Midlands Business Journal November 13, 2020 Vol. 46 No. 46 issue

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Thrasher adds guttering, acquisitions to its repertoire by Richard D. Brown

Corner Kick emerges from shutdown with new Maple location, another on the way. – Page 3

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Americans with Disabilities Act marks 30 years as area organizations address new challenges. – Page 7

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Local leadership mobilizes as pandemic amplifies inequities for women. – Page 21

Papillion-based Thrasher, a 45-year-old family-owned business that does waterproofing, foundation repair, egress windows and commercial work is expanding on two fronts: adding gutter replacement in the Omaha and Springfield, Missouri markets and acquiring smaller family-owned firms in Des Moines and Kansas City. However, President Dan Thrasher said that while the pandemic and continuing shortage of skilled workers are challenging, the firm expects to see a revenue increase of 20% this year and sales of $74 million. “We’re taking advantage of the right opportunities at the right time,” Thrasher said of the acquisitions of Kansas Basement & Foundation Repair in Wichita, Pier Masters in Kansas City, and Midwest Basement Systems in Des Moines. Additional Thrasher offices are taking advantage of growth opportunities in Sioux City and Continued on page 5.

President Dan Thrasher, left, and Vice President Nick Rohe … Taking advantage of growth opportunities. (Photo by MBJ / Becky McCarville)

Hancock Dana marks 35 years as demand for CPA tech tools, communication builds by Michelle Leach

So-called “simple ideas” of delivering high-value strategies have become a cornerstone of the business philosophy that Hancock Dana has built upon to grow to more than 50 employees in its 35 years. The value presented by their accounting, tax, estate and diverse consultative expertise has only been underscored in the current environment.

“Client needs have not diminished during 2020,” said Partner Hugh Hermanek. “In fact, many requests for consulting have increased.” So, Hermanek said the CPA firm based out of 12829 West Dodge Rd. in Omaha must have the right mix of talents in its lineup to provide services ranging from accounting and assurance, estate and wealth planning, Continued on page 4. Owner Nina Sodji … Building flavors of home by blending a kaleidoscope of culinary cultures.

Okra African Grill generates buzz with fusion of flavors and cultures by Becky McCarville

Partner Hugh Hermanek … CPA firm provides value to clients that need strategic-, stimulus-oriented guidance, estate and business planning.

Okra African Grill, opened just two days before the pandemic shutdown in March, isn’t owner Nina Sodji’s first venture. An entrepreneur at heart (her mother ran a business in Africa), Sodji first came to the U.S. from Togo in West Africa in 1994 at age 19 on a business visa. Ten years later, she had built up a niche market for African cuisine in Omaha and opened an African grocery store and café.

Now Sodji is applying lessons learned from those experiences, along with culinary and business management degrees, to her vision of introducing people to the rich cultures of African food. “Everywhere I go, I don’t see things as just … going in to eat — I go with more entrepreneurial eyes,” she said. “My main vision is to build a bridge between African food and American food.” She said that many other Continued on page 6.


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Letter from the Publisher... Dear Readers, It is with much excitement and honor that I announce I have stepped into the role of Publisher & CEO at Midlands Business Journal. My father, Robert Gregg ‘Bob’ Hoig, founded MBJ in 1975. His love of journalism, entrepreneurship and small business was his recipe for success. My dad didn’t start out as a journalist, although I am fairly certain that it was in his blood. In 1957 at age 24, he happened to be walking in the 200 block of East 42nd Street in New York City on the way to a job interview with a major airline. A beautiful building with a big globe in the lobby caught his eye. It was the New York Daily News. He walked in and asked if they were hiring and managed to get a job as a copy boy. That’s where it all began.

After a couple of decades in the newspaper business as a reporter, he had an idea to start his own weekly business newspaper with a focus on small and local business. Although many told him he was crazy and there weren’t enough stories or advertisers for it to succeed, he forged ahead anyway. Aren’t we all glad that he did? Over the past 45 years I have witnessed the ups and downs of owning a publishing company and I have certainly experienced them myself over the past 30 years (25 as owner) with metroMAGAZINE and ALH Publications. But as any entrepreneur can tell you, you keep looking ahead, you keep creating … you keep asking: What else is possible? Especially when things aren’t going your way. This year has certainly been a year like

“This year has certainly been a year like no other.”

no other. My own personal journey has been a wild ride as I made the decision to purchase the company during a pandemic. There are no guarantees, and no one can predict what next month will look like — not to mention next year. But like my dad, I have a passion and a love for the Omaha metro community. My dad passed away on January 7, 2019. Although he wasn’t able to go to the office after his heart attack in March of 2017, he was certainly involved in the business up until the end of his life. I am so grateful that I had time to really connect with my dad before he passed away. We talked a lot about MBJ, his love of journalism and the impact MBJ has had on the Omaha metro business community. Again, it is an honor to step in this role as publisher and CEO of MBJ, Inc. It is an honor to continue my dad’s

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Owners Paul McCrae and Rachel McCrae … After opening a second location Oct. 5 near 162nd and West Maple Road, ownership has just inked a deal to move into a third space at 132nd and Dodge.

Corner Kick emerges from shutdown with new Maple location, another on the way a fourth phone line to be able to do this.” There was one area that McCrae knew In what can be called one of the most challenging periods in the history of Oma- to leave alone and that was the recipes. He ha’s restaurants, one company is coming said the fresh fare, all made from scratch back with a bang. The Corner Kick Street in-house, was a major reason the business Tacos and Tequila Cantina opened its survived the shutdown. “We didn’t touch the food recipes. The second location Oct. 5 and ownership has already inked a deal to bring a third to food is absolutely fantastic,” he said. “We did increase the menu to add some more 132nd Street and West Dodge Road. It’s a growth spurt that owner Paul vegetarian and gluten-free items. We put McCrae could not have predicted just a on a cheeseburger; you’d be amazed at how many people ask for a cheeseburger. But few months ago. “The world ended March 18, hands we did not take anything away.” The 3,500-square-foot new location, down,” McCrae said. “On the 17th, I thought we were going to be okay. located at 16274 Evans Plaza in northwest Omaha, came Hey, we’ll figure The Corner Kick Street Tacos about when the forit out. Then on the mer tenant Mars Bar 18th, when they said and Tequila Cantina was selling off its you’re closed for inPhone: 402-715-5725 equipment. McCrae side dining, we laid Address: 13806 P Street, Omaha 68137; came in for some off everybody ex16274 Evans Plaza 68116 shelving and came cept for four people. Service: Mexican restaurant away having seen his And I was one of the Employees: about 30 per location second location. four.” Website: thecornerkickcantina.com “When we McCrae, a New Jersey native who’s been in the restaurant walked in there, I was like, this is the Corbusiness most of his life, had only owned ner Kick. What do we do with this thing?” the four-year-old Millard eatery at 13806 he said. “The real estate was right. The P Street for 18 months. But he quickly location was right. We were working out found out how much loyalty Corner Kick the lease details when COVID happened. I was like still, even if we can only do tohad built in its short lifespan. “We were one of the first ones to gos, it’s set up there for car-side to go out put out family meals and do some larger the south side of our building. I think that portions. That worked for keeping us on we would survive going into it.” The West Dodge location will move people’s radar,” he said. “Then, when the governor opened up alcohol sales to-go, into the space formerly held by Agave we did our margarita mix with a bottle of Azteca. McCrae said in addition to the tequila for $24 and that really helped keep retail potential of the neighborhood, the us top-of-mind in the Mexican category.” size of the kitchen at the newest location The biggest feat was changing the will better accommodate the company’s restaurant’s model from sit-down to to- thriving catering business. “Being able to have that as our catering go service, which had previously only accounted for about 5% of the company’s kitchen and being in the center of the town where people can get to you to from anyreceipts. “We had to change everything,” Mc- where, and then we have all those businessCrae said. “It was a lot of stuff you don’t es that are there, I think that’s the beauty of think about, like our telephone lines. We 132nd and Dodge,” he said. “We’re going had two lines coming into our building, to turn that establishment into a really great we had to bring in a third phone line, then neighborhood restaurant.”

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Hancock Dana marks 35 years as demand for CPA tech tools, communication builds Continued from page 1. and as situations change. and exit and succession planning, to tax plan“We listen to clients’ concerns and provide ning and preparation, software and technology a compass to point them toward a solution consulting, and business consulting. that removes some uncertainty about events “[Hancock Dana] is actively hiring to fill a taking place in their lives,” he said. “Business few open positions,” Hermanek said. “Careers succession and estate planning may often look in the accounting profession are rewarding like a procedural task to ensure some continuity, and in-demand. So, we but the real value we are always looking for Hancock Dana provide to clients is quality staff that fit our Phone: 402-391-1065 understanding the toculture.” Address: 12829 West Dodge Road, tal picture, both finanThe firm owes its suite 100, Omaha 68154 cial and non-financial, name and its vision to Services: business accounting and to ensure the client’s founders John Han- consulting wishes are carried out.” cock and Irv Dana; Employees: 50-plus The interface beHermanek referred to Founded: 1985 by John Hancock and tween client and CPA placing clients’ needs Irv Dana has also evolved. at the forefront, a work Website: hancockdana.com “The advent of environment where new technology and a staff feel a strong connection to a community world that is as fast-paced as ever, has made it of professionals, listening to both clients and obvious that clients’ needs are evolving,” Herteam members and helping those around them manek said. “CPAs have always been a trusted “perform their best” as contributing to Hancock Dana’s longevity. “Although the job is never done, taking some time to stop and appreciate the journey by Phillip Molnar has been a worthwhile celebration, especially Americans might be working more at home this year,” he said. because they don’t have to commute, said a This year, conversations have spanned a recent study published by the Becker Friedman wide variety of topics about how clients have Institute for Economics at the University of been individually affected by recent, society-al- Chicago. Workplace tering events. The institute’s report “Many of the conversations are tactical in — based on surveys and nature to ensure their business is optimizing other data — said extra time not driving was stimulus or other strategies; however, many mainly given to extra work. It said even if people conversations are simply a chance for our staff are working less at home, they are still more to listen to the concerns of clients and update productive not spending time in their cars. them on what other business owners are conNicholas Bloom, an economist at Stanford sidering during this uncertain time,” Hermanek University who worked on the study, said his said. “This year has proven to be a time when conclusion was Americans were too hard on relationships have been strengthened because of themselves with their work-from-home promore frequent communication, as well as deliv- ductivity. ery of timely information regarding stimulus.” Still, many experts have questioned the All businesses, individuals and families, he benefits of working from home because of a said, benefit from having a plan, as time passes lack of collaboration and motivation issues. I put

adviser to clients, much of which was looking in the rearview mirror to complete compliance tasks, then adding some consulting advice whenever possible.” CPAs of the future will still complete necessary filings. “But increased focus will be on driving value with forward-looking service offerings,” he said. “Client accounting and advisory services has already taken hold in the profession, and clients will require their CPA step up as a better partner to their business, with frequent meetings and conversations taking place to help direct their business and financial affairs.” If anything, the adoption of new technologies has been accelerated amid the pandemic. “Our firm has kept pace with the needs of clients, whether that be fully electronic means to gather client records or deliver client tax returns, or making use of a number of web presentation tools to communicate,” he said. “We also are exploring many new tools that are on

the horizon to ensure the best client experience when dealing with Hancock Dana in the nottoo-distant future.” Investments were described as technological, as well as structural and visual; Hermanek referenced a full office remodel, its college intern program, a rebrand to the firm image, and continuous process updates to become more efficient and improve satisfaction. “Hancock Dana does not sit still,” he said. “The team we have built thrives on making all that we do better, whether it be a small improvement or a major change to our current methods.” Hermanek also expanded upon the sense of community within the firm. “[Staff] are allowed the opportunity to get involved in ways they feel strongly about,” he said. “In recent years, our firm has proudly had two staff members selected as the recipient of the Nebraska Society of CPA’s Public Service Award for their involvement in charitable endeavors.”

Are Americans actually more productive working from home? the question to San Diego-area business leaders and scholars. Q: Are Americans actually more productive working from home? Lynn Reaser, Point Loma Nazarene University: YES: Avoiding the stress caused by commuting is probably boosting the productivity of most employees now working from home. Beyond that, productivity depends on the new working environment, job role and personalities. People who have a private and quiet home environment are more productive than those dealing with constant interruptions. Those tasked with their own projects can perform better than those with assignments requiring close collaboration. Introverts also thrive in the more isolated environment versus extroverts. Kelly Cunningham, San Diego Institute for Economic Research:

YES: Depending upon experience level, working at home tends to be more productive. A recent Harvard Business Review study found working at home helped office workers "focus on the work that really matters." Workers took on more responsibility for their own schedules, viewing actual work completed as more worthwhile to their employer as well as to themselves. They spent 12% less time drawn into large meetings and 9% more time interacting with customers and external partners. Gary London, London Moeder Advisors: YES: One measure of productivity is time invested. Working at home expands the amount of time a person can work, rather than commute. Online working can mostly be accomplished at all hours, and many invest extra hours in their work (maybe that’s bad). We can achieve a better balance of work, family, fitness and fun. However, the productivity unknown includes the benefits of being around your co-workers, formally and informally. Probably Zoom cannot replace that. Alan Gin, University of San Diego: YES: At least for those who can work from home. The ability to forgo commuting frees up a lot of time, particularly in areas where the commute is long and by car. Research shows that people are using that extra time to work more. There are some negative impacts in terms of lack of interaction with co-workers and with morale. It is probably too early to tell how big those problems are compared to the benefits of more time. Bob Rauch, R.A. Rauch & Associates: YES: While the jury is still out on the longer-term analysis, now, they are more productive. Assuming the average physical commute and preparation for leaving (grooming) saved each way is 45 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes (no grooming needed) going home, even if twothirds of the time saved is for non-work activities, 25 minutes have been saved net for work. Fewer cars on the road for those who still commute has additional benefits. Austin Neudecker, Weave Growth: YES: I’ve worked with teams remotely (home and shared offices) for years and seen a range of results. If employees are able to effectively create and control their environments to minimize interruptions, home offices can be a productive alternative to a daily office attendance. Yet, there are clear trade-offs and exceptions where the type of work, team rapport, Continued on page 12.


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Thrasher adds guttering, acquisitions to its repertoire Continued from page 1. Springfield, Missouri. In addition, the 435-employee company, which has created about 200 new positions in the past couple of years, has inked an agreement with Cincinnati-based GutterShutter to represent that firm’s replacement gutters in the Omaha and Wichita markets.

Thrasher, Inc. Phone: 800-827-0702 Address: 11844 Valley Ridge Dr., Papillion 68046 Services: waterproofing, foundation repair, egress windows, gutters and commercial work Founded: 1975 by Greg & Nancy Thrasher as Thrasher Basement Systems Employees: 435 One-year goal: Getting acquisition of Springfield, Missouri branch up and running and launching gutter replacement work in Omaha and Wichita. Industry outlook: Finding great people with the company culture fit is of utmost importance to major players throughout the nation. Website: gothrasher.com

“The decision to expand into a gutter replacement system was a logical one for us,” Thrasher said. “We have built our business over the last 45 years on keeping our customers’ basements dry and their foundations sound.” Thrasher, whose parents, Greg & Nancy Thrasher, founded the family firm in Earling, Iowa and moved it to Omaha in 1981, said a proper gutter installation prevents rainwater from spilling off the roof and being absorbed into the ground. This pooling water, combined with our area’s expansive clay soil, swells and forces the foundation walls to bear unnecessary added pressure. The GutterShutter product Thrasher has aligned itself with via an exclusive dealer relationship is differentiated by being completely covered and sealed with no vertical opening, mesh or screens, making it clog-free and largely eliminating the need for cleaning. “We liked that it was manufactured in the U.S. and has a 25-year transferable warranty,” Thrasher said. The dealership agreement culminated a six-month search for such a product by Thrasher. An installation team of eight is being assembled by Thrasher as the firm plans to launch GutterShutter in Omaha. A second crew will be trained for Wichita. After the pilot program is developed, teams will be trained in Thrasher’s five other locations in its four-state operation area. By 2025, gutter work could become up to 20% of Thrasher’s revenues. “There’s a lot of opportunities out there for us,” said Vice President Nick Rohe, a 2004 Iowa State graduate who joined Thrasher 12 years ago. “Our No. 1 limiting factor to growth is being able to find the right people,” Thrasher said. Thrasher and Rohe cited an in-house employee enrichment initiative called the Immersion Leadership Program, initially outlined for MBJ in a 2017 interview, as being important to the growth of the firm the past few years as the company has expanded from 235 to 435 employees — and counting.

Eight individuals at a time go through the six months of learning activities that begin with training about Thrasher, its culture, challenges and opportunities. Each month, a half-day is spent on teaching participants about community-related topics such as service projects operated by nonprofits. Members of each immersion class come from evaluation by peers, perception of individual leadership potential, and the willingness to read recommended books on employee development and then writing a reaction paper or essay. Thrasher’s processes and systems are analyzed and discussed relative to the firm’s manifesto. Thrasher, a 2002 marketing graduate of Concordia University-St. Paul, started working in the family business as summer labor after completing his freshman year at Omaha North High School. He credits a decade-old book, “Great by Choice” by Jim Collins as being important in his decision-making. “Our team is always going to be positioned to do another new thing,” he said.

Recently Thrasher and Rohe have been presented with challenges posed by the continued growth, although they prefer the term “opportunities.” Last year Thrasher tackled a hefty challenge when problems were found on the firm’s five-person marketing team. He and Rohe sat down with the employees and sifted through the issues, evaluated data, and as Thrasher remembers it, spent about 70% of his time on the project. By sitting with the team, he gained primary-source insight into its operations. “Nine months later we’re interviewing for a new director of marketing,” Thrasher said. “We have increased to 10 members on the team, have three positions open and while it will take us a year to get it right, we’re setting it up for success in the long-term.” Thrasher and Rohe allude to the 200 new positions created at the firm’s new sprawling 214,000-square-foot building opened in 2018 on a 28-acre tract at 11844 Valley Ridge Drive in Papillion. About 140 employees were brought into

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the organization because of the acquisitions. The largest transaction involved 80 workers at Midwest Basement Systems. Two brothers, without a succession plan, sold that firm — with the largest market share in Des Moines — in order to concentrate on other business interests. On growth, Greg Thrasher told Midlands Business Journal in a 2005 interview that the fast growth of Thrasher was due to personalized customer service. “Every home is different, and it takes a personal touch to effectively solve its unique problems,” he said. It even works at commercial establishments. For example, when a restaurant in Sioux City had eggs rolling off the griddle in its kitchen, the elder Thrasher discovered that the foundation had settled 11 inches. “We raised the foundation 11 inches without cracking a pane of glass,” he recalled. Greg Thrasher and his wife are largely retired from the business. In addition to Dan, their other son, Dave, works for the family firm as president of its Thrasher Support Works.


