Launched in 1993 as part of the Greater Omaha Chamber’s centennial anniversary, the Omaha Business Hall of Fame celebrates leaders across all industries who have made Omaha — greater; applauding energy, initiative and enterprise; inspiring us to aspire.
The inaugural gala honored a class of Business Hall of Fame standouts that included Rose Blumkin, Warren Buffett, John A. Creighton, Robert Daugherty, Peter Kiewit and V.J. Skutt. Twenty-five years later — on April 17 — the Chamber honors five more who have elevated our community and their companies and institutions: Larry Courtnage, C&A Industries, Inc.; Bruce E. Grewcock, Kiewit; Dianne Seeman Lozier, Lozier Corporation and The Lozier Foundation; Dan O’Neill, First National Bank of Omaha; and Dr. Maryanne Stevens, RSM, College of St. Mary.
Each of the hall’s almost 160 honorees have a story, successes, challenges and unique wisdom. Their work is a testament to innovative thinking and a never-say-never commitment to business, industry and community. No coasting allowed, these individuals have chosen more over mediocrity, commitment over complacency and vision over obstruction.
But, it’s not just about them; it’s about all of us. Year after year, this tradition reminds us of who we are and who we can be. Today’s start-up business owners and young professionals could be taking the stage 25 years from now.
The Omaha Business Hall of Fame: an Omaha institution since 1993, a driver for community honor and impact, an inspiration to us all to keep reaching up and reaching out to make “your” next 25 years — and “our” next 25 years — even better than the last.
The gala on April 17 will feature an hors d’oeuvres dinner at 6 p.m., the induction ceremony at 7:30 p.m. and a dessert reception at 9 p.m. Single tickets, available at OmahaChamber.org/BHOF, are $250 for members and $275 for non-members. The reservation deadline is Tuesday. Reserved seating for groups of four is available.
Inductees through the years
Todd A. Becker, Green Plains Inc.
Leo Bozell, Bozell & Jacobs Inc.
Edson L. Bridges II, Bridges Investment Counsel Inc.
Jim Clifton, Gallup
Morris Jacobs, Bozell & Jacobs Inc.
Jane Miller, Gallup
PJ Morgan, PJ Morgan Real Estate
Irving R. Dana Jr., Dana Larson Roubal & Associates and PSI Group Inc.
Gary Gates, Omaha Public Power District
Fred H. Hawkins Jr., Hawkins Construction Co.
Kenneth M. “Kim” Hawkins, Hawkins Construction Co.
John J. “Jack” Koraleski, Union Pacific Corp.
Steven S. Martin, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska
William A. Cutler, Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler Mortuaries, Cutler-O’Neil Mortuaries, Walnut Hill Cemeteries
John S. "Sid" Dinsdale, Pinnacle Bancorp Inc.
Stan Olsen, Stan Olsen Auto
Robert A. Reed, Physicians Mutual Insurance Company
Lee H. Sapp, Lee Sapp Enterprises
William D. Sapp, Sapp Bros.
Irvin Blumkin, Nebraska Furniture Mart
Louis Blumkin, Nebraska Furniture Mart
Ronald Blumkin, Nebraska Furniture Mart
John K. Boyer, Fraser Stryker
Paul C. Jessen, Koley Jessen PC, LLO
Aldo J. Tesi, Election Systems & Software Inc.
Mogens C. Bay, Valmont Industries Inc.
Marshall Faith, the Scoular Company
Susan M. Jacques, Borsheims
William M. “Willy” Theisen, Business Ventures LLC
James R. Young, Union Pacific Corp.
Mike Fahey, former Omaha mayor
Robert Gregg “Bob” Hoig, Midlands Business Journal
Lori Hogan, Home Instead Senior Care
Paul Hogan, Home Instead Senior Care
Jun Kaneko, KANEKO
Ree Kaneko, KANEKO
Linda Hoeppner Lovgren, Lovgren Marketing Group
D.J. Witherspoon, Pamida Inc.
Richard R. Bell, HDR
Dan Gordman, Richman Gordman Half Price Stores Inc.
George F. Haddix, Riverton Management Resources L.L.C.
John P. Schlegel, S.J., Creighton University
Wallace Roger Weitz, Weitz Funds
Lyn Wallin Ziegenbein, Peter Kiewit Foundation
Erastus A. Benson, E.A. Benson and Son Realtors
Pennie Z. Davis, Greater Omaha Packing Co. Inc.
Samuel D. Mercer, Mercer Management Co.
Joseph H. Moglia, TD Ameritrade
Theodore M. “Ted” Seldin, the Seldin Company
Janice D. Stoney, US West
Robert D. Bates, Lincoln Financial Group
Deryl F. Hamann, Baird Holm LLP
Frank L. Hayes, Hayes & Associates, LLC
Clarence L. Landen, Securities Acceptance Corp. and Central National Insurance Co.
Harold M. Maurer, M.D., University of Nebraska Medical Center
Michael Simmonds, Simmonds Restaurant Management
Pamela Watanabe-Gerdes, Tender Hearts Treasures, Ltd.
