The Greater Omaha Chamber ( and Premier Bank are ready to honor businesses that contribute to our community’s enrichment, across categories such as leadership, innovation, and philanthropy. Their dedication ensures Greater Omaha flourishes as a more vibrant place to live, work and enjoy.

In 2024, bolstering the resilience of local businesses depends on conscientious consumer choices. This involves shifting focus from mere convenience and low prices to safeguarding the long-term sustainability and vitality of our community.
These businesses must adapt to changing consumer preferences by embracing e-commerce and online marketing strategies to expand their reach. Collaborating with other small businesses and community organizations allows for shared resources and greater impact.

As businesses strive for resilience, they must prioritize sustainability and social responsibility. Recognizing that success encompasses more than profit, they must make positive contributions to communities and the world at large.
A special thanks to our Host Sponsor, All Makes, for hosting this year’s event.


Innovation is about challenging the status quo, striving for improvement in efficacy and efficiency. Those who excel in this arena understand that “that’s how we’ve always done it” is the most challenging phrase in business. The honorees in this category are the ones who change the establishment, shift paradigms and buck old trends. They possess the vision to see and seize opportunities, constantly finding new ways to do things. Innovation isn’t just a sporadic occurrence for our winners; it’s ingrained in their everyday routine.


A vision of the future, growing an organization and developing employees; are the hallmarks of catalytic leaders. The same qualities that help set organizations with dynamic leadership above others. Clarity and demonstration of purpose in all the practices and policies. An outcome that is representative of the values at the core of the business. These are not platitudes but the cornerstones of leadership philosophies that define excellence and inspire it from all who engage the organization.


Serving others is deeply ingrained in our Midwestern ethos. By helping the community, we understand that we help ourselves, and that a rising tide lifts us all. Organizations with a culture of giving help advance Omaha’s overall health and well-being. Those that prioritize paying back and empowering others understand that we’re measured by a bottom line of caring and support. The improvement of our community rests on all of our shoulders, and those who demonstrate excellence in philanthropy carry that burden willingly, proudly and ably.


Experience comes with time, and every year an organization operates is a testament to its ability to serve, allowing it to uplift the community and contribute to the strength and growth of the region. Milestones matter, and anniversaries mark the dedication of organizational stakeholders, as well as the commitment of customers to the business or nonprofit.


TREKK Design Group ( is at the forefront of innovation when it comes to prioritizing the safety of people, both within their organization and for their customers. Their groundbreaking solutions, such as underground and pipe viewing technology, not only enhance safety protocols but also revolutionize the way infrastructure industries operate.

Documented improvements, including increased efficiency and the speed of completing tasks, underscore the tangible impact of their innovative approaches to whatever challenges are placed in their path.

By seamlessly blending cutting-edge technology with a relentless focus on safety and effectiveness, TREKK Design Group continues to set new standards in their field and ensure the well-being of their proud team members, satisfied customers, and the Omaha community which supports them.

“For more than 20 years, TREKK Design Group has served communities across the country with a commitment to improving lives by engineering holistic, commonsense solutions that provide clean water and safe roads,” said Trent Robinett, Partner.

Elliott Equipment Company ( stands out for its innovative approach to both product development and supply chain optimization. Their commitment to finding creative solutions is evident in every aspect of their operations, from ground-level improvements to systemic enhancements. This dedication to excellence is not only reflected in their impressive achievements but also in the glowing testimonials from satisfied clients. Just search their website and you’ll read the high regard their customers have for them.

As a leader in the industry, Elliott Equipment Company sets new standards for innovation and performance, navigating complexities with ease and consistently delivering results that exceed expectations. Their ability to innovate and adapt to challenges underscores their position as a leader, driving forward progress and shaping the future of the industry.

“Our skilled team emphasizes quality and safety in every product, ensuring reliable performance and customer satisfaction,” said Jim Glazer, President and CEO.

iFixOmaha ( stands out for its innovative approach to leveraging business as a vehicle for workforce development. By prioritizing initiatives that empower and grow the workforce, they not only drive economic opportunity but also foster a culture of inclusivity and empowerment.

Their commitment to accessibility for low-income individuals is underscored by unique partnerships, such as with MCC, which aim to break down barriers and enhance opportunities for all. This distinctive business model not only sets them apart in the industry but also serves as inspiration, showcasing the transformative potential of business as a force for positive change in communities.

iFix’s dedication to innovation and social impact reflects a forward-thinking ethos that is reshaping the landscape of their industry.

