

Allison Carpenter
Washington Savings Bank
CEO Alumni Class of 2009

Brennan Debenham
HSHS Saint Anthony's Memorial Hospital

Justin Deters
Teutopolis State Bank
CEO Alumni Class of 2015

Jake Donsbach
Country Financial

Angie Hartke
Prudential Financial Services

Sophie Kabbes


Joe Knabe
Al's Tire Mart & Electronics

Katie Koester
Firefill Grill/Coldwell Banker First Realty

Derek Meinhart
Pioneer

Alan Meyer
Meyer Oil Co

Maggie Meylor
Southeastern Community Foundation

Kellie Niemerg
Lake Land College

Jake Pals
John Boos & Company

Kent Probst


Riley Pruemer
Vagabond Eatery

Astrid Reyes
EJ Water

Zach Scott
Heartland Dental

Amanda Settle
Nutrition Wise

Katie Smithenry


Elaine Stock
Heartland Dental

Alexis Teichmiller


Stephanie Uebinger
State Farm Insurance

Jill Wendling
RE/MAX

Tracy Willenborg
Taylor Law

Melissa Willenborg
Raymond James

Dan Woods
Woods Advisors