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Okra African Grill generates buzz with fusion of flavors and cultures Continued from page 1. cultures’ cuisines — Asian, Mexican, Italian, for example — are staples in American households, but when African food is men-

Okra African Grill Phone: 402-884-7500 Address: 1303 S. 72nd St., Suite 101, Omaha 68124 Founded: Opened March 2020 Goal: To eventually open a second location in west Omaha, locations in other cities and to franchise. Website: okraafricangrill.com

tioned, people simply don’t have experience with it. “We have a rich culture,” she said. “There’s some of them we are really proud of and some of them not so proud of, like through slavery and all of that. It brought a fusion of flavor that we can’t deny.” Cuisine in Togo is influenced by flavors from Brazil, Portugal, Germany, France, India, Asia and surrounding African coun-

tries, she said. Dishes include sauerkraut and sausage, canapes, beignets, cassoulet, jasmine rice, tomato sauce that’s a derivative of marinara (Spanish-influenced mother sauce), and spices from India. “I’m like wow, I really need to introduce people and not really have people to be afraid when there’s African food,” she said. “I want to educate; I want to teach people about this wonderful culture that we have. I know I’ll never finish the whole continent in my lifetime, but I really want to start somewhere and be able to let people know that you can appreciate the flavor.” Sodji’s entrepreneurial journey began when she and her sister would visit various ethnic grocery stores in Omaha — a weekly “scavenger hunt” to find ingredients they cooked with growing up in Togo. She became a resource for others who wanted similar ingredients. At the same time, Sodji started making sauces and meals for people by request. One day she turned to her sister and said, “why don’t we gather all that stuff …

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Three dishes, clockwise from foreground: Ablo, a sweet rice dumpling served with grilled beef skewers, spicy chutney and the house tomato sauce; Grilled Fish Fillet, a seasoned tilapia fillet with house tomato sauce served on a bed of Attiéké (steamed grated cassava-yucca) and fried plantains; and Vegan Attiéké, with sweet potatoes, mixed veggies and the homemade vegan tomato sauce. and put it in one spot and make it our own home so much that I’m feeling and seeing that people are getting that same feeling market.” She found a space for a grocery store through the cooking. I call it a blessing.” The pandemic has hit the restaurant and opened a café. It was so popular that she expanded it, then moved to a different loca- industry particularly hard because of sotion when her lease ended. Then, many of cial distancing guidelines and shutdowns. her clientele moved out of that area because However, Okra African Grill’s setup gave of stimulus money to buy houses, intended it a built-in advantage. “You come and look at the food and to counteract the housing crisis at that time. “It seems like I like to open businesses have that big glass in front of the food and you, so there’s already more than an 8-foot in the middle of crises,” she quipped. After nine months, she closed that store, distance between you and the customer,” and was urged by a friend to attend culinary she said. “That really kind of kept us having school. At Metropolitan Community Col- people to be able to come and still look at lege’s Institute for the Culinary Arts, she the food, order the food and we’ll build it discovered more recipes and the origins of and they’ll just take it to go.” Some initial plans were reworked — African ingredients/spices as well as the management side of the restaurant business. bowls, straws, cups and silverware went She also obtained her bachelor’s degree in behind the counter. Peanuts that would have been put out for people to snack on business management. When she formed the LLC for Okra Af- didn’t happen. Since opening, Okra African Grill has rican Grill in August of 2019, she knew that location and finding an existing restaurant garnered local media attention and comspace were essential to her new venture. munity support, which has helped bring Location — to reach her customers no in customers even from out of town. But matter where they live in Omaha — and an it’s still a struggle, she said, especially as existing restaurant space that already had COVID cases tick up again. Okra African Grill has collaborated equipment, which can be very expensive. The Aksarben location at 1303 S. 72nd St. with different restaurants, nonprofits and was ideal as a middle point for her clientele. companies to build awareness. For example, She also wanted to have a fast-casual it’s on the Passport Dining restaurant list, concept, similar to Chipotle or Subway, has partnered with a nonprofit to get meals where customers have choices and it’s an to seniors, and has partnered with No More Empty Pots, Grief’s Journey and more. easy transaction. “Every little bit counts in everything “The structure is 21st century, but the food is my mother and grandmother’s cook- that we’ve been doing,” she said. Before the pandemic, Sodji’s goal was ing,” she said. Her biggest boost comes from people to open another Okra African Grill in west who taste her food and are reminded of Omaha and beyond — and to franchise. home-cooked meals — not just African, but That’s still a goal but right now she’s focusing on her one location. other backgrounds as well. With a passion for educating people For example, Sodji said that Okra African Grill’s dumpling is similar to Asian on African cuisine, Sodji also had plans to dumplings — a food critic said it was just build out an extra kitchen within the restaurant so she can teach cooking classes, create like his grandmother’s dumpling. “The bottom line that I get from every- videos and develop a cookbook. She said body is, ‘this is like my mother’s cooking,’” those plans are on hold for now. With so much that has happened in she said, adding that even a woman in her 70s felt this way. “I feel honored. I look at 2020, she said she’s “hanging on and it more as the heart that I put into it. I just keeping positive.” She credits God for the want everybody to love the food and enjoy support she’s received and said that perseit the way I do and the way I remember verance and faith will keep her going.


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Compliance A section prepared by the staff of the Midlands Business Journal

November 13, 2020

Americans with Disabilities Act marks 30 years as area organizations address new challenges by Michelle Leach

Thirty years ago, the Americans with Disabilities was signed into law to equalize the employment, education, health care, recreation, transportation and housing playing field for disabled individuals. While the ADA represented landmark legislation, considerable barriers to access linger for everything from employment and livable wages, to health care. In fact, Outlook Business Solutions reports 70% of visually impaired adults are unemployed. Thirty percent live in poverty. “The latest area that we launched in Pettid June was accessibility testing,” said Natalie Hadley, vice president of Outlook Business Solutions. This service joins a range of call center, customer service, data verification, marketing and strategy offerings for the subsidiary, one of four under the Outlook Collaborative umbrella. Hadley and her team’s own experiences with websites, applications and software served as powerful motivators for introducing accessibility testing. “It was surprising how many of them were completely inaccessible, or they were somewhat accessible but not that great,” she said. “There is an overall lack of awareness of the types of technology used by people with disabilities.” One doesn’t know magnification or screen reader software, for instance, if he or she hasn’t worked with individuals who require such technologies, which raises the larger question of, “Why haven’t we worked with such individuals in the past? We’re missing out on exceptional talent.” Led by Accessibility Testing Manager Greg Rogers, this useability review and assessment presents a beneficial alternative to automated testing, which doesn’t use human testers. “We find that a lot of the errors or obstacles to accessibility tend to be more about user experience and less about the code,” Hadley said. So, code crawler software isn’t going to detect barriers to accessibility among, for example, color blind users that rely on patterns rather than colors. Hadley indicated the organization’s value proposition is two-pronged: According to American Institute of Research, organizations with inaccessible websites are missing out on roughly $490 billion in after-tax disposable income. The legal implications are sizeable; UsableNet estimates 40 new ADA website

evolves and can present challenges in regard to ADA compliance,” she said; for example, they must remedy inaccessible, specialized software used by instructors. “In these situations, we have a process in place to solve these accessibility gaps, led by our Office of Digital Learning.” Pettid encouraged exploring universal design that accommodates those with disabilities and that ultimately benefits the entire community. “Adding closed captioning to online lecture videos provides needed transcription for our hard-of-hearing students, but captions also benefit students who learn best by being able to read the captions while hearing the material,” she said. “Likewise, investing in furniture that is accessible and ergonomically sound may have a higher upfront cost, but can save money in the long run from an ADA compliance standpoint and from a wellness standpoint.” Goodwill Industries, serving Eastern Nebraska and Southwest Iowa, reviews its policies and procedures and conducts inspections of all of its locations annually, according to resident ADA compliance expert, HR Director Erin Blackledge. She further indicated the organization leans into resources and partnerships, such as those with SHRM (the Society for Human Resource Management). “We don’t have to ‘recreate the wheel,’” Continued on next page.

Natalie Hadley, vice president of Outlook Business Solutions. mands of its students, faculty and staff, UNO’s lawsuits are filed weekly. Dean of Students, ADA Section 504 Com- Accessibility Services Center has reportedly pliance Cathy Pettid said the University of doubled in size in recent years. Furthermore, clear processes are in place for Nebraska at Omaha and other higher education institutions are struggling with the intersection filing and resolving grievances. “ADA Section 504 itself does not see much of COVID-19 — what is considered accommodation under ADA Section 504 and what is change, meaning that compliance itself does not change often; however, technology rapidly COVID-19 flexibility. “As a university campus with on-campus housing options, we work with some unique challenges and situations that some schools will not encounter; for example, emotional support animals are not common in the workplace, but we have made accommodations for them within housing units in the past,” she said. “Unique to Assistology works with architects, general contractors, higher education, many of the accommodations business owners and property managers alike to help clients: students may be used to receiving at the pre-K • Ensure an inclusive design plan through 12th grade levels are not automatically • Look beyond ADA minimums provided at the collegiate level.” • Incorporate ADA+ Accessibility audit results They provide guidance to help students advocate for themselves, and to identify when Find out how we help make spaces welcoming to everyone. to disclose disabilities. Students are approached on case-by-case basis, pinpointing strengths and barriers. “Students may come to UNO’s Accessibility Services Center on their own or be referred Meaghan Fitzgerald Walls, BS, MSBE, ATP by faculty, our Counseling and Psychological 402-500-0667 Services (CAPS) counselors, and other supassistologyomaha@gmail.com • assistologyomaha.com ports,” she said. “On the employment side, we ensure that hiring supervisors and managers are asking the appropriate questions to ensure that any needs for accommodations are met.” Pettid said ADA Section 504 officers are regularly certified to show they’ve undergone Assistology is a City of Omaha Certified Tier II Small and Emerging Business (SEB). proper training. Additionally, to meet the de-

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Grant-making focuses on basic services during pandemic by David Kubicek

Although responses vary, private foundations in general have prioritized shelter, food, health care access and other basic necessities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. At first, many were financially conservative, seeing the economic decline as a threat to their endowments, but many have become even more generous than normal as they learned about extraordinary community needs through their grantees, according to Shane Pekny, senior grant writer at VGA. Government grant-making was slow because it took time for funds approved in the CARES Act to reach the states, municipalities and nonprofits. Many nonprofits applied for and received Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans to keep workers on their payrolls. Others received funding specifically for COVID-19 response activities through federal funding dis-

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Continued from preceding page. she explained. Likewise, these and other organizations offer annual training to aid in compliance activities. She suggested relying on those groups that refer disabled applicants for job opportunities and mentoring. Goodwill itself presents robust resources. “Our Employment Solutions program is dedicated to helping with basic resume skills, and we have partnerships in place to help with some of the more specialized [needs],” Blackledge noted. The group also provides training, certification, skill-building, career guidance, and other opportunities. The Association of People Supporting Employment (APSE) recognized the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services for strides made in employment; reportedly, in 2016, 18 service providers were allowed, by federal law, to pay sub-minimum wages to more than 2,100 Nebraskans with disabilities. In 2018, nine such providers existed that paid 550 people less than minimum wage. Another nod to progress mixed with continued “room for improvement,” 48% of disabled Nebraskans are employed (versus the national average of 34%). This percentage reflects more than 112,000 adults aged 18 to 64. Partnerships noted by DHHS include Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation, which provides career counseling, employment info and referrals.

bursed through the state or county governments. “All in all, grant funding has been robust throughout the pandemic; however, many nonprofits are concerned about 2021,” Pekny said. “What if the stock market crashes, impairing foundation endowments? What if the federal government fails to pass additional aid? What if the pandemic drags on, causing continued increases in costs and sustained losses of revenue — fewer shoppers at thrift stores, fewer ticket sales at museums, canPekny celed memberships, smaller funding events? These 2021 concerns are keeping nonprofit leaders up at night.” Anne Meysenburg, director of community investment at Omaha Community Foundation (OCF), said many grant-makers, including OCF, have opted to stay the course. “Some of our committees have considered the impact of COVID-19 as they are making their grant decisions,” she said. Many funders have held off on their typical grant goals to make investments in areas most impacted by COVID and its economic

Community support for health care workers goes a long way by Jasmine Heimgartner

The impact of COVID-19 has been felt in one way or another throughout the community. While it can be easy to forget how important health care professionals and first responders are until they are needed, it can be even easier to forget that they have likely been impacted in similar ways to occupations deemed nonessential. “Methodist Hospital Foundation experienced an 800% increase in emergency requests for financial help from our employees,” said Tracy Madden-McMahon, president and CEO of Methodist Hospital Foundation. “Not only are they working tirelessly, they are feeling the strain of COVID-19 at home. We are constantly looking for ways to help reduce their stress. From a renewal room equipped with a massage chair and aromatherapy to delivering special treats from generous donors to financial assistance, the need is real.” The foundation quickly established a crisis response fund to help fight the impact of COVID-19. As a result of the overwhelming response, it created the Sharing the Care Award. This award is given to individuals, groups or businesses that take extraordinary steps to donate supplies to help Methodist’s mission. Some

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implications. “I’m hearing that some organizations receive lots of support because they’re directly connected to COVID-19, and some are struggling because they relied on government funding in the past and are either being paid late for services they’ve already provided or grants they’ve been guaranteed, or those government funding sources have dried up,” she said. Meysenburg, who worked for a small nonprofit when the Great Recession hit in 2008, is Meysenburg concerned about a long recovery after COVID. “Based on my experience with the last recession, I think this will be part of planning for organizations over the next several years — longer than the experience of the recession — and that adaptability is not just in providing programming but also in the recovery part of this will be super important,” she said. COVID-19 has also affected funders, some of which are working from home themselves, according to Ryan Strawhecker, director of consulting services for

Paul J Strawhecker. “Many grant funds that have been part of the annual landscape have either been put on hiatus at this time or changed,” he said. According to a recent report by Bloomerang — which produces donor management software for nonprofits — social distancing and the effects of shelter-in-place orders have led to the cancelation of fundraising events and concerns over how organizations will stay afloat during the pandemic. “Many foundations are shifting their funding to COVID-19 relief funding initiatives to meet the immediate needs of individuals and the nonprofits that provide emergency services,” Strawhecker said. “For organizations with program scopes that don’t address COVID-19-related issues, it is harder to receive grants at this time.” Many foundations have streamlined their application process, have focused their shortterm giving on operational needs of nonprofits, and concentrated their efforts on supporting those areas that directly impact health and human services. All foundations are considering what COVID-19 might mean for the future. “The consensus is to be open to changes in society that may affect what funding is needed and how decisions should made,” Strawhecker said. “Overall, funders are staying open to future possibilities as society navigates the changing landscape of COVID-19.”

of the donations have included meals and energy drinks for frontline caregivers, iPads to keep patients connected to their family and friends through video chats, and high-tech CPR devices. Along with being a global leader in the fight against COVID-19, Nebraska Medicine prides itself on caring for its employees. Its Hardship Healing Program has been able to help many employees in personal crises or affected by widespread events — such as employees who lost their homes in the floods last year or who were severely impacted by the coronavirus ear- Madden-McMahon lier this year. Taylor Wilson, senior media relations coordinator at Nebraska Medicine, shared on example of how the emergency fund can help. “An employee’s spouse had lost their job due to cutbacks during coronavirus,” Wilson said. “The employee’s hours had been reduced as well due to elective surgeries being canceled. Their refrigerator went out and they were unable to afford another. They paid a repairman to take a look at it but were told that it was unable to be permanently repaired. They were unable to keep food cold and needed to throw out their food. We were able to help them purchase a new refrigerator.” As one of the few organizations that serves children with complex needs, including underlying medical issues, CRCC quickly realized it needed to balance continuing those vital services with supporting its staff and the community. It was able to expand its respite license with the state in January to serve kids at home and transitioned therapies to telehealth. With its centers closed, its leadership team focused on ways they could use that space. “As the community talked about a surge of cases, we knew the health care professionals,

as well as first responders, in our community were going to be faced with long hours and extra shifts,” said Anne Constantino, president and CEO of CRCC. “Through a partnership with a local foundation in town, we were able to open one of our facilities to provide free child care for first responders and health care professionals. With schools closed but them still needing to work, it allowed those families to not have to worry about child care.” Through all the disruptions and changes, keeping the employees in mind is esConstantino sential on a personal and community level. “A core focus throughout this process has been staying connected with all of our staff who are providing that direct care,” Constantino said. “We want to make sure we have a good sense of where they are. We have done some mindset surveys to keep our finger on the pulse. Are their basic needs being met? Do our staff have resources to pay the rent? Do our people have food and shelter? If any staff are struggling in any of those areas, we are connecting to help them.” Whether it’s a donation, having food delivered or other small gestures, the best and easiest thing people can do to show their appreciation is to listen to health care professionals. “The absolute best thing people can do to help our health care workers is to follow recommendations for wearing masks, social distancing, not attending large gatherings and not attending small gatherings with people outside your immediate family group,” Wilson said. “Those are the things that are going to reduce spread of the virus, reduce the number of people hospitalized with COVID and keep beds open for people with flu and other health issues.”


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REGIONAL LANDSCAPES

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Nebraska’s trees and forests are experiencing steady declines, according to recent data released by the U.S. Forest Service. However, a newly formed partnership to reverse this trend has gained significant momentum with a $4.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service. The Nebraska Forest Restoration Partnership brings together the Nebraska Forest Service, the state’s Natural Resources Districts and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to address declines in the state’s forests and windbreaks. Using the award, partners will work directly with landowners to increase the scale and pace of forest restoration statewide. The American Heart Association is collaborating with Whispering Roots and Coolgreens - Blackstone, to donate 600 salads to food insecure families. Dedicated to bringing healthy food nutrition education, and innovative next-generation agricultural technology to client communities, Whispering Roots works to assist the more than 100,000 food insecure individuals in the Omaha area. Thrasher Foundation Repair is expanding its service offerings to include gutter replacement. After an extensive search, Thrasher chose GutterShutter, manufactured in Cincinnati, Ohio. Thrasher is the exclusive dealer in the Omaha and Wichita, Kansas markets. AIM Institute, a not-for-profit organization, received a $15,000 grant from the Union Pacific Community Ties Giving Program. The funding provides resources for AIM to offer its students one-on-one career advising and counseling at the end of each course offering with Emily Matis, director of the AIM Code School. It also enhances the nonprofit’s ability to introduce its students to tech employers and gain valuable insights and exposure to the vast opportunities in the Silicon Prairie’s tech sector. The Human Resource Association of the Midlands diversity and inclusion committee announced three local organizations as winners of their newly debuted award honoring organizations who exhibit commitment to diversity and inclusion efforts. Organizations recognized include: Heartland Family Service, Level 1 Award: Thrive; Omaha Performing Arts, Level 2 Award: Emerge; and Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, Level 3: Cultivate. HRAM’s IDEAL Award recognizes organizations who demonstrate commitment across five dimensions — inclusion, diversity, equity, advocacy, and leadership.

Education notes…

The Nebraska College of Technical Education has received a $100,000 grant used to expand distance, mobile and on-site education for workforce development. The college plans to purchase cutting-edge technology in four academic areas to expand its youth and adult education programming and to stimulate greater interest in high-demand jobs. NCTA’s four-part grant priorities include: expand the welding program; mobile agronomy engagement and recruitment; animal science and veterinary technology simulation models; and technology for remote and livestream. Avenue Scholars, an Omaha-based education and workforce development program focused on ensuring careers for committed students of hope and need, has

secured over 100 local business partners for its Intern Omaha program, which will take place during the 2021-22 school year. Intern Omaha’s pilot year in 2019-2020 consisted of 16 participating local businesses and 28 student interns. The 2021-22 program year will include over 100 participating businesses, which are anticipated to provide over 225 internships to high school seniors in five participating school districts. Businesses interested in providing internships can contact Kathy McGauvran at kmcgauvran@ avescholars.org. The University of Nebraska is launching a national search for the next chancellor of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, aiming to build on the growth and momentum of the state’s metropolitan university, System President Ted Carter said. Current UNO Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D., will step aside from UNO and will add the system-wide role of executive vice president and provost to his title on July 1, 2021, pending Board of Regents approval. Gold will remain chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, a role he has held since 2014. Creighton University has been recognized in The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges: 2021 Edition. The 416 colleges profiled in the guide were chosen out of 695 schools surveyed by Princeton Review in 2019–2020, recognizing the schools’ academic offerings and initiatives, campus policies and practices, and green-career preparation for students. To be featured in the guide, schools must receive a green rating of 80 or higher. Mercy High School senior Anou Akot has been named one of the 48 Nebraska School Activities Association and U.S. Bank’s Believers & Achievers. The statewide awards program recognizes future Nebraska leaders and honors high school students for their excellence in academics and participation in NSAA activities. Students are judged on the following criteria: scholastic achievement (3.5 grade point average or higher), NSAA activity participation, school and community involvement and a citizenship essay.