“We have technicians that can fix anything with a chip,” said Jason DeWater, Founder. “We have created first-in-the-nation programs to assist the community to repair broken devices for less, and give back devices to community members.”

Signature Performance ( stands out for its exceptional problem-solving abilities, leveraging cutting-edge technology to enhance both customer and worker experiences. Their innovative approach goes beyond mere technological advancements; they are actively committed to fostering gender diversity in the tech industry.

By proactively nurturing a pipeline of women in tech, Signature Performance spearheads a transformative shift in talent attraction, retention and recruitment practices. This forward-thinking initiative not only enriches their workforce but also serves as a testament to their dedication to inclusivity and empowerment.

By driving positive change and setting new standards for excellence, they are reshaping the landscape of their industry and inspiring others to follow suit. Through their innovative mindset and commitment to inclusivity, Signature Performance continues to lead the way towards a more diverse and equitable future in technology.

“Signature is especially proud to deliver innovative services in our headquarters city and beyond,” said Allen Fredrickson, Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “We contribute more than $102 million to the Nebraska economy every year.”

Children’s Nebraska ( stands as a beacon of innovation in the healthcare industry, boasting the only dedicated Innovation Center and children’s hospital in the Metaverse. Renowned for its pioneering spirit, this one-of-a-kind hospital leads the charge in revolutionizing pediatric care, earning accolades and awards for its groundbreaking initiatives.

From cutting-edge technologies to patient-centric improvements, Children’s Nebraska exemplifies a steadfast commitment to innovation and patient care. Concrete examples abound, showcasing its dedication to pushing boundaries and enhancing patient outcomes.

The institution’s unwavering focus on innovation is underscored by initiatives like the Innovation Cup, embodying a culture of creativity and excellence. In an ever-evolving landscape, Children’s Nebraska remains at the forefront, shaping the future of pediatric healthcare with ingenuity and compassion for the Omaha community and beyond.

“At Children’s Nebraska, our mission is to improve the life of every child through exceptional care, advocacy, research and education,” said Chanda Chacon, President and CEO.

Goodwill Omaha ( has risen triumphantly from adversity, showcasing resilience and fortitude in overcoming challenges with a variety of innovative challenges. Anchored by robust leadership and a culture of innovation, they have navigated obstacles with creativity and determination. Their transformative impact is evident across diverse fronts. From pioneering programming initiatives to significant contributions to sustainability efforts, Goodwill Omaha never relents in their pursuit for greatness.

Through their multifaceted approach, they have not only weathered storms but also emerged as trailblazers, setting new standards for excellence and making a lasting mark on their industry. Their journey serves as a testament to the power of perseverance and the potential for profound change no matter the obstacle placed in front of this great organization.

“At our core, we’re passionate about eliminating barriers to opportunity and expanding access to necessary job training and placement services,” said Deb Hermann, Director of Marketing and Development.


Carson Group ( is one of the fastest-growing financial services firms in the country, serving more than 45,000 families across the United States.

Carson epitomizes transformative leadership through its steadfast commitment to nurturing a diverse pipeline of future leaders. With a clear philosophy guiding their actions, they proactively cultivate an environment where individuals from all backgrounds are empowered to thrive and excel. Their dedication to growing the next generation of diverse leaders is evident in every aspect of their organizational culture, from mentorship programs to leadership development initiatives.

By prioritizing inclusivity and equity in their leadership pipeline, Carson not only strengthens their own team but also sets a powerful example for the industry at-large. Through visionary leadership and actionable strategies, they are driving positive change and shaping a brighter future for all.

Founded in 1983, Carson Group is one of the fastest-growing financial services firms in the country, serving financial advisors and investors through its three businesses–Carson Wealth, Carson Coaching and Carson Partners.

“At Carson, we are dedicated to helping our clients achieve their financial freedom through personalized guidance, innovative solutions and unwavering integrity,” said Teri Shepherd, President.

Cordia ( exemplifies visionary leadership by operationalizing a set of core values that guide every aspect of their organization. With a clear commitment to fostering leadership excellence, they have implemented two measurable programs: Frontline Leader and a succession planning initiative for executive leaders. These programs not only provide structured frameworks for leadership development but also ensure accountability and measurable outcomes that inevitably lead to further successes.

