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KCEO: May 4th


Jerrid Sebesta: Professional Speaking

Jerrid Sebesta: Professional Speaking

Jerrid Sebesta joined KCEO for another session on professional speaking.  Our students took huge strides over the course of a week with regards to eye contact, tone of voice, and pace.  Since this session, our students now notice all of the 'ahs', 'ums', and run-on 'ands' that we all use everyday.  Mr. Gehrking has been repeatedly reminded that he says 'ahhh' a lot.  Thank you Jerrid!


Central Minnesota Fabricating

Central Minnesota Fabricating
Our CEO class was invited to tour Central Minnesota Fabricating, West Central Steel's sister company.  Our students were in awe of the technology hidden in the large green buildings just off of Hwy 12.  As a steal fabricating company, CMF custom design and create structural steel for building's of all sizes.  The CMF staff stressed the value of communication, technology, and attention to detail.  To the entire CMF staff, thank you for showing us all of the cool things you do!

Taxes: Joel Gratz & Keith Cooreman

Taxes: Joel Gratz & Keith Cooreman
Joel Gratz and Keith Cooreman helped our class navigate the confusion surrounding business and taxes.  We all learned very quickly that rarely is anything black or white when dealing with taxes in the US.  One thing was clear...if you want to be sustainably successful in business, get a good accountant.

KCEO: St. Paul Visit

KCEO: St. Paul Visit

Rep. Dave Baker and Sen. Andrew Lang welcomed our class to the Capitol grounds early on Wednesday morning.  This was a day absolutely packed to the gills with learning and it all started in a Technology Committee Meeting at the State Office Building.  Our students got to see first hand how our government works and they were even brought up during the committee's discussion.  After the meeting and a short lunch Sen. Lang took our class on a tour of the Capitol itself.  The $300 million dollar renovation is beautiful.  Perhaps the most elaborate room was the Governor's Office on the main floor.  Here our KCEO class got the chance to sit down with Gov. Dayton, DEED Comm. Shawntera Hardy, Rep. Baker, and Sen. Lang.  Our students spoke confidently, naturally and unprompted with Gov. Dayton and Commissioner Hardy about what the CEO program has meant to them and why every community should consider starting their own.  The Atwater, Cosmos, Grove City, New London, Spicer and Willmar communities should be very proud of these young people.  They represented our area very well.

If that wasn't enough, our class was able to tour US Bank Stadium following the Capitol visit.  We were able to visit the luxury suites, locker rooms and field itself.  Mr. Gehrking made sure to sit in Adrian Peterson's old locker room seat and in the owner's chair.  It was a wonderful end to an amazing day.  KCEO Investors, thank you for everything!


Ellingson Allergy & Asthma Clinic

Ellingson Allergy & Asthma Clinic
Jim and Amy Ellingson welcomed KCEO to their Willmar clinic to share their story.  Amy has the medical knowledge and Jim has always been involved with business.  These complementing skill sets have allowed them to start and grow their own business in the complex and ever-changing field of medicine.  Thank you both for welcoming us to your business and constantly supporting KCEO and our community.

To Your Health!

To Your Health!
The To Your Health! team hosted our class on Friday and shared some treats.  Sue, Mary and Del started an Herbalife club a few years ago hoping and praying to break even at 40 shakes per week.  All three have, or had, full time jobs but after word of the healthy eatery grew, so did the time devoted to it.  They now do between 100 and 140 shakes per day and have a very loyal clientele that ranges from middle schoolers to senior citizens.  Thank you, ladies, for sharing your story with us!

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