Kokomo CEO News 8.18.17

CEO Business Visits

CEO Guest Speakers

Learning from a 3rd Generation Success Story

Bob Hingst, Mid America Beverage

Mid America Beverage Vice President and CEO Board Member, Bob Hingst, led us on the this successful third, soon to be fourth generation, business. It was started by his grandfather when he was in the 6th grade! 

"There's nothing wrong with making money, but it's important to give back to the community."

Keys to Entrepreneurship

Paul Wyman

Why would Paul Wyman show up in a Hulk costume, pass out clown noses and walk us down to the corner to wave at passers-by? To illustrate his first point: HAVE FUN!

"This is hard work; you have to have fun in the process. Did you see how we put smiles on people's faces? How fun was that?!"

Paul gave us practical and applicable tips based on his entrepreneural life, in the most inspirational style!

Kokomo Toys

Amber Jordan

"We don't really need the retail store; we could do what we do online -- but we wanted to create an experience for people who share our passion."

"My father has 25 years of experience in Lean Manufacturing and has helped implement that concept throughout Kokomo Toys."

People regularly come from all over the midwest and as far as the east and west coasts to experience Amber and Todd Jordan's downtown business.

Bonus: we were allowed to tour their 2nd story defunct 1930s hotel before they start converting it to living space. Thanks Amber!

Team Building Pt 2

Travis Taflinger
In the picture above, CEO '18 cracked the secret to that particular exercise in record time! In a process that easily takes teams 6 or more attempts, they cracked it after the first try--impressive!


Andy Baker

"I had a guy in Hawaii ask me if I'd simply sell him one of my gearboxes. That got me to thinking, 'Maybe there's a market for robotics parts...'"

That was back when school robotics teams built everything from scratch. Amazingly, now AndyMark is known the world over as one of the pioneers and cornerstones of the robotics supply industry--an industry that didn't exist when that guy asked Andy to sell him a gearbox!

When learned so much about the manufacturing and distribution process from Andy and his daughter Rachel. She is an alumni of the '15 Kokomo CEO class and is entering her junior year at Purdue.

Lunch with Andy Outtakes ;-)

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