Omaha CEOs Commit to Opportunity, Diversity and Equity

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On June 3, 2020, the Greater Omaha Chamber hosted nearly 150 CEOs, founders and leaders of the Omaha business community with the purpose of identifying collective action for diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces and communities. 
 
We discussed recent events including the death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police, the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 among our Latinx population, the impact of redlining on housing, disparities related to unemployment and the long legacy of social inequality in our region. What we heard was powerful and moving. We recognize the shared root of all of these disparities is racism.
 
A statement was generated from that discussion. That statement is below.
 
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A statement from the CEOs for CODE

As part of our commitment to opportunity, diversity, and equity, CEOs for CODE, stands united against racism. Together we commit to investing in substantive change in our organizations and communities to address racial inequities and social justice. We believe everyone in Omaha has the right to earn a living with equal access, opportunity and share of our regional economic prosperity.

To propel the group forward, we’ve identified the following actions as our responsibility in leading equitable changes which will uplift the individuals in our community who have been left vulnerable by historic and systemic barriers.

We will educate ourselves and disseminate the history of systemic racism in Omaha and the barriers it continues to present today.

We will create opportunities to listen to those affected and marginalized by these barriers to learn how we can help.

We will support, lift up, collaborate with and fund nonprofit agencies who work tirelessly in marginalized communities.

We will use our influence and position to amplify unheard voices and endorse policies that lead to racial justice.

We will improve the employment, training, advancement, support and success of people of color in our workforces.

We will continue the conversation by engaging in ongoing CEOs for CODE meetings to collectively address the issues of racism, oppression and bias in our organizations and communities.

Change is possible and we are capable, but it is going to take all of us. The following organizations are showing up to do our part.

We Don’t Coast. We listen. We care. We do better.

David G. Brown
President & CEO
Greater Omaha Chamber

Carmen Tapio
President & CEO
North End Teleservices LLC

Timothy J. Burke
President & CEO
Omaha Public Power District

Lance Fritz
Chairman & CEO
Union Pacific

Richard Putnam
Managing Partner
Baird Holm LLP

Constance Ryan
CEO
Streck, Inc.

James Blackledge
Chairman and CEO
Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company

Derek Leathers
President & CEO
Werner Enterprises

Susan Henricks
President & CEO
ICAN

Rodrigo López
Interim President & CEO
Children’s Hospital & Medical Center

 

Todd Foje
CEO
Great Plains Communications

Todd Murphy
CEO
Universal Information Services

Meaghan Walls
President & CEO
Assistology, LLC

Albert Varas
Executive Director
Latino Center of the Midlands

 

Brigette Young
President & CEO
Make-A-Wish Nebraska

Stephen Bruckner
Partner
Fraser Stryker PC LLO

Chad Richter
Omaha Managing Principal
Jackson Lewis PC

Cliff Robertson MD
CEO
CHI Health

Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, S.J., Ph.D.
President
Creighton University

 

Gary Green
CEO
Omaha Storm Chasers

Elizebeth Murphy
President
Emspace + Lovgren

Maryanne Stevens
President
College of Saint Mary

Craig Moody
Managing Partner
Verdis Group

Jeremy Bouman
CEO
RISE

 

Adriana Cisneros Basulto
CEO
Maxwell.app

Shawna Forsberg
President & CEO
United Way of the Midlands

Roger Weitz
General Director
Opera Omaha

Deborah Buhro
CEO
Oxbow Animal Health

Chris Carlson-Dennell
General Manager
Aureus Group

 

Jean Douchey
Co-Founder
My Game Day Collections

Donna Kush
President & CEO
Omaha Community Foundation

Maggie Wood
Executive Director
Inclusive Communities

Lindy Hoyer
Executive Director
Omaha Children’s Museum

Anne Constantino
President & CEO
CRCC

 

Nichole Turgeon
President & CEO
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands

Laura Hurley
Sponsorship and Hospitality Director
Nebraska State Fair

Andrew Prystai
CEO
Event Vesta

James Davis
Director
Careerlink

Patricia Kearns
President & CEO
QLI

 

Chris Tointon
President & CEO
YMCA of Greater Omaha

Richard Webb
Executive Director
100 Black Men of Omaha, Inc.

