Meet Our Facilitator

Ken Stoner

Ken Stoner

Ken Stoner has a strong background in both business and education. As the Business Innovation Coordinator at Southern Illinois University’s Office of Economic and Regional Development, he works daily with small businesses in Southern Illinois.

He is a Certified Business Development Advisor through the Illinois Entrepreneurship and Small Business & Growth Association as well as a Certified Technology Consultant (CTC). Ken has fifteen years of management experience and owns his own technology consulting business.

Ken is also a certified teacher and has worked as a teacher, technology director, and advisor for the Illinois Association of Superintendents of Schools.

He attended SIU, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and his master’s degree in Workforce Education and Development.  Ken has lived in Southern Illinois for over thirty years. He and his wife, Mary, live in Carterville and have an 14-year-old son, David.

A note from our facilitator:

“I am so excited about being the facilitator of the Jackson CEO Program. This is an incredible opportunity for the youth of southern Illinois. Rather than focusing on rote memorization and remembering information just long enough to take a test, this program gives students the knowledge, skills, and opportunity they need in order to start their own businesses. It is my goal for this program to produce entrepreneurs, not students who have been through an entrepreneurship program.”

If you have any questions, he can be reached via the Contact Us page, by email at kstoner@siu.edu, or by phone at (618) 453-JCEO.