News

Shadow Days, Touring Schutt, and Speaker Lonnie Bathurst

CEO Guest Speakers


Touring Schutt Sports

with Clint Lemon and Kip Meyer

Grant Shelton explained his experience at Schutt. “Kip told us that Schutt does not import their helmets from overseas because it would limit their color options. Their competitors’ helmets are made overseas and can only produce about ten different colors. Schutt, on the other hand, has over 1300 different color combinations available at their plant in Salem. While Schutt offers a variety of products from helmets to shoulder pads to apparel, Kip explained that their leading products are football helmets. It’s a niche product in a sport where they can dominate the science and marketplace. I, too, hope to find a niche in customizing my products. While my base products are shipped in from overseas and limit my colors and quantities, my customization allows me to specialize engravings for my customers.”


Speaker Lonnie Bathurst

with Ameriprise Financial

Lonnie shared his personal story of a very difficult upbringing, one the CEO team found unique and inspiring. He also shared moments where he made the most of the opportunities afforded him through hard work and determination. His diligence paid off as he navigated his college experience toward a successful management position and later transitioned into working for himself as a financial advisor. His time with CEO last Wednesday marked his 28th anniversary!

Lonnie explained that he helps clients also achieve their dreams for today, tomorrow, and well into the future. He cares for his clients with a personalized conversation about covering essentials, ensuring lifestyle, preparing for the unexpected and leaving a legacy. He explained to the team that financial goals should include doable steps as well as plan for the unexpected. Better financial planning leads to a more sustainable business and greater success.


Share this news article

Montgomery CEO Calendar


Add this calendar to your iPhone
Print Calendar

Latest News


News Archive


Get Involved in CEO

The manner in which the CEO program is funded is critical to its success and sustainability. All funds raised are used exclusively for the Montgomery 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 13 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 18 people.

We are looking for people to share real-life stories about the concepts of running a business, from strategic thinking, product development to marketing, and cash flow management. Also, sharing your personal successes and failures are what recent classes have enjoyed the most.


If you are interested in participating in any of the above programs, use our contact form to send us a message


Alexis Stewart - Montgomery CEO

Alexis Stewart

About Me

As a student in her final year of high school, Alexis Stewart is constantly looking for opportunity. Being an Explorer, 4-H member, and the eldest sibling, Alexis has learned many leadership skills. Alexis has been a part of the Raymond-Harvel Fire Explorers since she was a freshman in high school, and has worked her way up from being the only girl, to being President of the organization. All of the Explorers have to be determined, because the skills used in the firefighting occupation take mental and physical strength. Through trials and errors, Alexis became a leader in the RHFE. She has worked hard to be a valued member of RHFE and has experienced everything from middle of the night calls and car wrecks right after school to the duties of recording and directing meetings. In 4-H she worked hard to move from her position as Secretary to President of her club. Although her leadership skills are strong, her desire is to become a leader in the business world. Through CEO she hopes to learn the skills which will help her run and operate her own business.


Learn More about Alexis

Montgomery CEO Business Investors

Montgomery CEO Calendar