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Kacee Bohle comes from a fourth generation corn and soybean farm on the state line of Illinois and Indiana.
“I’ve lived and breathed agriculture and all that growing up on a farm entails,” Bohle told us.
Kacee graduated from Chrisman High School in 2008 and headed to Lake Land College to study Agriculture Business.
After receiving her associates degree, she transferred to Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and graduated in the Spring of 2012 with a B.S. in Agriculture Business Economics. Bohle didn’t have an idea on what she wanted to do with her degree, so she made the decision to move back home to the farm and started a career as her father’s right-hand gal at the tail end of planting season.
Like many others in their twenties, Kacee had some financial ups and downs. “I was trying to figure out a budget, living on my own, resisting the urge to spend money on things I didn’t need and investing in things I did,” Kacee said.
After helping out on the family farm, Kacee took a trip one day to get parts for the sprayer at the local John Deere Dealership. The trip resulted in Kacee getting a job as a Parts Sales Representative, which commenced her professional career in the agriculture industry.
After ten years and several roles in the industry such as Regional Sales Manager and Crop Production Specialist, Kacee is now the founder of a company called ‘Corn Belt Cadence’, which focuses on financial planning.
“If you were to ask me two years ago if I wanted to be a coach, it would’ve been a hard no,” Kacee said. “I knew that I had some leadership tendencies, but I was unsure how to use them properly.”
As a Financial Coach, Bohle’s purpose is to help clients gain clarity, accelerate momentum and coach through eliminating obstacles to achieve their financial goals completely unbiased.
“I have a network of professionals such as Financial Planners, CPA’s, Real Estate Agents, Lawyers, and Insurance Agents and several others that are actually experts in those fields,” Bohle said. “My place as your coach is to discover the ins and outs of your current situation and your goals and help you create and navigate the strategy to get there”.
This will sometimes include bringing in one of those experts as a piece to the overall puzzle. Together, Kacee will work with the clients on developing better financial habits such as creating budgets, saving money, and positioning you to build wealth.
As she began to grow her coaching practice, Kacee noticed that money seemed to be the root of many conversations. “Some clients wanted to expand their farming operation, diversify their income off the farm with a small business, invest in their future and retire early, pay for college, upgrade machinery, and ultimately keep up with The Jones’,” Bohle said. “2020 threw a lot of people into situations they had never prepared for, both those in the agriculture industry and those outside of it as well. There was a need for getting your ducks in a row and many were lost when it came to managing their money.”
After seeing a need for coaching and guidance in this area, Kacee decided to take action. She knew of Dave Ramsey and his system for achieving ‘Financial Peace’ and has gone through the process herself a few years earlier and wanted to share this ‘secret sauce’ with others. Bohle became certified as a Ramsey Preferred Financial Coach, John Maxwell Coaching Team Member and has completed several other leadership and coaching programs.
“Life is not cookie-cutter and your financial program shouldn’t be either,” she said. “Each person has a different set of beliefs, background, culture, set of goals, and center of influence than someone else. I really take my time to understand this before I jump into the ‘what next’ with them and bringing them on as a client.”
Corn Belt Cadence focuses on coaching others. The three pillars at CBC are Personal Coaching, Professional Coaching and Financial Coaching.
All three programs look at every single client and their individual goals. A standard experience starts off with a discovery phase where Kacee talks to the client about what their goals are, what their current system or plan looks like and why it is or is not working.
From there, Kacee talks about how you can work together to create a plan that will work, meet regularly either virtually or in person and talk through any hurdles, wins and next steps.
“Each conversation is uniquely tailored to that individual to truly set them up for their version of success,” Kacee told us.
Bohle does the program herself, specifically tailored to her goals and needs.
“I work with several coaches on my own who have an expertise in different areas so I can continue to learn and sharpen skills, stay relevant on changes in the economy and cultures around the world,” Kacee said. “Those habits are tied to my personal life, my business as a coach, as well as my habits in how I manage my money.”
Though she had some hard lessons learned while she began her coaching practice, Kacee has come a long way.
“As a coach, I am equipping others with tools and support to be their very best self personally, professionally and of recent, financially. I was scared to dive into it because I was afraid people would have thought things like ‘I thought she was a farm girl who worked in agriculture, what’s she doing coaching others on money’ or something like that,” Bohle said. “This has been the best decision I have ever made. To really explore who I am, my strengths and weakness, and now, helping others do the same.”
If you would like to speak to Kacee about financial coaching, you can reach out via email at email@example.com to make an appointment or visit their website at https://cornbeltcadence.com/financial-coaching.