Week 34 TRADE SHOW WEEK


Johnny Miller, Dyno Nobel, with Tim Merriman


Lee Hackney, Retired Navy Captain, Phd, Director Anna Arts Center


REGIONAL TRADE SHOW ribbon cutting at the Dunn-Richmond Economic Center

In CEO we try to practice an attitude of gratitude.

Thank you to all who came to support the students at the trade show--board members, mentors, investors, presenters, and general public! Union County was well represented on both sides of the booth tables showing that we are a community with vision for the future.

Thank you, again, to the leaders and staff at the Dunn-Richmond Center for hosting the trade show and for providing speakers (and lunch) earlier in the month at a day long trade show workshop.  


Ready for Business


Greeting our Guests


More Trade Show Photos


Student Journal Highlights for this week

We met an amazing woman, Lee Hackney, on Thursday. It seems like her life has been so busy that I don’t know how she has ever had any free time. She was not raised in our community, but she has done so much to help it out. First, with the Art Center in Anna. She helped create a place where people can showcase their artwork and their skill in acting or singing. Also, she is opening a store to get people shopping on Main Street and to make it look more welcoming. I guess she really lives by the motto, help make our community a better place for the next generation.

Jessa Bond

Jessa Bond
Sunday, April 23, 2017Learn More About Jessa

Lee Hackney seems like one of the most interesting women ever. I couldn't believe all she has done. I just had no idea that she was the first woman engineer to take a ship to war.

Aaron Lence

Aaron Lence
Sunday, April 23, 2017Learn More About Aaron

Lee Hackney is just an amazing character, and I appreciate everything that she has done for this country and our community. She is probably one of the most interesting women I know with all her stories and life experience. I know her slideshow was just a small piece of her life, and it was just amazing hearing how she has done it. Many people could not take on the challenges that she has and still be afloat. I look forward to working with her more as my client, and I’m happy that everyone else got the experience of meeting Lee.

Ms. Hackney is the volunteer director at the Anna Arts Center, but she also is a retired Navy captain! She was a very inspirational woman, being the first female engineer in the Navy and also the first woman to lead a ship into war waters, and she gave us a lot of advice. She encouraged us to “Do the right thing.”, “Do your best.”, and “Show you care.” She told us that integrity is doing the right thing, even when nobody is looking.

Erin Dillow

Erin Dillow
Monday, April 24, 2017Learn More About Erin

Dyno Nobel was so neat! Not everyone can say that they have been to a place where they make reactors for dynamite! I really wish we could have toured more. We spent most of the morning on safety which I understand. It was so informative. There are a lot of good people who work there. I loved how their loud speaker codes were song based. It was so funny to hear the Star Wars song playing when they needed more of something. They have a really good system set up with whiteboards so they can keep track of all the information and quality of the work place along with quality of their products.

The week started out with a BANG when we went to DyNo Nobel. My dad used to work there so I already knew a good amount about the company, but it was still fun to go around the plant and see the process of everything. We even got to be there when they tested some of the explosives which was just really cool.

Shad Turner

Shad Turner
Tuesday, April 25, 2017Learn More About Shad

The week started out with a visit to Dyno Nobel with Mr. Johnny Miller. This was definitely a very intriguing visit, especially with the small detail of how this business works with explosives. Not only was it unbelievable that we visited a business that produces the key component to making things go boom, it was incredibly eye opening to see how they keep records of daily numbers and statistics on a board for each department. These boards showed the rate of productivity, employee satisfaction, and many other things and were displayed with changeable red and green patches so that the employees could quickly and easily see how things were going in their department. I thought this was a great idea because if I was an employee at a manufacturing company I would want to see what my work was producing and how little things can greatly increase or decrease productivity. I thought it was a brilliant way to get employees active in wanting to do all that they can to increase productivity.

Erin Dillow

Erin Dillow
Thursday, April 27, 2017Learn More About Erin

By far the best part of CEO this week had to have been the trade show. The trade show was an amazing experience that helped me expand my network as well as gain some great ideas. I was given a few amazing ideas during the trade show like working with the SBDC to provide great entry level websites to start-up businesses and working with moving companies to provide a referral fee to every client that moves through them that has me come and set up their devices. Other than the amazing advice I got I also enjoyed meeting not only potential clients but some of the people that have helped me and others like me get so far in our business and our lives this year. But the crowning moment during the trade show was probably my Grandpa showing up and seeing how proud he is of me; it makes me want to do better and deserve that praise

There were so many people that came through the Trade Show and it was awesome to be able to talk to them. Quite a few people from Union County came to support us which I thought was awesome. They have invested their time and money into the program and into us students, and I believe that we helped to show them that it wasn’t in vain.

Jessa Bond

Jessa Bond
Friday, April 28, 2017Learn More About Jessa

This week was our group’s first tradeshow. I cannot begin to explain how proud I am of my teammates. Yes, I had a great time at my booth, and I also loved sharing the story of my business and talking about my products like many business owners we have visited before, but I was most impressed with our group as a whole. Seeing the booths of my teammates and how we all stepped up to the plate and were active and engaging with passersby made me think back to the very first week of CEO. It made me remember how hard it was to shake someone’s hand and the awkwardness that came with trying to talk through business ideas with people you barely knew. Now I’d like to say that my team is supportive of each other, and we can talk about business things and ask questions and that awkwardness is gone. We’ve all grown and I’m really proud of my CEO 2017 group. The impending finish of this CEO year is already turning out to be a bittersweet end.

Erin Dillow

Erin Dillow
Saturday, April 29, 2017Learn More About Erin


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