United Way is pleased to announce they presented Dan Neary of Mutual of Omaha with the “Citizen of the Year” award.  He was recognized for his clear vision, hard work and the way he empowers those around him to excel.  Neary rose through the ranks at Mutual of Omaha to become CEO and Chairman. At a time when the economy may have caused others to back down, Neary and his team designed, built and completed Midtown Crossing, an internationally-recognized development that is reinvigorating the city’s center. Neary and his wife, Shirley, led the United Way fundraising drive to a record total just as the stock market dropped in the fall of 2008.   He was chair of the Boy Scouts, Mid-America Council when a tornado killed scouts at the camp in Little Sioux, Iowa; Dan was there on site for many days after the tragedy, and led the rebuilding effort as well.

Terry Moore, president of the Omaha Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, was also honored, with a national recognition from United Way Worldwide.   The Joseph A. Beirne Community Services Award is bestowed upon a local labor leader who exemplifies the highest standards in service to others and to the community. For more information about United Way, please visit www.uwmidlands.org.