Newsletter for November 13th, 2015

Eric Ward, Author

Eric Ward, pen name Jack Ambraw, is a native of Newton, Illinois. This navy man turned author has recently penned his debut novel, Decker’s Dilemma. The novel is a military fiction mystery based out of Ward’s first naval assignment on the USS Sterett at Subic Bay in the Philippines. During his visit to Jasper CEO he shared his life’s journey with us and how his passion for writing that he has held since high school finally came to fruition with the release of his first book on September 29th, 2015. To check out more on this amazing author and to purchase his debut novel visit:

Habeeb Habeeb

Friday morning found us in Dieterich for the first time this year meeting in conjunction with the Effingham CEO classes. It is a great joy when these three classes converge and get to know each other better! What we didn’t realize going into our morning was how blessed we would be when our time together was over. Our featured speaker for this morning was Habeeb Habeeb originally from Lebanon but who now resides in Champaign, IL. This motivational speaker/business owner surprisingly described himself as a shy child and young adult who aspired to be a physician and make enough money that he would be able to care for his entire family. This drive brought him to the United States and upon the suggestion of a friend from his church in Lebanon, to the small midwest community college of Olivet in December of 1973. From here Habeeb’s journey was a roller coaster of triumphs and tragedies as his family was still in Lebanon in a war zone and he was alone in America penniless and trying to find a way. It was here that he discussed his first life lesson, “ Adversity will come, what will you do with it? How will you think? How will you react?”. Habeeb attributed much of his attitude turn around in this part of his life to reading books about how to stay positive. Overall, he reminded us to count our blessings and be thankful everyday to live in a country as wonderful as America. He also added that business is about relationships and that is what people today thrive on. Last he left us with the advice that bad things in our life can be good things in your life. Adversity stretches you, don’t be afraid of it! Although Habeeb didn’t become a physician, he is now a successful family man, business owner, and COO of BPC in Champaign, IL.

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