Who We Are

A 3,000+ member organization working to make Omaha a vibrant place to do business, work and live.

Meet the Omaha Chamber

The Greater Omaha Chamber is one of the country’s largest, strongest chambers. We are advocates, catalysts and partners.

  • More than 3,000+ member businesses
  • 5-star accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Our goals include:

  • Advocating for a strong business climate and member businesses
  • Creating opportunities for business connections and member visibility
  • Pursuing investment and jobs for the region
  • Strengthening leaders and the community

Together, we accomplish so much more than any one person or business can accomplish alone.

Vision

The Chamber will be the catalyst organization that ensures Greater Omaha is a vibrant place to do business, work and live.

Mission

To champion a thriving business community and a prosperous region through visionary leadership and collaboration.

Values

Vision

We consistently focus on a bold future, pursuing innovation and collaboration to facilitate the growth and vitality of our community.

Passion

We pursue our work with enthusiasm, fueled by a strong commitment to our mission.

Excellence

We provide the highest quality programs and services, challenging ourselves to achieve greater results for our members, our community and each other.

Family

We respect, trust and support each other in an environment that embraces work-life balance.

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Chairman
James Blackledge, CEO of Mutual of Omaha

Chairman-Elect
Mickey Anderson, President of Baxter Auto Group

Immediate-Past Chairman
Tim Burke, President and CEO of OPPD

Secretary
Derek Leathers, President and CEO of Werner Enterprises

Treasurer
Steve Grandfield, President and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska

At-Large Members
Dana Bradford, Chairman and CEO of C3 Brands
Dr. Jeffrey Gold, Chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Executive VP and Provost
Jamie Gutierrez, CEO of Midwest Maintenance Company
Kelsey Haswell, Lean Improvement with Methodist Health System
Eric Keen, Chairman and CEO of HDR
Esther Mejia, President & COO of E Creative
Jay Noddle, President and CEO of Noddle Companies
Carmen Tapio, CEO of North End Teleservices
Thomas Warren, President and CEO of Urban League of Nebraska

Audit & Finance Council Chair
Sheri Andrews, President and CEO of Lozier Corporation

Economic Development Council Chair
Mindy Simon, CIO of Conagra Brands

Membership Council Chair
Sherman Willis, Agent with State Farm Insurance

Public Policy Council Chair
Scott Moore, Senior Vice president of Corporate Relations of Union Pacific

General Counsel
Steve Bruckner, Partner with Fraser Stryker

President and CEO of Greater Omaha Chamber
David G. Brown

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, ACCESSbank

Transportation Council: Matt Tondl, HDR

Directors-At-Large

Bobby Brumfield, Leonum Advisors

Cesár Garcia, Canopy South

Sergio Sosa, Heartland Workers Center

Joe Sullivan, US Bank

Directors

Term ending 2021
Jerry Crouse, Tenaska
Christine Hill, AOI Corporation
Dan Houghton, Buildertrend
Chris Johnson, Leo A Daly
Tim Kerrigan, Investors Realty
Jim Krieger, Gallup
Kenny McMorris, Charles Drew Health Center
Nancy Pridal, Lamp Rynearson & Associates
John Sibley, Kiewit Building Group
George Wehbe, Fiserv 

Term ending 2022
Mark Ellerbeck, First Westroads Bank
Pam Finn, Burlington Capital
Paul Maass, Scoular
Joel Makovicka, Makovicka Physical Therapy
Elizebeth Murphy, Emspace + Lovgren
Kim Rowell, Cox Communications
Julie Bechtel, Omaha World-Herald
T.J. Twit, OMNE Partners
Kimberly Yungtum, Robert B. Daugherty Foundation
Michelle Zych, Sherwood 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
Dan Kinsella, Deloitte
Dave McCue, AON Risk Services
Mitch Parnell, Valmont

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

Ex-officio

Advance Southwest Iowa: Brenda Mainwaring, Iowa West Foundation

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 – Al Sawtelle, City of Fremont

Hospitals
CHI Health: Cliff Robertson
Children’s Hospital & Medical Center: Chanda Chacon
Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital
Nebraska Medicine: James Linder
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, Chromatic

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
Bellevue University: Mary Hawkins
Creighton University: Rev. Daniel Hendrickson
Metropolitan Community College: Randy Schmailzl
College of Saint Mary, Maryanne Stevens
Nebraska Wesleyan University, Darrin Good
University of Nebraska-Omaha Dr. Joanne Li
University of Nebraska Medical Center, Dr. Jeffrey Gold
University of Nebraska, Ted Carter

Speaker Request

We welcome the opportunity to share our ideas and experiences with organizations working to make the region a vibrant place to do business, work and live.

Current Openings

Together, we accomplish so much more than any one person or business can accomplish alone. We need you to help us make Omaha a great place to do business, work and live.

To apply, send your resume, cover letter & salary requirements via email to wbof@bznunpunzore.bet.

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