Newsletter for December 4, 2015

Investments with Steve Mammoser

Instead of a chapter and stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and a myriad of other investment tools CEO provides students with opportunities to learn for experts in their field through conversation and real life examples. Today Steve Mammoser, CFP with Peoples State Bank of Newton joined us to discuss the many facets of his career as a Certified Financial Planner. With demonstrations such as the “Rule of 72” and interactive exercises about investing Steve was able to clarify and emphasize the concepts of investing early, diversifying your portfolio, and planning for retirement.

Karen Wolters - The Toolbox of Life

Karen Wolters, Co-Chairman of Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship and very successful business woman visited Jasper CEO Wednesday to share her analogies on what she called the “Toolbox of Life”. Through intriguing stories from her own past experiences she drew a fantastic mental picture of how all of our experiences, the good and the bad, are put in our own toolbox and we retrieve those experiences to be used as tools throughout our life. As we reflected on her life’s adventures she was quick to add morsel’s of knowledge such as: before making judgements, know all the facts and the importance of embracing today’s global economy. She also left students with an inspiring statement and question, “Now is the time to fail. What could you accomplish if you knew you wouldn’t fail?”

If Karen’s name sounds familiar, it’s probably because you have heard of at least one of her many business successes. From her large contributions to product development for Pampered Chef, the original patent owner of Contigo brand cups, or her famous cooking classes that started it all, she was, to say the least, an inspiring woman to all the CEO students.

Recruiting Day for NCHS and Jasper CEO

For the longevity of our program, it is crucial that we continue to spread the word of CEO. In December of every year, CEO programs across the nation meet with their local high school sophomore and juniors to do just that. Why so early you may ask? High school students generally start registering for next school year’s classes in December and January thus, must account for taking part of their morning class time for CEO. CEO is a selective class that requires a written application with reference letters. Those applications are then made anonymous and given to a selection committee which generally makes their decision of accepted applicants in February. If you know a student who is currently a sophomore or junior at NCHS, please have them pick up an application in the guidance office. We were very pleased with the number of students who have shown interest in becoming a part of the Jasper CEO family!

June Bierman, PS Realty

On Friday we were joined by June Bierman, co-owner of PS Realty in Newton. June discussed not only how you make people feel but also addressed her business. June offered us a great opening statement, “Life is simple. You are born, you live, and then you die. It’s the choices you make in between the you made people feel. Business is really that simple too.” She encouraged CEO students to say how can I help you and mean it, to see someone as the person they are inside, and the importance of time management. June is also a continued mentor for the Jasper CEO program.

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