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Magazine or Marketing Program: Is There a Difference? Anyone who has ever read a magazine, or even briefly flipped through the pages of one, is well aware that advertising is a key component, and in doing so, they are exposed to targeted marketing. Today, with more businesses than ever, across all industries, getting into the business of producing and distributing their own publications, it would appear the motive that factors into that decision has a promotional angle. I don’t blame them for throwing their hats in the ring – magazines, as an established media outlet with a captive audience specific to the content provided, whether it’s businesspeople or bicycle enthusiasts, are proven to be a highly effective marketing tool. Well played, indeed. Apparently, the recent introduction of Facebook’s print magazine has sparked a quite the debate of semantics in my industry. You heard that right, social media giant and the recently controversy-embattled Facebook now has a magazine gracing coffee tables in highly-strategic locations. Hardly seems like print publications are on the decline as many are being led to believe, eh? Anyhow, more to the point, consider the following thought-provoking article courtesy of author David Pilcher with Freeport Press: “Just last week we shared the news that Facebook has launched a print magazine. It’s true. Facebook – the behemoth of all things digital – announced the premier issue of Grow, according to Piet van Niekerk in FIPP. The magazine – a lifestyle magazine for the cool, rich business leader set – started cropping up recently in business class lounges at Heathrow and London hot spots, among other places. So, welcome, Mr. Z, to the ranks of magazine publisher. But hold on a minute before you go calling Facebook a publisher, according to this cheeky post in The Guardian. In response to people calling Grow a “magazine,” the post notes that Facebook’s Leah Woodington denies it’s a magazine, rather calling it a “business marketing programme.” “This is purely intended for marketing communications purposes,” Woodington has said. Why the distinction? As The Guardian reminds us, “Facebook aren’t publishers, or else they’d be responsible for the things that are published on their website.”

Facebook, we see you. You’ve installed yourself as the gatekeeper of news, the arbiter of media trust, and even recently hired former CNN host and NBC News reporter Campbell Brown as your head of global news partnerships. But okay, you’re not a publisher. Call it print marketing – we’re totally okay with that. Print is a fantastic way to engage with your readers in a highly trusted medium. It’s a good call for any brand looking to build trust and credibility. Meanwhile, back where all media “Print is a fantastic way channels matter...we like your to engage with your magazine, Zuck. Cheers.” readers…It’s a good call Precisely, call it what you want for any brand looking to to call it, po-tay-to / po-tah-to. build trust and credibility.” Magazines, while quite the diverse bunch, all share one thing in common--they have always been about suggestively selling things to the readers. This is done in a number of ways, from a direct advertisement to selling an aspirational lifestyle in the imagery or providing recommendations in the articles. Using Strictly Business as an example, we are connecting businesses to businesses and businesses to consumers in our marketplace. Our clients advertise in the magazine to promote their products and services, establish familiarity, brand their businesses, drive new leads and sales, maintain top-of-mind awareness, educate, etc., thus it’s an incredible marketing tool. However, we are in the ranks of magazine in delivering news, columns, spotlights, and feature stories on a monthly basis that are informative and engaging, so our clients are also able capitalize on the content marketing aspect too. All potentially in the same issue, no less! Not to mention in modern times it’s common for all magazine content, ours included, to be posted online, backlinked to the client’s websites, and shared on social media channels. This crossover is just the opposite, proving that it’s a twoway street and utilizing both traditional and digital media to market your business is most likely to be in your best interest. So at the end of the day, why would Facebook, the social media kingpin that has the oft-undivided attention of billions around the world, enter into the world of print? Because they know it has value, especially in building brand and company credibility, and we do too – now, do you?

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Control Depot partners with the leading suppliers of building technologies in order to provide our customers the best products available. As a Honeywell Authorized Systems Distributor, Control Depot offers a full line of Honeywell commercial and residential products to fulfill any HVAC controls or security needs.  From a simple residential thermostat to a complex web-based building automation system, we support and stock the Honeywell parts you need. As a Belimo Platinum Distributor, Control Depot carries a complete line of Belimo actuators, valves, and sensors.  Belimo is a global leader in the commercial HVAC components market with a strong commitment to quality and value in all of their product offerings. In 2017, Control Depot was named the Honeywell Analytics “Manning” Refrigeration gas detection National Master Distributor.  This distinction comes as a result of Control Depot’s position in the refrigeration gas detection market on a national level due to the addition of experts in this particular area. The large amount of on-hand stock, training, and service offerings, along with 40+ years of industry experience, are all reasons why Control Depot is excelling in the refrigeration gas detection market.  In addition, Control Depot offers top quality products from suppliers such as EasyIO, Viconics, Tridium, Honeywell Analytics (including BW and Rae), Lutron, ACI, Siemens, eGauge, Millenial Net, and many, many more.



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It’s been 12 years since Control Depot opened its doors as the first dedicated building automation controls distributor in our area. Since that time, we’ve grown and evolved into the premier controls distributor in the Midwest and a leader in building technology solutions. You may ask…”What is building automation?” Simply put, a building automation system provides control of the HVAC, lighting, and safety systems in a building. The more familiar terms for many are “Smart Building” or “Smart Home” and it is also synonymous with the term Internet of Things (IoT).  Control Depot provides innovative, cost-effective solutions and designs across the entire spectrum of building types in both the commercial and residential markets. Whether your needs are basic replacement components or a fully-integrated solution, our team provides the expertise, technologies, and support you need to get the job done right.  Our overall goal is to provide you with systems that ensure comfort, provide safety, enhance your overall productivity, and save you energy and money through efficiency. That is what you can expect when working with Control Depot.

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In 2016, Control Depot University was launched with the focused intent of providing high-quality HVAC controls education. We understand that in the controls industry, a company’s employees are its greatest asset. As such, we offer many distinctive and specialized training classes that allow our contractor partners to create a technically strong and more productive group of employees.  Control Depot has partnered with Tridium, Honeywell Analytics, and EasyIO to become authorized training centers for their specific products. We also host a wide range of product-specific classes, from controllers to VFDs, and have several general HVAC classes available as well.   At Control Depot, our customer base consists of Controls contractors, Mechanical and Electrical contractors, and Institutional end-users.  Control Depot’s overriding purpose is to help our clients create comfortable, efficient, and safe building environments. Our team of qualified and experienced employees strives to provide a personal touch to each customer by combining a friendly and knowledgeable store experience with an inventory that rivals the largest retailers.  At Control Depot, we don’t just sell you products, we sell you solutions. Our customer base is constantly growing and diversifying as customers locally, regionally, and nationally experience the high level of personalized service our customers receive at Control Depot.

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BUSINESS NEWS Hear “The Man Behind 74 of World’s Top 100 Brands” at BBB Integrity Awards Luncheon Better Business Bureau (BBB) Foundation will honor metro Omaha’s ethical businesses and students at its Annual Integrity Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, October 9 at the Embassy Suites Omaha – La Vista Conference Center from 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. Josh Linkner, the #1 ranked speaker on innovation, entrepreneurship and breakthrough disruption, will deliver the keynote address. He is a distinguished entrepreneur with 24 years of experience as founder and CEO of five technology companies with a combined value of $200 million – including ePrize, the largest interactive promotion agency providing digital marketing services to 74 of the world’s top 100 brands. Linkner has been involved in the launch and growth of more than 100 businesses, raised more than $150 million in venture capital and employed thousands of people displaced due to the dot-com crash, 9/11 and the 2008 financial crisis. He is the founding partner of Detroit Venture Partners along with NBA superstar, Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr. investing in and mentoring more than 100 startups. According to “Magic” Johnson, “When Josh is in the room, business improves!” For reservations or more information, please call the Better Business Bureau at (402) 898-8550.

Immanuel Announces Collaboration With Visiting Nurse Association Immanuel, Nebraska’s leader in senior living, is pleased to share an exciting long-term Strategic Home Health and Hospice collaboration with Visiting Nurse Association (VNA). VNA was chosen to become the Immanuel home health care agency collaborator to complement the current services offered in its Omaha communities. This collaboration recognizes the value that home health has in supporting the safety, security and dignity of seniors who want to remain active and stay engaged in their health and wellness. VNA will be providing its full scope of home health services to Immanuel residents, including wellness programming, telehealth, non-clinical home care, home health, hospice and infusion services. Across the Omaha metro area, Immanuel serves over 1,000 residents and participants on seven campuses city-wide, as well as others in Lincoln and Des Moines. “Providing an extraordinary resident experience remains at the forefront within Immanuel. While Immanuel and VNA are separate organizations, they are strategically aligned and share common values that center on prioritizing the lives of those we serve,” said Eric Gurley, Immanuel’s president and CEO. “The collaboration of two strong, communityfocused organizations will result in an enhanced and integrated resident experience. Our shared mission and commitment to the highest possible quality of service makes this collaboration ideal. I am pleased to work with VNA to better serve seniors in Nebraska.” According to the census figures, the Omaha, Nebraska senior population grew 37% in just 10 years, from 62,000 in 2006 to nearly 85,000 in 2016, and it shows no signs of slowing down. As the population ages, many choose Immanuel Communities for its exceptional amenities and services. The Immanuel and VNA collaboration provides better integration of additional health care services should a resident’s needs change.  “VNA is pleased to strategically collaborate with Immanuel,” said James Summerfelt, president and CEO of VNA. “VNA has been working closely with Immanuel, with those who reside in its communities, and with those who live at home and are supported by Immanuel’s PACE program. The opportunity to expand and deepen these relationships is really exciting.” 6 Strictly Business AUGUST 2018

Introducing DPC Unlimited LLC DPC Unlimited LLC, a new specialty automotive retail store in Lincoln, recently opened its doors for business to meet the needs of clients locally and beyond. A result of a partnership formed in March, DPC Unlimited is utilizing over 40 years of combined experience in the diesel repair and trucking industry. The new store was established to work in conjunction with an existing installation facility located at 7960 N. 56th St., Ste. B. Short for Diesel Performance & Chrome, DPC Unlimited is a performance diesel and truck accessory outlet. From big rigs to light-duty pickups, DPC Unlimited offers the diesel performance parts and tuning required for on- and off-road performance and fuel economy. They also have your chrome and truck accessory needs covered, from the front to the back and the top to the bottom. At DPC Unlimited you’ll find a vast selection of performance parts and accessories from many manufacturers, including Lincoln Chrome, MBRP Exhaust, Grand General, Roadworks Mfg., Lifetime Lugnut Covers, DSI Performance, Meyer Distribution, Xtreme Diesel Performance (XDP), Stark Lighting, and FASS Diesel Fuel Systems. Additionally, services are offered for semi-trucks, pick-ups, and farm implements. To learn more about how DPC Unlimited can help you with all of your performance and accessory needs, visit or contact (402) 466-0555 /

Design Basics Celebrates 35 Years in Business Design Basics, LLC has reached an exciting milestone as the company celebrates 35 years of delivering innovation and leadership through creative home design, marketing, and business transformation solutions, while protecting their right to do so, maximizing value for their customers. Design Basics began in 1983 as a custom home plan design firm for professional builders in their local community, Omaha, Nebraska. Over the years, Design Basics has expanded their offerings to include a wide variety of home plan designs, plan alteration services, and professional marketing products and services as well as keeping a focus on custom home design. Design Basics’ home designs can now be found throughout all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, and other countries around the world. Company President Kathryn Dick remarked: “With an average staff tenure of 17+ years, the team’s cohesiveness, history, and expertise keeps our business running smoothly. A well-rounded team dynamic lays the foundation for generating and implementing new ideas, ways of doing business, and keeping with evolving market initiatives.” On the forefront of industry thought leadership, Design Basics has introduced many forward-thinking design amenities, such as the rear foyer drop zone, that have since become industry standards. Through their expertise in market research and development, Design Basics has recognized women’s preferences in the home – in both design and product selections – play a significant role in homebuyer satisfaction. This realization paved the way for their Woman-Centric Matters!® builder program as well as their Her Home™ brand and publication, dedicated focusing on women’s perspectives on design, construction, and products for the home. Design Basics, LLC is a residential design firm headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, and markets home plans for single-family and multi-family homes via the Internet, plan catalogs, and home building industry publications. The company has been nationally recognized for excellence through numerous awards for home design, marketing, customer service, and business management. “Design Basics…where great design matters.” Contact Design Basicss at (800) 947-7526 or visit www.DesignBasics. com to learn more.


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Omaha Fashion Week has proudly grown into the nation’s 5th largest fashion event, supporting more independent fashion designers than any other organization in the region! As the Midwest’s premier fashion event, Omaha Fashion Week connects designers, stylists, photographers, artists, and models through engaging opportunities, and spotlights fashion innovation and creative excellence. Omaha Fashion Week kicks off another season August 20-25! Doors to Omaha Design Center open each evening at 6 p.m. Before the shows, the Pretty in Patina Pre-Party with live entertainment and shopping in the *Pop-Up Shop Market, as well as the Borsheims Red Carpet Experience and the H&H Premier Vehicle Showcase! Plus, don’t miss out on the *VIP Lounge, where you can take in all the fashion and glamour with complimentar y hors d’oeuvres and drinks from the Absolut Elyx VIP Bar! It all leads up to the main event: a packed show on the Allure Med Spa Runway to Beauty! See the full designer lineup below, and snag tickets online at today! (*Please note: No VIP Lounge during Omaha Wedding Salon on August 20. No Pop-Up Shop Market during VIP Runway Finale on August 25.)

Centris Breaks Ground for New Southwest Omaha Branch Centris Federal Credit Union recently broke ground for their 13th branch location planned at 19431 Polk Street, near the intersection of 195th & Harrison Streets. Ann Helm, executive vice president for retail and administration, said the new, full-service branch office will Pictured (L-R): Ann Helm, executive vice be approximately 3,000 president for retail and administration, square feet in size and will Centris; Joe Sacco, chairman of Centris’ feature a two lane drive Board of Directors; Jon Hayes, financial through and drive-up ATM. sales manager, Centris; Steve Swanstrom, president of Centris; Gary Leapley, Ample parking will also be included with this new branch. executive vice president, MCL Construction. “The site was selected for its far southwest Omaha location which will serve the needs of this growing quadrant of Omaha as well as Gretna,” she said. “This is a growing, prospering area, with thousands of family households who have a need for lending and deposits now and in the future. It is also has a nice mix of business and consumer markets which we are looking forward to serving.” Centris worked with Holland Basham Architects to design a branch that is responsive to member needs, efficient and pleasant for employees, and will complement the area. MCL Construction has been retained as the general contractor for the project. “The new branch will offer the use of a cash recycler which will eliminate teller cash drawers making the branch more secure. It will also include a media wall, interactive kids zone, and individual offices that will offer more privacy to discuss the financial needs of Centris’ members,” Helm said. The branch is due to open in spring 2019. Centris Federal Credit Union, founded over 80 years ago, is one of Nebraska’s largest community chartered credit unions. Centris serves Douglas, Sarpy, Lincoln and Pottawattamie counties and has 12 offices located in Omaha, Grand Island and North Platte, Nebraska and Council Bluffs, Iowa. Visit to learn more.

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BUSINESS NEWS Discover How Blindspots Can Impact Ethics

Living In The Yellow Adds Basic Pistol Class

The Business Ethics Alliance will host a Breakfast & BlindSpots workshop on Thursday, August 16 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at Creighton University’s Harper Center. This workshop is perfect for anyone who wants to learn about everyday ethics in the workplace. HR leaders will especially benefit from a glimpse into the Alliance’s Elevate Ethics Workshops for organizational training. “This training is a very popular piece of our Elevate Ethics curriculum,” says Dr. Rebecca Shively, director of education and research for the Business Ethics Alliance. “Everyone has blindspots that impede their ability to act ethically. This workshop helps them identify and overcome those blindspots.” Participants will leave with a better understanding of why good people sometimes fail to do the right thing. Dr. Shively will lead participants in analyzing real-life ethics scenarios and developing strategies for preventing and addressing blindspots in the workplace. Alliance workshops are typically conducted on-site at a business or nonprofit organization, but the Breakfast & BlindSpots workshop will provide community members a low-stakes forum in which to sample Alliance curriculum for themselves.   Admission to Breakfast & BlindSpots is $50 per participant and includes on-site parking, a participant workbook, light refreshments and the opportunity for networking. Space is limited. Learn more and register at

Patty Nun, an NRA trained pistol instructor and owner of Living In The Yellow, has announced the addition of a fall Women’s Basic Pistol Class to be offered in Lincoln, NE on Saturday, September 22. Living In The Yellow has been providing Women’s Basic Pistol Training Classes since 2014 and this class is a prerequisite for those who would like to attend their CHP training. “We feel strongly that a basic pistol class better prepares a woman to know and understand how to safely operate a firearm and provides them with the confidence needed to be able to select a gun they will be personally comfortable with owning and operating.” This program is for those with little or no previous experience with a handgun. Everything is provided in a safe environment free of any live ammunition.  Following the classroom portion, range time is provided with trained RSOs (Range Safety Officers) who guide participants in confidently firing a pistol. Living In The Yellow’s next CHP (Concealed Handgun Permit) Course for Women, for women is scheduled for Saturday, October 27.  This program is approved and required for those women who would like to apply to the Nebraska State Patrol to be able to carry a concealed handgun.   “There is no substitute for being prepared and aware of our surroundings to insure the safety of ourselves and our family members.  That is the common theme of our training,” says Nun. To find out more information or to register for a class, go to  or call Patty Nun at (402) 432-6470.

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BUSINESS NEWS MLCDC Celebrates 12th Anniversary Last month - July 14 to be exact marked 12 years since the Midlands Latino Community Development C o r p o ra t i o n ( M LC D C ) wa s officially incorporated. MLCDC was established to provide Latinos with opportunities to generate economic growth by providing financing products, development services and community development that advances their ability to develop a sustainable future in the Midlands. Over the years, MLCDC has experienced tremendous growth in line with the economic development in the Greater Omaha area. Its programs continue to be strengthened by numerous grants, including the most recent United Way of the Midlands investment in workforce development, with the Las Americas Kitchen Express commercial kitchen and career/entrepreneurship education facility set to open in the spring of 2019. As MLCDC celebrates its 12-year anniversary of serving our community, the organization would especially like to recognize all of the partners and sponsors who have been an integral part of the journey. Thanks to you, MLCDC has been able to fulfill its mission – but there’s still plenty of work to be done, and the future of the organization and those it serves is bright. Here’s to many more years of helping individuals become successful business owners and entrepreneurs! For more information about MLCDC, please call (402) 933-4466 or visit

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More and more people are choosing faux finishing/painting for their homes. Thomas Faux Finishing, owned and operated FA U X F I N I S H I N G by Thomas Rajkovich and Julie Uribe, has entered the Lincoln and Foils Mica Omaha markets, making their official Metallic debut atPlasters the Nebraska Builders Old World Textures Home and Garden Show in February.Glass TheyBead also showcased their work StencilsbyGlitter & More during the Spring Parade of Homes presented the Home Builders Association of Lincoln. Serving Lincoln, Omaha the in Surrounding Areas Julie is a Lincoln native, but she and Thomasand lived Los Angeles for over 25 years before moving back to the area. They are excited to bring their expertise from high-end projects inCall L.A. back to Nebraska. Julie is the Julie at 323-610-2387 lead designer, working with interior designers or directly with the client to help them find the finish that works best for the space. Thomas has been a design artist for over 30 years and he performs the application of the selected finish. You can already find the workings of Thomas Faux Finishing in The Preserve, Waterford Estates, Firethorn, Piedmont, North and South Edenton, Boulder Ridge, and many other homes throughout town. Their designs are even featured in Lincoln Custom Cabinet’s showroom! With services available for residential and commercial properties, Thomas Faux Finishing offers metallic plasters, textured designs, beaded effects, and other high-end decorative paint  finishes.  They are all custom and seamless, delivering a contemporary or transitional look that has the ability to completely transform any room. To learn more about Thomas Faux Finishing, contact Julie at (323) 610-2387 / julie. 

