Welcome to the July 3, 2015 Midlands Business Journal
Here is brief summary of our feature stories.
Vol. 41 No. 27

Briefs in this week's issue

Swanson Russell appoints Maguire, Placzek, Schott, Wiley, Babel, Brestel, Le, Reed to new leadership positions at marketing firm

Holmes selected as new principal for Metonic Real Estate Solutions

EAD Corporate adds Goehring, Fant, LeBron and Held to staff

Cornerstone Home Lending hires Garrett as Nebraska area manager

Union Bank & Trust appoints Williamson to mortgage staff

Cheever Construction hires Grant

Lincoln Plastics adds O’Shea-Creal

Janssen joins Midland University

Special Sections:

• Transportation, Distribution & Warehousing

Midwest Peterbilt Group enhances presence in region
by Richard D. Brown

Midwest Peterbilt Group, a 61-year-old family-owned enterprise that operates Peterbilt truck dealerships — including full-service parts, repair and body shops in Council Bluffs, Sioux City, Norfolk and Des Moines — has regularly updated facilities and enhanced the shopping experience for customers who tend to be owner-operators running five or less trucks.



Hudl expands reach on global level, keeps new headquarters in Lincoln

by Dwain Hebda


In less than a decade, Lincoln-based Hudl has gone from promising startup to a global leader in sports video editing software with 3.5 million users from tens of thousands of teams in all catego- ries of sport. Today it is expanding with the recent announcement of the company’s new Haymarket headquarters, according to Omaha native and Hudl CEO David Graff.


Bloom Companion Care filling niche in non-medical care, grows revenue

by Becky McCarville


Bloom Companion Care, founded by CEO Gretchen Radler in 2011 with her husband and business partner David Radler and Joe Pepitone, business partner and vice president of the company, has doubled in revenue every year and is projected to double in 2015 if the company maintains its weekly billings.


The Cornhusker, A Marriott Hotel aims to attract young guests with upgrades

by Dwain Hebda

At nearly 90 years of age, The Cornhusker, A Marriott Hotel is a grand old dame of Lincoln’s lodging industry, but its new General Manager, Susan Madsen, said the hotel has been updated with many attractive features for the younger set.

McGill Brokerage makes debut to diversify expertise of firms

by Michelle Leach

OCI Solutions is effectively “doubling its opportunities,” according to OCI Insurance CEO Chuck Olson, after diversifying its marketing and technological skills with the expertise of McGill Rediger & Simmons in complex underwriting. A subsidiary of OCI Insurance and Financial Services, OCI Solutions officially joined forces to create McGill Brokerage in April.

Corky Canvas maintains strength in market with two locations

by Lee Nelson

Since Angie Lewis started Corky Canvas in Lincoln in 2011 and expanded the paint and wine studio to Omaha in 2013, the business has combatted a more saturated market.

Ludacka sees stronghold in client base at Northwestern Mutual firm

by Kristin Durbin

During his 18 years as a Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Advisor, Paul Ludacka has retained 99 percent of his clients and is currently managing a $150 million asset base. Ludacka’s Northwestern Mutual office also reached a milestone within the past two years reaching $1 billion in life insurance in force for clients.


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