CEO Mentor

A mentoring program provides an effective networking model for Southwest Minnesota 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 Southwest Minnesota 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.

Our Mentors

Barb Anderson
Cattnach Insurance

Sarah Atchison
Midwest Fire
President and CEO

Nancy Van De Berg
Main Street Financial
Financial Advisor

Cory Bloemendaal
Buffalo Ridge Insurance

Brian Boomgaarden
Minnesota West Community and Technical College
Farm Business Management Instructor

Emily Crabtree
Luverne Area Community Foundation
Executive Director

Joe Douty
Wilson Manufacturing

Dawn Heidebrink
Clothier by Dawn

Diane Kennedy
Sanford Luverne

Dan LaRock
Principal & Shareholder Hub International

Ann Miller
Pipestone School
Retired Teacher

Kyle Oldre
Rock County
County Administrator

Gary Papik
Papik Motors
President and CEO

Kevin Paulsen
First Bank and Trust
Community President

Chad Rauk

Sara Schmuck
Sanford Hospital Luvene
Community Liaison

Nadine Schoep
Continential Western Group
Asst. Vice President of Human Resources

Ellen Wenninger
Professional Ag Marketing
Director of Operations