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Great Brands That Compete On Value: Understand Knowledge is Power(ful) For the past couple of months, among the features in the magazine that we’ve covered there’s been a prevailing theme. For those who haven’t been following, and to recap for those who have, I’ve emphasized the significance of personal branding for business professionals. As such, we tie this into much of what we do at Strictly Business. It’s not just your mere presence, but the qualities you are best known for that will be compelling factors when it comes time to select the recipient of one’s business. Why choose you? What have you done to influence that decision? As previously discussed, the more well-acquainted someone is with you personally, the more comfortable he/she will be with approaching you and trusting you. Building a good rapport and gaining trust takes time and consistency. Bearing this in mind, an effective way to establish credibility is sharing your knowledge - with no strings attached. Consider it an investment in developing a relationship based on mutual trust in hopes that it will yield a return later on down the line. And chances are, it will. Given the dynamics of today’s business/consumer relationship, it’s important to understand that process has to start with a business putting forth the effort to attract the consumer by differentiating itself from the competition in the marketplace. As the saying goes, give and you shall receive. By providing something of value sans immediate compensation, it’s a gesture of good faith, and a very telling sign about how a relationship would be moving forward. Make no mistake, people will take notice and it’s greatly appreciated, so the perceived value is there and it’s impactful. By making this type of impression consistently, then through the power of word of mouth, it will eventually become your reputation. Once you’re seen as an authority in your area of expertise, there’s much less convincing that needs to be done on your part to draw in clients. Sharing knowledge isn’t just limited to public perception in terms of benefits. It also helps you educate your audience about the many ways what you have to offer could potentially apply to them. Assuming this is obvious is a common mistake. By presenting ideas to consider, you’re actively engaging your audience to do the same; it’s a non-invasive call to action. You don’t always have to completely break it down,

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which might easily be Remember, your knowledge seen as excessive or isn’t just something you pretentious depending on the subject matter. apply to conducting business, Rather, in order to keep the attention of those in it’s also something you can your target audience, you need to find new leverage to drive business. and interesting ways to clarify or reinforce the possibilities related to your offerings and the value of those. As you might suspect, Strictly Business has several ways to help you accomplish this both in print and online. One of those is our monthly Feature Stories. If you’ve read any of them, you’ve undoubtedly learned a few things from a wide variety of local professionals. Their willingness to offer their expertise to our readers is easily identified, and it’s inferred that you can expect the same if you call, email, or ask them personally. Many who have past experience doing business with them are well aware of that and have found them to be valuable resources all around. For others who don’t, if they ever find themselves in a position where they would need assistance from that type of professional, there’s comfort in knowing exactly who to contact when the time comes. The more approachable and helpful you are to others, even when it doesn’t appear to directly benefit you, the more likely people will be to gravitate to you when they need something. With 4-5 different topics each month, we cover a lot of ground over the course of a year. This provides the opportunity to weigh in on topics directly related to a business, as well as to identify areas where you can get a little creative with your approach in applying your expertise. With a prominent representative of a business pictured alongside his/ her quote in the story, and in proximity to a display ad, these elements all tie in together nicely for maximum impact. If you want to be seen as an expert, positioning yourself as one is just as important as actually being one. Remember, your knowledge isn’t just something you apply to conducting business, it’s also something you can leverage to drive business. To learn more about how Strictly Business can help you, contact me directly at (402) 466-3330 or visit (You can also click on our Staff Letter tab online to view past articles)


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Care Consultants for the Aging Announces New Ownership

SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza Opens in West Omaha

Care Consultants for the Aging is excited to announce that the company has transitioned to new ownership. The sale of the business was finalized on June 15th. Care Consultants for the Aging, with offices in Lincoln and Omaha, NE, is now owned and operated by Kyle Johnson, who is also the owner of the Oasis Senior Advisors Omaha franchise. The company structure and its operations will remain the same. Established in 1991, Care Consultants for the Aging is a locally owned and operated company that began out of a need in the community. Throughout the years, its Home Care Registry and ElderCare Resource Handbook have helped thousands of people in Nebraska with their eldercare needs. Care Consultants for the Aging has been referring qualified, screened, independent contractor CNA-level caregivers who provide in-home care to the elderly in addition to connecting them with a wide variety of services in and around the communities it serves. To find out more about Care Consultants for the Aging, visit www. or contact Kyle Johnson at (402) 488-3771 /

Honored with numerous awards for its food and hospitality experience, SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza opened its second area location on July 30th in West Omaha. Featuring exceptional artisan food made from fresh ingredients without the gourmet price and a distinct, spirited atmosphere that appeals to all ages, the West Omaha SPIN!ÂŽ is located at 17520 Wright Street in Legacy Village. The 4,569-square-foot location offers seating for 103 combining a casual dining room, community bar area, and pup-friendly patio open to the dining room through garage doors. This is the first SPIN! Pizza location to serve pasta dishes and cocktails along with its award-winning hand-spun artisan pizzas. SPIN! features a diverse selection of traditional thin-and-bubbly crust, rustic whole wheat, and gluten-friendly pizzas. SPIN! offers both traditional Pizza Rossa (red pizzas with crushed tomato sauce) and Pizza Bianca (white pizzas with roasted garlic olive oil glaze), and many hand-grated cheeses, including dairy-free. They also serve an array of appetizers, homemade soups, fresh salads with dressings made from scratch, signature Panini and Italian deli sandwiches, and delicious gelato ice creams. Additionally, SPIN! is known for its rotating roster of eclectic wines, local craft beers, and homemade white, red and blood orange sangrias. SPIN! is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Carry out is available at (402) 991-7701. For more information, please visit

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NDOL Announces Upcoming Opportunities to Connect With Consultants I n S e p t e m b e r, the Nebraska Depar tment of Labor’s On-Site Consultation Program will have consultants in attendance at s e ve ra l s a f e t y conferences and trade shows in Omaha, Gering, Kearney, and Lincoln. The On-Site Consultation Program helps employers identify potential hazards at worksites and improve their occupational safety and health management systems. Visit the booths at these events to meet consultants and find out more about the no-cost, confidential, safety and health consultation process. To provide convenient, statewide coverage, there are offices and personnel in both Lincoln and North Platte. If you would like to learn more about the On-Site Consultation Program, the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program, or any of the Nebraska Department of Labor’s other no-cost services, please call the Program Manager at (402) 471-4717 or email ndol.

Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District Now Open Marcus ® Hotels & Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corporation, and Marriott Hotels announced the official opening of the Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District. The 333room, 12-story hotel is the first new full-service premium hotel to open in Omaha in more than a decade. It also serves as a major anchor of the Capitol District, an upscale urban destination dining and entertainment district located in the heart of downtown Omaha. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is a minority investor in the property and is managing the new hotel. “We are thrilled to officially welcome guests to the Omaha Marriott Downtown located in the city’s first entertainment district, the Capitol District. Led by General Manager Steve Hilton, the hotel team has spent countless hours over the past year ensuring that the Omaha Marriott Downtown is an exceptional place to stay, meet, relax, dine and celebrate,” said Joseph Khairallah, president and chief operating officer of Marcus Hotels & Resorts In addition to a full-service dining restaurant, Society 1854, and bar, Burdock + Bitters, the Omaha Marriott Downtown features a rooftop pool with a bar and entertainment area, outdoor event areas and more than 17,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, including an 11,000-square-foot ballroom, one of the largest in Omaha. The new property also has a concierge lounge, dedicated to Elite Marriott Rewards members and other VIP guests, and a “Next Gen” meeting space, which is customizable for every group.

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Cox Communications Supports Omaha 2-1-1 Helpline With 3-Year Grant U n i t e d Way o f the Midlands (UWM) is proud to announce it will receive a gift of $60,000 from Cox Communications over the next three years to support operations at the 2-1-1 helpline. The helpline at United Way makes important connections for people in need. The staff makes referrals to public and nonprofit services that can address their urgent situation, and help them move toward financial stability in the future. This one-stop-shop for human service help provides the free service to residents of the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area, including nine counties in Southwest Iowa – and serves callers from across the state of Nebraska. The center answered more than 54,000 calls in 2016. The most frequently-reported needs from year-to-year are for housing and utility assistance. Other situations involve individual and family support for food assistance, protective services, respite care and burial expenses. “Cox believes in investing in the neighborhoods we serve, and United Way of the Midlands’ 2-1-1 service is a multifaceted lifeline for individuals across our community,” said Cox Market Vice President Lynne Sangimino. “Connecting those most in need to vital resources has never been more important.” “Creatively partnering to help the organizations bringing these programs to life is just as critical to us,” said Sangimino. “In addition to our financial support, Cox is pleased to provide call center management expertise through skill-sharing and peer-topeer engagement.” “Cox Communications’ multi-year contribution will accelerate United Way’s collaborative work to address critical needs and advance progress toward measureable human service goals” said UWM president and CEO Shawna Forsberg. “United Way is honored to launch this new partnership and we look forward to making an even greater impact on the lives of those who seek basic needs assistance and opportunities to reach financial stability.” To support the United Way of the Midlands’ annual campaign, Cox Communications also donated broadcast airtime on more than 60 cable networks, scrolling messages during The Weather Channel’s “Local on the 8s” broadcasts and digital advertising to celebrate the campaign’s kickoff August 22. SEPTEMBER 2017 Strictly Business 7


Taste of Florence Festival Set for Sept. 10th Senior Health Foundation and American National Bank present the 2nd Annual Taste of Florence food festival on Sunday, September 10th from 1-5 p.m. at Florence Home Healthcare 7915 No. 30th St. Taste of Florence features 19 restaurants from the Florence and Northeast Omaha areas serving a variety of cuisines. Your ticket is all you need to enjoy Italian, Soul Food, TexMex, Cajun, BBQ, and American Fare. There is even ice cream! The event will also feature live music from Come Together (a Beatles Tribute Band), a beer garden, and plenty of fun and entertainment for the kids. There will be face painting, a caricature artist, raptors from the Fontenelle Forest Raptor Recovery program, and the PAWs van from the Nebraska Humane Society. This event supports Senior Health Foundation, which provides support for underserved seniors in the greater Omaha area. Last year over 1,100 people attended and were treated to fun, food, and family! For more information, visit or look for Taste of Florence on Facebook.

MLCDC Certified by U.S. Treasury as Community Development Financial Institution Recently, The Peter Kiewit Foundation awarded the Midlands Latino Comm unity Development Corporation (MLCDC) $70,000 in grants to assist its business programs and technology. MLCDC’s MicroLending and Business Assistance Programs will receive $60,000 and $10,000 will go to technology renovations and improvements including new computers and software. The grants go beyond monetary value, supporting programs for Latino business owners which are “critical to building personal assets, increasing incomes, and providing jobs in the community,” said Marta Sonia Londoño, MLCDC executive director. In conjunction with the grants, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) gave formal certification to MLCDC, recognizing it as a Community Development Financial Institution. This certification states that MLCDC meets the requirements in the following areas: *Has a primary mission of promoting community development; *Serves and maintains accountability to eligible target markets; and *Functions as a financing entity to provide development services. “With the nationally recognized certification and The Peter Kiewit Foundation’s support, MLCDC will continue to provide the programs and services needed to created greater sustainability and financial security for those we serve,” Londoño said. MLCDC provides Latinos with opportunities to generate economic growth and develop a sustainable future in the Midlands. It is a catalyst for a thriving, diverse, and inclusive community enriched by Latino influence, economic results, culture, and leadership. For more information, visit www. or contact Marta Sonia Londoño directly at (402) 933-4466 / 8 Strictly Business SEPTEMBER 2017

CarePatrol Contributes to Success of 1st Annual Bets for Vets Event C a r e Pa t r o l of Nebraska was proud to be a part of the first annual Bets for Vets event, whic h took place in Omaha on July 28th. Not only did CarePatrol of Nebraska donate to the event, but Andrea Crampton, Community Relations Representative, volunteered as a casino worker to help make the night enjoyable for all. With such a fun event for a great cause, effort from a lot of passionate people, and generous donations, Bets for Vets raised over $1,500 in cash plus gift cards, bus passes, two van loads of food and comfort items. All of the items are going to help homeless veterans here in our community who served our great country. As part of the largest no-cost senior placement agency in the nation, CarePatrol of Nebraska assists clients with the selection of Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care communities at no cost to the family or senior. The CarePatrol team helps find the safest and best community for each client, matching them by care needs, wants, location and finances. By thoroughly reviewing the state’s care and violation history of every community before recommending them, then lining up the tours and personally accompanying the client to help make sure all the right questions are asked, the goal is to make the process is as easy as it can be. For more information, visit or contact Theron Ahlman directly at (402) 580-2116 /

UNO Athletes to Give and Find Inspiration at Mighty Mavericks Event UNO’s Sapp Fieldhouse is the place to be on Saturday, September 9th from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. It’s the site where the 6th Annual Mighty Maveric ks Family Focus Event will take place. The free event is a partnership between University of Nebraska Omaha Athletics, United Cerebral Palsy of Nebraska, Children’s Respite Care Center and Ollie Webb Center. It’s designed to introduce youth and adults with differing abilities to Maverick players -- giving them a chance to show their skills of their favorite sports and play right alongside college athletes. “This is a social and fun opportunity to experience many sporting activities. There is something for everyone. It is a great way to connect and make some friends, and that’s what this is really all about,” said Sarah Tselentis, Director of Marketing and Communications at Children’s Respite Care Center. Fans of all ages will be able to make their way along the indoor Fieldhouse Court where UNO athletes representing many different sports will come together with fans and participate in activities. Just a few of the offerings to choose from are: testing your hockey skills, work on dribbling and passing the basketball, show off your best tennis serve, snap a photo with Durango the Mavericks’ mascot, and top it off with brunch with The Pancake Man! “We are very grateful to the student-athletes, coaches and staff of UNO Athletics who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the kids and their families of our community. We are extremely proud to partner with them in this event,” said Anne Brodin, Director, Finance and Services of UCP of Nebraska.






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Governor Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska Department of Labor announced Nebraska’s unemployment rate reached 2.8 percent in July, the lowest rate since August of 2000. “This major jobs milestone is another great example of how Nebraska is growing,” said Governor Ricketts. “This year, we’ve already seen over $1 billion of new investment from great job creators like Costco, Facebook, Cargill, and others. My team continues to develop new strategies to grow new opportunities to keep Nebraska the best place in the world to live, work, and raise a family.” Nebraska is tied for fourth best unemployment rate in the nation with New Hampshire. “Several industry sectors have seen positive growth trends over the past few years. Financial activities, professional and business services, leisure & hospitality, and other services all reached new employment highs in July,” said Commissioner of Labor John H. Albin. “Manufacturing employment in July was also the highest it has been since August 2014.” To read the entire Bureau of Labor Statistics news release, go to: www. OPC

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Get Out: Omaha, the newest escape room experience in Omaha, hosted its Grand Opening August 4-6. A ribbon cutting with the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce kic ked off the festivities on Friday afternoon, and then the doors officially opened to the public! The goal of Get Out is simple: you and your friends/family/coworkers have 60 minutes to get out of a live-action escape room. Crack the codes, use your gut, and solve the riddles to escape the room in time! Focused on ‘shared experiences’, escape rooms are perfect entertainment for friends and family, corporate teams, and game aficionados. Along with being an exciting, new entertainment option, escape rooms are one of the best team building platforms available. Get Out: Omaha offered two escape rooms to choose from during the grand opening weekend, with plans to add three more experiences in the coming weeks. The first rooms are Y2K and Room 13. Y2K Theme: Your New Year’s Eve party is going to come to a sudden end when the Y2K bug takes down computer networks around the world… unless you can reset the system before the clock strikes midnight Room 13 Theme: You have no recollection of checking in. Mysteriously, you can’t leave. As panic sets in, the hotel’s cozy façade begins to crumble, and the sinister motive lurking behind your imprisonment is unmasked. Embedded in the cracks between past and present, voices guide you to freedom. Online bookings at are preferred, but walk-ins are also welcome! Find out more at

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SignIT is pleased to announce they are celebrating 20 years in business! SignIT began in May 1997 when they opened their doors as a family owned and operated sign shop. They will be celebrating 20 years all year long and recently had an official all-Chamber anniversary ribbon cutting held on August 23rd from 4-6 p.m. It was an exciting day celebrating 20 years with the local chambers and organizations that they are actively involved with! SignIT would like to thank their clients for a successful 20 years in business. They value the community that has helped them get to where they are today and all are encouraged to come out and join in the celebration with them! SignIT is a family owned and operated sign shop that was started by Steven and Marianne Roarty in 1997. In May of 2017, they retired and passed the business onto their two sons, Matt and Scott Roarty. SignIT strives to deliver the best product and great customer service. SignIT offers anything from small window graphics or promo items to large banners and outdoor signs. For more information, please visit or contact Ashley O’Neal at (402) 339-8882 or by email at

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Majors Plastics, Inc. Wins 3M Supplier of the Year Award Majors Plastics, Inc., Custom Injection Molder and Contract Manufacturing, was honored with the 2017 3M Supplier of the Year Award in recognition of the company’s contribution to improving 3M’s competitiveness. This year, 3M recognized 15 suppliers -- among thousands in its global supply base -- for world class performance in providing products and/or services. These suppliers were identified and rated based on strategic spend, contract compliance, actions taken to improve 3M’s relevance and overall supplier performance (quality, delivery, responsiveness, cost, technology roadmaps). An awards ceremony was held Aug. 4 at the 3M Championship in Blaine, Minn. Majors Plastics, Inc. ( is a full-service custom plastics injection molding business with over 100 molding machines and over 500 employees from the Omaha area specializing in high-volume, high-quality injection molding. The company provides precision thermoplastic component parts that are used in a wide variety of commercial and industrial product applications in the electronics, medical, safety and health, optical, agricultural, and telecommunication battery products. It does not produce proprietary products but fabricates through injection molding custom components manufactured to each individual customer’s specifications. In addition, the company provides contract manufacturing including assembly, testing, packaging, over-molding, two shot molding, pad printing, sonic welding, heat staking, and inventory logistics in both the United States and Mexico. SEPTEMBER 2017 Strictly Business 9



Zappos Culture Innovator Presents Keynote at BBB’s Integrity Awards Luncheon Annually, the Better Business Bureau Foundation (BBB) hosts an Integrity Awards Luncheon - an event honoring businesses that follow ethical practices and “go above and beyond” in serving their employees, customers and community. Omaha has the largest Integrity Awards event in the U.S. This year’s keynote speaker is Jenn Lim, Zappos Culture Innovator and the CEO of Delivering Happiness. Ms. Lim travels the world to teach companies that a happy culture leads to overall company success. Some of her former clients include: Forbes, General Mills, Lowes, and HP. In her one hour presentation, you will learn how happiness at work increases customer satisfaction, employee engagement, productivity, brand loyalty and financial performance. And if learning how to build a productive company culture isn’t enough, there will also be a raffle at the event. Four lucky winners will go to Las Vegas on November 9-10, stay a night at the Bellagio, tour Zappos and receive a $100 credit to see a show of their choice. The luncheon takes place October 17th at the Embassy Suites Omaha - La Vista Conference Center. For sponsorship opportunities with great benefits and ticket information, please contact the BBB at (402) 898-8526.

McGill Restoration Makes Inc. 5000 for 2nd Consecutive Year For the second year running, McGill Restoration, a Nebraska-based contractor specializing in concrete and masonry repair, as well as high performance specialty coatings, earned its place on the Inc. 5000 list by living out its philosophy of “building relationships through craftsmanship.” The Inc. 5000 list represents the 5,000 fastest-growing, privately held companies in America and their overall revenue growth over a three-year period. Inc. Magazine announces the list each year, which celebrates entrepreneurial success, leadership and innovation across the country. This year, McGill Restoration was ranked 3723 with a 3 year growth of 80.27% and was ranked the #16 fastest growing privately held company in Nebraska. That’s up 115 spots from last year’s ranking of 3838 and 79% (#15 among Nebraska companies). “We are proud to make our second appearance on the Inc. 5000 list. It’s confirmation that, by focusing on the quality of our work and the satisfaction of our customers, we are doing things the right way,” said Owner and President Timothy F. McGill. “I want to recognize each and every employee’s contribution to our growth,” he said. “Without their professionalism and dedication, this would not be possible.”


