August 21, 2024

Holland Performing Arts Center

Honoring Omaha’s Business
Past and Present.
Igniting its Future.

Every year, we recognize Omaha-area business luminaries for their incredible legacies and commitment to their business, industry and community. Honorees are inducted into the Omaha Business Hall of Fame at a brilliant gala supporting the next generation of Omaha professionals.

Initiated in 1993 as part of the Greater Omaha Chamber’s centennial anniversary, the Omaha Business Hall of Fame event includes an hors d’oeuvres dinner and cocktail hour, induction ceremony and dessert reception. Achievements are then showcased in a permanent exhibit at The Durham Museum.

Past Honorees

See the full list of past Omaha Business Hall of Fame inductees


August 21, 2024

Holland Performing Arts Center | 1200 Douglas St.

6 p.m. | Hors d’oeuvres Dinner & Cocktail Hour
7:30 p.m. | Induction Ceremony
9 p.m. | Dessert Reception

2024 Honorees

David Garibaldi



Lance M. Fritz

Retired Chairman, President and CEO
Union Pacific

Lance Fritz

Lance M. Fritz served as Union Pacific chairman, president, and chief executive officer from 2015 until 2023, when he retired from those roles after 23 years of service with the railroad. He currently serves as a special advisor to the company.

Lance began his Union Pacific career in July 2000 as vice president and general manager-Energy in the company’s Marketing and Sales Department. Throughout his Union Pacific career, he also served in executive positions in the Operating and Labor Relations departments, and as president and chief operating officer of Union Pacific.

In addition to his ongoing role at Union Pacific, Lance joined the board of Fiserv, Inc. as of mid-February this year.

Lance is a graduate of Bucknell University and earned a master’s degree in management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is a member of the board of directors for Nebraska Medicine, Omaha Zoological Society, the Kiewit Luminarium, Parker-Hannifin Corporation, and The Business Council.

Lance and his wife, Julie, have two children and are committed to helping women and children at risk in the Omaha community.

Mickey, C.L., & Jim Landen

Security National Bank

Clarence L. “Mickey” Landen, Jr.
Founder (1924-2011)
Clarence L. “C.L.” Landen, III
James E. “Jim” Landen, Sr.
Executive Chairman
Mickey, C.L., & Jim Landen

Clarence L. “Mickey” Landen, Jr. founded Security National Bank in 1964, dedicated to providing a higher level of service. He remained active in the bank until his passing at age 87 in 2011. Mickey and his wife, Mary, shared a love for their community and a commitment to giving back.

Clarence L. “C.L.” Landen, III., joined the bank in 1980, holding positions including president and currently CEO. He also serves on the board of directors of Methodist Hospital and Nebraska Methodist Health System. He is a past Governor of the Aksarben Foundation, and he and his wife, Patty, are co-chairs of the Heart Ministry Center Holy Smokes fundraiser.

James E. “Jim” Landen, Sr., acts as executive chairman, having joined the bank in 1987 and serving most of his career as president and later CEO. Jim upholds the Landen family’s tradition of involvement with Salvation Army, on the national and Omaha advisory boards. He is also a board member of Clarkson Regional Health Service. Jim and his wife, Diny were named United Way Citizens of the Year in 2021.

David Garibaldi



Sid Meridith

Founder & Chairman of the Board
Security Equipment Inc. (SEi)

Sid Meridith

Sid Meridith is from Boone, NE where his parents owned a small general merchandise store. He was taught, at an early age, how to satisfy customers in a small business environment.  After attending a 1 room schoolhouse, to high school in St Edward, Sid enrolled in Nebraska Wesleyan and pursued a degree in Business.  Once graduated, Sid joined the Navy and served 7 years as an officer during Vietnam.  After his military service, he settled in Omaha with an entrepreneur mindset and started Security Equipment Inc.(SEi). in October of 1969. 

SEi has offices in Lincoln, Des Moines, Iowa City, and Kansas City with over 220 employees and a fleet of installation/service vehicles that provide services to more than 18,000 customers in 41 states.

