The CEO Board of Directors is announcing that they will not be hosting a CEO Trade Show this year. Originally scheduled for late April, the trade show was postponed until the COVID-19 issues were better known. In making the announcement, John Evans, CEO Board President stated, “The Board and our advisors have decided it is in the best interest of our students, their families, our investors and the greater community that has traditionally supported the CEO students, to cancel the CEO Trade Show this year.”

The Board feels this experience, while unfortunate in so many ways, has been a tremendous learning experience for the CEO students. The students were forced to re-evaluate their business plans in the same way that every other business owner has had to re-evaluate and adjust. This real-life experience cannot be taught in the classroom. In lieu of a Trade Show, the students have focused their attention on direct marketing and various social media outlets to promote and sell their products. We encourage you to support these students by checking out their products and purchase from them, if possible.

The students can be contacted as follows:

Allyson Armstrong: Allyson’s creative personality and interest in jewelry led her to start Halo Designs, which specializes in handcrafted polymer clay jewelry. You can order this beautiful and unique jewelry by calling Allyson at 618-263-7740.

Gus Beadles: Gus has always loved vehicles and more specifically clean vehicles. This “obsession” drove him to start Darin’s Details, which does auto detailing. If you are interested in having your vehicle detailed, call Gus at 618-302-6273.

Raelynn Duvall: Raelynn loved faux leather jewelry and had numerous pieces in her personal collection. This interest led her to start Southern Chic. Raelynn hand makes beautiful custom faux leather jewelry. Raelynn can be reached at 618-384-0967.

Peyton Fallen: Grilling seems to be in Peyton’s blood, so it was a natural for him to start Grubb Rub, which specializes in homemade dry rubs. You can order Peyton’s dry rubs by calling him at 618-445-7293.

Alli Goering: Alli’s love for creating great things to eat motivated her to start Pop 2+ (Pop Squared), which makes delicious handmade cake pops. You can order these delicious cake pops by calling Alli at 618-837-0616.

Brooklyn Hoffeditz: Brooklyn created Blends by Brooke to combine her interest in healthy foods and her love for great tasting treats. Her delicious smoothies are not only good, but good for you. You can place orders for fresh smoothies by calling Brooklyn at 812-798-9780.

Zed Markman: Zed combined his creative skills with his love of technology and started Markman Metalworks, where he does CNC plasma cutting. He has the capability to cut metal or wood. Zed says his business is doing so well that he is currently not accepting new orders (great problem to have!). We suggest you keep his name and number handy and call on him in the future for any CNC needs. His number is 618-445-1534.

Madison McIntire: Building Brains Publishing is a business that evolved naturally from Madie’s two loves: reading and art. She has written and illustrated her first children’s’ book titled “Bubbles and Beaks”. You can order your autographed copy by calling Madie at 618-263-8459.

Katie Reid: The inspiration for Bloom & Grow is an idea that grew out of Katie’s desire to provide a daily devotion for her family, friends and church. You can order your copy of this devotional by calling Katie at 618-302-3940.

Marcus Stennet: The inspiration for M.E. Time Podcast came from Marcus’ interest in current events. Launching this business was meant for him to provide a venue to share his ideas with like-minded people. Marcus can be reached at 812-887-9856.

Laney Stephens: Growing up, Laney loved to eat her grandmother’s homemade egg noodles. She started Nita’s Noodles to keep a tradition alive and share these wonderful noodles with the community. You can order these noodles by calling Laney at 618-240-4439.

Rylie Webb: Rylie has loved cooking since she was a little girl. Starting Hometown Sweets combined her love of baking with her love of all things sweet. You can order these goodies by calling Rylie at 618-240-6193.

Max Zimmerman: The closely held secret of Grandma Z’s BBQ sauce remains a Zimmerman treasure. Max, however, decided that it was time to at least share the fabulous taste with others in the community. Grandma Z’s Smokin’ Sauce brings this family recipe to the world. You can order this special BBQ Sauce by emailing Max at [email protected].

2020-21 CEO Class: The students that will be in the 2020-21 CEO Class have been selected. We are pleased to announce that Shawn Storckman and Jamilyn Marks will be returning as co-facilitators and we are looking forward to a new CEO year. On behalf of the Board of Directors, we wish to thank the community for its continued support of this exciting learning program.