Newsletter for September 1st

CEO Business Visits

CEO Guest Speakers

Be a 10!

Kelly Hemrich

On Monday, Kelly Hemrich, a member of our CEO board, came and spoke to the students on professionalism and personal relationships. Her starting statement was, “The choices you make today will affect your future.” She then went on to explain her journey through her career thus far. She spoke on how to be a 10, the difference your attitude makes, and how to guard one's ‘self talk’. Her time was packed with wisdom that the students really appreciated her feedback. One of the concepts addressed was how we should not be closed to opportunities because we never know where we are being directed. What a great way to start this year! The opportunities are available and the students are ready to fly like the eagles they are!

Fine Tuning

Class days are always filled with a variety of activities. We research companies and future speakers, gathering information on current trends. Currently, a portion of each class day is spent working on the badge business and this week was no exception. I can see the communication skills developing, thus increasing the group's efficiency. There's a large aspect of trial and error during this time, but that only solidifies the important lessons they are learning. Students leave class days feeling accomplished and fueled by the energy of their classmates.

On the Forefront of Development

Sarah Horner

Sarah Horner spoke on marketing and about Agracel on Wednesday. She discussed the concept of diversifying in both industries and locations. She also touched on how the work ethic in rural communities makes them a prime location for industrial development. Sarah encouraged students to not be afraid to ‘take the winding path’, reiterating what was addressed to students earlier this week by Kelly. The CEO mindset focuses on 'taking it all in' instead of only focusing on what is affecting them right now, a lesson from Craig.

Jack Schultz, CEO of Agracel, was an integral part of the inception of the CEO program and Sarah shared a bit of the history of CEO with us. We also appreciate Sarah for her willingness to be a mentor for CEO. Mentors are a huge asset for students during their individual businesses and add a dimension to the program that cannot be duplicated any other way. The students were so engaged and interested that the time flew by!

Managing Risk

Kent and Chad Farley

Our day at Farley Insurance started with Kent Farley sharing the history of how the concept of insurance began. What a journey from needing to manage freight loss on large shipping vessels to the current need for cyber liability! Farley Insurance has a long-standing reputation in Jasper County from day one in 1961 to today, and is very active in the community through their volunteer work and philanthropy.

Chad Farley spoke on the different kinds of insurance and how their business works as an independent insurance system. The students had many questions on specific scenarios and ‘what if’ situations. As a board member, Chad also had a few words of support for the students. We appreciate his time and commitment both to Jasper County and to Jasper CEO.

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