American National Bank Sponsoring Bank, Community Village at Maha Music Festival Now in its 10th year, the Maha Music Festival will take place at Stinson Park in Aksarben Village, August 1718. Headliner artists Weezer, TV on the Radio and Father John Misty will be joined by other rock groups from all over the country as well as local bands. For more information on the festival, visit In addition to the dynamic musical atmosphere at the festival, local area nonprofits will share the spotlight in the center of it all, the Community Village. Over 20 nonprofits from arts and humanities to public health and education will come together to engage attendees in hands-on activities for all ages and allow concert-goers to learn about their missions. American National Bank is pleased to support these important organizations as the sponsor of the Community Village. This platform offers nonprofits the ability to build bonds with the community and to inspire involvement with causes they care about. This is going to be a funfilled, family-friendly weekend you won’t want to miss, and while you’re there, be sure to visit American National Bank in the Community Village along with these nonprofits: AIGA Nebraska; American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - NE Chapter; Aqua-Africa, Inc.; Arts For All Inc. (AFA); Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts; Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands; Charles Drew Health Center, Inc.; Community Alliance; Defy Ventures; Friendship Program, Inc.; Get Checked Omaha; Habitat for Humanity of Omaha; Heartland Pride; KANEKO; Men With Dreams; Moms Demand Action Omaha; Ollie Webb Center, Inc.; OMNI Behavioral Health; Planned Parenthood of the Heartland; QLI; Siena/Francis House; Smart Girl Society, Inc.; The Kim Foundation; To Write Love on Her Arms; Youth Emergency Services (YES). 

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BUSINESS NEWS Vetter Senior Living Receives National Great Place to Work® Certification

Roofing Contractors Needed in Omaha and Lincoln

Vetter Senior Living, a non-profit company serving seniors in five Midwestern states, is proud to announce that all of its locations have been certified as GREAT WORKPLACES by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work®. Vetter Senior Living (VSL) employs more than 3,500 people and earned this credential based on extensive ratings provided by its employees in anonymous surveys.

Heartland International, Inc., a nationwide distributor of Conklin Commercial Roofing Systems, has announced the next MR ROOFING SEMINAR being hosted in Kansas City, MO on August 22. Sales in 2018 are up over 40% and there is a currently a significant shortage of trained contractors.

“We are thrilled with the results of this survey,” commented VSL President Glenn Van Ekeren. “We consider our team members to be Unsung Heroes, and having more than 90% of them say they take pride in their work, and 86% who have a great workplace is a strong testament to our mission, ‘Dignity in Life’.” “We applaud Vetter Senior Living for seeking certification and releasing its employees’ feedback,” said Kim Peters, executive vice president of Great Place to Work’s Certification Program. “These ratings measure its capacity to earn its own employees’ trust and create a great workplace - critical metrics that anyone considering working for or doing business with Vetter Senior Living should take into account as an indicator of high performance.” “The Great Place to Work certification is another tool to help us attract the best and brightest people to join our teams, which can only help us maintain a high quality of care for the seniors we serve,” said VSL Chief People Officer Rhonda Flanigan. A summary of these ratings can be found at reviews.greatplacetowork. com/vetter-senior-living. VSL employees completed 2,145 surveys, resulting in a 90 percent confidence level and a margin of error of ± 1.13.

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This program is designed to help experienced contractors research the potential of expanding into commercial roofing and specifically the MR SYSTEM developed by the Conklin Company over 40 years ago. This system is a low-labor, high-profit system that provides long-lasting protection to commercial metal buildings. Presentations by experienced contractors from several states will be a part of this seminar. Dennis Nun, President of Heartland says, “There is a critical need for qualified contractors as well as those with experience in remodeling, siding, insulation and commercial painting that have the essential experience to be trained as commercial roofing contractors installing our proven Conklin Roofing Systems. In addition to the MR SYSTEM we have a dozen commercial roofing systems for all types of buildings.” For more information or to attend any of these programs, e-mail or call (402) 430-7727 or go to www.

Center Sphere Announces August Events With 800 members making up 45 local Omaha area chapters, Center Sphere members meet weekly for relationship building and structured referral sharing, but did you know that Center Sphere is far more that a weekly meeting? Each month, The Network holds events and trainings all over the Omaha Metro. Come take a look at what modern business networking looks like and join Center Sphere for any of the following upcoming events in August: Network-wide Coffee & Connections - Thursday, August 2 from 7:309 a.m. Hosted by Tablerock Roofing and Exteriors, 7672 Welch Plz. Second Wednesday Networking Happy Hour – Wednesday, August 8 from 4-7 p.m. Location TBD. Networking at The Woolworth Lofts (Old Market, 417 S. 12th St.) - Wednesday, August 15 from 4-7 p.m. Hosted by Kristi Andersen/ Colliers and Tonya Ludwig/621 Gifts. Third Tuesdays Coffee, Networking & Training – Tuesday, August 21 from 8-9:30 a.m. Hosted by Oak Hills Country Club, 12325 Golfing Green Drive. Topic: “What’s Your Name Again?” Network-wide Social Hour - Thursday, August 23 from 4-6 p.m. Hosted by Troy Molstad and Access Bank’s Papillion Branch, 774 Olsen Drive. Meet The Network Q&A – Tuesday, August 28 from 11 a.m. – Noon. Hosted by Access Bank, 872 West Dodge Rd.   Maximize Your Membership Training - Tuesday, August 28 from noon1:30 p.m. Hosted by Access Bank, 8712 West Dodge Rd. Keep an eye on for more events not listed!

BUSINESS NEWS eSpark Media Announces Rebrand to Pixel Fire Marketing eSpark Media is excited to announce they will now be known as Pixel Fire Marketing. This change in name and branding reflects their continued growth and expanded marketing services. Though none of their current marketing options will change and current clients will still experience the same great customer service, current and new clients will benefit from the expanded marketing options and new faces on the team. When eSpark Media formed in 2015, the goal was to create a social media and SEO company for the local marketplace. Since then, the company has brought on a website development division and expanded and improved online marketing processes including social media advertising, sales funnels, and strategy. They have also expanded their staff to include talented individuals in web design and development, graphic design, and online marketing. The new branding will be reflected in an updated logo, social media, and marketing materials and on their new website: PixelFireMarketing. com. Pixel Fire is owned and operated by Dan DeSive, Raina Garcia, and Angela Woltman. For more information, please visit the website or email

Nebraska Safety Center Marks 40 Years of Serving State The Nebraska Safety Center is marking 40 years of providing safety training and education to residents across the state. The center, part of the University of Nebraska at Kearney, was created by the state Legislature in 1978 to serve as a hub for safety services in five areas – traffic, industrial, home, fire and recreation. Today, the Safety Center serves 2,000-plus Nebraskans eac h year through its programs, which include driver education, ATV and motorcycle safety, driver improvement courses, school bus driver certification, instruction for passenger van and recreational vehicle operators, mining safety and CDL training. The Safety Center also provides training for every public transit driver in Nebraska through a partnership with UNK, the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Nebraska Department of Transportation. These entities work together to improve and expand public transportation throughout the state, particularly in rural areas that lack convenient or affordable options. The Safety Center has 14 full-time staff members and 71 part-time instructors. Its main offices are in West Center on the UNK campus, with a second location at the Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln. The Ron and Carol Cope Nebraska Center for Safety Education and Research, a one-of-a-kind facility located just south of the UNK campus, features a large range where drivers hone their skills, simulators that mimic a variety of driving conditions, classroom space, a service shop and fleet of vehicles. For more information on the Nebraska Safety Center, visit offices/safety_center or call (308) 865-8256.

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BUSINESS NEWS Yield Champions Announces Addition of Field Day Dates, Locations

Farm Bureau Financial Services Named Top Performer on Ward’s 50® List

Dennis Nun, president of Yield Champions, has announced the scheduling of a total of 11 field-days in six states beginning the week of August 13-18. On hand to address farmers, crop advisors, seed and fertilizers dealers in Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, Michigan, Kansas and Missouri will be speakers including 24-Time NCGA National Yield Champion Jerry Cox* of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Jerry will be sharing the steps he’s taken to increase his farm average corn yields over 100-Bushels per acre over the past 14 years.

Ward Group has announced that Farm Bureau Property & Casualty Insurance Company and Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company have been named to the 2018 Ward’s 50® group of top performing companies. Together, the companies go to market as Farm Bureau Financial Services. It is one of nine organizations with affiliated companies named to both the Property-Casualty Ward’s 50® and Life-Health Ward’s 50® lists this year.  This marks the 19th time that Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company has been named to the Life-Health Ward’s 50® list and the fourth year in a row that Farm Bureau Property & Casualty Insurance Company has been honored to the Property-Casualty Ward’s 50® list. “We’re pleased that out of 3,000 insurance companies, our outstanding financial results continue to be recognized by the Ward Group,” said Chief Executive Officer James P. Brannen. “We focus on protecting the livelihoods and futures of the people in the communities we serve. We are able to accomplish this because of our commitment to financial strength and the hard work of our employees and Farm Bureau Financial Services agents.” Annually, Ward Group analyzes nearly 3,000 property-casualty insurance companies and more than 700 life-health insurance companies in the United States and identifies the top performers in each segment. The Ward’s 50 are selected for achieving outstanding financial results in the areas of safety, consistency and performance over a five-year period. Through an exclusive, multi-state agent force, the companies affiliated with the Farm Bureau Financial Services brand underwrite, market and distribute a broad range of insurance and financial services products to individuals and businesses. Learn more by visiting

Dates/locations include: August 14 - Wanatah, IN*; August 15 - Lawton, IA*; August 16 - Juniata, NE*; August 17 - Cedar Rapids, NE*; August 21 - Marshall, MO; August 22 Decker, MI; August 28 - Axtell, KS; August 29 - McCook, NE; August 30 - Odessa, MO; September 5 - Moorefield, NE; September 6 - Royal, NE. Nun says, “We show growers how to lower production costs on a per acre and per bushel basis and that remains the key to profitability for farmers. At these events we will be sharing the impact of a new product INTENSIFY-PGR developed by 3-time world record soybean grower Kip Cullers that was just introduced this growing season.” Yield Champions exclusively markets the Conklin Company’s AgroVantage™ products for crop production. For more information, contact Dennis Nun at (402) 430-7727 or go to www.300BushelCorn. info or


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BUSINESS NEWS Virtual C Moves Into New Office Space As of July 16, Virtual C has officially relocated to 1701 Windhoek Dr. in Lincoln. This new space includes a set of executive offices built to maximize creativity and collaboration. Additionally, Virtual C now has a dedicated training room where they can host events. Owner Adam Walter and his team are very excited to be taking the business to the next level with this expansion. Virtual C was founded by business and technology experts to empower companies to pursue their passions. They identified a gap in the business world wherein companies had nowhere to turn to gain trusted advice on technology. Thus, Virtual C’s mission is to be an unbiased partner to organizations and to help guide technology strategies and implementation to keep businesses operating at their most efficient level possible. Check out all of the services that Virtual C has to offer at Stay tuned for upcoming training opportunities at Virtual C’s new location! They are currently taking requests for topics, so if there is an area you feel your team could benefit from learning more about, email info@ Additionally, there are currently two offices for rent in Virtual C’s new location. Those interested may contact Adam Walter via email at the above address.

Nebraska State Fair Selects Swanson Russell as Agency of Record Swanson Russell has been selected to serve as the agency of record for the Nebraska State Fair. The agency will provide comprehensive marketing services for the State Fair account including traditional advertising, digital placements and social media strategy. “The State Fair represents what is most unique about the state of Nebraska,” said Dave Hansen, Swanson Russell chief executive officer. “We are excited to work with the State Fair to promote not only the values of the Nebraska State Fair, but also the values that make our home state so unique.” The Nebraska State fair draws people from all over the state to celebrate latest advancements in the agriculture industry, first-class entertainment in the form of live music, and the best home-grown food the Cornhusker state has to offer. The celebration also includes competitive livestock judging, an ag equipment trade show, and competitions in handmade crafts and baked goods. “The Nebraska State Fair and Swanson Russell have a history of working together to create memorable marketing campaigns, so we’re more than excited to renew this partnership,” said Jace Robinson, Nebraska State Fair marketing director. “The partnership will help us to reach all corners of the state and appeal to fairgoers in new and exciting ways.” This year, the Nebraska State Fair will take place at Fonner Park in Grand Island, Nebraska from August 24 through September 3. For more information, visit Founded in 1962, Swanson Russell is a Nebraska-based marketing communications firm with offices in Lincoln and Omaha. In addition to working with local and regional clients, the full-service agency is nationally recognized for expertise in agriculture, health care, outdoor recreation, construction and the green industry. For more information about Swanson Russell’s Real Connection™ approach to advertising, public relations, digital and branding services, visit www.

Neptune’s Water Gardens Owner Jason Heller Named “Water Artisan of the Year” Jason Heller, land and waterscape designer and owner at Gretnabased Neptune’s Water Gardens, has been named one of POND Trade Magazine’s “Water Artisans of the Year” for 2017. Jason earned first prize in the “Best Waterfall” category and runner up in the “Most Artistic” category. The award-winning projects are located in Elkhorn and Valley respectively. “I am so fortunate to be able to share my passion with my clients on a daily basis,” said Jason. “I couldn’t have achieved this accomplishment without the support of my family and my teammates.” The independent contest is intended to honor specific water feature construction projects completed by professional contractors and eligible projects must have been completed between January 1 and November 1, 2017. In addition to promoting friendly competition, this year’s contest also raised awareness and donations for a charitable cause – the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). The awards were presented on earlier this year at the Water Garden Expo (WGE) in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Neptune’s Water Gardens specializes in the design, installation, and maintenance of water features. Heller has a B.S. in Horticulture from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, 20 years of experience in the nursery business, and is a Nebraska Certified Nurseryman, Certified Aquascape Contractor, Certified RainXchange Professional, and NCMA Certified Segmental Retaining Wall Installer. He has served as a consultant for contractors from across the U.S. and has helped build multiple water features as teaching tools for the University of Nebraska and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo. To view the award winning entries by Neptune’s Water Gardens, please visit their website at To view all of the winners and runners up from this year’s POND Trade Magazine Water Artisan of the Year contest, visit

SCORE Provides Workshops to Support New Farmers, Ranchers and Agri-Businesses Through an agreement a n d g ra n t funding from the USDA, SCORE has become a new resource to help beginning agribusinesses, farmers, ranchers, veterans, women, socially disadvantaged Americans and others, providing new tools to help them both grow and thrive in agri-business. “This new generation of agri-business owners need land, equipment, and access to capital, but they also need advice and guidance. That’s what SCORE is all about,” states Gerry Phelan, Greater Omaha SCORE Chair. Phelan stated, “The SCORE workshops and mentoring can help agribusiness owners through the process of starting-up and maintaining a new business. We will provide a series of workshops in both English and Spanish to help those who may already be in agri-business or just starting out with small family acreages.” SCORE provides workshops on information needed to start and maintain a sustainable farming operation. SCORE also matches business professionals and entrepreneurs together for one-on-one mentoring and to support them to lead to more sound business operations, create profitable farms with sustainable growth and create new jobs. SCORE’s mission to help people start and grow vibrant small businesses is boosted by this new partnership with USDA and working with the Nebraska Farm Services Agency (FSA). Anyone interested in attending a workshop may contact the SCORE office at (402) 221-3606. To learn more about the workshops or how to volunteer with the Greater Omaha SCORE, please visit or call (402) 221-3606. AUGUST 2018 Strictly Business 13

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Control Depot Earns Designation as Belimo Platinum Distributor Control Depot was recently selected to be a Belimo Platinum Distributor. The “Platinum Distributor” program is the highest level of recognition that Belimo confers to a distributor and is based on providing controls expertise, application knowledge, and technical expertise for Belimo products. In 2018, there were only 29 US distributors that achieved Platinum distributor status. Belimo is a global leader in the HVAC market, focusing on actuators, control valves, and sensors. Control Depot is proud to have been named a Belimo Platinum Distributor for 2018. Control Depot is a building automation and controls distributor serving Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and South Dakota. Specializing in the sales and support of a wide selection of residential and commercial controls and components for contractors and building owners, Control Depot offers quality products and services in a timely manner at affordable rates. Please contact Control Depot at (402) 934-0078 / for more information, or visit www.

The Right Reflection Announces New Business Focus, Launches New Website The Right Reflection, a provider of transformational leadership development, executive seminars and consulting has announced the launch of their new brand identity and website. Since founding the company 3 years ago, Pam Hernandez has discovered the increased need and desire of many individuals and organizations to develop leadership excellence in order to change the culture and positively affect the bottom-line. Although the company has always incorporated these ideas, it has become clear that their researchbased approach to leadership will have the greatest impact on clients and should be the main focus of the organization. Branding research determined that evolving the firm’s identity to better define the new focus of services offered was the optimal decision. Originally, the services offered were very broad in scope and, although useful and effective, Pam’s passion and expertise lies in transformative leadership development. “Leadership is not a coat of skills that you put on. It is a way of being,” said Pam. “We help individuals and organizations see clearly by applying research and actionable solutions to build powerful and effective leaders.” Focusing the new brand on the tagline (“See Clearly. Act Boldly. Live Fully.”) is part of the firm’s strategy to evolve its business and create a foundation for new opportunities.  The tagline represents the steps needed to achieve transformational change and sets the stage for the new workshops, programs, speaking engagements and coaching. “The Nebraska Medical Association and Nebraska Medical Foundation have worked with Pam and The Right Reflection and are extremely pleased with our relationship. Beginning a new “leadership academy” has been made easy with Pam’s expertise and willingness to work with her clients individually. We are excited about continuing our relationship into the future,” said Dale Mahlman, executive vice president, Nebraska Medical Association. The Right Reflection™ is a national leadership and organizational development firm created and led by Pam Hernandez. Based in Omaha, Nebraska, the firm provides organizations and individuals with research-based, business-driven leadership solutions that are practical and actionable for transformational change. Learn more by visiting the newly-launched website at

Social Security Combined Trust Fund Reserves Depletion Year Remains 2034 The Social Security Board of Trustees released its annual report on the long-term financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds. The combined asset reserves of the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trust Funds are projected to become depleted in 2034, the same as projected last year, with 79% of benefits payable at that time. The OASI Trust Fund is projected to become depleted in late 2034, as compared to last year’s estimate of early 2035, with 77% of benefits payable at that time. The DI Trust Fund will become depleted in 2032, extended from last year’s estimate of 2028, with 96% of benefits still payable. In the 2018 Annual Report to Congress, the Trustees announced: • The asset reserves of the combined OASDI Trust Funds increased by $44 billion in 2017 to a total of $2.89 trillion. • The total annual cost of the program is projected to exceed total annual income in 2018 for the first time since 1982, and remain higher throughout the 75-year projection period. As a result, asset reserves are expected to decline during 2018. Social Security’s cost has exceeded its non-interest income since 2010. • The year when the combined trust fund reserves are projected to become depleted, if Congress does not act before then, is 2034 – the same as projected last year. At that time, there will be sufficient income coming in to pay 79% of scheduled benefits. Other highlights of the Trustees Report include: • Total income, including interest, to the combined OASDI Trust Funds amounted to $997 billion in 2017 ($874 billion from net payroll tax contributions, $38 billion from taxation of benefits, and $85 billion in interest). • Total expenditures from the combined OASDI Trust Funds amounted to more than $952 billion in 2017. • Social Security paid benefits of more than $941 billion in calendar year 2017. There were about 62 million beneficiaries at the end of the calendar year. • The projected actuarial deficit over the 75-year long-range period is 2.84% of taxable payroll – slightly larger than the 2.83% projected in last year’s report. • During 2017, an estimated 174 million people had earnings covered by Social Security and paid payroll taxes. • The cost of $6.5 billion to administer the Social Security program in 2017 was a very low 0.7% of total expenditures. • The combined Trust Fund asset reserves earned interest at an effective annual rate of 3% in 2017. View the 2018 Trustees Report at TR/2018/. AUGUST 2018 Strictly Business 15

BUSINESS NEWS Veterans in Business Forum Announces Upcoming Meetings

Sandler Training to Host Open House at New Training Center

The Veterans in Business Forum (VIBF) meets the first Friday of every month (0800-0900). Their next meetings are 3 August and 7 September at the University of Nebraska-Omaha College of Business Administration, Mammel Hall – Room 215, 6708 Pine Street, Omaha, NE 68182-0048.

