Started in 2000 at Grand Valley State University, as part of a greater good

 

GVSU CEO is one of hundreds of other chapters of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization. Every year, we come together to inspire, work, and listen. CEO is something that sticks with students throughout their careers.

 

Executive Board


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Ben Parsell
President

Ben Parsell is a Junior at Grand Valley State University studying Information Systems. He is pushing towards building a software startup centralized around human centered design. Ben recently just wrapped up a summer with Steelcase as an Applications Engineer. He has found himself experienced in software engineering, online marketing, startup development, and business strategy. In his off-time, he loves long distance running, coffee, and service project work. 

parsellb@mail.gvsu.edu


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Jordan Vanderham
Chief Technical Officer

Jordan Vanderham is a senior at Grand Valley State University studying Product Design and Manufacturing in the school of Engineering as well as Business. He is passionate about bringing ideas from concept to reality and then to market. He actualizes this passion through his companies. Vandergen is evolving to become a relief for applied alternative energy education. Orindi Ventures has a mask that enables individuals to breathe warm air in the coldest environments. Dwelltie delivers light at the speed of life through sharp design in the shape of a wall sconce. Talk to him about CAD, manufacturing, robotics, renewable energy, outreach or anything else nerdy. Dream big and then make it happen.

vandjord@mail.gvsu.edu


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Morgan Benjamin
Engineering Liason

Morgan Benjamin is a senior at Grand Valley State University, studying Product Design and Manufacturing Engineering and Spanish. She has a special interest in new product innovation, entrepreneurship, and customer discovery, which led her to join CEO, where her passion is working with other students to develop their ideas. In her free time she enjoys biking, photography, and reading in a hammock.

benjammo@mail.gvsu.edu


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Trevor Nichols
Chief Financial Officer

Trevor is a Junior at Grand Valley State University studying Business Finance and Management. He is in the process of starting an online e-commerce business with intentions to sell clothing that inspire the wearer to become more appreciative and thankful for their everyday lives. Trevor specializes in organization, efficiency, customer service, and problem solving. While Trevor loves gaining experience in as many fields as possible, he primarily enjoys learning and researching other businesses along with playing various sports in his free time. 

nicholtr@mail.gvsu.edu


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Marissa Hoffman
Chief Marketing Officer

Marissa is a senior at Grand Valley State University, studying management and international business. She has a dream of opening her own coffee shop one day, and is in the beginning process of doing so. Marissa is passionate about entrepreneurship, and helping others who are interested in starting their own business, which inspired her to join CEO club in 2016. Marissa’s other interests include photography, design, travel, and baking cupcakes. Ask her about the creative side of starting a business, or anything along the lines of entrepreneurship. She’d love to help!

hoffmaml@mail.gvsu.edu


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Ashley Koltz
Chief Operations Officer

Ashley Koltz is a senior at Grand Valley State University studying Finance and Economics with an emphasis in Real Estate. Ashley has a passion for new product development and innovation and currently works in Research and Development for Herman Miller in Holland, Michigan. She loves learning about local start ups and brainstorming business ideas. Additionally, Ashley's interests include design thinking, property evaluation, exercising, and trying new restaurants!


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Luciano Hernandez
Chief Engagement Officer

Bio coming soon!


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Zach Skogheim
Chief Membership Officer

Bio coming soon!

What is CEO Club?

CEO has helped launch multiple student-run startups over the past 10 years. Our goal is to provide members with support, opportunities, and accountability to insure the maximum amount of success in their business ventures. We enhance our meetings by bringing industry leaders to speak on relevant topics, and by taking members out into the Grand Rapids community to explore local resources.

Not a business student? No problem! We are open to all undergraduate and graduate students of any major. Our goal is to encourage entrepreneurship regardless of your background. Go to another university? Awesome! We would love to have more members from the various schools within the Grand Rapids community. The more diverse our membership base is, the more creative and collaborative our club can be

Members of CEO Club Leadership Board at Campus Night Life in Allendale, 2014

What do we do?

Whether you have an idea for a business or not, you'll find value in CEO Club. Learn how to pitch, what's needed legally to start a business, tips on how to market online, and much more! Don’t have an idea for a business yet? That’s okay! CEO Club has a collection of ideas submitted by partner firms in need of student teams to lead them, and we're always sending student teams to compete in business competitions. Check out our Projects Overview page to learn more! 

Meetings are held every other week, and focus on giving members the necessary skills to succeed. The content of each meeting varies depending on group input and progress. However, we focus primarily on the Business Model Canvas and how to apply what is taught in the classroom to the real world. Each meeting will center on a dynamic speaker–either from the club’s leadership board, CEO alumni, or a leader from a local Grand Rapids firm–to give a short, relevant lecture. Members will then get a chance to network and discuss the ideas from the lecture with the speaker and fellow club members. The meeting will conclude with progress reports and goal setting. Pizza and refreshments will be provided. 

When is CEO Club?

Meetings take place every other Tuesday at 6PM in Room 3001 in the Seidman College of Business. Dinner and drinks are always provided. Fall 2017 meetings:

  • September 12, 2017
  • September 26, 2017
  • October 10, 2017
  • October 24, 2017
  • November 7, 2017
  • November 21, 2017
  • December 5, 2017

Why is what we do important?

Entrepreneurship and new venture creation are the keys to a healthy economy. In today’s world, the next generation of the best and brightest entrepreneurial minds are developing ideas on university and college campuses, and that's where CEO comes in! We will help you gain real-world experience, build your resume, and gain lasting relationships within in the business community here in Grand Rapids.