l-r: Sheldon Kwiat, owner of Kwiat Jewelry; Karen Goracke, Borsheims President & CEO; and Amy Dudzik, Borsheims Jewelry Buyer.
The top jewelry designers and manufacturers from around the world selected Borsheims as the Retailer of the Year. In addition to that honor, Borsheims swept the awards honoring best practices in three key areas of business.
The awards were presented at a gala dinner held during the Centurion Scottsdale Show the first week of February. All Centurion exhibitors were asked to vote for the retailers they felt exemplified the best practices. Borsheims took first place in all the categories: best special events, best retail sales associates and best internet advertising. In addition, Borsheims was honored as Retailer of the Year among stores with more than $5 million in sales. This is the second consecutive year Borsheims received that honor.
Karen Goracke, Borsheims President & CEO, accepted the award and said, "We are incredibly proud and honored to be named the best retailer in so many areas, especially with such fine competition."
Borsheims Fine Jewelry and Gifts is one of the nation's largest independent jewelry stores and a proud member of the Berkshire Hathaway family. With an international clientele spanning 50 states and six continents, Borsheims continues to operate with the vision that has guided the company for more than a century: "We are privileged to share in the special moments in our customers' lives. We will treat this opportunity with the respect and importance it deserves."
Lueder Construction is pleased to announce that it received a total of five first place awards - including Safety Project of the Year - at the Associated Builders & Contractors 18th Excellence in Construction Awards Banquet held Thursday, Feb. 27, in Omaha. Awards included: Healthcare, less than $10 million, The Nebraska Masonic Home, Plattsmouth; Institutional, $5-$10 million, West Bay Elementary School, Elkhorn; Commercial, $5-$10 million, Performance Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram of Bellevue; Institutional, less than $5 million, Lifegate Church-Papillion Campus. Winning Safety Project of the Year, was The Nebraska Masonic Home. These awards recognize and reward the excellence of the area's top merit shop contractors. Judges evaluate numerous entries from many contractors in the region.
Continually operating in Omaha and surrounding areas since 1884, Lueder Construction is a leading general contractor/ construction manager providing exceptional service to a wide range of clients in a broad range of industries. 2014, the 130th anniversary of the company, is the 10th consecutive year that Lueder Construction has been the recipient of a number of Associated Builders & Contractors awards.
Dave and Deb Fischer
Frontier Harley-Davidson has been awarded Harley-Davidson Motor Company's prestigious Gold Bar & Shield Circle of Excellence Award for the 2013 calendar year, awarded to the top 30 out of more than 700 Harley-Davidson dealerships in the United States. Award criteria include motorcycle and related product sales performance, customer service and satisfaction, and various additional operational measures.
"One of the primary reasons the Harley-Davidson brand has such tremendous customer loyalty is because of the efforts of dealers such as Dave and Deb Fischer," said Mike Kennedy, vice president and managing director of the Harley-Davidson North American Region. "We're really proud to have the Fischers as part of the Harley-Davidson family."
Frontier Harley-Davidson, 205 N.W. 40th Street in Lincoln, has been in business serving southeast Nebraska and beyond since 1987. This achievement represents their ninth Bar & Shield Award.
LEO A DALY
The Omaha office of LEO A DALY, an international architecture, planning, engineering, interior design, and program management firm, recently announced employee appointments to vice president, senior associate and associate.
Brian F. Hudnall, AIA
Brian F. Hudnall, AIA, is a registered architect, a senior project manager, and team leader with more than 33 years of experience focusing primarily on project scheduling, management, staffing, quality control, specifications, and client coordination. He has applied his expertise to educational, commercial, health care, sports/ entertainment, and criminal justice facility projects. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and has expertise in BIM (REVIT) technology. Hudnall has a Bachelor of Science in architectural Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has been with the firm for 16 years.
*Sheila J. Ireland, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C is a registered architect. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Creighton University and a Master of Architecture from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Ireland has been with the firm for 10 years.
