Omaha, Neb., October 12, 2020 – Members of the Greater Omaha Chamber Board of Directors invest their time, resources and expertise to support the Chamber, its members and mission – to increase business, investment and employment in Greater Omaha. The 2020 Board Nominating Committee today announced the following slate for the 2021 Greater Omaha Chamber Board:

Executive Committee

James Blackledge, CEO of Mutual of Omaha, will serve as Chairman.

Mickey Anderson, President of Baxter Auto Group, will serve as Chairman-elect.

Tim Burke, President and CEO of OPPD, will serve as immediate-past Chairman.

Derek Leathers, President and CEO of Werner Enterprises will serve as secretary.

Steve Grandfield, President and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, will serve as treasurer.

Dana Bradford, Chairman and CEO of C3 Brands; Dr. Jeffrey Gold, Chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Nebraska at Omaha; Jamie Gutierrez, CEO of Midwest Maintenance Company; Kelsey Haswell, Lean Improvement with Methodist Health System; Eric Keen, Chairman and CEO of HDR; Esther Mejia, Owner & Creative Director of E Creative; Jay Noddle, President and CEO of Noddle Companies; Carmen Tapio, CEO of North End Teleservices; and Thomas Warren, President and CEO of Urban League of Nebraska will serve as at-large members.

Sheri Andrews, President and CEO of Lozier Corporation, will serve as chair of the Audit & Finance Council.

Mindy Simon, CIO of Conagra Brands, will serve as chair of the Economic Development Council.

Sherman Willis, Agent with State Farm Insurance, will serve as chair of the Membership Council.

Scott Moore, Senior Vice president of Corporate Relations of Union Pacific will serve as chair of the Public Policy Council.

Steve Bruckner, Partner with Fraser Stryker, will serve as General Counsel

David G. Brown will serve as President and CEO of the Greater Omaha Chamber.

Council Chairs

Agriculture Council: David Bracht, Kutak Rock LLP

Building Business Council: Todd Richardson, Husch Blackwell

Chairman’s Council: Nate Dodge, NP Dodge

Council for Opportunity, Diversity and Equity: Carmen Tapio, North End Teleservices

Economic Development Council: Mindy Simon, Conagra

Greater Omaha Chamber Young Professionals: Rebecca Atkins, UNO

Manufacturing Council: Brian Turner, Central Confinement Services

Membership Council: Sherman Willis, State Farm Insurance

Minority Economic Development: Jason R. Fischer, Surreal Media Lab

Public Policy Council: Scott Moore, Union Pacific

Small Business Assistance Council: Leslie Andersen, Bank of Bennington

Sports Council: Jack Diesing, College World Series of Omaha, Inc.

Talent Council: Samantha Mosser, Access Bank

Transportation Council: Matt Tondl, HDR


Bobby Brumfield, Leonum Advisors

César A. García, Canopy South

Sergio Sosa, Heartland Workers Center

Joe Sullivan, US Bank


Term ending 2021

Jerry Crouse, Tenaska

Christine Hill, AOI Corporation Dan Houghton, Buildertrend Chris Johnson, Leo A Daly

Tim Kerrigan, Investors Realty

Kenny McMorris, Charles Drew Health Center

Nancy Pridal, Lamp Rynearson & Associates

John Sibley, Kiewit Building Group

Chuck Stevens, Clearway Energy

George Wehbe, Fiserv

Term ending 2022

Tim Hassinger, Lindsay Corp.

Mark Ellerbeck, First Westroads Bank

Pam Finn, Burlington Capital

Paul Maass, Scoular

Joel Makovicka, Makovicka Physical Therapy

Othello Meadows, Jr., Meadows Consulting

Elizebeth Murphy, Emspace + Lovgren

Todd Sears, Omaha World-Herald

Kristin Williams, The Sherwood Foundation

Kimberly Yungtum, Robert B. Daugherty Foundation

Term ending 2023

David Cota, First National Bank

Patrick Dees, Woodmen Life

Mark Doyle, Metropolitan Utilities District

Carey Hamilton, Beardmore Chevrolet

Mark Jensen, Farm Credit Services of America

Patricia Kearns, QLI

Mike Loeffler, Northern Natural Gas Company

Todd Luther, TD Ameritrade

Dan Kinsella, Deloitte

Dave McCue, AON Risk Services

Mitch Parnell, Valmont

T.J. Twit, OMNE Partners

Small Business Representatives

Luper Akough, Clout Enterprises

Tim Gay, Catalyst Public Affairs

Ashley Kuhn, Blair Freeman Group

Todd Murphy, Universal Information Services, Inc.

Armando Salgado, LingoDocs Marketing

Nathan Watson, Contemporary Analysis


Advance Southwest Iowa Chairman: Tim Wichman Pottawattamie County Supervisor

Area Community Arts: Jennifer Boomgaarden, Omaha Symphony & Jack Becker, Joslyn Art Museum

Area Non-Profits: Amanda Brewer, Habitat for Humanity Omaha

Cass County Chairman: Jane McDaniel, Charter Title & Escrow

Electronic Media: Shawn Oswald, KETV

Gateway Development Corp Chairman – Mike Basset, Nature Works

General Counsel: Steve Bruckner, Fraser Stryker

Greater Fremont Development Council Chairman – Chris Walz, Walnut Radio

Hospitals – CHI Health: Cliff Robertson

Hospitals – Children’s Hospital & Medical Center: Chanda Chacon

Hospitals Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital – TBD

Hospitals – Nebraska Medicine: James Linder

Hospitals – Nebraska Methodist Health Systems: Steve Goeser

Latino Center of the Midlands: Albert Varas, Executive Director

Metro Omaha Medical Society:  Carol Wang, Executive Director 

Mexican Consul: Guadalupe Sánchez Salazar

Nebraska Chamber Chairman: Mike Boyle, Kawasaki Motors Mfg. Corp.

Nebraska Department of Economic Development: Anthony Goins, Director

Omaha Public Schools: Cheryl Logan, Superintendent

Omaha Startup: Amanda Martinez, Fly Wheel

Philanthropy: Wendy Boyer, Peter Kiewit Foundation

Regional School Superintendent:  Jim Sutfin, Millard Public Schools

Sarpy County: Sarpy County EDC Chairman – Ann Williams, HDR

U.S. Strategic Command: Rear Adm. William W. (Trey) Wheeler III, Chief of Staff

United Way of the Midlands: Shawna Forsberg, President

Universities – Creighton University of Medicine: Robert ‘Bo’ Dunlay

Universities – Bellevue University: Mary Hawkins

Universities – Creighton University: Rev. Daniel Hendrickson

Universities – Metropolitan Community College: Randy Schmailzl

Universities – College of Saint Mary, Maryanne Stevens

Universities – Nebraska Wesleyan University, Darrin Good

Universities – University of Nebraska-Omaha/University of Nebraska Medical Center, Jeffrey Gold

Universities – University of Nebraska, Ted Carter