JBC Press Releases
February 11, 2015
JBC Business Management Students Graced by Local Presence
Jamestown, N.Y.— Jamestown Business College’s annual quarters are ten weeks each, separated into two five-week sessions. The second session of the 2014 winter term at JBC has one class in particular that has been continuously growing with the help of classroom visitors and off-campus tours. JBC’s current Management-Principles & Skills course is benefitting greatly from the continued support of local professionals.
Scheduled presentations began with Mr. David Smeltzer, CEO of Heritage Ministries. He began his presentation of his position within the company by giving an overview and background of the organization. Mr. Smeltzer explained, “As a Not-For-Profit organization, you exist to benefit the communities you serve.” As for his audience, he wanted everyone to know the importance of gaining an education in business to obtain the position he currently holds.
Having knowledge in all areas of accounting and business has been necessary for him. Dash boarding, also known as reporting or releasing progress reports, is used in his daily evaluation of how things are going in the multiple facilities that currently exist. Growth of any company is a must if the company is to stay alive. Students were then informed about job opportunities that are available and the training and education that the company offers their employees to keep them certified and up-to-date.
Mr. Smeltzer talked about several acquisitions that Heritage Ministries has taken on and how that has benefitted those companies as well as Heritage Ministries in a difficult economic time. He also addressed the core values of Heritage Ministries and how those play into the integrity that the company stands by. Simplicity and directness are key components when creating core values and mission statements. As the presentation wrapped up, JBC students were able to ask questions of Mr. Smeltzer about the business.
An additional local business representative, Jackie Francis, Owner and Operator of the Ashville General Store, visited the Management-Principles and Skills class at JBC the following week. Ms. Francis gave a detailed timeline of the history of the Ashville General Store and her realization of a dream. As a business owner, she put a lot of emphasis on earning a business degree. She shared many scenarios where having the business background and savvy was important and necessary in today’s world, no matter what type of business you decide to go into.
Addressing challenges such as rising taxes, minimum wage adjustments, increasing charges for insurance and licenses were the main topics of the evening. Ms. Francis told JBC students about the importance of having an Employee Policy Book with a Plan of Action for all scenarios. Items like these help those in key positions to manage with consistency while abiding with compliance in all areas. As if she wasn’t kind enough for taking time out of her busy schedule, Jackie ended the evening by giving each student a coupon to use on his or her next visit to the store and one student won an Ashville General Store logo T-shirt in a drawing!
Craig Hinderleider, Assistant General Manager of the Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena, recently took the Business Management class on a tour behind the scenes at the arena. Mr. Hinderleider has been with the ice arena since opening their doors in 2002. He provided the touring group with great insight into his position as well as other positions at the facility. Mr. Hinderleider emphasized the importance of continuing his education by attending conferences on topics such as energy efficiency, human resources, ice making, upon many others.
One of the biggest challenges he faces is keeping the cost of running the facility as low as possible and is always looking for innovative ways of making that happen. Working long hours some weeks is a very common thing for many in management positions. He explained how this was precisely the case when special events and shows come to town. Wearing multiple hats, also very common in the management world today, was something witnessed during the visit among all the employees. The tour was enjoyable and gave students a real life view of what Mr. Hinderleider’s position entails.
Upcoming classroom presentations and visitors include: Ms. Tina Scott, Executive Director of the James Prendergast Library; Mr. Jeff Carlson, Senior Vice President of Flight Ops. at Atlas Airlines; Mr. Gregory Edwards, Executive Director of the Gebbie Foundation; and Mr. Mark Eckendorf, CEO of the Jamestown YMCA.
Jamestown Business College offers business-focused Associate and Bachelor degrees and certificate programs that include targeted professional development activities. For more information on registering for these programs, call 664-5100 or visit us online at www.JamestownBusinessCollege.edu.
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