*Elizabeth A. Hunter, PE, AICP, LEED AP BD+C is a licensed civil project engineer. She has an Associate of Science in architectural and building construction technology from Morrison Institute of Technology, a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering and environmental studies from Iowa State University, and a Master of Science in civil engineering and regional planning from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Hunter has been with the firm for 10 years.
*Dennis A. Young, PE is a licensed senior structural project engineer. He has a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and two Autodesk Revit certifications. Young has been with the firm for 32 years.
*Douglas W. Nelsen, PE, LC, Associate IALD is a licensed professional electrical engineer. He has a Bachelor of Science in architectural engineering and a Master of Architectural Engineering in electrical and lighting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Nelsen has been with the firm for eight years.
*Kristi M. Nohavec, PE, AIA, LEED AP, senior structural project engineer
*Heather E. Robbins, LEED AP ID+C, IIDA, interior designer
*Lisa E. Lyons, PE, LC, Assoc. IALD, electrical engineer
*Thomas M. Kucera, senior architect
*Douglas M. Peters, AIA, LEED AP, senior architect
*Dustin S. Brand, PE, LEED AP, mechanical project engineer
*Diane L. Honeyman, IIDA, LEED AP, interior designer
Established in 1915, LEO A DALY is an international architecture, engineering, and interior design firm. The company's portfolio includes award-winning projects in 87 countries and all 50 states. With more than 720 employees in 30 offices worldwide, the firm ranks in the top 10 largest design firms in the United States and top 25 globally.
John S. Slowiaczek Virginia A. Albers Adam E. Astley
Slowiaczek, Albers & Astley, P.C., LLO
Jesse S. Krause Hannah C. Wooldridge T. Geoffrey Lieben
John S. Slowiaczek is pleased to announce the opening of Slowiaczek, Albers & Astley, P.C., LLO. The principals of the new firm are Slowiaczek, Virginia A. Albers and Adam E. Astley. Also associated with the firm are Jesse S. Krause and Hannah C. Wooldridge. T. Geoffrey Lieben is of counsel.
The law firm primarily delivers family law services to Nebraska residents. Lieben counsels the firm on tax and estate issues. The firm continues to be located in the historic Scoular Building, 2027 Dodge Street, Suite 100, Omaha, NE 68102.
Prairie Cloudware has appointed Al Hoss as its principal architect. Hoss has spent more than 27 years in e-payments focused on the design and architecture of highly available and bulletproof payments processing systems working for more than a decade at ACI Worldwide as a master engineer and chief architect.
"Al gets all of it - design, implementation, troubleshooting," states Kent Landholm, CTO at Prairie Cloudware. "Al can embrace and incorporate new developments in computing while still ensuring that the new can be integrated with the old. He is a technical wizard and consummate professional."
Hoss' areas of expertise include enterprise application integration, continuous and high availability, information security, technology selection, performance analysis, front-line and middle management of technical resources and budget ownership.
Prairie Cloudware is an Omaha-based mobile payments startup focused on helping financial institutions meet their customers' need for a convenient and safe way to purchase goods and services with their mobile devices.
Rhonda Sue Matthews Sherri Tafoya
Custom Blinds & Design
Longtime Blair resident and interior designer Rhonda Sue Matthews has joined Custom Blinds & Design, a Hunter Douglas Gallery® in Omaha.
"We're ecstatic Rhonda Sue is part of our team," said Sherri Tafoya, owner of the local window design firm. "As the owner of RSM Interiors, she knows how to make a client's home more beautiful." Tafoya added.
Receiving her degree from Northampton College, Matthews has a varied background in design, most recently consulting for her own clients, and as staff designer of Abe Krasne Home Furnishings.
"As an interior designer, I like the fact Hunter Douglas has a wide range of products suiting any decor or budget," said Matthews. "And I love all the positive energy I feel when working with the staff at Custom Blinds," she added. "It's great working with a company recognized as a market leader with such a great reputation,"
As a Hunter Douglas Gallery®, Custom Blinds & Design carries the entire Hunter Douglas line of innovative products. With the added support Hunter gives to a Gallery®, Custom Blinds & Design offers products, solutions and warranties not available elsewhere.
