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

Haylee Knutti DVM
Morrison Veterinary Clinic
Associate Veterinarian

Aaron Flick
Wahl Clipper Corp.
Senior Marketing Associate

Corey Gabler
Steel River Systems
Managing Member

Rebecca Garland
Verifacts, LLC
Member, CCO

Lynn Hammer

Retired Business Owner

Chris Hammitt
Hammitt Insurance Agency

Brian Hawkins
The Cornerstone Agency Inc
Insurance Produce

Dr. David Hellmich
Sauk Valley Community College

Mark Humphreys
MCR Technologies Group, Inc.

Nik Jakobs
Jakobs Bros.Farms Inc

Dallas Knack
Sauk Valley Community College
Marketing Coordinator

Matthew Lenox
Dixon Chamber & Main Street
Marketing Director

Patrick McBride
McBride Insurance Agency

Terry McGuire
Senior Vice President

Ryan Miller
KSB Hospital

Krista Morthland
The Kitchen Incubator of NWIL/GSDC
Director/Business Manager

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
Owner/Health and Fitness Coach

Suzy Perino
Sauk Valley Bank
Market President

Alejandro Rivera
RE/MAX Sauk Valley

Bailey Russell
Wahl Clipper Corp.
Senior Marketing Associate

Janel Stahr
Stahr Media and
Chief Operating Officer

Daniel Swihart
Open Door Community Church
Senior Pastor

Mike Venier
Venier Jewelers

Sena Warkins
Imprintable Memories
Sales and Marketing

Bill Wescott

Rebecca Wilson
Pine Creek Escape

Christy Zepezauer
Woodlawn Arts Academy
Executive Director