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Newsletter for February 3rd, 2017

CEO Guest Speakers


Emotional Intelligence

Jennifer Vahling with Midland States Bank

An annual favorite as we visit with Jennifer Vahling with Midland States Bank and learn more about Emotional Intelligence and how it effects our lives daily. A couple of several key points we discussed Monday were positive self-talk and goal setting through life and not just to certain points in your life. Students all came away with valuable life lessons and concepts!


Superior Fuels

Jerry McDaniel

In 1964 McDaniel Oil was formed by Jerry’s father as a distributor for Texaco and from their it grew into a very successful company that has allowed Jerry to create various other companies to compliment the original business and a few creative out of the box projects as well! At the age of 16, Jerry purchased his own truck investing in the family company and from there they continued to together grow a huge fleet of trucks and the company. Today Jerry manages assets, owns apartments in Indy and continues the Superior Fuels business based here in Newton. His advice for our class of budding entrepreneurs was to identify a problem, create a solution, do it better/cheaper than your competitors and scale it up. He also taught the class more about capital. What is was, how to get it, and the importance of it in general as it compares to assets and investments. Jerry also introduced us to his dashboard approach to management and will come back to us in March to discuss further. The last piece of advice Jerry gave us was one handed down to him, “Life always has 100 problems all the time so you have to have the mindset that you are going to be a problem solver.”


McClure Signs and Graphics

Judy McClure

A timely visit to McClure Signs and Graphics as students are designing their individual business logo and started to think about what marketing materials will be needed as the start their business and prepare for the Trade Show on April 26th, 2017. Judy shared with us her background, how her business started, and the products she offers. Her best piece of advice to students was to be willing to try anything! Research, read, practice, perfect and fulfill your customer’s needs. That theory has led to Judy having multiple products to provide her customers. Judy also shared with us some trade show tips about design, demeanor, and how to invite interested customers into their booth. It was a very informative morning and just when we needed it!


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