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Kokomo CEO News 5.11.18

CEO Business Visits


Spreading the Vision

CEO Presents at Partners in Edu. Meeting

Thanks to an invitation from Coca-Cola Kokomo's Craig Severns, last Fri. eight of us and our facilitator got to share our CEO experience with community educators and business people at IUK. Sharing about their individual business were: Andrew Pervez, Grace Sullivan, Brooklyn Hayes, Grace Lupoi, Riley Garner, Connor Rezo, Andrea Peterson and Mia Wallace. We love being able to share about CEO with our community that is such a significant part of our success!


Kokomo Grain Co

Scot Ortman
We were hosted by CEO & President, Scot Ortman, son of founder, "Mick" Ortman. The scope of Kokomo Grain, from owning railroad to control their shipping to the shear size of their opertion was incredibly impressive. It was a great lesson in vision, leadership and execution. And we thank Kokomo Grain again, for being one of our sponsors of our Jan. CEO Summit.

Passing the Baton

Incoming '19 CEO Class Meets '18 CEO Class

14 of our 19 incoming CEO students for 2019 met with our current CEO team at Inventrek. The purpose was to help transfer DNA--to share best practices and wisdom to set them up for success. We also wanted to create the opportunity to build relationships so that in the future, these incoming CEOers could call on these now seasoned veterans even if they are in college. Our facilitator, Morgan Young, made some opening remarks, but it was predominantly drivein by our soon-to-be-outgoing CEO team.

This was rewarding for both groups, but there is a bittersweet sentiment among our current team as we realize this life-shaping experience called CEO is almost over. "It's surreal how fast this has all gone!" -Connor Rezo.


Meet Cooper O'Neal

Western High School

My college plans are to attend Ohio Northern University to study pharmacy and minor in business. My business, O’Neal Art, is an art marketing business designed to help artists generate income selling their own pieces of art. As artists they often lack the time, desire or skill set to market their art. We help the artist target his or her art on social media and find physical locations for them to sell it. In exchange, O’Neal Art receives 30% of the sales.

The CEO experience has ben incredible for me, from handling the finances of our CEO Summit to launching O'Neal Art. One of my favorite quotes I heard this year is, "We often learn more from failure, not from success!"


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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 0 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 5 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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