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The End of a Great Experience

What a year! We appreciate all the support, lessons, tours, advice, and guidance. THANK YOU!

CEO Business Visits


Awards and Recognition

Last week at Norm's Park, CEO students narrowed down the top five traits of good leadership. Next, they voted for the person who exemplifies each of those traits. On Sunday night the following students were recognized: Hard-Working- German DeLaCruz and Kade Kovarik, Does What is Right vs. Pleasing People-Jasmine Haggard, Honesty-Kallie Timmons, Communication-Isaac Blaney, and Putting Together a Team-Mitch Clodfelter. 

Students also defined what made a successful individual business and in 3rd place, Hannah Wilson, Pins and Needles (not pictured), 2nd place, Cassidy Wilson, The Mustard Seed, and 1st place, Mitch Clodfelter and Nick Clemens, Men with Crepes. Blanc Clair, Kurt Agravante and Jose Castro received the Spirt of Entrepreneurship, awarded by facilitators. 

Board members, mentors, parents, and business supportors were also recognized. 


Meet the Class of 2019

Time to meet the Class of 2019!

Sean Lahey, Nolan Randick- Dixon

Natanna Jacobs-Eastland

JoHannah Ruff-Erie

Angelina DeVito-Milledgeville

Anna Lindstrom-Morrison

Kennedy Anderson, Hunter Buser, Brady Moran, Riley Wescott, Andrew Wilson, Kyle Yde Newman

Allison Rhodes, ustin Young-Polo

Grant Minssen, Meghan Morales-Prophetstown

Jalen Bickett, Camryn Johnson, Alyssa Mathews, Elise Moeller, Lauren Moeller, Erin Porter, Spencer Schutz, Brittney Shipman, Anna Wei-Rock Falls

Olivia Edmondson, Lauren Humphreys, Grace Mahoney-Sterling

Cailean Davids-Forreston


Financial Records

When free time was available, the week was used to wrap up loose ends, including the financial side of business. The final step for each student was to prepare financial records following the trade show. Regardless of their business' bottom line, CEO students can be proud to have written a plan, pitched the idea to "CEO bankers", set up their booth and experienced first-hand, the operations, marketing, sales, and finances of a business. A goofy selfie and some funny stories finished the week. Sadly some students were missing due to AP testing and graduation practice.


You Said This!

Scott Hibbard

CEO students know Scott Hibbard from one of the very first business tours, mentor match day, and as a sponsor of the Dodgeball Tournament and Taste of Sauk Valley event. He also reads the weekly newsletter and stopped by with some thoughts he had from the journal excerpts this year. He quoted students and challenged them with how their thoughts relate to their future leadership roles. 


New and Improved!

Halo Branded Solutions

Visiting the massive, new Halo building was truly a special outing as students finish their CEO year. Terry McGuire, Stephanie Preston, and Dawn Olds provided an eye-opening tour of the facility, along with a detailed account of how the vision was brought to completion. State-of-the art movable desk tops with a touch of a button, open conversation-style and moveable seating, automated heat and lights, open sight lines, and massive windows with natural light are only a few of the many details that create their positive and productive work environment. The tour concluded with a question/answer session in a conference room that seats as many as 100. Halo Branded Solutions, another growing, inspiring company in the Sauk Valley. 


Nick Hubbard

RRCA Accounts Management

Althought our time was limited, Nick Hubbard, President, gave an overview of the operations of RRCA Accounts Management. A perfect discussion as students figure out their bottom line and ability to pay back their CEO loans. While working with clients who are stressed about money, Nick advised students to remain calm and lower their voices when trying to de-escalate any situaion. His presentation included some comical past experiences and finished with a tour. 


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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 WACC 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.

When we are not touring local businesses, we need a place to host the class. During that time, the 22 CEO students and their Facilitator would meet at your site where they would also have guest speakers and guests from the community attend. Hosting requires a facility with internet access and adequately accommodates up to 27 people.

We are looking for people to share real-life stories about the concepts of running a business, from strategic thinking, product development to marketing, and cash flow management. Also, sharing your personal successes and failures are what recent classes have enjoyed the most.


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