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Founded in 1984, McGill Restoration is a family-owned business specializing in restoring and preserving infrastructure such as buildings, parking garages, stadiums, and roads. McGill Restoration has performed projects for some of Nebraska’s most notable companies, including Mutual of Omaha, Nebraska Medicine, Woodmen of the World, Creighton University, US Bank, First National Bank, CHI Health, Bryan Health, and the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and Omaha campuses. Learn more at


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Shine Spray Tan & Waxing and Sweat Cycle Strength both have new locations in Papillion, sharing space side by side at 1449 Papillion Drive. The Papillion location officially opened for business in early May, and the grand opening festivities took place on July 12th. A ribbon cutting ceremony with the Sarpy Chamber of Commerce kicked off the celebration, followed by an open house. The professionals at Shine believe that looking and feeling your best isn’t a luxury, but rather, an important step in self-care. Shine offers airbrush spray tanning, waxing, and other esthetics services. Find out more about Shine at or call (402) 506-6661 to schedule an appointment. Sweat Cycle Strength offers Group Fitness classes, specializing in TRX and Spinning (Indoor Cycling). Classes are open to people at all fitness levels - workouts can be tailored to meet you where you are, while still challenging you. Find out more about Sweat Cycle Strength at www., and for Group Fitness class questions, contact Jen Marhenke at (402) 881-9963. 4 Strength 4 Courage, LLC - Compete Personal Fitness, Shine Spray Tan & Waxing, and Sweat Cycle Strength - is a local, family-owned company providing fitness, nutrition and self-care services to enhance ones overall well-being while being responsible and contributing members of the greater Omaha community. The new Papillion location joins other existing locations across the Omaha Metro.

Husch Blackwell has been named by Working Mother magazine as one of the 2017 “Best Law Firms for Women” in recognition of its practices related to the retention and promotion of women lawyers. The annual list recognizes 50 U.S. law firms for their policies in the advancement of women and for the implementation of work-life balance initiatives. The firm was selected partially for its support of flexible and remote scheduling and its moves to support the advancement of women to equity partnership. The firm’s alternative work schedule policy encourages attorneys (both women and men) to request flexible schedules or remote work rather than leave the firm or the practice of law. Approximately 53 percent of the firm’s associates are women, and the firm has women in prominent leadership roles. The full list of the 2017 Working Mother Best Law Firms for Women features highlights on representation of women and women of color in key leadership roles, and usage and promotion rates for reduced-hour lawyers, among other key points.

Ironhide Construction Awarded Contract for New Papillion Community Center Fieldhouse Ironhide Construction is excited to announce it has been awarded a contract on an exciting project set to begin in November – the construction of the field house for the new Papillion Community Center. After a very competitive bidding process, Sampson Construction, the general contractor, selected Ironhide Construction as a subcontractor for the steel building portion of the project. The new Papillion Community Center is an estimated $45M project and the plans include the field house, containing a recreation area and meeting spaces. The 56,000-squarefoot facility will feature indoor aquatics, a walking track, exercise facility, gymnasiums, and more. Voters approved the project to move forward during last November’s election. Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Lincoln, NE, Ironhide Construction specializes in commercial and industrial construction and offers an array of general contracting services. With a reputation throughout the Midwest for providing quality buildings and genuine service at a reasonable price, the locally owned and operated company prides itself on providing expert advice, skilled craftsmanship and top-notch construction management. Ironhide Construction is an Authorized Builder for Chief Buildings, a division of Chief Industries, Inc., and has since grown one of the top producing companies nationwide. For more information about Ironhide Construction, please call (402) 420-4961 or visit

Chamber Announces Leadership Omaha’s Milestone 40th Class Leadership Omaha, one of the longest-running community leadership programs in the nation, has reached another significant milestone – its 40th year of developing leaders capable of strengthening and transforming the community. The Chamber is underscoring the achievement by announcing the distinguished members of Leadership Omaha Class 40, a diverse group of 49 men and women (listed below) who will spend the next ten months focusing on community trusteeship and awareness, ultimately joining a network of almost 1,700 Leadership Omaha alumni. Class members are chosen based on their demonstrated community involvement and vision for Greater Omaha’s future. In addition to their Aug. 3 orientation – and prior to graduating in June – participants will attend a retreat in September and then monthly, daylong seminars on community issues, including education, inclusivity and justice. Class members will also complete small group projects for the benefit of the Omaha community. Meet Leadership Omaha Class 40: Emily Anderson - Home Instead, Inc; Drew Antonio - Enterprise Bank; Vic Beanum – Cox; Ryne Bessmer Karstens Investment Counsel; Catherine Cano - Jackson Lewis PC; Kasey Cappellano - Kutak Rock LLP; Allen Chaffee - UMB Bank; Amy Cherko - Olsson Associates; Vicki Christ – LinkedIn; Kurt Cisar - Holland Basham Architects; Charles Coley - MACCH (Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless); Matthew DeBoer – HDR; Vanessa Denney - University of Nebraska Foundation; Alex Epstein – OMNE Partners; Joe Finnegan Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.; Brendan Flanagan - Javlin Capital LLC; Suzie Heffernan - BioTAB Healthcare; Luke Holst - McGrath North; Ed Kaspar - Physicians Mutual; Keegan Korf - Omaha Public Schools; Andrew Lang – Morrissey Engineering; Jeremy Langer – Kiewit; Amy Lawrenson - Baird Holm LLP; Daniel Lawse - Verdis Group; Andy Liakos – Proxibid; Jay Lund - GreenSlate Development; Lauren Maskin - Children’s Hospital & Medical Center; Erin McArthur - Women’s Fund of Omaha; Parker McKenna - Union Pacific Railroad; Nathan Morgan - The Big Garden; Alisa Parmer - Kaplan University; Anthony Pasternak - BKD, LLP; Alex Petrovich - Lockton Companies; Joe Pogge - McNeil Company; Mark Pohl - Omaha Public Power District; Diane Poots - Greater Omaha Chamber; Alysia Radicia - RDG Planning & Design; Ben Ries – LEO A DALY; Tara Slevin - Methodist Jennie Edmundson; Bruce Stec - CQuence Health Group; Suzi Sterba - U.S. Bank; Dakotah Taylor - First National Bank; Melissa Taylor - Mutual of Omaha; Chris Tooker - Merrill Lynch; Sue Violi - Omaha World-Herald; Cornelia Vremes - Nebraska Medicine; Jill Wallen - University of Nebraska Medical Center; Carrie Weiler - Union Bank & Trust Company; Alex Wolf - Koley Jessen, P.C., L.L.O. For more information about Leadership Omaha, contact Liz Kerrigan at (402) 978-7913. SEPTEMBER 2017 Strictly Business 11


Pumpkin Run Set for Oct. 7 at Pioneers Park in Lincoln

Canfield’s Reveals New Sales Floor, Bike Shop and More

The 16th annual Pumpkin Run, a one-mile fun run for youth runners, is set for Saturday, Oct. 7 at Pioneers Park in Lincoln. More than 50 schools are expected to be represented in what is believed to be the largest youthonly cross-country run in the nation. Heats will be held every 20 minutes from 8:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. and are divided by grade and school size. Each runner receives a shirt, commemorative cup, Gatorade and granola bar along with certificates for free meals and two free games of bowling. Last year, more than 3,400 kids participated, and 25 area schools earned awards for having at least 10% of their students participate. The Pumpkin Run is conducted by the Nebraska Sports Council, with assistance from Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln Parks and Recreation and the Lincoln Track Club. Allo Communications is the presenting partner, and major sponsors include Lincoln Pediatric Dentistry, Complete Chidlren’s Health and UNICO Group. Those interested can register or find more information at

Canfield’s Sporting Goods has reformatted their sales floor to create a more intimate shopping experience. In the transition, the local sporting goods epicenter is adding bicycles—an item NEVER sold there before—and implemented a pro-active pricing policy. Through feedback, Canfield’s learned that customers desired an easier, more intimate shopping experience. Prior to the reformat, the sales floor was 42,000 square feet, which caused customers to walk long distances between items and sales associates. Now, the store is 22,000 square feet and makes it easier for a customer to shop in any given category while also working with the same employee. In addition to physical changes, Canfield’s is adding bikes to the sales floor as of mid-September. Over the last 5-10 years, Canfield’s has seen business migrate to outdoor activities like camping and running, so they’ve now moved away from tactical and surplus items, adding the bike shop. Canfield’s is also utilizing a garage on-site as a space for convenient bike maintenance and custom car-rack installation for installing Thule and Yakima products. Finally, in addition to the physical changes, the store has rolled out an easy price-matching system called Proactive Price-matching, wherein associates search for a lower cost on the customer’s behalf via handheld tablets. Canfield’s today is Omaha’s largest locally owned and family operated rugged outdoor sporting goods store. For more information, log onto:

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2018 STEP Ahead Award Nominations Open The Manufacturing Institute is pleased to announce that the 2018 STEP Ahead Award nominations are open. The STEP Ahead initiative was designed to showcase the impact of women in manufacturing to help attract and retain the talent manufacturers need to succeed. This national honor identifies the best of the best women in manufacturing, and further encourages women to mentor and support the next generation of female talent to pursue manufacturing careers. The 2018 STEP Ahead Awards will be the sixth anniversary of STEP Ahead, having honored 672 women that are making a difference in their companies and communities. According to a survey conducted by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, since its inception, STEP Ahead Award winners have impacted more than 300,000 individuals, from peers in the industry to school-age children. In 2018, the Institute will honor 100 women and 30 Emerging Leaders, a category introduced to honor women under the age of 30 who have achieved unique accomplishments at the start of their careers. Visit www. to nominate leading women in manufacturing. Nominations will close September 29, 2017.

Remington Heights to Host Carnival in Celebration of National Assisted Living Week Join Remington Heights for a carnival event on Friday, September 15th from 5-8 p.m. with free food, games and festivities in celebration of National Assisted Living Week September 10-16. Bring the whole family and enjoy a petting zoo, face painting, a clown, games, bounce house, cake walk, karaoke DJ and more! Remington Heights features the finest in independent and assisted living with outstanding service, quality care, and elegant homelike surroundings. A full range of services are offered to residents including personalized care, nutritious meals, and engaging activities to promote each individual’s maximum physical and emotional wellbeing. For more information about Remington Heights, please visit or contact Jan or Phil at (402) 493-5807 or email

Northwestern Mutual - Nebraska Nationally Recognized for Childhood Cancer Activism Northwestern Mutual - Nebraska goes above and beyond in their mission help eradicate childhood cancer. Driven by this mission, the Nebraska office was named Most Exceptional 2017 Childhood Cancer Impact Award winner, receiving a $100,000 grant for the fight against pediatric cancer in Nebraska. Northwestern Mutual - Nebraska has spent over 2,500 hours volunteering and raised more than $250,000 toward childhood cancer programs since 2016. The office holds the fight against childhood cancer near and dear, as Nebraska is ranked third nationally in pediatric cancer rates under the age of fifteen. The annual Childhood Cancer Impact Award is given to the office that is recognized most for their outstanding commitment to local nonprofits focused on childhood cancer research and family support. This award will contribute to childhood cancer research and family support in Nebraska. Northwestern Mutual - Nebraska supports the following organizations in the fight to end childhood cancer: Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, The Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, Camp CoHolo, Sammy’s Superhero’s, Pediatric Cancer Action Network, The Emma Strong Foundation, and The Shootout for Cancer.

Keynote Speakers Announced for 6th Annual African American Leadership Conference Registration is open for the 6th Annual African American Leadership Conference and Revive! Black Business Expo presented by The Empowerment Network! Join local, regional and national leaders for a powerful conference focused on career advancement, leadership development, community building and ownership. Keynote speakers include: George Fraser – Recognized internationally for economic and media strategies; Dr. Randal Pinkett – One of America’s top consultants on career advancement and intrapreneurship; Jaylen Bledsoe – At age 19, Jaylen leads a $3.5 million business and launched his first business at age 12; and several other notable national and local speakers. There will also be 20 breakout sessions and roundtables featuring local panelists and speakers. The African American Leadership Conference is one of the premier leadership conferences in the Midwest! The Welcome and Networking Reception will be held at Love’s Jazz and Arts Center on Thursday, September 21st from 6 – 8 p.m., with the 6th Annual African American Leadership Conference held on Friday, September 22nd at the Hilton Omaha Downtown from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Deadline to register is Sunday, September 17th. Special thanks to the 2017 Major Sponsors: Conagra Brands, Weitz Family Foundation, American National Bank, CHI Health, Veridian Credit Union, North End Teleservices, and Revive Omaha! Business Network. For more information, visit or contact Vicki Quaites-Ferris at (402) 502-5153 /

Yield Champions Field Day Events, New Products and Pro AG Trainings Announced Dennis Nun, President of Yield C h a m p i o n s, and Todd & Lisa Hoffman of TJH Farms hosted a field day in Juniata on August 17th 2017. On hand for Pictured L-R: David Heineman, the event Chef Ryan Hughes, Rodd Hoffman were nearly and Charles W. Herbster. 100 farmers, agronomists, seed, chemical and fertilizer dealers as well as Conklin Company owner Charles W. Herbster and Conklin Company board member former Nebraska governor David Heineman. The Hoffman’s 2016 crop had suffered three major hail events in June, July and August, but thanks to the AgroVantage Foliar Feeding Program their fields looked amazing! 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 this event a new product INTENSIFY was announced to be available by November for use in the coming crop year as well as the schedule for the Pro Ag I programs, including the 1st in Kearney, NE November 29-30, 2017. 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 SEPTEMBER 2017 Strictly Business 13


Definitive Vision Unveils Eye-Catching Mural at Grand Opening Event

Soy Buyers Convene in Omaha

Definitive Vision, Midtown Crossing’s full-service eye care center, invited the community to come and see its new, bigger space and what could be a world-record breaking, original work of art.

Nearly 60 percent of the soybeans currently growing in America’s soybean belt are exported. Soy exports generated more than $24 billion of revenue for the United States last year, and this number is growing alongside global populations and economies.

The eye-catching mural, which was unveiled at a grand opening party August 1, is a large-scale version of a colorful – and functional – Ishihara Color Test plate. Ishihara Color Tests are used to determine if someone is color blind. Definite Vision tapped Omaha artist/illustrator Joe Nicholson to complete the mural. Depicting an Ishihara-style peace sign, it measures about 10.5 feet in diameter.

Last month, many of the farmers who grow U.S. Soy had the opportunity to meet the international buyers who purchase it. The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) hosted its 5th annual U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange Aug. 15-17 at Omaha’s CenturyLink Center, and attendees represented a significant amount of U.S. Soy purchased.

The mural is the design centerpiece of Definitive Vision’s new office at 3157 Farnam Street, Suite 7105. Twice the size of the original location, it will allow Dr. Shannon Elwood and his team to build on a reputation for premier service with extra space for eyewear repairs/ adjustments and additional staff, including another eye doctor, new exam equipment and additional frame lines.

More than 250 international buyers from 50 countries attended the 2017 U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange, in addition to 350 U.S. soybean farmers, exporters, traders and other industry representatives. They attended trade team buyer/supplier meetings, enjoyed a networking reception at the Joslyn Art Museum and participated in key discourse on recent global and commercial issues affecting international soy and grain markets.

The grand opening event featured free food from CRAVE, drinks (two local brews, bourbon and wine) from PROOF and hundreds of dollars in giveaways, including $50 gift cards and concert tickets. The entire Definitive Vision team (plus some friends and family) contributed to the aesthetic of the new office. In addition to the mural, it is outfitted with furniture from Midtown Crossing’s Hutch and a collection of vintage optics.


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Perhaps the most valuable takeaway from the U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange was the relationships forged during it. Following the event, groups of international attendees visited U.S. farms for a firsthand glimpse of sustainable U.S. soybean farming practices. USSEC hosted the event in conjunction with the Midwest Shippers Association. For additional information, visit


Country Music and Barbeque Festival Comes to Turner Park This Fall Enjoy performances from two of country music’s hottest up-and-comers – and a whole lot of barbeque – at Country to the Core: Midtown’s Country Music & Barbeque Festival, six hours of boot scootin’, lip smackin’ good times. Featuring Craig Wayne Boyd, winner of NBC’s The Voice: Season 7, and Todd O’Neill, winner of the recent Nash Next Challenge, the brand-new Country to the Core will take over Omaha’s Turner Park on Saturday, September 30, from 3:00 – 9:00 p.m. Local musician Jimmy Weber will serve as the opening act. In the tradition of Midtown Crossing’s popular Zydeco Festival, the day-long event will be free and open to the public. To complement the country music, Midtown Crossing restaurants will be selling barbeque specialties on-site, along with a steady flow of cold drinks. Restaurants on the park are accepting outdoor patio reservations.

Ahern Launches New Corporate Website J. F. Ahern Co., a leader in mechanical, fire protection and fabrication, has launched a new website with expanded capabilities, simplified navigation, and valuable content for general contractors, building owners, and facility managers. To help visitors easily find solutions for their commercial and industrial buildings, an improved site structure has been developed to include expanded service solution pages, a vertical market project showcase finder, and valuable content authored by our engineers and technicians. “Visitors to our new site will be able to find the information they need quickly through a contemporary design that has been mobile-optimized enabling a user-friendly experience and making navigation seamless on any device,” said John Willis, Director of Marketing for Ahern. There is also a new career section with one-click access to information on company, culture and open positions. J. F. Ahern Co. is a multi-trade mechanical and fire protection contractor specializing in facility services, construction, piping and prefabrication services. Founded in 1880, the company has over 1,400 employees servicing customers across the United States in diverse sectors that include commercial, industrial, healthcare, food processing, data centers, and retail. To keep up with Ahern’s latest company news and events, visit or follow on Facebook or LinkedIn.

Smart Start Learning Center Changes Hands On July 19th, first-time business owner, Margertha McLean, purchased Omaha’s most innovate childcare facility – Smart Start Learning Center from Jayne Buck, owner since 2012. Located just north of the 72nd and Blondo streets intersection, Smart Start focuses on enriching early childhood education with art, science, nutrition and fitness activities. A former engineer with degrees in Cellular Biology, Biochemistry and Nutritional Sciences, McLean is looking forward to implementing more STEM-focused programs to help give Omaha’s kids a head start in math and science. With the assistance of her Curriculum and Education Manager, assessment tests will be developed to help meet each child’s individual needs, from toddlers to preschoolers. Existing programs for school age children include before and after school care, school transportation and school break programs with field trips and special activities. Children ages 3 and up are exposed to art, dance, soccer, story time and more to provide a well-rounded experience. McLean has already spent her first few weeks meeting most of the parents and getting to know the kids better, and she has a knowledgeable staff to help in her transition to ownership. While management is a newer experience for McLean, her enthusiasm and ideas, and support from Buck, will help her to see the center grow and prosper. To find out more about Smart Start Learning Center, please call (402) 614-2722 or visit

Bailey Lauerman Opens Los Angeles Office Bailey Lauerman has expanded its operations with the opening of an office in Los Angeles, California. The Omaha-based agency has established a national reputation over its 47-year history for work with brands such as Allstate, AMC Theatres, Bass Pro Shops, Cuties, General Electric, HDR, Honeywell, New York Yankees, Panda Express, Phillips 66, Smithsonian and Union Pacific. The opening of a Los Angeles office brings the agency’s experience to clients on the coast who value a Midwest perspective. The agency’s presence in Los Angeles also fosters new strategic partnerships, such as the one formed with United Talent Agency (UTA), one of the largest talent agencies in the world. The expansion gives Bailey Lauerman access to additional talent on the west coast too. The first hires are Chantal Sagnes, group account director/ managing partner, who joined from Co:Collective where she worked with brands including Puma, IBM and the ACLU; and Kelly Mertesdorf, group strategy director, who brings experience from top agencies including TBW\Chiat\Day, McKinney and Deutsch where she led strategy for brands such as Taco Bell, Jimmy Dean and Walmart. Bailey Lauerman ( has been recognized by the Effie Effectiveness Index as one of the Top 10 Most Effective Independent Agencies in the nation for six consecutive years, was awarded “Small Agency of the Year” by Advertising Age, and has been named one of “20 Small Agencies that Punch Above Their Weight,” in Forbes.

