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KCEO: April 13th

CEO Business Visits

CEO Guest Speakers


Jerrid Sebesta

Jerrid Sebesta
Jerrid Sebesta, a financial coach at Taatjes Financial Group, visited with our students about everything from financial freedom to identifying what they really want in life.  Jerrid's story is a powerful one.  He made the decision to leave a skyrocketing TV news career for the life he's always wanted.  Check out the rest of his story here.

Rambow Inc.

Rambow Inc.
Steve Rambow, founder of Rambow Inc. of New London, welcomed KCEO to his business to share his story and insights.  He founded the business over 30 years ago when we decided to leave teaching to pursue his passion.  Rambow Inc. is now the main provider of customized clothing in the area.  His dedication to cutting edge technology has continually increased his company's capacity over the past three decades.  Thank you Rambow Inc. team for everything!

West Central Steel

West Central Steel
Jeff Pattison and his team from West Central Steel gave our class a wonderful peek into the high tech world of steel.  WCS has continued to grow in physical size and capability with the adoption of new technologies including robotics, plasma cutting, and software engineering.  In addition to the actual plant, our class was shown the new beautiful training facility.  "This has to be a home base next year!" -Jessa Hanson KCEO 2017

R&J Tours

R&J Tours
Ralph and Jan Engel welcomed the KCEO class to their place of business for the first time this week.  R&J Tours specializes in building group tours/vacations and currently offers over 80 separate packages per year.  Ralph and Jan started this business out of them home in the early 90's and every member of the family has, and still does, play a role.  They have built a very loyal collection of adventure seekers over the past three decades as the business continues to grow.  Thank you, Ralph and Jan, for sharing your story and your memories with us.

Riverview, PLLP

Riverview, PLLP
Natasha Mortenson and Tom Walsh of Riverview Dairy welcomed KCEO to their newest location south of Pennock.  With over 200,000 animals the facility's sheer size is extremely impressive.  Perhaps what's even more inpiring is the company's dedication to its animals.  These cows are living stress-free and comfort-rich lives in the state-of-the-art facility that is cleaner than most of our student's bedrooms (just a guess).  They are free to roam in extremely spacious pens and rarely do they have direct contact with people.  In fact, as we toured the grounds many of the cows stared in wonder at the two-legged invaders and some even chased curiously along after them.  Riverview is 70% employee owned and encourages a culture of candor, integrity, open discussion and innovation.  Natasha and Tom, thank you for opening our eyes to the reality of today's dairy industry. 

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