Health care notes…

Each year, the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska recognizes individuals who make a significant impact in the behavioral health field in the state of Nebraska. Awards are given annually for distinguished service, ambassadorship and courage. This year, BHECN created the Champion Award, a new award category that recognizes professionals who are champions for behavioral health in their community. The 2020 award recipients are: Hugo Gonzalez Nieto, Distinguished Service Award; Kim Hill, Ambassador Award; Carrie Howton, Ambassador Award; Marian Perry-Burse, Courage Award; Havalynn Russell, Courage Award; Ann Young, Champion Award; and Chelsea S. Turner, Champion Award. James O’Dell, M.D., a rheumatologist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, will receive the American College of Rheumatology’s highest award — the Presidential Gold Medal. The award recognizes an individual for their outstanding achievements in rheumatology over an entire career. Established by the past presidents of the ACR, candidates have made important contributions in multiple areas such as clinical medicine, Continued on next page.


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REGIONAL LANDSCAPES Continued from preceding page. research, education or administration. Funding support for the award is provided by the Rheumatology Research Foundation. O’Dell will receive a one-time, merit-based award and a cash award of $5,000. Gwenn Skar, M.D., an assistant professor of pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, has received a $960,660 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study shunt infections in children. Shunt placement is the most common pediatric neurosurgical SUPER CROSSWORD

procedure but shunts can become infected, requiring further surgeries and resulting in additional complications, including neurologic consequences. Skar’s lab found preliminary evidence that the body’s immune system may be contributing to the problem. The immune system kicks into gear in response to the infection.

Activities of nonprofits…

United Way of the Midlands has awarded $500,842 on behalf of the Ellen C. Karnett Trust. Karnett Trust funding is directed to local programs that focus on the care, educaATROCIOUS TUNES

tion and training of children up to age 21 with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers. The following programs will be receiving a two-year grant from the Trust: Book Club, Ollie Webb Center; Growth Opportunities for Apartment Living Success, Sheltering Tree; Health, Education and Law Project, Legal Aid of Nebraska; Life Skills Training Program, HETRA; Partnership for Autism Career Employment Program, Autism Action Partnership; Work Experience – Virtual, Goodwill; and Work Incentives Planning and Assistance for Transition-Age Youth, EasterSeals. UScellular has donated several new technology tools to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands to help club staff support their members. The tools include adding production studios in four clubs to aid virtual programming. This will help the club offer a mix of in-person and virtual programming during the 2020-21 school year and make it easier to communicate with kids, teachers and parents. The donation totaled $8,000. Earlier this year, UScellular donated $325,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs COVID-19 Relief Fund, $10,000 of which directly supported youth in the Omaha metro area.

Arts & events…

Gloria Steinem — writer, political activist, and feminist organizer — will be the featured speaker at Girls Inc.’s 20th

annual Lunch for the Girls. The luncheon will be held in an all-virtual format on Nov. 16 from noon to 1 p.m. In 1971, Steinem helped found the National Women’s Political Caucus as well as New York Magazine and Ms. Magazine. Steinem co-founded the Ms. Foundation for Women, the Free to Be Foundation, and the Women’s Media Center in the United States. In 2013, President Obama awarded Steinem the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor. In 2019, she received the Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum. Reservations are online. FranNet of the Heartland is hosting its Good Riddance 2020 Celebration & Fundraiser from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 20 at the Hot Shops Art Center. Activities include shooting paintballs at a massive Coronavirus illustration, lighting 2020 calendars on fire, playing with clay, drinks and snacks. The beneficiary for this event is Bluebarn Theater, a small, local event venue. The Joslyn Castle is hosting its third “A Little Dinner Music” on Nov. 21. This month’s theme is “A Night in Spain” and will feature oboist/English hornist Darci Griffith Gamerl and cellist David Downing who will be playing music from Spain, Mexico and South America. A themed menu and signature cocktail will also be provided. Tickets are available online.

MEETINGS AND SEMINARS

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Monday, Nov. 16 FranNet of the Heartland is hosting a 30-minute webinar starting at 11 a.m. to discuss options for funding a business. The webinar hopes to help attendees decipher their options and decide the best course of action for themselves. Registration is available online. Tuesday, Nov. 17 The Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance Omaha Chapter is hosting its November Chapter meeting virtually from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sponsored by Aureus Group, this presentation will go over “Power Hiring – 5 Steps to Better Hiring Decisions.” The panel will be able to share insight into what other companies & candidates are facing and what they are looking for to make a good decision. Registration is online. Nonprofit Association of the Midlands members can receive a discount for a threeday webinar series: Quickbooks Made Easy for Online Users, sponsored by Quickbooks Made Easy for Nonprofits. The three-day webinar, starting on Nov. 17, will run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. each day and will go over all of the basics. Registration can be found online. Wednesday, Nov. 18 The American Marketing Association Omaha Chapter is hosting a webinar from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. featuring speaker Ali Schwanke. Schwanke, founder of Simple Strat, will be giving a talk on “What’s content got to do with it? Driving leads in a virtual first world.” Attendees will learn about the type of content that works to drive traffic and awareness, how to develop the right strategy and how to keep content interesting and action-focused. Registration is online. How has the Junior League of Omaha, 101-year-old organization, remained relevant for generations? By embracing its past and preparing for the future. If your organization is struggling with growth, or if a group you

volunteer with is struggling to gain more citywide support, join PRSA Nebraska for this virtual event at noon where Junior League of Omaha President Katie Triplett will discuss how they’ve continued to grow. Learn more and register at prsanebraska.org. Join the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Small Business Administration and Nebraska Business Development Center as they present small business best practices, resources and potential partner organizations to support veteran-owned small business success in Nebraska. The webinar, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., will also promote collaborations between banks and community stakeholders serving veteran families. Event information can be found at the Sarpy County of Chamber Commerce website. Thursday, Nov. 19 The Greater Omaha Chamber is hosting its Economic Outlook from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Economic Outlook forum prepares business leaders, advisers and economic development professionals for what’s to come. In 2020, this event will focus on two topics paramount to economic recovery — consumer confidence and jobs. Experts provide current information and analysis on the business climate, economic performance, emerging trends and attitudes towards future growth. Expect a thoughtful discussion of the national and local economy, performance data and perceptions. Registration is available online. The APICS Chapter of the Midlands is hosting a webinar featuring Omaha native Margaret Schneider, procurement and supply chain professional, from noon to 1 p.m. Schneider will be talking through her food supply chain career during her ten years of experience working for Conagra Brands. Registration is available online.


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Latina mom and daughter create stock market workbook to help families of color build wealth by Alexa Vickaryous

Elizabeth Ruiz can recall hearing her mother Linda Garcia, 40, yelling with excitement when the stock markets shot up. At the time, Ruiz was mulling topics for her first Grow With Color workbook. The 25-yearold founded the Dallas-based children’s brand to provide low-cost educational materials rooted in the Montessori philosophy. “Maria Montessori Financial started her first school in a low-income neighborhood,” Ruiz said. “And I don’t think that it should be limited to only people who can afford it. It should be for everybody.” She realized her five years of experience as a Montessori teacher combined with her mother’s knowledge of the stock market could be blended together to create My Stock Market Workbook, which teaches children about investing and building generational wealth. The 82-page workbook gives children a general understanding about investing and finance while providing them with a variety of activities that review numbers and the alphabet. It is available for sale on Amazon for $11.88. Garcia said her interest in the stock market was sparked in late 2012, when she first began investing. In the first year, she invested $200 a month and slowly built it to $400 a month in the following year. She invested mostly in Netflix stock, and her total initial investment was about $7,000.

Today, that investment is worth over $400,000. She said it taught her that $1 isn’t just $1 because it has the potential to grow into so much more. “I really saw this as an urgent message to get out into our communities, most especially communities of color, where we are taught that the stock market is really risky,” the Latina mom said. “There’s a lot of fear surrounding it. I learned how to let go of some of the fears that I personally had, letting go of a scarcity mentality where I just want to hold on to my money instead of investing.” Before moving to Dallas last year, Garcia worked for 17 years as a marketing executive in California at companies like Lionsgate and Netflix for TV and film programming catering to U.S. Hispanics. Her daughter graduated from the University of North Texas at Dallas, where she studied criminal justice, and is working on her master’s degree at Sam Houston State University in digital forensics. This summer, Garcia launched an online course called Wealth Rules Everything Around Me through her online platform In Luz We Trust. The two-day course consists of three-hour sessions and seeks to connect new investors to resources needed to make informed decisions and empower them not to fear investing. It costs $208 upfront or two payments of $108. “One of the biggest teachings in the stock market course is that we want to integrate money conversations into families of color,” Garcia

said. “So we have this book that’s a great tool in order to begin those dialogues and these teachings with our children.” My Stock Market Workbook is set up in the same way that Ruiz would introduce a child to a classroom. The beginning has coloring pages that transition into tracing, allowing a child to work on penmanship skills. From there, the book goes into the alphabet, and finishes with a “brain break” with more coloring pages. “The words that I picked in the illustrations are something that the child might not be able to define at such a young age, but the child starts to visualize,” Ruiz said. “They’ll remember what a high yield savings account is — I colored that. When they get older and begin to understand, it’s not something that’s brand new to them.” Photos of the workbook’s pages can be seen on Ruiz’s Instagram account, @GrowWithColor. She drew all of the book’s illustrations using her own childhood art as inspiration. She said she created the book for children as young as 2. “There’s a really tender age to start learning, and our relationship with money personally affects our household. I know my mother’s relationship with money. And you know, my parents and her parents, and so on, and so forth,” Garcia said. “It’s the cycle of energy that is almost gifted to the next generation. So the earlier we can tackle a healthy relationship with money, the better it is for the generations to come.” Garcia’s parents, both born in Mexico, were not educated past the sixth grade. She said she

Are Americans actually more productive working from home? Continued from page 4. certain personalities, etc. don’t work. I like to take my teams on workcations twice a year to set goals, brainstorm and have fun together. James Hamilton, UC San Diego: YES: Commuting was burning up a huge number of hours (not to mention gallons of gasoline) for many people. Whether the hours saved can translate into more productivity depends on the person and the job. It’s hard to work effectively at home when there are children and other distractions, and fumbling with the new technology can become its own time sink. Faculty meetings seem to me to take longer when they’re held using Zoom. Chris Van Gorder, Scripps Health: YES: Before COVID I was skeptical, at best. But we now have 2,700 back-office, administrative and support staff working from home and from all indications, they have been very productive. They take pride in their work and their contributions to the success of the organization, and will continue to be productive while working remotely. But I worry that our close organizational culture could be impacted if this was a long-term or permanent situation. Nevertheless, I’m a believer now. Norm Miller, University of San Diego: N/A: Yes and no. For some of us that need focus time and work mostly solo, the time saved from commuting and social distractions can enhance productivity. For those that need mentoring and collaboration with team members, or face distractions at home from kids, pets, spouses, working outside the home will be better. For most of us, a combination of the two will prove to be optimal, and management must learn how to combine isolation with collaborations and mentoring in the right proportions. Jamie Moraga, IntelliSolutions: YES: It depends on the job. Some positions require workers to be on site so they can’t work from home. But for those who can, studies are showing that productivity can be increased. This

can be due to the elimination of commute times and "watercooler talk," effective time management, new applications and technologies to increase productivity and work-hour flexibility. However, it remains to be seen if this increased productivity is sustainable. Over time, some employees may find that reduced social interaction can inhibit work productivity. David Ely, San Diego State University: YES: Employees who were commuting to a workplace prior to the pandemic were spending a significant amount of their workweek in an unproductive activity. Reclaiming that time allows these individuals to potentially complete more work-related and personal activities each day. Many are more productive in the sense that they are accomplishing more. Along with completing work-related tasks from home, many are producing additional valuable services, including childcare and helping children with distance learning. Ray Major, SANDAG: YES: People working from home are working longer hours and spending more time in virtual meetings. Productivity is a measure of efficiency, and although working from home may not make people more productive during their usual business hours, they are getting more done. Studies show that workers have worked over 3 billion extra hours since the statewide stay home order began. The ability to meet with anyone, anywhere (globally), anytime has worked surprisingly well during the past nine months. Reginald Jones, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation: YES: Most data shows productivity is not deterred by remote work. A recent survey by Mercer, a human resources and workplace benefits firm, showed 94% of 800 employers indicated productivity was the same or higher with their employees working remotely. Employees report getting more work done. Productivity will even increase as employers better equip employees to work remotely. The future of work will no

longer be the place you go, but something you do productively — wherever. (c)2020 The San Diego Union-Tribune Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC

hopes to help Hispanics and other minority groups shed the “scarcity mindset” by teaching the abundance of investing. While Latinos are the second largest and fastest-growing population in the United States, 28% of Hispanic households own stock compared to non-Hispanic white households, where 68% own stock, according to Pew Research Center. Garcia wants these conversations to inspire families of color to open brokerage accounts and to have aunts and uncles gift shares in stocks instead of toys for holidays. “It’s our dream to see children at a young age have shares in whatever interests them, whether it’s Disney or Target,” Garcia said “And hopefully when they’re 18 years old, they get to see the longevity, the importance of investing long-term and buying and holding that investment (so) they don’t have to worry about student loans. Or maybe they already have their down payment for their first home.” Ruiz plans on making future workbooks more cost-friendly. Grow With Color now produces the books with Amazon, which allows her to self-publish. However, Amazon takes a sizeable cut of sales, driving up the selling price. She’s seeking a local publisher to make the books more affordable. She’s also working to translate the workbook into Spanish. Her upcoming workbooks might apply to other subjects like math, sociology and English. “In Montessori, our greatest pride is when a child works as if the teacher is not there,” Ruiz said. “So, that’s one of the main things we tried to do in (My Stock Market Workbook) for the children to enjoy working through play.” (c)2020 The Dallas Morning News Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC

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Midlands Business Journal • NOVEMBER 13, 2020 • LEGAL NOTICES MBJ legal notice instructions The following are some guidelines to consider when posting legal notices with the Midlands Business Journal: 1. Submit a written notice in either Microsoft Word or as a PDF document to the Legal Department at legals@mbj.com, fax to 402-758-9315 or mail: 1324 S. 119th St. Omaha, NE 68144. For trade names, submit a copy of approved (bar code in upper right hand corner) Application For Registration of Trade Name from the Secretary of State to the same email address. Please include your billing address and the desired duration you’d like your notice to run (trade names run for only one week). As a publisher and not a legal advisor we print notices exactly as they are submitted and therefor only comp reruns when the notice was rejected or messed up due to a MBJ error. All companies submitting notices are responsible for ensuring the content fits with the State’s requirements and are responsible for the cost of republishing the notice if it is rejected due to misinformation or missing information 2. You will receive a confirmation and price quote. Legal notices, except for trade names, are charged per line. The flat fee for a trade name is $50. Payment options are cash or check. 3. Deadline is noon Tuesday for a notice to start publishing that Friday. 4. All costs include fees to file the notice with the Secretary of State and/or any appropriate courts. 5. You will receive a paid invoice copy the first week it runs and a copy of the affidavit filed with the courts the last week.

ERIN K. ARTZ, Attorney LAMSON, DUGAN and MURRAY, LLP 10306 Regency Parkway Drive Omaha, Nebraska 68114-3743 NOTICE OF INCORPORATION OF 5 TO 1, P.C. Notice is hereby given that a professional corporation has been formed under the laws of the State of Nebraska, on October 19, 2020 and that the name of the corporation is 5 to 1, P.C. The corporation is authorized to issue 1,000 shares of common stock. The street address of the corporation 11420 South 120th Avenue, Papillion, NE 68046. The name and street address of the corporation’s initial registered agent and office is LDM Business Services, Inc., 10306 Regency Parkway Drive, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. The name and address of the incorporator is Dr. Jason E. Lambrecht, MD, 11420 South 120th Avenue, Papillion, NE 68046. Dr. Jason E. Lambrecht, MD, Incorporator First publication October 30, 2020, final November 13, 2020

KOLEY JESSEN P.C., L.L.O., Attorneys 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, One Pacific Place Omaha, Nebraska 68124-1079 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF JACK3 LLC The name of the Company is Jack3 LLC. The Designated Office of the Company is: 2004 South 182nd Circle, Omaha, Nebraska 68130. The Registered Agent and Office of the Company is: Corey Keith, 2004 South 182nd Circle, Omaha, Nebraska 68130. This limited liability company commenced business on October 26, 2020. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

KOLEY JESSEN P.C., L.L.O., Attorneys 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, One Pacific Place Omaha, Nebraska 68124-1079 NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that FBTC Holdco, LLC, a Nebraska limited liability company, filed its Statement of Dissolution with the Nebraska Secretary of State effective October 17, 2020, at 12:01 a.m., and the company is in the process of voluntary dissolution. The terms and conditions of such dissolution are, in general, that all debts and obligations of the company are to be fully paid and satisfied or adequate provision is to be made therefore, and that the balance of any remaining assets are to be distributed to its Members. The Manager will wind up and liquidate the company’s business and affairs. If you have a claim against FBTC Holdco, LLC, please provide the following information with respect to your claim: (1) your name or the name of your entity; (2) the nature of your claim; (3) the amount of your claim; and (4) the date your claim arose. All claims shall be mailed to 20516 Nicholas Street, Elkhorn, Nebraska 68022. A claim against against FBTC Holdco, LLC is barred unless an action to enforce the claim is commenced within five (5) years after the publication date of the third required notice. First publication October 30, 2020, final November 13, 2020

KOLEY JESSEN P.C., L.L.O., Attorneys 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, One Pacific Place Omaha, Nebraska 68124-1079 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF PSE PROPERTIES, LLC The name of the Company is PSE Properties, LLC. The Designated Office of the Company is: 505 Crown Point Avenue, Omaha, Nebraska 68110. The Registered Agent and Office of the Company is: Koley Jessen P.C., L.L.O., 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, Omaha, Nebraska 68124. This limited liability company commenced business on October 17, 2020. First publication October 30, 2020, final November 13, 2020

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BARBARA MEDBERY-PRCHAL, P.C., L.L.O., Attorney 11102 Blondo Street, Suite 103 Omaha, Nebraska 68164 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF O’HARA EXTERIORS, LLC Notice is hereby given that a limited liability company has been formed under the laws of the State of Nebraska, and that the name of the company is O’Hara Exteriors, LLC The name and street address of the company’s initial registered agent is Law Offices of Barbara Medbery-Prchal, P.C., L.L.O., 10305 Joseph Circle, La Vista, NE 68128. The designated office is located at 12712 C Street, Omaha, NE 68144. Mike O’Hara, Member First publication October 30, 2020, final November 13, 2020

NOTICE OF INCORPORATION OF A DOMESTIC CORPORATION SUBJECT TO THE NEBRASKA NONPROFIT CORPORATION ACT Corporate Name: Safari Club International Platte River Chapter Registered Office: 23005 Elk City Drive, Valley, Nebraska, 68064 Registered Agent: Calvin C. Campbell This corporation is a public benefit corporation. The corporation may have one or more classes of members. The designation of the class or classes, the manner of election or appointment and the qualifications and rights of the members shall be as set forth in the By-Laws of the corporation. Name of Incorporator: Michael D. McClellan Address of Incorporator: 12020 Shamrock Plaza, #333 Omaha, NE 68154 First publication October 30, 2020, final November 13, 2020

BARBARA MEDBERY-PRCHAL, P.C., L.L.O., Attorney 11102 Blondo Street, Suite 103 Omaha, Nebraska 68164 NOTICE OF INCORPORATION OF Pools, Inc. Notice is hereby given that a corporation has been formed under the laws of the State of Nebraska, and that the name of the corporation is Pools, Inc. The corporation is authorizied to issue 10,000 shares of common stock. The name and street address of the corporation’s initial registered agent is Law Offices of Barbara Medbery-Prchal, P.C., L.L.O., 11102 Blondo Street, Suite 103, Omaha, NE 68164, and its incorporator is Brad Meck, 27801 Jones Street, Waterloo, NE 68069. Brad Meck, Incorporator First publication October 30, 2020, final November 13, 2020

NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION Notice is hereby given that Bianco Homes, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The address of the Company’s designated office is 4816 N. 210th St, Elkhorn, NE 68022, and the name of the registered agent at such address is Michael Panebianco. The general nature of the business is any legal and lawful activity allowed pursuant to the Nebraska Limited Liability Company Act and the laws of the State of Nebraska and elsewhere. The Company commenced business on 6th day of October, 2020 and shall have perpetual existence. The affairs of the Company are to be managed by its managers. Michael Panebianco, Manager First publication October 30, 2020, final November 13, 2020

BARBARA MEDBERY-PRCHAL, P.C., L.L.O., Attorney 11102 Blondo Street, Suite 103 Omaha, Nebraska 68164 N O T I C E O F O R G A N I Z AT I O N O F P R I M E P R O D U C T INNOVATIONS, LLC Notice is hereby given that a limited liability company has been formed under the laws of the State of Nebraska, and that the name of the company is Prime Product Innovations, LLC The name and street address of the company’s initial registered agent is Law Offices of Barbara MedberyPrchal, P.C., L.L.O., 11102 Blondo Street, Suite 103, Omaha, NE 68164. The designated office is located at 10222 Edna Street, La Vista, NE 68128. Benjamin Alba, Wayne Boye, and Scott Wiebelhaus Members First publication October 30, 2020, final November 13, 2020

ERICKSON l SEDERSTROM, P.C., Attorneys 10330 Regency Parkway Drive, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF INCORPORATION Corporate Name: T627, Inc. Registered Agent: Erickson & Sederstrom P.C., a limited liability organization Registered Office: 10330 Regency Parkway Drive, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 Authorized Number of Shares: 10,000 Incorporator: Charles V. Sederstrom, Jr. Erickson & Sederstrom, P.C., L.L.O. 10330 Regency Parkway Drive, Suite 100 Omaha, NE 68114 First publication October 30, 2020, final November 13, 2020

ERICKSON l SEDERSTROM, P.C., Attorneys 10330 Regency Parkway Drive, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION JHI, Inc., a Nebraska corporation, filed Articles of Dissolution on October 8, 2020 with the Nebraska Secretary of State’s Office. The terms of the dissolution provide for the payment of liabilities of the corporation and the distribution of any remaining assets. James Hartkorn, as President, is to manage the corporate affairs relating to the dissolution of the Corporation. Any Corporation assets will be distributed in accordance with the Corporation’s plan of dissolution and it has no known liabilities. The Corporation requests that persons with claims against it present them in accordance with this notice. Any claimant shall send notice of a claim to the Corporation to the above address. A claim against JHI, Inc. will be barred unless a proceeding to enforce the claim is commenced within three (3) years after the publication of this notice. First publication October 30, 2020, final November 13, 2020

DANIEL J. WATERS, Attorney LAMSON, DUGAN and MURRAY, LLP 10306 Regency Parkway Drive Omaha, Nebraska 68114-3743 NOTICE OF AMENDMENT TO ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION OF ADVANCED PACKAGING, INC. Notice is hereby given that Articles of Amendment to the Articles of Incorporation of Advanced Packaging, Inc., were filed on November 3, 2020. The name and street address of the corporation’s registered agent and office is David Benes, 520 S. 3rd Ave., Blair, NE 68008. The full text of such Articles of Amendment to the Articles of Incorporation is on file with the Secretary of State. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

MATTHEW T. PAYNE, Attorney PANSING HOGAN ERNST & BACHMAN LLP 10250 Regency Circle, Suite 300 Omaha, Nebraska 68114-3728 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF GREENHOUSE REAL ESTATE, LLC Notice is hereby given of the organization of Greenhouse Real Estate, LLC: 1. The name of the limited liability company is Greenhouse Real Estate, LLC 2. The street and mailing address of the initial designated office is 4949 Underwood Avenue, Omaha, Nebraska 68132, and the name and street address of the initial agent for service of process is G. Thomas Simmons, IV, 4949 Underwood Avenue, Omaha, Nebraska 68132. First publication October 30, 2020, final November 13, 2020

RODNEY G. GNUSE, Attorney GNUSE & GREEN LAW OFFICES, P.C. 11311 Chicago Circle Omaha, NE 68154 NOTICE OF INCORPORATION OF SALWEEN THAI RESTAURANT IV, INC. Notice is hereby given of incorporation of SALWEEN THAI RESTAURANT IV, INC. under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The number of shares that the corporation is authorized to issue is up to 10,000 shares of voting common stock. The name and address of the incorporator and the initial registered agent is Rodney G. Gnuse, 11311 Chicago Circle, Omaha, Nebraska, 68154. The Corporation shall engage in any lawful business for which a corporation may be formed under the Nebraska Model Business Corporation Act. Perpetual existence commenced October 27, 2020, when articles were filed with the Secretary of State. Affairs are to be conducted by the Board of Directors and Officers authorized by the Bylaws and the Board. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

KOLEY JESSEN P.C., L.L.O., Attorneys 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, One Pacific Place Omaha, Nebraska 68124-1079 NOTICE OF INCORPORATION 1. The name of the Corporation is Wick Holdings, Inc. 2. The Corporation is authorized to issue 10,000 shares of common stock having a par value of $1.00 each. 3. The Registered Office of the Corporation is: 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska 68124, and the Registered Agent at such address is Koley Jessen P.C., L.L.O. 4. Articles of Incorporation were filed with the Nebraska Secretary of State on October 16, 2020. 5. The name and address of the Incorporator is: Justina A. Struck, 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska 68124. First publication October 30, 2020, final November 13, 2020

TIEDEMAN, LYNCH, KAMPFE, McVAY & RESPELIERS, Attorneys 300 Overland Wolf Centre 6910 Pacific Street Omaha, Nebraska 68106-1045 NOTICE OFAMENDMENT OF CERTIFICATE OF ORGANIZATION Notice is hereby given that My Game Day Collections, LLC, has filed an amendment to its Certificate of Organization. The amendment provides as follows: The name of the limited liability company shall be changed to Alumna House, LLC. The limited liability is authorized to conduct any lawful business under the Nebraska Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. First publication October 30, 2020, final November 13, 2020


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LEGAL NOTICES BARBARA MEDBERY-PRCHAL, P.C., L.L.O., Attorney 11102 Blondo Street, Suite 103 Omaha, Nebraska 68164 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF Romans Carpentry, LLC Notice is hereby given that a limited liability company has been formed under the laws of the State of Nebraska, and that the name of the company is Romans Carpentry, LLC The name and street address of the company’s initial registered agent is Law Offices of Barbara Medbery-Prchal, P.C., L.L.O., 11102 Blondo Street, Suite 103, Omaha, NE 68164. The designated office is located at 1014 Adams Street, Fort Calhoun, NE 68023. Russell Romans, Member First publication October 30, 2020, final November 13, 2020 Notice is hereby given that CRÈME STUDIOS LLC, a Nebraska Limited Liability Company, has been organized under the laws of the state of Nebraska, with its initial designated office at 4708 N 109TH CIRCLE, OMAHA, NE 68164. The initial agent for service of process of the Company is LISA MUELLER, 4708 N 109TH CIRCLE, OMAHA, NE, 68164. First publication October 30, 2020, final November 13, 2020 SCOTT A. MEYERSON, Esq. LIKES MEYERSON HATCH LLC 444 Regency Parkway Drive, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF NOVAC OMAHA 1 LLC Notice is hereby given that NoVac Omaha 1 LLC, a Nebraska limited liability company, has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The street and mailing address of the Company’s initial designated office is 444 Regency Parkway Dr., #100, Omaha, NE 68114. The street and mailing address of the Company’s initial agent for service of process is 5601 S. 59th Street, Suite C, Lincoln, Nebraska 68516 and the Company’s initial agent for service of process at such address is Registered Agent Solutions, Inc. First publication October 30, 2020, final November 13, 2020 Notice is hereby given that Studio 712 LLC a Nebraska Limited Liability Company has been organized under the laws of the state of Nebraska, with its initial designated office at 12862 Chandler Road Plaza #31, La Vista, NE 68138. The initial agent for service of process of the Company is Michel Rohner, 12862 Chandler Road Plaza #31, 68138. First publication October 30, 2020, final November 13, 2020 JUSTIN A. SHELDON, Attorney VANDENACK WEAVER LLC 17007 Marcy Street, Suite 3 Omaha, Nebraska 68118 N O T I C E O F O R G A N I Z AT I O N O F I N D U S T R I A L A N D ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANING LLC Notice is hereby given that INDUSTRIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANING LLC has been organized as a limited liability company under the Nebraska Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. The address of the initial designated office of the company is 2460 South 40th Street, Omaha, NE 68105. The agent for service of process for the Company is VW Agents LLC located at 17007 Marcy Street, Suite 3, Omaha, NE 68118. First publication October 30, 2020, final November 13, 2020 MARTIN P. PELSTER, Attorney C R O K E R , H U C K , K A S H E R , D e W I T T, A N D E R S O N & GONDERINGER, L.L.C. 2120 South 72nd Street, Suite 1200 Omaha, Nebraska 68124 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF INNOVATIVE SANI SOLUTIONS, LLC The name of the limited liability company is Innovative Sani Solutions, LLC. The address of the initial designated office is 15002 A Circle, Omaha, NE 68144. The name and address of the initial agent for service of process is Martin P. Pelster, 2120 South 72nd Street, Suite 1200, Omaha, NE 68124. First publication October 30, 2020, final November 13, 2020 Notice is hereby given that Gifted Minds Investments LLC, a Nebraska Limited Liability Company, has been organized under the laws of the state of Nebraska, with its initial designated office at 11235 Sahler Street, Omaha, NE 68164. The initial agent for service of process of the Company is Beverly Tate, 11235 Sahler Street, Omaha, NE, 68164. The company is member-managed. Nature of the Company is Real Estate. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020 KOLEY JESSEN P.C., L.L.O., Attorneys 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, One Pacific Place Omaha, Nebraska 68124-1079 NOTICE OF INCORPORATION 1. The name of the Corporation is Nebraska Cartage, Inc. 2. The Corporation is authorized to issue 10,000 shares of common stock having a par value of $1.00 each. 3. The Registered Office of the Corporation is: 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska 68124, and the Registered Agent at such address is Koley Jessen P.C., L.L.O. 4. Articles of Incorporation were filed with the Nebraska Secretary of State on October 20, 2020. 5. The name and address of the Incorporator is: Justina A. Struck, 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska 68124. First publication October 30, 2020, final November 13, 2020

KOLEY JESSEN P.C., L.L.O., Attorneys 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, One Pacific Place Omaha, Nebraska 68124-1079 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF WRIGHT BUILDING LLC The name of the Company is Wright Building LLC. The Designated Office of the Company is: 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, Omaha, Nebraska 68124. The Registered Agent and Office of the Company is: Koley Jessen P.C., L.L.O., 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, Omaha, Nebraska 68124. This limited liability company commenced business on October 21, 2020. First publication October 30, 2020, final November 13, 2020

BARBARA MEDBERY-PRCHAL, P.C., L.L.O., Attorney 11102 Blondo Street, Suite 103 Omaha, Nebraska 68164 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF PRIMO’S 2, LLC Notice is hereby given that a professional limited liability company has been formed under the laws of the State of Nebraska, and that the name of the company is Primo’s 2, LLC The name and street address of the company’s initial registered agent is Law Offices of Barbara Medbery-Prchal, P.C., L.L.O., 11102 Blondo Street, Suite 103, Omaha, NE 68164. The designated office is located at 5914 Center Street, Omaha, NE 68106. First publication October 30, 2020, final November 13, 2020

AIMEE L. LOWE, Attorney Lowe Legal Group 14301 FNB PKWY, STE 100 Omaha, NE 68154 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION Notice is hereby given that MLowe Projects, LLC, a Nebraska Limited Liability Company, has been organized under the laws of the state of Nebraska, with its initial designated office at 21924 Hillandale Dr., Elkhorn, NE 68022. The initial agent for service of process of the Company is Aimee L. Lowe at 14301 FNB PKWY, STE 100, Omaha, NE 68154. Aimee L. Lowe, Organizer First publication October 30, 2020, final November 13, 2020

DVORAK LAW GROUP LLC 9500 West Dodge Road, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF TRUMAN FAEH, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Truman Faeh, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 6003 Old Cheney Road, Suite 305, Lincoln, NE 68516. The Registered Agent of the Company is DDLG Business Services, Inc., 9500 West Dodge Road, Suite 100, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. First publication October 30, 2020, final November 13, 2020

ERICKSON l SEDERSTROM, P.C., Attorneys 10330 Regency Parkway Drive, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION On April 3, 2020, Regency Retirement Residence of Omaha d/b/a Bloomfield Forum, a Nebraska nonprofit corporation (“Corporation”) filed Articles of Dissolution with the Nebraska Secretary of State. The terms of the dissolution provide for the payment of all liabilities of the Corporation and the distribution of all remaining assets to Clarkson Regional Health Services, Inc., a Nebraska nonprofit corporation. The officers of the corporation are to wind up its corporate affairs and distribute its assets. The Corporation has assets totaling $0.00 and liabilities of $0.00. Any person with claims against the corporation must file his written claim(s) by providing claimant’s full name, address, telephone number and dollar amount of claim(s) to: Mr. Andrew Collins 10330 Regency Pkwy Dr. Suite 200 Omaha, NE 68114 All claims will be barred forever unless a proceeding to enforce the claim is commenced within five years of the date of this notice of publication, pursuant to Nebraska Revised Statute §21-19, 136. First publication October 30, 2020, final November 13, 2020

GROSS & WELCH, P.C., L.L.O., Attorneys 2120 South 72 Street, Suite 1500 Omaha, Nebraska 68124 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF KLL BOCHART PROPERTIES, LLC, a Nebraska Limited Liability Company Notice is hereby given that KLL BOCHART PROPERTIES, LLC, a Nebraska Limited Liability Company, has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska, with its designated office located at 8908 North 81st Avenue, Omaha, Nebraska 68122, its registered agent is Frederick D. Stehlik, and its registered office located at 2120 South 72 Street, Suite 1500, Omaha, Nebraska 68124. The general nature of its business is to engage in and do any lawful act concerning any and all lawful business, other than banking or insurance, for which a limited liability company may be organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Certificate of Organization was filed in the office of the Nebraska Secretary of State on October 7, 2020, the Company commenced business thereon, and shall have perpetual existence. The affairs of the Company are to be conducted by the Managing Member. Frederick D. Stehlik,Organizer First publication October 30, 2020, final November 13, 2020

RUSSELL J. KREIKEMEIER, Attorney KREIKEMEIER LAW OFFICES 126 East Grove Street West Point, Nebraska 68788 NOTICE OF INCORPORATION Notice is hereby given of the incorporation of NSHOD, Inc., with its registered office address at 118 East Grove Street, West Point, Nebraska 68788 and the registered agent at such address is Joseph P. Naatz. The principal office location of the Corporation is at 222 South 15th Street, #316, Omaha, Nebraska 68102. The purpose or purposes for which this corporation is formed is to increase awareness and support for expansion of digital forensic science and capabilities and including the transaction of all or any lawful business or engagement in any commercial venture and including the transaction of all or any lawful business or engagement in any commercial venture permitted by the Nebraska Model Business Corporation Act, as amended, and all other applicable law. The initial authorized number of shares of the corporation is 10,000 and such shares shall be issued at such time and under such conditions as the Board of Directors may determine. The Corporation commenced doing business on October 16, 2020, and shall have perpetual existence. The affairs of the Corporation shall be conducted by a Board of Directors and such officers as may be provided in the bylaws of the Corporation. The incorporators are Oscar Dieguez and Nick Herfordt, 222 South 15th Street, #316, Omaha, Nebraska 68102. First publication October 30, 2020, final November 13, 2020

JENNIFER L RATTNER, Attorney RINGENBERG & RATTNER LAW 14301 FNB Parkway, Suite 204 Omaha, Nebraska 68154 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF ON1, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that ON1, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 14301 FNB Parkway, Suite 204, Omaha, Nebraska 68154. The Registered Agent of the Company is Jennifer L. Rattner, Esq., Ringenberg & Rattner Law, LLC, 14301 FNB Parkway, Suite 204, Omaha, Nebraska 68154. First publication October 30, 2020, final November 13, 2020

DANA DOBROVOLNY, Attorney RINGENBERG & RATTNER LAW 14301 FNB Parkway, Suite 204 Omaha, Nebraska 68154 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF ECHO HILLS APARTMENTS CLASS B LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Echo Hills Apartments Class B LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 530 S. 13th Street, Suite 100, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508. The Registered Agent of the Company is Registered Agents, Inc. 530 S. 13th Street, Suite 100, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508. First publication October 30, 2020, final November 13, 2020

CAMERON M. RIECKE, Attorney LAMSON, DUGAN and MURRAY, LLP 10306 Regency Parkway Drive Omaha, Nebraska 68114-3743 NOTICE OFAMENDMENT TO CERTIFICATE OF ORGANIZATION FOR FREEBIRD FLOCK, LLC Notice is hereby given that the Amendment to the Certificate of Organization of Freebird Flock, LLC were adopted on October 20,2020, to change the name to Oneder Trek, LLC. First publication October 30, 2020, final November 13, 2020

NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF DTM PROPERTIES, LLC. NOTICE is hereby given that DTM Properties, LLC., has been duly organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The address of the initial registered office 6455 S. 86th Circle Omaha, NE 68127 and the initial registered agent at that address is Devin Hoeg. The general nature of the business is Real Estate Management. The company commenced existence on the 9th day of October 2020. The affairs of the company shall be conduced by its members. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

BLAKE S. SCHNEIDERWIND, Attorney ERICKSON l SEDERSTROM, P.C., Attorneys 10330 Regency Parkway Drive, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF ACWE STORAGE HOLDINGS, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that ACWE Storage Holdings, LLC, a Nebraska limited liability company has been duly organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska, with its designated office located at 10330 Regency Parkway Drive, Suite 100, Omaha, Nebraska 68114 and designating its registered agent as Erickson & Sederstrom, P.C. a limited liability organization with its registered office at 10330 Regency Parkway Drive, Suite 100, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020


Midlands Business Journal • NOVEMBER 13, 2020 • LEGAL NOTICES NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF ESHELMAN CHIROPRACTIC, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Eshelman Chiropractic, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 909 Capitol Ave apt 507, Omaha, Nebraska 68102. The Registered Agent of the Company is Registered Agent, Inc., 530 South 13th Street, Suite 100, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

KOLEY JESSEN P.C., L.L.O., Attorneys 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, One Pacific Place Omaha, Nebraska 68124-1079 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF COMFORT KEEPERS – OMAHA LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Comfort Keepers - Omaha LLC has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The designated office of the limited liability company is 5437 North 103rd Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68134. The registered agent and office of the limited liability company is Koley Jessen P.C., L.L.O., 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, Omaha, Nebraska 68124. The limited liability company commenced business on October 27, 2020. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

MATTHEW WURSTER, Attorney CARLSON & BURNETT, LLP 17525 Arbor Street Omaha, Nebraska 68130 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF WADSWORTH 1823, LLC Notice is hereby given that WADSWORTH 1823, LLC is organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The initial designated office is 17525 Arbor Street, Omaha, NE 68130. The Company’s initial registered agent in the State of Nebraska is: Matthew Wurstner, whose address is 17525 Arbor Street, Omaha, NE 68130. The purpose of the Company is to engage in any lawful business and activity, as may be mutually agreed upon by the Members from time to time, and which are not prohibited by the Nebraska Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. The Company commenced with filing its Certificate of Organization on October 26, 2020, and shall have a perpetual period of duration. The Company is a Manager Managed Limited Liability Company. The initial Manager of the Company is Jennifer Smith, whose address is 18523 Shadow Ridge Drive, Omaha, NE 68130. Matthew Wurstner, Organizer First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

