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Who's who in the Omaha Business Hall of Fame

Who's who in the Omaha Business Hall of Fame

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Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett, the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, was a member of the first class of the Omaha Business Hall of Fame.

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, 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


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