Sandler Training will be holding an open house for its new state-of-theart training center located at 10711 O St. on September 19 from 4-7 p.m. The company’s CEO, Dave Mattson, will be in Omaha for the event. Mattson is a sought after speaker and author who is an authority on sales development. He will be speaking to those in attendance who want to learn more about how Sandler is building high-performance sales cultures in businesses worldwide. 

Guest speakers for August include Dan Donovan and Blake Martin from Greater Omaha SCORE and Dale Marples from CFO Systems, LLC. The guest speaker for September is Christian Espinosa from the City of Omaha, who will speak about doing business with the City. The mission of the Veterans in Business Forum (VIBF) is to provide business support, education and advocacy to help veterans succeed in business and increase community awareness of veteran-owned business activities. Veterans, active duty, reservists, and civilians are welcome to join and support each other and veteran-related goals. For the latest information, to be a guest speaker and/or to be added to the mailing list, visit VeteransinBusinessForumOmahaNetworking or contact Michel Thornhill at (402) 932-7243 /

Due to significant growth and heightened interest in the Sandler Sales System here in Omaha and throughout the Midwest, this new 3,100-square-foot training facility will better accommodate current demand and future growth. Karl Schaphorst, president of Sandler Training’s regional offices in Omaha and Des Moines, IA, is excited to open the new facility to the public and extends an invitation to anyone in the community who would like to attend. Contact Karl Schaphorst at (402) 403-4334 / kschaphorst@ to learn more about the open house. More information can also be found online at

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BUSINESS NEWS Acadian Grille Scratch Kitchen Now Open A brand new, Louisianainspired scratch kitchen has officially opened its doors in Omaha! Acadian Grille, ow n e d by D a n a n d Jennifer O’Brien, features authentic Cajun cuisine and everything is prepared right in front of you. From crab cakes, shrimp and grits, po’ boys, and steak dinners to homemade dressings and desserts—this place is the real deal! Offering an impressive selection of fine wine and beer as well, Acadian Grille’s distinctive combination of food and beverage menus is designed to delight any patron. Come check out the most recent addition to Omaha’s diverse culinary scene today! Acadian Grille located at 725 N. 114th St. Visit the website at to learn more about the restaurant, or feel free to reach out to them at (402) 933-0980 /

BLUEBARN Theatre Holding Auditions The BLUEBARN Theatre has announces open auditions for Walk the Night: Spirits to Enforce, I and You, and Circle Mirror Transformation. The 5th annual, immersive theatre experience Walk the Night: Spirits to Enforce is based on William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Auditions will be held Saturday, August 4 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sunday, August 5 from 12-2 p.m. The Walk the Night company is open to performers and crew 16 and older. Please prepare any combination of the following: 90-second monologue of your choice, classic or modern; 90-second retelling of a unique experience you’ve had, in your own words; Demonstration of a particular skill, hobby, or talent. Walk the Night is an interactive, continuous 75-90 min event. Those auditioning should have the required stamina and willingness to engage the audience as scene partners. Movement and puppetry experience, dance and music skills, singing ability and other skillsets are most welcome, though not required. Walk the Night will run October 4-31 at Fontenelle Forest’s Neale Woods Center. Preparatory meetings begin in August and rehearsals begin in September.

Save the Date: Patriot Day Program and Lunch Free for First Responders, Military The Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum is hosting a program and lunch event on September 11 in honor of first responders and military persons who have devoted their lives to maintaining peace and freedom in our country. The public is invited to attend the program and lunch. The keynote speaker for this program is Tom Brewer a retired United States Army Colonel and a Senator of the Nebraska State Legislature representing the 43rd district. Colonel Brewer retired from the military in 2014 and became a Senator in 2016. During his military career he was an Airborne Ranger, a helicopter pilot, and commanded an Air Calvary troop serving the Secretary of Defense on the National Airborne Operations Command Center at Offutt Air Force Base.   Brewer mobilized for Operation Desert Storm and served multiple combat tours of duty in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He received the Purple Heart medal for wounds he received during the Battle of the Bone Yard as well as the Bronze Star medal. He received a total of two Bronze Star medals and two Purple Heart medals while serving in Afghanistan.   The lunch and program begin at 11:30 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. All military cardholders and first responders in uniform are invited to attend for free but must register in advance. General admission applies to non-members and all other guests; a complimentary lunch will be included with all RSVPs. Guests should RSVP online at by September 5 or by calling the Museum at (402) 944-3100 x 253.  

Auditions for Circle Mirror Transformation will be held Sunday, August 5 from 4-6 p.m. and Monday, August 6 from 6:30–8:30 p.m. Five company members are needed: Lauren (16/Female), Theresa (35/Female), Schultz (48/Male), Marty (55/Female), James (60/ Male). Auditions will consist of prepared sides, cold readings from the script, and maybe some games. Prepared monologues under 2 minutes are welcome, though not required. Circle Mirror Transformation runs September 27-October 21, with rehearsals beginning August 27. Auditions for I and You will be held Sunday, August 5 from 2-4 p.m. and Monday, August 6 from 5-6:30 p.m. There are roles for two cast members ages 15-25. Auditions will consist of prepared sides and cold readings from the script. A prepared excerpt from Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself is most welcome, though not required. I and You runs January 31-February 24, 2019. Rehearsals begin January 7. Auditions will be held at the BLUEBARN Theatre, located at 1106 S. 10th St. (10th & Pacific Streets). Callbacks will be scheduled if necessary. For more information, to request a character breakdown or script/sides, or to schedule an audition, please contact Barry at

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Meet Adam Walter, the owner of Virtual C. Tell us a little about your business. - Through our executive consulting services, we work with businesses to facilitate transformation and help navigate the technical waters. We come to you and act as an advocate to help you decide how to manage technical departments. This is done through agile transformation and remaining impartial to technical solutions. Don’t know what to do or where to go? We can coach your business through it with strategy sessions and full mentoring/coaching services for management staff. We even offer fractional management services for companies on a tight budget or in between managers. How did you get started in the business? - Like many people, I realized that the corporate grind was not a good fit for me. The money and benefits were great but I was thirsty for a good challenge. I also wanted more flexibility in my life for my family. So I decided to found a company where I could utilize the last 20 years of knowledge to help other companies. With the idea of bringing C-level services to all companies, Virtual C was born. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - Taking setbacks and turning them into opportunities. Just because a company is not a good fit or a project fails, it does not mean I am a failure. Sometimes you need to accept that a place is not a good fit or a project is not working and walk away or let it fail. As we say in our company, “Don’t be afraid of failure, evolve!” What has been your most important achievement professionally? - When I see an employee or peer succeed and played a part in that.  Anyone can promote themselves, but helping someone else get to that next level in their career or seeing a business succeed because you stepped in and helped augment them, that is success to me. Tell us a little about your family. - We went from zero to four kids in four months. How is that for an opening line? My wife has a Master’s in Genetics, a Pharm. D and is currently a clinical pharmacist at the VA counseling patients. We had a wonderfully adventurous seven years of marriage before coming to the conclusion that biological kids were not in the cards, so we did our research and became foster parents. We eventually were identified as good adoptive parents for a sibling group of three amazing kids, two girls and little boy. Soon after, I was minding my own business at work and I got a call asking if I wanted to have a day-old baby. Tomorrow. I believe my response was something like, “Well I should probably check with my wife first.”  We decided it would be a great idea and less than 24 hours later I was holding my son. Now our kids are 12, 11, 10 and 6 years old. They love music, playing in the pool, camping, and are a true joy in our lives. My wife and I are very much still in love after 14 years of marriage and try to dedicate time to each other every evening. What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? - I’m an All-American track athlete. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - “It isn’t about finding the right person, it is about being the right person.” If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? - Gregarious. What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life? - Board game awesomeness. What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - Christ Lutheran Church.  My faith is very important to me and I really have a passion for helping others in life. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? Email:; Website:


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HILLCREST HEALTH SERVICES Meet Anthony Hatcher, DO, FAAFP, the chief medical officer at Hillcrest Health Services. Tell us a little about your business. - Hillcrest is a senior living company dedicated to enhancing the lives of aging adults, providing services such as independent and assisted living, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, long-term care, memory support, adult day services, certified skilled home health and in-home personal care, telehealth services and hospice care. How did you get started in the business? - I spent the past 30 years as a family physician and transitioned one year ago to this new role with the goal to assist with improving the health and wellbeing for aging adults. I wanted to be a part of a healthcare company dedicated to seniors and their health. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - Being dropped off in Kuwait City after Desert Storm to facilitate the care for USAF military members with the local medical facilities. I was the only USAF physician in Kuwait, and I needed to develop relationships with the local health care providers to care for any injured members. What has been your most important achievement professionally? - I would not say I have a single most important achievement. Caring for each patient, helping them with their personal health issues, is always an important achievement for me. Tell us a little about your family. - I am married with five children ranging in age from 12 to 17 – all active in various sports and outdoor activities. I enjoying watching them learn and grow as they become adults. What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? Accepting an Air Force Scholarship to assist with my medical education. It has shaped my professional career leading me to Offutt AFB and living in Omaha. I’m proud of being a former military member and raising my family in Nebraska. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - Be with my family at a ball game. What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? - I spent ten years in the USAF and was a flight surgeon. I was attached to a rescue squadron in Kuwait City and flew over 60 hours in an HH-60 rescue helicopter using only night vision goggles. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - No matter what you choose to do in life, be the best you can be! If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? - Caring. If you had a theme song, what would it be? - Growing up in the 70s I am partial to rock music. I would have to say anything Led Zeppelin, especially “Stairway to Heaven.” What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? – Our local food banks. There’s no reason a child or family should go hungry in our community or country with the wealth and resources we have. What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? - I enjoy the Alex Cross series by James Patterson. What is your favorite movie? - It’s a Wonderful Life. What is your favorite TV show? - HGTV’s Beachfront Bargain Hunt! What is your favorite local restaurant? - The Flatiron Café - great food and atmosphere. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? Email:; Website:



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What has been your most important achievement professionally? - Decorating wedding cakes, but I also feel accomplished making cakes for any special occasion. I’m so honored to be a part of any client’s special day and help to make it an incredible one to remember. Tell us a little about your family. - We’re a small, happy family. I have an 8-year-old boy who is the biggest admirer of his mom and a caring, supportive husband who looks after our needs and takes great care of us. Family comes first to me before anything else, and it’s also the biggest motivation that drives me all the time.

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What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? - It’s a whole different experience to be a new mom. Holding my son and looking at him for the first time was a huge turning point in my life. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - I love to cook Indian food for my family as both my husband and son are huge foodies. I also like to spend quality time doing outdoor activities with my family and friends. What is a talent you have that most people probably don’t know about? - Teaching and raising a kid requires a lot of patience. I always try to carry this patience into every aspect of my life, which elevates my confidence in whatever I do.

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What are you the most proud of? - My son; I’m so thankful that God chose me to be his mom. He is the happiest kid I have ever seen and always has a positive attitude in everything he does. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - My husband always asks me to “Do things where your heart belongs; you cannot succeed if you don’t give your heart to what you are doing.” Applying this advice to my job has really helped me to prosper professionally in my career. If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? - I’ve loved animals since I was young and always wanted to work with a NGO that takes care of animals needing help. Personally, I used to have 3 dogs at my home back in India and was very much attached to them. They were the best friends I’ve ever had. So this is another profession close to my heart and I feel that I could have been successful had I chosen that as my career path. If you could have a super power, what would it be? - I’d like to have the power to fly like Supergirl, so that I can go and meet my family at India any time I want. If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? - I would love to have dinner with Tom Cruise, who is my childhood hero and my favorite actor.

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OMAHA FASHION WEEK Meet Brook Hudson, a producer of Omaha Fashion Week. Tell us a little about the Midwest’s premier fashion event, Omaha Fashion Week! - For 10 years, OFW has been mentoring and supporting young, independent designers in the region by helping them build confidence in the fashion industry, connecting them with buyers, and instilling entrepreneurial principles in them. On the outside, Omaha Fashion Week is a glamorous red carpet event that makes participants feel special. On the inside, it’s a talent incubator that engages designers, stylists, photographers, artists, and models through nurturing platforms and engaging opportunities. It’s really become a social enterprise! How did you get started in the business? - Well, it just so happens I married the guy who started it! But seriously, while I did learn about the opportunity to work for Omaha Fashion Week through my husband, I have been involved in live event production since I was 16 years old. I graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in public relations and then went on to get my MBA from Creighton. I have experience in both sides of event production, from the behind -the-scenes prep to being on stage as a participant—I was actually Miss Nebraska in 2004. Now I handle the day-to-day operations for OFW and I love it. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - When I decided to leave my steady job with a steady income to become a producer for Omaha Fashion Week, a new business with a lot of unknowns, my parents thought I was crazy. Besides, I really didn’t know anything about fashion, but I knew how to put on a show and I thought it sounded like a fun, new adventure. Operating a small business with limited resources and time has many challenges. It was scary wondering if we were going to get enough sponsorship or if anyone was even going show up for the event. Along the way, I learned how to let go of the worry and come up with creative ways to reach our goals. What has been your most important achievement professionally? One day I was sitting on the floor in my grandma’s house and I wrote down an entire business plan on a spiral notebook for what is now the Fashion Institute Midwest, a non-profit committed to nurturing aspiring designer talent and supporting the Midwest fashion ecosystem. I am very proud to be a part of creating a really great community and support system for designers in our area. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - I enjoy exercising, mostly yoga. I also like cooking and baking. Oh, and of course, spending time with my family—my husband Nick and our little girl Charlotte. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - Fern Mallis, the creator of Omaha Fashion Week, came and spoke at an event and her advice was simply to be nice. This world would be such a better place if everyone was just a little nicer. If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? - Tenacious. If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? - Talk show host. What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - The Fashion Institute Midwest, for obvious reasons, but I’m also on the board for the Rose Theater. What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? - The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson. I highly recommend. What is your favorite local restaurant? - Dario’s Brasserie! If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? Phone: (402) 937-1061; Email:; Website:

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Meet Thomas Rajkovich, co-owner of Thomas Faux Finishing and a commercial artist who applies his 30-plus years in the industry to the expert application of each client’s selected finish(es). Tell us a little about your business. - Thomas Faux Finishing is relatively new to the area. Our specialty is fine faux finishing and design; we perform the application of decorative finishes that replicate the appearance of high-end materials such as marble, wood or stone. We also do faux painting, adding light, color and texture to the walls within homes and business locations in the Omaha Metro, Lincoln and surrounding areas across southeast Nebraska. With services available for both residential and commercial properties, some examples of the work we create for our clients include metallic plasters, modern washboard and grasscloth textures, glass bead finishes, and other highend decorative paint applications. These are all custom and seamless, delivering a contemporary or transitional look that has the ability to completely transform any room. If design isn’t your knack, we have a talented design consultant on board to help with your creative needs. How did you get started in the business? - It’s a passion of mine. I’ve been a commercial design artist for over three decades and had the chance to really advance my skills during my time in Los Angeles. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? Starting over with the process of building a solid client base now that we’ve relocated to the Midwest. All of our clients back in L.A. love the work that we have done for them, and so far the ones we are honored to have in Lincoln and Omaha, and even as far away as Fairbury, have too. What has been your most important achievement professionally? - Working on the Fairbury Theater renovation was quite satisfying. Recreating the ceiling stencils that were badly worn, and with much of them missing, in order to make them appear as they would have in their original state was a real undertaking. However, it truly was such gratifying work to restore this project that has been around for so many years. Tell us a little about your family. - My wife Julie and I recently moved to Lincoln to be close to her parents. Being from Michigan originally, I did miss the Midwest, especially the strong values and work ethic! What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - Spending time with my wife is my favorite. Working on my fine art or projects around the house would probably be second. If you could have a super power, what would it be? - Probably to fly; wouldn’t it be cool to soar through the clouds? What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life? - I enjoy woodworking. Building guitars in particular is a great love of mine. If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? - Probably a full-time fine artist. I would love to display my paintings at the local galleries.