Custom Blinds & Design is located at 180th and Pacific Streets.
C&A Industries, a national leader in staffing and recruitment and parent company to a portfolio of specialized staffing firms, Aureus Group, Aureus Medical Group, AurStaff, and Celebrity Staff, announces the hiring of Mike Sveum as chief financial officer.
In his role, Sveum will be responsible for financial management of the organization, including direct oversight of accounting, internal audit, and tax reporting.
Prior to joining C&A, Sveum served in various controllership roles in more than 21 years with Valmont Industries, Inc. a publicly traded global manufacturing company. Earlier in his career, Sveum served as controller with Streck, Inc. a leading developer and manufacturer of clinical laboratory products, and as an auditor with the accounting and consulting firm, Seim Johnson.
"We are pleased to welcome Mike to the C&A organization and to our executive management team," said Scot Thompson, president & chief executive officer, C&A Industries. "He's a proven leader who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this vital position, all of which will be invaluable to us as we continue on the course of growth and expansion."
Added Sveum, "I'm excited for the opportunity to join C&A and to contribute to the success of this outstanding organization with a long standing reputation for excellence. Over the years, I've watched as the company has evolved and firmly established itself as a leader within the industry. I'm pleased to be a part of its future."
A native of the Omaha area, Sveum holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with an emphasis in accounting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He received his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
C&A Industries is head-quartered in Omaha.
SolutionOne is proud to announce the addition of Michelle Woodill to their sales team. As Professional Service Group Director, Woodill specializes in implementing document and content solutions to assist our customers scan, store, distribute, secure and archive information.
Woodill and the Professional Service Group bring more added value to their customer base by evaluating their current document workflow and providing efficient and effective solutions to get more done in less time by transforming paper into electronic documents. More than ever, on-demand scanning solutions are key to increasing productivity and accelerating business processes by automating workflows that anyone can access right at the copier.
SolutionOne provides customized solutions for the network IT equipment and services managed, multifunction print devices, and document management technology needs of business. SolutionOne focuses on ethical business practices that include customers, employees, and the community they serve. They are motivated by a 75-year commitment to present the best possible customer experience and deliver world class service with knowledge and expertise.
Prairie Cloudware has appointed Bob Cronin chief development and operations officer. Cronin will be responsible for building and directing the software development and operations for the company.
Prior to joining Prairie Cloudware, Cronin was the senior vice president for ACI Worldwide responsible for managing corporate IT and infrastructure worldwide. He worked at ACI Worldwide for more than 26 years.
"We are delighted to have Bob join our team at Prairie Cloudware," stated Kevin Kammer, CEO. "Bob embodies the values we want to emphasize. He has an outstanding professional demeanor, knows how to get things done and possesses the courage to do the right thing, in the right way, at the right time."
He has a master's degree in computer science from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and computer science from Central College. He is a recipient of the Tim Rouse Advocate for Women in Leadership Award, which honors male leaders in the community, who embody and support the advancement of women.
Debbie Hamlett joined NET as assistant general manager for development and marketing. Hamlett will also work directly with the board members of the NET Foundations for Television and Radio on fundraising activities.
She comes to Nebraska's public media network from the University of South Carolina where she was director of development for the College of Arts and Sciences. Previously, Hamlett served as Illinois Public Media's director of development leading membership, marketing, corporate support and major giving. Prior to this position in Illinois, she worked 15 years for South Carolina ETV, a statewide public radio and television service.
"I am pleased to have Debbie's experience directing all aspects of fundraising as well as business development at NET. She will lead our successful team of NET professionals who work closely with our members, donors and business partners to benefit Nebraskans with programs that educate and enlighten," said NET's General Manager Mark Leonard.
NET operates the statewide public media network that includes NET Television, NET Radio, NET Learning Services and NET Technology Services.
NP Dodge Real Estate
NP Dodge Real Estate took part in a prestigious international real estate event February 23 to 27 at Wynn Las Vegas. As a participant in the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Conference Week, NP Dodge will have seven representatives joining more than 2,500 real estate professionals from nearly 20 countries, a record attendance for the event.
