Engagement Opportunities Powered by Engler
The Zangger Family
The Zangger family has built Zangger Popcorn Hybrids of North Loup, NE into a global entity whose beginnings date back to 1954. Chuck, and his sons Luke and Josh, run the company and shared their journey to success with Engler. Their company is a great example of generational farming and the ability to identify alternative options to traditional business models in order to grow into a global marketer.
Weekend in Bridgeport for Engler Women
Engler women traveled to Bridgeport in search of learning first-hand what it means to be a female entrepreneur in rural Nebraska. The weekend featured speakers, a mentorship program and the ability to grow as professional entrepreneurs. The mentorship program allowed the participants to stay at their mentor’s house and go with them through their daily activities. A full day of testimonies shared by Bridgeport entrepreneurs gave insight into the unique challenges and opportunities faced by women, particularly in the agriculture industry. Their stories were full of everything we hold dear in the Engler program: aspiring, building, partnerships, courage, passion, and GRIT!
Settje Agri-Services Rally
Dean and Kristi Settje hosted our students for an evening event designed to inform and create connections. While students shared a meal, Dean gave an overview of Settje Agri-Services business model and growth. Chuck Schroeder, RFI Executive Director, also imparted his words of wisdom to motivate students in their life pursuits. The evening concluded with students bonding and creating tie-blankets to donate to the People’s City Mission in Lincoln.
Lincoln Business Crawl and Fireside
Two different student groups embarked on field trips to visit Lincoln startups and engage with their owners. Businesses included Spreetail, Quantified Ag, Ink, Hudl, Bulu Box and Powderhook. After tours and talks, the groups met up at Fuse with many other students for our annual Fireside event. Over 20 business leaders and startup owners gathered at tables with groups of students to network and have Q & A about business topics relevant to them. As one of our most popular events each year, it increases community awareness and interest in the Engler program, gives students access to business mentoring and coaching, and stokes the fire in the belly of everyone involved!
Kevin Houtwed of Hotwood’s
Kevin spoke from the heart about what it means to have true success when building a business, and it’s not about the dollar signs, but what you do with what you have been given. After working for Kearney Yamaha, he started his company in 1986 after seeing an opportunity to create accessories for a brand new ATV coming out. Hotwood’s has grown to include pontoon boat sales, two additional stores in Texas and sales worldwide. He advised students to never feel bad about being called “a dreamer.”