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Burkhart Insurance

Tony Burkhart

We visited Burkhart Insurance on October 25th. Tony Burkhart lead our visit. Mr. Burkhart shared great life lessons and lessons he learned along the way from college to being a successful business man. He shared what he expected from his employees and shared things that we should know as we attend college and enter the workforce.  After his presentation, Mr. Burkhart took us to see the Pantheon Theater that they are restoring.  He talked about how they wanted to turn it into a co-working space.  It was exciting to see his passion for the theater.  We look forward to following the progress and using it in the future.  Thank you for taking a morning to spend with us and Thank you for investing in Knox County CEO.

By: Lauren Parker and Isaac Burson


The AME Group

The AME Group

Advanced Micro Electronics (AME) was founded in 1985, and is a computer repair and technology company. AME is a locally owned business that holds international accounts and is one of the Knox County CEO investors. This company has maintained business with many local organizations for years. The Knox County CEO Class had the opportunity to visit this business and talk to Melinda Hedge as well as other employees to gain a better understanding of AME. Throughout our visit we saw how multiple divisions of the company work together to make AME successful. A point brought up again and again by individuals from AME was that in order for business to maintain success it must continually evolve with the market to meet supply and demand. The CEO students learned countless useful and life applicable facts. We thought visiting AME was extremely interesting because it furthered our understanding of the company.  Alex Rusch and Rahul Bajaj


CEO goes to Vincennes Township Fire Department

Vincennes Township Fire Department

Monday morning on week fifteen, we went to the Vincennes Township Fire Department. We got to speak with Tim Smith, the Fire Chief. He spoke with us about his career, how he got started and what it was like to be a fireman. He told us many interesting stories that have happened throughout his career. He also stressed how important fire safety is for everyone.  He also provided hands on demonstrations over using a fire extinguisher and CPR.  After speaking with us, he took us out to the garage and told us about the fire trucks and how they worked.  Thank you Fire Chief Smith for having us.   Lexi Wilson and Jaren Pfoff


Class Business a Success

CEO Winter Banquet

On December 4, 2017 the Knox County CEO class hosted their winter banquet at Highland Woods Community Center for our class business. Prior to the banquet, every class member sold tickets to the business community and gathered live and silent auction items.Getting prepared for the banquet was a lot of hard work, but getting to see all of that work pay off night of the banquet was a great feeling. The night of the banquet we a very successful turnout with approximately 250 guests. Procopios Pizza and Pasta catered pasta, garlic bread, and salad. We had the honor of serving and talking to our guests. Collin Fausnaugh, Benjamin Weber, and Isaac Burson gave a presentation to all of our guests about what we have done in the class first semester. At the end of the night, Tammy Catt from Clorox, gave a presentation about relationships and communication. Our overall profit for the banquet was approximately $9,500. We would like to thank our investors and businesses that contributed to our banquet, Tammy Catt, Procopio’s Pizza and Pasta, our CEO advisory board, and Tim Vieck for donating Highland Woods Community Center. Lastly we would like to thank everyone that came out and supported our Knox County CEO Class.    Gage Cooper and Isabel Miller


Mentor Match

Mentor Match and Reveal

On Wednesday December 6th and Friday December 8th, we had a mentor match. We followed the “speed dating” method.  We met with every potential mentor for four minutes.  We enjoyed this activity and enjoyed meeting the people that had volunteered to spend three time with us. After the “speed dating” process, we gave our top 3 choices. The mentors turned in the top three choices as well. Kristi, our facilitator, matched us.  We also had a reveal the following Tuesday.  It was fun to see who we were matched with. Thank you to the following people for volunteering their time: Barb Donnar, Jo Brocksmith, Carson Thacker, Chris Sievers, Bertha Proctor, Elizabeth Miller, Jamie Neal, Craig Kirk, Drew Garretson, Heath Klein, Don Spivey, Jeff Rode, Ross Martin, Shana Strange, Travis Piper, Christina Ernst and Jennifer Skinner.


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The manner in which the CEO program is funded is critical to its success and sustainability. All funds raised are used exclusively for the Knox County CEO program. To participate, a 3-year $1000 per year commitment is required. Business Partner Investors commitments of time and energy are also critical to the program's success. Contributions may be tax deductible, as our organization is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.

When we are not touring local businesses, we need a place to host the class. During that time, the 0 CEO students and their Facilitator would meet at your site where they would also have guest speakers and guests from the community attend. Hosting requires a facility with internet access and adequately accommodates up to 5 people.

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