Newsletter for March 24th, 2017

CEO Business Visits

CEO Guest Speakers

Walnut Street Weddings

Billi Jansen

On Monday morning, we traveled to Effingham to meet with Billi Jansen, owner of Walnut Street Weddings. Our focus topic for the day was event planning. We also had the opportunity to discuss the challenges of growing too fast, taking advantage of opportunities even when you think you’re not ready and how to balance everything that life throws your way. Billi’s advice was to “Love what you do!”

JJ Outlet, KS Distribution, and Brilliance Fundraising

Jason Kuhl

Jason Kuhl, owner of JJ Outlet, KS Distribution and Brilliance Fundraising met with Jasper CEO students to talk about repurposing and redistribution of goods. This was an entirely new topic for the year and we were all ears! It is a brilliant business concept that prompted many great questions from CEO students. Suzanne Schackman, also with Brilliance fundraising, talked about having a business model that is fool proof and works such as what they have with Brilliance Fundraising. This was a great example of a very easy to understand business model that works and students had been a part of through different fundraising opportunities throughout their high school career.

Group A Jasper CEO Mentors

On Wednesday, we were able to celebrate another fantastic month of CEO with our Group A mentors. Our discussion topics for the day included staying motivated in the hustle of life, tips and strategies for each of the students’ trade show booths and approaches to customers. The mentor days are great check-ins for CEO students and usually prompt them to stay on pace as it gives clarity to their next steps!

EJ Water Corporate Office

Bill Teichmiller

Thoughts from the CEO of the company, Bill Teichmiller. It is not often that we have the opportunity to visit with CEO’s of companies and discuss their theories of navigating business and our careers. It was a pleasure for Jasper CEO’s as we had this chance on Thursday as we met along with our Effingham CEO cohorts to hear from Bill. Our discussions varied but included concepts about “gut decisions”, the nonlinear trajectory of life, and never making a major decision without sleeping on it first.

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