Gallup, Creighton University Honored for Creating a Winning Culture of Wellness UnitedHealthcare recently recognized Gallup for implementing a successful workplace wellness program and Creighton University for its long-standing successful workplace wellness program. Gallup and Creighton University were among the 10 companies across the United States presented with UnitedHealthcare’s “Well Deserved” award for wellness programs that produced a culture of better health in the workplace. Gallup leadership supports a companywide “Life Well Lived” campaign that included five core wellness elements: purpose, social, financial, community and physical. Gallup’s game-based wellness program called “In The Zone” provided employees fun monthly challenges and interactive learning opportunities based on the company’s five elements of well-being. The program helps employees set goals, establish healthy habits and improve their quality of life. Locally, Gallup’s Omaha Riverfront campus offers a fitness center, healthy cafeteria options, treadmill and standing desks, a credit union and regular team and company social events, including a “Community Builders” volunteer program. As a result of being a three-time Well Deserved award winner, Creighton earned a “Leadership Award,” which recognizes employers for sustained results in helping employees improve their health and well-being. Nationally, Creighton University has been at the forefront of employee wellness initiatives, especially among employers in the field of education. Creighton has provided comprehensive, evidencedbased wellness resources for its employees and implemented creative benefits strategies based on the unique needs of its workforce. The university has effectively managed health care costs by developing a strong partnership with wellness vendor Healthbreak, Inc. This is UnitedHealthcare’s ninth year of recognizing employers who demonstrate a commitment to improving their employees’ health and well-being through innovative wellness programs. UnitedHealthcare worked with an external broker review panel to review and judge all Well Deserved award applicants. SEPTEMBER 2017 Strictly Business 15

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Good Life Retirement Solutions is locally owned and operated by Andy Storz, with the goal of offering peace of mind and security through retirement and insurance solutions.

WHAT DO YOU THINK MAKES YOU DIFFERENT FROM OTHER COMPANIES SIMILAR TO YOURS? The biggest difference is that we don’t offer any products that are variable. In other words, we don’t work with any products that could lose people the money they put in. This was very important to me when starting this company, having seen firsthand the devastating results that market volatility can cause to people’s savings. I didn’t ever want to be in a position where I had to tell someone that he/she had lost the money that was invested. This philosophy also means that we aren’t for everyone; however, for those who value security, we do great things. WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT DOING BUSINESS IN LINCOLN AND OMAHA? There’s a real sense of community doing business here. It’s amazing how often you meet people and it turns out you’re connected in some way. Being able to work with people who value building relationships is something that is very unique and special. I’ve been in Nebraska almost my entire life, so it made sense to start a business and a family here. I spent some time away from the area several years ago and found that I missed it, so this is home. WHAT KIND OF COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS/GROUPS ARE YOU INVOLVED WITH? We’ve done a lot of great work with schools by setting up scholarships, providing food to families for the holidays, and providing clothing for children in need. I have personally been involved with the Knights of Columbus for a few years and give what time I can helping with their activities as well. With my children being pretty young, I don’t have as much time to give as I’d like. But my oldest two are close to an age where they can come along so I’m planning to get involved in some sort of community activity in the near future. DO YOU HAVE A BUSINESS PHILOSOPHY OR MISSION STATEMENT? Our goal is to provide individualized solutions based on a person or family’s goals and resources. These solutions need to bring safety, security, and peace of mind. WHAT IS THE MOST UNIQUE OR INTERESTING THING ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS THAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW? When people find out we don’t have any offerings that would cause a loss of premium due to market volatility it tends to be surprising. It seems to help a lot of our customers feel more at ease knowing that we would never recommend something to them that may lose them money. WHAT CHANGES HAVE YOU SEEN IN THE INDUSTRY AND YOUR COMPANY IN THE PAST FEW YEARS? The biggest one that has happened in the last few years has been the implementation of the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule. While it promotes transparency, it also caused a number of investment companies to no longer work


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with clients that they considered to not have enough assets. We’re still seeing the impact on the finance and insurance industries unfold. My hope is that ultimately consumers will be made more aware of how much of their money is being used for various fees and it will be easier for them to determine their options. WHAT DO YOU SEE HAPPENING WITH THE BUSINESS IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS? Technology, Baby Boomer retirement, and government reform will be big drivers of the next five years. The increased use of robo-advisors will likely put a strain on traditional broker relationships and may force some consolidation. As Boomers continue to retire their savings will be tested, and a large market downturn like the one in 2008 could put many in a terrible position. Lastly, government reform (or lack thereof) may drastically change pensions and social security. We’re closely watching what’s going on with many pension plans right now to see if that will be impacting people counting on them in the future. WHAT IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES THAT YOUR COMPANY HAS FACED? The ongoing one is the bad reputation that a few have given the finance and insurance industries. Sometimes it’s tough to overcome the preconceived notion that someone in our field is only out to sell and will say whatever they need to make that sale. That simply isn’t the case. There are many great professionals who value building relationships with their clients and will keep their client’s best interests in mind. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST IMPORTANT ACHIEVEMENT AS A BUSINESS? For me, it was when I was given a Nebraska Admiralship in recognition of the scholarships that we created. Knowing that there was an appreciation for what we were doing for the community meant a great deal to me. Something like that will always be more meaningful than any kind of sales or business accomplishment to me personally, because the education we helped someone obtain will last their lifetime. WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST TURNING POINT IN YOUR BUSINESS? Learning the impact that it was possible to make in the community by finding the right opportunities with which to offer help and get involved. I had come from a professional background where giving back was very impersonal and usually meant giving a check to a large organization. By working with people one on one, especially in the schools, we really found that we can make a huge difference in people’s lives by finding small needs that have a large impact. I think having those experiences really shifted the philosophy of the company to make giving back as important as gaining customers. WHAT IS ONE GOAL FOR YOUR BUSINESS THAT YOU HAVE YET TO ACCOMPLISH? I hope to get to a place where we are putting a third of our revenue back into the community through givebacks and charitable sponsorships. This is the most rewarding part of the business for me so I’d love to see it grow more. Our goal for this year was 20% and we’ve been able to meet it so far, I think we can do better though.

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OMAHA HOME FOR BOYS The Omaha Home for Boys has been serving at-risk youth in the region for nearly a century. Through its residential care, transitional living and independent living programs, the Home empowers vulnerable young men and women with the skills needed to lead independent, productive lives. Jeff DeWispelare is the Chief Operating Officer at Omaha Home for Boys. How did you get started in the business? - More than 25 years ago I began my nonprofit career by volunteering at a teen lock-in at a local YMCA in Dallas, Texas while doing my college internship (not in the nonprofit sector). I was offered a job that night and the rest is, as they say, history. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - Helping staff realize they cannot take failure personally. In the at-risk youth service business there are great success stories along the way, but the path is also filled with youth that don’t quite make it work in their life, which is a very difficult thing to accept and not take personally. What has been your most important achievement professionally? - An important one has been staying persistent in the nonprofit sector when it would have been easy to chase the money and not stay true to my passion to help people. Over the years I have been rewarded for my loyalty by being promoted. I am very proud that I stuck to my plan, and as a result, I have enjoyed a rewarding career. Tell us a little about your family. - I have been blessed with my wonderful wife Macy. Together we have five wonderful kids ages 16, 17, 19, 21, and 23. What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? - I experienced cancer twice in my early 30’s. Those experiences changed the way I view life and have made me a better husband, friend, and family member. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - I enjoy golfing and boating. It’s not what you do but more about spending time with friends and family making memories. What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? - I’m a closet reality TV junkie…I guess not so much in the closet anymore! What are you the most proud of? - The thousands of amazing and dedicated staff that I have had the privilege to work with, lead, and learn from over the past 25 years in the nonprofit sector. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - Your integrity is who you are when nobody’s watching. If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? - I have always wanted to be a sports psychologist for a college football team, of course the Huskers! What local nonprofit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - I’m most passionate about the impactful work we do at Omaha Home for Boys. I’m also a big fan of the Twin Rivers YMCA where my wife is the Executive Director. What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? - Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek. What is your favorite movie? - The Shawshank Redemption. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - I would love to have anyone interested in learning more about the great work we do for at-risk youth contact me at jeffd@omahahomeforboys. org for more information or a tour. You can also learn more about Omaha Home for Boys online at


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CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY, NEBRASKA Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894, is a fully accredited, coeducational university located in Seward that offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs at its main campus, graduate college in Lincoln, and online. Joel Christiansen, who owns and operates the Christiansen Academy, is the instructor for one of Concordia’s newest courses, the MBA Organizational Development Clinic. Tell us a little about the MBA Organizational Development Clinic at Concordia University, Nebraska. - This is an 8-week course where Concordia University MBA students are matched up with local nonprofits and businesses to assist with the development of a marketing plan, planning of a promotional event, or development of a training program. Each student spends 100 documented hours working for the client under their guidance as well as the guidance of the MBA instructor assigned to that course. How did you get started in the business? - During my service as a community liaison for the University of Nebraska Athletic Department Life Skills Program in the early 90s, I was asked to do some speaking and consulting work. It was a natural fit. That progressed into starting my own business, Christiansen Academy, and then becoming a professor at the college level. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - Meeting the standard of excellence every time I am called to write, teach, or speak. What has been your most important achievement professionally? - There are two. The privilege of serving as a professor at Concordia University for their MBA Organizational Development Clinic and authoring seven books (available on Amazon and www.joelcspeaking. com). Tell us a little about your family. - I am a proud father of four children and grandfather of six grandchildren. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - Golf. Hike. Write. Travel. What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? - I once shared a stage with former President and Mrs. Ford. What are you the most proud of? - My relationships with family and friends and 36 years in recovery. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - The molehill does not have to become a mountain. If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? - Curious. If you had a theme song, what would it be? - Redemption Song by Bob Marley. What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - Treatment centers and AA. They saved my life. What is your favorite local restaurant? - Two. Lazlo’s Brewery & Grill and Lippy’s BBQ in Malcolm. If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? - Warren Buffett. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? Via my website,, or social media pages. You can find Christiansen Academy on Facebook, Instragram and Twitter (@ speakerjoel). You can get in touch with Concordia University, Nebraska, online at

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Established in 1989, Benefit Professionals, Inc., a Bearence Management Group Company, is a group benefits brokerage firm located in La Vista, NE. The firm works with clients in Nebraska and Iowa, finding solutions to meet their individual needs when it comes to employee benefits. Benefit Professionals, Inc. continues to grow and celebrate successes, as it constantly explores new avenues in an effort to combat rising healthcare costs for both small companies and large corporations. Carson Forst is a Risk Management Consultant at Bearence Management Group. How did you get started in the business? - I was in college when I was first introduced to the world of insurance. Knowing I’ve always wanted to find a career that allowed me to express my competitive and entrepreneurial side, I haven’t looked back since. While I started with an internship in personal insurance, I’ve found my way to the commercial insurance side. I’m happy to say I love what I do and will be here for the long haul! Tell us a little about your role with the company. - Personally, specializing in property & casualty and workers comp, I work with my clients on a proactive services platform to help them understand and mitigate risk before it happens. Tell us a little about your family. - While starting a family of my own is in the future plans, currently it’s just me and my four-legged buddy, Rizzo! What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - On a day off you can find me doing anything that allows me to be active and outdoors… biking, golfing, running, at a lake/beach, etc. What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? - As an infant, I was diagnosed with Supraventricular Tachycardia, a condition that causes an abnormally fast heart beat. Some ‘SVT’ patients’ conditions remain their whole life but I was one of the lucky ones who outgrew it very early in life. What are you the most proud of? - The completion of my first sprint triathlon this summer. It’s something I’ve never done before and randomly had an urge to register for a few months ago. The training has been fun and future races will be a part of my life from now on! What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - I always remember my dad telling me, ‘Actions speak louder than words.’ It’s a great piece of advice that has stuck with me through the years. If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? - Whole-hearted (yes, I know that’s technically two). If you had a theme song, what would it be? - People are Crazy by Billy Currington. Which talent would you most like to have? - I would love to be able to speak a few different languages. In addition to being able to communicate with a wider range of people, it would also make traveling abroad easier! If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? - I’ve always dreamt of owning my own micro-brewery/ restaurant. What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? - Being a life-long Cubs fan, the last book I read was Teammate by David Ross. A great read for any player/person who is part of a team! If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? - Given the opportunity, I would love to break bread with Jesus. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? Email:; Phone: (515) 473-8792.


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STRICTLY BUSINESS MAGAZINE Meet Jenna Broulette (formerly Hubl), Executive Assistant at Strictly Business Magazine! How did you get started in the business? - I graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Marketing-Fashion Merchandising degree. Shortly after graduation, I moved to Los Angeles to pursue professional opportunities within the growing fashion capital of the United States. I began my career at Hautelook |, where I worked for over five years as a Senior Logistics Coordinator. However, I always knew I wanted to move back to my Midwestern roots. There was an opportunity to join the Strictly Business team which I couldn’t pass up. I’m coming up on my 2-year anniversary with the company! Tell us a little about your role with the company. - I work on both the sales and production side of the publication, with a wide variety of responsibilities including client correspondence, account management, event planning and networking, so every day is vastly different for me. Tell us a little about your family. - My husband Eric and I just got married at the end of July! We are in full newlywed bliss. To see how he’s transformed my world in the past 4 years, I can only imagine what he will do with a lifetime. My family is my world! I’m the oldest of 3 girls. My mother, Gay, is a ray of sunshine and the strongest woman I know. My sisters Stacie and Paige also reside in Lincoln and as their ‘big sis’ I’m proud of who they’ve become and flattered to call them my sisters and best friends. Lastly, I can’t forget about our 2-year-old golden retriever Lucy! What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? - Losing my father to cancer in December. He will always be my superhero and his courage and bravery is an inspiration to us all. Although I continue to learn how to live in a world without him in it, I find peace knowing he will always be looking over me. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - I love to travel any opportunity I get! I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list. I enjoy spending time with friends and family, attending concerts, dinners, going to any sporting event, and Husker Football to name a few! What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - ‘Do one thing each day that makes you happy.’ It’s something my mother always reminds me. If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? - Positive. If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? - Wedding Coordinator or Event Planner. If you could have a super power, what would it be? - Time travel. I would have loved to live in so many different time periods! First stop in my time machine would be The Roaring Twenties. What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - I head up our bi-annual Supporting Non-Profits feature in the publication so I’m fortunate to be able to work closely with and support a plethora of amazing local non-profit organizations that all do remarkable work in our community! If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? - Coco Chanel. She not only had impeccable style, she was an inspirational businesswoman and innovator who created timeless designs that still remain popular today. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - Phone: (402) 466-3330; Email:; Website:



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PERSONNEL NEWS Cresa Welcomes Paul Buss as Vice President of Project Management

Cameron Scott Appointed to American Heart Association Board of Directors

Cresa has announced the addition of Paul Buss as Vice President of Project Management.

Cameron Scott, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Union Pacific, headquartered in Omaha, has been appointed to the board of directors of the American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate for a two-year term. In this role, Scott will help lead the achievement of the association’s mission to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke through oversight of local revenue generation and health impact activities. The American Heart Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease.

Paul brings over 30 years of experience as a designer, project manager and consultant to the Cresa Omaha office. His diverse background includes work in the areas of commercial and residential development, municipal utility infrastructure, office remodel and build-out, electronic security systems, and critical infrastr ucture continuity of operations planning. Prior to joining Cresa, Paul worked for civil firms HWS Engineering and Ross Engineering in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he specialized in assisting private and municipal clients with the design and construction of numerous commercial and residential developments. He also worked as a facility project manager for the Nebraska Army National Guard and USSTRATCOM, providing guidance on the design and construction of new facilities and the remodeling and renovation of existing buildings, with project scopes ranging from $10,000 to $25 million. Most recently, Paul assisted the Department of Homeland Security in providing all-hazards vulnerability assessments at critical infrastructure sites around the country. Assessments were conducted at sites such as professional sports arenas, power plants, hospitals, college campuses and company headquarters buildings. Within these assessments, he provided the host company’s leadership an insight into the resiliency of their facilities HVAC, electrical and communications systems, and also provided an evaluation of their physical security and emergency operations plans. In addition to his career in engineering and construction, Paul also has over 30 years of service in the Nebraska Air National Guard, as an Aircraft Mechanic, First Sergeant and is currently serving in a leadership role as a Chief Master Sergeant within the 155th Maintenance Group. Cresa is the world’s largest tenant-only commercial real estate firm. For more information, visit

Jordan Glaser Promoted to Partner at Peters Law Firm Peters Law Firm, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, would like to announce the promotion of Jordan T. Glaser to partner. Glaser was born and raised in Omaha and joined the law firm in August 2011 after graduation from the University of Nebraska College of Law. He and his wife and son live in Council Bluffs. Glaser is admitted to practice in Iowa, Nebraska and the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. He focuses his practice on personal injury, workers’ compensation, criminal defense and divorce. He is currently a board member of the Council Bluffs Housing Trust Fund and the Mercy Charitable Council. Peters Law Firm, P.C. is a general practice firm with offices in Council Bluffs and Neola, Iowa. For more information, visit www. or contact the Council Bluffs office directly at (712) 328-3157.

Cameron has been a wonderful volunteer for many years with the American Heart Association. He is the current Chair of the Omaha Board of Directors and continues to show great dedication to the organization’s mission. “His leadership is a driving force in helping us improve the health and wellness of our community.” said Jennifer Redmond, Omaha Metro Executive Director, American Heart Association. “Throughout the years, Cameron and his teammates at Union Pacific raised significant dollars for the American Heart Association. This year their combined total reached a record-breaking milestone for the Omaha market – raising more than a million dollars for the mission.” As a member of the Midwest Affiliate Board of Directors, Scott will help oversee the American Heart Association’s efforts in an 11-state region, comprised of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Jeremy Wilhelm Named CEO of Midwest Farmers Cooperative The Board of Directors of Midwest Farmers Cooperative is pleased to announce that Jeremy Wilhelm has been selected to serve as the Cooperative’s Chief Executive Officer effective September 5, 2017. Wilhelm will succeed Dale Piper who announced his retirement effective August 31, 2017. Wilhelm brings extensive experience in agriculture and finance to Midwest Farmers Cooperative. He was previously Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President-Operations at Western Milling, LLC headquartered in Goshen, CA where he oversaw multiple rail receiving locations. Wilhelm’s career highlights also include selection into First National Bank of Omaha’s Management Trainee Program in 1997 and serving as Vice President-Commercial Lending for Farm Credit Services of America. “Wilhelm’s agriculture and financial experience, customer and employee focus, and vision for the future were key characteristics the Board of Directors were seeking in our new CEO”, commented Neil Stedman, Board Chair. “We are excited to begin working with Jeremy to write the next successful chapter in the history of our cooperative. Midwest Farmers Cooperative has a very promising future.” Wilhelm was raised on the family farm near Unadilla, Nebraska. He graduated from Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca High School and received his BS in Finance and Management from Doane University in Crete, Nebraska. Find out more about Midwest Farmers Cooperative online at www. SEPTEMBER 2017 Strictly Business 25

PERSONNEL NEWS Renze Display Hires Two

Concordia University Art Professor Don Robson Wins Statewide Award

Renze Display, a 122-year-old provider of exhibits, branded environments, event graphics and point-of-purchase solutions, has hired Valerie Friederich as Project Manager, Logistics and Ron Bosworth as Exhibit Designer. Friederich, a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, will be in charge of logistics and client asset management. Prior to joining Renze, Friederich had been General Manager at ExhibitQuest, an exhibit builder in Denver.

