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He grew up in small-town Nebraska, learned in a one-room schoolhouse and helped work the small family farm. But Larry Courtnage has always embraced big thinking — the very type of thinking that inspired a young salesman to launch a one-man recruiting firm in 1969.
Growing up in Council Bluffs, Dan O’Neill was never at a loss for company. “I was one of 10 children — seven boys and three girls. I was exactly in the middle,” O’Neill said. “It was really church, family and the neighborhood that we revolved around.”
From a very early age, Dr. Maryanne Stevens, RSM, knew exactly what she wanted to do. “Throughout my childhood, I aspired to be a teacher,” she said.
Dianne Seeman Lozier learned the value of integrity and hard work from her parents. “We grew up knowing it’s really important to do what you say you’ll do and follow through,” she said. Her teachers inspired her to unlimited thinking.
Bruce Grewcock remembers at a very early age telling his dad he wanted to run a company someday. Turns out, that company was Kiewit, a home-grown Fortune 500 and one of North America’s largest and most respected construction and engineering organizations.
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Allan Lozier, who started working for the company at age 14, had already enacted a succession plan for Lozier Corp., as well as his other businesses.