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Newsletter for April 7th, 2017

CEO Business Visits


Farming & Livestock Panel

We started our week of with a fantastic panel of Jasper CEO investors from the livestock and crop industries; Wes Pitcher, Kent Probst, Ryan Probst, and Chris Probst. We had great discussions about the effects of agriculture on the Jasper County economy, ag marketing, and the hottest topics in agriculture including GMO’s, chemical use, and antibiotics in animals. It was a very informative and fun morning!


Arthur Michels

Art Michels joined the Jasper CEO class this morning to discuss giving back to those who are less fortunate. Art shared with us about his travels and charity to Guatemala and his more recent travels and focus to an Indian reservation in the mountains of Montana. We appreciate having this opportunity as a great reminder to give back!


The Vintage Farmwife

Susan Shull

Today we were joined with Susan Shulll to learn more about her experience with blogging. Susan writes her own blog titled “The Vintage Farmwife” that focuses on faith, travel, and food. She shared with us how to start a blog, the ins and outs, as well as the joys and struggles. She also left us with 5 great tips: 1. Try new things. 2. Be a lifelong learner. 3. Be interested in things and will be more interesting. 4. Nothing is forever. 5. Be successful but never forget that joy in life is in serving others. We had a wonderful morning together!


The Gap Year

Neal Groothuis

Neal Groothuis joined us by Go-To Meeting all the way from the great state of New York! Hailing originally from Effingham County Neal traveled to New York for a new adventure in his career and has found the concept of a GAP year of interest to him. Neal shared with us the concept of a gap year and the popularity in Europe and Australia as well as the east and west coast of the United States. It was a very interesting subject that opened our eyes to new possibilities as we continue on our academic and professional journeys!


Shark Tank 2017

Wow! What an amazing day! I don’t even know where to start!

Shark Tank was an idea created in the Effingham CEO class as a spoof to the “Shark Tank” television program. The purpose behind having a Shark Tank Event is to prepare students for the trade show by sharpening their elevator pitch, public speaking abilities and see how much they know about their business.

Our sharks for the day were investors: Steve Mammoser, Chad Farley, Mark Bolander, Wanda Pitcher, and Ken Snyder joined by our friends: Pat Mammoser, Travis Tarr, Gina Kocher, and Jeremy Wilson. Divided into groups of 3 the sharks circled the businesses in an attempt to help students see the realities of their business and to assist the Jasper CEO board in selecting the top three sharks!

We are proud to announce this year’s event was a huge success and the winners of Jasper CEO Shark Tank 2017 are: 1st place, Olivia Shipman with her business “Treasured”. 2nd place, Victor Sandschafer with his business, “Tree Plot Solutions”. 3rd place, Madisson Stanley with her business “Maddie Designs”. Congratulations to all 18 of our CEO businesses on a job well presented today. Join us as we have all of our businesses displayed at our 3rd annual Jasper CEO Trade Show on Wednesday, April 26th at the KC Hall in Newton from 5-7 p.m. Admission is free and the first 200 will receive a free gift!


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The manner in which the CEO program is funded is critical to its success and sustainability. All funds raised are used exclusively for the Jasper County CEO program. To participate, a 3-year $1000 per year commitment is required. Business Partner Investors commitments of time and energy are also critical to the program's success. Contributions may be tax deductible, as our organization is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.

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