Member of the Month

2019 February Featured Member: Jessie Koester

"I was born and raised in Effingham County and in 2013 I graduated from Effingham High School. I then attended Eastern Illinois University, where I majored in Accounting and graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business. I continued my education at EIU and obtained my MBA with an Accountancy Concentration in 2017. After college, I was honored to be offered a Staff Accountant position at Kemper CPA Group, here in Effingham. Now I am currently experiencing my third tax season with the firm!

I discovered YBNext from my co-workers and went with them to one of the luncheons last March. (Yes, in the height of tax season!) At the time it may have been an excuse to step away from my desk, but the luncheon turned out to be very interesting and I truly enjoyed it. Since then, I have learned so much from the monthly professional development luncheons. I enjoy listening to the presentations and learning from Effingham county’s most respected business leaders. I have also enjoyed the opportunities to volunteer and get involved in our community. I want to thank YBNext for expanding my views on leadership, and giving me opportunities to network with and learn more about the local businesses in our area."


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