February 13th Newsletter

Beck's Hybrids

Early last Friday morning the tour bus rolled away from NCHS and away we went to Beck’s Hybrids Headquarters in Atlanta, IN. Beck’s is the largest family owned seed company in the United states and has experienced an astounding 20% annual growth for the last several years. Most importantly Beck’s is all about customer service and treating employees with respect, creating an environment where employees care deeply about the company and fellow coworkers. They were quick to point out that undercutting a coworker was not the way to make it to the top for their company, it is through hard work and dedication. We had the great honor of meeting with company owner, Sonny Beck. His message was heart-felt and simple. Do what is right, treat people well and work hard. We could not have been any more impressed with their business model centered on customer service and the respect and dignity, the overall demeanor, of their work environment. Kudos to Beck’s Hybrids and we are forever indebted for the impact you made on Jasper CEO students.

Joe's Italian Foods, Newton, IL

Jasper CEO students were warmly greeted into Joe’s Italian Foods in Newton Monday morning for a lesson is dining etiquette and conversation with Jill and Gaspare Cucinella. A beautiful and very formal place setting was ready when we arrived and Jill carefully went through the process of fine dining with us explaining the place setting, silverware and stemware designations as well as the process of multi-course dining. Dining etiquette is an essential skill that will undoubtedly come to play in the next few years of our students’ lives as they embark on college and career interviews and dinner parties. Another crucial skill to hone prior to formal dinner parties is appropriate conversation. Gaspare shared several great morsels of info with us to assist in carrying a conversation, proper excusals, and formal dining attire for men and women. Thanks to Jill and Gaspare Cucinella not only for our dining etiquette lesson but also for investing in Jasper county’s economic well being and providing a fantastic dining experience. If you haven’t been to Joe’s in a while be sure to check out their delicious Italian cuisine!

JEDI Annual Celebration

Jasper CEO had the great honor of being selected to present the program for the JEDI Annual Celebration that took place at Hersh Hall on the west side of the square in Newton, IL. After a delicious dinner catered by Hartrich Meats of Ste. Marie, the stage was set for economic updates from Ken Larimore, Jasper County’s Economic Development Director, Brian Leffler from the county board and Mark Bolander, Mayor of Newton. Jasper CEO students were then set to present the concepts of CEO, how we have prepared for our new business and shared experiences that CEO has provided for our youth in the hopes of long-term economic development. Jasper CEO students did a tremendous job presenting! The personal growth all ten of the students have exhibited has been outstanding!

MTS (Midwest Tractor Sales) in Newton

Jasper CEO met with Nick Grandt, salesman for MTS, this morning to discover more about the progression of what was “Clark Tractor Sales” to now MTS in Newton owned by Don Clark and Mike Cripe. MTS is a New Holland dealer and has recently opened their 5th location and now cover a vast territory around the I-70 corridor in Newton, Jerseyville, Vandalia, Breese, and Baldwin. MTS feels that expanding has allowed them to better service customers’ needs through opportunity and volume. Nick was also able to share with us that diversification in the farm and construction equipment world is vital to success and he stressed the value of starting from the ground up and knowing all facets of your business. Thank you MTS and congratulations on another great facility servicing farmers and contractors in Southern Illinois!

Jasper CEO 2015 Class Business

February 19, 2015

An Outlook on the Future: “How to be Successful in Small Town America”

Thursday, February 19th, 2015 5:30 p.m.

Quail Hollow in Newton

Jasper CEO’s class business is well underway as committees are busily following their timelines and checking off items from their to-do lists. This event targets economic development in small town America with a specific focus on developing Jasper County. Dinner will be served by Thelma Keller Convention Center at the Holiday and the evening will feature three entertaining speakers. Mark Bolander will highlight the past projects and the projected future of Newton and Jasper County. Eric Carr will have his small town business success story about Crooked Creek Antler Art. And last, Craig Lindvahl will discuss what CEO is all about as well as talking about penning his recent book, “Things you wish you knew yesterday and other stuff you’ll need to know tomorrow.” We will also have economic development resources on hand to speak with one on one, including Ken Larimore, Jasper County Economic Development Educator, JEDI, and Barney Brumfiel with SBDC.

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Class Business Event sponsored by: Eagle Country Water Works and Farley Insurance

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