Week 32


It's Trade Show Time!!

We hope to see all of our readers, mentors, presenters and investors at the Regional Trade Show, Tuesday, April 25, 4:30-6:30, at the Dunn-Richmond Center on the south side of the SIU campus. There is no charge, so drop in and show support for these young entrepreneurs from four surrounding counties!  Many thanks to the SIU hosts for planning and executing this dynamic event!

Below we have evidence of what they have been doing in the last few weeks: building inventory, working with clients, designing and printing business cards and brochures, exploring trade show display ideas, and creating a costume for Pokey the Clown!


Jason Miller, Coad Chevrolet, Buick, Ford


Kelli Wood, Edward Jones


Greg Cook, Cook Portable Warehouses with Jonathan Bevis and Joe McCurdy


The Making of the Warehouses


Student Journal Highlights for this week

Mr. Miller has done an amazing job managing Coad. He has built a great relationship with all of his workers and his customers. He is a very personable man and that works great for him. He does a good job at providing great service to his customers as well as a great environment to his employees. I was honestly surprised to hear that there wasn't more vandalism or people who try and steal. I really appreciate Mr. Miller giving us his space for our home base.

Jason Miller is a man I couldn't be. His workload seems overwhelming. He manages everything about Coad, and after seeing all there is you would be surprised. I don't know how he has time to do all that stuff. It just amazes me that one person can do all that managing of departments.

Aaron Lence

Aaron Lence
Monday, April 17, 2017Learn More About Aaron

My favorite visit for the week was our visit to Edward Jones in Jonesboro. Ms. Kelli Wood gave us so much life advice and information in our short time together. One thing that really stuck out to me was when she talked about time management. I find that sometimes I am completely horrible at time management. She talked about the time we spend texting or scrolling through social media sites, or even watching television. I thought it was interesting that she spoke of this because for the past week I had challenged myself to stay off all social media sites for the whole week and replace that time with something productive or beneficial. After the week was over, I found myself using my time in better ways and I found I really didn't even miss it.

Jessa Bond

Jessa Bond
Tuesday, April 18, 2017Learn More About Jessa

While Kelli Wood had a very interesting story on how she got into the financial business and then into Edward Jones, what really ‘wowed’ me about this visit was all the wonderful life advice that she gave. Ms. Woods really pushed that we waste so much time on small and meaningless things like our phone, and that what we really need is good time management. She told us, “It’s a marathon, not a sprint” and explained that the little things we do each day are just as important as the big things we do. Ms. Woods told us that if we aren’t working towards a goal each day, we are actually backsliding. She expanded saying that what you want is to, “Wake up determined and go to bed satisfied.” because we now know to “Use your hours, don’t count them.”

Erin Dillow

Erin Dillow
Tuesday, April 18, 2017Learn More About Erin

I had no clue that Cook Portable Warehouses was as big of a company as it is. To think that they are in most of the southeastern states is astonishing to think about. When they explained why their sheds and such are the best, it makes sense. They put a lot of work into making them durable. They also really didn't leave a rock unturned when it came to what they were selling

Shad Turner

Shad Turner
Wednesday, April 19, 2017Learn More About Shad

This week has been a great start after spring break. I have enjoyed all our visits but my favorite has to have been Cook Warehouses. It was fascinating hearing their story and how they run this multi-million dollar business. It’s impressive the way a good entrepreneur can turn a pile of lumber into a huge business and the best shed manufacturer in the country. You could tell that Mr. Cook was proud of their product and took pride in being the leading standard in portable buildings. I just love seeing what one person can do with a vision and some adaptiveness. Mr. Cook touched on a subject that I am finding in my life as well. It is neat to follow the path and see where it takes you. You just never know where you will end up, but if you continue then there is nothing that holds you back.

Julian Smith

Julian Smith
Thursday, April 20, 2017Learn More About Julian

It really wowed me that when you search the word ‘shed’ on Google, Cook Portable Warehouses is on the first page! Mr. Cook told us that, “We do everything we can do to have a higher standard, and because of this, we have forced others to up their game.” Mr. Jonathan Bevis, National Marketing Director of Cook Portable Warehouses, expanded on this idea by saying, “You can either try to be the cheapest guy on the market, or you can build the best shed on the market and sell it for the best price.”

Erin Dillow

Erin Dillow
Thursday, April 20, 2017Learn More About Erin

Every visit this week was really good. So much information and advice was given that we can all apply to our daily lives as well as our businesses. That's one thing I really love about CEO. Every week, we hear amazing stories from amazing people and we get a piece of their wisdom. The things that these people have learned over their lifetime, they share with us. All the time, we are learning about people and how to form relationships. It's such a remarkable experience.

Jessa Bond

Jessa Bond
Friday, April 21, 2017Learn More About Jessa


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