Rodney E. Jewell
Continuum Financial in Omaha, a general agency of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. (MassMutual), has named Rodney E. Jewell "Agent of the Year" as a result of his significant accomplishments throughout 2013. Jewell has achieved this award 10 times previously over his career.
Agent of the Year is awarded to the financial services professional who Continuum feels shows the strongest commitment to serving families and business owners in the community through education, empowerment and collaboration.
A graduate of Creighton University, Jewell has continued his professional education by earning the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) professional designation from The American College, Bryn Mawr, Pa.
He has also earned the Certified Family Business Specialist (CFBS) industry designation, designed to broaden a financial professional's knowledge and insight into the inner workings and challenging dynamics of family-owned businesses and small, closely-held corporations.
In addition, Jewell has earned his Certification in Long Term Care (CLTC) designation, recognizing the growing need for this type of planning for individuals and families. This education provides professionals the critical tools necessary to discuss the subject of longevity and its consequences on an individual's family and finances.
An Omaha native, Jewell resides here with his wife, Mary, vice-president and trust officer at TS Bank, and their six children Emily, Andrew, Madeline, Graham, Kevin, and Daniel.
The Nicholas Street Sewer Extension Phase I project, part of the City of Omaha's Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Control program, was selected as ACEC (American Council of Engineering Companies) Nebraska's Excellence in Engineering Grand Award Winner, the highest honor extended to a Nebraska engineering firm. Lamp Rynearson & Associates designed and oversaw the construction of this sewer separation project. The project, part of a series of sewer separation projects in North Omaha, was a success, and met the needs of the City of Omaha and its CSO Long-Term Control Plan.
Lamp Rynearson provides leadership in public infrastructure and private development and redevelopment projects. Services offered include civil and environmental engineering, water and wastewater expertise, hydraulic studies, water rights engineering, water supply planning, and design of water wells and pumping systems. Surveying, land planning, aquatics design, and aviation engineering are additional in-house offerings. The firm has over 130 employees and provides a wide range of services from four office locations: Omaha; Kansas City, Mo; Fort Collins, Colo.; and Lakewood, Colo.
Mutual of Omaha Bank
Cole Groteluschen has joined Mutual of Omaha Bank as vice president of private banking in Omaha. Based out of the bank's location at 3333 Farnam St., Groteluschen will work with high net worth clients to build and manage customized financial portfolios featuring banking and wealth management solutions.
Prior to joining Mutual of Omaha Bank, Groteluschen most recently served as vice president of private banking for a large banking institution in Omaha. He earned his bachelor's degree and Master of Arts in Leadership from Bellevue University. Groteluschen holds his Series 7 and 66 licenses.
Groteluschen is president of the board of directors of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Service League and a member of the Omaha Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Risk Management Association.
Lied Lodge &
Lied Lodge & Conference Center at Arbor Day Farm recently announced a new hire in leadership at their Nebraska City, Neb., location.
Rachel Schizas brings several years of sales experience and has recently joined the team as a Lied Lodge Sales Manager. Schizas will focus on corporate and education markets.
Owned and operated by the non-profit Arbor Day Foundation, Lied Lodge & Conference Center was built in 1993 on 260-acre Arbor Day Farm, a National Historic Landmark in Nebraska City. With 144 guest rooms, 14,000 square feet of adjustable meeting space, an on-site restaurant, spa, pool and biofuel demonstration plant, Lied Lodge is a conservation-focused venue for meetings, retreats, weddings and leisure visitors from around the globe.
Debra Fiala, M.D., J.D.
Debra Fiala, M.D., J.D. has returned to Kutak Rock's Omaha office, where she will be a member of the firm's national health care practice group. Dr. Fiala returns after serving as associate general counsel for Regulatory Affairs and Compliance Director at Creighton University. She previously worked at Kutak Rock from October 1998 to October 2006. Prior to practicing law, Dr. Fiala practiced pediatric medicine in Chicago, where she focused on emergency medicine, child abuse and neglect and childhood disability.
Dr. Fiala has served as counsel on compliance, regulatory and operational matters for hospitals, health systems, physician practices, pharmacies, laboratories and ancillary health care providers. In addition to health care-related matters, Dr. Fiala has significant experience in federal and industry sponsored research and programs including contract matters, material transfer, grant administration, research regulatory compliance, accreditations, research misconduct and federal agency relations.
"We are thrilled to have Debra back at Kutak Rock," said Mike Curry, the Omaha office's managing partner. "As a lawyer and former practicing physician, she will again bring considerable insight that will greatly benefit our health care clients across the nation," he said.
