The Omaha Jaycees will honor 10 young adults next month for their commitment to improving the community while maintaining successful professional careers.
For each of the past 80 years, the “junior chamber” leadership training and civic organization has honored 10 Omahans between the ages of 21 and 40 who demonstrate a commitment to community service and personal and professional development.
The 2013 TOYO (Ten Outstanding Young Omahans) Award recipients are:
>> Tanin Arkfeld, senior analyst-finance, Union Pacific Railroad
>> Kali Baker, director of communications, Omaha Community Foundation
>> Jonathan Gross, rabbi, Beth Israel Synagogue
>> Tim Harrison, owner, Harrison Financial Services
>> Wendy Hamilton, fund development director, Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska
>> Nicole Seckman Jilek, attorney, Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman LLP
>> Clark Lauritzen, executive vice president, First National Bank
>> David Mayer, attorney, Koley Jessen PC, LLO
>> Stephanie Mattoon, partner, Baird Holm LLP
>> Michael Young, founder, q(3) Systems
The 81st Annual TOYO Awards banquet, including drinks, dinner and networking, will be Jan. 29 starting at 6 p.m. at the CenturyLink Center. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased by contacting Marco Kpeglo LeRoc at 402-218-6979 or TOYO@omahajaycees.org.
About this year's honorees:
Arkfeld has worked at Union Pacific Railroad since August 2010 in multiple accounting roles and now supports the railroad's Western region operating department budget. She is president of UP Ties, Union Pacific's emerging professional employee resource group, serves on the United Way Community Investment Review Team and supports Susan G. Komen Nebraska, among other community organizations. Arkfeld graduated from Omaha Westside High School. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration from Loyola University of Chicago.
As director of communications for the Omaha Community Foundation, Baker orchestrated a communications strategy that aimed to increase the number of people participating in philanthropy while raising the profile and impact of the foundation. She serves on the board of directors for the Union for Contemporary Art and is also involved in CommA, VOICE Omaha, ICAN Influence and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Baker holds a bachelor's degree in marketing management from Bellevue University.
As the rabbi at Beth Israel Synagogue, Gross works with the Food Bank for the Heartland and the Jewish Federation of Omaha and has sat on the boards of the Freidel Jewish Academy, the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home, Child Development Center, Jewish Community Center and Center for Jewish Life. He is active with American Friends of Yeshivot Bnei Akiva, Our War, a division of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregation, and Yachad, the National Jewish Council for Disabilities. Gross serves as visiting professor of Jewish studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and founded the Spence Chess Club. He holds a bachelor's degree from Yeshiva College and Rabbinic Ordination Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary.
Hamilton is responsible for planning and implementing Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska's annual campaign in the Omaha area. She also specializes in developing the organization's Women in Business constituency as well as planning and overseeing the leadership development programs for older girls. Hamilton is vice president of the board for the Autism Society of Nebraska and serves on the steering committee of Women's Fund Circles. She is also a member of the Omaha Summer Arts Festival board, the Ballet Nebraska Guild and serves as resident house manager for performances at Joslyn Art Museum and the Orpheum Theater. She holds a bachelor of arts in theater and dance from Coe College and a master's of fine arts in theater management from Wayne State University in Detroit.
The owner of Harrison Financial Services, Harrison has been ranked as one of the Four Under 40 by Advisor Today magazine; one of Omaha's Top Wealth Advisors by Worth Magazine and an Exemplary Wealth Advisor by NABCAP, a national nonprofit dedicated to identifying top advisers, as published in both Omaha and B2B magazines. Harrison grew up in Millard, attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha and completed his Certified Investment Management Analyst certification at Wharton Business School.
Jilek is an attorney with Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman. She has been a member of the Omaha Jaycees since 2008 and has served as the TOYO director, vice president of membership and as the current president. Jilek is a member of the Junior League of Omaha and, as project research and development chairwoman, has spearheaded development of new league projects. She has been active in the Robert M. Spire Inn of Court since 2007 and has served on its executive board and as membership chair since 2009. She also serves as the treasurer of Leadership Circle and is a member of CREW Metro Omaha and the Omaha Executive club. Jilek earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and a law degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Lauritzen is executive vice president of corporate banking and wealth management at First National Bank. He is also a director of First National Bank, president of the Laurtizen Corp. and chairman of the Viking Corp., an Iowa-based bank holding company. Lauritzen is chairman-elect of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Omaha Business Hall of Fame Committee, treasurer of the Nebraska Game & Parks Foundation, vice president of the Central High School Foundation, trustee of the University of Nebraska Foundation and an Aksarben Councilor, and he is involved with the 2013 U.S. Senior Open Committee, the Heartland 2050 Committee, the Young President's Organization and Trinity Episcopal Church. Lauritzen has a bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a master's in business administration from Harvard Business School.
Mattoon is a partner at Baird Holm, where she works in the corporate section focusing on helping entrepreneurs form new businesses and buy and sell existing businesses. She serves on the firm's Retreat Planning and Wellness Committees. Mattoon served as the president and chairwoman of the board of directors of the Joslyn Castle Trust from 2011 to 2013. She is on the Kids Can Community Center board of directors, diversified funding committee and board engagement committee. She has also held president, vice president and secretary positions for the Nebraska State Bar Association, Securities Law Section. She holds a bachelor's degree in marketing, advertising and public relations from Texas Christian University and a law degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law.
Mayer is chairman of Koley Jessen's business and general counsel practice group. He is a member of the International Transition Team for the Nebraska Department of Economic Development and Greater Omaha Chamber, the Midwest Trade Association and the Nebraska Diplomats. He has traveled to China and Japan as part of trade missions and conferences. He is a graduate of Leadership Omaha and Leadership Bellevue and serves on the Merrymakers Association board and on the committee for the Kim Foundation's Making Hope Happen event. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a law degree from Creighton University.
Young is the founder of q(3) systems, an Omaha-based Information Technology consulting company. He serves as the lead graphic designer, network engineer and hosting manager for clients. Young is active with the City of Omaha Transit Authority Board, Next Generation Omaha and has served as the Butler-Gast YMCA board chairman and on the executive committee for the YMCA of Omaha. He also sat on the Downtown Omaha Inc. board and executive committee. Michael graduated from Omaha Bryan High School and holds a degree in computer science and graphic arts from Metropolitan Community College.