Don Robson, professor of art at Concordia University, Nebraska, is being recognized by the Nebraska Art Teachers Association (NATA) as the 2017 Higher Education Art Educator of the Year for his ongoing commitment and dedication to art education.

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Bosworth, a graduate of ITT Technical Institute, specializes in CAD and will assist in the design and engineering department. Prior to joining Renze, Bosworth had been a project manager at Skyline Exhibits. Renze Display operates out of a 90,000 sq. ft. production, warehouse and showroom facility in Omaha, NE. For more information about Renze Display, please call (402) 342-1111 or visit www.

Awards will be presented in conjunction with the NATA fall conference on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Nebraska Art Teachers Association is a professional organization whose mission is to develop and promote quality art education in Nebraska through a statewide professional support system, with opportunities for growth and development though leadership and service. Ron Bosworth

Benefit Professionals, Inc. Recognizes Wendi Peterson-Stott for Reelection to OAHU Board, Welcomes Ashley Hendrix Benefit Professionals, Inc. is pleased to announce that Wendi Peterson-Stott has been re-elected to serve another term as a member of the Omaha Association of Health Underwriters (OAHU) Board of Directors. The Omaha chapter of the Nebraska Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) represents licensed health insurance agents, brokers, consultants and benefit professionals who serve the health insurance needs of employers and individuals seeking health insurance coverage. Peterson-Stott has almost 30 years of benefits experience, and joined Benefit Professionals as a Vice President in February of 2014. She can be reached at

Each year NATA recognizes outstanding contributions to student learning in Nebraska classrooms, leadership in curriculum and staff development in local school districts and communities as well as contributions to professional endeavors on state and national levels.

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The team at Benefit Professionals, Inc. has also grown with the recent addition of Ashley Hendrix as Associate Client Manager. Hendrix has a medical and insurance background and is excited to broaden her knowledge. Born in Sioux City, IA, Ashley now lives in Council Bluffs and is very active in her church and community. Ashley Hendrix Please join Benefit Professionals, Inc. in welcoming Ashley! She can be reached at Established in 1989, Benefit Professionals, Inc., a Bearence Management Group Company, is a group benefits brokerage firm located in La Vista, NE. The firm works with clients in Nebraska and Iowa, finding solutions to meet their individual needs when it comes to employee benefits. Benefit Professionals, Inc. continues to grow and celebrate successes, as it constantly explores new avenues in an effort to combat rising healthcare costs for both small companies and large corporations. For more information, please call (402) 592-7777 or visit www. 26 Strictly Business SEPTEMBER 2017

FOX 42 KPTM is pleased to announce the recent addition of Nicole Ebat, who has joined the station as the FOX 42 News Department’s News Manager. Nicole will be responsible for leading the FOX 42 local news day-to-day operations as well as all breaking news events and special reports designed to provide local viewers with the most local in-depth and reliable news content. Originally from Las Vegas, Nicole began her career there as an editor for the local FOX affiliate. She comes to FOX 42 News having worked at various Sinclair stations most recently the ABC affiliate KATU in Portland, Oregon, where she was a producer for multiple newscasts. This is Nicole’s return to Omaha as she was previously a reporter, writer, camera operator and editor for our FOX 42 News. Her extensive background, local experience, as well as her many other professional and personal experiences will help Nicole take FOX 42 News to the next level. Jeff Miller, FOX 42 General Manager shared, “We are very excited to welcome Nicole back to Omaha and our FOX 42 team. She brings to our stations and more importantly to our growing number of viewers a tremendous amount of experience, knowledge, and talent. She is respected throughout the industry for her honesty, integrity and accomplishments plus she shares our vision and passion for satisfying the need of our viewers all day, every day.” FOX 42 KPTM is a part of Sinclair Broadcast Group, one of the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies in the country.

PERSONNEL NEWS Brian Pierce Joins TS Bank as SVP of Personal and Business Banking TS Bank is proud to announce Brian Pierce as the new SVP of Personal and Business Banking, who will be located at the newest TS Bank Council Bluffs location downtown. Brian joins TS Bank after 21 years of experience in private banking and wealth management at US Bank in Omaha, Nebraska. As SVP of Personal and Business Banking, Pierce will steer the development and refinement of product and service offerings. He will assist clients in utilizing TS Bank’s products and services within Community Banking and TS Prosperity Group to assist with their financial goals. He will be highly connected with experts in deposit, lending and payment products. “Brian brings a robust expertise and many connections to our bank that will help us create an improved community banking business model,” said Neil Stanley, President of Community Banking. “Our bank has been widely acclaimed within the banking industry for our success in the business of capital markets along with our unique way of managing a balance sheet. With Brian and others here, we are combining the best skills and attributes of legacy community banking with progressive balance sheet management strategies that when combined, will enable and equip us to achieve superior results for our clients, shareholders, and co-workers.” TS Bank’s mission is to Ignite Prosperity® in the communities it serves. For more information, visit

IP Design Group Names Pat Kelly Associate Principal IP Design Group has named Pat Kelly an associate principal in the firm’s Omaha office. In his new role, Kelly will be actively involved in will be actively involved in providing leadership to execute the firm’s strategic initiatives for delivering excellent technology solutions, client satisfaction, and quality projects. Patrick S, Kelly, RCDD is a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) with an educational background in construction management. He blends innovation and practicality in his technology design solutions by drawing on his 25-year background as both an electrical designer and contractor as well as a technology systems designer. Recent projects where Kelly has provided technology expertise include local involvement in the telecommunications and audiovisual integration into Think Whole Person Healthcare, multiple projects associated with successful bond referendums for Papillion-La Vista, Westside and Omaha Schools, The UNL/UNMC Health Center and College of Nursing in Lincoln, Metropolitan Community College campus wide technology integration, and the Burlington Rail and Commerce historic restoration. Kelly is involved in the praise band at Lifegate Church and recently completed his first triathlon. IP Design Group, a division of Alvine & Associates, founded in 1998, is a technology consulting and design firm providing specialized expertise in telecommunications, audiovisual, security, and acoustics with offices in Omaha, Nebraska; Lincoln, Nebraska; Des Moines, Iowa; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Find out more online at www.

Immanuel Adds Three to Leadership Team Immanuel, Nebraska’s leader in senior living, is pleased to welcome three new additions to its leadership team: Julie Kaminski, Jennifer Knecht, and Colleen Maciejewski. Julie Kaminski joins Immanuel as senior vice president and chief operating officer. In her role, Kaminski will provide strategic leadership and direction for all Immanuel services spanning a two-state region including Omaha, Lincoln, Des Moines and Council Bluffs. With a master’s degree in gerontological studies and nursing home administrative license, Kaminski has held leadership positions at LeadingAge Nebraska, Notre Dame Housing and Life Care Services. Her passion for seniors and service led her to participate as an adjunct instructor on aging and business at University of Nebraska-Omaha and Midland University. She has served on numerous aging committees including Advancing Excellence LANE, DHHS Advisory Board, the Medicaid Advisory Assistance Council, The Dreamweaver Foundation and Scripps Gerontology Center Alumni Advisory Board.

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Jennifer Knecht

Jennifer Knecht joins Immanuel as vice president of marketing and communications. In her role, Knecht will lead Immanuel’s overarching marketing and communication efforts in the same area. Knecht comes to Immanuel with extensive Colleen Maciejewski marketing experience with a senior services and healthcare background. Her resume ranges from local health care organizations, to tech companies, to marketing and advertising community pillars where she has held prominent leadership positions in growing brand awareness and overall positioning. Knecht’s expertise brings a mix of traditional marketing and innovative emerging tools. Colleen Maciejewski joins Immanuel as vice president of information technology. In her role, Maciejewski will further establish Immanuel’s information technology initiatives by providing leadership and expertise for innovative systems. Maciejewski comes to Immanuel with an extensive information technology and leadership background. Through her executive positions at some of the area’s most prominent business leaders, Maciejewski gained expertise in IT and business transformation, entrepreneurship, program development, brand creation, mentoring, non-profit management, organization design and facilitation. She is a current board member for the Institute for Career Advancement Needs, and is involved in other philanthropic activities. Maciejewski is a graduate of ICAN’s Influence and Defining Leadership programs, and previously earned an MBA from UNO, with an undergraduate degree from UNL. Since 1887 Immanuel ( has been providing Christ-centered service to seniors, each other and the communities in which the organization serves. As a not-for-profit, serving arm of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) Immanuel’s house of brands includes: Immanuel Communities, Immanuel Pathways, Immanuel Community Foundation and The Immanuel Vision Foundation. SEPTEMBER 2017 Strictly Business 27


Six Omaha Leaders Join Board of Nebraska Methodist College

Papillion Community Foundation Announces Laura Schwartz as New Executive Director

N e b r a s k a Methodist College (methodistcollege. edu) welcomed six new members to its Board of Directors. Chad Anglemyer, Cynthia Butler, John Ewing Jr., Ed Finan, Lee Handke and Greg Opseth join 12 other board Chad Anglemyer Cynthia Butler members in leading the college. The Missouri River District Superintendent for the Great Plains United Methodist Church, Anglemyer has more than 23 years of experience in managing congregations. He John Ewing Jr. Ed Finan is a TeamMates mentor and volunteer for two local elementary schools. Butler is a copastor at Joy of Life Ministries and CEO of the Purpose Driven Advocacy Center. She is also an international Lee Handke Greg Opseth speaker and author of eight books. After 24 years in the Omaha Police Department, Ewing has been the Douglas County Treasurer since 2007. He also serves as associate minister at Salem Baptist Church and on the boards of numerous local nonprofits. Currently, Ewing is the board chair for the Empowerment Network and board president for the Charles Drew Health Center. Finan began his career as an athletic trainer, but has spent the past 16 years specializing in healthcare banking. He is now the first vice president at American National Bank. He sits on the board of directors for Immanuel Hospital Charitable Council and the board of trustees for The New Cassel Foundation. A registered pharmacist, Handke spent 13 years with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska before taking over as CEO of the Nebraska Health Network. He is the board vice president for Lauritzen Gardens and president of the Exchange Club of Omaha, as well as a TeamMates mentor. Registered nurse Opseth is the chief nursing officer for Guthrie County Hospital. He also teaches health studies as an adjunct faculty member for Des Moines Area Community College. Opseth volunteers his time with Meals on Wheels and as vice president of the Main Street Guthrie Center board of directors. Nebraska Methodist College – the Josie Harper Campus, based in Omaha, has been teaching the meaning of care for 125 years. An affiliate of Methodist Health System, NMC offers certificate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees both on campus and online. Nebraska Methodist College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 28 Strictly Business SEPTEMBER 2017

The Board of Directors for the Papillion Community Foundation are pleased to announce that Laura Schwartz has been named as the Foundation’s new Executive Director. Mrs. Schwartz comes to the Foundation with over 26 years of experience in wellness, customer experience and philanthropy. She is a passionate community advocate and has been a resident of Papillion for 18 years. Her corporate experience includes roles at Hewlett Packard Corporation, Prairie Life Fitness and Papillion La Vista Community Schools. Her duties included wellness development, project management, program planning, policy compliance and process development, event planning and fundraising. As a military wife for over 28 years she chaired numerous family support groups, Yellow Ribbon Events, and completed Family Readiness Group certification that focused on budgetary management and ethics. In her new role, Mrs. Schwartz will be responsible for implementing the policies and directives of the Board of Directors and overall growth strategies of the Foundation. She will concentrate on monitoring and increasing the Foundation’s Assets. She will also work closely with the City of Papillion, donors, other nonprofit organizations, corporate leaders as well as engaged citizens to continue to strengthen Papillion through creative philanthropy, vision and leadership. The Papillion Community Foundation ( aims to balance the various needs of the community by supporting projects which enhance the quality of life for those living in Papillion.

Madonna’s Omaha Campus Welcomes Dr. Jessica Fernandes as Staff Hospitalist Jessica Fernandes, M.D., joins Madonna’s Omaha Campus as a staff hospitalist for its Madonna Rehabilitation Specialty Hospital as of Aug. 1, 2017. Dr. Fernandes’ interests are in cardiac care and management. She is board certified in internal medicine and completed her undergraduate degree at Creighton University and her residency at Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska, where she served as Chief Resident in 2009, among other academic accomplishments. Originally from Kuwait, Dr. Fernandes worked for seven years at CHI Health Lakeside Hospital prior to joining Madonna Rehabilitation Specialty Hospital – Omaha Campus. Dr. Fernandes joins Susan Ohnoutka, M.D. as staff hospitalists for Madonna Rehabilitation Specialty Hospital – Omaha Campus. Dr. Ohnoutka has interest in chronic care management and complex medical rehabilitation. She is board certified in internal medicine and completed her residency at the Nebraska College of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska. Prior to joining Madonna, Dr. Ohnoutka served as an acute care hospitalist for 11 years. Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals offers world-class medical rehabilitation and research. Specializing in brain trauma, spinal cord injuries, pulmonary conditions, stroke and neurological diseases for adults and children, Madonna takes the most medically complex cases. Madonna offers hope and healing and returns patients to their community settings at a higher rate than industry benchmarks. Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals – Omaha Campus is located at 17500 Burke Street. The Lincoln Campus is located at 5401 South Street. For more information, please call (402) 413-3000 or visit


by Karl Schaphorst, President

“So, Is It Over . . .?”

“Show me a salesperson,” stated Bob the sales manager, “that tells a prospect he isn’t going to buy and I’ll show you a salesperson who starves.” With that, Bob leaned back in his chair and waited for any of the other salespeople to contradict him. No one did, at least not out loud. Nick could not help but think of the last customer who bought from him. Looking back on what had transpired, Nick wondered if he were just lucky. Oh my gosh, he thought, I did tell that customer he wasn’t going to buy. But he did anyway. I wonder how I got out of that one. Nick replayed the scene in his mind. . . “That’s very interesting Nick,” stated the prospect, turning around to look at Nick, “but your price is too high.” “Oh,” said Nick wanting to kick himself for saying something so stupid. And then when he heard himself speaking again, he really wanted to kick himself. “I suppose that it’s over.” “What do you mean by that?” quizzed the prospect. “Simple. My price is too high, and it is over.” Nick held out his hand to shake the prospect’s hand to thank him for his time when . . . “Time out, Nick. Your price is high, but your product is better than what I’ve seen.” “I appreciate that,” responded Nick, “but you aren’t going to buy it, and I want to thank you for coming by.” Nick again put his hand out. “Actually, I think I will buy it. But I have to tell you Nick, telling people that they aren’t going to buy is no way to make sales.” “Thanks for the advice,” responded Nick, “I’ll remember that.” Nick presented the signature page to the prospect and the prospect signed and then shook Nick’s hand. I better not tell Bob about this, thought Nick. Even the customer told me it was no way to make sales. The RESULT: When used at the right time, telling a prospect that “it’s over” can make sales since you are forcing the prospect to make a decision. The only direction a salesperson can move in a sales call that does not create pressure is toward the “No.” Remember when you were little and your mother told you that you couldn’t have something you really wanted. How did you feel when she said that? The truth — you wanted it even more. Don’t picture your prospects as little children with you playing mom. But consider for a moment how even today when there is something you want badly, and someone tells you “No way,” how you immediately feel. You want it even more and you’ll try and figure out a way to get it. And, if while you’re trying to figure out a way, someone is there and says, “Would you like me to help you figure a way to get it?” Chances are you’ll accept the salesperson’s offer. This is not a tactic you’d probably use in the first moments of talking with a prospect. Usually, this tactic is used when the prospect states an objection to the sale going forward. Two conditions must be met before you use this tactic lest it backfire on you. First, the prospect must have told you how your product will solve his concerns. Second, the prospect has told you he has a big enough budget to buy your product. Make sure these conditions have been met before you go forward. When you go forward, act the part. Nick really did think it was over.

402-403-4334 When you make this statement, you must convey to the prospect your conviction that the sale is never going to happen. And then when the prospect tells you that it’s not really over, offer your help by stating words to the effect, “Oh, I guess I got the wrong impression. What would you like me to do now?” Then wait, forever if necessary, for a response. Most people really want what they have been told they can’t have — especially qualified prospects. Just say to them when the time is right, “So, is it over?” 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

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Speaker and Author Dimas Salaberrios to Speak at The Hope Center for Kids Gala

19th Annual Grief’s Journey Remembrance Walk Draws Record Crowd

The Hope Center for Kids, along with honorary chairs Mike and Robbie Frank and event chairs Jeff and Mary Wilson, are hosting “Rooted in Hope,” the 10th annual gala benefiting “The Hope” at CenturyLink Center Omaha on Friday, October 20.

On Saturday, August 12, over 300 people gathered at Miller’s Landing to celebrate the lives of loved ones no longer here at the 19th Annual Grief’s Journey Remembrance Walk. The weather was beautiful, the walk over the Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge was invigorating, the live music was highly entertaining and everyone enjoyed the snacks, activities and comradery. The Remembrance Walk is an annual event that supports our community’s grievers, provides community awareness of the available free services, and is also a fundraiser the helps Grief’s Journey continue the work of providing free grief support. No one has to walk this journey alone. More information can be found about Grief’s Journey at .

The event celebrates the transformational work The Hope Center for Kids does in Omaha and Fremont and helps fund the nonprofit’s year-round programs that impact nearly 3,000 children, youth and families. For nearly 20 years now, The Hope Center for Kids has faithfully inspired hope in the lives of youth and children through education, employability, collaboration and faith. The formal evening begins with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and a program at 7 p.m. Worldwide missionary, speaker and author of Street God, Pastor Dimas Salaberrios, will share his personal, dynamic story of being a former drug lord on the run and the courageous mission that provided him with hope and a second chance—and how he has used that second chance for good. Individual tickets are $100, or a table of 10 is $800. Sponsorship levels range from $1,250 to $15,000 and can be secured at For questions, contact Melissa Yahnke at (402) 341-4673, ext. 1028 or

Angels Among Us Receives PayPal Gives Grant for Equipment Angels Among Us, an organization committed to financially assisting families battling pediatric cancer, announced that it has been awarded a $8,000 grant from the PayPal Gives Corporate Advised Fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The grant was recommended by PayPal’s employee-volunteer led Omaha location GIVE Team. Angels Among Us has experienced growth in both the number of families needing assistance and in staff in recent months. The current equipment was not keeping up with the demands of the organization. The funds will be used to purchase new computers and equipment, including a much-needed server for storage of important records and family application materials. The project is made possible through PayPal’s GIVE Team program, which empowers employees globally to support the communities in which they live and work through volunteerism and employeesponsored grants. With more than 30 GIVE Teams worldwide, employees recommend approximately $800,000 in grants each year, which are then distributed to benefitting organizations through the PayPal Gives Corporate Advised Fund. Angels Among Us ( was established in 2006 to financially assist families who are struggling due to a pediatric cancer diagnosis. In the last eleven years, Angels Among Us has assisted over 300 families with $1.5 million in support. This year alone, Angels Among Us is assisting 40 families from across Nebraska and Iowa with over $240,000. 30 Strictly Business SEPTEMBER 2017

Many thanks to event sponsors: New York Life, Omaha Public Power District, Paws and Remember of Nebraska and Roeder Mortuary.

