CEO visited State Farm in Lawrenceville and spoke to Tom Robinson. State Farm does automotive and home insurance. CEO realized that Tom built the building himself and realized that they are capable too!
CEO went to AgriGold. Business Manager Jarad Arnold talked to them and gave them a tour. They produce Elite Corn and Soybean Hybrids. A tip Jarad gave them was to “focus on one thing at a time."
CEO visited Toyota Boshuku in Lawrenceville, IL .Jason Carson and David Seals led the tour. They are a “just in time” supplier for TMMI. TBIL has roughly 965 team members.
CEO visited Marathon Refinery in Robinson, IL. Dan Dix led the tour with his supervisor Bryan Barbie. On the tour, they rode a bus through the refinery. Dan told them all of the important jobs they do along with showing them different units.
CEO went to Wabash Energy. At Wabash Energy they drill oil wells and contracts them out to people in a few states. A piece of advice they gave them was to use their resources. "Using your resources will get you valuable information that you may not have known."
CEO went to Ewing Printing in Vincennes, IN. They make business cards, brochures, magazines, vinyl signs, etc.. While they were there, they got to meet the owner Jim Ziegler and discuss challenges of having a small business!
CEO visited Ambraw Federal Credit Union in Lawrenceville, IL. The ladies at the Credit Union talked to the students about the difference of a bank and a credit union. They also gave them some tips on how to handle certain money problems as they get older. They advised the students to find a career or business that they will enjoy.
CEO went to Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Indiana. In the visitor center they had a 1967 Toyota Corona, 2 souvenir machines, and multiple other informational boards. In the facility they focus on safety and numbers of cars they get out the door a day.
CEO class went to CFCO, Inc. The owner Norman Kocher talked to them about what they exactly do there and the importance of what they do. While they were there, they got to see a lot of the equipment they use. A key point that Norman hit was to always be educated in anything you do.
CEO had a guest speaker Braden Whitney come talk to them. He talked to the students about their futures and what they want to be when they graduate. He gave them some great advice on what colleges they want to go to.
CEO visited Flying S in Palestine. Flying S is a team of engineers, machinists, and technicians. They fabricate carbon fiber aircraft wings, intricate molds, and machined parts.
CEO visited the Little Learner Childcare Center. The owner, Cierra Rains, showed them around and talked about her journey of owning the daycare.
CEO toured Cannon’s Furniture store. The students talked to Bryan Cannon about the store and he showed them around. Some advice he gave the students was to know their product. When you are selling things you need to know your product. If you don’t, you aren’t able to help the customer as much.
CEO toured USA Aero Refinishing. The students watched some videos of the planes and found out that one of the planes was featured in the film "Fool's Gold." One piece of advice they received was if you have passion for your business, you'll succeed.
CEO students met with the Mayor of Lawrenceville, Don Wagner. He explained to them how the money is acquired to run the city. He informed them that Lawrenceville is in good standing financially and is lucky to have great city employees!
CEO went to Lawrence County Mini Storage owned by Gary Huber. Some tips Gary gave the students were to learn to take notes and keep good records. When handling costumers, have them leave happy so they come back to you!
CEO toured the Mid American Air Center. They were shown the gliders and towing planes that were on site by Kurt Schwartz and Tyler Funk. They were told to always do what you love, pay attention and be attentive, and to have a good plan!
CEO visited Matt Pargin at the Pargin Investment. Matt gave the students advice on how carry a business like making sure how much you are making doesn’t equal your expenses or to hire good people. He also said to never settle for less than you deserve, take care of yourself, and take time to travel!
CEO toured New Leaf Fitness & Spa. The tour guide was Josh Decausey the manager of the fitness side of New Leaf Fitness & Spa. Josh said that communication and team work is the key to make any business successful.
CEO visited Mark Bowler at Bowler Performance Transmissions. Mark Bowler talked about the basics of owning and starting a business : find something you're passionate about, find something that will set you apart from others, and to build relationships and networks. Customer service is always key in anything you do!
CEO visited Gray’s restaurant in Bridgeport ,IL . Gray’s is owned by Todd Gray. A big point he made was to keep your customers happy and while it is needed for more people to come to your business you also want repeated business.
Guest speaker, Bob Tracy, treated CEO to breakfast at COCO'S! Bob is owner of Tracy Electric in Lawrenceville and a CEO board member. Bob gave the students several activities that made them think outside the box. Bob said great marketing skills can make even the simplest ideas a success.
CEO class visited Growing Green Lawn Care and were greeted by former LHS graduate, Keith Fisher, who is the owner and operator of the company. His best advice was to treat customers well!
CEO's first guest speaker, Bob Christy, reminded the students : Be involved in your community; be knowledgeable about your business and your clients; and most of all, be kind!
CEO students learn that teamwork makes the dream-work by competing to see which team could build the tallest spaghetti tower!
Lawrence County CEO kicks off the start of the year with team building activities at Indiana State University's Sycamore Outdoor Center in Brazil, Indiana.
Left to Right: Damon Zollars, Ethan Kelly, Blaine Barns, Trace Foster, Preston Miller, Rowe Tracy, Emily Darnell, Aubrey Jones, Chaylee Shick, Cindel McClasky, Sydney Barker