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WARDROBE SPA Meet Jesse Kruse, the general manager of Wardrobe Spa. Tell us a little about your business. - We are the first eco-friendly dry cleaning business in our area. With other dry cleaning methods, the chemicals used to clean the garments linger within the items cleaned. Our skin can absorb those chemicals, which in return can cause health issues. Another thing that makes us great is that all of our chemistry can be put down the drains and not cause any damage to the environment. In turn, we don’t require any waste disposal trucks to report to our location to haul the chemicals away. It makes it very safe for our employees and our customers to be around. That is why our facility is completely open for the public to see how everything is done. How did you get started in the business? - It is a family-owned business and my stepdad, Michael McKernan, has been in the industry for over 30 years. He is extremely knowledgeable and has shown me how great of a product we can provide to our customers. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - I’d say that I am facing my biggest one right at this moment with the recent opening of our business. We are the new kids on the block and being so different from others, we have to ensure we tell our story right and with confidence, so people can truly see what we have to offer. What has been your most important achievement professionally? - That would have to be when I became a United States Marine. Tell us a little about your family. - My family has always been very caring and loving to each other and anyone around us. We like to make people feel welcome and show them they can feel comfortable around us. What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? - I feel like I’ve had many turning points in my life after the military, mainly graduating from Vatterott College with my Professional Fitness Certification and then graduating from Bellevue University with a Bachelor’s degree in Health/Science. Although what I am helping do now by working in the family business feels like it will be the biggest one yet. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - Anytime I can hang out outside with friends and family is always a good day off. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? - Loyal. If you had a theme song, what would it be? - My favorite song is “What I’ve Done” by Linkin Park. My friends say any time they hear that song it reminds them of me, so I guess it’s pretty fitting. If you could have a super power, what would it be? - Flight. If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? - Being a personal trainer. I loved fitness training, but it was tough to make a living out of it. What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - Wounded Warriors is an organization I’ve always enjoyed supporting, and I help out whenever I can. What is your favorite movie? - Lone Survivor. What is your favorite TV show? - Supernatural. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? Email:; Website:

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Don’t Paint Seagulls Into Your Prospect’s Picture Bob, a floor salesperson who really believes in pushing the sale along, had spent enough time to learn exactly how the prospect was going to use the product. But there was a problem: Bob was convinced that the prospect really didn’t see all the ways the product could be used, and this was the reason the four attempts at closing had not worked. There was only one solution. He decided to tell the prospect about all of them. “You know, Bill,” he began, “You haven’t thought of all the ways you can use this product.” Bill turned his head to one side and responded, “Oh really.” “For sure. If you have a few more minutes, I’ll be glad to tell you about some of them.” Bill nodded his head “yes” and then added, “But I really only need it for the one purpose…” To which Bob replied, “Well, not only can you use it for that, but in addition it will…” and launched into an extended description of all the other ways it could be used.  About fifteen minutes later, Bill looked at his watch and stated, “Bob, I really appreciate the education. Look, I’m going to be late for a meeting.” As he got up to leave, he added, “Why don’t you send me some literature when you get the chance. I’ll call you when I look it over.” “Fine. I’ll get it right out to you. Thanks for stopping in.” Bill left and immediately headed to the nearest competitor where he walked in, pointed to the product, and said, “If you have that in stock, I’ll buy it now.” And the competitor did. How often does this happen? More times than most salespeople want to admit. And the salesperson at the competitor probably assumed the sale was one of those easy sales that are the fantasies of every salesperson — someone walks in, points, and walks out with the product.  Bob lost the sale because he believed that he knew better than the prospect how the


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product should be used. He ignored what the prospect said just before he launched into his educational presentation. Bob painted a picture that the prospect could not buy into. And the salesperson at the competitor had no idea that Bob forced the prospect into his arms. Bob made two major mistakes in his presentation. First, he ignored Bill’s statement that he knew how to use the product. Second, he went on to explain how to better use the product — totally ignoring Bill’s immediate need. It is probable that Bill felt insulted. Since Bill went to a competitor and purchased, it is highly likely he did feel insulted. And to make matters worse, the chance of Bill ever going back to Bob’s store is remote. Why go back to deal with someone who won’t listen to you? Who insults you? It is tempting for a salesperson to display his or her product knowledge when trying to convince someone to buy. After all, unless the product has never been sold before, somebody is using it. Learning how the product is being used is important information for a salesperson to have. But it is not important to tell a prospect how he should use the product. Asking a prospect the right sequence of questions leads him to understand how he could use the product. This process, self-discovery of product usage, is a powerful incentive to buy.  When Bill told Bob that there was only one purpose he could see for the product, Bob should have stopped talking and asked, “Gee, I guess I missed it. How would you use it?” Bill would then have responded by describing exactly why the product would be useful. At the conclusion, all Bob would have had to do was ask, “What do you want me to do?” The prospect is the one who will use the product, not you — so don’t paint seagulls into their picture. Sandler Training is a global training organization with over three decades of experience and proven results. Sandler provides sales and management training and consulting services for small- to mediumsized businesses (SMBs) as well as corporate training for Fortune 1000 companies. For more information, please contact Karl Schaphorst at (402) 403-4334 or by email at You can also follow his blog at

PERSONNEL NEWS Exciting Developments at Hillcrest: New Leaders Join Organization With the recent growth of Hillcrest Health Services, Hillcrest is happy to announce the addition of two new leaders with years of experience in senior health care. As Dave Creal accepts a promotion to vice president of facility operations, Michelle Yosick joins Hillcrest as a regional administrator. Yosick will be working with Hillcrest service line administrators on daily operations and quality measures. “With 20 years of working in the skilled nursing profession and regional experience, we believe Michelle will be a great asset to the facility operations team,” said Creal. Creal has been with Hillcrest since 2016, when he joined the team as a regional administrator responsible for operations and performance of Hillcrest Firethorn, Hillcrest Mable Rose, Hillcrest Millard and Hillcrest Shadow Lake. In his new position, Creal will join the executive team, becoming responsible for strategic planning for the future growth and development of the entire Hillcrest organization.

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Dottie Rice is also joining Hillcrest in a new position, regional director of clinical operations, and will oversee the organization’s clinical leadership committee and work closely with Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anthony Hatcher to identify programs to create new pathways and protocols for care. Rice comes to Hillcrest with more than 20 years of senior nursing care experience. “We’re excited about the clinical experience Dottie will bring to the organization,” said Hatcher.

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Hillcrest Health Services offers the region’s largest continuum of health services for aging adults, including independent and assisted living, in-patient and outpatient rehabilitation, long-term care, memory support, adult day services, certified skilled home health and inhome personal care, telehealth services and hospice care. Hillcrest currently serves nearly 1,200 aging adults daily across 10 counties in Nebraska and Iowa. For more information, visit

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West Gate Bank® Promotes Three The West Gate Bank® Board of Directors has elected Jon Dittenber to Omaha chief lending officer; promoted Shawn Schreiner to Omaha Business Banking Solutions officer and Nick Theisen to business banking officer. Jon Dittenber joined the West Gate Bank team as vice president, commercial loans in September 2010. He was named senior vice president in December of 2017. In his new role, Dittenber will help build a commercial loan team in Omaha that will provide personal and business customers with West Gate Bank’s Jon Dittenber customized services. He will also remain active in the Lincoln market and continue to be a resource for current and new customers of the bank. Dittenber graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Finance degree and has over 22 years of banking experience.   He completed the Nebraska Bankers Association Leadership Program in 2016. Dittenber served as past-president of the Board of Directors for JDRF Lincoln and Greater Nebraska Chapter and sits on the house corporation for Sigma Chi Fraternity.  Shawn Schreiner Jon Dittenber is located at West Gate Bank Pacific Springs at 1020 S. 179th Court in Omaha and can be reached at (402) 7588718 or Shawn Schreiner began his career at West Gate Bank in April of 2015 as a teller at the Center branch before being promoted to teller supervisor at the West O branch. In May of 2016, Schreiner joined the Lincoln Business Banking Solutions team. The Business Banking Solutions team customizes products to enhance business banking portfolios and Nick Theisen creates additional benefits for businesses, as well as develop and maintain account relationships. Schreiner will continue those responsibilities for the Omaha Business Banking Solutions team, as well as identifying and developing business relationships in the Omaha market. He participates in various bank-supported community and volunteer activities. Shawn Schreiner is located at West Gate Bank Pacific Springs at 1020 S. 179th Court in Omaha and can be reached at (402) 758-8703 or Nick Theisen began his career at West Gate Bank in June of 2014 as a teller at the Center branch. Theisen is a recent graduate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with an emphasis in management. In his new role on the Lincoln Business Banking Solutions team, Theisen will customize product solutions for customers to enhance business banking portfolios and create additional benefits for businesses, as well as developing and maintaining business account relationships. He also participates in various banksupported community and volunteer activities. Nick Theisen is located at West Gate Bank Center at 6003 Old Cheney Road in Lincoln and can be reached at (402) 434-7810 or ntheisen@ West Gate Bank® is a family-owned community bank celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018.  As a full-service banking institution, West Gate Bank is large enough to serve all your personal or commercial banking needs, yet small enough to provide the outstanding personal service that only a community bank can deliver. West Gate Bank is committed to your success and invested in your financial well-being. “At West Gate Bank, our interest is you!” Visit for more information. AUGUST 2018 Strictly Business 25

PERSONNEL NEWS Doug Ewald Named Senior Business Officer for UNO, UNMC

Steven Lichtenberger Joins LEO A DALY as Firm’s President

Following a national search, Doug Ewald has been named the new vice chancellor for business, finance and business development for the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Ewald, who has extensive administrative and financial experience, assumes the role effective August 1.

LEO A DALY ( announced that  Steven A. Lichtenberger, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP has joined the firm as president. As part of the executive leadership team, he will be responsible for leading the firm’s global planning, architecture, engineering, and interiors practice worldwide.  Lichtenberger  was formerly practice manager for Architecture in the Americas at AECOM. “I am thrilled to appoint Steve to lead LEO A DALY,” said Leo A. Daly III, chairman and CEO. “He is a respected leader in the architectural profession who shares our dedication to design excellence. His depth of experience building and leading an award-winning, design-focused architectural practice will strengthen our global presence.” Lichtenberg said, “LEO A DALY’s legacy of design excellence goes back 103 years. I am excited to lead the firm into the next century, advancing a design culture of excellence that builds on that legacy, while amplifying its impact for our clients and the communities they touch.” As president of LEO A DALY, Lichtenberger will lead the firm’s workforce of design professionals, drive long-range strategy, and build new markets and capabilities. Lichtenberger  has more than 40 years of experience in architecture, ranging from designing major projects in a wide range of market sectors to leading a national architectural practice and overseeing 18 managing principals. He is an active member of the American Institute of Architects at both local and national levels, and has participated in AIA’s Large Firm Roundtable. He is licensed in Arizona, California, Idaho, Iowa, Nevada, Texas and Utah.

Ewald will serve as senior business officer on both campuses, advising Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D., and overseeing all budget, finance, operational and administrative services. The UNO/UNMC business and finance units have approximately 600 employees. The position also will be responsible for all business development activities for UNO and UNMC. These responsibilities include administrative leadership of a broad spectrum of business development, such as UNeMed, as well as core university finances. Ewald comes to the new position with nearly 30 years of administrative experience at such companies as Union Pacific, KPMG and Ameritas. Appointed by Gov. Dave Heineman, he also served as tax commissioner for the State of Nebraska from December 2006 to October 2013. A UNO alumnus, Ewald graduated with an MPA in accounting in 1987. The selection was made following recommendations by a search committee made up of 23 representatives from both campuses’ students, faculty, staff and administrators.


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PERSONNEL NEWS Garrison Emsick Joins Red Lion Roofing Team Red Lion Roofing, a leader in roofing and roofing repair in the state of Nebraska, has brought on Garrison Emsick as a sales associate. Garrison, an Omaha native, graduated from UNO with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration, making him the first one from his family to graduate from college. After working in the restaurant industry for almost 8 years, Garrison realized his passion for customer care. He is excited to continue this type of work in his new role with Red Lion Roofing. As someone who has never had the pleasure of working for someone who cares about their customers as much as Jorge Andazola, owner of Red Lion Roofing, and all of the other professionals on the team, Garrison is looking forward to this new endeavor. Even though this is his first position in the roofing industry, Red Lion Roofing is confident that he will learn quickly and adapt to the needs of the job. With hundreds of jobs under their belt, Red Lion Roofing has helped hundreds of families stay warm and protected during harsh weather. For any exterior home needs, call (402) 999-ROOF (7663) and Red Lion Roofing will make sure your home looks the way you want it to when the job is complete!

Robert Kardell Joins Goosmann Law Firm Jeana Goosmann, CEO and managing partner of the Goosmann Law Firm, is pleased to announce that Former FBI Robert L. Kardell has joined their team as an attorney at their Omaha, Nebraska law firm location. Kardell will be focusing his practice on cybersecurity and bank fraud. Kardell has 22 years of experience working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a supervisory senior resident agent, special agent, program coordinator for public corruption, complex financial crime, healthcare fraud, and domestic terrorism. Over the years Kardell has encountered numerous cybercrimes, allowing him to better advocate for clients while preventing and responding to an array of cybersecurity and fraud issues. As an attorney, Kardell helps businesses and banks arm themselves during cyber investigations and cybersecurity attacks. He is proactive in his approach working with clients on employee policies and general computer and IT standards to shield them against bigger issues like employee theft and leaking trade secrets. Kardell provides C-Suite executives an unparalleled advantage in protecting their trade secrets and most sensitive data. He helps his banking clients during cyber policy audits and reviews for applications such as FFIEC audit reviews, online banking policies, FinCEN reports, KYC policy reviews, and breach notification policies. Kardell’s well-rounded experience is beneficial to his clients’ unique situations as he carries with him the following credentials: Certified Public Accountant (CPA); Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP); Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF); Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE); AccessData Certified Examiner (ACE); A+ Computer Certification; and Network + Computer Certification. Kardell received his Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska College of Law, Masters of Business Administration at the University of Nebraska College of Business, and undergraduate degree at Benedictine College. He is licensed to practice in Nebraska. The Goosmann Law Firm is a full-service law firm with locations in Omaha, Nebraska; Sioux City, Iowa; and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. To learn more, visit or call (855) 843-4531.

Kugler Vision Announces New Surgical Associate Dr. Mike Stuntz Kugler Vision of Omaha, Nebraska is thrilled to introduce a new member of its team, Mike Stuntz, MD, who is joining the top refractive surgery center in the Heartland. Dr. Stuntz, a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, earned his medical degree from Ohio State University Wexner College of Medicine, and completed both his medical internship and ophthalmology residency at Omaha’s University of Nebraska Medical Center, where he served as chief resident. At Kugler Vision, Dr. Stuntz will specialize in all aspects of refractive surgery, including today’s seven modern procedures for correcting vision.   “We are proud to welcome such a highly qualified doctor who has deep ties to the Nebraska and western Iowa communities,” says Lance Kugler, MD, founder and physician CEO of Kugler Vision. Kugler Vision is a highly specialized refractive surgery practice dedicated to bringing today’s most advanced technology to the region. This reputation, combined with world-class care, has made Omaha a destination for those seeking their best vision. As a patient-centric practice, Kugler Vision specializes in procedures to reduce or eliminate reliance on glasses and contact lenses. For more information, visit or call (402) 558-2211.

Steve Edgerton of Centris Awarded Nebraska Professional of the Year The 2018 Professional Distinguished Service Award was presented to Steve Edgerton of Centris Federal Credit Union (www.centrisfcu. org) at the Nebraska Credit Union League’s recent Annual Convention. Edgerton has been heavily involved in the state and federal credit union movement for over 40 years. He began his career in credit unions when he was hired as director of audit services for the League. He was promoted to vice president in 1983 and was named president/CEO of the Association in January of 1988. In 1997, Steve accepted a position at Centris and currently serves as vice president, Corporate Operations & Government Affairs officer. “I am truly humbled by this award as Tex Gunzelman was an early mentor that shaped my devotion to credit unions and their philosophies. Tex was also responsible for creating my interest in being a spokesperson for credit unions in fostering positive legislation in Lincoln and Washington, D.C. for credit unions,” Edgerton said. “I had significant opportunities when working at the League to help credit unions however, I am blessed that I have had the opportunity for the past twenty years at Centris to continue helping credit unions and helping make Centris a trusted financial partner for our members. I have learned far more from hundreds of board members, executives and staff that I have been acquainted with over the past forty years than I can ever give back!” The L.A. “Tex” Gunzelman Professional Distinguished Service Award is the highest individual professional honor that can be bestowed upon a credit union leader in the state of Nebraska. “This is a great honor for Steve and we’re proud of his accomplishments and advocacy for credit unions,” said Steve Swanstrom, Centris president/CEO. AUGUST 2018 Strictly Business 27

PERSONNEL NEWS Celebrity Staff Announces Promotion of Jason Randazzo

WellCare of Nebraska Names Andrew Shapiro Market Vice President

Celebrity Staff, a leading provider of staffing and recruitment solutions, announces the promotion of Jason Randazzo to the position of branch manager. The firm, which specializes in the administrative, management, and legal fields, serves the Midwest and surrounding regions with offices located in Omaha, Lincoln, Des Moines, and Kansas City. Celebrity Staff is an affiliate of C&A Industries, Inc. In his role, Randazzo will be responsible for business and staff development as well as the overall office operations of Celebrity Staff Lincoln. Randazzo began his career with Celebrity in 2014 and has held roles of account manager, senior account manager, and most recently, recruiting manager. Prior to joining Celebrity, he held management and leadership positions in the retail and mortgage industries. “Jason has earned this promotion by demonstrating his ability to build relationships with our customer base throughout Nebraska as well as with our internal employees,” said Patty North, general manager, Celebrity Staff. Randazzo is a member of the Human Resource Association of the Midlands (HRAM); earned the 2017 President’s Club Award, recognized by C&A Industries, Inc. for outstanding performance; and has served as a mentor to new employees. Celebrity Staff’s Omaha office is located at 13609 California Street, Suite 110 and can be contacted at (402) 938-2000. Learn more at

WellCare of Nebraska, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc., announced that it has named Andrew Shapiro market vice president. In this role, Shapiro will have responsibility for managing non-clinical plan operations impacting members, community stakeholders and participating providers. He will also oversee claims, encounters and call center operations as well as member and provider communications. He will report to Lauralie Rubel, state president, WellCare of Nebraska. “We’re excited to have Andrew on the team,” said Rubel. “With more than 20 years of healthcare experience, his leadership and expertise will help ensure that our members and providers are receiving the quality services needed to help promote good health outcomes statewide.” “It’s an honor to join WellCare of Nebraska,” said Shapiro. “I look forward to working together to support customer satisfaction, top-tier care and healthier communities.” Shapiro earned a master’s degree in business administration, healthcare management from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Arizona State University. Prior to joining WellCare, Shapiro served as the vice president/chief operations officer at Magellan Health. Previous roles included senior leadership positions at PSA Behavioral Health Agency and Hamilton Choices.

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Husker Broadcast Legend Kent Pavelka Next Face on Barroom Floor As a longtime broadcast voice for the Nebraska Cornhuskers during a career spanning more than four decades, Kent Pavelka has thrilled generations of fans with his exciting calls of basketball and football games. Now, it’s his turn to be entertained. Pavelka will be honored September 13 as the Omaha Press Club’s next Face on the Barroom Floor when he will be skewered by an illustrious group of roasters that could set a record for the most laughs ever at a Press Club event. The roasters include two past Faces (Larry the Cable Guy and Gary Sadlemyer), Nebraska Basketball Coach Tim Miles, and Matt Davison, the Husker who made the “Miracle at Missouri” catch on a pass from Scott Frost in 1997. Pavelka will be the 158th  Face on the Barroom Floor, a Press Club tradition that began in 1971 when then Omaha Mayor Gene Leahy was the inaugural Face honoree. “I’m certainly aware of the great honor that comes with being a Face on the Barroom Floor,” Pavelka said. “I am truly humbled that the Press Club has decided to include me on this stellar list. I’m just afraid that I’ve given the roasters too much good material over the years. It could be brutal.” The event is open to the public. It will begin at  5:30 p.m.  with a reception. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. with the roast starting around 8 p.m. Cost for the event will be $50 for members and $60 for non-members. Reservations can be made by calling (402) 345-8008 and providing your credit card information or your Press Club account. The Press Club will be closed through August 13 for its annual summer vacation for the staff. People can still make reservations online during this time period by going to the front page of the OPC website and clicking on the promotion box for the Pavelka Face event.

PERSONNEL NEWS Union Bank & Trust Welcomes Brent Frahm Union Bank & Trust is pleased to announce the addition of Brent Frahm as mortgage loan officer of residential mortgage. Frahm comes to Union Bank with 28 years of banking experience in the Omaha market, most recently as the manager of retail banking at a large regional bank. In his new role, he serves as a relationship manager, responsible for providing clients with residential mortgage loan options. Frahm will office in Union Bank’s location at 177th & West Center Rd. in Omaha, but will serve both the Lincoln and Omaha markets. Frahm holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a focus in Finance and Banking from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He serves as a board member of Omaha 100 and is the treasurer for the Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership. Frahm is a member of Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church in Elkhorn. Union Bank & Trust ( is a privately owned, Nebraska bank that offers complete banking, lending, investment and trust services. In total, the bank has 38 full-service and loan production offices.

