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Kokomo CEO News 9.22.17


What They Won't Teach You in Business School

Nick Pate

"There are only 3 ways to make money: time for money, invest, and multiply yourself."

Nick (and Curly Joe) led us on a wisdom-packed hour of entrepreneurship gold! He concluded with this quote by Thomas Edison,

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."


KPI's & Other Business Systems

Rex Byers (Heating & Cooling)
"The biggest mistake small businesses make is they don't charge enough. If you're not charging enough to cover the cost of marketing, you're not charging enough." Rex's words had so much weight coming from a man who dramatically turned his company around after 10 years of marginal profits. Very inspiring!

Coca-Cola Bottling Co

Craig Severns, Mike Fox, Tim Knowland, Brandon Bishop
Craig Severns' grandfather started the Coca-Cola Bottling Co in Kokomo in 1935. They shared the number of cases of Coke sold in our area and it is truly staggering! (Numbers withheld due to confidentially agreement.) From a marketing standpoint, they are trying to understand the 79 million people strong, Millenial Generation. And although they still lean heavily on Coke sales, they now consider themselves a "total beverage co."

Fastest Lanyard Project Yet!

"We'll do it faster than last year," were words uttered by the two prior CEO teams about bringing in the lanyards. Neither did. This year, our team brought the project to completion faster than all three prior teams. It should be noted that we capitalized on the design and generosity of '16 alumni and lanyard designer, Jadon Meise. We learned that collaboration can happen between CEO teams, not just within a team! Thank you, Jadon.

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