Newsletter for March 17, 2017

CEO Business Visits

Evapco in Greenup, IL

Dave Blecha

A very cold Tuesday morning found us at the Greenup Evapco facility. Our host and Evapco employee, Dave Blech, explained what the Newton and Greenup Evapco plants produce and how they do that in an efficient and safe manner while building extraordinary team work among all the employees. We also discussed and experienced many different engineering and production concepts. We are so thankful to have experiences such as these every day. A huge thank you to the Evapco team and Jasper CEO mentor, Dave Blecha, for a great day!

Banker Day

One of the most exciting days of the CEO year is Banker Day. In an attempt to best prepare students for their individual business and ultimately the trade show, Banker Day was created. Seven “bankers” (Barney Brumfiel, Mark Bolander, Chad Farley, Travis Farley, Kris Newton, Brett Lessley, Brian Bohnoff) were invited to sit down individually with students and share their feedback on their specific business plan and concept. This is a great two way conversation between the student and the banker in which the student gives an effective pitch about their business. As with every year, students are pleasantly surprised at how easy the conversation is and how much they appreciate the critical feedback from the bankers. It was a very successful day!

Framwork Photography

Nick Smith and Andrew Gochenour

Owners, Nick Smith and Andrew Gochenour of Springfield visited with us this morning about Nick’s Sangamon CEO experience and how they both started their now highly successful photography business in Springfield, IL. The focus topic for today was building a brand and marketing materials. They brought in great examples of what marketing materials they started with compared to what they are now using, four year later, along with an explanation of how and why they changed their marketing and branding approach. It was a great explanation of both the how and the why that is sure to benefit CEO students as they move forward with their businesses! Be sure to visit their website,

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