Four Professionals Promoted at Five Nines The Five Nines team is eager to announce the promotions of several valued engineers t h ro u g h o u t t h e Lincoln and Omaha offices. Ryan Christensen, an engineer in the Lincoln office, has been promoted Ryan Christensen JR Weiss to an associate project engineer. JR Weiss from the Lincoln office has been promoted to a system administrator. Jake Bowen, an engineer in the Omaha office, has been promoted to a support desk engineer. Ryan Jake Bowen Ryan Escamilla Escamilla from the Lincoln office has been promoted to a primary engineer. These promotions will continue to add to the value of all the engineering teams throughout Five Nines. “It’s always exciting to see the A-players on our teams get promoted to various engineering positions throughout Five Nines,” said Blaine Kahle, director of engineering at Five Nines. “Each engineering team plays an important role in supporting our clients, and we are happy to provide our engineers the opportunity to expand their careers with these different teams.” Founded on an intense desire to solve problems and build long-term relationships with clients, Five Nines leverages technology to drive business success. With offices in Lincoln, Omaha, and Kearney, Five Nines advises the best IT solutions for Nebraska based businesses, offering Managed IT Services. Through its unique service model, Five Nines’ clients experience reduced costs, accelerated growth, and increased productivity. Learn more at:

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The Designers Expands Staff With Hire of Three Interior Designers The Designers Interior Design firm has expanded its staff with the addition of Sarah Lynn Kathol, Allison Weatherly, and Danielle Durham. The new staff members bring their unique experiences to the firm to enable expansion of its current practice in hospitality interior design and residential interior design for executive homes. The firm has designed a number of award-winning interior and exterior spaces for many hotels in Nebraska and Iowa. Sarah Lynn Kathol is an Allied member of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from the University of Nebraska -Lincoln. Sarah comes to The Designers with experience in the tile industry. As a student, she was part of an architectural history studyabroad program in Paris, France. Allison Weatherly is a student member of ASID. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is currently working on an Associate’s degree in Interior Design from Metropolitan Community College. Weatherly has three years of internship in Civil Engineering and came to the firm from Lamp Rynearson and Associates. Danielle Durham has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an Associate’s Degree in Building Construction Technology from Southeast Community College. Her experience in construction technology gives her a unique appreciation of techniques used to create innovative interior elements.

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The Designers was founded by Marilyn S. Hansen, FASID, in 1980. The firm has been recognized by the American Society of Interior Design (ASID) with many regional awards for its work in Commercial and Residential Interior Design. Marilyn S. Hansen is one of Omaha’s most experienced Interior Designers, and is a Fellow of ASID - the only Fellow in the Iowa-Nebraska area. She is also a member of IIDA, the International Interior Design Association. She was recently re-appointed to the Advisory Council for the Nebraska Governor’s Residence. Learn more about The Designers at or by calling (402) 498-8777. AUGUST 2018 Strictly Business 29

PERSONNEL NEWS Joanne Zabawa Retires From Borsheims Longtime Borsheims’ employee Joanne Zabawa retired at the end of July after 38 years in the jewelry industry, leaving behind an incredible legacy of jewelry knowledge. For the bulk of her career in the industry and during most of her time at Borsheims, Zabawa served as a jewelry trainer, educating people on everything from the basics of jewelry and gems to the latest changes in technology that affect the jewelry industry. An animal lover, Zabawa initially pictured herself in her first career as a veterinary assistant. But a quick holiday sales job at a jewelry store had her hooked on the industry. She earned her Graduate Gemology diploma from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and then went to work as a teacher for the GIA. While traveling the world with the GIA, Zabawa studied with the Gemological Association of Great Britain and achieved its fellowship title, a Fellow of the Gemological Association (FGA). In 1989, Zabawa began her first tenure at Borsheims as a trainer and in 1998 became the shop manager. After a brief hiatus, Zabawa returned to Borsheims in 2007 as the jewelry trainer. Borsheims and its employees have benefitted from Zabawa’s vast knowledge and passion for the jewelry industry. She has trained everyone from new employees with zero experience in jewelry to long-tenured employees who have intricate knowledge of the industry.  Borsheims President & CEO Karen Goracke said Zabawa will be missed. “Joanne was truly one-of-a-kind – a vault of information about every aspect of gems, metals, and stones – and a real knack for teaching,” said Goracke. “We wish her a retirement full of trail rides with her horses and quiet nights on the front porch of her home.” Borsheims Fine Jewelry and Gifts ( is one of the nation’s largest independent jewelry stores and a proud member of the Berkshire Hathaway family.


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Gretna Community Foundation Welcomes Two New Board Members The Gretna Community Foundation recently welcomed two new members to its Board of Directors. Brad Fleck and Joe Hartnett bring years of experience serving in the Gretna community as both business and civic leaders. The Foundation also recognized retiring board member Don Kluge for his contributions to the Foundation. In his typical humble fashion, Don reflected that his greatest reward for being a board member was helping raise the funds that benefit good organizations in Gretna. The Gretna Community Foundation, an Affiliated Fund of Midlands Community Foundation, was established in 2011 to assist people in the Gretna community and to offer grants to non-profits to expand the impact of their work. The Gretna Community Foundation will start accepting grants on  September 1  and is looking forward to more Gretna organizations applying for grants this year. For more information, visit

Parallel Technologies Continues Expansion in Omaha With New Hires Parallel Technologies (, an industry-leading reliable data center and intelligent building solutions company, has announced the hiring of three employees in its Omaha, NE office to support its growing Intelligent Buildings division. The new hires are Shawn Herzog as senior account manager, Michael Koenig as lead installer, and Nicklaus Reeves as field service technician. A seasoned sales engineer, Shawn Herzog joins Parallel Technologies with more than two decades of industry experience in building Shawn Herzog and industrial automation. In his new position, Herzog works directly with clients to create and implement strategies to reduce energy consumption, improve the indoor environment and extend the life of mechanical and electrical distribution equipment. Prior to joining Parallel Technologies, Herzog was a sales engineer at Engineered Controls where he oversaw the implementation of Honeywell Building Control systems. As lead installer, Michael Koenig is responsible for all field installation of systems and Michael Koenig overseeing creation of “best practices” standards for control installations. A member of IBEW Nebraska Union 22, Koenig also provides training to union technicians on the controls specific topics that outside the normal electrical training. Prior to Parallel Technologies, Koenig worked at Control Management. In his role as a service technician, Nicklaus Reeves provides service, installations and upgrades of building automation systems. Prior to Parallel Technologies, Reeves worked Nicklaus Reeves at Control Services. The company’s investment in the Intelligent Buildings business division began with the acquisition of Omaha-based Building System Solutions in June 2017. Earlier this year, the company moved into new, larger office space. The continued expansion of the Omaha office is part of the company’s commitment to support clients’ requests for building automation, physical security, wireless infrastructure, and distributed antenna systems.

PERSONNEL NEWS Metonic Real Estate Solutions Welcomes Davis Wilson

Jeff Richardson With American National Bank Among Newest Leadership Sarpy Graduates

Davis Wilson has joined Metonic Real Estate Solutions ( as an associate in the Acquisitions Department.  Wilson  will be assisting with all aspects of acquisition transactions for  Metonic, including u n d e r w r i t i n g, d u e d i l i ge n c e, d e a l sourcing and financial analysis. Prior to joining  Metonic, Wilson  completed an internship with  Metonic  where he assisted with market research, financial modeling, data management, and various special projects.  Wilson  earned his BS in Business Administration with honors, along with a minor in Hispanic Studies from Creighton University.

The Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Sarpy program recognized its newest graduates recently. Jeff Richardson, community banking area manager for American National Bank, was one of the graduates. This program is instrumental in developing professional leaders who are able to improve their personal and professional skills so that they are equipped with the tools to perform in leadership roles and work within the community. Participants meet with local business professionals to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities that exist in Sarpy County.

Omaha Executives Association Elects Officers Debbie Bremer of PIP Marketing Signs & Printing has been elected president of the Omaha Executives Association (OEA), serving a 6-month term ending in December. Other officers elected were Maggie Mellema of C41 Photography – 1st Vice President and Dan Matuella of Omaha World Herald – 2nd Vice President. The secretary and treasurer positions are held by Scott Dye of Baird Holm Law Firm and Kevin Malick of Appreciated Advertising respectively. OEA is comprised of approximately 92 local area businesses and was organized in 1924. With a member-elected Board of Directors and paid staff executive director, the OEA has been holding weekly business networking meetings for 94 years with the interchange of business information among its members as its primary purpose. With only one firm allowed per business category, each membership is exclusive in its field. A key executive, owner, major stockholder or top administrator is selected to represent each firm. “Through the sharing of referrals and leads with fellow members, many OEA member companies have enjoyed a great deal of growth and success through their affiliation with the group,” said Deb Bremer, who began her term as president in July. “We’re still thriving and growing after 90 years in existence, which makes us the area’s oldest and most well-established networking organization.”

Fr. David Belt Joins Gross Catholic Board Gross Catholic High School is pleased to announce the addition of Fr. David Belt to its board. In addition to serving in pastoral leadership for the Archdiocese of Omaha, he has served as a Catholic school educator, administrator, president, and participated on external visitation teams for the Nebraska Department of Education and AdvancED accreditation for Catholic schools. Fr. Belt attended Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity at the University of Saint Thomas where he earned a Master of Divinity Degree. Additionally, Belt holds both a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Education and Master of Science in Education from Wayne State College. As one of Nebraska’s premier private schools, Gross Catholic High School is a faith and family-based community committed to developing Christian leaders through academic excellence in the Marianist tradition. Recognized locally for its outstanding education, welcoming atmosphere, competitive sports programs, engaging activities, robust faith, and boundless service work, Gross Catholic has energized the Omaha area for nearly 50 years. To discover the Gross Catholic difference, call (402) 734-2000 or visit

Richardson remarked, “Leadership Sarpy through Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce provided second-to-none exposure to all aspects of the fastest-growing county in Nebraska. Through this leadership experience, I was able to gain unique access to local and state government and the growing Omaha non-profit sector, and enjoyed interaction with some of the most influential business minds in the Omaha Metro. Leadership lessons learned through this year-long program will supplement my ongoing passion for organizational development and leadership within the Omaha community.”

Gerst Painting Promotes Scott Smith to Residential Estimator G e r s t Pa i n t i n g, I n c . i s proud to announce the promotion of longtime employee Scott Smith to the position of residential sales representative. Scott has been a professional painter with the company for two decades, during which time he has produced impeccable work on thousands of projects out in the field as a crew foreman. Altogether, he has 30 years of experience in painting. Based on his knowledge, experience, and dedication over the years as well as the natural talent to interact well with customers in a service-oriented capacity, he was recruited by the owners and management team to transition to a role with the sales team. He accepted the offer in June, and Gerst is honored to have him working directly with clients in a different aspect of the business. Scott currently resides in his hometown of Waterloo, NE with his wife, Angie, and their son, Michael Lee. He enjoys spending his free time rooting for the Huskers and outdoors going camping, fishing, and hunting.  Founded in 1977, Gerst Painting, Inc. is one of the country’s premier residential, commercial, and industrial repaint specialists, excelling at painting as well as wallpapering and carpentry projects. With Gerst’s comprehensive list of services and a commitment to excellence from preparation through the finishing touches, you can trust the experienced staff at Gerst to deliver premium service and unmatched craftsmanship. Gerst Painting has won the Best of Omaha award for 14 consecutive years, a testament to its best-in-class offerings and the importance placed on building relationships within the Omaha Metro community and beyond. For more information about Gerst Painting, Inc. or to request a quote, please call (402) 289-1010 or visit AUGUST 2018 Strictly Business 31

NON-PROFIT NEWS Limited Tickets Remain for Imagine Our Youth

Goodwill to Host 20th Annual Golf Classic

The 2018 Imagine Our Youth Fundraising Celebration benefiting Omaha Home for Boys is slated for Thursday, September 6 from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Join Goodwill Industries, Inc. on Monday, August 27 for their 20th Annual Golf Classic presented by UMB. This event raises money for their Employment Ready and Business Solutions programs. The tournament will take place at the Players Club at Deer Creek (12101 Deer Creek Dr.) with registration opening at 10 a.m. and tee off at noon.

The event, taking place at the Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District, has limited tickets remaining. This year’s keynote speaker is U.S. Army Veteran, All My Children actor, New York Times bestselling author and Dancing with the Stars season 13 champion, J.R. Martinez. After sustaining a devastating burn injury while serving in the U.S. Army, Martinez’s recovery tested his determination like never before. Martinez will bring his message of resilience, perseverance and hope to the 2018 Imagine Our Youth Fundraising Celebration. The evening will also feature a VIP reception with the opportunity to meet and interact with Martinez as well as live and silent auctions, social hour, dinner and a program. Proceeds from Imagine Our Youth will support the more than 300 at-risk youth who seek the safety and guidance of Omaha Home for Boys every year. For more information regarding sponsorship opportunities, individual tickets or tables, please visit www.OmahaHomeForBoys. org or call (402) 457-7014.

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Goodwill’s 2018 fundraising goal is $74,550. These funds will go directly towards carrying out their mission of changing lives and strengthening communities through education, training, and work. Foursome team spots and specialty sponsorship opportunities are still available! For more information, visit events/golf. Goodwill Industries, Inc., Serving Eastern Nebraska and Southwest Iowa, has been a leader in helping people fulfill their dreams through work since 1933. They train and employ people with disabilities and others who may be at a competitive disadvantage in the job market, such as at-risk youth. Any questions can be directed to Ann Woodford at (402) 231-1919 / t.

Project Harmony Addresses Back to School Anxiety, Offers Transition Tips As summer comes to an end, back-toschool shopping is in full swing. It’s an exciting time but for many children it comes with a fresh wave of anxiety, especially when it’s one of those transition years. Parents need the tools to help children through what are sometimes called “developmentally salient anxieties” - the common worries and anxieties that accompany each major growth stage.  Here are some general strategies parents can use for making the transitions easier:


• Plan Ahead.  Start changing summer routines a week or two before the first day of school.


• Go to School Several Times. Take advantage of back to school events that bring children into the school before it starts. Schedule a tour of the new school or a time to meet the new teacher in advance.


• Make Yourself Available. Take advantage of your time together in the car or at bedtime to listen to your child’s concerns, questions or worries.

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• Problem-Solve Together. If your child has concerns it is better to take them seriously and look for solutions.  Just reassuring may prevent the child from expressing their feelings again.  Problemsolving together gives you the opportunity to coach your child on how to cope with (and interpret) both real and imagined scary situations.  You will also be giving your child the tools he or she needs to cope with an unexpected situation that might arise. • Pay Attention to Your Own Behavior.  Remember that worry is contagious.  Parents can either amplify or de-escalate a child’s anxiety, depending on their own internal reaction.   Getting to the root of the problem is important to coming up with the right solution to ease back into school.

NON-PROFIT NEWS FCA Looks Forward to Annual Legacy Dinner On Sunday, October 14 at the Embassy Suites LaVista Hotel & Conference Center, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) will host their annual Legacy Dinner. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. with complimentary dinner and program to begin at 6 p.m. FCA’s annual Legacy Dinner serves to thank their current donors and update them on the past year. It’s also an opportunity for FCA to connect with potential donors to share their vision and invite them to invest in coaches in the Omaha Metro and southwest Iowa area. The vision of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is to see the world transformed by Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes. They do this through leading every coach and athlete into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His church. In order to do this, FCA uses the strategy of “to and through the coach”—they seek ministry first to coaches’ hearts, marriages and families. Then, when ready, they minister through coaches to their fellow coaches, teams, and athlete leaders. For more information, visit or contact Mikal Hermanns at (478) 919-8919 /

BBBS Honors 2018 Volunteers, Corporate Partner at Match Appreciation Brunch In June, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands held the Annual Match Appreciation Brunc h for all of the Bigs and Littles in the program as a thank you for everything they do!  Each year Bigs, Littles, and parents/guardians nominate a Big Brother, Big Sister, Big Couple, and Parent/Guardian of the Year to be recognized. Big Brothers Big Sisters of t h e M i d l a n d s wo u l d l i ke to congratulate  this year’s recipients.  Bigs and Parents/ Guardians, like this year’s recipients,  are making a BIG  impact on the lives of children in our community and are BIG role models for others.

Little Brother Logan (left) and Big Brother of the Year, Logan Bartels (right)

Big Brother of the Year: Logan Bartels Big Sister of the Year: Jordan Monjarez B i g C o u p l e o f t h e Ye a r : Brianna and Kurt McGhee

Heartland Hope Receives United Way Grant Funding for Working Poor Hear tland Hope Mission is pleased to announce that they are a recipient of the United Way  funding for the 2018-19 grant cycle. The $43,200 grant is awarded in support of the Hunger and Homelessness Prevention Program, a program designed to lift working poor families above the poverty line; provide necessary support to those in severe poverty, and commit to sustainable community changes that end hunger. “We truly appreciate the support of the United Way as we work together to address food in-security in our community. The partnership with the United Way will help us provide around 50,000 food pantries this year. Heartland Hope Mission works to prevent families from becoming homeless and helps them work toward self-sufficiency by surrounding them with the resources they need. Each client is able to meet one on one with a Client Service Specialist to receive SNAP assistance, job information and community referrals. Clients receive a week’s supply of groceries, diapers, hygiene items and clothing at no charge. We are thankful for the difference United Way is making in our community,” says Chelsea Salifou, CEO of Heartland Hope. At Heartland Hope Mission’s South Omaha and Millard food pantries, working poor families choose a week’s supply of nutritious groceries including milk, frozen meat, and fresh produce to prepare well-balanced meals at home. Clients also receive clothing, hygiene items, diapers, and access to a Client Service Specialist, who assists with SNAP (food stamp) applications and navigational services. Last year over 45,000 people received food at Heartland Hope Mission.  All services are distributed locally. For more information, visit

Parent/Guardian of the Year: Korbin Brown and Candice Brown At the brunch, Big Brothers Big Sister of the Midlands also recognized community partner of the year, Union Pacific. Big Brothers Big Sisters’ success would not be possible without community partners like Union Pacific. Year after year they wow BBBS with their generosity to participate in Bowl for Kids’ Sake and other agency events. Big Brothers Big Sisters has 22 Bigs and a board member who all are employees of Union Pacific. Over the past five years they have raised more than $378,000 for the agency and they took on the role of the 2018 Bowl for Kids’ Sake Presenting Sponsor.

