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Schumacher Elevator Company

Schumacher Elevator Company Opens Omaha Branch Office and Welcomes New Regional Vice President Schumacher Elevator Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Bret Abels as Regional Vice President. He will be leading the company's recently established Omaha branch office and expansion of Schumacher's presence in the region. Bret comes to Schumacher with over 30 years of experience in the industry, most recently as President and Chief Operating Officer of O'Keefe Elevator. He sat on the board of the National Association of Elevator Contractors for three years and served as its president in 2016. He also served as an Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation officer for two years. "I am excited for the opportunity to be part of a successful family-owned business that has pride in their products and employees," Bret stated. "I have enjoyed being part of the elevator industry my entire career. I take pride in the company I work for and assisting customers with their vertical transportation needs. I look forward to being part of the Schumacher team and helping to bring their high-quality products and service to Nebraska." Schumacher Elevator Company's new branch in Omaha has local personnel, along with Abels, ready and equipped with the knowledge and experience to meet all the elevator needs of the region. They are now providing services through all of Nebraska and Western Iowa. About Schumacher Elevator Company Founded in 1936 and headquartered in Denver, Iowa, Schumacher Elevator Company has been family owned and operated for four generations. Schumacher is a full-service elevator contractor, specializing in the repair, maintenance, modernization, manufacturing and installation of elevators and all other types of vertical transportation equipment.

Dvorak Law Group, LLC

Dvorak Law Group Names Three New Partners Nicholas F. Sullivan Michael L. Rickert Nicholas D. Meier Dvorak Law Group announce that Nicholas F. Sullivan, Michael L. Rickert, and Nicholas D. Meier have been named partners with the firm. Nicholas F. Sullivan assists clients with all aspects of the litigation process from commencing litigation or arbitration, through mediation, trial, and appeal. He represents clients on a variety of matters including complex commercial and business disputes, contract disputes, construction contracts, defective construction and property damage matters, shareholder disputes, trust and estate litigation, and personal injury and wrongful death claims. Nick represents clients in state and federal courts in both Nebraska and Iowa. Michael L. Rickert advises individuals in structuring of their estate plans and assists in preparation of their wills, trusts, powers of attorney and advance directives/living wills. Michael also assists clients with estate and trust administration matters and sophisticated tax planning involving family business entities, business succession planning, sale and loan techniques, insurance planning, and charitable giving. Nicholas D. Meier concentrates his practice on business law matters with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, securities, corporate governance, non-profits, and taxation. He assists clients with structuring, implementing, and closing business transactions. In addition, Nick assists clients with respect to business entity formation and structuring, tax planning and structuring, securities offerings, compliance, and reporting matters, and the review, drafting, and negotiation of all forms of business contracts. About Dvorak Law Group, LLC Dvorak Law Group, LLC is a full-service business, estate planning, and litigation law firm with offices in Omaha, Hastings, Sutton, Columbus, and North Platte, Nebraska. It serves individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations, and government entities in Nebraska and throughout the country. To learn more about Dvorak Law Group, visit

Anderson Partners

DAN SWOBODA NAMED CO-OWNER OF ANDERSON PARTNERS - AN OMAHA MARKETING AND ADVERTISING AGENCY Anderson Partners is excited to announce Dan Swoboda as co-owner. Swoboda joins fellow co-owners Krista Meisinger and Deb Murray in leading the local marketing and advertising agency. Swoboda has been with the company since 1999 and has held the role of director of creative services since 2011. Deb Murray, president and co-owner, says, "Dan always brings a fresh creative perspective that gives life to the work we do for our clients. I've had the privilege of working with Dan for many years, and I am appreciative of what he brings to Anderson Partners and our clients." Swoboda began his career with Anderson Partners in July 1999 as art director. What he enjoys most about Anderson Partners is walking into a new challenge each day - "It's motivating to collaborate with this team and discover new, creative ways to solve problems." In his new venture as co-owner, Swoboda says he's most excited about exploring opportunities with clients and helping them succeed. "We have a talented team that's just as passionate about delivering great work to our clients as I am."

