Newsletter for Sept. 2nd

CEO Guest Speakers

Farley Insurance

Kent and Chad Farley

Monday found us at our first business visit with Farley Insurance in Newton. Kent Farley, owner, started the morning discussing the history of insurance, the realities of time management with a family owned business and also the value of impeccable customer service. His son Chad was next discussing a variety of topics including property and auto insurance, why businesses have insurance, workers compensation, liability, and the concept of deductibles. It was a great first business visit and a huge jump into the reality of life and business!

Letters to Me

On Tuesday the class wrote letters to themselves. Inside of these letters they discussed their greatest fears and expectations with CEO. What their goals for this school year both academically, athletically, and personally were and finally what they hoped to accomplish in CEO by the time they opened the letters in May. This is a great activity that they really appreciate come May!


Sarah Horner

Sarah Horner from Agracel, Inc. gave us a brief introduction to Agacel, an industrial development company, and then we dove into marketing discussing primarily demographic targets, types of marketing devices including social media, web, hard copy and mailers. She emphasized the point that as they build into their class and individual businesses to know who they are marketing to, never underestimate the importance of research in marketing and to always make sure your client relations and public relations is at the forefront.

Team building at American Obstacles

While most NCHS students were enjoying a day off due to a teachers institute, Jasper CEO students were team building at American Obstacles in Kinmundy, IL. Our day was packed with physical obstacles to overcome that could only be accomplished through patient, well-thought communication and planning. As the team members learned to work together more effectively the day continued to become easier as their communication and TRUST in each other grew. It was an AMAZING day and we all came away from it know we had accomplished our goal of better teamwork as we move forward together!

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