Big Sister of the Year, Jordan Monjarez (right) with Lindsey, mother of Little Sister Jerzey (left, little sister not pictured)

Big Couple of the Year, Kurt and Brianna McGhee (left), Little Brother Caleb (middle) and his mother, Robin (right)

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands is to provide children facing adversity with strong and e n d u r i n g, p ro f e s s i o n a l l y Guardian of the Year, Candice supported one-to-one Brown (left) with Little Sister relationships that change their K’Yani (middle), and Big lives for the better, forever. To Sister Mary Mikuls (right) learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands, go to or call (402) 330-2449. AUGUST 2018 Strictly Business 33



PACE Receives Gift From Narmi Family for Hoff Family Arts and Culture Center


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Pottawattamie Arts, Culture and Entertainment (PACE), the nonprofit developing a nearly $27 million, 95,000-square-foot arts and culture center in downtown Council Bluffs, recently received another significant gift, this time from Jon and Candy Narmi, bringing the Hoff Family Arts and Culture Center closer to reality. “Education is the gift of a lifetime, and you should never stop learning regardless of age, income, or background,” said Candy Narmi. “Jon and I see our donation as an investment in arts education and in the future of our community.” “We’re also pleased to see that PACE is creating a $4 million endowment for the project, which is a testament to the organization’s overall plan to reinvigorate a historic neighborhood and their ability to sustain the arts and culture center into perpetuity. The Hoff Center will become the heart of the arts for Council Bluffs,” said Jon Narmi. The Narmi family did not want to disclose their gift amount at this time. An Iowa West Foundation initiative, PACE seeks to bring a first class, nonprofit arts and culture center to Pottawattamie County. Construction on the Hoff Family Arts and Culture Center started last month. The facility will open in late 2019. The 95,000-square-foot center will include a 280-seat theater, rehearsal space, exhibit space, classrooms, and more. To make a donation to PACE and the Hoff Family Arts and Culture Center, individuals can visit

Register Today for 25th Anniversary Safe Haven Golf Tournament Registration is open for the 25th anniversary Safe Haven Golf Tournament, an annual fundraiser that helps support Heartland Family Ser vice’s domestic violence and sexual assault programs. This includes the Safe Haven emergency shelter, the namesake of the tournament, which provides a critical service to women and children in need of immediate help here in our community. For the past 25 years, the community has come together to show their support for Heartland Family Service’s mission to strengthen individuals in our community through education, counseling, and support services. You can get involved by playing, donating, or sponsoring the event, with all proceeds going toward the aforementioned programs. Photo: Heather and Jameson • Suit: Denise Ervin • Bracelet: Heather Kita Jewelry Styling: Jared Spence • H+MU: Kristen Jo Rozmiarek + Maria Isabel Schmitt • Model: Gabby P. of Develop Model Management

Team play for a foursome is $500 and individual play is $125. Register online at today! All inquiries on donations and the sponsorship opportunities that are still available may be directed to Sara Dighans, development manager, at (402) 552-7475 / SDighans@

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Founded in 1875, Heartland Family Service currently serves more than 52,000 individuals of all ages each year from more than 15 locations in east central Nebraska and southwest Iowa. Heartland Family Service’s more than 50 programs provide critical human services to the individuals and families who ultimately shape the future of our community in the following focus areas: Child & Family Well-Being, Counseling & Prevention, and Housing, Safety, & Financial Stability. Learn more at

NON-PROFIT NEWS Dreamweaver Foundation Marks 5th Anniversary With Inaugural Fundraiser

Midlands Community Foundation Charitable Funds Award Scholarships

Dreamweaver Foundation is celebrating five years of making dreams come true for terminally ill seniors in the Greater Omaha Area by hosting their first fundraising event, presented by Pinnacle Bank. In the past, Dreamweaver has hosted an online auction that has raised over $1 million in its history and has contributed to the funding of over 100 bucket list dreams for seniors.  The casual event will be held Thursday, September 20 at A View on State in Omaha.  Guests will be treated to a cocktail reception and heavy hors d’oeuvres, followed by the excitement of a live auction.  There will also be a silent auction and other opportunities for guests to have fun while supporting Dreamweaver’s mission.  This year’s theme is Boots and Buckets. So, wear your favorite boots and help raise the spirits of terminally ill seniors by making dreams on their bucket lists come true.  For more information or for tickets, visit

Six of Midlands Comm unity Foundation’s charitable funds recently have awarded scholarships to high school seniors. They are: T h e A l ex S h i v e s M e m o r i a l Scholarship was awarded to Bellevue West High School senior Kylie Jackson. The $2,500 scholarship is available to students who are employed or have been employed with the City of Papillion within the last two years or have a parent who is a full-time employee with the City of Papillion. Pictured (L-R): Front Row – Chris Recipients also must maintain a GPA Shives, Paul Patterson, Jessie of 2.5 or above, show financial need Patterson holding Alexa Patterson, Gary Shives, Kylie Jackson, and show exemplary community Deb Shives. Back Row – Lori service and active volunteerism. Hansen, Mayor David Black. The  Bob Mohr Baseball Scholarship was awarded to Caleb Feekin  and  Devin Vetter, both Papillion-LaVista High School seniors. The $1,500 scholarship is awarded annually to students in pursuit of higher education who are enrolled and play baseball for PapillionLaVista High School. Recipients also must show strong leadership and exemplary team guidance and management. Pictured (L-R): Devin Vetter The  Kaiti Williams Memorial and Caleb Feekin. Sc holarship  was awarded to Papillion-LaVista South High School senior  Hanna Saroka. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a female athlete pursuing a higher education and participating in sports at the collegiate level who is a graduate of Papillion-LaVista South High School. Recipients also must be in the top 25% of their class, maintain a GPA of 3.0 and show evidence of community service. The  GHS Class of 1968 Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Gretna High School senior  Brady Netzel. Pictured (L-R): Bob Frederick, The $1,000 scholarship is awarded Brady Netzel, and Harry Grebe. annually to a graduating Gretna High School senior. Recipients also must show financial need, be involved in non-academic, extra-curricular activities and be in the top 50% of class. A $1,000  Sarpy County Bar Association Scholarship  was awarded to  Heidi Strigenz,  Eleanor Hansen  and  Harper Pivovar. This annual scholarship is available to students studying criminal justice, criminology, sociology, psychology or pre-law. Recipients also must show financial need, exemplary community service and active volunteerism, maintain at GPA of 2.5 or above and be in the top 50% of class. The Chris Stauffer Scholarship was awarded to Trevor Clark. The $1,000 scholarship is available to graduates of York High School, under the age of 25, who are attending a trade school. Trade schools include, but are not limited to, esthetician colleges, cosmetology schools, culinary schools, automotive repair training programs, welding programs, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) programs, electrical programs, and training for medical technicians. Recipients must show financial need and have passing grades. AUGUST 2018 Strictly Business 35

HETRA to Conduct Disabilities Awareness Clinic on August 11 The Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy (HETRA) will be conducting a Disabilities Awareness Clinic on Saturday, August 11 from 12 – 1 p.m. During this educational event, Katie Lichtblau, doctoral student from UNMC’s Munroe-Meyer Institute Center for Autism, will present on behavior management strategies. She will discuss behaviors associated with disabilities and a variety of strategies to aid parents, caregivers, and anyone working with the disabled in any capacity. Those who wish to attend can register on HETRA’s website at events-page/educational-opportunities. Any inquiries can be directed to Angie Drew at (402) 359-8830 / HETRA’s mission is to improve the quality of life both physically and emotionally of adults and children of all ability levels through equineassisted activities. Visit to learn more about HETRA.

McDonald’s Donates 400 Backpacks to ​Local Boys & Girls Club Back-to-school stress has been alleviated for a group of deserving young Omaha students. Kids at the North Omaha Club, an affiliate of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands (BGCM), were surprised with a donation of 400 backpacks on July 23 thanks to local McDonald’s owneroperators of the Great Plains Co-op. “The North Omaha Club does incredible work for kids in the community so the decision to donate was an easy one​,” said local owner-operator Dustin Darmody. “McDonald’s is grateful to be a part of that impact.” The surprise took place in the auditorium, just in time for student back-to-school shopping. McDonald’s owner-operators of the Great Plains Co-op answered the need in the community by donating​backpacks to show their support for education and student success. “We, as a co-op, are passionate about ensuring students are prepared for school because they are our future,” said another local owner-operator, Blake Zogleman. ​ The North Omaha Club, serving youth ages 5-18 in at-risk metro areas, is part of the greater Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands, which serves over 7,000 local youth in 13 different locations across the Omaha, Carter Lake and Council Bluffs metro areas.

NON-PROFIT NEWS Child Saving Institute to Host 12th Annual Touch-A-Truck Event

Open Door Mission Searches for Hunger Heroes Across Omaha Metro

Child Saving Institute will host its 12th annual family friendly Touch-A-Truck event on Saturday, August 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the First Data/UNO parking lots, just south of 69th & Pacific.  

Would you or your business host a food drive to help meet the urgent food needs of our community? August marks Open Door Mission’s annual food collection initiative, Hunger Heroes. They are encouraging local entities to be a “Hunger Hero” by hosting a food drive throughout the month. Through the efforts of this particular food drive as well as others throughout the year, Open Door Mission will provide, on average, 2,100 daily nutritious meals at the community kitchen as well as serving over 1,000 people a day at the Mission’s Manna Food Pantry. Current food needs include boxed meals, canned meat, cereal, and pasta.

This exciting “friend-raiser” is a FREE event for the entire family where children can see and climb on “real life” vehicles! Kids, accompanied by their parents or guardians, can explore emergency and military vehicles, semitrucks, cranes, racecars and other commercial vehicles and talk to the people who operate them. Other activities will include face painting, prizes, bouncy tents, clowns, and more! Special thanks to Touch-A-Truck sponsors Runza, Scheels, and Oriental Trading Company. Child Saving Institute is dedicated to the prevention, intervention, and healing of child abuse, neglect, and abandonment. For 125 years, Child Saving Institute has met the changing needs of metro-area children based on the belief that ALL children should have homes where hope is kindled and dreams can be achieved. Learn more at or contact Anna Willey at (402) 504-3664 / with questions.

Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission founded in 1954 committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty by providing basic needs and life-changing programs for the homeless and needy who need them most. Each day, Open Door Mission’s campus offers 816 safe, shelter beds to homeless men, women and children and serves more than 2,100 hot, nutritious meals to feed the hungry. They also provide homeless preventative measures every day to more than 1,000 people living in poverty, empowering individuals and families to remain in their own homes and preventing homelessness. Learn more at







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NON-PROFIT NEWS Grief’s Journey Announces Upcoming Training Opportunity Covering Energy Field Tapping

Project Pink’d Offers Complimentary Nutrition Program to Breast Cancer Survivors

Grief ’s Journey offers workshops specifically geared for human resources, team leaders, and wellness professionals. On Wednesday, August 22 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Liz Carey, MA, Ed.S, RYT will present a workshop on using energy field tapping (EFT) for grief and the trauma of loss. Registration fee is  $20 ($10 for current Grief’s Journey facilitators). Unless otherwise noted, all programs are held at Grief’s Journey, 7811 Farnam Dr.

There’s nothing more fun than a night out with the girls, great food and someone else doing the dishes-especially when you are a breast cancer survivor. In July, Project Pink’d offered a favorite on their survivorship program menu, Chef’s Table, to local survivors.

The loss of a loved one can result in extreme emotional distress that in some cases may linger for years. Energy Field Tapping (EFT) is a highly effective and proven tool that can help people deal with these difficult emotions and find a place of peace and resolution within themselves. Studies show EFT to have a significant treatment effect for anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Moreover, EFT is effective not only in therapeutic situations, but as a strategy of self-help. Learn how to use this powerful tool to help clients work through trauma and grief issues. Other workshops and professional development training opportunities offered by Grief’s Journey include topics such as Grief in the Workplace, Creating a Compassionate Culture for Grief, Hidden Grief, Grieving a Suicide Death and Self-Care. All workshops include two hours of consult (pre and post), an hour workshop, and resources and materials. Learn more and register at For more information, contact Kelly Morris at (402) 502-2773 /

Dismal River Club Hosting Charity Tournament Benefiting Omaha Home for Boys The nationally-ranked Dismal River Club in Mullen, Nebraska is hosting a charity golf tournament benefiting Omaha Home for Boys August 14-16. Golfers will have the opportunity to tee off on the exclusive, nationallyranked course in the heart of the Sandhills for the two-day tournament with all proceeds from golf being donated to Omaha Home for Boys. The cost of the tournament is $1,250 per golfer and includes exclusive access to the Dismal River Club, two days of golf (45 holes), two nights lodging, food and beverages, and cart and green fees. Optional roundtrip airfare is available during registration at an additional cost. Dismal River is links golf in its purest form. With each course having its own personality, the diversity of play is unlike anything experienced elsewhere. The tees provide magnificent views in all directions and the scope of the land makes each hole seem like a world all its own. Both courses have been named “Best New Course” by Golf Magazine and are nationally ranked in a number of top publications. All golf proceeds from the charity tournament will support the more than 300 at-risk youth who seek the safety and guidance of Omaha Home for Boys every year. To register, contact Beth Barrineau at (402) 639-4674 or Beth@ The full tournament schedule is available at

Attendees filled-up on nutrition information as a certified oncology nutritionist dispelled the myths of nutrition and cancer and our healthy cooking expert stirred up something special during a cooking demo and tasting party. At the end of this fun evening, participants received all the ingredients needed to make the recipe demonstrated at home. “Project Pink’d continues to listen to our community of survivors, and nutrition is a struggle for many. The overwhelming response to our summer Chef’s Table program identified a need in the community for survivors. As a result, Project Pink’d is committed to provide the Chef’s Table programs seasonally to meet these needs. Nutrition is important for good health and learning how we can fuel our bodies in a healthy way before, during and after cancer treatment is vital to our quality of life. Every day cancer survivors are flooded with new information and some of it is fact and some is fiction. By working with local experts in our community, it is our hope survivors will gain the knowledge and tools to support a healthy life,” explained Cynthia Sturgeon, Project Pink’d founder and president.  

“Wheels of Courage” Rolls to Success Close to 500 car enthusiasts of all ages were in attendance on Saturday, June 23 at Quaker Steak & Lube in Council Bluffs for a fun afternoon. Over 140 cars were on display. The Wheels of Courage Car Show is an annual event to support the Jennie Edmundson Foundation’s Spirit of Courage – Charitable Cancer Patient Care Fund. “It’s a fun event that brings together lots of car enthusiasts, sponsors and community members to help raise money for local cancer patients,” shared cochair Pat Miller. Professional judges were brought in to judge the cars in 14 categories. Trophies were awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. The winner of the 50/50 raffle, Beau Saar, won $996, and then turned around and gifted it back to the JE Foundation. Carol Elder, a committee member, said, “We are continuing to selling 50/50 raffles and t-shirts into the fall, every Thursday night during the Car Cruise-in at Quaker Steak & Lube. We are very close to our $40,000 goal and plan to be there soon!” Proceeds raised go to benefit the Spirit of Courage-Charitable Patient Care Fund, to help ease the financial burdens of cancer patients in the areas of medications, treatments and deductibles, as well as everyday living expenses.  The funds provide much-needed help to hundreds of Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital patients each year. To find out more about the Spirit of Courage – Celebrity Weekend, taking place August 3-5, visit AUGUST 2018 Strictly Business 37

HEALTH NEWS Nebraska Medicine to Open New Clinic in Downtown Omaha

Nebraska Hospital Association Foundation Announces Health Care Career Scholarships

Nebraska Medicine will open a clinic in downtown Omaha later this year. Clarkson Family Medicine, currently located near the Nebraska Medicine – Nebraska Medical Center campus, will move into a building near 13th & Leavenworth in downtown Omaha. The family practice residency has been in its current location at 42nd & Douglas for 27 years.

The Nebraska Hospital Association Research and Educational Foundation (NHAREF) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2018 Graduate Studies Tuition Aid Program and the Undergraduate Health Care Career Scholarship Program.

Clarkson Family Medicine is a full-service family medicine clinic. Its faculty and resident physicians provide care to people of all ages. Patients have access to minor surgical procedures, vaccinations, x-ray and OB/GYN care. It’s a certified Patient-Centered Medical Home, meaning a team of doctors, nurses, social workers, dieticians, pharmacists and behavioral health providers work together to help patients stay healthy. The new space will have 16 exam rooms, consultation space, a procedure room, lab and X-ray. Renovation work is being done in the building right now. The building was previously used as a CHI Health clinic. Details about clinic operations are being arranged. It’s expected to open this fall and will eventually join the growing list of Nebraska Medicine Immediate Care Clinics providing walk-in care on nights, weekends and holidays. Clarkson Family Medicine will continue to operate in its current location until the move this fall.

Nebraska Community Blood Bank Seeks More Blood Drive Partners Support your community by sponsoring a blood drive to help maintain a safe and stable supply of blood for local hospitals. Blood drives showcase your organization’s dedication to giving back, and to empowering members of your team to help save lives. Blood drive coordinators learn from their experience but most importantly, blood drives help meet the needs of patients right here in our community. Nebraska Community Blood Bank (NCBB) has been working with organizations to host blood drives for nearly 50 years. It’s simple and fun. What sponsoring organizations provide: Location – Blood drives can be set up in a large common area or on a bloodmobile. Blood Drive Coordinator – Helps spread the word, recruit donors and schedule appointments. What NCBB provides: Partnership – Your donor recruitment representative works with you to plan and organize the blood drive. They’ll help determine how many donors you can expect, provide marketing materials to recruit, and create a custom online code to make it easy for donors to schedule their appointments. Necessities – NCBB brings everything needed to ensure a successful blood drive, including drinks and cookies for donors! Friendly, Expert Staff – NCBB staff welcome donors with a smile and confidently screen them and collect blood. Donor comfort is taken very seriously and ensures your blood donation journey is safe, comfortable and enjoyable. Get started today! Call (402) 486-9427, email blooddrives@ncbb. org, or visit   38 Strictly Business AUGUST 2018

In an effort to address the ongoing health care professional shortage, the NHAREF is assisting future industry leaders in their efforts to pursue a degree in health care or further their education through two scholarship programs — the Graduate Studies Tuition Aid Program and the Undergraduate Health Care Career Scholarship Program. The scholarship programs can also encourage Nebraskans to remain in the state as they establish their careers in health care. Four additional scholarships were offered this year due to a generous donation to the Health Care Career Scholarship Program from FocusOne Solutions and Aureus Medical Group. These scholarships assist students who are working toward a career to improve the health and well-being of Nebraska’s communities. Dan Nordstrom, Business Development Executive at FocusOne Solutions, says, “Aureus Medical and FocusOne Solutions are committed to helping NHA members by supporting Nebraska nurses to achieve their educational and career goals at NHA member hospitals.” For more information and a complete listing of the scholarship recipients, visit the NHA website at

UNMC College of Pharmacy Reaches Research Funding Milestone The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy continues to climb the rankings of U.S. pharmacy-research powerhouses, cracking the national top 10 for the first time in annual National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for fiscal year 2017. The ranking is compiled by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). UNMC finished 10th among U.S. pharmacy schools in NIH research dollars with more than $10.5 million in funding. With only 40 full-time faculty, the college is one of the nation’s smallest among the 138 accredited U.S. schools and colleges of pharmacy. The college continues to punch above its weight class as one of the nation’s best pound-for-pound pharmacy-research institutions. When adjusted to dollars-per-FTE-faculty, UNMC’s College of Pharmacy is No. 3 in the U.S., with an average of $263,943 per faculty member. This is the 10th consecutive year UNMC is in the top 10, based upon FTE. The UNMC College of Pharmacy has seen a surge of momentum in recent years in NIH funding, finishing No. 23 in 2008 and subsequently rising to No. 18, No. 12, No. 11 and now No. 10 nationally, according to the AACP. Courtney Fletcher, Pharm.D., oversaw this period of research growth as the College of Pharmacy’s dean. Dr. Fletcher took over leadership of the college in 2007, and this past 2017-18 academic year was his last as dean, though he will remain on faculty. The search for a new pharmacy dean is underway, and Dr. Fletcher will continue to serve as dean through September 30.

HEALTH NEWS Gallup’s Jane Miller Selected as Honorary Chair of Omaha Go Red for Women Expo

Omaha-Council Bluffs JDRF One Walk Set for August 25

The American Heart Association (AHA) will host its annual Omaha Go Red for Women Expo on Tuesday, September 25, starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites LaVista Hotel & Conference Center.

