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Newsletter for November 19th, 2015

Dreams with Tiffany Macke

Tiffany Macke from the University of Illinois Extension office in Clark County visited Jasper CEO to do the “Living your Dreams” presentation on Monday morning at Parklanes. Joined by mentors and CEO board members, we did a few ice breakers and then started in on the important work of dreaming. The purpose of this activity stands on the theory that, “people who understand, plan for an take action on things that make them happy are better family members, students, employees and more productive community members.” Participants explored what makes them happy through a dreams inventory. The dreams were categorized as silly, serious, short-term, and long-term. Needless to say, it was a great self-seeking morning that we will talk about for weeks to come.


"Very few people get to go through this experience and listen to amazing business owners and speakers. I'm lucky to part of a growing network of young adults." - Jasper CEO 2016

"Habeeb talked a lot about relationships with people and how business is all about relationships. I can’t explain how much that will stick with me the rest of my life. A lot of people these days feel like they are just in business to make loads of money, but it’s about helping make peoples’ lives better and having an impact on their life. Relationships are everything in business." - Jasper CEO 2016


Jerry McDaniel - Superior Fuels/Dirtbuster, Inc.

Today Jasper CEO had the pleasure of getting to know investor and friend of the program, Jerry McDaniel. To begin at the end, the kids immediately wanted to know when we get to go back! From his history, to his many businesses, adventures and a few misadventures, Jerry discussed with the class the importance of solid relationships, hard work, and the power of self-motivation. Another common thread we hear within CEO is hiring and surrounding yourself with good people, not being afraid of hard work and long hours, and of course, the importance of family. It is with great pride that we call Jerry our friend and an integral part of our CEO program.


Not just another class day...

Today was a unique class day for Jasper CEO. We can all relate to situations where you are covered up with work but life interrupts and requires you put your work aside to focus on the things in life that are truly important. Earlier this week Jasper CEO students were informed by their Executive Director, Craig Lindvahl, that he is battling a serious illness and left some requests for his CEO family. Craig’s message was for his students to continue to lift up the message of CEO, to spread the word and enable others the same opportunities across the nation to learn about business and life. You will notice a purple ribbon on the home screen of our website in support of Craig or who we refer to as “L”. You can also look up #StandwithLindvahl on Twitter to see more. We were contacted by cancer survivor and Jasper CEO board member Kelly Hemrich to offer our class more information about cancer and how to support our loved ones through these challenging times. In true CEO fashion, I couldn’t think of a better way to learn how to be supportive of Craig! Thanks again Kelly for reliving your experience with us today. You are a survivor and a blessing to us all! We appreciate you sharing and giving us some great advice!


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