Dancing Raises $90K for Youth Youth Emergency Ser vices’ (YES; w w w. ye s o m a h a . org) annual Dance for a Chance fundraiser presented by C&A Industries took place on August 4th at the Omaha Design Center and raised more than $90,000 for homeless youth. The evening opened with a performance that included volunteers and staff who symbolically passed a candle to the youth currently in YES’ programs while local musician, Jocelyn, performed her original song “Echo.” During the event, nine local community leaders and their professional instructors performed for a crowd of YES supporters for their chance at the mirror ball trophy! Each dancer raised money by having their friends, families, and supporters purchase $5 votes. The 2017 Dance for a Chance champion Mike Maxey, C&A Industries, raised more than $14,000 in support of YES’ mission. The judges’ choice performance was awarded to Shelley Callahan, Most Authentic Self. 2017 Dancers: Shelley Callahan, Most Authentic Self; John W Ewing Jr., Douglas County Treasurer; Mike Maxey, C&A Industries; Heath Mello, Holland Children’s Institute & Movement; Mike Molacek, Guinns Irish Green Lawn and Landscape; Michelle Schrage, Business4Business; Rachel Tiller, Keller Williams Realty; Susan Thomas, Omaha Creative Institute – Founder; Clyde Wilberger, The Harry A. Koch Co. Generous sponsors helped make this annual event possible. If you know of a business interested in being a part of next year’s Dance for a Chance please contact Mary Talen,, (402) 345-5187. Additionally, YES is currently taking nominations for next year’s dancers. If you would like to nominate a local community leader who is willing to raise awareness and funds for homeless youth, please contact Ashley Flater at (402) 345-5187 / aflater@


Project Harmony Addresses Back to School Pressure

Registration Now Open for the 2017 Nonprofit Summit of the Midlands

C h i l d r e n a p p ro a c h t h e beginning of the new school year with all kinds of feelings – and so do parents. As parents, we feel like we need to push, inspire, or motivate our children to excel. Some kids are great at processing and repelling these messages and others really take it to heart – maybe more than we had intended. How do you know if there is a problem and what can you do about it? The first step is to listen for self-talk – or to elicit it if you are not hearing it, and then find a private time to explore. Self-talk gives us clues to how the child has made sense of what’s happening, or in what ways he/ she is stuck with an overly negative, critical, or irrational explanation. The next step is to look for ways to help the child calm down so they can think more clearly and in balance with their emotions. Do not try to talk the child out of their negative expressions or cheer them up. Instead, listen carefully for understanding and say it back. Then, help the child to evaluate the self-talk statements by providing “Helpful Other Thoughts.” It’s an invitation used to revise some of the negative self-talk, substituting more adaptive and effective words of encouragement. Finally, listen to your own self-talk, your inner and outer dialogue as a parent or caregiver to this child. The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice. This school year, Project Harmony encourages parents to try to keep an eye on the pressure gauge.

The Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (NAM) and D.A Davidson have opened registration for the 11th annual Nonprofit Summit of the Midlands, which is Wednesday, November 1 at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in La Vista. The annual Summit celebrates more than a decade of nonprofits helping their communities. The theme for this year’s Summit is “Breaking Barriers.” Blog author and nonprofit leader Vu Le, who is widely known for his great humor and keen ideas, is the keynote speaker for this year’s Nonprofit Summit of the Midlands. Le is the Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps, a nonprofit in Seattle that promotes social justice by cultivating leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color and fostering collaboration between diverse communities. Le will discuss tangible actions the nonprofit sector can take to advance an equitable society. As the writer behind Nonprofit AF, Le is known not only for his humor but also for his no-nonsense approach. Anyone who is interested in the nonprofit sector is welcome to attend the Summit, which will feature breakout sessions and workshops on a variety of topics, including, fundraising, lobbying and moving strategic plans forward. Register for the Summit online – the link is located in the event listing at

Assistance League of Omaha: Operation School Bell® Provides Clothes for Kids in Need ®

Operation Sc hool Bell (OSB), sponsored by Assistance League of Omaha, will be held at JC Penney store/Westroads Shopping Center from October 3rd through 15th this year. Operation School Bell is the major philanthropic program of Assistance League of Omaha’s community service programs providing new clothing for children in Omaha and the metro area. Last year approximately 3,300 children in need shopped for new school clothes, shoes, and coats at the Westroads thanks to the proceeds of fundraisers such as Christmas Caravan Tour of Homes, donations, and grants. Assistance League of Omaha is an all-volunteer community service organization. Approximately 75% of its 350+ members will be working a total of 16 shifts throughout the 12 days serving children from kindergarten through 8th grade. There will be more than 10 school districts with 198 schools served by referrals from each school based on the poverty rate of the school and its population. Over 4,000 children are being scheduled for this year. Over 60,000 children have been served since OSB began is 1976! Assistance League of Omaha is a nonprofit, nonpolitical, and nonsectarian IRS 501(c)(3) organization. It receives no city, state or federal funds. All programs are staffed by volunteers and all funds stay in the community to help our neighbors build better futures. To learn more about Assistance League, visit or our Facebook page:

Registration Open for Survivors Rising Run2End Violence 5K Run & 1-Mile Fun Walk Join Survivors Rising for the 2nd annual Run2End Violence 5K Run & 1-Mile Fun Walk, to be held on October 14th. It is one of several events planned for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and will be held at Millers Landing, 151 Freedom Park Road in Omaha. Check in begins at 8:00 a.m., with the race/walk to start at 9:00 a.m. A post-race gathering will include refreshments and awards! This is a timed race and medals will be awarded to the first and second place finishers in all events. Age Categories: 13 and under, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60+. Registration for this event is open now through October 12th, and can be completed online at: php?event_id=127833. Entry fee is $25 through September 30, and $30 from October 1-12. Cost includes event admission and t-shirt. Packet pick-up will be held at Peak Performance at 519 North 78th St. on October 13th from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Survivors Rising is dedicated to advocacy, education, and support for survivors of interpersonal violence, including sex trafficking and sexual exploitation, sexual assault, domestic/dating violence and stalking. For more information, please visit or contact Kim at (402) 850-0301 / Survivors Rising asks that community members come together during October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, to Step Up & Stop the Silence of Violence! SEPTEMBER 2017 Strictly Business 31


2017 Comfort Food Classic to Feature International Cuisine for a Good Cause

Carole’s House of Hope Celebrates 1st Anniversary

It’s time for the 11th Annual Comfort Food Classic, to be held on Sunday, October 1, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hotel RL Omaha (formerly the Ramada Convention Center), located at 72nd and Grover. This year the much-loved food competition will feature “delicious creations from far away nations” as some of the yummiest cuisine in Omaha is offered up by local restaurants representing various countries around the globe.  Join the fun as you sample the tasty fare and vote for the winner.  Who will win the coveted Comfort Food Classic traveling trophy and the bragging rights for the ensuing year?  That’s up to you! Your $90 ticket also includes complimentary wine and beer, appetizers, side dishes, desserts, and a vast array of interesting silent auction items.  Attire is business casual, and the atmosphere promises to be festive as local comedian Kris Covi entertains with his off-the-wall humor. Proceeds from this event benefit Grief’s Journey (formerly Ted E. Bear Hollow) which provides free grief support to the metro for kids and adults from 3 to 103.  More information is available about Grief’s Journey and the Comfort Food Classic online at

Carole’s House of Hope (CHH) is celebrating their one-year anniversary at the for mer Children’s Hospital, Carolyn Scott Rainbow House! CHH is a longerterm transitional living program where young women and their children can thrive. CHH provides support with job training, financial literacy coursework, mental health services, wellness, and other resources necessary to build a successful life for themselves and their children.

Many thanks to this year’s sponsors: Jon and Denise Meyers; Valmont Industries, Inc.; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska; Creighton University; Physicians Mutual; Security National Bank; Sterneck Capital Management; WoodmenLife; ACCESSbank; Heafey Hoffman Dworak Cutler Mortuaries; Vetter Health Services.

Exciting Live Auction Line-Up Slated for Imagine Our Youth Fundraising Celebration The 2017 Imagine Our Youth Fundraising Celebration to benefit Omaha Home for Boys will feature a number of exciting live auction pac kages at the September 29th event. The evening will find Auctioneer Randy Fleming from Great Plains Realty and Auction Company seeking bids for an Ireland Adventure that includes an enchanting journey through Gaelic culture exploring pre-historic forts, navigating pristine lakes and discovering hidden gems. Another live auction package includes a luxurious trip to Santa Barbara’s Bacara Resort & Spa on the untouched Gaviota coast. This seaside resort experience includes wine tastings and top-notch chauffer service. Rounding out the live auction packages are a Dismal River Golf excursion, a Rod and Reel Fishing Getaway and an Exploration of Key West. The Imagine Our Youth Fundraising Celebration will be held on Friday, September 29th at Embassy Suites Omaha-La Vista Hotel and Conference Center. The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with social hour, followed by dinner and an inspirational program. The evening’s keynote speaker is groundbreaking rapper, talented actor, author, reality star and cultural icon, Ice-T. A limited number of tickets remain for the quickly approaching Imagine Our Youth Fundraising Celebration. Individual, VIP and group tickets can be purchased at or by calling (402) 457-7014. All proceeds from this event will support the more than 300 at-risk youth and young adults served by Omaha Home for Boys annually. 32 Strictly Business SEPTEMBER 2017

CHH fills the growing and unmet needs in the community/state system of cyclical homelessness and supports the young women as they pursue a GED/higher education, develop and build self-esteem, learn new social and parenting skills and other independent living skills, as they become contributing members to our community and society. The business community surrounding the CHH campus has been very supportive, assisting the ladies with employment opportunities, healthy daycare options and other avenues of growth. CHH would like to extend thanks to the many partners, donors and those in the Loveland neighborhood who have made this first year not only successful but memorable. For more information about Carole’s House of Hope, please visit www. or contact Happy Opitz at (402) 991-4673 or email

Child Saving Institute Guild to Host PurseOnalities Fundraiser The Child Saving Institute Guild will host PurseOnalities on Thursday, September 28, from 11 a.m. 1 p.m., at the Hilton Downtown, 1001 Cass St. The luncheon will raise funds to help atrisk kids and families served by CSI’s programs. This year’s theme is “Tea Time,” reflecting the British heritage of keynote speaker Alison Larkin. Larkin is a comedian who was born in the United States but adopted by British parents and raised in England. She is author of “The English American,” a fictionalized account of her experience finding her birth family. The event also features a silent auction of beautiful purse packages and fun boutique shopping. Honorary Chair is Wanda Gottschalk, retired chief development officer for CSI. Chairs are Emily Dugger, Zoe Johnson, and Stacey Patterson. The patron event begins at 10:30 a.m. The silent auction begins at 11 a.m. and the luncheon and program begins at 11:45 a.m. Individual prices start at $75. For additional information or to reserve a seat, visit or call (402) 504-3661. Child Saving Institute ( is dedicated to the prevention, intervention and healing of child abuse, neglect and abandonment. For 125 years, CSI 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.


“100 Women Who Care” Awards Grant to NAMI Omaha for Ending The Silence Program

YMCA of Greater Omaha Awarded $482,800 Grant

NAMI Omaha is excited to announce that thanks to a $6,000 grant from a local group called “100 Women Who Care,” they will be able to bring NAMI’S Ending The Silence program to Omaha and area schools. NAMI Ending The Silence is a 50-minute mental health presentation in the classroom for high school and middle school age youth. Teens learn to recognize the early warning signs of mental illness and what to do if they or someone they know is exhibiting these signs. The presentations are given by two trained presenters; one is a person who has a loved one dealing with mental illness and the other is a young adult living in recovery with a mental illness. NAMI Ending The Silence instills a message of hope and recovery and encourages teens to reduce the stigma and end the silence surrounding mental illness. NAMI Omaha is a local affiliate of The National Alliance on Mental Illness. They provide free support to family and friends who have a loved one living with mental illness through education, literature, workshops, conferences, support groups and more. They also offer support groups to the individuals who have a mental illness. For information, go to or call (402) 3458101. For helpful articles on mental illness, follow on Facebook at

YMCA of Greater Omaha is pleased to announce it was recently awarded a $482,800 grant from United Way of the Midlands. Thanks to the generosity of the United Way donors, the YMCA of Greater Omaha can continue to support 108,000 youth, adults, families throughout the Omaha metro. United Way funded programs include aquatics education, early childhood education for at-risk youth, Ready in Five – IC school readiness, Ready to Learn, school year & summer Out-of-School-Time, Teen Safety Net program and youth sports for at-risk youth.

Comedy Night Raises $35K for Jefferson House More than 175 guests laughed their way to raising a recordbreaking $35,000 for vulnerable children from Dodge County and the surrounding area at the 13th annual Heartland Family Service Jefferson House “Stand Up for Kids!” Comedy Night on Heartland Family Service staff sits with Hypnotist and Magician Jeff Quinn during dinner. August 5 at the Fremont Golf Club. The evening began with a silent auction and dinner. Co-chairs Jeff Hoffman and Jenny Estudillo spoke briefly before handing out the Second Annual “Spirit of Jefferson House” Award to Michelle Wiese. Mrs. Wiese was honored for her exceptional contributions to the Jefferson House, for her service to the Jefferson House Advisory Board and for being an excellent mentor to at-risk teens. Things then got rowdy with the dessert dash, a performance featured hypnotist and magician Jeff Quinn and a live auction. The highest-selling item was a Florida Getaway package, which raised $900. It included a week-long stay in a luxury resort near Disney World in Orlando with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The evening ended with current Jefferson House resident, Levi, sharing his story. The 17-year-old was a straight-A stu­dent and athlete before he started skipping school and was eventually put on probation. Once Levi arrived at the Jefferson House, his attitude greatly improved, and he attends school every day. All proceeds from Comedy Night directly support the Heartland Family Service Jefferson House, which provides residential safety to children from birth to age 18. To learn more about Heartland Family Service or Jefferson House, call Program Director Chris Sewall at (402) 699-3836.

“The foundation of the YMCA is building strong families and communities. Together, with the generous contribution of United Way donors, we can continue to step up to the challenges we face in our community and find opportunities to be a place where people can learn, grow, and thrive,” said YMCA of Greater Omaha President & CEO, Chris Tointon. The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Established in 1866, the YMCA of Greater Omaha ( has listened and responded to the greater Omaha community for over 150 years. Today, the YMCA of Greater Omaha has over 60,000 members and impacts over 108,000 lives through a variety of programs that strengthen our community by focusing on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

American Heart Association’s Sweetheart Program Seeking Applicants The Sweetheart Program, founded by the American Heart Association, is a unique personal development experience for select high sc hool young women. It provides training in leadership s k i l l s , a d v o c a c y, community service and heart-healthy living — plus up to 20 community service hours. The program is chaired by founder of Home Instead and former Miss Nebraska, Lori Hogan. The year of monthly events includes an unprecedented opportunity for the young women and their mothers to attend a Leadership Summit with prominent female leaders in business, education, government and the home. In addition to other educational and fun events, they will also be presented at the Heart Ball on Saturday, Feb.3. Throughout their year as Sweethearts, the young women will begin building strong resumes, learn how to best use their personal leadership talents, and create life-long friendships and memories. They will volunteer their time to help others and experience the spirit of community volunteerism, the hallmark of a healthy community. The local chapter is currently seeking nominations of young women (sophomores-seniors) who exemplify a healthy lifestyle, demonstrate leadership through their schoolwork and activities, and have the desire to give back to the community. A tax-deductible patronage fee of $2,000 for the program can be paid by parents or by sponsors (civic organizations, friends and relatives, businesses or any combination of the above). To nominate or apply to be a 2017-18 Sweetheart, please contact Kelsey Ridder at (402) 810-6870 or SEPTEMBER 2017 Strictly Business 33


Southwest Omaha Rotary Night Club to Host 9th Annual Benefit

Open Door Mission Celebrates Program Graduates

Southwest Omaha Rotary Night Club’s is thrilled to announce the 9th Annual Fine Wine and Hors d’ Oeuvres Tasting to benefit The Boys Town National Hotline will be held this year on October 12th at 6 p.m. at A View on State, located at 13467 State St. Over the past eight years, the Southwest Omaha Rotary Night Club has raised over $250,000 for the Boys Town National Hotline. This year, the goal is to gift the Hotline at least $65,000 to aid in the promotion of the “Your Life, Your Voice” campaign ( where kids and teens can express themselves through online chat and text services. Posters, wallet cards, magnets, etc. will be distributed locally and nationally to schools, beginning in the 11 cities where Boys Town has sites. They cannot do this without your help! Thank you in advance for your continued support of the Boys Town National Hotline. The Southwest Omaha Rotary Night Club is a group of committed leaders who are passionate about TAKING ACTION to create positive changes that benefit communities near or far; EXCHANGING ideas, experiences and learning opportunities; BUILDING FRIENDSHIPS and HAVING FUN! Meetings are every Tuesday at DJ’s Dugout, 17666 Welch Plaza. Guests are welcome anytime! For more information, please visit or contact Erin Oberhauser at (402) 677-1883 /

O n S a t u r d a y, A u g u s t 19, Open Door Mission celebrated New Life with 16 graduates. The ceremony took place at the Garland Thompson Men’s Center Chapel in Omaha. These men and women will receive Certificates of Completion during a cap and gown ceremony. For most, it was the first time they had experienced a cap and gown graduation. After the service, a reception honoring the graduates and their families was held.

Response to Spiteful Note Raises Over $1,000 for FITGirl, Inc. FITGirl, Inc. alongside Michelle Bandur of KETV News was able to get a special message across in August after a meanspirited note spurred a movement to empower young girls and raise awareness for antibullying. An anonymous viewer mailed KETV’s Michelle Bandur a handwritten card with a $1 bill enclosed. The note said: “Michelle, Please accept this gift and use it wisely. 50 cents for those bags under your eyes and 50 cents for your big, fat nose. You need the help! -A Viewer.” That dollar has turned into more than $1,000 towards for FITGIRL, Inc. after Bandur posted to her social media accounts asking the public what to do with the dollar bill. The support from the community was overwhelmingly positive and Bandur heard from people who struggled with their own appearances and had similar experiences with being bullied. With the funds donated, FITGirl, Inc. is able to provide four girls with a scholarship to the 2018 FITGirl, Inc. Campowerment Experience. Bandur and FITGirl, Inc. founder Cheri Dickmeyer started a campaign called Bucks4Bandur to send more girls to camp. Together, they will continue to empower as many girls as possible and continuing to spread this anti-bullying message. If you would like to donate to FITGIRL, Inc in support of the Bucks4Bandur campaign, visit FITGirl, Inc. is empowering young girls to positively change the way they feel about themselves by introducing them to a variety of wellness activities and positive role models who will help girls develop healthy habits that will set cadence for life. For more information, visit www. or contact Cheri Dickmeyer at (402) 522-6330 / email 34 Strictly Business SEPTEMBER 2017

Open Door Mission is a Gospel rescue mission providing basic needs and life-changing programs for hungry, homeless, at-risk and addicted people in the Heartland. Now in its 63rd year, each day Open Door Mission offers 816 safe shelter beds to homeless men, women and children, serves over 2,300 hot, nutritious meals, and provides preventive measures to keep 275 individuals and families in their homes. For more information, please visit www.

Glow in the Garden at Joslyn Set for Sept. 8th Joslyn Art Museum’s Young Art Patrons (YAP) presents the fourth annual GLOW IN THE GARDEN on Friday, September 8, from 7–10:30 pm in the Museum’s Peter Kiewit Foundation Sculpture Garden. At GLOW, the guests are the art. Attire is outdoor creative cocktail, and masks are encouraged. This is a 21 and over event. GLOW is $25 for YAP members in advance; $35 for the general public in advance; $40 for all at the door. YAP members receive one free drink ticket with their reservation (provided at check-in). Make reservations (non-refundable) in advance at GLOW is sponsored by Firespring, HDR, KPMG, RDG Planning & Design, Woodmen Life, and Quality Brands of Omaha.

