Welcome to the April 17, 2015 Midlands Business Journal
Here is brief summary of our feature stories.
Vol. 41 No. 16

Briefs in this week's issue

American National Bank selects Garinger, Kay, Johansen to roles

Union Pacific adds Hutcherson as new VP of human resources

Nebraska Title appoints Strand

Lincoln’s Assurity Life Insurance promotes Zundel to new position

Rieker joins Seldin Co. as EVP

Bateman, Mesloh appointed to vice president roles for Reinke

Nebraska Book Co. taps Riggsby to be its interim president, CEO

Pinnacle Bank promotes Pérez

Engler joins Rembolt Ludtke firm

UMB Bank in Omaha adds Malone

Special Sections:

• Small Business Administration

• Investing for Retirement

Hy-Vee targets value-added services to meet demand
by Richard D. Brown

Hy-Vee food stores in Omaha, Lincoln and some surrounding communities operate with a push on value-added services that run the gamut from registered chefs and dietitians on staff to increased promotion of online services for floral orders, catering agreements, grocery shopping, bakery orders and prescription refills, among others.



Performance Auto Group poised for growth following acquisition

by Michelle Leach


The broader community may not have noticed Performance Auto Group’s acquisition of Stan Olsen Auto Group, effective Jan. 1, 2015, but over the coming three years Omahans may take note of brand relocations and facilities expansions to meet anticipated growth.


AAA Life Insurance makes investments in Omaha facilities, increases presence

by Richard D. Brown


Since its founding in 1969, A A A Life Insurance Co. has grown slowly to have in excess of one million policyholders nationwide. Most of the policyholders are users of other AAA products that range from motor club to travel agency services. However, the company, which is growing at about 2 percent a year, is bracing itself for an even larger piece of the life insurance market with its investment in upgrading its facilities in Omaha.


PC Sports grows number, scope of projects in Midlands

by Dwain Hebda

PC Sports may have landed in Lincoln as the project manager for Pinnacle Bank Arena, but the five-person office didn’t shut down with its completion. In fact, the company so impressed city leaders that PC Sports was soon brought on to manage the re-development of the surrounding Haymar- ket neighborhood and subsequently, a dozen other Lincoln projects.

Slaggie Architects making hires moving into fifth year in Omaha

by Kristin Durbin

Slaggie Architects Inc. Omaha Director Patrick Morgan said that though the firm has become known for its work in retail spaces, its overall client base is diverse: faith-based projects, car dealerships, multi-family residences and senior living like the new Heritage at Sterling Ridge on Pacific Street.

Smart watches, fitness trackers changing the way people work

by Sarah Bowman

As wearable technology continues to evolve and innovative devices are produced, the way people work will never be the same, according to technology experts.

Production Creek Specialty Advertising expands, sees increase in its revenues

by Lee Nelson

When Jessica Johnson and Loretta Goodwin took over as co-owners of Production Creek Specialty Advertising in Lincoln in 2010, the business was in the red. The new owners have since increased revenues.

Chapman boosting brand with Provisions by The Grey Plume

by Kristin Durbin

With a history of sourcing local ingredients not only for the menu but also wholesale for other area businesses — from roasted cof- fee to cured meats — The Grey Plume chef and owner Clay- ton Chapman last fall opened Provisions, located on Farnam Street close to his Midtown Crossing restaurant. The new project includes a retail storefront for The Grey Plume goods, a private dining space for events and cooking classes.

Sold-out ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference reaches out to collaborate

by Becky McCarville

The sold-out 2015 Institute for Career Advancement Needs (ICAN) Women’s Leadership Conference, held at the CenturyLink Center on Wednesday, April 8, drew a crowd of nearly 2,350 attendees, from various backgrounds, industries and ages, at the 22nd annual event, the organization’s largest event to date.


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