Mark Mathia
Chief Experience Officer
Signature Performance

Allen Fredrickson
President & CEO
Signature Performance Inc

 

Ann Wieseler
Managing Partner/Nurse Practitioner
Element Primary Care

 

April Thomas
Managing Partner/ Nurse Practitioner
Element Primary Care

Brian Turner
President
CCS / MPI

Wendy Goldberg
Executive Director
Tri-Faith Initiative

Ross Harding
CEO
Juno

Martie Cordaro
President
Omaha Storm Chasers & Union Omaha

 

Cella Quinn
Consultant
Cella Quinn Investment Service

 

Deb Denbeck
President & CEO
Partnership 4 Kids

A.M. Brumfield
Managing Partner
AMB Speaks

Tina Diaz-Ciechomsk
Owner
Future Construction Specialties Llc

 

Thad Thomas
Owner
Plumb Web Strategy

 

Carol Horner
Founder/President
Synchronicity, Inc.

Paul Fraynd
CEO
Sun Valley Landscaping

Patrick Leahy
Executive Director
Business Ethics Alliance

Robert Carlisle
President
MCL Construction

 

Lynne Reif
Vice President & Market Leader
Cox

 

Kristi Gibbs
Head of School
Brownell Talbot College Preparatory School

Todd Sears
General Manager
Omaha World-Herald

Michael Maroney
President
Omaha Economic Development Corporation

Jeremy Vokt
Managing Partner
Bland & Associates, PC

 

Robert Dunlay
Dean of Medicine
Creighton University

 

Nancy Pridal
President & CEO
Lamp Rynearson

Mitch Treu
Growth Lead
The Startup Collaborative

Dan Houghton
Co-founder
Buildertrend

CJ Franko
Director of Human Resources
AOI Corporation

 

Leslie Andersen
CEO
Bank of Bennington

 

Mark Doyle
President
Metropolitan Utilities District

Martie Cordaro
President
Omaha Storm Chasers & Union Omaha

TJ Twit, Jr.
CEO
OMNE Partners

Jim Krieger
Vice Chair & CFO
Gallup

 

Steve Goeser
President & CEO
Nebraska Methodist Health System

 

Joel Falk
Regional President
UMB Bank

Steve Seline
President
Walnut Private Equity Partners, LLC

James Linder
CEO
Nebraska Medicine

Christine Hill
President
AOI Construct | Furnish

 

Kenny McMorris
Chief Executive Officer
Charles Drew Health Center, Inc.

 

Mike Bassett
Director of Operations
NatureWorks

Amanda Brewer
CEO
Habitat for Humanity of Omaha

Stephen Kaniewski
President & CEO
Valmont Industries Inc.

Jim Sutfin
Superintendent
Millard Schools

 

Steve Grandfield
President & CEO
Blue Cross Blue Shield NE

 

Jerry Crouse
CEO
Tenaska, Inc.

Paul Maass
CEO
Scoular

Chris Pesek
Vice President
JE Dunn Construction

Jamie Gutierrez
CEO
Midwest Maintenance Company

 

Esther Mejia
Founder & Creative Director
E Creative

 

Thomas Warren
President & CEO
Urban League of Nebraska

Eric Keen
CEO
HDR

Tim Gay
President
Catalyst Public Affairs

Joan Squires
President
Omaha Performing Arts

 

Darrin Good
President
Nebraska Wesleyan University

 

Rob Reed
President & CEO
Physicians Mutual

Mike Cassling
CEO
CQuence Health Group

Steven Jensen
Principal
Jensen Consulting

Joanie Poore
CEO
Omaha Housing Authority

 

Shannon Cotsoradis
CEO
Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative

 

Roger Wells
President
McGrath North

Erin Porterfield
Executive Director
Heartland Workforce Solutions

Tim Langan
President & COO
Investors Realty, Inc.

