FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2015


Yes, you are seeing double. Scott Anderson has spun himself off of his company, Anderson Partners Advertising, to launch Doubledare.                                                                 – Photo by Michael Tran
Scott Anderson ‘Doubledares’
You to Improve Your Business

By Andy Roberts
The Daily Record

Scott Anderson, the Omaha native who graduated from Brown University and spent time on the East Coast, has left the advertising agency, Anderson Partners Advertising, which continues to bear his name.
“It was part of a long-standing succession plan,” Anderson said. He sold the company stock back to the staff that continues to run the successful advertising business.
That allowed Anderson to move along and focus on to the executive performance group he started about a decade ago.
“I had already been doing executive coaching and consulting,” he explained in expanding on his planning.
“About 15 years ago I had a coach myself. … I was just feeling sluggish personally and professionally,” Anderson elaborated. “I had no idea what it [coaching] was.”
The experience helped make him to become aware that executive coaching was something he wanted to do. So, Doubledare – Executive Coaching Consulting & Search was born.
Doubledare’s Mission Statement:  “In today’s commoditized global marketplace, the last, true competitive advantage belongs to those that can fully evoke talent, passion and purpose from themselves and their teams.”

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Douglas County Clerk Tom Cavanaugh (left) is honored by Timmy Conway, Lord Mayor Emeritus of Naas, Ireland, and his brother, Douglas County Commissioner Jim Cavanaugh, at the First Annual Omaha-Douglas County Irish American Public Officials’ St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast.
Tom Cavanaugh Honored for Public Service
Tom Cavanaugh was surprised with the first Daniel F. Begley Sr. 2015 Irish-American Outstanding Public Service Award at the March 17 breakfast at the Omaha Field Club. The award is named in honor of longtime Irish Omahan Dan Begley, who died in October. Tom, who comes from a long line of local elected officials, has served as Douglas County Clerk for 29 years. The Lord Mayor invited Tom to come to Naas next year so that he can welcome Tom’s family as they did him when he first came to Omaha. The room was a sea of Irish faces, with an occasional interloper thrown in. Among the attendees was former Mayor Mike Fahey. The award comes as a welcome surprise for Tom, who is currently battling lung cancer while continuing his duties as Clerk.

“We feel happy to receive this award, but it also puts more responsibilities on us to keep improving our services,” said CEO Jay Tedla.
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s Small Business of the Month
Personalized Service,
Empowered Employees
Are Hallmarks of Apex Informatics

By Dan McCann
The Daily Record

For Apex Informatics, the honor of being named the Greater Omaha Chamber’s March Small Business of the Month comes with a dose of added pressure.
“We feel happy to receive this award, but it also puts more responsibilities on us to keep improving our services,” said CEO Jay Tedla.

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Don’t let John Kellogg talk you into a friendly game of tennis – he’ll probably mop up the court with your sweatband. He’s equally formidable in the court of law.
Kellogg Serves Up Justice for His Clients
By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

If asked to describe John H. Kellogg Jr. in three words, they would probably be:
Professional, Devout and Funny. Very Funny.
He throws out puns right and left. He refers to himself as “corny” and “flakey.” (Kellogg – get it?) When this interview started, this reporter asked him to differentiate between the true statements and the flights of fancy.

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Creighton’s Werner Institute
Named a Best Dispute Resolution Program
The Werner Institute at the Creighton University School of Law recently announced that it was named 14th in the 2016 U.S. News and World Report rankings for Best Dispute Resolution Programs.
The ranking puts Creighton’s program on a footing with similar programs at Harvard University, Northwestern University and Georgetown University. As an interdisciplinary program guided by Ignatian values in settling conflict, the Werner Institute offers a cutting-edge approach to dispute resolution, said Patrick Borchers, J.D., professor of law and director of the Institute.
“This ranking is a tribute to the path-breaking scholarship of our faculty, an education that is truly world-class delivered by faculty who are at the top of their profession, and a remarkable and diverse student body,” Borchers said. “It’s a testament to the visionary gift by the Werner family who saw an opportunity to create an institute that is a perfect fit with the University’s mission and a model of a new generation of education.”
Rankings were based on nominations and votes from legal educators across the nation.
Founded in 2005, thanks to a generous gift from the family of Creighton University alumna Gail Werner Robertson, the Werner Institute offers a Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution and a Graduate Certificated in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. Classes are available both in-person on the Creighton campus and online.
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Holmes Murphy Acquires Willis Office
Which Serves Fraternal Community