"I'm glad to be back at Kutak Rock," Fiala said. "I am pleased to be working with experienced colleagues and longtime friends again in the dynamic field of health care law, and to be working with clients across the nation."
Bob Cohen, a senior partner and leader in Kutak Rock's national health care practice group, noted that "Debra's return to Kutak Rock enhances the depth of our health care regulatory compliance team, both locally and for our clients across the country."
Kutak Rock's health care attorneys provide regulatory and transactional representation to multiple types of health care providers, including physician practices, community hospitals, regional and national health care systems, pharmacies, long term care providers and surgery centers, coast to coast.
Dr. Fiala earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1998, her M.D., with distinction, from Northwestern University in 1991, and her B.S., with highest distinction, from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1987.
Holland Basham Architects
Holland Basham Architects (HBA) is pleased to announce the addition of Patrick Leahy, AIA, EDAC, as a firm associate. With 25 years of experience in architecture, Leahy specializes in the planning and design of health care and research facilities. He earned his Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in architecture, both from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Leahy's ongoing leadership has allowed him to facilitate the planning and design for over 100 health care and research projects nationally and internationally.
HBA is pleased to welcome Leahy to the HBA health care team.
Holland Basham Architects offers pre-design, architecture, planning and interior design services. Located in Omaha, HBA will celebrate their 25th anniversary in 2014. HBA specializes in the planning and design of several project types including health care, higher education, multi-family housing, commercial office, and mixed-use development, among others.
Prairie Cloudware, an Omaha-based digital payments startup focused on helping financial institutions provide their customers with convenient and safe ways to purchase goods and services online and in the store, has hired Kyle Thompson of Bennington as software engineer.
"Our commitment is to those talented technicians on the Silicon Prairie who want to help us shape the future of payments," stated Bob Cronin, the company's chief development and operations Officer. "We located in Omaha because of its rich in technical skills, deep in payments expertise and a great place to live. We're excited that Kyle has chosen to come onboard and continue to look for other individuals like him with strong integrity, character and skill to join our team."
Thompson was born in Blair, Neb. He graduated with a degree in the computer science from the University of North Texas in 2013. He returned to Nebraska after completing his education and lives in Bennington. His areas of focus will include the Android and iOS operating systems, cloud computing and emerging technologies.
McGrath North is pleased to announce that Jim Powers, co-chair of the firm's Litigation Practice Group, has been inducted as a fellow of the Nebraska State Bar Foundation.
Nomination for the fellows program is an honor that is given annually to 30 attorneys. The selection is based on multiple criteria including the integrity and character of the individual, dedication to improving the administration of justice and a leader of the legal profession recognized by colleagues.
Powers is a highly regarded trial lawyer whose practice focuses on all types of litigation important to businesses. Jim's practice includes the representation of many of the top financial and agribusiness companies in the Midwest.
With his installation, Powers joins 14 other McGrath North attorneys A. Stevenson Bogue, Robert J. Bothe, James P. Fitzgerald, Lee H. Hamann, William F. Hargens, David L. Hefflinger, Dean G. Kratz, J. Terry Macnamara, Roger J. Miller, Robert D. Mullin, Jr., Nicholas K. Niemann, Terrence D. O'Hare, Jeffrey J. Pirruccello, and Roger W. Wells - as a fellow of the Nebraska State Bar Foundation. In addition to being a fellow, Mullin currently serves as assistant treasurer of the Nebraska State Bar Foundation.
Powers started with McGrath North in 1982 as a law clerk and has been a shareholder in McGrath North since 1986. He is also a member of the firm's board of directors. He has been listed in Best Lawyers® since 2012 and is listed in Great Plains Super Lawyers (Business Litigation) and Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.
Founded in 1959, McGrath North is an Omaha-based law firm that has grown into one of Nebraska's largest law firms. The firm offers a broad range of expertise, serving a large client base including Fortune 500 companies, small and medium-sized businesses, individuals and entrepreneurs from virtually every industry.
Susie Kaup Jasonea Shockey Lisa Conklin
Omaha-based advertising, marketing and interactive agency Envoy, Inc., has promoted Susie Kaup and Jasonea Shockey to co-vice presidents of Client Services and Lisa Conklin to media director.
"Susie, Jasonea and Lisa are excellent at helping uncover new and valuable ways to help our clients succeed. And we have seen time and again that they are leaders who have both the drive and the ability to go above and beyond in every thing they do," said agency president Chris Doyle.
Kaup and Shockey work as a team to manage the agency's account service staff, while also serving as key client contacts and account leads for several of the agency's strategic accounts. Together they ensure Envoy's client relationships remain focused on results.
Kaup has worked at Envoy for more than 10 years and has expertise spanning multiple industries in both business-to-business and business-to-consumer arenas.
