Welcome to the February 24, 2017 Midlands Business Journal
Here is brief summary of our feature stories.
Vol. 43 No. 8
Briefs in this week's issue

Koley Jessen adds Angell, Born, Dunn, Gillespie, Keblesh, Piatek

Harry A. Koch selects Thom, McCawley, Hebrew and Friedman

Husch Blackwell selects Charlsen

Coleman and Melton promoted to new roles at Mutual of Omaha

Kutak Rock appoints Samson

Olson appointed as new interior designer at Omaha’s DLR Group

Special Sections:

• Business Succession and Transitions

• Engineering

• ACEC Nebraska 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards

CHI Health directs innovations at multiple venues
by Richard D. Brown

When Dr. Cliff Robertson arrived in Omaha three years ago with experience as a family-practice physician coupled with the credentials as an owner of a 200-employee non-medical business with operations in two states, he took his position as CEO of CHI Health operations’ Nebraska and southwest Iowa division by stating that the health care industry was facing a small window in which to make historical changes.



A United Automatic Doors & Glass grows products, services in 20th year

by Richard D. Brown


Omaha-based A United Au- tomatic Doors & Glass, a family-owned business of three generations of glaziers and automatic door specialists, is planning to strengthen its geographic footprint by moving into Des Moines, South Dakota and Wyoming in the next two years. The firm is also continuing its expansion into the sale and service of security equipment, a move which newly appointed CEO Joshuwa Hannum views as offering complementary products to the firm’s growing list of customers.


Husch Blackwell expands footprint by joining forces; benefits from diverse, niche expertise

by Michelle Leach


Husch Blackwell is evolving with an expanded footprint in complementary markets and innovative approaches to the delivery of legal services in the face of corporate spending that has been relatively at since the financial crisis, especially when compared to the 10 years’ prior, according to local leadership.


Dante Ristorante Pizzeria partners with local producers, implements community outreach

by Gabby Christensen

Dante Ristorante Pizzeria, founded in December 2009 by Nick Strawhecker at the Shops of Legacy in Omaha, specializes in serving wood-fired pizzas along with other Italian cuisine. Since opening, the restaurant has evolved its menu, as well as its traditions.

Nebraska Multisport Complex positions itself as destination venue, community hub

by Michelle Leach

Via a championship athletic facility, Nebraska Multisport Complex is poised to host local, regional and national competitions, and offer community training and classes — a collective vision that is projected to generate at least an $18 million economic impact each year, according to the UNL Bureau of Business Research’s Dr. Eric Thompson.

Lerner’s Meier drives sales through the power of relationships

by Dwain Hebda

Ben Meier, senior associate at The Lerner Co., discovered his knack for selling as a kid growing up in Cookson, Minnesota. In the time since, he’s learned regardless of the venue or product, the key in sales is the ability to craft relationships.


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