Forging Future Leaders

Our mentorship program provides valuable learning experiences to our students. Our mentors bring skills that help our students develop their businesses, their communication and social skills. Business mentors are community leaders in Sangamon County. Ultimately, these relationships strengthen our program and build cross-generational bridges.

As a mentor you are committing to:

  • Helping the students with some class projects
  • Helping the students with their business concepts
  • Attending CEO vs Sharks at the end of the school year


If you would like to become a mentor, please use the form below to apply!


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Current Mentors

Cindy Davis

Mentor, General

President, Resource One

Pamela Frazier

Mentor, Operations/Logistics

President, All In One On-Site Wash & Detail

Brett Jackson

Mentor, Marketing

President & CEO, Systemax Corporation

Josh Hester

Mentor, General

Principal & Executive Producer, The Storyteller Studios, Inc.

Amanda Lavin

Mentor, Marketing

Team Leader — CEO KW Capital

Kevin Lust

Mentor, Business Plan

Director, Illinois Small Business Development Center at LLCC

Andrew Reinert

Mentor, Operations/Logistics

Operations Manager, KW GRAPHICS, INC.

Laukik Sarode

Mentor, Business Plans

Product Manager, AdView Technology

Dr. Jorge Villegas

Board Member

Associate Professor & Chair, Business Administration University of Illinois — Springfield

Thomas Walsh

Mentor, Marketing

Aumann Auctions, Auctioneer / Broker / Appraiser

Leah Wilson

Mentor, Operations/Logistics

Executive Director, Kidzeum of Health and Science

Lisa Petrilli


Lisa is an attorney at Sorling Northrup. Lisa's son is a CEO alum and she has recently joined the board of directors.

Patrick Scheina

Board Member

Patrick is Managing Director and Financial Advisor with Northwestern Mutual.

Mark Vance

Mentor, Business Plans

Commercial Loan Officer, Carrollton Bank

Stewart Bobbitt

Expert, Data Analytics & Research

Stewart is an Assistant Vice President of Advanced Analytics with Horace Mann Educator Corporation.