Week 2

CEO Business Visits

CEO Guest Speakers


Curt's Classics

Curt Walker
Curt's Classics, located in Dongola, was our first tour of the 2018 year. Curt spent time talking to us about how he came to open such a specialized business and about his recent business move to Dongola.  Curt purchased and renovated a building that had previously been a church. During the tour, it was hard to believe that the building had been a church.  Curt emphasized the need to see beyond the obvious use of buildings/space and to have vision to see what a space can become.  Some advice Curt gave to the class was to figure out what their passions were and to see how they could incorporate this into their work life. This turned out to be the theme for the week. 

Grassy Lake Hunting Club

Collin Cain
Grassy Lake Hunting Club was Union County CEO Program's first home base.  Collin Cain, owner of Grassy Lake Hunting Club, met with us to talk about his years in the ever changing world of goose/duck hunting.  Collin explained to us how the hunting club had to change and adapt as fewer and fewer geese traveled this far south.   Collin also stressed to the class that they should find what they like and do it.  Figure out what their passions are and focus on those things.   The highlight of the day was the tour of the hunting club's land, and seeing where the duck pits were located all while riding in the "duck mobile." 

Leadership Lived

John Nimmo
John Nimmo of Leadership Lived and Re/max Southern talked to the class about the path that led him where he is today.  John empasized the need to learn to  communicate through what it said, how it's said and body language. The idea of figuring out and following your passions was discussed by John also as the theme of "passion" continued this week.  Another key idea discused by John was the idea that we build a good team one relationship at a time.  John recommended several books that would be beneficial for the students to read. He also had an activity for the students as a way to practice negotiation skills. This was an excellent way to see how the ability to communicate and negotiate are important in the business world. 

Student Journal Highlights for this week

Curt Walker  stressed how important it is to start small and build up as you can because you have to have constant cash flow.

John Russell

John Russell
Monday, August 28, 2017Learn More About John

On a team meeting: Starting into the day I can remember two things in particular, one was having to plan a breakfast for all of us and the other was trying to figure how to get polos for our ceo class. However, the thing that really struck me the most was that we were trusted to do this on our own like adults and without help.

Connor Allen

Connor Allen
Monday, August 28, 2017Learn More About Connor

Two of the tips that I remember Curt Walker talking about was to “do something that you’re really passionate about” and “don’t be afraid of failure”.

A big thing I took away from Curt Walker is that you always have to see the potential in something in order to have a successful business. He found a church that was for sale, and made it into a car shop. I would have never seen that potential in a building, and that gives me something to remember when creating my own business.

Zoe Fuhrhop

Zoe Fuhrhop
Tuesday, August 29, 2017Learn More About Zoe

On guest speaker, Collin Cain:  What I took the most from that day is when Mr. Cain stated “Always try to improve your business every year.” I also realized that Mr. Cain was very passionate about what he did and really enjoyed it.

Bryce Osman

Bryce Osman
Wednesday, August 30, 2017Learn More About Bryce

I liked the fact that, though, Collin Cain did not know what he wanted to to do with his life he followed a passion and that lead him to do something great and to be happy.

Megan Rhine

Megan Rhine
Wednesday, August 30, 2017Learn More About Megan

I also always thought that to be a good businessman you had to talk well but really you just have to listen well and make good connections. Probably the thing that will stick with me the most from this week is when John Nimmo stated, “Become a good listener.”

Bryce Osman

Bryce Osman
Thursday, August 31, 2017Learn More About Bryce

John Nimmo stressed how it is way more important to have people skills and communication skills rather than just product knowledge.

John Russell

John Russell
Thursday, August 31, 2017Learn More About John

I was surprised that John Nimmo took the time to learn everyone’s name. This shows that he invested his time to make our CEO team feel like they belong as soon as they walked through the door. I liked that John encouraged us to do our best in life and offered us his own personal advice.

Grace  Pitts

Grace Pitts
Thursday, August 31, 2017Learn More About Grace

John Nimmo spoke some powerful words to us. It really made me think about my future and what I’m doing right, and what I’m doing wrong. I really enjoyed what he taught us and I’d love to hear him speak again.

Grace  Schroeder

Grace Schroeder
Thursday, August 31, 2017Learn More About Grace

While meeting with John Nimmo the class did an activity involving negotiation which he then told us that “you don’t get in life what you deserve, you get in life what you negotiate”, and it really made me think that everything around us has been bought and negotiated.

Megan Rhine

Megan Rhine
Thursday, August 31, 2017Learn More About Megan


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