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

Dan Keough                         Ned Kirklin                         Beau Reid                           Rich Jungman

It isn’t often that a minnow swallows a whale, or even takes a bite out of it, but that’s what happened last month.
Holmes Murphy & Associates, a Midwestern premier independent risk management and insurance brokerage firm headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, acquired the Omaha, Nebraska-based operations of Willis of Minnesota, Inc. (d/b/a Willis of Nebraska). That office was part of the huge, publically-owned Willis Group, a multinational risk advisor, insurance brokerage and reinsurance brokerage company headquartered in London. Willis has 400 offices in more than 100 countries with approximately 18,000 employees. In the United States, it acquired the Sears Tower in Chicago and renamed it Willis Tower.

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Bar Foundation Honors Three for Exemplary Service
At its annual Fellow Dinner on March 7, the Nebraska State Bar Foundation presented its Lifetime Service, Distinguished Service, and Foundation awards to outstanding Nebraska lawyers. The event at the Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha recognized Omaha attorney Howard Kaslow, Grand Island attorney Todd Elsbernd (posthumously), and Chief Judge William Jay Riley, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Howard Kaslow accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award from John Herdzina.
Kaslow, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award, was recognized by his law firm partner John Herdzina for contributions to the legal community, the Bar Foundation, and the Omaha community. Kaslow received his law degree from Yale University and then joined Abrahams, Kaslow & Cassman, a firm founded by his father. During his more than 50 years in practice, he has been recognized for over 20 years in corporate law by the Best Lawyers of America.
As a member of the Omaha Jewish community, Kaslow was honored at the 2014 Inclusive Communities Humanitarian Dinner where he received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. He was recognized for his service in the Omaha community, including his time and talent given to Boys Town, Fontenelle Forest, Bellevue University, the Omaha Community Foundation and many others. In concluding his presentation, Herdzina called Kaslow “a lawyer’s lawyer and a mensch.”

Elsbernd was a Grand Island attorney who lost his life at the hand of a client in 2013. His law partner, Ralph Bradley, eulogized Elsbernd for his 25-year service to the legal profession. Bradley called his former partner an outstanding lawyer who fought hard for his clients and was respected within the legal community for his competence and honesty.

Ralph Bradley presents the Distinguished Service Award to Jeannie Elsbernd in honor of her late husband Todd Elsbernd.
Elsbernd’s community involvement was also cited, as he had been a member of the Grand Island School Board, past member of the Goodwill Industries Board, and the Vice President of the Nebraska Lawyers Trust Account Foundation, to name just a few of his activities. He also participated as an instructor for Nebraska Hunters Safety Program and was a long-time supporter, board member and president of Ducks Unlimited, both locally and statewide. He loved spending time with his wife and three sons and was said to have been able to “turn off” his role as an attorney when he was with them. Elsbernd’s widow Jeannie accepted the award recognizing her late husband’s legacy in the practice of law.
Riley received the Foundation Award, the highest recognition given by the Bar Foundation. Chief Judge Laurie Smith Camp, Federal District Court for the District of Nebraska, presented the award honoring exemplary service to the Foundation and strong commitment to its goals.

A graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Law, Riley has had a distinguished career as both a trial attorney and a judge. On May 23, 2001, he was nominated to the federal bench by President George W. Bush and was confirmed by a unianimous vote of the U.S. Senate on August 2, 2001, and received his commission the next day.
Chief Judge William Jay Riley, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, accepts the Foundation Award from Chief Judge Laurie Smith Camp, Federal District Court for the District of Nebraska.