By investing in the growth and development of leaders at all levels, Cordia cultivates a culture of excellence and empowers individuals to reach their full potential. Through their strategic approach to leadership development, Cordia is not just shaping the future of their organization but also setting a standard of leadership excellence for the rest of the Omaha community.

“This technology and fuel flexibility keeps costs down, preserves natural resources, and reduces emissions compared to traditional heating and cooling equipment,” said Jason Hill, Regional President, Midwest.

Nebraska Realty’s ( leadership philosophy shines through its innovative new employee experience program, which serves as a cornerstone of their commitment to nurturing and empowering team members.

By placing a strong emphasis on the onboarding and integration process, they demonstrate their dedication to setting employees up for success from day one. This comprehensive program goes beyond mere practical support and guidance; it embodies the organization’s values and culture, instilling a sense of purpose and belonging in every team member.

Through their proactive approach to leadership development, Nebraska Realty cultivates a culture of excellence where continuous growth and development are encouraged and supported.

Opportunities for skill enhancement, mentorship and professional advancement, they ensure that every team member has the resources and support needed to thrive and succeed.

Nebraska Realty is built on the principles of hard work, dedication and service,” said Lauren Gonzalez, Director of Corporate Projects. “Our success is based on trust and lasting relationships within our community.”

Riekes Equipment ( demonstrates outstanding leadership commitment through its robust Leadership Academy Program, which is particularly impressive given the size of the organization. This initiative highlights their dedication to cultivating and nurturing leadership talent from within their own walls. By providing a comprehensive and structured program, Riekes Equipment empowers employees at all levels to develop their leadership skills and capabilities. Ultimately, this support will yield limitless results and overall growth for the company as a whole.

This investment not only enhances individual professional growth but also strengthens the organization as a whole by fostering a culture of leadership excellence. Through their proactive and nurturing approach to leadership development, Riekes Equipment has truly set a high standard for organizational leadership and ensures a sustainable pathway for future success and growth.

“Our mission is to provide innovative solutions and unrivaled service,” said Duncan Murphy, President. “Riekes is proud to play an important role in finding effective solutions for warehouses, service departments and distribution centers.”

FNIC ( demonstrates leadership by prioritizing the development of its managers through innovative training initiatives that are yielding incredible results. With a forward-thinking approach, they have developed a comprehensive training session for its managers, ensuring they are equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary for both internal and external successes.

Additionally, their “new to manager” program provides targeted support and guidance for individuals transitioning into managerial roles, creating a culture of continuous growth and development.

By investing in the professional development of their leaders, FNIC empowers managers to drive positive change and inspire teams throughout the organization. Through their commitment to leadership excellence, FNIC sets a high standard for organizational leadership and paves the way for future success.

“We’re more than just an insurance agency” said Leann Kinkaid, CHRO. “We are committed to helping you achieve your goals.”

Verdis Group’s ( leadership philosophy is exemplified by its resolute commitment to achieving B Corp status, a testament to their values-driven approach to business. This ambitious goal underscores their dedication to aligning profit with purpose, placing social and environmental responsibility at the forefront of their operations. By pursuing B Corp certification, Verdis Group sets a gold standard for ethical leadership, showcasing their unwavering commitment to making a meaningful impact beyond financial gains.

The attainment of B Corp status serves as a tangible manifestation of Verdis Group’s leadership philosophy, signaling to stakeholders their genuine dedication to driving positive change. This prestigious certification not only validates their values but also inspires others within the industry to adopt similar principles of sustainability and social impact.

“Verdis Group’s knowledge of climate impacts and vulnerabilities, combined with the ability to collaboratively develop strategies, allows us to offer an unparalleled level of service,” said Craig Moody, Managing Partner.


ACCESSbank ( demonstrates a deep commitment to philanthropy through innovative initiatives that empower employees to give back and make a difference in their communities. Their Volunteer Time Off (VTO) policy, which pays employees their salary when they volunteer during working hours, has seen a remarkable 130% increase in usage, reflecting the bank’s dedication to supporting volunteerism and community engagement.