CSI Guild Presents Touch-A-Truck The Child Saving Institute Guild will host the 11th annual family-friendly To u c h - A - Tr u c k event on Saturday, September 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will be held in the First Data/UNO parking lots, just south of 69th & Pacific in Omaha. This exciting CSI Guild’s “friend-raiser” is a FREE event for the entire family, where children can see and climb on “real life” vehicles! Kids, accompanied by their parent(s) or guardian(s), can explore emergency and military vehicles, semi-trucks, cranes, race cars and other commercial vehicles and talk to the people who operate them. Other activities will include face-painting, prizes, bouncy tents, clowns and more. Touch-A-Truck Chairs are Heather Vanourney and Mikki Chullino. The event is sponsored by KETV Channel 7, Runza, Thrasher, Oriental Trading Company, First National Bank NEST Program, and First Data. Child Saving Institute is dedicated to the prevention, intervention and healing of child abuse, neglect and abandonment. For 125 years, CSI 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. For more information, please visit or contact Anna Willey at (402) 504-3664 / with questions.


Mobile Vision Van to Meet Unmet Vision Needs of OPS Students A third of Omaha Public Schools students fail a basic vision screening. More than 10,000 learners in OPS alone have an undiagnosed and untreated vision problem. Yet, for 90 percent of children, vision problems can be “fixed” with a simple pair of glasses. Children’s Hospital & Medical Center and Building Healthy Futures have teamed up to address the unmet vision needs of our community’s most underserved children. A mobile vision van, operated by Children’s and outfitted especially for pediatric vision care, will roll out to serve OPS students in early 2018. The goal for year one is to treat 3,500 students—growing to more than 6,000 students by year three. The program team will include a full-time optometrist, an optician, care coordinator and van driver. Two years ago, more than 20 individuals and entities formed a Child Vision Collaborative to create a coordinated system of vision care for Omaha’s most underserved children. The group studied the community’s vision needs, evaluated existing efforts and proposed a mobile vision screening and care concept. The collaborative piloted their program in 13 OPS schools during the 2016-17 school year. Vision screenings are planned at around 24 OPS schools during the 2017-18 school year. The screenings will be conducted by nursing students from five local nursing colleges: Clarkson College, College of St. Mary, Creighton University, Nebraska Methodist and UNMC. If a child fails the screening and needs further care, parents are given the option to either seek treatment independently or consent to have their child seen by Children’s mobile vision van during the school day. Students will be able to pick out a pair of glasses and have them delivered to school and fitted in just a few weeks.

FirstScan Expands MRI Offerings FirstScan is now offering most types of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) services! While to date FirstScan has geared most of its promotional efforts towards creating awareness here in the Omaha area and nationwide about its innovative method of utilizing MRI for early prostate cancer detection, the company’s experienced technologists are now performing a wide variety of other MRI scans. There’s a growing segment of the population seeking these services and as a low-cost provider in the market, it made sense for FirstScan to branch out to meet that need. FirstScan welcomes referrals for those covered by most insurances or who wish to pay out-of-pocket. FirstScan is a locally owned and operated independent diagnostic testing facility located off I-80 at the 144th St. exit, minutes from anywhere in Omaha. FirstScan uses the only independently-owned 3 Tesla MRI scanner in the area. This means a more accurate scan, for the same low cost. FirstScan currently accepts Medicare and most major insurances. Anyone interested in this procedure is encouraged to discuss with a physician or call FirstScan directly at (402) 934-1999. You are also welcome to email to request more information, or visit, where you can access a wealth of useful information, research, and resources. September is also Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, so if you are a man over the age of 50, what better time to get your PSA checked?!

JMISKO Provider of Stem Cell Treatments in Nebraska​

3D Mammography Now Available at Methodist Jennie Edmundson

JMISKO Surgical Design MD Premier Regenerative Stem Cell Wellness Clinics is proud to announce that it’s the first Nebraska medical practice now offering adultderived mesenchymal stem cell treatments! Stem cell therapy performed by the JMISKO team of doctors is an innovative way to use your body’s own stem cells to treat chronic painful orthopedic problems (knees, hips, shoulders, feet/ankles) or spinal disc injuries and conditions that have not improved following conservative, non-surgical treatments. JMISKO now offers two main types of stem cell treatments: 1. Intravenous –procedure that uses stem cells derived from your own bone marrow and puts them back into your body intravenously. It is used for many people who suffer from an array of chronic illnesses. 2. Orthopedic Site Injections – This stem cell therapy treats chronic orthopedic pain in bones, joints and the spine, and can be an alternative to invasive surgery. JMISKO is the leading research and treatment facility in the United States, providing the most innovative and proven techniques and therapies using the body’s natural healing power of stem cells. Their fellowship-trained doctors are using the power of your own stem cells to treat all kinds of injuries, acute illnesses, and aches and pains from aging. They work with patients from around the world using the newest and most advanced technology to treat orthopedic injuries and bone and joint pain, as well as relieving symptoms and improving the lives of patients with a multitude of illnesses. Their team has worked with professional athletes, weekend warriors and thousands of patients seeking relief from debilitating pain or illness. JMISKO Surgical Design MD Premier Regenerative Stem Cell Wellness Clinics are endorsed by the NFL Alumni, Gridiron Greats, NHL dignity after hockey and the Pro Football Legends. Request a complimentary consultation online at

Next month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month…have you s c h e d u l e d yo u r mammogram? The Methodist Jennie Edmundson Breast Health Center is now offering state-of-the-art 3D mammography to its patients. Here are some reasons why you may want to consider 3D: Why is there a need for 3D mammography breast exams? What are the benefits? • 3D mammography finds cancers that may be missed with conventional 2D mammography. • A short X-Ray sweep technique allows multiple slices to be taken with low dose exposures. • 3D imaging uses a low dose X-ray during the exam - equivalent to that of a 2D mammogram of the same view, while maintaining excellent image quality. What should I expect during the 3D mammography screening exam? • There is no additional compression required and it only takes a few seconds longer for each view. Take your mammography exam to a whole new place. For more information or questions call (402) 354-1708. The Jennie Edmundson Foundation is the fundraising arm of Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital. By engaging philanthropic leaders, those with the organization are able to help make certain that the equipment, facilities, programs, services and educational initiatives at MJE continue to meet community needs. For more information about the JE Foundation and how you can get involved visit www. SEPTEMBER 2017 Strictly Business 35


Nebraska Medicine Clinic to Open in Elkhorn Nebraska Medicine continues to expand its primary care services to West Omaha with the opening of a new clinic. Nebraska Medicine – Elkhorn will open at 204th and Blue Sage Parkway in April 2018. Construction began in July on the 12,000-square-foot building, which will feature 15 exam rooms, five consult rooms, a procedure room and radiology services. It will be Nebraska Medicine’s fifth Immediate Care Clinic, providing weekend, holiday and after hours care for conditions such as: coughs and colds; sore throats and earaches; minor cuts, bruises and muscle sprains; respiratory illnesses; and abdominal pain Nebraska Medicine primary care clinics use what’s called a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model of care. A medical provider, social worker, clinical staff member, registered dietitian, behavioral health specialist and pharmacist all work together to provide comprehensive primary care for acute illnesses, chronic disease management, preventative health care and well care.To find a primary care doctor or specialist in your area, call Nebraska Medicine at (800) 922-0000 or visit

OneWorld Awarded $438K Grant O n e Wo r l d C o m m u n i t y Health Centers, Inc. (www. onewor is proud to announce that five programs will receive grants totaling $438,300 for 2017-2018 from United Way of the Midlands. Thanks to the generosity of United Way donors, low-income and uninsured patients in our community will receive culturally respectful, quality health care at OneWorld. The Community Clinics Care for Children program meets the basic health care needs of children who are uninsured because their parents cannot provide health insurance or because the children do not qualify for Medicaid or other insurance options. With the United Way funding, uninsured children receive immunizations, screening and counseling for weight and treatment plans for asthma. The Health Supportive Services program addresses the basic needs of low-income patients with chronic conditions and diseases who are uninsured and unable to pay for necessary health care. With a United Way grant, OneWorld helps patients to achieve healthier lifestyles by learning to manage chronic conditions and diseases such as hypertension and diabetes with medical care, case management and financial assistance. The Integrated Medical and Behavioral Health Care for South Omaha program provides access to comprehensive primary medical and behavioral health care to low-income patients in South Omaha and Bellevue. With United Way funding, a primary care physician works with a clinical pharmacist, a behavioral health therapist and support staff as a team to improve patient outcomes. The International Center for Health Education program focuses on recent immigrants and refugees with basic health needs as well as infectious diseases, chronic illnesses and mental health issues. With funds from United Way, OneWorld’s Community Health Educator Registered Nurse provides immunizations, flu shots, access to physicals and medications and case management. The Promotoras for Douglas County program provides access to care to low-income, uninsured and Spanish-speaking residents of South Omaha. With the United Way grant, Hispanic community health workers known as promotoras provide screenings and follow-up for heart disease, diabetes and obesity; promote behavior change to reduce risks; and link individuals to a medical home.. 36 Strictly Business SEPTEMBER 2017

Genesis Health Clubs Adds All-American Training to Cass Gym Genesis Health Clubs announced plans to add All-American Training, its popular heart-rate interval training program to its Cass Street Health Club in Omaha, NE, with a Grand Opening planned for Saturday, September 9th . All-American Training is an interval training program that features personalized, wearable heart-rate monitors to measure energy expenditure. Participants rotate between three stations consisting of treadmills, rowers and bodyweight exercises, alternating intensity to spike their heart rate and ignite a caloric-afterburn effect. This can result in 600-1,000 calories burned in a single one-hour class. Rodney Steven II, Genesis Health Clubs Owner and President, explained, “Our Omaha members have been asking for something like this for a long time, and we’re thrilled to bring it to them. Everyone is so interested in using technology to track their progress in fitness right now and All-American Training does that in a big way.” He continued, “Genesis has had All-American Training in Wichita and Lincoln for a short while, and it has been crazy how successful it has been. Now it is Omaha’s turn. People get so competitive with their info up on the screen when they can see just how many calories they’re burning. Omaha is going to love this.” To celebrate the launch of All-American Training in Omaha, Genesis Health Clubs will be offering two months of the program for free to all new members. Free seven-day passes are available for nonmembers at For more information, visit

Free Stop the Bleed Training Offered in Nebraska In today’s wor ld it is becoming increasingly important for individuals to be trained in the basics of life-saving techniques, such as how to properly use a tourniquet and apply pressure to wounds. That’s why the U.S. Department of Homeland Security developed the Stop the Bleed Program. Nebraska Community Blood Bank (NCBB) knows how important saving lives is; our blood donors help us do it every day. 1 in 7 people who enter the hospital need blood. Depending on the severity of an accident, a single trauma patient may use many units of blood. Patients at Bryan Trauma Center, as well as other Southeast Nebraska hospitals, rely on NCBB to be there with the right type of blood they need. That’s why NCBB, in partnership with Bryan Trauma Center, is hosting free Stop the Bleed training. No matter how rapid the arrival of medical professionals, bystanders will always be first on the scene. Stop the Bleed training empowers individuals to act quickly to help save lives and control excessive bleeding. Trainings are held monthly and are hosted at NCBB’s 84th and O donor center in Lincoln. They are free and open to the public; attendees outside of the Lincoln area are always welcome. To find out more information or to register, visit NCBB.ORG/bleed. You can also sign up to be a blood donor or to sponsor a blood drive while attending Stop the Bleed training.

Joining Organizations All seasoned business professionals can look back and pinpoint the things that they did that helped them to succeed – exactly what got them to the point they are today and why. While what that entails does vary for each person to an extent, it’s standard that there are a few shared in common. These generally aren’t things that come as any big shock or are much of a secret, either. But they do require an investment and commitment in order to reap the benefits, just as with anything worthwhile in life. At the top of the list is involvement in a professional organization of some type, whether it’s a networking group, business association, Chamber or advocacy/special interest group, trade association or industry organization at the local, state or national level. The list goes on from there, but these organizations present many valuable opportunities and provide continued support, which are incredibly beneficial capitalize on throughout one’s career. Career-building, skill-building, character-building, network-building, resume-building; all are things that being active in a professional organization can do for you, thus making it a fundamental part of professional and personal success. For the individual, it’s all about learning, growing and getting well-connected. Relationships and resources are what you can expect to gain from membership in a professional organization. We’re fortunate to live in a community where people genuinely like to get to know each other. Professional organizations provide opportunities to meet people with whom you might not cross paths or get acquainted with otherwise. Being able to put a name with a face and have personal interaction helps you build a better rapport, and in turn, makes it much easier to get your foot in the door if it’s someone you really would like to work with in the future. Equally important, networking isn’t just effective when utilized for prospecting outside of your profession; it’s also how you stay connected within your profession. Making connections is vital to one’s success and by joining a professional organization, you’ll have a multitude of opportunities to do so – on the local level, but in many cases, regionally, nationally, and perhaps globally. Being tapped into that magnitude of network is invaluable. Professional organizations are usually composed of individuals at all different points in their careers, so it’s an exceptional melting pot of talent, experience, and many different points of view although there’s commonality in what has brought them all together. As a part of a professional organization, you are tapped into a think-tank of ideas and shared knowledge about what’s going on in your field and in the

area. That dialogue between peers is a compelling incentive to join. Mentorship greatly helps us to evolve as people and professionals. On one end, professional organizations provide an opportunity for young professionals to connect with a mentor in their field/industry. On the other, it allows seasoned professionals to offer their mentorship to the next generation. Then there are the resources available that help you stay up to date on all of the latest news, upcoming opportunities, emerging trends, new tools and research findings, etc. Additionally, most have continuing education components, with courses, seminars, trips, training, scholarships and project funding, and so on. For a business, involvement in professional organizations is a way to gain exposure among that group and by extension, the community. When a business’s representatives are actively involved and visible in the community, it enhances the brand and strengthens people’s connection to it. Establishing a presence in any given career field or marketplace niche demands going above and beyond. Putting in the work is critical to career advancement; although being involved in a professional organization may not be required by your job, it is how you get a step ahead of the competition – which is fierce in just about every industry today. In addition to improving aspects of yourself which will make you more marketable, many employers favor those who have taken the initiative to get involved with a professional organization among their peers in the business community. With respect to both an individual and a business, setting yourself apart and making a name for yourself requires significant time and effort, so it’s wise to make the most of your resources whenever and however you can. That’s what professional organizations bring to the table. Professional organizations not only play a big part in the development and success of members. With the collective efforts of its membership, they make significant contributions to our community at large. Many of our local organizations place importance on giving back; it’s as much a part of the agenda as quarterly meetings or annual conventions. By joining a professional organization, you’ll be in the company of other motivated, like-minded individuals who want to make a difference in the world along with improving themselves, and there’s strength in those numbers. We encourage you to check out the opportunities we’ve highlighted, learn more about our local organizations, and if there’s one that piques your interest, get involved! SEPTEMBER 2017 Strictly Business 37

BNI Heartland (Nebraska, Wyoming, South Dakota, and Western Iowa) offers members the opportunity to build a firm referral program, to nurture referral partner(s). Last year alone BNI, with over 225,000 members, in more than 8,000 chapters throughout every populated continent of the world – 73 countries, generated more than 9.3 million referrals which resulted in over $14 billion dollars of tracked business for our members. Cumulatively, since 1985, BNI has generated over $90 Billion dollars in tracked business for our membership! Even more important is locally our chapters closed over $40 Million in tracked business - creating an ROI of 700 times their investment!!! Belonging to BNI is like having dozens of sales people working for you that carry your information with them, and when they meet someone who could use your products or services, they recommend you. BNI provides a structured, supportive system of giving and receiving business. It does so by providing an environment during breakfast, lunch and happy hour meetings in which you develop personal relationships with other qualified business professionals. By establishing this “formal” relationship with other people, you will have the opportunity to substantially increase your business. BNI’s Core Values are Givers Gain, Building Relationships, Life-Long Learning, Traditions + Innovation, Positive Attitude, Accountability, and Recognition! For more information about BNI Heartland please contact our regional office at (402) 880-6311, email or visit our website at

At the Greater Bellevue Area Chamber of Commerce, our goal is to make doing business in Bellevue, Nebraska the very best it can be. We provide advocacy for your business and opportunities to help you grow. It’s important that we ensure every member business thrives. Our members are the best and brightest companies in the region who are investing in Bellevue’s future. We can accomplish so much more together. We are excited to announce the new Bellevue – Offutt Rising Young Professional program being launched this month! For more information on how to get your business engaged call Faith Morrison, VP of Membership at (402) 506-6610 or e-mail at For more information please visit the Greater Bellevue Area Chamber of Commerce website at

The Empowerment Network is a comprehensive community development organization consisting of residents, neighborhood groups, community organizations, faith communities, educational institutions, law enforcement, elected officials, governmental agencies, philanthropists, and businesses. We create measurable results and positive change through connecting, communicating, and collaborating with hundreds of partners. We are dedicated to facilitating and implementing a communitybased strategic plan that will close long-standing gaps in employment, entrepreneurship, education, housing, and other quality of life indicators. We work collectively with our partners to: build wealth and income; create strong families; prepare successful children; and, rebuild thriving neighborhoods. (402) 502-5153 | Vicki Quaites-Ferris |

The Millard Business Association (MBA) was established in 2003, and today there are about 350 members. Joining this networking organization is great way to GROW Your Business. Members do not need to reside in Millard. The basic requirement is doing business or wanting to do business in the Millard area. Membership is only $120.00 per year. Some of the benefits include: • Networking Lunches • Bagels & Business Meetings • Business After Hours Meetings • Ribbon Cuttings • Education Programs • Access to 9 Referral Groups for Marketing Opportunities • Listing on the MBA Website • Listing in the MBA Directory (30,000 Copies Printed Yearly) Apply for membership at For more information, contact the MBA Admin, Kim Jipp at (402) 707-2827 or email 38 Strictly Business SEPTEMBER 2017

Nebraska Recycling Council (NRC) is a STATEWIDE, member-based, 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit with a long history of recycling advocacy. Our MISSION is to maximize the economic and environmental benefits of resource recovery in Nebraska. Our GOAL is to re-energize resource recovery in Nebraska through the power of COLLABORATION. We are helping to build public and private partnerships statewide to increase recycling capacity and leverage the economic benefits of resource recovery. How can NRC membership provide VALUE to your business or community? NRC offers expertise, research, training, and facilitation to assist your business or community with improving solid waste and recycling infrastructure, rules and processes. We provide opportunities to learn from peers, share resources and participate on the NRC board, Advisory Council and regional committees. Visit for more information.

The Cornhusker Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors continually strives to be the leading voice promoting free enterprise within the construction industry in Nebraska. The organization’s main goal is to provide member companies and their employees with an opportunity to succeed winning work and delivering that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work. Whether a large or small company, joining ABC provides value. ABC offers training, continuing education courses and opportunities for networking and showcasing project successes. Our mission affords us the opportunity to share the industry through student event to help build workforce for Nebraska. For more information or to discuss joining ABC Cornhusker Chapter, contact Anne Klute at (402) 477-4451 or You can also visit to find out more.​

The Human Resource Association of the Midlands (HRAM) is one of the largest affiliated chapters of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), a remarkable achievement for an organization located in a metro area of its size. HRAM members are human resource professionals in the Omaha/Council Bluffs metropolitan area. The original association was organized in 1948 to give personnel administrators a clearinghouse for the exchange of information and ideas. HRAM has grown from nine founding members to more than 1,000 members representing over 500 employers. It is a volunteer organization guided by a Board of Directors and four committees. HRAM’s mission is to serve and advance the greater Omaha HR community through professional development and networking opportunities. Building HR professionals, one member at a time. Our vision is to elevate HR’s role as a valued strategic partner. For more information please visit

The Nebraska Hospital Association is a statewide voluntary membership health care trade association representing Nebraska’s hospitals and health systems. The health care industry touches many aspects of public policy. The NHA monitors a broad spectrum of issues on behalf of its members. This year, the NHA was deeply involved with legislation affecting credentialing, provider payment models, workforce development, insurance, taxation and health care program funding. Public policy and advocacy priorities are driven by a vision that every Nebraskan has access to affordable, safe, high-quality health care. Through effective leadership, member participation and collaboration with policymakers and other partners, we seek to develop a unified voice to establish effective health care policy. We also provide members with trend and regulatory information, educational programming, communication, data reports and special services. Under the leadership of President Laura J. Redoutey, FACHE, we are proud to celebrate 90 years. Visit for more information about the Nebraska Hospital Association.