Tal Anderson, Baxter Auto
Anne Stuart Batchelder, community volunteer and philanthropist
Clifton B. Batchelder, United States Checkbook Co.
Edward H. Harriman, Union Pacific Corp.
William McBain Kizer, Central States Indemnity Co.
Edward Fred Owen, Owen Industries
A.B. Pittman, veterinarian
Chip Davis, American Gramaphone and Mannheim Steamroller
Kathleen C. Dodge, NEI Global Relocation
N.P. Dodge Jr., NP Dodge Co.
Henry Doorly, Omaha World-Herald
Richard D. Holland, advertising executive and philanthropist
A.F. Jacobson, Northwestern Bell Telephone Company
Edward Creighton, Creighton University
Richard K. Davidson, Union Pacific Corp.
William A. Fitzgerald, Commercial Federal Corp.
Michael R. McCarthy, McCarthy Group Inc.
Alan D. Simon, Omaha Steaks
Frederick J. Simon, Omaha Steaks
Stephen H. Simon, Omaha Steaks
Gilbert C. Swanson, C.A. Swanson & Sons
W. Clarke Swanson, C.A. Swanson & Sons
Jack W. Baker, PDM Inc.
Charles F. Heider, Charles Heider Co.
Gilbert M. Hitchcock, Omaha World-Herald
Harry A. Koch Jr., Harry A. Koch Co.
Robert J. Kutak, Kutak Rock LLP
John Nelson, SilverStone Group Inc.
Hal Daub, Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin LLP and former Omaha mayor
Bruce R. Lauritzen, First National Bank of Omaha
Lee G. Simmons, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo
David L. Sokol, MidAmerican Energy Holdings Corp.
Robert H. Storz, Storz Broadcasting Co.
C.R. “Bob” Bell, Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce
The Rev. Edward Flanagan, Boys Town
Stanley How, Stanley J. How Architects Inc.
Kenneth Stinson, Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc.
J. Wendell Thomas, Thomas Funeral Home
Benjamin Wiesman, Wiesman Development
John D. Diesing, J.L. Brandeis and Sons Inc. and College World Series of Omaha Inc.
Howard L. Hawks, Tenaska Inc.
Joseph Kirshenbaum, Noddle Development
Harlan J. Noddle, Noddle Development
Amos T. Pearl, Frontier Bag Co.
Alberta F. Pearl, Frontier Bag Co.
John W. “Jack” Weekly, Mutual of Omaha Companies
Perry E. “Bill” Esping, First Data Resources
John Gottschalk, Omaha World-Herald
Wayne L. Ryan, Ph.D., Streck Laboratories Inc.
Maurice M. Udes, Builders Supply Co. Inc.
John A. Wiebe, Wiebe Enterprises Inc.
Eugene C. Eppley, Eppley Hotels Co.
John C. Kenefick, Union Pacific Corp.
Byron Reed, pioneer in real estate development
J. Joe Ricketts, Ameritrade Holding Corp.
Phillip G. Schrager, the Pacesetter Corp.
Harley D. Schrager, the Pacesetter Corp.
Milton R. Abrahams, Abrahams, Kaslow & Cassman
Dr. C.C. Criss, Mutual of Omaha
Mabel L. Criss, Mutual of Omaha
Fred H. Hawkins, Hawkins Construction Co.
William A. Paxton Sr., early leader in banking, real estate, business development and stockyards
Charles D. Peebler Jr., True North Communications Inc.
Michael B. Yanney, America First Cos.
N.P. “Phil” Dodge, NP Dodge Co.
Vinod Gupta, American Business Information
George Joslyn, Western Newspaper Union
Lester Simon, Omaha Steaks International
Roy Smith, Old Mill Toyota
Harold W. Andersen, Omaha World-Herald
George Brandeis, J.L. Brandeis and Sons Inc.
William F. Fitzgerald, Commercial Federal Corp.
Harry G. Watanabe, Oriental Trading Co.
Clarence L. Werner, Werner Enterprises Inc.
Mildred Brown, The Omaha Star
Ike Friedman, Borsheims
John R. Lauritzen, First National Bank of Omaha
Joseph Cullen Root, Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society
Willis A. Strauss, InterNorth Inc.
Abe Baker, Baker’s Supermarkets
Leo A. Daly Jr., Leo A. Daly Co.
Joseph Hopkins Millard, pioneer banker and financier
John J. Mulhall, Mulhall’s Nursery
Walter Scott Jr., Peter Kiewit Sons' Inc.
Charles W. Durham, Durham Resources Inc.
Samuel M. Greenberg, Philips Department Store
Charles “Mike” Harper, RJR Nabisco Holdings Corp. and ConAgra Inc.
Herman Kountze, pioneer Omaha banker and financier
Allan G. Lozier, Lozier Corp.
Rose Blumkin, Nebraska Furniture Mart
Warren E. Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway
John A. Creighton, leading figure in banking, civic and educational affairs
Robert Daugherty, Valmont Industries
Peter Kiewit, Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc.
V.J. Skutt, Mutual of Omaha Companies