Nebraska Icons: 2024 Nebraska Business Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

On January 3, 2024, the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce announced its 2024 Business Hall of Fame Inductees. These inductees will be honored during a February 1st banquet at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel.

John Sidney “Sid” Dinsdale of Pinnacle Bancorp, Inc., Lance Fritz of Union Pacific, Inc., and the Hornady Family of Hornady Manufacturing Co. were nominated by their peers for this award.

“This year’s honorees include some of the most impactful business leaders in Nebraska,” Bryan Slone, president of the Nebraska Chamber, said in a press release.

“Their innovative aspirations, grit, and business success is just the tip of the iceberg. They have also made remarkable contributions to their communities and the entire state.”

The Nebraska Business Hall of Fame was established in 1992 as a collaboration between the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

It has since recognized over 135 iconic business leaders, including Godfather’s founder William “Willy” Theisen, Baxter Auto Group titan Talton “Tal” Anderson, Rotella’s Italian Bakery CEO & President Louis Rotella, and TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts.

John Sidney “Sid” Dinsdale
Chairman, Pinnacle Bancorp, Inc.

Dinsdale is chairman of family-owned Pinnacle Bancorp, Inc., which operates 161 banks in eight states, including Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, New Mexico, Texas, and Wyoming. He currently serves, or has served on, the board of directors for the Methodist Hospital Foundation, Bellevue University, the University of Nebraska Foundation, Ameritas Life Insurance Corporation, Omaha Children’s Hospital, the Platte Institute, and Midlands Community Hospital. In 2015 Dinsdale was inducted into the Omaha Business Hall of Fame. Dinsdale and his wife, Dawn Dinsdale, were recognized as the Askarben Foundation’s Most Honored Citizens in 2022, and Sid Dinsdale received the 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award from his alma mater, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Lance Fritz
Retired, Union Pacific, Inc.

Joining Union Pacific in 2000, Fritz became chairman, president, and CEO of the Omaha-based railroad company in 2015. Fritz retired from the company in August 2023 after guiding the company through many major challenges, including the implementation of a precision scheduled railroading model in 2018, the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, and the negotiation of paid sick leave for locomotive engineers in 2023. He now serves on the following boards: Parker-Hannifin Corporation, Nebraska Medicine, and Omaha Zoological Society.

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Jason Hornady
Jason Hornady
Steve Hornady
Steve Hornady

Hornady Family
Hornady Manufacturing

Steve Hornady, president of Hornady Manufacturing, and his son, Jason Hornady, vice president, are being inducted on behalf of the Hornady family. Steve Horandy’s father, Joyce Hornady, began the manufacturing company in 1949 and handed the business over to Steve Hornady in 1981. The company, based in Grand Island, manufactures various bullets, ammunition, and reloading tools. Hornady Manufacturing has been named Ammunition Manufacturer of the Year multiple times by the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers and has received other awards from the organization.

Tickets and additional information about the Nebraska Business Hall of Fame
Banquet can be found at or by calling 402-474-4422.