CALLING ALL BOARD MEMBERS & FACILITATORS Register Now for the 2017 National Conference
CALLING ALL BOARD MEMBERS & FACILITATORS
From June 12 to June 13, 2017, Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship will hold their 3rd annual National Conference at the Keller Convention Center in Effingham. It’s a can’t-miss event for CEO Board Members and Facilitators!
This year, the two-day conference will focus on the training and development of the CEO network and its local CEO programs, featuring breakout sessions on a variety of topics and two keynote addresses from speaker Rick Owens. Fourteen professional development hours can be earned by those who attend. The conference will take place Monday and Tuesday, with a special recognition dinner for communities on Monday evening.
Please join us for the conference kick-off social on Sunday evening, June 11th from 6:00-8:00 pm at Tuscan Hills Winery. All are invited to come out for light appetizers, conversation, and lots of fun!
"I want to get an inside look at local businesses. I plan on attending SIU Edwardsville for a business degree, and when I graduate, I want to manage my parents’ business, Pyramid Marble and Granite. I think this class has endless opportunities. It could open new doors for my career and life. I am blessed to reside in a town where the CEO teachers and business owners are willing to invest their time, money, and knowledge into this program. I know CEO will help prepare me for my future."
Megan BrandtCEO Student
The CEO class is teaching me a whole new approach to life: the entrepreneurial approach.
Anne WesselCEO Student
This class has changed me so much I forget how I used to be. It has changed how I think, communicate, and how I handle people. I never would have thought I would be able to talk to business people as I do. CEO has changed my entire outlook on life and I am very grateful for that.
Jordan MammoserJasper CEO Class of 2015
It is a good feeling though because you start connecting all the dots from every experience we encountered to build one big thing. Its's amazing how that works.
Devin WrightCEO Student
CEO isn’t just a class; it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I am honored to be a part of.
Mariah BushueCEO Student Class of 2015
“The Effingham County CEO mentoring program has been a thought provoking experience for me. As a young professional I’ve always been interested in business and now, along with my protégé, I’m learning from some of the most accomplished business men and women in the area. I’ve not only watched my protégé grow during this process, I’ve also started to wonder what else I might be able to accomplish. Seeing what these students achieve in such a short amount of time has completely shifted my perspective about what goes on in the standard classroom setting and the type of important life lessons that can be taught outside the classroom through a program like CEO.”
Kellie Keck NiemergLake Land College
"Joining the Effingham County CEO as a mentor is one of the best choices I've made for myself this year. Not only do I feel energized hearing about the proteges' projects and ideas, it feels great to share what I've learned, and to meet businesspoeple around town. I honestly think I get as much out of it as the proteges do. I feel more connected to my community and excited for the future since becoming a CEO mentor and I've been recommending it to coworkers, friends and acquaintances!"
Erin GoldsteinHodgson Mill, Inc.
"I truly enjoy being a mentor in the Effingham County CEO program as it gives me the opportunity to work with our next generation of leaders. Those enrolled in the class will have a significant head start on their peers as they formulate visions for their future. I am excited to have a small roll through the CEO mentor/protégé relationship to provide feedback and guidance from my experiences."
Dean BinghamAgracel, Inc.
"It helps me be the best part of the person I put myself out there to be…trustworthy, ethical, reliable and creative. I get to be there from the start of my protégés professional voyage and look forward to being a beacon of knowledge and a pillar of support throughout her journey. Mentoring leads to networking and forming new professional relationships, profound knowledge in new areas, new and exciting experiences and a greater sense of purpose in life. Mentoring is perfect for those whose main driving force is to have meaning in everything they do in life and to be swathed in the energy the younger generation exudes. I am blessed to be a part of the Effingham County mentoring program for the 2017 CEO class."
Jodi TardyHeartland Dental
"The Effingham County CEO Mentoring Program allows me to give a little something back to our Community, while witnessing our next generation of hard-working leaders develop. I also enjoy the Mentoring Program for the fresh perspective it brings to our business and the way it energizes the day. Thanks for the opportunity!"
Matt CekanderDoehring, Winders & Company, LLP
Karen Wolters give testimony to the benefits of the mentoring program.
Rick Workman gives testimony to why he is an investor in CEO.
“Entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of any community because of the new businesses, jobs and economic opportunity they create for that community. And since Belleville needs new businesses, Belleville needs new entrepreneurs. That is why Belleville’s new CEO program is so very important. Its purpose is to give high school students a peek at what entrepreneurship is all about—because the more that students understand what entrepreneurship is, the more students will choose to be entrepreneurs. I am excited to be a part of Belleville’s new CEO program because it represents the future of what Belleville can be.”
Jim AllsupAllsup, Inc. President, CEO and Founder
I am proud to be part of the area business community bringing this transformational program to our high schools. This is a unique opportunity for several enterprising area students to be out of the traditional school environment, raise their awareness of entrepreneurial opportunities, and allow them to experience starting a new business. No doubt this will pay dividends to our community in the future.
Kevin PeskoPresident - Bank of Belleville
"Empire strongly believes in giving back to the community. I can’t think of a better way then to live this value and share the little bit of life that we have learned with young students who are willing to get up early before school each week. We believe in the American Dream. If we can play a small part in these students’ quests for their own American Dream that will be a job well done.
Nick BauerPresident, Empire Comfort Systems
“When Jim Allsup and Roger Lowery first introduced the idea of expanding the CEO program to the Belleville area, I knew this was going to be a very special opportunity for our high school seniors. It is a difficult task to choose a career path when you have never been exposed to all the possibilities. This program allows students to meet and share the experiences of our local business and community leaders. This program not only gives students a head start in planning their future, it has the potential for changing it.”
Ed HoeringPartner, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
I am excited to be a part of this new venture. The Metro East really values education and we are fortunate to have great schools. The CEO Program will allow students the opportunity to see firsthand what goes into starting and running a business.