Josh Todd
Executive Director
Omaha Sports Commission

 

Kate Dodge
Chairman
NEI Global Relocation

 

Clark D. Lauritzen
Chairman & President
First National Bank of Omaha

Steven Zehr
President & CEO
Gavilon

Tim Hassinger
President & CEO
Lindsay

Cindy Cruse
Executive Director
Plattsmouth Chamber of Commerce

 

Anthony Hendrickson
Dean, Heider College of Business
Creighton University

 

Jim Landen
CEO
Security National Bank

Sheri Andrews
President & CEO
Lozier

Frank Hayes
President
Hayes & Associates

Holly Barrett
Executive Director
Omaha Downtown Improvement District

 

Randy Schmailzl
President
Metropolitan Community College

 

Othello Meadows
President & CEO
Seventy Five North

Dana Bradford
CEO
C3 Brands

Nate Dodge
President
NP Dodge Co

Jeffrey Gold
Chancellor, Bd. Chair
UNMC, UNO, Nebraska Medicine

 

Deb Carlson
President & CEO
Nebraska Methodist College

 

Jerron Bray
Construction Executive
Turner Construction

Kim Mickelsen
CEO
Bozell

Mario Mandolfo
General Manager
Comfort Inn & Suites Hotel

 

Jessica Charlsen
Co-Founder
Job Share Connect

 

Anthony Goins
Director of Economic Development
State of Nebraska

 

Mark Jensen
President & CEO
Farm Credit Services of America & Frontier Farm Credit

Wendy Boyer
Executive Director
Peter Kiewit Foundation

Doris Moore
CEO
Center for Holistic Development, Inc.

Kyle Salem
President
Cassling

 

George Wehbe
Senior Vice President
fiserv.

 

Dr. Cheryl Logan
Superintendent
Omaha Public Schools

John Leiferman
CEO
TEAM Software

Judi Szatko
Vice President of Human Resources
TEAM Software

 

Mailani Veney
CEO
Kana Systems

Fr. Steven Boes
National Executive Director
Boys Town

 

Christi Janssen
Executive Director
The Durham Museum

Dusty Davidson
CEO
Flywheel

Mick Mulhall
President
Mulhall’s

 

Kirk Kellner
Region Bank President
Wells Fargo

Rick Lanoha
President & CEO
Kiewit Corporation

 

Karen Goracke
CEO
Borsheims

John Fonda
CEO
John Day Company

Terry Kroeger
CEO & Owner
Smith Kroeger

Sid Dinsdale
Chairman
Pinnacle Bank

Beth Morrissette
CEO
Parlay Consulting Firm

Kristin Williams
Director
The Sherwood Foundation

Josh Bartee
President & CEO
Enterprise Bank

Jamie Berglund
Executive Director
Spark

 

Wendy Pecoraro
Nurse Practitioner/Managing Partner
Element Primary Care

Josh Berry
CEO
Econic

 

Kirk Campbell
President
Campbell Insurance Agency, Inc.

Steve Koesters
CEO
Fusion Medical Staffing

Clark Lauritzen
Chairman & President
FNBO

 

Gibril Mansaray
Founder/CEO
G.S. Mansaray & Associates

Eric Ewing
Executive Director
Great Plains Black History Museum

 

Greg Andersen
CEO
Bailey Lauerman

Robert Patterson
CEO
Kids Can Community Center

James Summerfelt
CEO
Visiting Nurse Association

 

Heather Richardson
VP Data Management
Farm Credit Services of America

Susan Thaden
CEO
CRi and FNO

 

John Sorrell
President & CEO
Core Bank

Anne Hindery
CEO
Nonprofit Association of the Midlands

Sharon Stephens
Executive Director
Alzheimer’s Association

 

Eric Stueckrath
CEO
Outlook Collaborative and Outlook Nebraska

Brett Frevert
President & CEO
CFO Systems

 

LaVon Stennis- Williams, JD
Founding Director
ReConnect, Inc.

Mary Ann O’Brien
CEO
OBI Creative

Scott Thompson
President
Lund-Ross Constructors, Inc.