Shockey has spent the last 6 years at Envoy and has deep marketing experience in multiple areas, including direct, web and interactive marketing.
Kaup and Shockey are both active participants in the Omaha chapter of the American Marketing Association.
Conklin joined Envoy in 2012 as media buyer. With comprehensive understanding of not only traditional print and broadcast media but also the evolving world of online options, she helps clients achieve superior and efficient results from their media budgets. Conklin is co-chair of the Communications Committee for the American Advertising Federation of Omaha.
"Creativity is the 'stock in trade' of our business. These young professionals exemplify our agency philosophy that no option should be left unexplored by bringing creative problem-solving to everything they are given on behalf of our clients," Doyle added.
Since 1988, Envoy has grown to become one of the most nimble, well-balanced agencies in the Midwest, serving a variety of local, regional and national companies. Their energetic, creative staff works with clients to determine their needs and exceed their expectations on every project.
Based in Omaha, Envoy provides a full portfolio of services, including advertising, marketing, public relations and Web design.
Tom Garvey has joined the Immanuel leadership team as vice president of Information Technology.
Garvey brings to Immanuel more than 30 years of extensive leadership experience in IT with a focus on strategic organization planning, process development and improvement, data governance and information management.
In Garvey's new role he will oversee and develop strategies and business plans for technical infrastructure and application architecture, and provide technology vision and leadership for the Immanuel organization.
He has served as a member of the Lutheran Service Corps, a subsidiary of Lutheran Volunteer Corps, and is recent member of the Immanuel board.
Immanuel is the parent company to Immanuel Communities, Immanuel Pathways, AgeWell by Immanuel and Lifeline by Immanuel. Immanuel owns and operates seven independent and assisted living retirement communities on five campuses in Omaha, Papillion and Lincoln, Nebraska and the Immanuel Pathways PACE Centers in Council Bluffs.
Swanson Russell has promoted Lisa Lorraine to vice president and creative director in its Lincoln office.
Lorraine continues to lead the strategic and creative initiatives of her primary clients, including E-Z-GO, Bad Boy Buggies, Cushman, Briggs & Stratton, Union Bank and SCUBAPRO. She also becomes a member of the Officers Council. Originally from Lincoln, Lorraine has been with Swanson Russell for more than 12 years. She has held numerous titles, including senior art director and associate creative director.
Lorraine has also played a key role in promoting the culture of Swanson Russell. Partner/Chief Creative Officer Brian Boesche said, "She has been a driving force behind so many of the things that make the agency what it is. Her fingerprints and influence are all over those kinds of activities, and we all benefit from it."
Boesche added, "Lisa is one of the most passionate and committed people I've ever been around when it comes to producing the very best work on behalf of her clients. She simply refuses to accept anything less than the best, and she pushes herself and those around her to live up to that standard."
Founded in 1962, Swanson Russell is Nebraska's largest marketing communications firm, with offices in Lincoln and Omaha. In addition to working with local and regional clients, the full-service agency is nationally recognized for expertise in agriculture, health care, outdoor recreation, construction and the green industry.
Denise DuVall Theresa Brown
Lied Lodge & Conference Center
Lied Lodge & Conference Center at Arbor Day Farm recently announced promotions in leadership roles at their Nebraska City, Neb., location.
Denise DuVall has been promoted to general manager of Lied Lodge. DuVall was previously the director of sales & marketing and has been with the organization since 1993.
Theresa Brown has been promoted to director of sales; previously, Brown served as senior sales manager and has been with the organization since 2000.
"We're always looking for talented, committed individuals to lead our teams," said Doug Farrar, vice president of Arbor Day Farm. "Both of these women exemplify true leadership, and we look forward to the inspiring opportunities that they will bring in their new roles."
Owned and operated by the non-profit Arbor Day Foundation, Lied Lodge & Conference Center was built in 1993 on 260-acre Arbor Day Farm, a National Historic Landmark in Nebraska City. With 144 guest rooms, 14,000 square feet of adjustable meeting space, an on-site restaurant, spa, pool and biofuel demonstration plant, Lied Lodge is a conservation-focused venue for meetings, retreats, weddings, and leisure visitors from around the globe.
James B. Brader Edward G. Benes, P.E.
LEO A DALY
The Omaha office of LEO A DALY has announced the promotions of James "Jay" B. Brader and Edward "Ed" G. Benes, P.E., to senior vice presidents.
Brader joined LEO A DALY in 1986 and has held various accounting roles with increasing responsibility, becoming chief financial officer in 2013. "Jay demonstrates a great understanding of our business. He has helped to shape our vision and culture, and has played a pivotal role in the firm's growth," said Leo A. Daly III, FAIA, chairman and chief executive officer.
