CEO Class Profile

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Prairieland CEO program...

Shanna Hortin

Shanna Hortin

Prairieland CEO's Facilitator

Greetings Gibson City, Fisher, and Paxton communities!  I am thrilled and excited to be a part of the Prairieland CEO team as class facilitator.  As I have prepared these past several months to guide the inaugural Prairieland CEO class on their journey this year, I have had the opportunity to visit other programs in the state and have witnessed the amazing things that the CEO program can do for its students and the communities that support it.  The eight students we have in the program this year are top-notch and are super motivated about learning all they can from our area’s business community and leaders.  I am expecting great things from them! 

 Thank you to the Prairieland CEO investors and board members.  Already, our CEO students are appreciative and “wowed” by the tremendous commitment and investment you have made in making this program happen for them.  We are looking forward to our class visits and business visits with you, learning about your business, and hearing more about why you wanted to bring CEO to our communities.

 If you are an area business owner that it not currently involved with Prairieland CEO, we want to connect with you!  Are you willing to share your unique story about your business and how you arrived where you are today?  Do you have a special skill set, passion for a certain area of business management, or just want to encourage future entrepreneurs?  Contact me to set up a day to come visit with our class or for us to come see your business. We want to learn from you!


  • Originally hails from Richmond, Texas
  • Graduated from Texas A&M University (Class of '90 - WHOOP!)
  • Has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Economics – Honors Graduate
  • Lives in Fisher, IL with husband Mark where they operate their family farm, Star H Farm Company, and an agriculture credit consulting business, OneSource Credit, Inc.
  • Is the Program Development and Event Coordinator for the Champaign County Farm Bureau Foundation
  • Has previously worked in agriculture real estate and auctions (12 yrs), and grain accounting and merchandising (5 yrs)
  • Loves to garden, read, cook and travel with her family
CONTACT SHANNA: / 217-649-6553

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