CEO Mentor

A mentoring program provides an effective networking model for WACC CEO students. Establishing effective one on one connections, that will strengthen the student's awareness of employment opportunities in our County and develop greater social skills through this mentorship experience. Every WACC CEO student, known as a student, is matched with a mentor from the business community. Ultimately, these relationships strengthen the CEO program's success and builds generational bridges between the student and the business community.

Here are the following responsibilities and activities:

  • Meet with the student for scheduled meetings to discuss what they are learning in CEO
  • Attend Monthly Mentor Mornings
  • Review the student's business plan for their individual business
  • Experience the weekly progress of their Protege through reading their journal entries of what they experience each day in CEO

Would you like to be a Mentor?

A mentor is a business owner, entrepreneur, or intreprenuer from our areas business community. A mentor is someone willing to share his or her time and expertise with a CEO student. Please contact us, if you are interested in being a CEO mentor. You will be provided mentor training and be required to have a background check to enroll in the program. Successful mentoring partnerships are advantageous for everyone – the student, the mentor and the CEO program.

Our Mentors

Dean Ahlers
Sterling Federal Bank

Caroline Arnould
Value Lab

Karla Belzer
U of I Extension
County Director

Scott Brown
Wendler Engineering

Gary DeVore
Independent Consultant

Aaron Flick
Wahl Clipper

Rebecca Garland

Lynn Hammer
Sauk Valley Container, retired

Chris Hammitt
Hammitt Insurance Agency

Brian Hawkins
Hawkins Cassens Insurance

Dr. David Hellmich
Sauk Valley Community College

Nik Jakobs
Jakobs Brothers Farms

Dallas Knack
Sauk Valley Community College
Marketing Coordinator

Matthew Lenox
Dixon Chamber & Main Street
Marketing Director

Bo Mays
Sterling Federal Bank

Patrick McBride
McBride Insurance Agency

Terry McGuire
Halo Branded Solutions

Ryan Miller
KSB Hospital

Krista Morthland
Kitchen Incubator of Northwest Illinois

Seth Nicklaus
Dixon Park District
Recreation Director

Alex Oliver
Olive Nut

Mary Oros
Sauk Valley Bank
Market President

Nicholas Pepper
7:24 Fitness on The Rock

Suzy Perino
Sauk Valley Bank

Alejandro Rivera
RE/MAX Sauk Valley

Cassandra Salmon
Sauk Valley Bank

Mike Venier
Venier Jewelers

Sena Warkins
Imprintable Memories

Bill Wescott
Retired-Education and City Government

Rebecca Wilson
Pine Creek Escape

Christy Zepezauer
Woodlawn Arts Academy