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business c o r n er


daniel j. bishop

gale l. wickersham

gail deboer

founder and chairman of the board, the maids international

chairman and founder, wick’s truck trailer, inc.

president & ceo, cobalt credit union

a successFul entrepreneur For 60 years, Daniel J. Bishop’s ingenuity and passion helped establish Omaha as a hub for franchised service businesses. He is the founder of three Omaha-based companies: Bishop Building Services®, American Security Services® and The Maids International®. Bishop conceived the idea for a national home cleaning service while attending Harvard Business School’s Entrepreneurship Program and collaborated with his brother, Dick, to launch The Maids in 1979. Since then, The Maids franchise network has cleaned 15 million homes, and today operates in 42 states and Canada. It is currently ranked 46th out of the Top 500 franchises nationally by Entrepreneur magazine.

Gale Wickersham is in the business of building employee and customer relationships. Because of those bonds, he and his team have established Wick’s Truck Trailer as a national force in the transportation industry and the largest trailer dealer for Wabash National in total volume. After building two offices and repair shops in Omaha, “Wick” expanded his facilities to Springfield, Missouri, and South Sioux City, Nebraska. He has since added truck dealerships in Omaha and Lincoln. Generous with its time and success, the Wickersham family is especially proud of its role in creating the Gale Wickersham Athletic Complex in Council Bluffs.

Gail DeBoer began her career with Cobalt Credit Union (formerly SAC Federal Credit Union) in 1988, holding several positions before becoming President & CEO in 2007. Under her leadership, Cobalt’s assets have grown from $312 million to over $1 billion and total membership has grown to over 110,000. Heavily involved in the community, DeBoer was the inaugural recipient of the ICAN Leadership Award in 2016 and a Women’s Center for Advancement (WCA) Tribute to Women honoree in 2015. DeBoer’s numerous involvements represent both her commitment to the community and to the credit union philosophy of “people helping people.”




For more than 25 years, it has been the place of incredible legacies and guaranteed inspiration. The Omaha Business Hall of Fame Gala, which includes an hors d’oeuvre dinner reception, induction ceremony and dessert, was initiated in 1993 as part of the Greater Omaha Chamber’s centennial anniversary. Proceeds support the permanent Omaha Business Hall of Fame exhibit at The Durham Museum and the Greater Omaha Chamber’s efforts to attract and retain young professionals, including the annual YP Summit. The original 1993 gala honored an inaugural class of Business Hall of Fame standouts that included Rose Blumkin, Warren Buffett, John A. Creighton, Robert Daugherty, Peter Kiewit and V.J. Skutt. That tradition of excellence is continued year after year.

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