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Kokomo CEO News 2.23.18

CEO Business Visits

CEO Guest Speakers


Dan Adams

Situational Leadership

Former longtime restauranteur, Dan Adams, led us down the highly applicable path of Ken Blanchard's Situational Leadership; this is a tool for a life! We also appreciated that Dan is a passionate, real and engaging communicator. We will probably all remember the phrase, "You're unemployable!


Mentors & Midland

Mentor, Sarah Pitzer, of Security Federal Savings Bank engaging with Grace and Lauren.

This was one of several mentor days we've scheduled in this run, which are simply opportunities for mentors and students to get together. And bonus: Amy Tarr and Kent Probst, community directors from Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship, also came for a visit from Effingham, IL. Midland is the entity that franchises CEO programs throughout the country. Kokomo is only one of two in our entire state.


Cone Palace

Jeff & Lisa Smeltzer

Over 50 years ago Jeff's grandfather built a Dari-Castle franchise on this spot. Around 1970-71, his father got out of the franchise and created Cone Palace. And by '84 Jeff and Lisa came into the business. Lisa and Jeff took us through their Four Pillars of business: Satisfy the Customer, Satisfy the Employees, Marketing/Brand and Profit. They are one of Kokomo's great and endearing success stories!


CEO Class of 2019

Application Deadline Fri Mar 9th

(WHS's Grace Lupoi doing an amazing job of communicating CEO's Vision & Values to prospective students at Tri-Central High School.)

Application deadline for next year's CEO class is Fri March 9th.

Apply through our websitekokomoceo.com.

Mark your calendar: CEO Trade Show Wed April 25th, Bel Air Events.


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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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