Join over 5,000 people to help find a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D) at this year’s JDRF One Walk. The JDRF One Walk will take place on Saturday, August 25 at Lewis and Clark Landing starting at 8 a.m. This event has a single goal: creating a world without T1D. T1D is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly. It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. If you have T1D, your pancreas stops producing insulin—a hormone essential to turning food into energy. This means you must constantly monitor your bloodsugar level, inject or infuse insulin from a pump and carefully monitor your eating and activity every single day. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D and there is currently no cure, but there is something you can do to help. Register for the JDRF One Walk event today at Immediately following the JDRF One Walk, go the Extra Mile at the walk after party in The Capitol District! Both events are family friendly and include games, food, entertainment, and much more. Questions about this event can be directed to Chris Dunn, Development Manager, at (402) 397-CURE (2873) /

AHA is excited to have Jane Miller, president and chief operating officer of Gallup, as the honorary chairperson of the event. “The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement uncovers the truth about heart disease – an often silent, hidden and misunderstood killer – so that all women can share the truth,” said Miller. This event is part of the Go Red For Women movement that encourages local women to take charge of their heart health by making it a top priority so they can live stronger, longer lives. Guests will have the chance to participate in free educational seminars, a health expo and silent auction from 4:30 - 6 p.m. The ticketed heart-healthy dinner and program will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will feature survivors of heart disease and stroke. Registration for the Go Red for Women Expo is open and will remain open until the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased at Go Red For Women is sponsored nationally by Macy’s and CVS Health and sponsored locally by Methodist Health. For questions, contact (402) 810-6870 /

Parkinson’s Nebraska Gearing Up for a Big September Parkinson’s Nebraska will be hosting two events in September. “Delay The Disease Instructor Training” is set to take place September 7-8 at the Grand Island YMCA (221 E South Front St.). It will cover evidence-based concepts for planning and implementing a communitybased, Parkinson’s-specific exercise class based on the Delay the Disease Parkinson’s Fitness Program, Presenters will be OHIO Health Delay the Disease Trainers Jackie Russell and David Zid. This affordable training is open to the following professionals: PT/PTA, OT/COTA, RN, athletic trainer, or group exercise instructor with ACE, ACSM, NSCA, ISSA, or exercise physiologist certification(s). The cost is $225 to attend. At the end of the month, “Walk & Run The Park For Parkinson’s” - featuring the 1st Annual “Shake-A-Leg 5k!” will take place on Sunday, September 30 at Elmwood Park. The purpose of this event is to raise funds to support local Parkinson’s services and to celebrate the strength of the local Parkinson’s community. There will be a 1-mile walk route, a professionally-timed 5K run, a delightful brunch, access to a sponsor expo, live performances by local groups from the Parkinson’s community, activities for the kids, colorful t-shirts, and so much more! Registration links for both of these events can be found by going to Contact Katrina Wulf for further questions at (402) 715-4707 /

Creighton University Study Suggests Money Management Linked to Health Benefits Fad diets and weight loss programs may work for some people who are trying to lead healthier lifestyles, but shedding debt may be an alternative to expensive diet tricks. According to a Creighton University research study, taking control of your finances could result in several health benefits, including weight loss and a decreased risk for developing chronic diseases. Stress is the number-one cause of health problems in America, and money is the number-one cause of stress, according to Julie Kalkowski, executive director of the Financial Hope Collaborative in the Heider College of Business. Since 2009, the Financial Hope Collaborative has been offering a Financial Success program, a year-long program aimed at helping low-income single mothers manage their monthly cash so they significantly reduce shut-off notices, evictions, overdrafts and payday loans. Creighton researchers are currently utilizing a $399,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, along with other local foundations, to conduct a three-year study on the effectiveness of the Financial Success program to see if there is a link between financial education and improved physical health. Researchers will measure health outcomes, including blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, perceived quality of life, hopefulness and lifestyle behaviors, such as exercising and fast food consumption. The program consists of nine weekly classes, a year of coaching and monthly meetings as a way for single mothers to build support and accountability. Women learn how to track their expenses, save for emergencies and repair their credit. Information on taxes, bankruptcy, insurance, predatory lending, building healthy relationships and the psychology of money also are provided. Each woman receives access to utility level payment plans and information about debt consolidation loans. Approximately 450 women ages 19 to 55 will participate in a threeyear study titled Finances First. Thanks to the grant and donations, the Financial Hope Collaborative has raised half of the operating costs to conduct the research. If you would like to enroll in the program, call (402) 280-3736 or email AUGUST 2018 Strictly Business 39

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a slang word, derived from ‘Acadian’ descended from French colonists who settled in what is now Eastern Canada.

From Start to Finish, Cajun Food With A Down-Home Atmosphere.


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If you’re not already drooling from looking at the photos, let us just tell you about Acadian Grille, Omaha’s newest eatery featuring authentic Cajun cuisine. This Louisiana-inspired scratch kitchen is the real deal. We’re talking collard greens, po’ boys, jambalaya—the whole nine yards. And everything is prepared right there in front of you, using only fresh ingredients. Our team decided to check out this new restaurant to see for ourselves what all the buzz was about... or should we say, to taste what all the buzz was about. And taste we did! The food was absolutely amazing. We started off with the Crab Cakes and Gator Bites. Our group was already crab cake lovers so we knew we’d like those, but Acadian Grille’s were exceptional! Complemented with mango slaw salad on the plate and drizzled with Creole mustard sauce— they basically melted in our mouths. We figured it wouldn’t be a true southern experience without a little gumbo so we shared a bowl. It was seasoned well and it had just the right consistency. Every mama in Louisiana would be proud. For those leaning more towards the salad options, we strongly suggest trying Dan’s Romaine Wedge. It’s named after the owner so it has to be good, right? Right. It’s not your average salad; being served on romaine wedges definitely gives it a twist. Complete with crispy tasso ham, peppadews, red onions, and asiago cheese—each bite had the perfect balance between sweet and spicy. What really made the difference was the homemade Gorgonzola Cheese dressing, though… So. Much. Flavor. All the dressing options are homemade. When we go back, we definitely want to try some of the other ones. Acadian Grille has quite the array of entrees, each one sounding a little more “soulful” than the one before. Since we were struggling to pick, we asked for some recommendations. Funny enough, there were at least two menu options that our group probably wouldn’t have selected on our own, but that turned out to be our favorites! This was especially true with the Crawfish Étouffée and the Shrimp & Grits. These two dishes alone are reason enough to visit Acadian Grille. Another one of our selections was the Portabella Swiss Burger, which, we were happy to learn, can be prepared vegan as well. Their steak was even memorable. The Herb Butter Sirloin served with cauliflower puree exceeded all our expectations. The Chipotle-Rubbed Ribeye was equally impressive. Needless to say, we were very pleased with this menu—from sautéed pasta to bayou favorites—there was a diverse range of options, all of which honored their Cajun roots through and through. Our little dive into Louisiana life manifested when we learned that Acadian Grille proudly serves Louisiana’s very own Abita beer! The Abita Brewing Company was founded in 1986 in the piney woods outside of New Orleans. The majority of our group had never tried an Abita brew before but it’s safe to say that it won’t the last time for any of us. Even though there wasn’t much room left in our stomachs, we squeezed in a little homemade ice cream and their highly-praised Blood Orange Crème Brulee. A special thank you to Dan O’Brien, owner of Acadian Grille, and his cousin Matthew, who is the mastermind behind the menu. Having over 30 years as a chef, spending part of that time studying in Louisiana, he is definitely qualified to bring the beautiful blend of French and soul food that we know and love as Cajun food to Omaha. Head over to Acadian Grill, located at 725 N. 114th St., today!

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FLEET MAINTENANCE If you have a fleet of vehicles, you likely know how important regular maintenance is to keeping you on the road while also managing costs to do so. It’s also equally important to you that your vehicles are safe for your team who are out on the road conducting business. Some businesses have an established program with select service providers, which is recommended, while others don’t operate in this way but could certainly stand to benefit from doing so. We’ve got a breakdown of all of the important W’s – Who, What, When, Where, and Why – that should be carefully considered and applied to the maintenance program for fleets of all sizes and uses. Who’s in Charge? When you don’t have someone dedicated to managing your fleet program, it’s easy for things not to get done when they need to be due to everyone assuming that someone else has it handled. Depending on your operation, it could work well to have the driver of the vehicle take responsibility for having the maintenance performed. Other times, this may be a dedicated position within your business responsible for the maintenance of all working vehicles. The key is to establish a system that ensures accountability for having the maintenance performed when it is needed – rather, at the certain intervals that are recommended by the manufacturer. Aside from who is managing your fleet vehicles, anyone who is involved in the operation or the servicing can provide helpful insight. By keeping your drivers and service professionals actively involved and listening to their feedback, you can draw a lot of helpful recommendations and ideas for best practices. With a team approach, you can ensure program effectiveness and compliance. What’s Next and When? Staying organized and having a checklist system for all of the necessary maintenance items will keep you in really great shape. The best part of partnering with any of the various automotive professionals for your tires, servicing, repairs, and so on is that they have excellent tracking systems they use and they’ll send out reminders when the time to have certain things done is approaching. Be sure to use that to your advantage! 1st place 13 straight years! Items to include in your checklist to have performed at the recommended intervals: • Oil change (this is the most common sense of the bunch, but still, doesn’t hurt to set reminders) • All other fluids and filters (air, fuel, radiator, transmission, and even down to the washer fluid) • Heat and air conditioning systems • Belts and hoses • Exterior and interior lights • All major systems (fuel, brakes, exhaust, etc.) • Tires (and the wheels and rims, too) • Engine tune-up and check mounts • Frame and undercarriage (and regularly check for any leaks while you’re at it) • Drive shaft and CV joints • Airbags, safety belts, horns, windshield (all safety features should be fully functional at all times) 402.558.3500 402.502.8757 402.502.5511 402.933.9400 Where to Go? Corner of SW Corner of SW Corner of Corner of Bottom line: you want to be working with experts at a reputable facility 50th & South 144th & 120th & Maple Washington & that will work for you and your best interests. Start shopping for a service Saddlecreek Industrial Rd Lincoln; Papillion provider or repair facility before you need one; you can make better Dingman’s Mechanical Repair now open on the SW Corner of 120th & Maple! decisions when you are not rushed or in a panic. Always try to visit the shop before making the decision on who will repair your vehicle. Look for “We’d Rather Be The Best Than Apologize a neat, well-organized facility with modern equipment. Look for signs of for Anything Less.” professionalism in the customer service area, which might include civic and community service awards, memberships in local and national industry organizations, Better Business Bureau recognition or signage, customer 42 Strictly Business AUGUST 2018

service awards, etc. Ask if the staff is technically trained and competent, and expect to see certificates and industry credentials.  If you’re looking for a service provider that specializes exclusively in fleet maintenance and repair, you’re in luck, because there is one here in Omaha – Fleetmark Solutions. “Fleetmark Solutions is an exclusively commercial vehicle repair facility,” explains Mark Griger with Fleetmark Solutions. “We are geared towards fast turnaround time to keep commercial vehicles on the road doing what they do best, making money. We adapt to our customers because fleets are different. Commercial fleets require dedicated attention to ensure the success of their drivers and owners as well as the customers of that fleet. At Fleetmark Solutions we know how frustrating it can be to deal with the average shop. When Mark Griger a vehicle needs to be dropped off for an entire Fleetmark Solutions day just for some maintenance it can destroy the money-making potential for that fleet. Our #1 goal is getting the vehicle in, serviced or repaired correctly, and back out into the world with as little downtime as possible. As for the most common services we perform expediently, oil changes are done in less than 30 minutes with no appointment necessary. Another example is our new BG DPF and emissions system cleaning service, which can now be completed in our shop in just 4 hours rather than the previously standard 2-3 days. Finally, since D.O.T. inspections are an essential part of conducting business for many fleets, we perform this service any time with no appointment and only charge $49.95. We function this way because we know how schedules change, and that you never really know when you may have time to take care of whatever needs to be done. Repairs are the same; bring it in and we get right on it. We can also provide a stress-free opportunity for fleet managers and drivers by simply doing what is right. We don’t try to raise the bill by adding unnecessary services. Honesty is our policy. Finding a facility that has your best interest in mind will save hundreds or thousands every month as well as raising your income by keeping these vehicles on the road. At Fleetmark Solutions we are constantly updating our equipment as well, so we can diagnose correctly as well as quickly. Guessing doesn’t help anyone.” Griger also offers the following general advice on the topic of fleet maintenance: “One of the easiest ways to save some money with your fleet is to ensure a proper inspection is done about once a week. This can be done by the drivers. Check the oil and fluids, look at the tires, and the most important is to make sure they are not afraid to bring up anything that doesn’t seem right. Issues caught early are much less costly and take much less time to repair. Unusual wear on your tires can be a sign of some steering or suspension problems that could end up costing you a fortune in tire replacements. If you notice this on your tires, bring it by and we will get it right in and diagnose the problem while you wait. Like I said before, no appointments necessary and we still get you right in. You can drop off as well. We also understand it doesn’t make sense to take two guys out of service, so he will have a ride. We give rides when necessary. After all, we work for you. Many fleets let the oil change interval get away from them simply because of the reasons I spoke about earlier. It just costs too much to lose a unit for that long while just having a simple service performed. But, while it may save you today, you’ll pay for it later. Oil is VERY important for the life and performance of the engine. I believe it’s well worth 30 minutes to protect your investment. Please feel free to give me a call and ask any questions you have about what we can do for your fleet. Whether its hundreds of vehicles or just the one you drive, Fleetmark Solutions will take care of you like family.” Why Preventive Maintenance? As was previously mentioned, being proactive and keeping your vehicles well cared will ensure you get the most out of your investment in each vehicle. It will keep your people working by avoiding any downtime

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Contact us today! 402-466-0555 | when a vehicle is temporarily out of commission as well as any scheduling nightmares that would happen as a result of a breakdown. By keeping a vehicle running at peak performance, you’re also way less likely to be incurring any unexpected repair costs and you’ll get optimal mileage. Now, that’s not to say that there won’t be accidents or breakdowns that happen along the way, despite being on top of things and having all of the recommended services performed. When this happens, again as previously mentioned, you want to know exactly who to call and where to take it. Particularly when it comes to accident repair, remember that you, the vehicle owner or fleet manager, have the right to choose who will be working on your vehicles – not your insurance company. While they will certainly make recommendations, those are just that – recommendations, not obligations. Since any amount of downtime can negatively impact your business operations, you’ll want to work with someone who can get the job done for you up to industry standards in a time-efficient manner (but while not sacrificing quality) in order to minimize lost revenue. From glass repair and replacement to paintless dent repair and collision/ framework repair, having any type of repair done right away and not letting it fall to the wayside is just as important as preventive maintenance. Especially when the vehicle is still operable, it can be easy to say you’ll take care of it soon – and then time goes by and you haven’t gotten to it yet. In the meantime, there could be further damage/deterioration that could end up being more costly to fix, or safety issues that could compromise your business. Sure, it’s just vehicle maintenance - but in both the short and long run, it’s major and should be considered a priority. It’s important to have fleet maintenance plan in place if you want to keep your wheels (and employees) on the road and not in the shop. Most vehicles have a recommended maintenance plan provided from the vehicle manufacturer, as well as from the parts and tire manufacturers in terms of servicing and replacement. Generally this will include specific checks and maintenance to be performed at certain mileage intervals. If you haven’t followed the factory plan it’s not too late to start, and a local service center like the ones you see displayed on these pages can help get you back on track. AUGUST 2018 Strictly Business 43

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Wedding Planning Despite what you may have heard, planning your wedding does not have to be stressful. There is no reason to come crashing down from the high of getting engaged when you start thinking of all the things that need to get done in order for your special day to be absolutely perfect - especially when there are so many resources and professionals right here in the Omaha Metro to help you every step of the way. As we talked to some local experts about wedding planning, almost all of them shared one common piece of advice—plan ahead. Get on top of locking everything down right away. We know that probably sounds a little overwhelming, especially when you don’t know what “everything” entails, but if you keep reading, you’ll get a pretty good idea. Let’s start by setting the scene. Since setting a date can’t be done without confirming the availability of the venue, make sure you are booking that first and way in advance. While following with tradition and getting married in a church is still very common, these days many couples are opting for a more unique setting—but while you are selecting your fairytale location, make sure you are still being realistic and not overlooking some key considerations. These things include:

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• Guest List—can the venue comfortably accommodate all the friends and family you intend to invite? • Budget—can you afford to rent the space along with any potential add-ons (i.e. catering, audio/visual, decorations, lodging, transportation)? • Weather—what time of the year do you want to get married in and if you want to have an outdoor wedding, do you have a contingency plan if the weather doesn’t cooperate? • Your Vision—what kind of atmosphere do you truly see yourself getting married in? Stay true to who you are. A prime venue option that we recommend looking into is Soaring Wings Vineyard, tucked in the rolling hills just right outside of Omaha. It’s hard to beat a panoramic view filled with miles of natural beauty, just a short drive outside of Nebraska’s largest metropolitan area. Kellie Simpson with Soaring Wings Vineyard & Brewing tells us more.

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“Soaring Wings has the facilities on site for indoor and outdoor events, such as private use of our covered deck in the evening with the rental of the venue. If you choose to rent our full facility, which includes our NEW outdoor amphitheater and gazebo, the Platte View Room, decks, tasting room, and lawn, you can host an event of up to 2,500 people for $1,500. Your wedding party is allowed to begin setting up at 4:30 p.m. and then you’d have private use beginning at 6:30 p.m. For $2,000, we offer a full access pass which includes an earlier set-up time of 12:30 p.m., giving you much more time to settle in and make sure everything is in place.

The list of amenities at Soaring Wings goes on and on and we are very flexible. No matter if the ceremony is indoors or outdoors, we have a nice bridal room available for dressing. Since we are mainly an outdoor venue, though, guests are welcome to bring large tents in the case of rain or to provide shade on a hot, sunny day. With plenty of open, grassy areas, there is plenty of room for young children to run around as well. With our newly-installed amphitheater, having live music at the wedding or reception will be easy to arrange.

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In addition, since we are operating as a winery and brewery, we are only able to serve wine and beer produced onsite. We cannot allow any outside alcohol. This may come as a limitation to some, but most wedding parties are pleased with our offerings. Soaring Wings currently features 22 wines ranging from dry to sweet. Traditionally, 70% of the grapes come from our very own vineyard, while the remaining 30% come from the Nebraska region. And although our beer menu changes with season and supply, the quality of each fresh brew we introduce is undeniable. There’s always something on tap to satisfy any beer drinker. On the flip side, we totally allow outside catering—bring in whatever food you’d like!” In the case that you select a venue that doesn’t have any in-house beverage offerings and you have no choice but to bring in and stock your own bar, take this advice from Jim Sobczyk with Cornhusker Beverage & Bridal. “Your decisions about beverage catering are key to the overall success or failure of your party. A lot of people see the cash bar option as the cheapest and easiest alternative to hosting everything. Sometimes, it does end Jim Sobczyk up working out that way, but we’ve also seen Cornhusker Beverage situations where offering a cash bar to your & Bridal guests ends up costing you more money. A common one we’ve seen is only hosting beer and wine and having guests pay for mixed drinks. This isn’t always a money saver because many guests will opt for whatever is free when they are forced to buy their first choice. Some couples will only host the first hour, then go to a cash bar for the rest of the evening. The problem with this is everyone pays for their drinks after the first hour, including you, your parents, and the wedding party. A solution to this is giving out limited drink tickets to guests, maybe more to select individuals, but be wary not to bring more tickets than you’re willing to pay for. If everyone ends up using tickets all night long, this will cost you more than hosting the whole evening. With a cash bar, there are some costs you’ll have to incur no matter what, like the liquor license and the cost of the bartenders. When working with Cornhusker Beverage & Bridal, it can be as simple as paying us and letting us take care of everything—from the equipment to the bartenders—or you can choose to do a large portion on your own and simply buy the merchandise from us. When we say everything, we mean beer, liquor, wine, ice, cups, mixes, napkins, stir sticks, and anything else that you could think of to stock and operate a bar. We will help you work within your budget to figure out how much you need to buy and, in turn, how much it will cost you.

