Newsletter for November 4th, 2016

CEO Business Visits

Probst Dairy

Phil and Joe Probst

A record warm fall day on Tuesday was the perfect setting for our farm tour of Probst Dairy. We were greeted by Phil Probst, one of the two brothers that own the farm. Their father, Joe, also joined us as we discussed the history of the family farm which started from meager beginnings in the 1950's and has grown to be a progressive dairy with over 250 head of cows. Along with many lessons we learned, our business discussions revolved around the importance of feed and breeding efficiencies, the cost and benefits of progress and technology, family succession planning, and much more! It was a great day on the farm and a perfect opportunity to discuss the business and economics of raw product development. Next week, we will join Prairie Farms in Olney, IL to see the raw product from today turned into a retail product and the economics and business concepts for that portion of production.


Stephanie Kennedy with CF Physical Therapy

Stephanie Kennedy from CF Physical Therapy’s home office in Pontiac, IL joined Jasper CEO today to discuss professionalism. Her presentation contained many valuable nuggets of information including her “8 rules of work” and resume tips. These tips included resume writing, dress code, and how to best prepare for an interview. These are all great skills that CEO students will soon be using in scholarship and college admissions interviews along with many similar encounters as they prepare their individual business in CEO next spring.

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