2019/2020 Jefferson County CEO Mentors:

Lee Bob Willingham -   Owner/Bullibone

Larry Lyday -   Owner/One Stop Flooring America

Mark Black-   Owner/Men In White Painting

Crystal Hemby -   Owner/Crystal Clear Pools & Spa

Hillary Esser -    Director of Development/Cedarhurst Center For the Arts

Karen Pelker -   AVP/Community First Bank

Michael Kroeschen -   Edward Jones Financial Advisor

Kay Zibby-Damron -   CEO/Rend Lake College Foundation

Amanda Basso-Shurtz -   CEO/Crossroads Community Hospital

Gary Hamerski -   Country Financial Agent

Dan Knox -   Commercial Lender/Peoples National Bank

Michael Coleman -  Shelter Insurance Agent

Deb Smith -   Owner/King City Property Brokers

Brett Hall -   Owner/Hall Insurance Group

Megan Schmidt -   President/Mt. Vernon Rotary


CEO Mentor

A mentoring program provides an effective networking model for Jefferson County CEO students. Establishing effective one on one connections, that will strengthen the student's awareness of employment opportunities in our County and develop greater social skills through this mentorship experience. Every Jefferson County CEO student, known as a student, is matched with a mentor from the business community. Ultimately, these relationships strengthen the CEO program's success and builds generational bridges between the student and the business community.

Here are the following responsibilities and activities:

  • Meet with the student for scheduled meetings to discuss what they are learning in CEO
  • Attend Monthly Mentor Mornings
  • Review the student's business plan for their individual business
  • Experience the weekly progress of their Protege through reading their journal entries of what they experience each day in CEO

Would you like to be a Mentor?

A mentor is a business owner, entrepreneur, or intreprenuer from our areas business community. A mentor is someone willing to share his or her time and expertise with a CEO student. Please contact us, if you are interested in being a CEO mentor. You will be provided mentor training and be required to have a background check to enroll in the program. Successful mentoring partnerships are advantageous for everyone – the student, the mentor and the CEO program.