Cash bars take time to put together properly and must be planned several months in advance, so set up an appointment as soon as possible to figure out the logistics.” In addition to being a liquor vendor, Cornhusker Beverage & Bridal is also the largest wedding invitation dealer in the area! As an authorized Birchcraft Studios and Carlson Craft dealer, they offer quality invitations in a variety of prices to meet every budget—anything from save the date announcements to bridal shower invitations. They even have ceremony essentials like programs, guest books, flower girl baskets, and ring bearer pillows. The best part is that all of the items listed on their online catalog can also be found in the store, so if you live here locally, you can actually see the color and feel the quality of the papers before placing your order. In terms of catering food for your big day, our advice is to get creative! Don’t feel limited to the ordinary, plated, 3-course meal that you may be used to seeing at wedding receptions. If you’re having an outdoor wedding, have you considered food trucks? Or what about mixing it up and serving brunch instead of dinner? After all, breakfast food is usually a lot less expensive than your typical dinner entrees. These daytime weddings have become really popular lately. Mimosas, bloody marys, a pancake or omelet station, Michelle Kaiser an array of fresh fruit... yum! Another trend The Omaha Bakery these days, according to Michelle Kaiser with The Omaha Bakery, is a shift back to the more traditional multitier wedding cake. “Cupcakes used to be all the rage, but then people started realizing that route was more expensive. Guests, on average, take 2-3 cupcakes to get some variety—so either you plan to order a couple cupcakes per guest or you run out. Recently, I’ve been encouraging wedding AUGUST 2018 Strictly Business


parties to order 8-inch cakes in an assortment of flavors to use as the centerpiece at each table. The benefits of this are two-fold. For one, guests are encouraged to mingle from table to table if they want to treat themselves to different delicacies (with minimal waste, assuming they only slice off what they intend to eat!); and two, you can save money on table decorations! The cakes we design here at The Omaha Bakery are professionally hand-crafted to look exactly how you want. There is a lot you can do to enhance the presentation as well—vintage cake stands and wood flowers are both popular things I’ve seen. My best advice is to plan ahead. Since the engagement period seems to get longer and longer, people are planning their weddings years in advance. I’m already taking orders for 2020! That’s not to say that I don’t have availability for next year still, but you need to start locking your vendors down as soon as possible. At The Omaha Bakery, we offer tastings by appointment only on Saturday mornings. During these $20 consultations, we will actually make up the cake or cakes (up to 3) that you’re dreaming of. You’re welcome to bring 3 people with you and enjoy coffee and tea while you’re here! Please come prepared with your wedding colors and vision in mind. Besides offering the most mouthwatering baked goods on the planet, we also have a new party room attached to our bakery that would make the perfect space for a bridal shower. It fits about 34-45 people and you can bring in outside alcohol. There are also a couple preferred food options after hours if the bakery isn’t able to provide you with the eats and treats you’re looking for. Just another opportunity to include The Omaha Bakery in your wedding plans!” Food and beverage aren’t the only considerations to take into account after selecting your venue, though. Depending on what your event space offers, you may have to look into renting tables, chairs, linens, plates, glasses, audio/visual equipment, a dance floor, tents/canopies, etc. Lucky for you, all these things can be found locally at Honeyman RentAll. Since 1968, Honeyman Rent-All has been a leader in party and event rentals in the Omaha area. Since it is far more fiscally efficient


to rent instead of buy items that you’d only use once, Honeyman RentAll can save you a lot of money by providing you with everything you need at an affordable rate. The best way to really grasp all that Honeyman Rent-All has to offer is to go to their website, but let us just tell you, they have a lot. Are you trying to have a little fun at your reception or give the kids something to do while the grownups tear up the dance floor? Honeyman Rent-All has games for rent too! They have yard games like giant connect four boards, horseshoes, and corn hole. They also have a karaoke machine to liven up any party. Another idea is making your reception casino night themed with their full stock of wheels, chips, and blackjack, craps, poker-top, and roulette tables. So whether you need a bar, yard equipment, a fancy chandelier, you name it... Honeyman Rent-All has it and they want to help you make your special day absolutely perfect. Something that you probably don’t want to rent, however, is your wedding dress. A wedding dress may only be worn once, but for most brides, it carries a sentiment that can’t be so easily returned or sold. Some women like the idea of keeping it to potentially pass along to their daughter someday. This is why dress preservation is so important. Jesse Kruse with Wardrobe Spa elaborates for us. “Getting your wedding dress cleaned after your big day/night is an essential step to take Jesse Kruse if you care about preserving your gown. Your dress can get very dirty, even if it doesn’t look Wardrobe Spa like it. Think about sweat, perfume/cologne, and spills like white wine and other things that dry clear—these contain sugar that caramelizes over time into dark brown stains that ordinary dry-cleaning services cannot remove. Be proactive and get your dress treated right away. Today

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In my research, I’ve found that Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, has set the trend for the bridal fashion this year. Many brides are following in her footsteps and opting for a satin wedding dress. Sometimes referred to as “Duchess Satin,” this plain and lustrous fabric is widely loved due to dress shape and the natural sheen it creates. It is very ideal for traditional, formal weddings, but I would not suggest it for hot seasons due to its heavy structure. No matter what your fabric is, you can trust your Wardrobe Spa experts to preserve those wedding memories for generations to come. At Wardrobe Spa, we will clean and condition your wedding gown with eco-friendly, virgin solvent that won’t damage the delicate fabric, which is something that other dry cleaners can’t say. Our cleaning process pays special attention to any beading or synthetic gems your dress might have so that we don’t ruin their appearance. We’ll also store your dress in a large museum box with acid-free paper so you could literally store it forever. At Wardrobe Spa, we do this all for only $180. Most places will charge up to $400 for this type of service, but we’re proud to offer affordable, quality work at our shop.” It’s crazy to think that you’ll spend all this time planning and anticipating your wedding day, and then after one day it’s all over. That’s why women keep their dress—it’s all about the memories, and the same is true for pictures. We want to make sure you are confident going into your special day so that you will love looking back on it for years to come. There are some “appearance solutions,” if you will, that can’t be attained through a gym membership or a trip to the spa. For example, hair loss or unwanted Brianna Kuebler wrinkles. Fortunately, JMISKO surgical design JMISKO | md has a lot of services to offer a soon-tobe bride and groom before the biggest day of their lives. Brianna Kuebler with JMISKO surgical design | md, recently named the Best Local Med Spa for 2018, gave us a look into these services. “One of the more noticeable trends that we’ve seen is that younger brides are coming in for aesthetic services such as BOTOX® and fillers. I think the notion of BOTOX® being used only by older women is starting to change. Your wedding day is the most photographed day in your life – brides, no matter their age, don’t want to look back and wish they would have taken care of their deep forehead lines. Similarly, BROTOX is growing in popularity. That’s right, we’ve started seeing men getting a little maintenance done, too. For women, we recommend taking advantage of the great prices we have on aesthetic/skin services like BOTOX®, fillers and laser skin treatments. We usually ask brides to come between 3-4 weeks before their wedding if they are getting BOTOX® and/or fillers. The patient has full results after 2 weeks of injections. Depending on the laser skin treatment, time frame can vary, but usually takes longer. Plan on coming in 2-3 months before your big day if you do any CO2 Laser Treatment. For men, we have a variety of options for hair restoration and retention too. If you are looking to keep what you have and add some fullness, our hair retention options include written prescriptions by Dr. Misko, topical hair loss products, PRP/stem cell injections, or the laser hair cap. For more significant hair loss cases that require a transplant, we have several different options that fit every budget. For any of our hair retention options, come in 6-12 months before your wedding day. For the hair transplant options, we ask you to come in 12-18 months prior. Also note that hair transplants are only done in Lincoln, so factor in a little drive time if you’re coming from Omaha.” Speaking of a little drive time, our last recommendation will require a road trip to the beautiful, colorful state of Colorado. We normally focus on local businesses, but we know that some of our readers are thinking of getting out of Dodge for their nuptial endeavors. If this something you’re considering and you find yourself in the Vail Valley area, be sure to look up Timberline Tours.

“From weekend getaways that include rafting and Jeep tours to a vehicle fleet that can provide transport to wedding venues, we offer exclusive, tailored trips that can fit a range of ability levels, ages, and groups,” explains Lulu Garton with Timberline Tours. “We see a lot of out-of-town parties use our services for all their wedding transportation needs. Our professional drivers have experience operating a variety of vehicles that make getting from point A to point B a reliable and stress-free process Lulu Garton for you and your group. We have spacious Timberline Tours vans that are perfect for small to mid-sized groups and big buses that can accommodate large parties. As far as our rafting and Jeep tours go, these are a fun, exciting way to bond with your wedding party. There is really no limit to how many people can go on one of our scenic, thrilling whitewater rafting trips. Our awesome guides can take your group on a private ride down the river, allowing you to enjoy wildlife sightings and learn about the area’s history as well as its flora and fauna. We can even make stops for wine/beer/spirit tastings and we provide a lunch as well. As a special bonus, your group can request Garton Video Productions, a video production company the Timberline Tours has a great relationship with, to capture your whole experience so you can relive the fun times you had.” Regardless of where or how you decide to live out your fairytale wedding, don’t stress over the planning. Make a checklist, call the experts, ask questions, and let the pieces fall in place. Hopefully we’ve provided you with enough advice and touched on the important components to help you make your wedding day absolutely perfect.

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BUYING & SELLING A BUSINESS When a business changes hands, it’s a big deal for both the buyer and the seller. With the substantial nature of this type of transaction, no matter which side you fall on, you’ll want to have a team of experts to guide you through it. The typical professionals to have actively involved and working on your behalf would include a business broker, an accountant, a banker, a lawyer, and consultants. “I can’t emphasize enough the importance of working with someone who specializes in the sale of businesses and has that education and experience to offer,” emphasizes Jethro Hopkins with No Coast Business Advisors. “Keep in mind that a professional selling commercial real estate property and a professional selling the actual business, although obviously related in most cases, will have different training and working knowledge as well as different tools and resources at their disposal. You’ve probably all heard the advice that you don’t need to be good at many things, you just need to be great at one, and this is an excellent example of expert vs. generalist. If there’s ever real estate involved, I call my real estate contact and vice versa. Similarly, it’s to your advantage to work with a professional who has a solid network of professional contacts in the related specialty areas that encompass every aspect of the transaction. You can get solid referrals in this way too.”

Jethro Hopkins No Coast Business Advisors When looking to hire a business broker to buy or sell, in the initial meeting Hopkins advises to get the answers

to the following questions in order to make the best decision:

• When do they get paid and what do they get paid? (For obvious reasons.) • Who handles closing and is responsible for preparing the closing documents? (This could be a lawyer, broker or title company – there are different ways it’s handled.) • How are they going to market/advertise the business? (A proactive approach and one that has a reach bigger than just Lincoln and Omaha is advised. Just putting up a listing on a website and waiting for someone to bite isn’t enough.) • How long have they been doing it? (Speaks to experience.) • Is your broker an owner, employee, or subcontractor? (An owner will almost always be the most invested in the outcome and how business is conducted throughout because it’s his/her reputation on the line. That’s not to say the others won’t do an excellent job, but it’s something to consider. Also, point of contact is important, such as if you’ll be regularly communicating with the owner or his/her secretary or assistant.) • How will they protect confidentiality? (Example: Any broker who takes pictures of your business for the listing, regardless if any signage is present, is not doing everything possible to protect the confidentiality of the sale. Particularly with the worldwide web, it’s very easy to connect the dots when you have the type of business and city in the listing.) • What references can you provide? (Be sure to ask for references from the specific broker, not just the brokerage. Individual performance is important. If they can’t provide you with references for any reason, whatever the case may be, it’s a big red flag and you can surely do better. Also, don’t just be satisfied with the fact that they provided references, follow up on them.) In agreement on the importance of working with those who have the proper expertise to advise and assist throughout


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the process of buying or selling, Chris Reiner with American National Bank also notes, “An advantage to working with an experienced professional is that it provides for an efficient and smooth transaction process.”

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Specific to his area of expertise, Reiner advises, “Our core service is to provide financing and depository services for the company acquiring the business. We also become a sounding board and information resource for the customer.

When evaluating any potential opportunity, buyers should identify the strengths they would bring to the acquired company, identify underperforming areas that may be a future drag on earnings, and stress test financials for potential future outcomes. Buyers should be prepared for postacquisition setbacks with viable alternatives or capital needs to succeed long term.

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He concludes, “Above all, be willing to walk away if the deal isn’t right. Be willing to listen to advice of their banker, accountant, attorney and other resources. Not all deals are the same, so the advice I would offer is to be patient and find the one that makes the most sense for you and your company. Do your due diligence.  Also, maintain working capital and sufficient resources to be prepared for a transitional period.” With the experts knowing the right questions to ask and documents to request or draft for a successful transaction, among other things determined in each unique situation, by having one or more involved in the purchase or sale transaction from start to finish, the buyer or seller can reap numerous benefits. Buying or selling a business is often an emotional decision. With all of the emotions involved, it is equally important to have an accountant or tax advisor provide an objective, yet expert opinion to the purchaser or seller of a business. Doing so will ease the process, provide more accurate information, and ultimately result in a better decision. Purchasing or selling a business is a complex process, and an accountant can often provide advice regarding the business’s worth, the best structure for a given transaction, and the tax consequences of the sale. In fact, with the last one, many clients  forget about the tax consequences of selling a business and can be surprised by their income tax liability in the year of sale. Planning with a tax advisor can help to minimize the taxes owed or at least be prepared to pay them once April comes around. Oftentimes, an installment sale can be used to spread the proceeds of the sale over several years. This spreads the capital gain taxes from the sale over several years rather than a huge lump sum in one single tax year. In any case, it is best to plan the process of a purchase or sale over the span of a couple of years. Doing so can reduce the likelihood of rushing into or making uninformed decisions. Planning can also help the buyer or seller clean up the bookkeeping, take action to get the most out of the transaction, or even take advantage of certain conditions in the market. Knowing whether it is a sellers’ or buyers’ market or what tax legislation will be in place for the upcoming year can affect the decisions that go into a purchase or sale of a business. It’s not uncommon to begin planning to sell a business years in advance; having an exit strategy at any point is a wise move. This way the owner(s) has/have a full understanding of the steps to take to make sure they are ready to sell when the right time and buyer comes along. For buyers, it can be a lengthy process or a relatively short one depending on the specifics of the business being purchased.

Buying or selling a business is an exciting time for both parties. However, the complexity of these transactions can often leave business owners feeling overwhelmed. Finding a trustworthy accountant with expertise in buying/selling a business can make all the difference when making these life-changing decisions.

At the same time, the legal advice from your lawyer will be invaluable for a number of different reasons as well.

“Having handled the legal aspects of hundreds of business transitions, I’ve learned that the smoothest sales involve an attorney from the beginning to the end,” says Susan Napolitano with Berry Law Firm. “Ideally, a seller should visit his or her attorney (and accountant) at least one tax year before listing the business for sale to prepare for a succession. It can be helpful when seller’s attorney understands the seller’s day-to-day business, but it is imperative that the seller’s attorney Susan Napolitano understands the unique legal aspects of Berry Law Firm seller’s business transition.  I don’t need to know how to perform a root canal to sell a dental practice, but I better know the federal and state laws that govern the transfer of medical records. Preparing your business for sale by visiting your lawyer and your accountant well in advance of listing the business will help a seller get the best valuation and clean up any legal loose ends. It also puts your trusted advisors on notice that you are going to need them to protect your best interest and be your advocate throughout the sale transaction. As for advice, as was previously mentioned, beware of unqualified ‘consultants’ who want to broker the sale of your business. They feed on your fear of lawyer fees; they play up their knowledge of your industry to gain your trust, then they take 8-10% of your purchase price for themselves. I have seen very sophisticated professionals be taken by shady consultants and ultimately end up with final documents that were negotiated and drafted by a nonlawyer at a price much higher than a lawyer would have charged.  The most common and dangerous misconception I’ve heard related to lawyer involvement in business sale transitions is that lawyers are only necessary at the end of a transaction to memorialize the agreement between the parties.  If that is all your lawyer is able to do for you in a business sale transaction, you need a different lawyer. A good business lawyer prepares you for the journey, informs your choices along the way, and fights for your best interest throughout the entire process.  One unfortunate mistake that seems to arise from this misconception is mistrust, hostility, and blurred boundaries between advocates who should be working together for the client’s best interest. I’ve seen this occur most often between accountants and lawyers. Instead of respecting AUGUST 2018 Strictly Business


each other’s areas of expertise, they try to be a one-stop shop for the client. It should be a red flag if one of your advocates, without good reason, refuses to coordinate with another of your advocates. Also, do not ever hire a business broker who represents both sides of a transaction. Your advocate should be YOUR advocate—no one else’s.” Similarly, he also cautions, “Baby Boomers are retiring.   For sellers, this means selling before peak inventory saturation.  For buyers, this means a lot more due diligence in sorting good business investments from bad ones.  Cultural shifts often create a temporary bath of market chaos that will be bliss for some and disastrous for others.   When either buyers or sellers get overwhelmed or desperate, predators of all kinds come in and offer to lift the burden.  Whether your sale or purchase outcome yields bliss or disaster is often determined by who you trust. Choose wisely. Finally, do things right the first time.  Never rush through something, especially if you don’t understand it. Don’t allow anyone to rush you. Trust your gut.” There are many instances when a consultant can come alongside to assist with the process of buying and selling a business. As a prime example, if it’s a franchise, you’ll benefit greatly from working with a franchise consultant who specializes in this type of business structure and transaction. “As a franchise consultant, my role is to help a potential business owner identify which franchises fit them best  and then support their research and analysis,” says Shawn Williams with Summit Franchise Advisors. “Franc hises are appealing because they offer strong support, predictability, and a high success rate. Particularly beneficial to my clients is the fact that I have direct access to hundreds of reputable and successful franchise

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companies. The franchise companies pay us to recruit for them, so our clients do not pay anything additional to work with us. We guarantee they walk away with added value whether they buy a franchise or not. During the selection process, we examine a client’s goals and match them with franchise companies that meet those goals. It’s a systematic process that takes out the sales rhetoric to help them make informed, competent decisions. Shawn Williams Going more in depth on the benefits Summit Franchise Advisors of franchising, these have been well documented over the years. It isn’t hard to see the impact that franchising has had on the business landscape and even our everyday lives - we live in a franchised world.   Buying a franchise often gives you a turn-key business model that has been refined and has ‘all of the kinks worked out.’  It gives you the ability to ‘scale out’ the franchised model by owning multiple units. No matter what your reason for exploring franchise opportunities, you owe it to yourself to get some advice and help with your search.

He also sheds light on some of the more common mistakes he has seen people make. “Number one, they began their search for the wrong franchise. Often they start with a franchise that they love patronizing only to find out that their love of drinking coffee doesn’t translate to being a good coffee franchise owner. Number two, they aren’t realistic about their own skills sets and in many cases, don’t even know what they are truly good at and what franchises would be right for them. Finally, number three - having never bought a franchise before or never having owned their own business, they really don’t feel confident in addressing the key areas that they should be focusing on. There are many other reasons why someone decides to ‘stay put’ or ‘wait and see’ and many likely successful business owners don’t pursue their dreams for these reasons.”  Securing financing for a franchise has its idiosyncrasies, and to that end, Williams offers the following advice: “Financing a business purchase can be interesting, particularly if it’s a franchise. You can visit your local loan officer at your bank, but very often they are limited in their franchise knowledge and in some cases, they don’t really understand the business model of franchising at all, which will definitely impact your loan application. We work with lenders who specialize in franchise funding. You’ll be able to quickly get an honest and direct assessment of your ability to attain financing for your upcoming franchise purchase—and you’d be amazed about the flexibility and options at your disposal.  We can help you to review your financing options and get you connected with lenders who LOVE to lend for franchise startups!”  He concludes, “At Summit Franchise Advisors, we have extensive experience in franchising and both buying and selling businesses. We brought a brand new franchise, BounceU, to Omaha many years ago and it’s still  going strong.   We sold that franchise profitably.  We reinvested into a different franchise, Cold Stone Creamery, and have grown it into multiple locations that dominate the industry in Omaha.  When working with others who hope to do the same, we are leveraging a dozen years in franchising and a quarter-century of business experience.  We’ve been there, and we’re happy to share that experience with our clients.” 30 locations in Nebraska and Iowa


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