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
Smoothie King Franchise Owner

Skyler Bilbo
Wente Plumbing

Dean Bingham
Agracel, Inc

Nikki Bloemer
Dietrich Bank

Jake Buhnerkempe
J & R Collision

Sherrie Busby
Heartland Dental

Don Bushue
Retired/Life Long Learner

Kristie Campbell
firefly grill & Buckeye Friends School

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

Allison Donsbach
Washington Savings Bank
CEO Alumni Class of 2009

David Dorris
Turnkey Computer Systems

Dwight Erskine
Raymond James Financial Services Inc.

Julie Everett
Smith Moore

Steffen Harris
Steffen Harris Photography

Angie Hartke
Prudential Financial Services

Pam Hemmen
J&J Ventures

Rebecca Kelly
Massage Therapist

Amanda Maag
HSHS St. Anthonys Memorial Hospital

Toby McMahon
Probst Autobody

Deanna McWilliams
Servpro

Maggie Meylor
Southeastern Community Foundation

Jake Pals
John Boos & Company

John Perles
Momentum Builders

Alec Ring
Ring Financial, Inc.

Emmie Schultz
Effingham Express Care
CEO Alumni

Zach Scott
Heartland Dental

Lisa Strullmyer
Leopard Love

Katelyn Weber
Elite Hair Studio

Kelly Willenborg
MyMemoryWorx