Newsletter for September 30th

CEO Business Visits

CEO Guest Speakers

Never JUST a class day......

A class day is never JUST a class day! There are always multiple things occuring on the days listed as "class day". Today we continued on our path to narrowing down the class business ideas by breaking into teams and coming up with their top three favorite class business ideas. 

Philanthropy and Not for profit organizations

Eagle Country Water Works

ECWW officers Lynette Huddleston, Mark Bolander, and Tony Griffith joined Jasper CEO to discuss the history of the not for profit organization and how the efforts of this company have impacted our community youth. Almost 13 years ago a group of Jasper County community members had a vision to raise money to support area youth. From that vision has grown a multitude of success stories and over $250,000 given to support area youth. Eagle Country Water Works played an instrumental role in the start up process of Jasper CEO and to them we are forever grateful!


Tony Griffith

The excitement built every day during the last week as we anticipated our visit to the dome house on the west edge of Newton! Today we learned about a multitude of concepts including but not limited to innovation, solar and wind energy, structures, construction, thermal value, and overall efficiency. Our students greatly enjoyed their visit with Tony and the opportunity to visit such a unique and beautiful structure. It is the exposure to innovation and outside of the box thinking such as this that push our students to creativity.

State Farm Insurance - Preparing for the Unexpected.

Tammy Wilson

No better example of preparing for the worst could we have had than to talk with Tammy Wilson of State Farm Insurance in Newton this morning. As many in this community know, Tammy’s State Farm building was destroyed by fire in January of 2016. This gave us the opportunity to not only talk about the importance of insurance but also planning for your business after a disaster and all the rearranging that follows so your service to customers is restored as quickly as possible. We also took the opportunity to discuss liability exposure, subrogation, and implied liability. CEO students are quickly realizing to own a business is a multi-faceted situation in which you should surround yourself with trusted, knowledgeable business professionals. We were also very fortunate to meet in Tammy's newly constructed and beautiful office in Newton which will be fully operational on Friday, September 30th!  

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