From 2010 to present, he has served as Chief Judge. Riley has been appointed by Chief Justices Rehnquist and Roberts to the U.S. Judicial Conference Committee on Criminal Law. As Chief Judge of the Eighth Circuit, he is a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States, a policy making body led by the Chief Justice of the United States. In that role, and as a member of the Executive Board of the Judicial Conference, Riley has had an opportunity to work closely with Chief Justice Roberts.
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OPPD Board Elects Burke as CEO
The OPPD Board of Directors recently announced the selection of Timothy J. Burke as the public utility's 12th chief executive officer, succeeding W. Gary Gates, who announced this past December his plans to retire in 2015.
"I'm excited to announce the appointment of Tim Burke to OPPD's top position," said Board Chair Anne McGuire. "The utility industry is changing rapidly and the Board of Directors believes Tim is the best person to lead that change, with a focus on providing our customer-owners with what they need and expect – affordable, reliable and environmentally sensitive energy services. This has been a long process, but we are confident we have selected the right person for this important leadership position."
Burke currently is Vice President – Customer Service and Public Affairs for OPPD. He began his career with OPPD in April 1997 as Vice President.
Burke was one of four finalists from applicants that included internal OPPD candidates, external executives who inquired about the position following job postings through various professional publications and those suggested by a recruiting firm hired by OPPD.
Gates will remain at OPPD to assist with the transition. Burke will serve as chief operating officer until Gates' official retirement takes effect.
OPPD is one of the largest customer-owned electric utilities in the United States, serving more than 360,000 customers in 13 counties in southeast Nebraska.
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Commercial Real Estate Summit
Announces 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees
On April 10th, 2015 at the CenturyLink Center, the Commercial Real Estate Summit (CRE) will celebrate 26 years of commercial real estate education and networking. Industry experts and keynote speakers will discuss the change agents around the cities of Omaha and Lincoln over the past 26 years and discuss the trends and excitement moving forward.  Attendees will expand their knowledge, gain helpful tools and build relationships through networking.
Each year, the CRE Summit recognizes the outstanding men and women of our community that have made an impact on the commercial real estate industry. The 2015 Hall of Fame class of inductees honored this year are: John Bendon, NorthMarq Capital; Steve Farrell, Investors Realty; Jerry Heinrichs, Investors Realty; Marvin Krout, City of Lincoln; John Lund, Lund Company; Leslie Peterson, Lamp Rynearson & Associates and; Mike Weise, Colliers International. 
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Bank of the West Strengthens Its Omaha Team With Key Hire
Bank of the West recently announced that Brian Overby has joined the organization as vice president and senior private client advisor II in its Omaha market. In his new role, Overby will be responsible for ensuring wealth management clients are provided their bank deposit needs, private mortgage banking, consumer and business lending, trust services, investment management, insurance services, retirement planning and business succession.
Overby has more than 28 years of experience in the banking and investment industry, with more than 15 years in private banking. Most recently he was vice president for Regions Bank in Orlando, Florida, having served in their Private Wealth Management Group.
Overby is a native of Bellevue, Nebraska. He holds a bachelor of science in business administration and finance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Overby is a certified wealth strategist for the Cannon Financial Institute, and he holds his FINRA Series 7 and Series 66 licenses. He was also involved in the Leadership/Citizen’s Academy, where he was appointed by the FBI.
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A question posed by attorney Jerry Slusky in 1990 led to the highly regarded annual Commercial Real Estate Summit that’s coming up on April 10.
Annual Snapshot of Real Estate Market
Should Show a Rosy Picture Next Month

By Julien R. Fielding
The Daily Record

Smith Gardner Slusky Law (previously Dwyer Smith Gard-ner Lazer Pohren and Rogers) has been in business for nearly 40 years, but that doesn’t mean they have stopped evolving. In November, they added a new partner, Tom McLeay, whose practice focuses on real estate finance, land use/entitlement and entity structures, with a particular emphasis on tax credit and subsidized real estate development.