PATRICK M. FLOOD, Attorney PANSING HOGAN ERNST & BACHMAN LLP 10250 Regency Circle, Suite 300 Omaha, Nebraska 68114-3728 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF FERRIS JOHNSON, LLC Notice is hereby given of the organization of Ferris Johnson, LLC. 1. The name of the limited liability company is Ferris Johnson, LLC. 2. The street and mailing address of the initial designated office is 659 North 63rd Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68132, and the name and street address of the registered agent for service of process is Jeff Ferris, 659 North 63rd Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68132. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

WALENTINE O'TOOLE, LLP JAMIE M. HURST, Esq. 11240 Davenport Street P.O. Box 540125 Omaha, Nebraska 68154-0125 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF JJ METAL WORX, LLC JJ Metal Works, LLC, with its initial designated office 8640 Park View Boulevard, La Vista, Nebraska 68128, gives notice that it filed its Certificate of Organization with the Nebraska Secretary of State on October 27, 2020, and that it has been organized as a Nebraska limited liability company under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The initial agent for service of process is Jamie M. Hurst, and her initial mailing address is 11240 Davenport Street, P.O. Box 540125, Omaha, Nebraska 68154. The company’s period of duration is perpetual, and the general nature of its business is to engage in any and all lawful business for which a limited liability company may be organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. Jamie M. Hurst, Organizer First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

STEVEN G. RANUM, Attorney C R O K E R , H U C K , K A S H E R , D e W I T T, A N D E R S O N & GONDERINGER, L.L.C. 2120 South 72nd Street, Suite 1200 Omaha, Nebraska 68124 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF 12231 EMMET STREET, LLC The name of the limited liability company is 12231 Emmet Street, LLC. The address of the initial designated office is 2120 South 72nd Street, Suite 1200, Omaha, NE 68124. The name and address of the initial agent for service of process is Steven G. Ranum, 2120 South 72nd Street, Suite 1200, Omaha, NE 68124. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

LEGACY DESIGN STRATEGIES 9859 South 168th Avenue Omaha, NE 68136 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION 1. The name of the Limited Liability Company is KELLY DAY LIGHTING, LLC. 2. The designated office of the limited liability company is 9814 South 176th Street, Omaha, NE 68136. 3. The registered agent and office of the limited liability company is Adam Schaecher, at 9814 South 176th Street, Omaha, NE 68136. 4. The purpose for which the company is organized is to engage in any and all business which is lawful under the Nebraska Uniform Limited Liability Company Act of the State of Nebraska. 5. The company commenced its existence on October 9, 2020, and the period of duration of the Company shall be perpetual. 6. The affairs of the company shall be conducted by its Members in accordance with the company’s operating agreement. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

KOLEY JESSEN P.C., L.L.O., Attorneys 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, One Pacific Place Omaha, Nebraska 68124-1079 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF SUMMIT II LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Summit II LLC has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The designated office of the limited liability company is 1120 South 101st Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68124. The registered agent and office of the limited liability company is James E. Landen, 1120 South 101st Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68124. The limited liability company commenced business on October 27, 2020. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

BARBARA MEDBERY-PRCHAL, P.C., L.L.O., Attorney 11102 Blondo Street, Suite 103 Omaha, Nebraska 68164 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF GUSTAFSON INVESTMENTS, LLC Notice is hereby given that a professional limited liability company has been formed under the laws of the State of Nebraska, and that the name of the company is Gustafson Investments, LLC The name and street address of the company’s initial registered agent is Law Offices of Barbara MedberyPrchal, P.C., L.L.O., 11102 Blondo Street, Suite 103, Omaha, NE 68164. The designated office is located at 15638 Polk Circle, Omaha, NE 68135. Isaac Gustafson and Shelbi Gustafson, Member First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020 THOMAS H. PENKE, Attorney THOMAS H. PENKE, P.C., L.L.O. 12010 Shamrock Plaza, Suite 200 Omaha, Nebraska 68154 LEGAL NOTICE In the County Court of Douglas County, Nebraska. PR20-1654 Estate of ROBERT A. FLEMING, Deceased Notice is hereby given that on 28TH day of October, 2020, in the County Court of Douglas County, Nebraska, the Registrar issued a written statement of Informal Probate of the Will of said Decedent and that DENNIS L. FLEMING, whose address is 16222 Redwoof Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68136, has been appointed Personal Representative of this estate. Creditors of this estate must file their claims with this Court, located at Courtroom No. 30, Third Floor, Probate Division, Douglas County Hall of Justice, 17th & Farnam Streets, Omaha, NE 68183, on or before January 20, 2021 or be forever barred. Kelley J. Golden Clerk of Douglas County Court First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

BARBARA MEDBERY-PRCHAL, P.C., L.L.O., Attorney 11102 Blondo Street, Suite 103 Omaha, Nebraska 68164 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF AMY HELLER HAIR, LLC Notice is hereby given that a limited liability company has been formed under the laws of the State of Nebraska, and that the name of the company is Amy Heller Hair, LLC The name and street address of the company’s initial registered agent is Law Offices of Barbara Medbery-Prchal, P.C., L.L.O., 11102 Blondo Street, Suite 103, Bennington, NE 68007. The designated office is located at 16028 N. 2nd Street, Bennington, NE 68007. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

STEVEN G. RANUM, Attorney C R O K E R , H U C K , K A S H E R , D e W I T T, A N D E R S O N & GONDERINGER, L.L.C. 2120 South 72nd Street, Suite 1200 Omaha, Nebraska 68124 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF 2522 EDWARD BABE GOMEZ AVENUE, LLC The name of the limited liability company is 2522 Edward Babe Gomez Avenue, LLC. The address of the initial designated office is 2120 South 72nd Street, Suite 1200, Omaha, NE 68124. The name and address of the initial agent for service of process is Steven G. Ranum, 2120 South 72nd Street, Suite 1200, Omaha, NE 68124. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

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WHITMORE LAW OFFICE LLC 7602 Pacific Street, Suite 200 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION Notice is hereby given that Wegman Transport, L.L.C. (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The designated office of the Company is 15301 Davidson Street, Bennington, Nebraska 68007. The registered agent of the Company is Perry K. Wiseman, 1237 S. 119th Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68144. The Company was formed on October 26, 2020. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

WHITMORE LAW OFFICE LLC 7602 Pacific Street, Suite 200 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION Notice is hereby given that G.B.C. Construction, L.L.C. (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The designated office of the Company is 5118 S. 23rd Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68107. The registered agent of the Company is Clemente Velasco, 5118 S. 23rd Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68107. The Company was formed on October 26, 2020. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

MARK J. LAPUZZA, Attorney PANSING HOGAN ERNST & BACHMAN LLP 10250 Regency Circle, Suite 300 Omaha, Nebraska 68114-3728 NOTICE OF INCORPORATION OF HIGHLAND POINTE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION Notice is hereby given of incorporation of Highland Pointe Homeowners Association under the laws of the State of Nebraska as follows: 1. The name of the corporation is Highland Pointe Homeowners Association. 2. The Highland Pointe Homeowners Association is a mutual benefit corporation. 3. The street address of the Corporation's initial registered office is 10250 Regency Circle, Suite 300, Omaha, Nebraska 68116. The name of its initial registered agent at that office is Mark J. LaPuzza. 4. The name and address of the incorporator is as follows: Marc Stodola 3803 N. 153rd Street, Suite 200 Omaha, NE 68116 5. The Corporation shall engage in any lawful business for which a corporation may be formed under the Nebraska Nonprofit Corporation Act. 6. The Corporation shall have members. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

WHITMORE LAW OFFICE LLC 7602 Pacific Street, Suite 200 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION Notice is hereby given that TallyPro Bookkeeping and Business Solutions, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The designated office of the Company is 4602 N 52nd Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68104. The registered agent of the Company is Thomas E. Whitmore, 7602 Pacific Street, Ste. 200, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. The Company was formed on October 28, 2020. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

ERICKSON l SEDERSTROM, P.C., Attorneys 10330 Regency Parkway Drive, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOICE OF ORGANIZATION OF CSRK HERSHEY FARMS, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that CSRK Hershey Farms, LLC, a Nebraska limited liability company has been duly organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska, with its designated office located at 10330 Regency Parkway Drive, Suite 100, Omaha, Nebraska 68114 and designating its registered agent as Erickson & Sederstrom, P.C. a limited liability organization with its registered office at 10330 Regency Parkway Drive, Suite 100, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

Notice of Organization Notice is here by given that a limited liability company has been formed under the name of Pa Mas, LLC. The registered agent is Joshua Martinez, 17102 Patrick Ave, Omaha, NE 68116. The address of the designated office is 17102 Patrick Ave, Omaha, NE 68116. The general nature of its business is to engage in and do any lawful act concerning any and all lawful business other than banking or insurance, for which a limited liability company may be organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The company commenced on July 15, 2020 and has perpetual existence. The affairs of the limited liability company are to be conducted by its members until such time as their successors(s) are selected pursuant to the Operating Agreement. Pa Mas, LLC Joshua Martinez 17102 Patrick Ave Omaha, NE 68116 First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020


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• NOVEMBER 13, 2020 • Midlands Business Journal

LEGAL NOTICES NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION Notice is hereby given that Tribal Empowerment Strategies, LLC, a Nebraska limited liability company, has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska, with a registered office at 4211 S. 38th St., Omaha, Ne 68107. The general nature of its business is to engage in any and all lawful businesses for which am LLC may be organized. The company was organized and commenced on 08/01/2020 and shall have perpetual duration. The agent of the company is owner, Teresa Dameron. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

ERICKSON l SEDERSTROM, P.C., Attorneys 10330 Regency Parkway Drive, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF ZMB ENTERPRISES, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that ZMB Enterprises, LLC, a Nebraska limited liability company has been duly organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska, with its designated office located at 12920 Ohern Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68137 and designating its registered agent as Erickson & Sederstrom, P.C. a limited liability organization with its registered office at 10330 Regency Parkway Drive, Suite 100, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

ERIN K. ARTZ, Attorney LAMSON, DUGAN and MURRAY, LLP 10306 Regency Parkway Drive Omaha, Nebraska 68114-3743 NOTICE OF THE ORGANIZATION OF SIESTA BEACH CONDO, LLC Notice is hereby given of the formation of a limited liability company under the laws of the State of Nebraska, and that the name of the limited liability company is Siesta Beach Condo, LLC. The address of the initial designated office is 18608 Vinton Street, Omaha, NE 68130. The name and address of the registered agent and office is LDM Business Services, Inc, 10306 Regency Parkway Drive, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. The general nature of the business is any or all lawful business. The company commenced existence on October 27, 2020 and shall have a perpetual duration. The affairs of the company shall be conducted by the Members, as prescribed by the Operating Agreement. LDM Business Services, Inc., Organizer First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

DENNIS P. LEE, Attorney JAKE T. HOULIHAN, Attorney LEE LAW OFFICE 2433 South 130th Circle, Suite 300 Omaha, Nebraska 68144 NOTICE OF SUIT TO: COUNT COOK III, 4025 N. 44th Street, Omaha NE 68111 and MICHAEL THORNTON, 2115 Spencer st, Omaha NE 68110, you are hereby notified that on August 6, 2020, American Family Mutual Ins. Co. filed a suit against you in the Douglas County Court at docket CI20-14092, the object in prayer of which was to secure a judgment against you in the amount of $7,477.11, together with court costs, interest and attorney's fees as allowed by law. Unless you file your Answer with the Douglas County Court on or before the 4th day of January, 2021, the Petition against you will be considered as true and judgment will be entered against you accordingly. First publication November 13, 2020, final December 4, 2020

DVORAK LAW GROUP LLC 9500 West Dodge Road, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF WEALTHPLAN INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that WealthPlan Investment Management, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 101 South 108th Avenue, Omaha, Nebraska 68154. The Registered Agent of the Company is DDLG Business Services, Inc., 9500 W. Dodge Road, Suite 100, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

ABRAHAMS KASLOW & CASSMAN LLP, Attorneys 8712 West Dodge Road, Suite 300 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION The Beard & Mane, LLC has been organized as a limited liability company under the Nebraska Uniform Limited Liability Company Act by a conversion from The Beard & Mane, Inc., a Nebraska corporation. The street and mailing address of the initial designated office of the company is 5113 NW Radial HWY, Omaha, Nebraska 68104. The name and street and mailing address of the initial registered agent of the company for service of process are Matthew Gosier, 5113 NW Radial HWY, Omaha, Nebraska 68104. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

JOSEPH J. SKUDLAREK, Attorney 1055 North 115th Street, Suite 301 Omaha, Nebraska 68154 Notice of Organization The Nebraska limited liability company’s name is TACTManagement, LLC. The name of its initial agent for service of process is Joseph J. Skudlarek. The street and mailing address of its initial designated office and of its initial agent for service of process is 1055 N 115 Street - STE 301, Omaha, NE 68154. The Company is not organized to render a professional service as defined in § 21-117(b). /s/ Joseph J. Skudlarek, Organizer First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

JOSEPH J. SKUDLAREK, Attorney 1055 North 115th Street, Suite 301 Omaha, Nebraska 68154 Notice of Organization The Nebraska limited liability company’s name is Lucky Shots Coffee, LLC. The name of its initial agent for service of process is John Gajewski. The street and mailing address of its initial designated office and of its initial agent for service of process is 17935 Welch Plaza, Suite 101, Omaha, NE 68135. The Company is not organized to render a professional service as defined in § 21-117(b). /s/ Joseph J. Skudlarek, Organizer First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

JOSEPH J. SKUDLAREK, Attorney 1055 North 115th Street, Suite 301 Omaha, Nebraska 68154 Notice of Organization The Nebraska limited liability company’s name is Triple Shot Java, LLC. The name of its initial agent for service of process is John Gajewski. The street and mailing address of its initial designated office and of its initial agent for service of process is 17935 Welch Plaza, Suite 101, Omaha, NE 68135. The Company is not organized to render a professional service as defined in § 21-117(b). /s/ Joseph J. Skudlarek, Organizer First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF CPH3d, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that CPH3d, LLC has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The designated office of the limited liability company is 5017 Underwood Avenue #12, Omaha, Nebraska 68132. The registered agent and office of the limited liability company is Chad P. Hughes, 5017 Underwood Avenue #12, Omaha, Nebraska 68132. The limited liability company commenced business on September 25, 2020. First publication October 30, 2020, final November 13, 2020

ERIN K. ARTZ, Attorney LAMSON, DUGAN and MURRAY, LLP 10306 Regency Parkway Drive Omaha, Nebraska 68114-3743 NOTICE OFAMENDMENT TO CERTIFICATE OF ORGANIZATION OF KSM HOME RENTALS, LLC Notice is hereby given that an Amendment to the Certificate of Organization of KSM HOME RENTALS, LLC, a limited liability company, was filed with the Secretary of State on October 30, 2020, to change the name of the business to Omaha Homes 4 Rent, LLC. LDM Business Services, Inc., Organizer First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

DVORAK LAW GROUP LLC 9500 West Dodge Road, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF AC NELSEN CO PROPERTIES LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that AC Nelsen Co Properties LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 11818 L Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68137. The Registered Agent of the Company is DDLG Business Services, Inc., 9500 W. Dodge Road, Suite 100, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

KATHRYN J. DERR, Attorney BERKSHIRE & BURMEISTER 1301 South 75th Street, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68124 NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION OF PREMIER URGENT CARE/ FAMILY CARE OF NEBRASKA, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on October 29, 2020, Notice of Dissolution of Premier Urgent Care/Family Care of Nebraska, LLC, was adopted by said company. 1. Dissolution of said company was made upon the unanimous written consent of its members pursuant to the Nebraska Limited Liability Company Act, § 21-2622. 2. Cynthia Hald, and Larry Hald, the Managing Members of said company, has been authorized by the company to wind up and liquidate the business and affairs of the company. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

SCOTT A. MEYERSON, Esq. LIKES MEYERSON HATCH LLC 444 Regency Parkway Drive, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF NO VACANCY LLC Notice is hereby given that No Vacancy LLC, a Nebraska limited liability company, has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The street and mailing address of the Company’s initial designated office is 444 Regency Parkway Dr., #100, Omaha, NE 68114. The street and mailing address of the Company’s initial agent for service of process is 5601 S. 59th Street, Suite C, Lincoln, Nebraska 68516 and the Company’s initial agent for service of process at such address is Registered Agent Solutions, Inc. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

CLINE WILLIAMS WRIGHT JOHNSON & OLDFATHER, L.L.P., Attorneys Sterling Ridge, 12910 Pierce Street, Suite 200 Omaha, Nebraska 68144 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION Notice is hereby given that Livra LLC has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The address of the designated office is 4734 South 27th Street, Suite 1E, Omaha, Nebraska 68107. The initial agent for service of process and the agent’s address is InCorp Services, Inc., 5601 South 59th Street, Suite C, Lincoln, Nebraska 68516-2340. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

MATTHEW WURSTNER, Attorney CARLSON & BURNETT, LLP, Attorneys 17525 Arbor Street Omaha, Nebraska 68130 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF CUSTOM PACK II, LLC Notice is hereby given that CUSTOM PACK II, LLC is organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The initial designated office is 2002 Douglas Street, Ste. 102, Omaha, NE 68102. The Company’s initial registered agent in the State of Nebraska is Darren R Carlson, whose address is 17525 Arbor Street, Omaha, NE 68130. The purpose of the Company is to engage in any lawful business and activity, as may be mutually agreed upon by the Members from time to time, and which are not prohibited by the Nebraska Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. The Company commenced with filing its Certificate of Organization on October 29, 2020, and shall have a perpetual period of duration. The Company is a Manager Managed Limited Liability Company. The initial Manager of the Company is Joel A Jacobs whose address is 2002 Douglas Street, Ste. 102, Omaha, NE 68102. Darren R Carlson, Organizer First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

KARINE E. SOKPOH, Attorney SOKPOH LAW GROUP 10730 Pacific Street, Suite 247 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF DOKS HOLDINGS, LLC Notice is hereby given that DOKS HOLDINGS, LLC has been organized as a limited liability company under Nebraska laws, with its designated office at 10730 Pacific Street, Suite 247, Omaha, NE 68114. It is organized to transact any lawful business for which a Limited Liability Company may be organized under Nebraska laws and its duration is perpetual commencing from September 8th, 2020. Its affairs are to be conducted by the managers Karine E. Sokpoh and Damilola J. Oluyole. Its registered agent is Karine E. Sokpoh and her office is located at 10730 Pacific Street, Suite 247, Omaha, NE 68114. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

JUSTIN A. SHELDON, Attorney VANDENACK WEAVER LLC 17007 Marcy Street, Suite 3 Omaha, Nebraska 68118 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF KMAM LLC Notice is hereby given that KMAM LLC has been organized as a limited liability company under the Nebraska Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. The address of the initial designated office of the company is 8010 Woolworth Avenue, Omaha, NE 68124. The agent for service of process for the Company is David G. Wilwerding located at 8010 Woolworth Avenue, Omaha, NE 68124. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

DVORAK LAW GROUP LLC 9500 West Dodge Road, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF GOLDENROD SECURITIES II, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Goldenrod Securities II, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 10340 North 84th Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68122. The Registered Agent of the Company is Zach Wiegert, 10340 North 84th Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68122. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020


Midlands Business Journal • NOVEMBER 13, 2020 • LEGAL NOTICES SEAN A. MINAHAN, Attorney LAMSON, DUGAN and MURRAY, LLP, Attorneys 10306 Regency Parkway Drive Omaha, Nebraska 68114-3743 NOTICE OF THE ORGANIZATION OF SUNSET COVE, LLC Notice is hereby given of the formation of a limited liability company under the laws of the State of Nebraska, and that the name of the limited liability company is Sunset Cove, LLC. The address of the company’s initial designated office is 7104 Bay Road, Plattsmouth, NE 68048. The name and address of the registered agent is LDM Business Services, Inc., 10306 Regency Parkway Drive, Omaha, NE 68114. The general nature of the business to be transacted is all lawful business. The company commenced existence on October 6, 2020 and shall have perpetual duration. The affairs of the company shall be conducted by the manager as prescribed by the Operating Agreement. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

