Welcome to the April 18, 2014 Midlands Business Journal
Here is brief summary of our feature stories.


Vol. 40 No. 16

Briefs in this week's issue

CharterWest National Bank adds loan officers in new Lincoln office

Security National adds Cooper

Morgan Stanley promotes Koop

HomeServices of America names Lamphere to vice president post

Mutual of Omaha Bank selects Groteluschen as vice president

Swanson Russell’s Lincoln office promotes Lorraine to new post

Omaha’s VNA adds Roach, Ruttle

CBSHome Real Estate appoints Anson, Ziegler, Milowe in sales

Parker joins Bank of Nebraska

Loos joins West Gate Bank as business development officer.

Orth named account manager at Lincoln office of Five Nines

HGM names Olson shareholder

US Bank promotes Schlegelmilch

Special Sections:
Small Business Administration

Holistic approach guides Leo A Daly to project variety
by RIchard D. Brown

By taking a holistic approach to projects ranging from new construction to renovation of historic buildings, Leo A Daly, a 99-year-old Omaha based planning, engineering, architecture, interior design, planning and program management company, has found there’s little shortage of work locally, statewide, nationally or throughout much of the world.


Upgrades, commercial clients grow Consolidated Kitchens & Fireplaces
by Michelle Leach

Investments that Consolidated Kitchens & Fireplaces (CKF) has made in capital-intensive areas like fabrication are paying off as the Omaha-based company has been in the position to add 50 employees and seize opportunities, particularly in the commercial arena, as the market has stabilized.


Maine-based Vets First Choice plans to increase presence in Omaha area
by Michelle Leach

Vets First Choice serves more than 10,000 veterinarian prescribers and more than 500,000 pet owners across all states, and is poised to double those numbers in 2014 and, accordingly, almost double the square footage of its Omaha pharmaceutical facility.



Husch Blackwell benefits from restructuring in response to industry change
by Michelle Leach

Husch Blackwell is leveraging new approaches whereby talent is deployed around like industries — regardless of if one’s based in Chicago or Chattanooga, Dallas or Denver — and where attorneys onboarded as “general assignment associates” try each of its selected business units on for size to see what fits best. These approaches have garnered early results for the firm’s presence close to home, according to Nebraska Office Managing Partner/Chief Talent Officer Todd Richardson, who was integral in this restructuring.

Schingle establishes platform to hone in on flexible talent pools
by Tiffany Gann

Drawing from the old adage of “hanging out one’s shingle” to signify being open for business, Omaha-based software company Schingle has created a platform to assemble flexible talent pools for organizations, positioning itself to offer a database of highly-qualified contractors to its clients.

Nebraska Brewing Co. ramps up packaged beer production at new facility
by Becky McCarville

With the opening of the 24,000-square-foot brewery production facility in La Vista, Nebraska Brewing Co. is poised to produce 1,500 barrels per year to the 10,000-barrel range combined from both facilities. With the new facility, the company will add packaged beers for distribution across the nation, with the capacity to brew 50,000 barrels with additional tanks.

Thrasher innovates foundation-repair supply with Foundation Supportworks
by Dan Scheuerman

Setting a goal to be an industry leader since opening in 2008, David Thrasher’s company Foundation Supportworks has made its mark with sales of $40 million in 2013.

Greater Omaha Chamber’s Thelen reaching globally with partnerships
by Michelle Leach

The Greater Omaha Chamber’s new Senior Vice President of Economic Development, Randy Thelen, is positioning the metro to compete on an increasingly global stage.

Companies look to outside activities to promote employee team building
by Lori McGinnis Black

Companies today often use team building exercises as a way to promote unity between co-workers. These team building activities can be a good way to bring together employees with different and diverse strengths, said Kathy Byrnes, owner and CEO of Village Canvas and Cabernet.

ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference engages broader community, male leaders
by Michelle Leach

More than 2,100 people attended the Institute for Career Advancement Needs Women’s Leadership Conference at the CenturyLink Center on April 9, with around 500 members of the community kicking off the annual event a day earlier than usual with the presentation of the documentary, “Happy” — jibing with the theme: “Happiness: Bending the Bottom Line.”

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