 

Shannon Hilaire
Communications Director
American Heart Association

Natalya Walls
CEO
iCareSolutions

 

John Staup
Director, Talent Acquisition
OPPD

Jonathon Miller
President & CEO
Union Pacific Streamliner Federal Credit Union

Christen Scofield
Owner, HR Consultant & Wellness Coach
The Bright Side of Happy

 

Daniel Rehal
President
Vision2Voice Healthcare Communications

Andy Ruback
CEO
Flood Communications

 

Brett Lundin
President
Prairie Mechanical Corporation

Carrie Clure
President
Ambassador Title Services

Bryan Hill
President
RIA Compliance Consultants, Inc.

 

Brian Schwanebeck
COO
Finigree

Tom Lechtenberg
Director of Operations
Gavilon

 

Dow Latham
Sr. Director of Operations
Gavilon

Lee Handke
CEO
Nebraska Health Network

Barbara Billingsley
Managing Director
Roy Royatly, INC

 

Joan Lukas
President
Lukas Partners

Nicholas Lemek
Chief of Operations
Elite Tactical LLC

 

Andrew Stewart
VP/GM WOWT
Gray Media Group

John Kotouc
Co-CEO
American National Bank

Wende Kotouc
Co-CEO
American National Bank

 

Ted Hawley
President
EOS+GSB

Scott Hazelrigg
President
NorthStar Foundation

 

Robert Lapke
President
Thiele Geotech, Inc.

John Naatz
President
Creighton Preparatory School

Madeline Moyer
FVP/Market Manager
Security National Bank

 

Russ Leavitt
CEO IT/ Finance
General Service Bureau, Inc

Kevin Jarosz
VP Black Hills Energy NE Gas Operations
Black Hills Energy

 

Therese Yakel
CEO
EarlyOut Services and General Service Bureau

Dennis E. Pate
President & CEO
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

Arvin Frazier III
Executive Director
College Possible

 

Andrew Blossom
Managing Partner
KPMG LLP

Michelle Zych
Executive Director
Women’s Fund of Omaha

 

Tina Cherica
President & CEO
Omaha Zoo Foundation

Tiffany Falconer
District Manager
Ambius

Merle Riepe
President
SOLVE

 

Michael Riedmann
President
NP Dodge Real Sales Inc.

Michelle Zych
Executive Director
Women’s Fund of Omaha

 

Jason Pittack
Owner, JSP Productions
Partner, Barnato
Dealer Principal, Woodhouse Auto Family

John Petr
Vice Chair
Kutak Rock LLP

Gene Klein
Executive Director
Project Harmony

 

Carrie Clure
President
Ambassador Title Services

Meg Brudney
Head of School
Duchesne Academy

 

Kimberly Remmereid
President
Contour Construction

Cathy Fitzhenry
President
CSF Marketing Services Co

Tom Burt
President & CEO
Election Systems & Software

John Cherica
President
Citywide Appraisals

Vanelle Littrell
President
Dripped & Draped Inc.

Amy Stevens
Executive Director
The Enrichment Center

Kimberly Thomas
Executive Director
CASA for Douglas County

 

Louise Winter
President
Midwest Minor Medical

Gloria Menard Osborn
Partner-Owner
Todd Menard Construction LLC

James Duran
President
KreativElement

Sarah Waldman
Executive Director
TeamMates Mentoring

Matt Kluver
Branch Manager
Bank of Bennington

Steve Mendlik
President & CEO
Oriental Trading Company

 

Marjorie Maas
Executive Director
SHARE Omaha

Heidi Mausbach
President & CEO
Ervin & Smith

Marie Madrid
Branch Manager
Wells Fargo

Curtis Johnson
Architect
DLR Group

Kevin Straub
President & CEO
Mutual 1st

Kristi Berst
Executive Director
Epilepsy Foundation Nebraska

Katie Broman
Executive Director
Omaha Community Playhouse

Andrea ‘Andee’ Hoig
President & CEO
ALH Publications Inc/MBJ INC.