ALLAN M. ZIEBARTH, Attorney 1702 South 10 Street, Suite 2 Omaha, Nebraska 68108 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF ANGEL'S ROOFING, LLC Designated Office: 1702 S. 10 St., Suite 2, Omaha, NE 68108 Initial Agent/Address For Service: Allan M. Ziebarth/1702 S. 10 St., Suite 2, Omaha, NE 68108 First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

ALLAN M. ZIEBARTH, Attorney 1702 South 10 Street, Suite 2 Omaha, Nebraska 68108 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF 5280 SOLUTIONS, LLC Designated Office: 1702 S. 10 St., Suite 2, Omaha, NE 68108 Initial Agent/Address For Service: Allan M. Ziebarth/1702 S. 10 St., Suite 2, Omaha, NE 68108 First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

DANA DOBROVOLNY, Attorney RINGENBERG & RATTNER LAW 14301 FNB Parkway, Suite 204 Omaha, Nebraska 68154 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF LYNN FAMILY HOLDINGSOMAHA, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Lynn Family Holdings-Omaha, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 14301 FNB Parkway, Suite 204, Omaha, Nebraska 68154. The Registered Agent of the Company is Jennifer L. Rattner, Esq., Ringenberg & Rattner Law, LLC, 14301 FNB Parkway, Suite 204, Omaha, Nebraska 68154. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

MATTHEW WURSTNER, Attorney CARLSON & BURNETT, LLP 17525 Arbor Street Omaha, Nebraska 68130 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF MCVICKER, LLC Notice is hereby given that MCVICKER, LLC is organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The initial designated office is 17525 Arbor Street, Omaha, NE 68130. The Company’s initial registered agent in the State of Nebraska is Matthew Wurstner, whose address is 17525 Arbor Street, Omaha, NE 68130. The purpose of the Company is to engage in any lawful business and activity, as may be mutually agreed upon by the Members from time to time, and which are not prohibited by the Nebraska Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. The Company commenced with filing its Certificate of Organization on November 3, 2020, and shall have a perpetual period of duration. The Company is a Manager Managed Limited Liability Company. The initial Manager of the Company is Mary Kristine Woodward whose address is 5808 North 294th Circle, Valley, NE 68064 Matthew Wurstner, Organizer First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

SEAN D. MOYLAN, Attorney MOYLAN LAW, LLC 1010 South 120th Street, Suite 320 Omaha, Nebraska 68154 NOTICE OF INCORPORATION OF THE HOMETOWN TEAM, P.C. 1) Corporate Name: THE HOMETOWN TEAM, P.C. 2) Registered Agent: Sean D. Moylan 3) Registered Office: 1010 South 120th Street, Suite 320, Omaha, Nebraska 68154 4) Authorized Number of Shares: 1,000 5) Incorporator: Gary A. Mixan, 36963 S. Timber Ridge Road, Louisville, Nebraska 68037 6) Existence: Perpetual existence began on October 30, 2020 First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

KOLEY JESSEN P.C., L.L.O., Attorneys 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, One Pacific Place Omaha, Nebraska 68124-1079 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF LEGACY 323, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Legacy 323, LLC has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The designated office of the limited liability company is 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, Omaha, Nebraska 68124. The registered agent and office of the limited liability company is Koley Jessen P.C., L.L.O., 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, Omaha, Nebraska 68124. The limited liability company commenced business on November 3, 2020. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

JUSTIN A. SHELDON, Attorney VANDENACK WILLIAMS LLC 17007 Marcy Street, Suite 3 Omaha, Nebraska 68118-3121 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF SHINE 365 LLC Notice is hereby given that SHINE 365 LLC has been organized as a limited liability company under the Nebraska Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. The address of the initial designated office of the company is 18520 Van Camp Drive, Omaha, NE 68130. The agent for service of process for the Company is Douglas J. Wilwerding located at 18520 Van Camp Drive, Omaha, NE 68130. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

DANA DOBROVOLNY, Attorney RINGENBERG & RATTNER LAW 14301 FNB Parkway, Suite 204 Omaha, Nebraska 68154 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF CITY VENTURES CAPITAL, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that City Ventures Capital, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 905 Jones Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68102. The Registered Agent of the Company is Chris Erickson, 905 Jones Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68102. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

DANA DOBROVOLNY, Attorney RINGENBERG & RATTNER LAW 14301 FNB Parkway, Suite 204 Omaha, Nebraska 68154 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF PAPILLION SCHRAM ROAD PARTNERS LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Papillion Schram Road Partners LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 1303 South 72nd Street, Suite 209, Omaha, NE 68124. The Registered Agent of the Company is Lisa Naylon, 1303 South 72nd Street, Suite 209, Omaha, NE 68124. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

DANA DOBROVOLNY, Attorney RINGENBERG & RATTNER LAW 14301 FNB Parkway, Suite 204 Omaha, Nebraska 68154 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF OMNICORP SCHRAM LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Omnicorp Schram LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 1303 South 72nd Street, Suite 209, Omaha, NE 68124. The Registered Agent of the Company is Lisa Naylon, 1303 South 72nd Street, Suite 209, Omaha, NE 68124. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION OF TRADE NAME Trade Name to be registered is: Urban Loft Candle Company Name of Applicant: John McGauvran Address: 10934 Bel Air Drive, Omaha, NE 68144 Applicant is a Individual If other than an Individual, state under whose laws entity was formed: Date of first use of name in Nebraska: 10/0/20 General nature of business: manufacturer of artisan crafted candles and home fragrance products JOHN MCGAUVRAN Signature of Applicant or Legal Representative November 13, 2020

NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF Good Lookin’, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Good Lookin’, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 4919 Underwood Ave. Omaha, NE, 68132. The Registered Agent of the Company is Christian Brabec, 4919 Underwood Ave. Omaha, NE, 68132. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

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MATTHEW WURSTNER, Attorney CARLSON & BURNETT, LLP 17525 Arbor Street Omaha, Nebraska 68130 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF DRC III, LLC Notice is hereby given that DRC III, LLC (“Company”) was originally organized under Wyoming law on November 20, 2009. Articles of Domestication were field with the Nebraska Secretary of State on October 2, 2019, and the Company was domesticated into the State of Nebraska. The Company filed its Certificate of Organization with the Nebraska Secretary of State on October 2, 2019. The Company’s initial designated office in Nebraska is 2002 Douglas Street, Ste. 102, Omaha, NE 68102. The Company’s agent for service of process is Darren R. Carlson, whose address is 17525 Arbor Street, Omaha, NE 68130. The Company’s purpose is to engage in any lawful business for which a limited liability company may be organized under Nebraska law. The Company is managed by its Managing Member, Joel Jacobs. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

MATTHEW WURSTNER, Attorney CARLSON & BURNETT, LLP 17525 Arbor Street Omaha, Nebraska 68130 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF DISMAL RIVER LAND COMPANY, LLC Notice is hereby given that DISMAL RIVER LAND COMPANY, LLC (“Company”) was originally organized under Wyoming law on November 20, 2009. Articles of Domestication were filed with the Nebraska Secretary of State on October 2, 2019, and the Company was domesticated into the State of Nebraska. The Company filed its Certificate of Organization with the Nebraska Secretary of State on October 2, 2019. The Company’s initial designated office in Nebraska is 2002 Douglas Street, Ste. 102, Omaha, NE 68102. The Company’s initial agent for service of process is Darren R. Carlson, whose address is 17525 Arbor Street, Omaha, NE 68130. The Company’s purpose is to engage in any lawful business for which a limited liability company may be organized under Nebraska law. The Company is managed by its Managing Member, Joel Jacobs. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

DVORAK LAW GROUP LLC 9500 West Dodge Road, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF CAVITO CHEMICALS, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Cavito Chemicals, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 3211 West 12th Street, Hastings, Nebraska 68901. The Registered Agent of the Company is DDLG Business Services, Inc., 9500 West Dodge Road, Suite 100, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

JOSEPH J. SKUDLAREK, Attorney 1055 North 115th Street, Suite 301 Omaha, Nebraska 68154 Notice of Organization The Nebraska limited liability company’s name is Genna at Avalon II, LLC. The name of its initial agent for service of process is Genna L. Meuer. The street and mailing address of its initial designated office and of its initial agent for service of process is Suite 23, 10875 West Dodge Road, Omaha, NE 68154. The Company is not organized to render a professional service as defined in § 21-117(b). /s/ Joseph J. Skudlarek, Organizer First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

JOSEPH J. SKUDLAREK, Attorney 1055 North 115th Street, Suite 301 Omaha, Nebraska 68154 Notice of Organization The Nebraska limited liability company’s name is Super Power, LLC . The name of its initial agent for service of process is John Gajewski. The street and mailing address of its initial designated office and of its initial agent for service of process is 17935 Welch Plaza, Suite 101, Omaha, NE 68135. The Company is not organized to render a professional service as defined in § 21-117(b). /s/ Joseph J. Skudlarek, Organizer First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

JOSEPH J. SKUDLAREK, Attorney 1055 North 115th Street, Suite 301 Omaha, Nebraska 68154 Notice of Organization The Nebraska limited liability company’s name is WGM, LLC. The name of its initial agent for service of process is Joseph J. Skudlarek. The street and mailing address of its initial designated office and of its initial agent for service of process is 1055 N 115 Street - STE 301, Omaha, NE 68154. The Company is not organized to render a professional service as defined in § 21-117(b). /s/ Joseph J. Skudlarek, Organizer First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020


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• NOVEMBER 13, 2020 • Midlands Business Journal

LEGAL NOTICES MATTHEW WURSTNER, Attorney CARLSON & BURNETT, LLP 17525 Arbor Street Omaha, Nebraska 68130 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF DISMAL RIVER HOLDINGS, LLC Notice is hereby given that DISMAL RIVER HOLDINGS, LLC (“Company”) is organized under Nebraska law. The Company commenced on October 17, 2016 and shall have a perpetual period of duration. The address of the Company’s initial designated office was 14301 FNB Parkway, Ste. 204, Omaha, NE 68154, and the Company’s initial registered agent was Joel Jacobs, whose address was 14301 FNB Parkway, Ste. 204, Omaha, NE 68154. The address of the Company’s current designated office is 2002 Douglas Street, Ste. 102, Omaha, NE 68102. The Company’s current registered agent is Darren R. Carlson, whose address is 2002 Douglas Street, Ste. 100, Omaha, NE 68102. The Company’s purpose is to engage in any lawful business for which a limited liability company may be organized under Nebraska law. The Company is managed by its Managing Member, J Jacobs Holdings, LLC. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

MATTHEW WURSTNER, Attorney CARLSON & BURNETT, LLP 17525 Arbor Street Omaha, Nebraska 68130 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF SANDHILLS HOLDINGS, LLC Notice is hereby given that SANDHILLS HOLDINGS, LLC (“Company”) is organized under Nebraska law. The Company commenced on April 27, 2015 and shall have a perpetual period of duration. The address of The Company’s initial designated office was 16872 Larimore Ave, Omaha, NE 68116. The Company’s initial agent for service of process was Joel Jacobs, whose address was 16872 Larimore Ave, Omaha, NE 68116. The address of its current designated office is 2002 Douglas Street, Suite 102, Omaha, NE 68102. The Company’s current agent for service of process is Darren R. Carlson, whose address is 2002 Douglas Street, Ste. 100, Omaha, NE 68102. The Company’s purpose is to engage in any lawful business for which a limited liability company may be organized under Nebraska law. The Company is managed by its Managing Member Joel Jacobs. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

MATTHEW WURSTNER, Attorney CARLSON & BURNETT, LLP 17525 Arbor Street Omaha, Nebraska 68130 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF HIGHWAY 93, LLC Notice is hereby given that HIGHWAY 93, LLC (“Company”) is organized under Nebraska law. The Company commenced on January 23, 2020 and shall have a perpetual period of duration. The address of the Company’s initial designated office is 2002 Douglas Street, Suite 102, Omaha, NE 68102. The Company’s initial registered agent was Ryan Scott, whose address was 1299 Farnam Street, Ste. 1220, Omaha, NE 68102. The Company’s current registered agent is Darren R. Carlson, whose address is 2002 Douglas Street, Ste. 102, Omaha, NE 68102. The Company’s purpose is to engage in any lawful business for which a limited liability company may be organized under Nebraska law. The Company is managed by its Managing Member, Joel Jacobs. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

Jeffrey T. Palzer, Attorney KELLOGG & PALZER, P.C. 10828 Old Mill Road, Suite 6 Omaha, Nebraska 68154-2647 NOTICE OF NON-PROFIT INCORPORATION 1. The name of the non-profit corporation is T.E.A.C.H. OMAHA, INC. 2. The registered office of the Corporation is 10828 Old Mill Rd., Suite 6, Omaha, Nebraska 68154. The registered agent at that office is Jeffrey T. Palzer. 3. The corporation is a public benefit corporation and the general nature of the corporation is supporting teachers and educational providers. 4. The corporation commenced on October 28, 2020, and shall have perpetual existence. The name and address of the incorporator is Monte Lamond, 6001 S. 160th Street, Omaha, NE 68135. 5. The corporation will not have members. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

JOSEPH J. SKUDLAREK, Attorney 1055 North 115th Street, Suite 301 Omaha, Nebraska 68154 Notice of Organization The Nebraska limited liability company’s name is Magnolia Therapy & Consultation Services, LLC. The name of its initial agent for service of process is Jessica L Winternheimer. The street and mailing address of its initial designated office is 3000 Farnam Street, Suite 6 East, Omaha, NE 68131 and of its initial registered office is 2611 N 191 Avenue, Elkhorn NE 68022. The Company is organized to render a professional service as defined in § 21-117(b), to wit: therapy and counseling. /s/ Jessica L. Winternheimer, Organizer First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

STATE OF NEBRASKA PAROLE BOARD HEARINGS NOTICE A total of 122 cases will be heard by the Board in November, 2020. The following case(s) sentenced in Douglas County will be seen by the Board of Parole. November 16, 2020 – 8:30 a.m. Nebraska State Penitentiary, Lincoln, Nebraska Wright, Antonio 82424 exual Assault 1st Degree Sexual Assault of Child 3rd Deg Jacobson, Cameron 87919 Poss Deadly Weap by Felon/Fug Barnes, Joseph 89958 Domestic Assault Manu/Dist/Del/Disp or Poss W/I Avant, Deonte 210292 Manu/Dist/Del/Disp or Poss W/I Poss Deadly Weap by Felon/Fug Poss Firearm Contrl Subst Viol Riceman, James 211122 Manu/Dist/Del/Disp or Poss W/I Hogan, Patrick 211232 Theft by Shoplifting Thomas, Dominique 211326 Manu/Dist/Del/Disp or Poss W/I Wallace, Jeffrey 211380 Theft by Deception November 18, 2020 – 9:30 a.m. Nebraska Correctional Center for Women, York, Nebraska Sinnott, Nicole 99241 Burglary (2 counts) Theft by Receiving Stolen Prop Walker, Shannon 392288 Burglary (4 counts) November 19, 2020 – 8:30 a.m. Community Correctional Center – Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska Booth, Bert 69129 Operate Motor Veh/Avoid Arrest Theft by Unlwfl Taking or Disp Newman, Zachary 82892 Forgery 2nd Degree (2 counts) Manu/ Dist/Del/Disp or Poss W/I Operate Motor Veh/Avoid Arrest Johnson, Terrance 83198 Poss Deadly Weap by Felon/Fug Rutherford, Kenneth 88591 Manu/Dist/Del/Disp or Poss W/I Roland, David 89195 Manu/Dist/Del/Disp or Poss W/I Henderson, Nathaniel 89601 Robbery Leapley, Devin 211766 Manu/Dist/Del/Disp or Poss W/I Operate Motor Veh/Avoid Arrest Unlawful Discharge of Firearm Haywood, Kabir 210807 Manu/Dist/Del/Disp or Poss W/I Unlawful Discharge of Firearm November 20, 2020 – 8:30 a.m. Community Correctional Center Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska Brenner, Robert 79649 Poss/Receive Stolen Firearm Theft by Receiving Stolen Prop (2 counts) James, Kashik 82101 Arson 2nd Degree Bryant, Pernell 88607 Robbery Chavez, Javier 88762 Manu/Dist/Del/Disp or Poss W/I Poss Deadly Weap by Felon/Fug Brokke, Madeline 99803 Manu/Dist/Del/Disp or Poss W/I Viol of Financial Trans Device Brown, Parris 392240 Robbery Charon, Trina 392328 Burglary November 23, 2020 – 9:30 a.m. Tecumseh State Correctional Institution, Tecumseh, Nebraska Himes, Zachary 83609 Poss Deadly Weap by Felon/Fug Trans/Poss Machine/Short Gun Rush, KShawn 82024 Robbery (4 counts) November 24, 2020 – 8:30 a.m. Lincoln Correctional Center, Lincoln, Nebraska Turner, Rodney 77702 Incest (2 counts) Buenrostro, Ernesto 87815 Manu/Dist/Del/Disp or Poss W/I (2 counts Poss Deadly Weap by Felon/Fug Sherman, Jumeez 88636 Manu/Dist/Del/Disp or Poss W/I (2 counts) Dortch, James 210426 Driving Under Revoked License November 25, 2020 – 8:30 a.m. Community Correctional Center Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska Glass, Roddrick 85537 Assault by a Confined Person Poss Deadly Weap by Felon/Fug Kellum, Romeius 85592 Burglary Pappan, Jared 210593 Theft by Receiving Stolen Prop Violation of Protection Order Mease, Frederick 211178 Poss Deadly Weap by Felon/Fug Jennings, Javaris 211269 Poss Deadly Weap by Felon/Fug Smith, Kevin 211460 Poss/Receive Stolen Firearm Detlef, Brian 211607 Burglary Pos Cntrl Sub Except Marijuana Moten, Lisa 99100 Assault 1st Degree Driving While Intoxicated Poss Deadly Weap by Felon/Fug Scruggs, Bailey 86344 Burglary Tampering November 30, 2020 – 8:30 a.m. Omaha Correctional Center, Omaha, Nebraska Owens, Jade 80511 Manslaughter White, Raymond 84798 Poss Deadly Weap by Felon/Fug Fletcher, Dustin 85052 Man/Dist/Del/Disp or Poss W/I Croffer, Devante 85361 Robbery (3 counts) Garbez, Montana 86965 Manslaughter Davis, Anthony 88874 Pos Cntrl Sub Except Marijuana Robbery Cope, Taylor 211594 Possession Child Pornography Gatluak, Ran 210273 Robbery Theft by Receiving Stolen Prop ROSALYN COTTON, CHAIR NEBRASKA BOARD OF PAROLE First Publication November 13, 2020

NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF DRAGON LAND COMPANY, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Dragon Land Company, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is Lisa Naylon, c/o Access Commercial, LLC, 1303 S 72 Street, Suite 209, Omaha, NE 68124. The Registered Agent of the Company is Lisa Naylon, c/o Access Commercial, 1303 S 72 Street, Suite 209, Omaha, NE 68124. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

ABRAHAMS KASLOW & CASSMAN LLP, Attorneys 8712 West Dodge Road, Suite 300 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION A. Krier Real Estate, LLC has been organized as a limited liability company under the Nebraska Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. The street and mailing address of the initial designated office of the company is 331 Village Pointe Plaza, Omaha, Nebraska 68118. The name and street and mailing address of the initial registered agent of the company for service of process are Randall C. Hanson, Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman LLP, 8712 West Dodge Road, Suite 300, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. The company is organized to render the professional service of marketing and selling real estate as a salesperson requiring licensure under the Nebraska Real Estate License Act. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