The Southwest Omaha Rotary Night Club is a group of Committed Leaders who are passionate about TAKING ACTION to create positive changes that benefit communities near or far; EXCHANGING ideas, experiences and learning opportunities; BUILDING FRIENDSHIPS; and HAVING FUN! Their signature project is a Fine Wine and Hors d’ Oeuvres tasting that raises funds for The Boys Town National Hotline. This year marks the 9th annual fundraiser, which will be held on October 12th with over 500 guests expected to attend. In their short eight years of existence, the Southwest Omaha Rotary Night Club has raised over $250,000 for the Boys Town National Hotline, donated over $25,000 to The Rotary Foundation, and participated in countless service and humanitarian projects. Meetings are held on Tuesdays from 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. at DJ’s Dugout, 180th & Q. This small but mighty club has about 15 members from various professions. Guests are welcomed anytime! For more information, visit

The Business Ethics Alliance ( builds leadership, strengthens organizations, and elevates Greater Omaha through positive, practical business ethics. The Omaha business community sets the gold standard for ethical business behavior, and our vision is to establish Omaha as the beacon of business ethics excellence and corporate citizenship – locally, nationwide, and worldwide. We offer programming, products, and services to help your business: For Business Leaders: Community events that challenge and educate about today’s ethical issues and how they impact your business; Consulting services to establish a proper Ethical Foundation, conduct Preventative Maintenance, help Problem Solve, Rebalance, or Rebuild; For Human Resources and Professional Development Directors: Creative and practical workshops and tools that complement your ethics training and development needs; For Ethics and Compliance Officers: Consulting and policy development services for organizations seeking guidance with Core Values, Codes of Ethics, Ethical Culture Evaluation and Assessment, Training and Communication, and Whistle-Blower and Investigation Processes.

We have compiled a list of excellent local organizations, all of which need and welcome your support, and encourage you to get involved!

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Business Technology The world of technology is ever-expanding, with practical applications in all areas of how we do business and for maximizing efficiencies in a business’s operations. Thus, the impact it’s already made is profound, and the possibilities for the future are exciting. For every problem to solve or goal to achieve, there’s a solution to be found that involves technology. In narrowing the possibilities down to what we’re able to cover in just a few short columns, we’ll touch on what we consider to be some of the most impactful for businesses. First, there’s the cloud, a term that many in the business world are already familiar, or have at least a vague understanding of what it means. The cloud, simply put, encompasses anything stored offsite. Virtualizing your server presents the opportunity to save thousands of dollars just by having it in the cloud. It eliminates the need for hardware or software upgrades in your business and reduces the maintenance and support needed. With more people moving towards the cloud, there has been a lot of innovations in that area in recent years, particularly for business use. Cloud-based solutions, or Software As A Service (SaaS), have been around for quite some time. However, the recent trend is one of more small businesses leveraging them. This gives them access to valuable technology and tools while controlling cost. Technology no longer needs to be a major investment and can grow with your business. With custom solutions like cloud storage, server hosting, offsite backups and security solutions to lock down remote connections, there are many different ways to take advantage of this tech innovation. There’s also colocation, a type of data center in which a business can rent space for servers and other computing hardware. Typically the colocation center provides the building, cooling, power, bandwidth and physical security while the customer provides servers and storage. Next up, if you’ve not heard of the Internet of Things (IoT) yet, you can be sure that you will soon. Getting ahead of the curve now should be part of your long-term business strategy if you hope to maintain a competitive edge. The Internet of Things is here, and it’s opened up a world of possibilities. Presently, and moving forward, there are about 50 billion reasons to keep up on your technology products and services. Google ‘Internet of Things by the year 2020’ and you will find many articles on the ways it is expected to transform everything about technology, even as we know it now. The Internet of Things, simply put, is anything connected to the Internet. An example of this is the ‘Smart Home,’ which applies to places of business in the same way. We now have the ability to adjust the thermostat, turn lights on and off, monitor security systems and more from a smartphone or other personal devices. Smart devices are here to stay, and now you can work securely from anywhere too. Tablets, laptops, and smartphones are all tools now used for the mobile office. By creating a VPN, or Virtual Private Network, your company can access your own private, protected data from any device with internet connectivity. The integration of technology, while oftentimes complicated and thus best left to the experts, can prove to be incredible once accomplished and put into use. Once you have it, you can’t imagine what life was like without it. Consider audio/visual technology as yet another example, and one that has been rapidly advancing too. Many businesses are looking


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for out-of-the-box thinking and engineering for huddle rooms/spaces, remote connectivity, video walls, digital signage, sound masking, and more. In order to achieve your goals for audio-visual systems integration, get a professional involved as early on in the design process as possible. This also holds true for most other technology that a business would want to incorporate. Ease of use, flexibility, and scalability are all important across the board with any of these or other types of technology for business use. As others have mentioned, remote connectivity is the big one right now. People want to be able to log into their system to make changes and perform service-related tasks. The ability for clients, strategic business partners, team members or other guests to sit down in a board room and connect their laptop or table wirelessly to a video wall or screen display is desirable as well. When it comes to technology in the workplace, as evidenced by all that we’ve discussed up to this point, there’s a lot of ground to cover. There are the devices you use to conduct transactions, to communicate with clients and perform critical tasks, to store and access your data, to research and analyze it, the cloud and connectivity, A/V for presentations and training, not to mention access to a bevy of apps and programs. Not to be left out, there’s even a host of building technology systems and devices that when fully integrated, can have a major impact on your people and their productivity in the workplace as well as minimizing your expenditures and asset protection. “From a building technology perspective, there are a whole host of Building Management System (BMS) programs that effectively incorporate more advanced technology in the workplace,” advises Pat Killeen with Engineered Controls. “These will apply whether your building is new or existing, which for the latter would be part of a retrofit project. Briefly, a few of our BMS technology offerings for commercial buildings would include: Pat Killeen • Affordable integrated building control and Engineered Controls automation systems that make your buildings smarter and more efficient by providing essential instrumentation and control. • Systems that make lighting much more efficient. Our lighting controls solution offers smart scheduling, presence detection, and photocells to ensure lights aren’t left burning in vacant areas and that lights are off in areas where there is already plenty of natural light. • Integrated security solutions to meet your every need. These include standalone and networked access control solutions, an intrusion detection or video surveillance solution or a fully-integrated security system. • Gas detection systems for parking garages and mechanical rooms with chillers and boilers. These are areas where safety is a concern and where people can become sick or even die if not ventilated properly. • The latest in parking gate controls and revenue generation system solutions for airports, education, event, healthcare, hotels & public buildings, cities and municipalities, office, and retail. At Engineered Controls, our specialty is providing high-quality products and services that create efficient, safe, and comfortable building environments. To that end, if someone was looking to leverage technology to improve the energy efficiency of their facility, we have products and

services that will do that. On the other hand, if someone is looking to protect their people and assets, we have safety products and services that do that as well. We have a team of engineers who create custom integration solutions to pull all of your building equipment into a common platform regardless of manufacturer. When working with a building technology contractor, it is proper to choose a system that has the ability to be scalable as your business needs grow. Do not skimp on features of the equipment thinking that the lowest-priced option is equivalent. The axiom ‘You get what you pay for’ often applies. A good building technology partner will be able to explain the difference in the products available and is willing to inform you of your options. It is also beneficial to know the reputation of the building technology partner. Ask for credentials, experience, and references.” Businesses not only have to be smart about adding and integrating technology, but also need to take into account what would happen in the event that something goes wrong. When that happens, it’s essential that it’s fixed quickly and efficiently. For that reason, Managed Service Providers (MSPs) have become quite popular with businesses. This is an information technology (IT) services provider that manages and assumes responsibility for providing a defined set of services to its clients either proactively or as determined that services are needed. Indeed, running a successful business leaves little time for sorting through technology problems. A company like Five Nines can act as your IT everything - team, research and development department, support desk, procurement partner, and vCIO. They’ll carry the risk and burden of managing your IT so that you don’t have to. Founded on an intense desire to solve problems and build long-term relationships with clients, Five Nines leverages technology to drive business success. 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. Finally, websites, web presence, social media, and SEO are becoming more critical for businesses than ever. It’s just as important for someone to be able to find you and connect with you online as it is in person.

Especially with keeping your website up and running smoothly, oftentimes when businesses get sites designed, they are not informed of how important updates and added plugins are to keep them up to date and secure. It’s not just a have it built and you’re good to go forever type of thing. Therefore, it’s important that you team up with a professional who is proficient in the areas that apply, has plenty of working knowledge, stays up to date, performs regular checks and maintenance, and is good at troubleshooting. As far as new trends that have gained traction, mobile-friendly website layouts are important now because Google ranks websites according to their ‘mobile score,’ meaning that it appears great on all mobile devices. This scoring, if higher for mobile, allows Google to rank the site higher in search results. All told, technology should empower your business to achieve its goals. If it is holding you back, replace it with an alternative. Keep in mind, technology will not solve problems with your internal processes, but it can help those processes run more efficiently and consistently. Start by clearly identifying the goals you wish to achieve (in order of priority), then seek out the tools and technology that will help you achieve those goals. Likewise, seek the advice of an expert who can answer your questions clearly and provide you with options. This should be a conversation, not a statement. There are a lot of great, affordable options today. Many times when you upgrade it will come with cost savings down the line that will provide a return on investment.

One thing you can count on with technology for business use is that there will always be something new and innovative that will help you achieve your objectives. If you’re not ahead, you’re behind. Particularly in the tech industry, it’s a constant that nothing is constant. There are so many possibilities to explore, and a good starting point for anyone is to reach out to our local experts.

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Entertaining Clients What have you done lately that involved spending time with your clients aside from when you were conducting business? If your answer to that is nothing, you’re missing a major opportunity that’s one of the most rewarding out there. Business is all about relationships – establishing them, developing them, and strengthening them. It only makes sense to set up enjoyable events that facilitate the interaction necessary to accomplish those objectives periodically. The effort you put into the relationships with your clients and to show gratitude for their continued business will greatly influence your success. Doing something special to treat your clients every so often is the perfect way to show your appreciation. By opting for some sort of event, party, outing, or small gathering, it will not only give you a chance to get to know them outside of just your business relationship, but will strengthen your partnership overall. In the end, people do business with people. If you can make your clients feel like they are doing business not just with your company, but your people, you will keep your clients happier and lengthen the longevity of your partnership. With endless options for entertaining, it’s wise to be thoughtful about selecting how you will occupy your time together. When it comes to entertaining clients, it’s all in the details. For those planning this type of event, the location will determine a lot of the other aspects that will need to be coordinated and decisions to be made, so securing that is at the top of the to-do list. It’s also extremely helpful to

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book an event at a venue with experienced professionals who can help you with planning the details. It can easily end up being a lot of work to do so on your own, and it’s likely not one of your greatest talents either, otherwise, you’d probably be doing it for a living. How large your company and customer base is in total, or the size of the targeted group you’re entertaining, will determine your venue options for hosting such an event. While some events are appropriate at your office or place of business, others will be better suited at an off-site location. Setting a budget and understanding any limitations that are present is important as that will factor into the decision on where to host your event as well. For those seeking unique ideas to consider, as representatives of the most common destinations for client entertaining, the hospitality professionals are notorious for offering great suggestions for these types of events. As far as new and exciting venues to look into for your upcoming event, the Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District would make for an impressive one. Highlights include a full-service restaurant, Society 1854, and bar, Burdock + Bitters, a rooftop pool with a bar and entertainment area, outdoor event areas and more than 17,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, including an 11,000 square-foot ballroom, one of the largest in Omaha. The new property also has a concierge lounge, dedicated to Elite Marriott Rewards members and other VIP guests, and a “Next Gen” meeting space, which is customizable for every group. It’s also situated in a prime location in the Capitol District, an upscale urban dining and entertainment mecca in the heart of Omaha’s downtown scene. Vanessa Vasa with the Marriott Omaha Downtown – Capitol District provides a few tips for those who are planning upcoming client entertaining events. “The craft cocktail scene is hot right now. Kick it up a notch from your standard beer, wine, and vodka tonic and feature specialty craft cocktails at your event bar. People will love you for it. Above all, know your audience. Planning a successful client event will depend on your Vanessa Vasa understanding of those who might attend. Do Marriott Omaha your research and find out if they have any Downtown-Capitol District food or beverage preferences. Then surprise them! With existing clients, take note of their preferences and make sure you incorporate them in your next event or encounter. Nailing the small details will make the biggest impact and set you apart from the rest.” Another upscale entertainment experience to consider is the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Sunshine Taproom. In agreement on the importance of tailoring the event details to those you are inviting, Derek Dillon with Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Liquid Sunshine Taproom further advises, “Keep in mind who your client is and who the people are on your client’s team. It’s just like with any other sort of advertising or marketing execution in that you need to know who your Derek Dillon target demographic is and how they’ll respond to your message. Make sure your entertainment Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

is in line with your client and your client’s values as a business. Also, be sure that you aren’t trying to overextend and go too far beyond what’s going to be perceived as authentic. Sure, you want to impress, but if you try to pretend that you are something that you are not it will show in the execution of the event and give your clients the wrong impression of who you really are. Stick to what you know and make sure you’re working with professionals who will help you execute that to perfection to ensure your guests are getting the best experience possible. The interaction that happens when entertaining clients is important for a business relationship. As a venue, we provide many different opportunities for our clients to use different aspects of our business. Ultimately, we’re able to put together a fun way to unwind for a few hours of escape and entertainment from the usual Monday through Friday 9-to-5. In planning for an event we want to make sure that our clients are getting the service and experience that they can’t get anywhere else. Luckily our general business model already provides that, but we have the resources to go above and beyond in that regard.” If the setting you have in mind is one outside of the city, which is a great way to do something a little different and get people out of the office setting and into the fresh air and sunshine, of course, we can provide a couple of ideas for that type of event too! “Our riverfront property is perfect for client entertaining as it’s a relaxing atmosphere with plenty of seating and room to mingle, games to play, standard amenities provided, it’s a secluded spot that’s not open to the public, and of course, the highlight of the event as it’s not something most do on a regular basis, airboat rides!” says Bryson of Bryson’s Airboat Tours. “We host a lot of these events every year, and the feedback we receive is that in the three hours spent together, you learn more about each other than the three years you’ve Bryson shared a business relationship together. That Bryson’s Airboat Tours really says something about the importance of making the time to plan and host an event for your clients. It’s a unique, fun experience, and one that’s not overly complicated or with too many distractions, which can get in the way of the bonding that’s the whole reason behind coming together. Although it might not come to mind first, it’s also an excellent spot to host a Husker football watch party. Especially for those of us in the Omaha area and surrounding cities, we know that a great tailgate party doesn’t always mean a parking lot near Memorial Stadium! The property can be rented for the day with or without the airboat rides, you can bring in your generators, TVs and A/V equipment, and anything else needed for the ultimate tailgate, and make it your own private party spot.” For those who are hosting outdoor events, he also offers a word of caution regarding planning for the weather accordingly. “Ensuring there is a covered area is highly recommended. If there isn’t one already on-site, consider renting one. If you’re putting time, money, and effort into an event, you want everything to be perfect. In Nebraska we have the extremes, which during our open season, are storms and scorchers. Protection from the elements, whether it’s for shelter or shade, will ensure your guests will stay longer and enjoy themselves more. A tent or awning is such a simple thing that surprisingly really does transform the area, and people do tend to gravitate towards those. Paying attention to the details necessary to create the ideal environment is an essential part of entertaining. Also, keep in mind that there’s usually a reason why things are done a certain way. If you have a creative or wild idea, pass it by the professionals to make sure it will work, because they’ve seen it all – or most of it at least - before. With plenty of past experiences to reference, they can easily tell you what works best and what to avoid, so take their word for it. Don’t hesitate to ask for recommendations or either; we’re always happy to help!” Then there’s the picturesque Arbor Day Farm located in Nebraska City, with much to offer across the 260-acre property. “I always enjoy it when potential clients come to the farm so they can see

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firsthand what we have to offer,” says Brenda McIntosh with Lied Lodge & Conference Center at Arbor Day Farm. “We can do a wine tasting at Lied Lodge or the Apple House Market, which is always a hit. Clients also enjoy having lunch or dinner in the Timber Dining Room or just hanging out in the Library Lounge. Finding the right setting is critical. You need to know what your clients find enjoyable and beneficial. For example, taking a client to a brewpub and then finding out he/she doesn’t drink beer would be a missed opportunity. Brenda McIntosh Lied Lodge & Conference If coming out here isn’t feasible, another option is to ask clients to pick out a favorite restaurant Center at Arbor Day Farm near where they work. This is likely to be a welcomed option for clients with busy schedules. With that in mind, our sales team recently hosted a holiday lunch with several clients at a popular restaurant in their area. It was a big hit and an effective way for us to bring Lied Lodge and Arbor Day Farm to them, while being respectful of their time. I always ask my clients what is of interest to them and how much time they have. And I like to bring something they can take with them. Often, I give clients a tree seedling because it is a gift they can enjoy and share with family and friends. Entertaining clients is a wonderful way to thank them for their business. It shows you appreciate them, which helps build long-term relationships. It also gives you a chance to show your clients who you are outside of the traditional work environment. The more you know about each other (hobbies, family, etc.), the better the comfort level and trust.” Also making mention of Husker-themed events, which are incredibly popular this time of year and a great fit for entertaining clients, McIntosh advises, “Who doesn’t enjoy a tailgate party? This type of event provides a casual atmosphere where it’s easy to get to know people. I recommend having games for people to play because they’re a perfect icebreaker — they make it easier for people to interact with one another and have fun. Great food is always important.” Speaking of great food, it’s what brings everyone together. When you have a gathering in your home, where are most people hanging out? The kitchen! Anywhere else you host an event, consider it an entertaining staple. Planning an event to bring in customers, clients or prospective customers isn’t much different than an event you’d hold at your house. And in order for either to be successful you need just a few things to create a warm, inviting, and fun atmosphere—food, drinks, and good company. If you are setting up a special event where you’ll be entertaining your clients, you’ll want to line up the location and then work out the details for catering, because no event is complete without great fare! This is also an area to consider what best fits those you’ll be entertaining. “It’s a good idea to try and stay within everyone’s comfort zones when it comes to the food,” advises Sean Fuller with Just Good Meat. “Offering an arrangement of several different items will help you to cover the bases so that there’s at least one thing that will appeal to each person in the group. When it comes to meat, we have so many different items to choose from--smoked chicken, pulled pork, brisket, specialty recipes such as Carolina-style barbecue with coleslaw mixed in, items that are easy to eat such as Sean Fuller sliders, and the list goes on well past that. With Just Good Meat plenty of different sides, the combinations for your spread are endless. For those who need to stay on a set budget, we have the ability to mix and match just about any of our items so that you can put together a quality meal that still has variety without overspending. At Just Good Meat we really enjoy working with our clients on custom orders, as we feel that consultations are the perfect way for us to get an idea of what you’re envisioning, how many people you’re entertaining, what your goals are for the event, and what your budget is. Likewise, it

allows the customer to get a good idea of what we have to offer so that they can ask questions and feel comfortable that they’ve made the best decision from our wealth of options. Our catering services and food truck both provide an effortless and fun way to serve a lot of people a quality meal while everyone has a good time with one another. Alternatively, we have many clients who stop in and grab what they need for their event because we’ll have it all ready to go for them and set-up is a breeze. Either way, you’ll be all set with a good meal that your clients will enjoy!” Back to the location, as luck (and convenience) would have it, there are even a few places to take an outdoor excursion of sorts with your clients that are technically within city limits. With the fall season upon us, Bellevue Berry Farm & Pumpkin Ranch is perfect for group outings, and it’s family-friendly in case you want to extend the invitation past just you and the client. Coming up there’s the red raspberry picking season beginning in October, not to mention pumpkins galore and all of the other fun Halloween festivities. It’s the perfect time of year for bonfires, hayrack rides, and just being out in nature with all of the colors smells of autumn. “We have a lot of corporate clients that book our barns and bring everyone out for a meal or meeting, and as an added perk they can enjoy everything else that’s going on at our venue during that time,” explains Tyson Schaefer with Bellevue Berry Farm & Pumpkin Ranch. “At Bellevue Berry Farm & Pumpkin Ranch we always have seasonal activities, whether it’s getting in on the harvest, festivals, enjoying live music or a deejay, or partaking in any number of special activities scheduled for the day. There are multiple facilities on the property that accommodate different sizes of groups, Tyson Schaefer with each featuring a versatile combination of space and amenities, and our catering Bellevue Berry Farm & Pumpkin Ranch consistently gets rave reviews. There’s a full

catering menu complete with options for dinner that encompasses many different types of cuisine, appetizer spreads, desserts and the bar services are covered too. We also find that a lot of people enjoy that our barns offer the opportunity to have a campfire. This way you can prepare a meal together or simply enjoy the outdoors and each other’s company. Daytime or evening requests are welcome, and our team can even plan an itinerary for a client entertaining event to accommodate your unique group. This might include an obstacle course, zipline, karaoke or dance party – there are a lot of unique options that we can set up. Our venue is particularly nice for relaxing, with beautiful scenery and a comfortable environment that’s conducive for bonding and a fun experience that isn’t your average ‘dinner & drinks’ engagement.” With all of this talk about fun places to host an event, if the drinks will be flowing, it’s also worth mentioning that it’s not a bad idea to line up transportation so that your guests will have easy access to a safe ride home should they need it. Also, if you want to put together an itinerary that requires traveling to another, or several, destinations, depending on the locations and proximity to one another, arranging for group transportation may be advantageous in this scenario too. By including transportation as a part of the entertaining when needed, it shows you’ve been thorough with your planning and really want your guests to enjoy themselves.

