Saturday, June 26, 2010

The New Face of Business-An Interview with Jennifer Shelby

Jennifer Shelby is the president/dealer principal of Shelby Motors, Inc. the local Dodge and Jeep dealer. She has been with the company since 1993 and took over as president in 2008 after the death of her husband Mike – who was the third generation of the Shelby family to own the company. Jennifer is an active member in a National Auto Dealers Association 20 Group, and was just awarded Five Star Distinction by Chrysler Group.

Jennifer currently serves as the treasurer for the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation, a non-profit corporation designed to enhance the quality of education through community support of the public schools. She was also recently elected to the Board of Trustees of Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois. Blackburn is one of only seven work colleges in the country and the only program that is student managed. She is a member of the Champaign Urbana Sunrise Rotary club, a past president of that organization, serves on the fundraising committee, and is a Paul Harris Fellow. She also works with the Cunningham Children’s Home in planning their annual golf tournament that the dealership has underwritten since its inception in 1990. Jennifer was named One of Twenty Outstanding Women You Should Know in Central Illinois in 2009. To watch my TV interview with Jennifer click here.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Living a Dream The Flesors Sisters

Ann Flesor Beck is President and Co-Owner of Flesor Family Confectionary. She has worked for over 25 years as a non-profit administrator, development director, and management consultant for national and international corporations. Ann is also an active volunteer in Coles and Douglas counties for various organizations. Devon Flesor Nau is Co-Owner and chief confectioner of Flesor's Candy Kitchen in Tuscola, Illinois. Before returning to her family’s confectionary business in 2004, Devon taught English for almost 20 years, most of those at Eastern Illinois University. Devon is involved with local business and civic groups in Tuscola where she lives with her husband and three children. To watch their interview on One on One click here.