OMAHA, Neb., April 18, 2019 – Eight individuals were inducted into the Omaha Business Hall of Fame during a gala celebration on Wednesday, April 17, at the Holland Performing Arts Center, the Greater Omaha Chamber announced.
Honorees were recognized for building legacies of innovation, success and community impact. This year marks the 26th anniversary of the Business Hall of Fame.
“Our 2019 class has elevated some of Omaha’s most iconic companies and institutions; a group of inductees whose specialties span the industrial spectrum – from finance and franchises to retail, healthcare and transportation,” said David G. Brown, president and CEO, Greater Omaha Chamber. “They have achieved inspiring levels of success and community impact.”
The 2019 Omaha Business Hall of Fame inductees are:
Daniel J. Bishop, Founder and Chairman of the Board, The Maids International
Gail DeBoer, President & CEO, Cobalt Credit Union
John W. Estabrook, President and CEO (retired), Methodist Health System
The Kavich Family, All Makes
Jeff Kavich, President/CEO
Larry Kavich, Chairman (retired)
Lazier Kavich, 2nd Generation Owner
Amee Zetzman, Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer
Gale L. Wickersham, Chairman & Founder, Wick’s Truck Trailers, Inc.
About the Omaha Business Hall of Fame
The Omaha Business Hall of Fame was initiated in 1993 in celebration of the Chamber’s centennial anniversary. Proceeds from the Omaha Business Hall of Fame Gala will continue to support the permanent Omaha Business Hall of Fame exhibit at The Durham Museum and the annual Young Professionals Summit, a project of the Greater Omaha Chamber Young Professionals. The 2019 Omaha Business Hall of Fame Gala sponsors are Fraser Stryker PC LLO, KPMG LLP and U.S. Bank.
About the Greater Omaha Chamber
The mission of the Greater Omaha Chamber is to champion a thriving business community and a prosperous region through visionary leadership and collaboration. This is accomplished by advocating for a strong business climate, creating opportunities for member visibility and business connections, pursuing investment and jobs for the region, strengthening leaders and the community and enhancing the region’s brand and image.
About Greater Omaha
Greater Omaha is a No. 1 ranked up-and-coming-tech hotspot and Time magazine’s 2017 No. 3 Most Up-and-Coming City in America. Recognized for its “We Don’t Coast” attitude, and named America’s No. 2 Best Small City, Greater Omaha is home to more than 30 communities and nearly 1 million people, with a youthful population (more than 40 percent are age 24 or younger), low cost of living and steady economic growth that outpaces the nation. Berkshire Hathaway, Mutual of Omaha, Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc. and Union Pacific – all Fortune 500 companies – call Greater Omaha “home.”