Scooter's Coffee

Pat Sardo Supports Robust Franchise Growth at Scooter's Coffee as Vice President of Construction To support Scooter's Coffee rapid growth, Pat Sardo has joined the company as Vice President of Construction. She provides leadership and project management across all stages of new franchise construction, from real estate approval through operational completion, supporting Scooter's Coffee intentional mindset toward franchisee success. Sardo has over 20 years of experience in all aspects of construction management, developing multimillion-dollar projects nationwide. She previously served for 10 years with Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, most recently as Vice President of Construction and Facilities. Sardo worked with company owners and franchise partners to lead teams through construction projects across the restaurant chain. Prior to that, she was Director of Operational Programs and Procurement at hotel management company LodgeWorks Partners, where she helped redesign next generation-owned hotels, including Hyatt properties. Sardo earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration with a Minor in Marketing from Central Michigan University. Sardo brings her high regard for business integrity and ethical principles to each construction project, building upon a foundation of honesty and trust. Her passion for project planning, problem solving and strategic direction advances Scooter's Coffee commitment to providing best-in-class systems that elevate franchisee success as the company strives to provide the best customer drive-thru interaction in the world. Speed, consistency and an amazing customer experience is at the heart of Scooter's Coffee growth. About Scooter's Coffee Scooter's Coffee continues to grow rapidly while it strives to become the #1 drive-thru coffee franchise in the nation. The Scooter's Coffee Brand Promise is: "Amazing People, Amazing Drinks Amazingly Fast!�" It represents the company's business origins from 1998 and reflects a steady commitment to providing an unforgettable experience to loyal and new customers. Scooter's Coffee is at the dawn of a strategic growth phase nationwide. With over 400 stores in 23 states, the company continues to grow rapidly. Visit to learn more about the benefits of owning a franchise of a well-established company.

Metro Omaha Builders Association

METRO OMAHA BUILDERS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2022 BOARD MEMBERS Chartered in 1946, the Metro Omaha Builders Association represents the interests of local housing professionals through advocacy, education and builder related event promotion. Board members for 2022 includes: Officers: President - Brett Clarke, Frontier Builders, Vice President - Matt Kronaizl, Sierra Homes, Immediate Past President - Greg Frazell, G. Lee Homes Treasurer - Dave Vogtman, The Home Company Secretary - Deb Benak, Centris Federal Credit Union Directors: David Hartman, Core Bank, Steve Janicek, Regency Homes, Ryan Krejci, Ideal Designs Custom Homes, Joel Russell, Millard Lumber, Dave Tewes, Thomas David Fine Homes, Kent Therkelsen, KRT Construction, Jason Troshynski, Grace Custom Homes ABOUT MOBA: The Metro Omaha Builders Association is a not-for-profit organization that was established to promote and protect various aspects of the home building industry. MOBA members are builders/developers and their trade partners who are dedicated to preserving integrity and lifestyle through high professional standards and sound business practices in the industry. MOBA is well known for producing the Street of Dreams, the Omaha Home Show, Remodel Omaha Tour and the Parade of Homes. For more information, visit

Silverleaf Wealth Management

SILVERLEAF WEALTH MANAGEMENT ADDS WEALTH ADVISORS STEVE & JEREMY FRIEDMAN Steve Friedman Jeremy Friedman Advisors Steve and Jeremy Friedman join Silverleaf Wealth Management, located in Omaha, Nebraska. The additions of Steve & Jeremy are expected to help Silverleaf expand the range and depth of its services allowing them to deliver personalized, objective financial guidance to its clients. "We are pleased to welcome both Steve and Jeremy to our team," said Justin Gibson, President of Silverleaf Wealth Management. "I believe their commitment to offering personal service and trusted guidance aligns with our firm's values and vision to put our clients' best interests first. Their extensive backgrounds in dealing with the unique challenges facing high net worth families will be an asset to the entire firm". About Silverleaf Wealth Management With 12 advisors collectively responsible for managing over $1Billion in discretionary and non-discretionary assets with Silverleaf Advisor Group. Silverleaf provides a full range of personalized services, including retirement and financial planning as well as tax and estate planning strategies. Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services offered through Gladstone Institutional Advisory, A Registered Investment Advisor. Gladstone Institutional Advisory and Silverleaf Wealth Management are separate entities from LPL Financial.