JOSEPH J. SKUDLAREK, Attorney 1055 North 115th Street, Suite 301 Omaha, Nebraska 68154 Notice of Organization The Nebraska limited liability company’s name is Willa J Collection, LLC. The name of its initial agent for service of process is Jennifer J. Seay. The street and mailing address of its initial designated office and of its initial agent for service of process is 15606 William Plaza #106 Omaha, NE 68130. The Company is not organized to render a professional service as defined in § 21-117(b). /s/ Jennifer J. Seay, Organizer First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION OF TRADE NAME Trade Name to be registered is: NB Behavior Supports Name of Applicant: Comprehensive Behavior Supports of Nebraska LLC Address: 1299 Farnam Street, Suite 300 Omaha, NE 68102 Applicant is a Limited Liability Company If other than an Individual, state under whose laws entity was formed: Nebraska Date of first use of name in Nebraska: 10/29/2020 General nature of business: ABA Therapy JOEL KRAUSZ Signature of Applicant or Legal Representative November 13, 2020

APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION OF TRADE NAME Trade Name to be registered is: Comprehensive Behavior of Nebraska Name of Applicant: Comprehensive Behavior Supports of Nebraska LLC Address: 1299 Farnam Street, Suite 300 Omaha, NE 68102 Applicant is a Limited Liability Company If other than an Individual, state under whose laws entity was formed: Nebraska Date of first use of name in Nebraska: 09/24/2020 General nature of business: ABA Therapy JOEL KRAUSZ Signature of Applicant or Legal Representative November 13, 2020

JACOB A. ACERS, Attorney SMITH SLUSKY LAW8712 West Dodge Road, Suite 400 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF DENKER FAMILY FARMS, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on November 9, 2020, Denker Family Farms, LLC was organized as a limited liability company under the Nebraska Uniform Limited Liability Company Act, with a designated office at 8712 West Dodge Road, Suite 400, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. The Company's initial agent for service of process is Jacob A. Acers at 8712 West Dodge Road, Suite 400, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

DIANE B. METZ, Attorney 1823 H Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68102 LEGAL NOTICE In the County Court of Douglas County, Nebraska. PR20-1440 Estate of Helen Goings, Deceased Notice is hereby given that on November 5, 2020, in the County Court of Douglas County, Nebraska, Harold Durman Goings, Jr. II a.k.a. H.D. Goings whose address is 9015 South 16 Place, Phoenix, Arizonia 85042 was appointed by the Court as Personal Representative of this estate. Creditors of this estate must file their claims with this Court, located at Courtroom No. 30, Third Floor, Probate Division, Douglas County Hall of Justice, 17th & Farnam Streets, Omaha, NE 68183, on or before January 13, 2020 or be forever barred. CARROL L. MILLS Registrar First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020


Midlands Business Journal • NOVEMBER 13, 2020 • LEGAL NOTICES ABRAHAMS KASLOW & CASSMAN LLP, Attorneys 8712 West Dodge Road, Suite 300 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION South Arrow Coffee Company #1, LLC has been organized as a limited liability company under the Nebraska Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. The address of the initial designated office of the company is 8712 West Dodge Road, Suite 300, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. The name and street and mailing address of the initial registered agent of the company for service of process are Thomas J. Malicki, Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman LLP, 8712 West Dodge Road, Suite 300, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

MYRON J. KAPLAN, Attorney McGILL, GOTSDINER, WORKMAN & LEPP, P.C., L.L.O. 11404 West Dodge Road, Suite 500, Omaha, Nebraska 68154-2584 NOTICE OFAMENDMENT TO CERTIFICATE OF ORGANIZATION OF KAREN AND DAVID, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Karen And David, LLC, a Nebraska limited liability company, has filed an Amended Certificate of Organization, effective November 4, 2020, revoking the provision of its Articles of Organization establishing the name of the Company and substituting the following provision in its place: Article 1 NAME The name of the Company is Briar Park Apartments, LLC. Natan Schwalb, Manager First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

ABRAHAMS KASLOW & CASSMAN LLP, Attorneys 8712 West Dodge Road, Suite 300 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION South Arrow Management, LLC has been organized as a limited liability company under the Nebraska Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. The address of the initial designated office of the company is 8712 West Dodge Road, Suite 300, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. The name and street and mailing address of the initial registered agent of the company for service of process are Thomas J. Malicki, Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman LLP, 8712 West Dodge Road, Suite 300, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION OF TRADE NAME Trade Name to be registered is: Celebrate Travel Name of Applicant: Donna Dutcher Address: 2722 S. 87th Street Omaha NE 68124 Applicant is a Individual If other than an Individual, state under whose laws entity was formed: Date of first use of name in Nebraska: March 1, 2004 General nature of business: Travel Agency DONNA DUTCHER Signature of Applicant or Legal Representative November 13, 2020

NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION of a Limited Liability Company Notice is hereby given the registration with the Nebraska Secretary of state’s office of Portillo Cleaning, LLC under the laws of the State of Nebraska as follows: The name of the company is Portillo Cleaning, LLC. Registered agent and office of Portillo Cleaning, LLC is Rosa Guevara Fuetes at 2713 S 30th Street, Omaha, NE 68105. The designated address is 2713 S 30th Street, Omaha, NE 68105. Initial members: Rosa Guevara Fuentes. General nature of the business is to transact any and all lawful business for which limited liability companies are allowed by statute. The LLC was organized in October 2020 for the perpetual duration and is managed by its members. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

ANDREW J. HUBER, Attorney LAMSON, DUGAN and MURRAY, LLP 10306 Regency Parkway Drive Omaha, Nebraska 68114-3743 NOTICE OF THE ORGANIZATION OF JACKSON FENCE, LLC Notice is hereby given of the formation of a limited liability company under the laws of the State of Nebraska, and that the name of the limited liability company is Jackson Fence, LLC. The initial designated office is located at 19707 Hansen Ave, Omaha, Nebraska 68130. The name and address of the registered agent and office is LDM Business Services, Inc, 10306 Regency Parkway Drive, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. The general nature of the business to be transacted is all lawful business. The company commenced existence on November 6, 2020 and shall have perpetual duration. The affairs of the company shall be conducted by the Members, as prescribed by the Operating Agreement. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

CERTIFICATE OF ORGANIZATION OF CELESTIAL CARDS AND COLLECTIBLES LLC A NEBRASKA LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY 1. The name of the limited liability company is CELESTIAL CARDS AND COLLECTIBLES LLC. 2. The period of duration for CELESTIAL CARDS AND COLLECTIBLES LLC is perpetual. 3. CELESTIAL CARDS AND COLLECTIBLES LLC is organized for the purpose of conducting any and all business as permitted by the Nebraska Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. 4. The address of the initial designated office for CELESTIAL CARDS AND COLLECTIBLES LLC in Nebraska is 10527 S 97TH COURT UNIT 2206, PAPILLION, NE 68046. 5. The name and address of the registered agent for CELESTIAL CARDS AND COLLECTIBLES LLC in Nebraska is ETHAN SCHWARTEN, 10527 S 97TH COURT UNIT 2206, PAPILLION, NE 68046. 6. Additional provisions, not inconsistent with the law, for the regulation of the internal affairs of the limited liability company shall be provided for in the Operating Agreement. 7. ETHAN SCHWARTEN, organizer(s) of CELESTIAL CARDS AND COLLECTIBLES LLC has signed the Foregoing Certificate of Organization effective this 21st Day of October 2020. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

MICHAEL K. HUFFER, Attorney CASSEM, TIERNEY, ADAMS, GOTCH & DOUGLAS, Attorneys at Law 9290 West Dodge Road, Suite 302 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF BOLD HOMES, LLC A NEBRASKA LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Bold Homes, LLC, a Nebraska Limited Liability Company, has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska, with its initial designated office at 331 Village Pointe PLaza, Omaha, Nebraska 68118 and with its initial agent for service of process being Michael K. Huffer whose office is located at 9290 West Dodge Road, Suite 302, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. The general nature of its business is to engage in any lawful business. The company was organized and commenced November 9, 2020, and its period of duration will be perpetual, unless terminated earlier. The affairs of the limited liability company shall be conducted by its Managers until such a time as a successor or successors are selected pursuant to the Operating Agreement. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF DAILYTEKK INCORPORATED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that DAILYTEKK Incorporated has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The designated office address of the company is 17330 W Center Rd, Ste 110-306, Omaha, NE 68130. The registered agent of the company is Chris McConnell, 17330 W Center Rd, Ste 110-306, Omaha, NE 68130. The total number of shares which the corporation shall have the authority to issue is 10,000. The incorporator of the corporation is LegalZoom.com, Inc., 101 N Brand Blvd, 10th Floor, Glendale, CA 91203. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION OF TRADE NAME Trade Name to be registered is: HomePride Builder Services Name of Applicant: Robin S. Woita Address: 815 S. 95th St. Omaha, NE 68114 Applicant is a Individual If other than an Individual, state under whose laws entity was formed: Date of first use of name in Nebraska: 1/1/2020 General nature of business: Home Warranty Services ROBIN WOITA Signature of Applicant or Legal Representative November 13, 2020

NOTICE OF INCORPORATION Notice is hereby given that the undersigned has formed a corporation under the laws of the State of Nebraska. 1. The name of the corporation is DR. SWIRCZEK DDS, PC. 2. The address of the registered office is 4879 S 132nd Ave, Omaha NE 68137, and the initial registered agent at the address is Cynthia Breasch. 3. The general nature of business is to provide a dentistry services, and, in general, any type of service ancillary thereto, and to do business which is not forbidden by the laws of the State of Nebraska. 4. The authorized capital stock of the corporation is 10,000 shares of common stock with a par value of $1.00 per share, each of which may be issued for any medium permissible under the laws of the State of Nebraska and as is determined from time-to-time by the Board of Directors. 5. The corporation commenced existence on August 20, 2020 and shall have perpetual existence. 6. The affairs of the corporation shall be conducted by a Board of Directors, President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer, and such other officers as may be chosen by the Board of Directors. 7. The incorporator is Holly Swirczek. The address of incorporator is 4305 Barker Ave, Omaha, Nebraska 68105 Holly Swirczek, Incorporator First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

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SCOTT A. MEYERSON, Esq. LIKES MEYERSON HATCH LLC 444 Regency Parkway Drive, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF DSPARKS LIMTED LLC Notice is hereby given that DSPARKS Limited LLC, a Nebraska limited liability company, has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The street and mailing address of the Company’s initial designated office is 5113 N. 158th Ave., Omaha, NE 68116. The street and mailing address of the Company’s initial agent for service of process is 5601 S. 59th Street, Suite C, Lincoln, Nebraska 68516 and the Company’s initial agent for service of process at such address is Registered Agent Solutions, Inc. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020 MONTE L. SCHATZ, Attorney VANDENACK WEAVER LLC 17007 Marcy Street, Suite 3 Omaha, Nebraska 68118 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF FINSERV FOUNDATION Notice is hereby given that FINSERV FOUNDATION has been incorporated under the Nebraska Nonprofit Corporation Act. The corporation is a Public Benefit Corporation. The street address of the corporation’s initial registered office is 17007 Marcy Street, Suite 3, Omaha, NE 68118, and the name of the initial registered agent of the corporation at that office is Monte L. Schatz. The corporation is organized for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purposes. The corporation commenced on November 9, 2020. The name and street address of the incorporator of the corporation is Monte L. Schatz, 17007 Marcy Street, Suite 3, Omaha, NE 68118. The corporation will not have members. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF THE GOLDEN FIRST RESPONDERS FLAG, LCC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that The Golden First Responders Flag, LLC has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The office of the Company is 14019 Manderson Plaza, #107 Omaha, NE 68164. Registered Agent of the Company is Robert M. Connely, 14019 Manderson Plaza, #107, Omaha, NE 68164. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020 DANA DOBROVOLNY, Attorney RINGENBERG & RATTNER LAW 14301 FNB Parkway, Suite 204 Omaha, Nebraska 68154 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF 1341 GREENWOOD COURT CARWASH RE, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that 1341 Greenwood Court Carwash RE, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 222 S. 15th Street, Suite 1404S, Omaha, Nebraska, 68102. The Registered Agent of the Company is Kendra Ringenberg, 14301 FNB Parkway, Suite 204, Omaha, Nebraska 68154. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020 KOLEY JESSEN P.C., L.L.O., Attorneys 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, One Pacific Place Omaha, Nebraska 68124-1079 NOTICE OF MERGER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Articles of Merger of ThrasherKC, Inc., a Kansas corporation, with and into Thrasher, Inc., a Nebraska corporation, were filed with the Nebraska Secretary of State on August 27, 2020, in accordance with the Nebraska Model Business Corporation Act. The merger was effective upon August 31, 2020. The surviving entity in the merger was Thrasher, Inc., a Nebraska corporation. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020


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Local leadership mobilizes as pandemic amplifies inequities for women by Michelle Leach

COVID-19 has underscored well-established disparities among women and underrepresented groups, while presenting opportunities for diverse leadership, and new concepts and supports to assist populations disproportionately affected by the pandemic and by historical injustices. “Female professionals have experienced a strong impact by the pandemic, as they are instrumental in assisting with their children’s education,” said Durham Staffing Solutions President Machael Durham. “Women have risen to the challenge to attend to the demands of remote learning, while they maintain their traditional scope Durham of work.” Many female employers and job-seekers have adapted; employers are accommodating to employee requests, Durham noted, as women assist with the needs of their families. “Offering remote working options allows team members to work a variety of hours to complete their workload while caring for their children and staying healthy throughout the pandemic,” she said. “Durham has noticed the need for a variety of temporary roles created due to the pandemic. The longterm commitment is yet to be seen.” Durham has leveraged various platforms to conduct behavioral and skill assessments — simply sending links to candidates. “Durham has expanded our traditional services to include human resource consulting, resume and cover letter assistance,” she said. “Durham engaged with a national trainer to continue our education and elevate our scope of services.” Marketwide, the metro has retained “some level of business operations.” “This has reduced our unemployment rate to 3.5% as the national rate is at 7.9%,” Durham said. “Employers should keep abreast of all information and activity that is accessible. Involve employees to ensure they are aware of their options. Engage in transparent conversations to provide peace of mind.” Peeking into the future, she said we can learn from women’s leadership and adaptability through these trying times. “As we rebound and rebuild, it is time to address situations we encounter as a com-

Maxwell founder and CEO Adriana Cisneros Basulto. munity and a nation,” she said. “We need to the firm she founded to support employers evaluate the various traits from all leaders and in the delivery of work-life benefits to their model them as we learn and grow to create a employees. better community and world.” “What sets Maxwell apart is its ability Adriana Cisneros Basulto leads Maxwell, to provide very much needed support to em-

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ployees from the C-suite to the frontlines in an integrated and equitable way that works for a virtual-first world,” Cisneros Basulto explained. “Benefits and perks of the past were based on a work model where employees congregated in the office. Think free coffee or snacks, an onsite gym or dry cleaning at the office. These types of benefits don't work when people are working mostly from home, nor are they what employees need to stay afloat during a very stressful time.” Employers can offer support that is relevant and customized to their budget. Furthermore, the ratio of women working has fallen below 57% for the first time since 1988, Basulto noted as a nod to workforce composition. Regarding partnerships, Maxwell provides services by leveraging technology through its MaxForce and partners. “The MaxForce are high-achievers that possess the right skills and talent to help others conduct research and curation, plan personal or business events, shopping, errands [and so on],” she said. “Seventy percent of them are female, and a high percentage of them do not want to, or cannot commit to, a full-time job. We are proud to provide a source of income to highly talented individuals that will crush it, so others can crush it, too.” Two of its women-led service providers Continued on next page.


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Continued from preceding page. are focused on the primary reason women are being pushed out of the workforce: school and child care. “TheirSpace, founded by Kate White, offers safe learning & tutoring at an employer’s office,” Basulto said. “Employees can focus on work, while their children get the assistance they need with virtual school. It is affordable, flexible and easy to book and manage via Maxwell's app.” Likewise, the child care service that Kellee Mikuls founded, SwishBoom, lowers the barriers to finding providers that caregivers can trust. “We make it easy for employers to subsidize it,” she added. Women of color, in particular, will continue to be devastated by the economic and social costs of pandemic for “years to come,” according to Women’s Fund of Omaha Research and Policy Director Tiffany Seibert Joekel. “Women have lost nearly six out of every 10 jobs nationally,” she said. “They are shouldering the majority of caregiving responsibilities for children and aging parents and they are exiting the workforce now to provide care to others.” In turn, early into the pandemic, Joekel said they had conversations with other nonprofits to develop advocacy priorities for collective impact, addressing inequities created and amplified by COVID-19. “The Women’s Fund focused on the issues where we could offer critical support — economic security, reproductive and

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sexual health, and freedom from violence,” Joekel said. When asked about pressing issues or priorities, she referred to paid leave. “By supporting working families in this way, we can increase economic mobility for all Nebraskans and create stronger, more equitable workforces,” Joekel said. “In addition, we must focus our priorities on helping our friends and neighbors meet their basic needs in this time of severe crisis and uncertainty for many families, this includes increasing access to food, housing and childcare assistance.” Employers can be major “changemakers,” she said, by supporting women and girls — starting with equal pay for equal work and allowing for flex-schedules and paid sick and safe leave that recognizes women as both employees and primary caregivers. “Small businesses will benefit from reduced turnover and increased loyalty and productivity, not to mention a competitive advantage in recruiting new talent,” Joekel said. Leadership can also use their respected voices to advocate for policy changes that support gender and racial equity, food and housing security, affordable child care, and healthy communities. Community leadership also spans a more diverse, representative electorate. “When women are empowered to have a greater voice in the electoral process, they can mobilize to build a community where every women and girl has the opportunity to reach their full potential,” she said. The full policy response can be found at www.omahawomensfund.org.


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Omaha’s women leaders offer tips for achieving leadership

Henricks Ellenberger roles as much as possible before entering the next stage of their career. Susan Henricks, president and CEO of ICAN, said it is important for women to make it known that they are interested in achieving leadership roles and ever-increasing leadership responsibilities. “It is also beneficial to ask a leader to help prepare you for future leadership roles, and even consider asking that individual to be your sponsor to help you achieve increased leadership opportunities and exposure,” Henricks said. “Seek out those opportunities to evolve your skillset, take on stretch assignments and increase your visibility through both business and community endeavors. Business leaders often cite experience from projects and roles outside of their role as critical to getting

necessary exposure, support and experience for securing a sponsor and advancing to leadership roles.” Additionally, Henricks said training and development experiences build resilience, agility, self-awareness, communication, presence and intention, which are helpful in one’s career and leadership development. “Leaders also need to take the time to invest in experiential learning opportunities that expose Wineman them to deep conversations, new thinking and ongoing development that is sustainable to help them in their career journey,” Henricks said. Kristin Ellenberger, 2020 board president of CREW Omaha and director of property management for Lockwood Development, said it’s important to realize that one can demonstrate leadership skills from whatever role or position they are in. “Practice being a leader in all types of situations,” she said. “Speak up. Learn to communicate well. Work hard to learn and excel in your career, but always be learning and mastering new skills.” According to Ellenberger, networking, training and professional development can provide numerous opportunities for excelling in one’s current role. “Networking helps you get in tune with

others in your industry, role and community,” she said. “CREW Omaha has connected me with mentors, other ambitious women with experience leading, those in similar roles I can bounce ideas off of or solve problems with, connections for getting my work done well, and just some great friendships. Networking has been an immeasurable tool for my success and many other CREW Omaha members. I use my connections multiple times a week to further my work process.” Lyn Wineman, founder, president and chief strategist of KidGlov, said women have a tendency to work hard and achieve while quietly waiting to be noticed. “Now that many of us are still working from home, it is more important than ever

Many women are breaking through barriers in male-dominated industries by David Kubicek

Women who have risen to the top of traditionally male-dominated industries advise hard work and persistence to break through the barriers. Ashley Kuhn, president of the Blair Freeman Group, drew inspiration from her parents who worked tirelessly to improve the family’s north Omaha home. She was driven to be the kind of person who could make a difference in the face of real estate and development in the community. “I love that real estate development and

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to demonstrate your value,” Wineman said. “This starts with understanding your key strengths and developing your own personal brand statement. Once you have this, don’t be afraid to share it. Put it in your LinkedIn profile, your corporate bio and your resume as well as other places where you are being evaluated. Get comfortable discussing your strengths with peers, supervisors and potential clients.” Wineman also suggested learning to negotiate and taking opportunities to grow professionally. “During the pandemic, access has increased to training and professional development,” Wineman said. “Many national conferences that would have charged hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, are now free and available virtually from the comfort of your home. Take advantage of these opportunities because they may not come around again.”

construction is involved in truly changing the face of our city,” she said. “You look at areas like the River Front, Blackstone District, and West Dodge Corridor 20 years ago versus now and you see how much of a catalyst it has been on surrounding housing, education, entertainment, and health care.” Kuhn said that women can no longer afford to avoid male-dominated industries. “The key to breaking through these barriers is to develop your craft to a point Continued on next page.