Benes joined LEO A DALY in 2012 as deputy general counsel, and currently serves as general counsel. He has more than 10 years of experience as an attorney in the construction industry. "In the relatively short time that Ed has been with the firm, he has become a key leader and an invaluable member of the LEO A DALY team," said Daly.
Established in 1915, LEO A DALY is an award-winning international architecture, engineering and interior design firm. The company's portfolio includes award-winning projects in 87 countries and all 50 states. With nearly 800 employees in 30 offices worldwide, the firm ranks in the top 10 largest design firms in the U.S., and the top 25 globally.
Visiting Nurse Association recruited Nikole Roach back to the organization in a new role as director of leadership giving for Visiting Nurse Association and Easter Seals Nebraska. Roach - who will oversee individual and corporate giving programs - is a former program coordinator for the VNA Cooking Matters program. She gained additional nonprofit expertise as a manager at Completely KIDS and as school director of the attendance collaborative with Building Bright Futures and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Roach holds a bachelor's degree in social work from Creighton University and a master's degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma. Additionally, she has been involved with several community initiatives including Health Community Healthy Youth, Metro Omaha Tobacco Coalition and Sarpy County Tobacco Coalition.
Sarah Ruttle is the new community relations and grant coordinator for Visiting Nurse Association and Easter Seals Nebraska. In this role, she will focus on the development of both public and private grant funding sources. She has more than eight years of experience in grant and program development as part of her 15 year career in the health and human services field. Prior to joining VNA, she was the director of grants and foundations for The Salvation Army's western division.
Ruttle has a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree in medical anthropology from SUNY Binghamton. Through her research, she helped pioneer innovative childhood obesity and nutrition programs in New York State, Nebraska and Iowa.
David Englund David Smith
Farmers National Co.
Michael Pfantz Terri Piccolo
Farmers National Co., the nation's leading agricultural and energy management company, has announced four internal promotions to the position of senior vice president. David Englund, David Smith, Michael Pfantz and Terri Piccolo, all current Farmers National Co. employees, are members of the executive team involved with the strategic growth and planning for the company's future. Also, their roles and responsibilities will be expanded in their areas of specialty.
David Englund, Omaha, is now senior vice president - farm and ranch management. He oversees all farm and ranch asset managers and area vice presidents in Farmers National Co.'s 24-state territory. His new responsibilities include hiring and training staff and supervising field operations involving the management of farms and ranches and their Jacksonville, Texas, based forest resources division. Englund joined Farmers National Co. in 1987 as a farm manager and has most recently served as area vice president of farm management for our Western Area.
David Smith, Tulsa, Okla., has been named senior vice president - oil and gas management. He is responsible for managing the oil, gas, and mineral management department that includes land administration and business development. Smith has more than 30 years of energy industry experience, including 20 years in fiduciary trust management and mineral management. He has been with Farmers National Co. out of their Tulsa office since 2003, serving as vice president - oil and gas management.
Michael Pfantz, Omaha, is now senior vice president - risk management. Responsibilities include oversight of the company's insurance agency, corporate insurance coverage, security, and the information technology (IT) department. Pfantz will continue to promote crop and property and casualty insurance coverage to clients, farm managers, sales associates and agencies in all states in which Farmers National Co. is licensed. Pfantz is responsible for the corporate risk management program and will now lead the information technology group. Pfantz has been with the company since 2007 serving as the vice president of insurance.
Terri Piccolo, Omaha, has assumed the role of senior vice president -- finance for Farmers National Co. In addition to overseeing corporate and customer accounting, Piccolo now has oversight of human resources and supervision of the farm and ranch management support operations team. Piccolo has been with the company since 1993, serving as vice president of finance and controller.
"These key players have been promoted to leadership roles at Farmers National Co. because of their professionalism and achievements in their areas of expertise," said Jim Farrell, president of Farmers National Co. "Each individual is taking on a broader, expanded role to help our company advance and continue to ensure that we provide the highest level of service to clients and customers of Farmers National Co. All four of these professionals have been instrumental in our growth and success over the years."
Farmers National Co., an employee-owned company, is the nation's leading farm and ranch management and agricultural real estate sales company. Farmers National Co. currently manages more than 4,850 farms comprising over 2.1 million acres in 24 states and has sold more than 3,500 farms and more than $2.37 billion of real estate during the last five years.
The company is one of the largest independent mineral management firms in the country, managing more than 120,000 oil and gas interests in 40 states. Additional services provided by the company include auctions, appraisals, insurance, consultation services, lake management, forest resource management, national hunting lease program, and FNC Ag Stock.