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Kokomo CEO News 9.8.17

CEO Business Visits


"Our ties aren't around our necks, they're in the community"

Community First Bank
Learning from bank president, Robb Blume and founding executive VP, Bob Hickman, was a great honor. Community First was not only instrumental in bringing CEO to Kokomo, they have now provided us with our new board chair, Kim LaFollette. During our debrief of the visit, there was a strong sense of how welcoming and supportive they are of CEO.

"2 Nouns"

We each pulled a piece of paper out of a jar that had 2 random nouns written on it. We then had to make up a story that somehow connected the nouns together and present it to the team.

"I wanted to create an experience that caused the team to practice their communication skills and deepen the team chemistry. We also did this because I wanted to brainstorm class business ideas that morning and the best way to brainstorm is to first get people thinking creatively," -facilitator, Morgan Young.


Larison Media

Drew Larison
"My long term goal? I'd love to build a marketing shop in Kokomo that people around the country would love to come work for...I believe in Kokomo and I believe in small businesses...my father was an antrepreneur and when I saw his employees voluntarily carry his casket at his funeral two years ago--that's when I learned the meaning of the word legacy." -Drew Larison

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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 Kokomo 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 15 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 20 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.


If you are interested in participating in any of the above programs, use our contact form to send us a message

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