Lamson Dugan & Murray

Lamson Dugan & Murray Lamson Dugan & Murray is pleased to announce that attorney Tyler Spahn has become a partner of the Firm as of January 1, 2022. Tyler is an attorney in the litigation department at Lamson Dugan & Murray's Lincoln office. Tyler has experience representing individuals and businesses in a wide variety of matters, including personal injury, premises liability, business and real estate disputes, employment retaliation and discrimination claims, and specialized litigation under the Federal Employers' Liability Act and whistleblower claims under the Federal Railroad Safety Act. Tyler has represented clients in all phases of litigation in state and federal courts, before administrative agencies, and to jury verdicts at trial. He received his law degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law with high distinction. Immediately following law school, Tyler served as a judicial law clerk from 2013 to 2015 for the Honorable William B. Cassel of the Nebraska Supreme Court.

New Hires

Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman LLP

Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman LLP Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman LLP is pleased to welcome Carrie K. Gaines as a member of the Business and Litigation Teams. Carrie joined the firm in the fall of 2022 after nearly 20 years of practicing law in Indiana and Nebraska. She is focused on providing value to her clients and solving their legal problems efficiently. At AKC Law, Carrie focuses her practice on intellectual property law, business formation, real estate transactions, privacy law, employment law, estate planning, and probate. Carrie received her B.A. in Philosophy/Political Science from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana. She then attended The UIC John Marshall Law School (now the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law) where she received her J.D. and an LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law. Carrie is a member of the Nebraska State, Indiana, and Iowa bar associations She is admitted to practice in the District Court of Nebraska, Iowa, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, Eastern District of Texas, Western District of Michigan, and Northern District of Illinois.

Woods Aitken

Woods Aitken Welcomes Shana Knutson Woods Aitken is pleased to announce that Shana L. Knutson has joined the Firm as a partner. Knutson focuses her practice on telecommunications, with additional areas of interest in business services and real estate law. Knutson recently served as general counsel at the Nebraska Public Service Commission, where she had an emphasis on telecommunications regulatory matters. During her time at the Nebraska Public Service Commission, Knutson assisted the Commission's efforts in promoting universal service and broadband deployment, including state and federal grant projects. She was a State Member of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service and received the Governor's Excellence in Leadership Award in 2017. Knutson received her J.D. from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Celebrating its 100th year, Woods Aitken focuses its practice of law on achieving long-term client success on local, regional, and national levels. The Firm has offices in Denver, Lincoln, Omaha, and Washington, D.C.


Cline Williams Lily Amare Katie A. Joseph Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather, L.L.P., is pleased to announce that Lily Amare and Katie A. Joseph have been promoted to partner. Lily Amare is a graduate of Chadron State College (B.A., 2010) and the University of Nebraska College of Law (J.D., 2015). She counsels employers regarding human resources policies and procedures, best employment practices, reasonable accommodation, harassment and retaliation claims, and other employment related issues. Lily drafts and reviews employment handbooks and other employment-related policies and documents. She serves as an independent investigator for harassment and discrimination claims within the workplace. Lily also represents school districts in matters such as employee and student due process and Title IX compliance. She also has litigation practice and represents employers and schools of all sizes before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. Katie Joseph graduated from the University of Nebraska (B.A., 2001) and the University of Nebraska College of Law (J.D., 2015). Her practice focuses on employee benefits and exempt organizations. In Katie's employee benefits work, she advises private, governmental, church, and nonprofit clients of all sizes on the design and administration of retirement and welfare benefit plans and deferred compensation arrangements. She assists clients who are starting and terminating plans, and advises clients regarding fiduciary duties and best practices, reporting and disclosure, correcting plan errors, and responding to audits by the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor. Katie works with all types of exempt organizations, advising clients in all stages of the exempt organization life cycle, including startup, obtaining determination letters, ongoing compliance and governance matters, reinstatement after revocation, and dissolution. Established in 1857, Cline Williams is a full service law firm with 58 attorneys representing and assisting individual and institutional clients. The firm has offices across Nebraska in Omaha, Lincoln, and Aurora, and in Fort Collins and Holyoke, Colorado.

Commonwealth Electric Announces Changes to Leadership Team T Michael Price Billy Friesen Commonwealth Electric Company of the Midwest is pleased to announce some exciting changes within our company leadership. T Michael Price has been named CEO of the company. Michael, a 30+ year employee of Commonwealth, will succeed David Firestone and assume responsibilities on January 1st, 2022. Former CEO and original company founder, David Firestone, has retired. Michael has served as President of the Company since 2019 and as President/CEO, Michael will continue as the visionary and integrator for the company. "With some big shoes to fill I know Michael is up for the task! Under his leadership, the company will be in very good hands. He's the right man for the job and he and his team will continue to be the new foundation for CECM!" - David Firestone, former CEO Additionally, Billy Friesen has been named Corporate Secretary. As Secretary-Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer, Billy will continue to oversee Commonwealth's financial operations and administrative services. Billy joined the company in 2014 and has facilitated the company's transition to a 100% employee-owned company. Commonwealth's former Corporate Secretary and original company founder, Glen Moss, has retired. Commonwealth Electric Company of the Midwest is a 100% employee-owned, full-service electrical and low voltage specialty contractor located in Arizona, Iowa, and Nebraska.