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Continued from preceding page. that no one can deny you a seat at the table,” she said. “We cannot wait for these seats to be given; we have to take them. We need to reset our mindset on what industries are ‘appropriate’ for women and continue to follow our passions regardless of who has come before us. Young women are not necessarily the folks needing the advice; it’s the men that are already in positions of authority in the industry. We need men to encourage, mentor, and have an equitable approach to including women in the industry.” Andrea Kathol, owner of real estate consulting firm Field Day Development, started out as director of a nonprofit organization that focused on the redevelopment of the downtown and environmentally-challenged areas of Council Bluffs. About 11 years ago she switched to the for-profit side. “What attracted me to this career is my initial work with nonprofits,” Kathol said. “I love architecture in buildings, transforming our cities, and doing urban development.” Field Day has always had a project in a small town in Nebraska or southwest Iowa. “Preservation is a big thing, helping nonprofits become more efficient and realize their potential through new buildings and technology,” Kathol said. “I didn’t start in this business with the right last name, and my parents didn’t have loads of money. I got really lucky. Three guys I worked with approached me and offered to help me do things. I was given money to start this [business] and allowed to pay it back when I could at 0% interest. “For other folks I’ve seen, if you do a good job and work hard, your reputation will take care of you. I have several projects with women-owned businesses. Part of that is to pay it forward, knowing I got lucky, and build teams more focused on women entrepreneurs to help them grow their businesses and succeed.” Kimberly Remmereid is president of Contour Construction, a company she founded in 2015. “My husband owned his own business, and I’d been in the staffing industry for about 10 years,” she said. “We became partners in a business, and that developed my interest in getting into construction. I’ve had a passion for it ever since.” Remmereid said the greatest rewards of her job are the satisfied customers and being able to provide an employment opportunity for the construction industry in Omaha. Her advice to women trying to make it in a male-dominated profession is: don’t be intimidated and continue to charge forward. “Many years ago I’d sit in a meeting, and I would be the only female in a room dominated by men,” she said. “It would have been easy to intimidate me, but I didn’t let it. Desire, drive, and don’t be intimidated.”


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Gender diversity in technology industry has improved, but much work remains “I am seeing more women in leadership poby Dwain Hebda The tech industry is certainly more inte- sitions and technical roles. There is a greater focus to attract and retain women grated than just a few years ago, in these positions. but much work remains to achieve “In addition, there are a lot of true parity, say women in the field. opportunities for women to work “The world of technology within technology companies, but is a lot more diverse today, but in non-technical roles.” not nearly enough to feel ‘comWhittaker is quick to praise fortable,’” said Marina Brown, the resources and programs that senior manager of application introduce young people to tech development for Werner Enterskills and potential careers. prises. “Most companies still “There is a great amount of linger around 30% or less of their focus currently aimed at attracting technology organizations being Whittaker more youth, especially girls and female and I still have many meetyoung women, into the technology ings where I am the only female Continued on next page. in the room.” Brown said diversity in tech is not going to occur organically and must be a result of proactive effort on behalf of the industry. “Left to its own accord, diversity is not likely to happen at the speed at which we want it to,” she said. “With new tools that lower the barrier to entry in technology, I believe we will continue to see a lot of progress in this area in the next 5 to 10 years. But we need to consciously think about opening these opportunities for women and minorities.” Kim Whittaker, president of FNTS, said she’s encouraged by what she sees, particularly as more women find themselves in positions of leadership. “I have been in the technology field for 24 years. There is definitely more diversity now than there was when I began,” she said.

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Intentionality, strategy help organizations focus on critical inclusion, equity efforts by Michelle Leach

This year our differences as a people, be it political ideology or ethnic identity, have been put on high relief in a myriad of ways. How are Midlands organizations celebrating and mobilizing around these differences to support a stronger community? “Inclusive Communities assists other organizations in identifying their gaps; who is not represented, what can they do better,

and how? Then we help them write goals and strategies to make the necessary changes,” said Tena Hahn Rodriguez, business development manager. “[Diversity, equity and inclusion] goals must be strategic and specific. If it were going to happen naturally by now, it would have already.” She noted DEI strategy needs to be written in the same way strategy is written around other aspects of operations, facilitating more

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intentional hiring and retention and diversification of industries “slowly but surely.” “The biggest obstacles or challenges to more diverse representation in our community at present are the preconceived notions and ideas we all have about our own identities

and the identities of others,” Rodriguez said. “These ideas or biases impact greatly who we think can do the job, do the job well and, in turn, hiring practices and promotions. We help people become more aware of their bias, Continued on next page.

Gender diversity in technology industry Continued from preceding page. field,” she said. “As an AIM Institute board member, and in my work with the Nebraska Tech Collaborative, I see the work these organizations are doing to develop the tech talent ecosystem, such as code schools, camps, clubs and programs providing exposure to technology.” Jen Amis, president and CEO of Encounter Telehealth, said in addition to these programs, tech skills have become so pervasive in business that people are being siphoned into the Amis industry from other fields. “Technology found me in a way,” she said. “I studied history and political science as an undergrad, and then went on to work in telecommunications customer relations, venture capital and even hospitality. Not a typical path to a tech job. “One of the great things about the business community in Nebraska, and really the greater Midwest, is that people genuinely

want to help you. I wanted to help solve the problem of access, or lack thereof, to health care in our rural communities and I have been lucky with many individuals giving their time and intelligence to help me on my path.” Rebecca Stavick, CEO of Community Information Trust, operating Do Space, said providing access to technology fields is also key to unlocking an untapped talent pool. “Our world overflows with talented women technologists who have chosen not to work in the tech Stavick field, or have been forced out of the tech field, because they are treated unfairly, underpaid, less likely to be fast-tracked than their male colleagues, and unable to advance,” she said. “The idea that the technology field lacks gender diversity because women and girls are not interested in technology is utterly false. The question we must answer is: How does the tech industry need to change in order to create a welcoming environment for women?”


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Continued from preceding page. and best ways to combat bias.” She said Inclusive Communities has risen to the challenge for years — this year is no different. “We have been training organizations nonstop since the murder of George Floyd,” she said. “This year has felt different, and I think it is because it is. This is the opportunity we have been waiting for, while we have the entire world’s attention, to create a more equitable community and country in every way.” The recent attention to social issues, said Access Bank SVP and Retail Banking Manager Katie Henry, is significant because it’s “created a heightened awareness that we must remain focused on diversity and equity among our emHenry ployees and clients.” “As a business, we are actively providing education to our employees, seeking solutions to become more diverse internally and looking for ways to support nonprofit organizations in meaningful ways,” she added. When speaking to women’s representation, Henry said this group is equally represented within the bank in a variety of roles — from executive to leadership positions. “In 2020 alone, we’ve hired 20 employees, 60% of which were female,” she said. “The women in our organization spend time connecting and supporting one another in a variety of ways — from a formalized Women in Leadership Forum in 2019, to a less formal approach with one-to-one mentoring sessions.” A huge part of being inclusive is understanding that everyone is different, said North End Teleservices President and CEO Carmen Tapio, and notably those differences and perspectives on work and life experiences make us better. “We listen and respect the differences of each of our employees and work with them to create individual pathways for success,” she said. Tapio said North End Teleservices partners with numerous local organizations and agencies, and uses varied recruitment sources to ensure they’re inviting a diverse

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group to become a part of the “family.” “We are also very active in the community in a variety of ways and that helps to expand our audience and potential for recruitment of diverse talent,” she said. “In addition, we show up and have invested in building trust capital across the Omaha community and have built a reputation of being a culture-forward organization.” To that end, Tapio said the company always wanted to be a model of what is possible, challenging norms of the relationship between business, employees and the community. “We go further, faster together and we strive to live out what we say each and every day,” she said. “If a small business like North End Teleservices can do it, we believe any business can. A rising tide lifts all boats.” The Omaha Public Power District’s Joyce Cooper emphaTapio sized the importance of being intentional, having executive engagement and a properly-resourced strategy with dedicated staff. “Collaborate with others inside and outside the company,” said, Cooper, director of diversity and inclusion. “Be patient. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Look at your people systems and change them if you see bias and barriers, they unintentionally exclude underrepresented groups.” Once hired, provide support and development, and communicate frequently with employees on how the company is executing on its DEI strategy. “Set measurements/targets and hold leaders and employees accountable,” Cooper said. OPPD leadership shared some of that strategy and metrics, tracing back to at least 2002 when the organization participated in InRoads, which brings in college freshmen, primarily from communities of color, for technical internships. OPPD has hired many participants for full-time positions and has since developed the Legacy Initiative for high school students, providing insight into all kinds of utility and energy careers. Cooper also noted how, when Tim Burke became president and CEO, the board of directors set 15 strategic directives to hold the senior management team accountable, Continued on next page.

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Women leaders share their best wisdom by Gabby Hellbusch

Women leaders throughout Omaha have worked hard to achieve their success and they want to share advice with other women who are working to become women leaders, too. Author and attorney Jeana Goosmann, who serves as CEO/managing partner at Goosmann Law Firm, said she personally acts as general counsel to company presidents, CEOs, corporate executives and business Goosmann owners. “I started the firm in 2009 with one lawyer and an assistant,” Goosmann said. “In 2020 we celebrated our 11th anniversary with a team of over 50. Over the past three years we have been named one of the fastest growing law firms in the U.S. by the Law

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Firm 500 and recently I was selected to the 2020 list as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.” Goosmann said it’s critical for leaders to be bold and willing to take risks when others are not. “They’re willing to be the first, because they know that leading often means stepping out before the path looks safe,” Goosmann said. “Stepping out in boldness captures Hogan their moment through action. Big results belong to the bold.” As a woman-owned firm, Goosmann said diversity is a core value of the law firm. “Leaders must value and embrace diversity in a team,” Goosmann said. “Diversity generates creativity and provides different perspectives and solutions, reflecting the work we complete for our clients and improving their overall experience.” Maren Hogan, CEO of Red Branch Media, said success is one part hard work, one part sheer luck and support, and one part innovation. According to Hogan, learning to accept criticism without taking it personally is key. She also stressed the importance of always trusting one’s gut. “The times I have made poor decisions or accepted clients I later regretted, it has always been against a little voice that told me not to,” Hogan said. “Now I learn to listen to my gut, and it's resulted in such healthy, organic growth, especially through this incredibly difficult year.” She said time is totally finite and if wasted, it will be regretted. Additionally, Hogan said having children and a career is completely doable. “I know many young women worry their careers could be derailed if they choose traditional motherhood,” Hogan said. “Again, support is key in my case, but I will say being a mother has made me a better leader, and being a leader has made me a better mother.” After landing positions in various areas of advertising at the beginning of her career, Kathy Broniecki, CEO/owner of Envoy, eventually began to work for Dennis Mailliard, who founded HMJ & Associates, which later became Envoy, Inc. “I had many opportunities at Envoy, which led me to become a partner and then Continued on next page.

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Continued from preceding page. including a directive to monitor for the development and maintenance of an inclusive workplace. Ten strategic DEI goals were also created in late 2014. Its newest programs also include Gatherings, an immersive experience for women and professionals of color; LeadDIVERSITY, a year-long program to build a network of leaders who create localized diversity and inclusion solutions; and its involvement with the region’s Commitment to Opportunity, Diversity & Equity (CODE) initiative.


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Established small business owners share challenges and opportunities by Jasmine Heimgartner

When asking women small business owners about running a company, two words often come up: challenging and fulfilling. For new entrepreneurs, the first part may seem like it greatly outweighs the latter. Although every business is different, listening to people who have been through the early trenches may provide the push and confidence needed to keep moving forward with that passionate dream. “The startup process is a bit overwhelming to say the least,” said Kris Arritt Arritt, B2 Environmental president. “Taking the time to plan will make it easier. There are a lot of good business plan templates out there. Grab any template that includes analysis of strengths and weaknesses, as well as the marketplace’s opportunities and threats. This is your dream but be as objective as possible when going through the steps. Ask lots of questions from trusted advisers on the legal, finance and insurance aspects. Remember, you aren’t alone, and people love to give advice.” From the moment the idea blossoms, entrepreneurs should start growing their network. “Building relationships starts well before Day 1 of the business startup,” said Lesley Brandt, co-owner of planitomaha. “Working hard on fostering open and honest relationships is a good investment in the short and long term.” While some entrepreneurs delve in with some experience, others only have a vision. Regardless of where one lies on that scale, constant active engagement in growing the idea into a reality is needed. “Make something happen right now, today,” Brandt, said. “You don’t need to know everything. Get to 60%, and your

smarts, relationships, resources, passion and grit will take you the rest of the way. If entrepreneurs waited until we had 100% of what we needed, we’d never start or we’d miss a serious opportunity.” The exhilaration of starting something new can make it easier to brush over the potentially negative what-ifs, so due diligence and planning are essential every step of the way. “Be sure you know the key critical success metrics for your business and then map out how long it will take you to not only turn a Brandt profit but also have positive cash flowing into the business,” Arritt said. “Understand and get comfortable with all of the risks involved in your business. There’s always more than one. Have a few ideas and plans on how to mitigate the risks before you get started. It’s easy to panic when they come up in real life, so having a plan to refer back to will help get you past the panic.” While a good plan is essential, staying flexible, especially in today’s world, is also a must. “2020 has been a struggle for most businesses,” Arritt said. “I’ve watched businesses fail and thrive this year. The ones that are still here seem to be the ones that have stayed flexible and moved forward with trying something new that fits into today’s market.” No matter the business or concept, success is a long, hard road. Expecting small

successes and failures along the way helps make navigating it a little easier. “It takes a lot of grit to succeed, and long-term success won’t happen overnight,” Brandt said. “Passion for your good or service combined with persistence to make ‘it’

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Continued from preceding page. owner,” Broniecki said. “I would say that success has come from my passion for helping others — for finding a solution to a problem. I am motivated by new opportunities each day, new solutions to new situations.” She said having strong female mentors to learn from is also crucial. “Leadership means expanding your knowledge of your community and ways you can give back,” Broniecki said. “I strongly encourage volunteering for area nonprofits. I have served on many boards and volunteered my time and expertise to the organizations. In return, I learn so much about the significant needs these groups fulfill, which is incredibly rewarding.” She said leaders should never stop learning. “I try to sit on at least two educational webinars a week, read as much as possible, and look at new ways to hone my craft,” Broniecki said. “I surround myself with great coworkers that educate me with their wisdom.”

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TECHNOLOGY Hired

DataVizion welcomes Dan Werner as the new Director of Sales. In September of 2020, DataVizion hired Dan Werner as Director of Sales. Werner will be leading DataVizion’s go-to-market alignment between building solutions, project services teams, marketing, and sales to ensure seamless execution resulting in a positive customer experience. Even though Werner was born and raised

in Colorado, he has always been a Nebraskan at heart. Werner graduated from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with a degree in Business Finance. He has spent the last 26 years working for Fiserv, Inc. and held various leadership roles throughout his career, most recently as the Director of Client Management Operations, where he led teams supporting sales operations and client solutions development. Werner specializes in using analytics to turn data into powerful information that will ensure DataVizion is empowered to make sound business decisions. He also brings years of experience in driving

highly successful associate engagement and career path development, which ultimately has a tremendous impact on company results. CEO Kelly Shrad says “I like him [Werner] a lot! He is already showing incredible value in our efforts of strategically advancing how we are growing as a company and what we want to do for our customers.” “He has a broad depth of experience in sales, sales ops, product development, and business development, and is a firm believer in the use of datadriven analytics,” states CFO & COO Tim Hoffman. DataVizion specializes in Professional and Managed IT Services and Solutions from small business to

enterprise, throughout the Midwest. Their mission? “Empowering your business with custom IT solutions. Partnering with you to achieve your technology vision. We Design IT. We Deploy IT. We Support YOU!” For more information, check out www. datavizion.com.

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First National Bank of Omaha (FNBO) announced that Rick Rawley has been hired as Senior Advisor, Commercial Banking in the Omaha market. He is responsible for working with businesses of varying sizes to drive change and support local growth. “Rick has been an active and positive participant in the Omaha community for many years,” said Douglas P. Sutko, Managing Director, Commercial Banking. “His

initiative to work hard, his passion for helping others grow, and his drive to do the right thing serve him well in his quest to improve the financial wellbeing of his customers.” Rawley rejoined FNBO after working as a lender at another financial institution, where he worked in the community lending portfolio. Prior to this, he worked for six years at FNBO, beginning in the bank’s consumer credit card division. He then worked as an Analyst and Junior Lender in the Correspondent Bank and Commercial Real Estate portfolios. Rawley is an active volunteer in the Omaha community and currently serves as a Finance Committee Member at St. Margaret Mary Church. He attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he earned a degree in in Real Estate and Land Use Economics.

Natalia Romanoff joined our team of clinicians. She works in Family Medicine at our Northwest Clinic.

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provide an employee-oriented, highperformance culture that emphasizes empowerment, quality, productivity, goal attainment, recruitment and ongoing development.

Director of Human Resources OneWorld Community Health Centers

OneWorld is pleased to announce the addition of Ken Waters. Ken joins OneWorld as the Director of Human Resources. He is an Air Force Veteran and currently serves on multiple boards that support the military and provide resources for Veterans. Additionally, he serves as an appointed Advisory Council member for Nebraska Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). Ken leads the Human Resources practices that

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Latham will manage all aspects of lending for the credit union, including commercial, consumer, real estate, indirect and loan solutions. Latham has been with Cobalt for 14 years, working first as an indirect underwriter, followed by roles as vice president of Indirect Lending and Loan Solutions. Prior to joining Cobalt, Latham spent 15 years working in the automotive financing industry. He received a dual Bachelor of Science/Arts degree in Finance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Itzel Lopez, Vice President of Advancement and Community Relations for AIM Institute, was recognized with the prestigious 2020 Community Impact and Involvement Award from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. The inaugural Young Nebraskans Awards honor young professionals throughout the state who represent society’s future. Lopez mentors and volunteers with teens and helps organize Omaha’s annual Cinco de Mayo festival.

Schmillen brings over 30 years of experience in the banking industry. In his new role, he will leverage opportunities for growth through financial planning, analysis and risk management, in addition to his role leading the credit union’s finance team. He joins Cobalt

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the renovation. The Scott Conference e Center, located in The additional Aksarben on the University the conference space allows of center to host Omaha’s Scott Nebraska at larger events and groups — triCampus, has received a facelift pling the usable after 18 years with a new façade space with room pre-function bigger entrance and artwork, mingle and check for guests to and in. The main areas, new carpet, reception entrance was moved and posibathrooms and upgrades to its audio/visual tioned to line up with the crosssystems and lighting. walk Holland street and parking lot across the Basham Architects and allows for easier navimann Construction and Haus- gation for attendees worked on of the Scott Continued on page 25.

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from ACCESS Bank where he was the executive vice president and CFO. Before that he served as the CFO/treasurer at American National Bank, and prior to this he was the vice president/assistant treasurer at First National of Nebraska. Schmillen holds the following certifications and designations: CFA, CPA and CGMA. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and BusinessEconomics from Northwestern College followed by a Masters of Business Administration from the University of South Dakota.


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