LeadingRE Conference Week is open to affiliates of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), a global network of 500+ market-leading real estate firms representing more home sales than any other real estate organization. Conference Week offers targeted events for brokers, relocation professionals, sales associates, luxury specialists, sales managers and marketing and technology professionals.
Keynote speakers included former Navy SEAL Rorke Denver, who starred in the 2012 hit film "Act of Valor;" bestselling author, entrepreneur and former chief evangelist for Apple, Guy Kawasaki; top-rated business author Daniel Pink; and internationally recognized graffiti artist, film maker and author Erik Wahl. In addition, more than 25 other guest speakers addressed a diverse range of real estate topics, from technology and mobile strategies to sales coaching skills to real estate market insights.
"Conference Week has a tradition of attracting the best names in the business, who come together to share ideas and explore new strategies for serving the needs of home buyers and sellers," said Pam O'Connor, president/CEO of LeadingRE. "We are especially pleased with the record-setting numbers for this year's event."
NP Dodge Real Estate is the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro area representative of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, the largest network of premier locally-branded firms producing over one million annual home sale transactions. LeadingRE provides its affiliates with an extensive range of brokerage services, including lead generation, cross-market referrals, branding support, luxury marketing, online exposure, technology systems, and industry-leading professional development.
NP Dodge is the oldest family owned real estate company in the United States. The company currently maintains 10 offices in Nebraska and Iowa and has over 500 sales associates. NP Dodge specializes in residential and commercial real estate, title and escrow service, land development, insurance services, corporate relocation and property management. NP Dodge Real Estate is an exclusive affiliate of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®.
Michael D. Guilliatt
Outstanding client service, ethics and professionalism have enabled Michael D. Guilliatt, CLU®, CFP®, of Fremont, Neb., to again qualify for the exclusive Top of the Table of the Million Dollar Round Table The Premier Association of Financial Professionals.® Guilliatt is a 32-year MDRT member, and a seven-year Top of the Table qualifier.
Top of the Table status is the highest level of MDRT membership and places Guilliatt among the top professionals in the global life insurance and financial services industry. It recognizes Guilliatt for demonstrating exceptional professional knowledge, client service and ethical conduct.
SAC Federal Credit Union
SAC Federal Credit Union has named Brandon Athy to vice president of Business Lending.
Athy joined SAC FCU in 2012 as a business lender. He has more than seven years of experience in business financial services. Athy received his bachelor's degree in business/finance from Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and is currently finishing his MBA with a finance emphasis at Bellevue University. He is a member of Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce President's Club, Council Bluffs Industrial Foundation, Bellevue Rotary Club, and is an advisory board member for Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity at Creighton University.
SAC Federal Credit Union is locally owned by its members and recognized for its community involvement. SAC FCU is community chartered and is the largest credit union in Nebraska. SAC offers a full line of personal and business financial products including checking, loans, mortgages, online and mobile banking. The credit union has current assets of more than $700 million and a long history of building strong member relationships.
Harding & Shultz, P.C., LLO
The law firm of Harding & Shultz, P.C., LLO is pleased to announce that Steve Williams has been named a shareholder in the firm. Williams has represented school districts throughout the state for more than 17 years in matters regarding employment law, special education, contracts, construction, reorganizations and open meetings compliance. Williams graduated magna cum laude from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich., in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and received his law degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1996.
Harding & Shultz provides a wide range of legal services from its offices in Lincoln. With 18 attorneys, the firm represents public and private clients in a variety of matters, including labor relations and employment matters, education law, trial and appellate litigation, business organization and planning, commercial transactions, estate planning and administration, real estate development and financing, municipal, transportation and mortgage lending. Because the practice of law is becoming increasingly specialized, their attorneys specialize in specific areas of practice. The combination of these specialists in one firm enables them to meet any legal challenge immediately with a full-service, comprehensive, team approach. Their excellent reputation and Midwestern location allow them to provide local, national and international clients with top-quality legal services on a cost-effective basis. They are respected for our responsive planning and advice; and are proud of their reputation of quality, integrity, empathy and tenacity.