Sid, and his wife Sara, work with many community organizations like: American Legion, Nebraska Community Foundation, Autism Action Partnership, Boys&Girls Clubs, Nebraska Wesleyan, Lifetime Member in Ducks Unlimited & Pheasants Forever.



Constance Ryan


Constance Ryan

Connie Ryan earned a medical technology degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and joined the family business, Streck, Inc., in 1982. She became president in 1992 and CEO in 2013. 

Since that time, the company has experienced consistent, steady growth through acquisitions and the introduction of 45 new products. Revenue for fiscal 2023 was over $225 million. Streck was recently sold to Madison Industries under Connie’s guidance. 


Connie served as a Habitat Omaha Board Member from 2015 to 2020 and on the Habitat Omaha Advisory Council from 2021 to 2022. In 2023, with Sue Thaden, Connie co-founded the Women Build: Belvedere-Miller Park Project to raise funds for the acquisition of homes, critical home repair and neighborhood clean-up in the Belvedere Point, Miller Park and Minne Lusa neighborhoods.


She currently serves on the Luminarium Board, Omaha Symphony Board, iEXCEL Advisory Board, and the Quality Committee at UNMC. She is a member of YPO Gold and the Chief Executives Organization.

David Garibaldi


Joan H. Squires

Omaha Performing Arts

Joan H. Squires

Joan H. Squires is President of Omaha Performing Arts (O-pa). She started the organization over 20 years ago, and now O-pa is the largest arts organization in Nebraska, overseeing the Orpheum Theater, Holland Performing Arts Center, Steelhouse Omaha, and the Tenaska Center for Arts Engagement (opening early 2026). 

Joan is a voting member for Broadway’s Tony Awards and is an ex-officio member of the Broadway League Executive Committee and Board of Governors and co-chairs the Jimmy Awards Advisory Committee. 

She is a recipient of the Governor’s Arts Award, was named to the Ak-Sar-Ben Court of Honor for her leadership role in the arts, and was named one of Musical America’s 30 “Movers and Shapers.” Joan was honored with the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Presenter Management from the Broadway League, was recognized as “Midlander of the Year” by the Omaha World Herald and was named the “Woman of Distinction” by the Midlands Business Journal. 

Ticket Information

Reservations are due by Tuesday, August 13, 2024. No refunds for cancellations will be granted after this date.

Proceeds from this event help support Greater Omaha Chamber Foundation efforts to drive growth of the region’s strong, diverse economy; help attract and retain young professionals and maintain the permanent Omaha Business Hall of Fame exhibit at the Durham Museum.

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The Greater Omaha Chamber annually inducts civic and business leaders whose accomplishments are both outstanding and historically significant. There is no set number of inductees that will be selected in any year.
  • Preserve the role of individual business achievement in Greater Omaha’s history through a permanent Omaha Business Hall of Fame.
  • Recognize individuals who have contributed to the business history of the Greater Omaha area in some significant manner, either through sustained superior accomplishment or through a specific important achievement.
  • Foster recognition by the general public of the importance of business and free enterprise to the development, future growth and overall quality of life in Greater Omaha.
  • Contribute to the overall business image of Greater Omaha.
  • Professionals and persons from large and small businesses who have made an outstanding contribution to the free enterprise system will be considered. The individual may be the founder or someone who contributed significantly to company development and may be active, retired or deceased. Civic and/or philanthropic activities are relevant but not the primary factor in selection.
  • The volunteer selection committee seeks individuals representing ethnic diversity who have demonstrated exceptional business leadership within their community.
  • The laureates may or may not currently hold the position in which they achieved major success and for which they are being honored.
  • Nominees must have resided in the Greater Omaha metropolitan area during their contribution to the community but do not need to currently reside there.
  • There is no set number of inductees that will be selected in any year.


business hall of fame inductees


This event is made possible by the generous contributions of our presenting sponsors. We appreciate their support.



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