Entertaining clients has always been, and will continue to be, an essential part of what it takes to form prosperous, lasting partnerships in the business community. Those who consider it as such and make it a point to do so on a regular basis are the wisest and savviest of businesspeople. When you demonstrate that you truly value the relationships that support your livelihood, and recognize the importance of conveying that gratitude with an experience that’s personal and well thought out, everybody wins.

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Senior Living This month we’ve still got a little left of summer yet to enjoy before transitioning into fall. Then, in what seems like a blur, it will already be time to carve pumpkins, turkeys, and hams – and all of the other good stuff that happens throughout the remainder of the year. Everything inevitably happens so quickly. That being the case, especially for seniors and their loved ones, now is the time to start thinking about the things that are needed to get through another winter happy and healthy, and to fully enjoy the upcoming holiday season. Although it might seem a little early, rest assured you’ll be in a much better position if you have a plan in place and have made arrangements well ahead of time, rather than putting things off and being forced to make decisions on very short notice or in crisis. As such, we decided to consult with the professionals a little earlier than usual this year about winter and holiday preparations just for good measure. But not to worry, we’ve also thrown in some great ideas for getting out and enjoying the beautiful fall weather while it lasts, and a lot of other important things to consider with respect to planning for the future! It comes as no surprise to us Nebraskans that the weather can easily be cause for concern, particularly at times of the year when it’s more likely we’ll experience the extremes. Although by nature it’s unpredictable, to an extent we can anticipate how it will affect us going about our lives. We generally plan according to what the conditions are likely to be at certain times as a force of habit, and that’s not a bad thing--better safe than sorry. For seniors, winter, in particular, presents its fair share of challenges and concerns. “One of the biggest concerns we see for seniors who live alone, especially during the winter months, is isolation,” says Jennifer Knecht, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Immanuel. “As we get older, social str uctures c hange, family dynamics change. And for seniors who are retired and living alone, social experiences— something that’s so important for emotional wellbeing—require extra effort. From social gatherings to volunteer opportunities Jennifer Knecht and community events, the fall and winter Immanuel months are filled with lifestyle activities and ways to get involved. Wellness classes and lifelong learning opportunities are also ways to expand social structures while focusing on health. At Immanuel Communities, this social aspect is so ingrained in


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resident life. Activities are available for all interests and lifestyles, including health and fitness. We realize that when seniors are involved socially, there’s much less risk for isolation and depression. Also, winter is often a time where seniors start considering the upkeep of their home and whether the maintenance required to get through the winter is still feasible. Whether it’s time to make a move to a maintenance-free senior living community or that decision is down the road, the holidays can be a good time to start the conversation with family, get a pulse on how much home maintenance is feasible during the winter, and start researching living options. At Immanuel, our senior living consultants provide answers to options for every lifestyle. They’re a good place to start when getting the feel of what’s out there and what services are available. Exploring senior living can be daunting, and assistance in navigating them can be helpful.” Knecht also offers advice as we approach the holidays that’s focused on the importance of self-care and support. “The holidays can be joyous times celebrating with family and friends. But for some seniors, the dangers of flu season and icy roads or the memories of friends and loved ones who may have recently passed can be difficult. It’s important for seniors to go into the holidays prepared with wellness of mind and body as the first concern. Encourage your loved ones to get plenty of exercise, eat healthy foods, and stay socially active going into flu season. Fall can be a great time to get up-to-date on vaccinations and meet with doctors about any existing health concerns. For seniors who live alone, isolation can only increase during the winter months. Social activities can help prevent the loneliness and in many cases, depression that can arise from isolation. Facing the holidays without loved ones who have passed can be difficult. Again, recognizing the need for support is important.

Reach out to aging loved ones and talk to them, especially if they’ve lost a loved one in the last year. Planning a special activity of a remembered tradition can help honor the late loved one. Depression during the holidays is felt at any age, but for seniors, reaching out can be difficult. Talking through the grief during the holidays or reaching out for medical help is just as important to wellness as exercise and a healthy diet.” During the fall months, there are also things to think about and opportunities to take advantage of before the weather takes a turn for the worse. “With the cool weather and vibrant colors, taking walks for some exercise is enjoyable,” says Phil Birkel, Marketing Director at Remington Heights. “There are many festivals and carnivals in the fall during the months of September and October. Also, during National Assisted Living Week September 10-16, many communities are hosting events for the general public that week. It’s a great time to explore senior living options. Phil Birkel Remington Heights

I’d also suggest volunteering. It’s a good way to get out and socialize while being productive and contributing to the community. So many organizations can use volunteers. Some organizations that need help are churches, hospitals, hospices, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, community centers, homeless shelters, disaster relief, animal shelters, schools, and so many others.” Broadening the discussion to what one might consider for the remainder of the year, he notes, “Soon enough, getting out and about will become more challenging and dangerous, as the winter months will bring an increase in falls due to snow and ice. There are the added chores of shoveling snow and treating sidewalks with ice melt to consider as well. If you have a fall, it can put a tremendous amount of pressure on everyone involved during a busy time of the year to coordinate a move to a senior living community. Planning ahead for a move is highly recommended. We often see so many seniors that need our living options because they have fallen, need surgery, or encounter another medical event that creates an immediate need. They tend to have more difficulty exploring the options when their wellbeing has been compromised, and may have to rely on family or friends to make the decisions about their senior living arrangements. Doing some research and touring the facilities that pique your interest is a good way to get an idea of where you’d want to call home in the future. Seniors should understand what each facility offers for care options and amenities. What is included in the base price? What are the add-on fees and what items are not included in the base price for care? Are there transportation fees, community fees, transfer of care costs, laundry costs, other costs? The choices of facilities often are narrowed to the quality of the facility, care provided in the facility, and price; then it’s a matter of what feels like the best choice. Most seniors have spent a lifetime making decisions of some sort and they know best the community that would be a good fit.

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A huge obstacle to moving to a senior living community is getting rid of ‘stuff.’ The downsizing process certainly can be overwhelming, and giving up items you’ve owned for many years can stir up a range of emotions. If you’re planning a move to a senior living community, you may have six months or even a year to get ready. But that time will pass quickly, and downsizing will take more time and effort than you might think. What are some steps you can take now to downsize your move to a senior living community?

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Stop allowing more stuff in. Items come into your home from a variety of sources: gifts received and yet to be given, clothing, housewares, books, seasonal decorations, kitchen items, furnishings, electronics and more. When new items come in, the old ones often remain in closets or end up in a junk drawer, contributing to the overall stuff that must be dealt with before a move. Before you can actually downsize, it’s vital to stop the inflow of more items into your home. Since it’s unrealistic to think you won’t buy anything new for months or longer, the best strategy is the time-tested ‘one-in, one-out’ rule. Clean out the usual hiding places. One of your first downsizing strategies should be sorting out the basement, attic, garage, shed, and other out-of-the-way spots where things tend to accumulate. Often, the items that land in these storage areas are the ones you don’t know what to do with. Regardless of the nature of the item, if it has been sitting in a shed for years, you probably don’t need it. Set aside time each week. Devote some time on a weekly basis to tackle one room at a time. Go through drawers and closets, setting aside items that can be discarded. If you think there are things your children might want, have them go through the house with sticky notes to mark the items they’d like to keep. For large or bulky items that the kids don’t intend to take, consider snapping photos to keep your memories intact without retaining the item itself. Plan to sell, donate or recycle when possible. To paraphrase the old saying, ‘one man’s trash is another’s treasure.’ Things that might not be useful to you in your new home may serve someone else well, so it’s wise to donate items when possible. Selling is also an option, although dealing with the sale of many individual items can be quite a hassle. For items that are broken or not worth donating, try to recycle. When all else fails, throw items away rather than keeping them around, and worse yet, moving them

only to discard them later. The time to get started is now, even if your move is months away. There’s no time like the present to start downsizing for your move to a senior living community. When the time comes, having less stuff will result in less stress and a pleasant moving experience. Consider hiring a professional downsizing company to assist. There are companies that specialize in downsizing for seniors.” In agreement, Theron Ahlman, Certified Senior Advisor and owner of CarePatrol of Nebraska further advises, “Although most families are always busy, I believe this time of year is a great time to go through things in the house. It’s hot outside and most are stuck inside, so why not look through old boxes to see what is needed and what can be donated or sold? At some point, most seniors are going to have to move or their house will be sold once they pass, so it makes sense to get ahead of Theron Ahlman the game and be better prepared. It can CarePatrol of Nebraska also give the senior time to remember the past when looking at items and deciding what items he or she wants to be passed along and to whom they should go. This step will make the moving process so much easier when it is time. Furthermore, if the situation doesn’t allow the senior to help, his or her wishes will have already been put in place as far as who got or gets what.” Similar to our other industry experts, Ahlman also mentions this month and into the next being an ideal window of time to consider a move. “With the winter coming many seniors decide they don’t want to stay in their house as they don’t want to shove snow or worry about going out in the snow and ice to get supplies. Winter can also be very depressing for people, and seniors who live at

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home are particularly susceptible, so it can be extremely hard on them. With these things in mind starting the search early for a great community is always recommended. When asked by clients as to when to start looking I always tell them as soon as possible. Being prepared is absolutely wonderful and will only make the process less stressful, and helpful if an emergency situation comes up. Also, being in a community around the holidays can bring out the joy again for that time of year instead of depression and loneliness. Christmas trees and holiday decorations are put up by someone else, the large meals are done by someone else and entertainment is brought in by someone else, which all helps make life simpler and less stressful. Families can also reserve the different rooms at the communities, which allows the entire family to come over and spend the holidays together. All while allowing their loved one to be comfortable in their home at the community but not have to go to any extra lengths to prepare. If you know of someone who is struggling and the coming winter months might be tough on them, please reach out to us as we are here to help them find the safest and best community. Best of all, our services are 100% free to the seniors and families we help. We are here to make the process as simple as possible, so it can be something that’s fun, exciting and stress-free. Please don’t let your loved one’s struggle with depression or go through caregiver burnout yourself. It’s all too common for people to suddenly find themselves in a bad position because they think things are fine. Really talk with one another, see what the senior may be going through, and truly understand how important it is to be around others while eating good food and taking their meds correctly. Discuss what needs to happen so he or she can enjoy life to the fullest. In our line of work we see too many bad situations and the winter months only make it worse, so please plan ahead and save yourself or your senior loved one from going through an issue that may require hospitalization, rehab, or a more severe change of lifestyle. CarePatrol of Nebraska can easily be reached at (402) 785-2262 anytime.” Kyle Johnson, owner of Care Consultants for the Aging, offers even more ideas for outings and things to think about coming up. “For those who are able to take a little day trip, the AppleJack Festival in Nebraska City is a fantastic event that’s fun for all ages. Just getting out and enjoying your surroundings can positively influence your health and state of mind. Or, in closer proximity, there are great pumpkin patches in the area, but I’d advise avoiding the weekends if at all possible. Kyle Johnson Being around kids can be a mood booster Care Consultants for seniors, particularly if they’ve raised for the Aging kids of their own or enjoy them. Sometimes family members aren’t available to accompany their senior loved ones, but that need not prevent involvement as there are plenty of other options to consider. Getting connected with a local senior center will afford you many opportunities to take advantage of activities and social outings. Those in senior living communities also have the option of attending regularly scheduled events, and generally transportation is provided, which is nice. Or there are professionals who provide one-on-one in-home services that can be scheduled for as little as a few hours for an outing together or transportation to one. Once the temperature starts to drop, it’s easy to become homebound. As far as safety is concerned, for seniors who are able to remain living at home, and especially for those who are living alone, at the very least having a life alert or call pendant to connect you with emergency response is a good idea. Especialy for seniors who retired, staying involved socially is

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important, so it’s a good idea to have some things lined up ahead of time. Especially during the winter months, there are far too many seniors that sit at home alone all day, for days on end. When seniors have lost that interaction with others and the world outside the confines of their homes, they tend to dwell on the negatives. Just watching the news, very little of which is positive these days, can cause stress and depression that’s exacerbated by continued isolation. Our mood affects everything from appetite to hygiene to energy level and the motivation to be active and social. Even something as simple as caregiver services – having someone to come over and provide companionship, monitor health and living conditions, help with tasks around the house, or take a senior out to run errands or attend an event – can be tremendously beneficial. There’s a vast amount of resources available to seniors, but in my line of work, we often find that many are apprehensive of taking advantage for a variety of reasons. Most notably, it’s a common misconception that it sounds expensive so therefore it must be, which causes people to dismiss perfectly viable options altogether. Struggling with the loss of independence is another worry for seniors; as we age, we find that we need more help, but it can be hard to ask for it because we don’t want to be a burden. But far too often I talk with people who wish they would’ve just asked sooner. Don’t wait too long and pass up opportunities, then find yourself in a bad situation. There’s no harm in reaching out for recommendations, asking plenty of questions, and seeking out help from others in your community who are here for you.” Moving to a 55+ community or assisted living facility does have its benefits, particularly since the needs of this population have been identified and everything has been thoughtfully designed around them. For some, it is a more immediate and pressing need, while for others, it’s being considered as a suitable option but there’s no big rush, or it may not be in the plans at all for the near future. For those who find themselves in the latter two categories, Jinae Cherry, PTA Director of Therapy at Brookestone Meadows offers the following tips:

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It is especially important for seniors to stay active in a wellness program in the community. Since it is very easy to become more sedentary after retirement, seniors must be intentional about their activity level to remain in good health. I personally appreciate aqua wellness classes for their use of the buoyancy property to help aid geriatric adults with joint pressure relief and freedom with mobility in a safe and secure environment. If a condition you have is noticeable and beginning to interrupt your daily life, have a discussion with your doctor about ordering outpatient therapy services as a noninvasive approach to treatment. You’d be amazed at the services available for the SEPTEMBER 2017 Strictly Business 49

geriatric population that will help keep you active and maintaining a high quality of life. There is no age limit to physical progress! With respect to winter weather, ensure that the proper equipment and support is in place for upkeep of snow and ice such as proper footwear, snow blowers instead of shovels, or assistance with snow removal to avoid the potential for injury altogether. Our rehab department is very busy in the winter months offering therapy services to those who were unfortunately involved in ice/snowrelated accidents. I always suggest seniors ask family, friends, or caregivers for assistance with decorating their homes for the holiday season, especially with high surfaces where one would need to climb a ladder or hang decorations out of reach. There is no shame in getting support from your loved ones; in fact, take the opportunity to turn it into a tradition or memory that your family will cherish for years to come. If a gathering is happening outside of your home, I always encourage the use of handicapped-accessible transportation and transport wheelchairs, as it minimizes the difficulty and risk of injury while helping to sustain energy levels. This also includes fun activities yet this fall that many seniors enjoy out in the community, such as pumpkin patches, fall festivals, hayrack rides and costume parties.”

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Key things seniors can do to prepare for the winter months ahead consist of anticipating utility bill increases and seeking resources to help ease that burden, and budgeting for essential food items. These are factors that can prove to be real budget-busters for seniors, especially those with limited incomes. Then there are the holidays, which can be lots of fun for older adults even if they’re not in the best physical or mental shape. Simply being included in the festivities brings joy and helps them enjoy the season. Nobody relishes the prospect of aging without a spouse or family member at their side or without friends to help them laugh at the ridiculous parts and support them through the difficult times.” Thomas encourages seniors to do the following to ensure the most enjoyment during the holidays: Acknowledge feelings. If someone close has died or you can’t be with loved ones, it’s normal to feel sadness or grief. It’s okay to cry and express your feelings. Reach out. Seek social support; look for neighborhood, community, church or social events. Call a neighbor. Invite a friend for cookies or coffee. Volunteer at a food bank.

Barbara Thomas, Service Coordinator at Notre Dame Housing, also reinforces the importance of staying active and offers a few additional holiday-related tips.

Remember loved ones. Make their favorite food, share memories around the dinner table, reminisce with a photo album, and light a memorial candle. Consider donating a charitable gift in their honor or helping someone else in their memory.

“With the fall season approaching, I would recommend that seniors stay active by getting involved with activities that encourage social interaction such as local craft and hobby shows, dining out with friends, and taking advantage of senior

Take a breather. Learn to say no to stressful social or family obligations. Even if it’s just 15 minutes, treat yourself to something that brings joy.

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Stay healthy. Get enough sleep; limit alcohol; continue exercising, even a simple walk around the block. Practice good health habits: eat right, get plenty of rest, and exercise regularly. Staying healthy reduces the intensity of the blues and its impact on daily activities. Finally, she offers insight on access to critical services for seniors. “Although there are many, one key issue that affects seniors in our community is the unpredictability of Medicaid. Medicaid provides health coverage to more than 4.6 million low-income seniors, nearly all of whom are also enrolled in Medicare. Notre Dame Housing and its residents are voicing its concerns through a postcard campaign, which will urge our elected officials to not change Medicaid’s financing structure and oppose per capita caps and block grants because they will negatively impact seniors who need long-term services and support. Social services, guided by service coordinators, empower seniors to have access to a healthy lifestyle and services. Notre Dame Housing is committed to quality and the use of best practices in social services to facilitate healthy, independent living. In addition to seniors with needed services, a service coordinator can be a personal guide to resources such as transportation, education, civic engagement, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Veterans Affairs benefits, and social opportunities.”

Many of us don’t really want to think about winter weather that will be here in just a few short months or all of the holiday madness quite yet (although of course there are those who wait with bated breath, we all know at least one). Yet, as you can see, there are some practical reasons and compelling arguments for making certain arrangements well in advance, particularly for seniors and their loved ones. If there’s one takeaway, it’s that no matter what you need, just ask, because there are a wide range of resources here in our community for the diverse population of seniors who call anywhere within the Omaha Metro home.

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