Additionally, the launch of the Be Kind program, providing each employee with $500 to use as a gift for someone in need, further amplifies ACCESSbank’s philanthropic impact. These initiatives not only foster a culture of compassion and generosity within the organization but also create tangible positive outcomes for those in need.

ACCESSbank’s commitment to philanthropy sets a shining example of corporate social responsibility and inspires others to join in their efforts to create a better world for all.

ACCESSbank is a community-focused, financial institution dedicated to offering creative solutions and building strong relationships with businesses and individuals in the Omaha metro area. Ranked 10th in market share, we believe in providing comprehensive banking solutions that are built on long-lasting connections, local decision-making and a client-first commitment.

They focus on Creating Positive Experiences in every interaction, which is reinforced by their unique culture of dedicated team members.

“At our core, our promise is to our community,” said Katie Henry, Executive Vice President, Consumer Banking. “We believe in being meaningful contributors of our time, talent and resources to the communities we serve.”

Metropolitan Utilities District (MUD) ( demonstrates a strong commitment to philanthropy through a wide array of initiatives aimed at supporting the community. With a long list of programs and organizations supported, MUD actively contributes to various causes, ranging from environmental conservation to social welfare. Notably, their significant financial contributions, including $270,803 from employees and $468,000 from events for utility assistance, underscore their dedication to addressing critical needs and supporting vulnerable populations.

By mobilizing both resources and employee engagement, MUD exemplifies a holistic approach to philanthropy, making a meaningful impact on the lives of individuals and families in their service area. Through their collective efforts, MUD continues to uphold its mission of serving the community and enhancing quality of life for all.

“As a customer-owned public utility, Metropolitan Utilities District’s mission is to provide safe, reliable and cost-effective natural gas and water services to our community,” said Sue Lobsiger, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer.

First Interstate Bank ( demonstrates a steadfast commitment to philanthropy through dedicated funding and active community engagement initiatives. Allocating 2% of pretax earnings towards philanthropic endeavors, they prioritize making a positive impact in the communities they serve. Their Volunteer Day program, accompanied by impressive statistics, further underscores their dedication to giving back. By providing employees with opportunities to volunteer and support local organizations, First Interstate Bank amplifies its philanthropic reach and strengthens community bonds.

Their extensive list of supported organizations reflects a diverse range of causes, highlighting their holistic approach to social responsibility. Through their sustained philanthropic efforts, First Interstate Bank continues to make a meaningful difference and inspire others to join in their mission of building stronger, more vibrant communities.

“We’re so proud of our philanthropy program that includes donating a portion of company profits, giving employees time off to volunteer and matching employees’ personal financial contributions to qualifying organizations,” said Jay Prestipino, Omaha Market President.

Nebraska Furniture Mart (NFM) ( stands as a beacon of corporate citizenship, setting a remarkable standard for philanthropy and sustainability. Their commitment to giving back is evident through initiatives like offering 40 hours of paid volunteer time per employee annually, empowering their workforce to engage meaningfully with community causes.

Moreover, NFM’s dedication to environmental stewardship shines through their substantial recycling efforts, which have repurposed over 55,000 tons of materials.
Additionally, NFM’s support for entrepreneurship is commendable, as evidenced by their donations of $500 each to 85 start-ups. This investment not only fosters innovation but also promotes economic growth within the community.

These initiatives serve as a shining example of responsible corporate citizenship, inspiring others to follow suit in making a positive impact on society and the environment.

“We don’t have four locations, we have four communities,” said Scott Baker, Store Director. “Our company is made up of people who live and work in the community and we’re invested in seeing those communities thrive.”

Fusion ( exemplifies a strong commitment to philanthropy through impactful initiatives that benefit both the local Omaha community and their internal culture. With measurable outcomes, such as 3,000 volunteer hours and $300,000 raised through the Community Connection program, Fusion demonstrates its dedication to making a tangible difference in society. The Alpaca initiative further showcases their philanthropic spirit, fostering a culture of giving within the organization.

Additionally, their support for employee initiatives, like matching donations for blood drives, highlights Fusion’s commitment to nurturing a sense of community and collective responsibility among its staff.

By combining external philanthropy with internal culture-building efforts, Fusion not only strengthens its ties to the local Omaha community but also fosters a supportive and engaged workforce that is motivated to bring positive change for all.

“Fusion is an Omaha-based healthcare company that exists to create meaningful connections between healthcare travelers and facilities that lead to better patient care and better outcomes for all,” said Corey Watton, President and CEO.

