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Kokomo CEO News 5.4.18

CEO Business Visits


Celebrate the win!

We've learned how healthy teams celebrate wins, so after last Wed's Trade Show, we enjoyed simply being with each over breakfast, paid for by proceeds from our Jan Summit. We've heard a lot about creating culture for your business this year. Allocating funds for celebrating wins creates a culture that loves to win and enjoys each other! What is your organization doing to celebrate your successes?


The Art of the Sale

David Watterson

David Watterson is the Sr VP of International Sales for Mountville Mills, Inc of LaGrange GA and father of CEO '15, Zach Watterson. This was a true master class on sales from an expert who's spent decades training people to sell all over the world. We appreciated his sincere, professional and wisdom-packed demeanor. "There are two reasons people buy: they want it or need it. The art is to help people want what they need." "'I don't know' isn't a bad response to a customer; it's actually an opportunity to demonstrate your followup skills."


Sharing w/Kokomo Rotary

Riley Garner / Andrea Peterson

Thanks to board member Aaron Smith of Smith Financial, we had an opportunity to share with the noon Rotary club about our CEO Summit and Trade Show of just last week. Riley Garner of NHS and WHS' Andrea Peterson each told the story of creating their business and creating a trade show booth. We appreciate the opportunity to share our experiences with the business community that helps make Kokomo CEO possible!


Cardwell Built Construction

Laura & John Cardwell

John & Laura may be Kokomo's Chip & Joanna Gaines! With John's building skills and their collective design skills, topped off with her realtor prowess, they are a successful and well-rounded team. Laura stressed the benefit of always building authentic relationships, "It's what we've built our business on." John said, "I'm often asked if I'm busy. I think the better question for a business owner is, are you profitable? It's a better indicator of what will make or break your business."


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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.


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