Dear CEO Community,

This is CEO member, Jack Bettis, here to give out many thank you's and to say my final goodbye. I have so many people to thank for my success in the CEO program. I would like to personally thank each and every one of the CEO board members. This program would not be possible without you all giving up your time to run this program so that we as students can benefit. I would also like to thank all of my CEO classmates. Throughout the year we all grew closer and became a family. We all shared in each other's struggles and helped each other along the way. I will forever remember the memories we all created together. Finally, I would like to thank our facilitator, Sheri Gray, and my personal mentor, Ryan Hawkins. Both of you had a tremendous impact on my life, inside of CEO as well as out. I am glad to have you both in my personal network, but I am even happier to call you both friends. Throughout my CEO experience, I have learned so many lessons, but the greatest being that so many people in our community are good. Every time I needed a helping hand or needed a question answered I could find someone more than willing to help. So many people and businesses supported me, as well as our class, all the way from the beginning. This community is amazingly supportive, and for that, I am forever grateful. The thing I will miss the most about CEO is the people. Through this program, I have met so many amazing people who have helped me and taught me amazing things. The people are what make this program and this community what it is. I have made so many lifelong memories in this program, but my favorite has to be the feeling we all experienced together after our Harlem Wizards event was over. It was amazing to look at our group of high school kids and think "man we really just pulled that off". Without each and every one of my classmates, that event would not have been possible. The feeling of accomplishing such a thing is still surreal to me to this day. And finally to the class of 2021, please don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, and please don't take any experiences for granted. You will find the most amazing things in life are located in places you may not be comfortable in. Cherish every experience you are lucky enough to have, as it can all be taken away quicker than you know. The CEO program has forever changed my life and I am so glad that I was able to be a part of it. Thank you all again for one of the best experiences of my life.

Sincerely, Jack Bettis, CEO Class of 2020


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