Holland Basham Architects ( stands out for its remarkable dedication to community development and social impact through its investment of talent into North Omaha projects. Their deep commitment to revitalizing and enhancing the area reflects a genuine desire to make a positive difference in the lives of residents. Through their architectural expertise and unwavering dedication, they contribute to the transformation of North Omaha, creating spaces that not only meet the needs of the community but also inspire and uplift its residents.

Their proactive approach to community development leaves a lasting legacy of transformation, empowerment and positive change. The recognition they receive underscores the significance of their efforts and highlights the profound impact they have on the community, not only in North Omaha but also throughout the wider region.

“We strive to inspire, advance and improve our communities, supported by a team with diverse experience and unmatched technical expertise,” said Curt Witzenburg, Principal.

Small Business of the Year

Combining leading-edge technology, experience, research and old-fashioned hard work, Harrison Financial Services ( is committed to developing lasting relationships that help families build a better life, legacy and community.

Their expert team of 23, based in Omaha, puts clients’ interests first with innovative and specialized planning to help them reach their life goals, no matter how unique. Harrison Financial Services’ tailor-made approach revolves around designing a personalized plan that fits each client’s lifestyle and puts them on a path to success.

Founded by Tim Harrison in 1997, Harrison Financial Services prides itself on exemplifying a culture of gratitude, accountability and community. With these values at the forefront, HFS has continued to evolve and improve its business practices. One vital component- consulting with key clients that serve on their Board of Advisors.

“It has been a game changer for our firm. The Board of Advisors has proven to be instrumental in our growth. In my opinion, it is the best way for a business to get feedback from and stay close to clients and even key prospects,” said Justin Rolfes, Director of Marketing at Harrison Financial Services.

And they put that feedback to good use, implementing out-of-the-box strategies to drive them ahead of their competition.

“We invest in our people, inverting the traditional ratio of advisors to support staff of 4:1 to our ratio at HFS of 1:4. This allows us to have the resources and capacity to service our clients expeditiously and comprehensively.”

HFS’ drive to make a difference doesn’t stop with their clients. Team members are encouraged to volunteer with community organizations, and multiple teammates serve on the boards of local nonprofits. HFS also donates to many organizations around Omaha, including The Salvation Army, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, United Way of the Midlands and UNO.

At its core, Harrison Financial Services is a purpose-driven organization that thrives on providing the best quality services for its clients–helping families build a better life, legacy and community right here in Omaha.


25 Years

  • Acclaro Valuation Advisors, LLC
  • BDB Waterproofing
  • Concord Mediation Center
  • Courtyard by Marriott Omaha Downtown/Old Market Area
  • CRi
  • DES Employment Group
  • Document Finishing Resources
  • Harms Oil Company
  • Heartland Awning & Design, Inc.
  • Hot Shops Art Center
  • Immigrant Legal Center
  • Locher Pavelka Dostal Braddy &
  • Hammes, LLC
  • Magnolia Hotel Omaha
  • Mentor Nebraska
  • Velocity Clinical Research
  • Morrissey Engineering, Inc.
  • Odeys Inc.
  • Parsons House on Eagle Run, Inc.
  • Radio Lobo KBBX FM 97.7
  • Schrock Innovations, Inc.
  • Synchronicity, Inc.
  • Waitt Company

50 Years

  • American Gramaphone
  • Control Services, Inc.
  • Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging
  • Ex-Cel Solutions, Inc.
  • Goldsmith-Silversmith Inc.
  • Greater Fremont Development Council
  • Humanities Nebraska
  • Metropolitan Community College
  • Radio Talking Book Service
  • Sound Trak, Inc.
  • The Clean Life LLC
  • The Mountain Plains Minority Supplier Development
  • Youth Emergency Services, Inc.

75 Years

  • Omaha Theater Company – The Rose
  • E. W. Scripps/Omaha Operations
  • KMTV 3 News Now

100 Years

  • Boyd Jones Construction Co.
  • CKF
  • iHeartMedia
  • Jackson Services, Inc.
  • JE Dunn Construction
  • National Safety Council, Nebraska
  • Omaha Community Playhouse
  • Omaha Compound Company

125 Years

  • Omaha Country Club

150 Years

  • Columbia Insurance Group