Jack Becker
Executive Director & CEO
Joslyn Art Museum

 

Tina Walton
Chief Engineer
Boys Town

Courtney Dealy
Manager of National Training
Boys Town

Bary Habrock
Superintendent
Elkhorn Public Schools

Teresa Hunter
Executive Director & CEO
Family Housing Advisory Services

Alex Wolf
President and Managing Shareholder
Koley Jessen, P.C., LLO

Cyndi Wenninghoff
Director of Human Resources
SilverStone Group, a HUB International company

Chuck Steens
VP / General Manager
Clearway Energy

Steve Kathol
President & CEO
Schemmer

DeAntony Humm
Healthcare Director
Genentech / Roche

Josie Abboud
President & CEO
Methodist Hospital & Methodist Women’s Hospital

Craig Meier
CEO
Medical Solutions

Samantha Mosser
President, Access Bank
Talent Council Chair, Greater Omaha Chamber

Lisa Ritter
Broker/Owner
RE/MAX Results

Machael Durham
President
Durham Staffing Solutions

Melanie Clark
President
Clark Creative Group

 

Ed Stevens
General Manager
Four Points by Sheraton Omaha Midtown

Melissa Wurth
Executive Director
Omaha Girls Rock

Dawn Beck
Human Resources
Bank of Bennington

Katie Zimmer
Talent Acquisition Partner
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

Tobi Mathouser
President & COO
Goodwill Industries

Mike Battershell
President
Bergman Incentives

Giesila McGuire
Owner
Binyard Specialty Cleaning

Magdalena García
Executive Director
El Museo Latino

William King
CEO
Omaha Community Broadcasting

John Jeanetta
President & CEO
Heartland Family Service

Kimberly Faith Hickman
Artistic Director
Omaha Playhouse

Elizabeth Pooley
Owner
Square Donut LLC

Richard Kizer
Chairman
Central States Health & Life Co. of Omaha

Boyd Ober
President & CEO
Leadership Resources

Rebecca Stavick
Executive Director
Do Space

 

Anne Minton
CEO
Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer, Inc.

Bill Hipsher
President
Hurrdat

Theresa Ross
Director of Finance and HR
Omaha Community Playhouse

Dee Humm
Healthcare Director
Genentech

Laura F Alley
Partner (Retired)
Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture

Steve Swanstrom
President & CEO
Centris Federal Credit Union

Pat Dees
Chairman, President & CEO
WoodmenLife

Dave Nelson
Founder / Creative Director
SecretPenguin

Belinda Hooks
Market President
Mountain Plains MSDC

Lana Temple-Plotz
CEO
Nebraska Children’s Home Society

William Stevens
President/CPA
W E Stevens PC

Joe Inguanzo|
President & CEO
PRC

Joseph Sullivan
Regional President
U.S. Bank

Leah Vetter
Area President
Gallagher Benefit Services

Dick Gibb
Owner/Partner
Berkshire Homes Omaha

 

Mickey Anderson
President
Baxter Auto Group

Carole Boye
President & CEO
Community Alliance

Nick Kanning
Regional President / Dentist
Summit Dental Health

Shari Collins
Project Director
DESI/Heartland Workforce Solutions

Greg Youell
Executive Director
Metropolitan Area Planning Agency

Kathryn Morrissey
Executive Director
College World Series of Omaha, Inc.

Jim Richards
President
Capstone IT, Inc.

Robert Sabin
General Manager
Hilton Omaha

Lisa Roskens
Chairman & CEO
Burlington Capital

Jessica McCormick
Talent Development Consultant
Executive Coach

David Roth
Executive Director
Omaha Airport Authority

John Newman
Executive Director
Lauritzen Gardens

Meghan Trapp
Agency Director
Hurrdat

María Burgos
Advisor
Mutual of Omaha

Dr. Kati Settles
Assistant Superintendent of HR
Papillion-La Vista Community Schools

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Commitment to Opportunity, Diversity and Equity

The Greater Omaha Chamber’s Commitment to Opportunity, Diversity and Equity (CODE) initiative works to address diversity, inclusivity, equity and access to opportunity in Greater Omaha. We are forming an employer coalition that aims to rally the business community to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace by working collectively across organizations and sectors. All companies are encouraged to join us.