Hancock Dana Announces Promotions Dan Torczon Jeff Faltys Stephanie Vanicek Beth Tyler Eric Oman Trey Rongisch III Cecillia London Ethan Boes Dan Torczon With more than 15 years of experience, Dan Torczon has been promoted to Equity Partner. After joining the firm in 2016, Torczon has been involved with a variety of firm initiatives including the scheduling and tax line of business committees along with involvement in the recruitment of new hires. This past year he has served as a career development coach for staff. As an experienced CPA, Dan works closely with S-corporations and partnerships on tax planning and tax return filings while also managing large audit engagements. Jeff Faltys A graduate of Wayne State College, Jeff Faltys has been promoted to Partner. With many years of CPA experience, Faltys works with individuals and small to mid-sized businesses to build efficient tax strategies and accounting structures. He has been actively involved in outside business development groups, along with many firm initiatives such as the scheduling committee, tax line of business, coaching and career development of young staff. Stephanie Vanicek With more than 10 years of experience at Hancock Dana, Stephanie Vanicek has been promoted to Partner. Vanicek provides tax planning and preparation services for individuals and businesses as well as QuickBooks consulting and implementation for business owners. She has been a part of several firm initiatives including tax line of business, scheduling committee, coaching, and career development for young professionals. Stephanie is a graduate of the University of Nebraska Omaha with both a bachelor's and master's degree in Business Administration in Accounting. Beth Tyler After joining the firm this past year, Beth Tyler has been promoted to Manager. Along with providing clients with tax compliance, Beth works alongside our client service team to assist clients with payroll, bookkeeping and researching tax credits. Tyler has been involved in several firm initiatives including recruiting, coaching and career development. Beth is a graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in Accounting. Eric Oman Eric Oman has been promoted to Supervisory Senior. After interning at Hancock Dana in 2018, Oman has continued to gain experience in preparing and reviewing individual and business tax returns. Eric has become a subject matter expert and has been involved in combining materials for firm training sessions. Eric is a graduate of the University of Nebraska Lincoln with a bachelor's and master's degree in Business Administration in Accounting. Trey Rongisch III After graduating from Midland University in 2020, Trey Rongisch III joined Hancock Dana as an Associate and has been recently promoted to Senior Associate in 2022. Rongisch has gained experience preparing individual and business returns along with work in the firm's accounting and auditing line of business. In addition to client work, Trey is part of the firm's tax training committee and has researched topics for firm training sessions and materials. This past year, he has passed all sections of the CPA exam. Cecilia London Cecilia London has been promoted to Senior Associate at Hancock Dana. London joined the firm in 2018 as an intern and has gained experience in preparing individual and business income tax returns along with involvement in the firm's accounting & auditing line of business. London has been part of Hancock Dana's on-campus recruiting this past year, attending various career fairs and job expos. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska Omaha with both a bachelor's and master's degrees in Business Administration in Accounting and most recently completing all sections of the CPA exam. Ethan Boes Ethan Boes has been promoted to Senior Associate at Hancock Dana. Boes joined the firm in 2018 as an intern and has gained technical knowledge and experience preparing individual and business returns. He has been an integral part of on campus recruiting and researching topics for firm training sessions and materials. Boes is a graduate of the University of Nebraska Omaha with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in Accounting.

First State Bank, Omaha/Ralston First State Bank is excited to announce the promotion of Osbaldo Sanchez to Vice President of Lending in Omaha. Oz has worked at First State Bank for the past year, and has brought many years of lending experience to the team. He has proven that he is a strong leader within First State Bank, and we know he will have much success in his new position. Since 1906, First State Bank has been serving Nebraska and beyond. Today, First State Bank sits at $800 million in assets and has locations in Gothenburg, Mullen, North Platte, Ralston, and Wallace.

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