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Ross Pesek (center) converses with Patrick Boyle, Community Development Coordinator & MCC Foundation Development Manager at Metro Community College (left) and his father, Don Pesek at his law firm’s open house.
Pesek Law Officially Opens Its Doors
Ross Pesek opened his law office doors to invited guests to formally inaugurate his new law firm, Pesek Law, LLC, in the historic building at 19th and Farnam. Pesek focuses on criminal defense, immigration, and accident and injury cases. He has been lead counsel in federal and state criminal jury trials, argued before the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Nebraska Court of Appeals as lead counsel, helped over 100 people achieve legal immigration status, and secured nearly a million dollars in settlements for injured clients.
He is an advocate for immigrants and their families and offers them legal services at his free legal clinic at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in South Omaha, where he has already served over 800 people. He also established the True Potential Scholarship program, last year awarding five full-tuition scholarships to immigrant students attending community colleges who would otherwise not be eligible for financial aid, based on their immigration status. He was named Latino Partner of the Year by the Heartland Latino Leadership Conference in November, 2014. His website is

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Lori Arcoren is congratulated on her accomplishment in completing the Adult Drug Court requirements by Douglas County District Court Judge Gary Randall.
Graduation Opens New Doors for Participants
It was a big day for Lori Arcoren. The Native American-Hispanic mother of six had just spent the past 18 months getting her life back together after decades of drug and alcohol abuse. She had lost custody of three of her children during her struggles, but it was Douglas County Adult Drug Court, a diversion program for non-violent felony offenders, that finally got her on the right track. Judge Gary Randall called her their No. 1 graduate.
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Brady Collette turned eight years old on March 12, but he gave all his birthday party presents (pictured are just some of them) to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). Why? See below!
What’s Better Than Getting Presents? Giving!
Brady Collette and his sister Lauren, 5, accompanied their mother, Anne, to CASA headquarters at 24th and St. Mary, to deliver an SUV-full of toys and other necessities. This is the third year the 1st-grader at Reeder Elementary has donated all the presents his friends brought to his birthday party to a good cause. This year he had 25 party guests, so he got quite a haul. Why does he do it? “It makes you feel good,” he said. His birthday celebration includes dinner at the Texas Roadhouse. “It’s my favorite place, and I can sit on the saddle there.”

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From left, back row: Daniel M. Donnelly, Stephen P. O’Meara, Kristin A. Fearnow, Rodney C. Dahlquist, Anne M. Breitkreutz and Josh W. Weir. From left, front row: Sean Conway, Joseph L. Howard, Mallory N. Hughes, Stuart J. Dornan, Christine A. Lustgarten, Thomas J. Monaghan (Of Counsel) and Jason E. Troia.
Dornan, Lustgarten & Troia
Having Bilingual Lawyers Enhances
Practice’s Ability to Serve Clients

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

One quarter of the attorneys at Dornan, Lustgarten & Troia, PC, LLO, are bilingual, resulting in the firm providing a wide range of services to Spanish-speaking Omahans, while serving all clients in both criminal and civil cases.

They have just announced the addition of two associates, Kristin Fearnow and Daniel M. Donnelly. In addition, Sean Conway, a member of the DLT team since 2011, has become a partner.
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Meetings & Seminars
for the legal community

2015 Best Practices Seminar
Presented by the Nebraska State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section
University of Nebraska College of Law
635 S 14 St, Lincoln
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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How to Draft a Contract
Scott Conference Center
6450 Pine St, Omaha
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
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Update from the Department of Labor
Employee Benefits Security Administration
Creighton University Harper Center
602 N 20 St, Omaha
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
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Trauma Awareness Training
Douglas County CASA
2412 Saint Mary’s Ave, Omaha
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
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Lexington Ethics Seminar:
Ethical Issues in Representing Closely Held Entities and Families
Central Community College
1501 Plum Creek Pkwy, Lexington
12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
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Omaha Bar Association | Creighton University School of Law
9th Annual Seminar on Ethics & Professionalism
Lied Auditorium
Creighton University Harper Center
602 N 20 St, Omaha
2:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
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