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Kokomo CEO News 8.25.17


Successful Since 1946

Palmer's Jewelers, Mike Freed, John Martin, Jess Keller
"Be different. Be better. And remember that your customers are your friends. Relationships mean so much for long-term success," said John Martin. "We put products on billboards that no one else has, otherwise we're advertising for someone else." A fully staffed service department, complete with two watch makers, provides services unique to Palmer's.

Educated on Etiquette

Crystal Tea Room, Claudia Fike
Claudia Fike, who dined with two sitting presidents, welcomed us into her 100+ year old tea room. "You don't stab your fruit with a fork; your spoon will work nicely." Since we have the opportunity to dine socially throughout the year, we thought it wise to learn some best practices.

Team Building pt 3

Travis Taflinger
We sincerely appreciate Travis walking us through the art of breaking down walls and forging connections. Our final experience, "Over the Line" proved to be vulnerable for all of us. And vulnerability paves the way for trust--a hallmark of healthy teams.

Downtown Anchor for 33 Years

Sound of Music, John Rosborough
John was a virtual fountain of business wisdom: "Music is a culture and a way of life; this is so much more than just instruments...Competition is good, it makes everyone better...People buy from who they like, so you need to love what you do...I love to read about other industries to see what I can learn that I can apply to this business.

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