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Bellevue Travel

October 27, 2017 by
Photography by Ariel Fried

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Bellevue Travel president Julie Imgrund loves to travel. “My favorite city in the world is London, and my favorite place to relax is Jamaica,” she says. But even more, she enjoys “opening people’s eyes” to new places and cultures.

“My favorite thing about being a travel agent is when people, especially when they’ve never traveled before, come back and say, ‘That was wonderful! Where can we go next?'” she says.

Bellevue Travel originated as Television Travel, a venture by late local newsman John Hlavacek, before employee Phyllis Meyer bought and incorporated the business as Bellevue Travel in 1982. Imgrund worked there for two years before husband Richard’s military career took the family overseas, but she returned in 1998 and assumed ownership with her husband nine years ago.

Today, Bellevue Travel operates out of the Tower Square office plaza, and Imgrund still is an active agent alongside Brenda Robinson and Katie Seymour. “We’re very happy with where we’re at. We’re one office, one location, there are three of us; this is who we are,” she says.

Imgrund says travel agencies remain vital.

“We look for the best value for your money—not the cheapest thing—because sometimes paying a little bit more gets you a whole lot more. We look for the best experience for your budget,” she explains, adding that travel agents know what questions to ask about what’s included, what costs extra, and what’s optional. “There are details people don’t think about.”

1508 J.F. Kennedy Drive, Suite 101 Bellevue, NE 68005



Batten Trailer Leasing Inc.

October 20, 2017 by
Photography by Ariel Fried

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Having grown up in nearby Valley, Nebraska, it made sense for Blaine Batten to start Batten Trailer Leasing Inc. in Omaha more than 30 years ago.

“My dad has spent nearly his entire career in the Omaha area,” says Blaine’s daughter, Ashley Batten, who is the business’ general manager. “It just seemed like a natural fit to start the business here when he knew the local market and had a solid network established.”

Batten’s business involves leasing a variety of different types and sizes of semi-trailers. They primarily lease to other businesses with access to semi-trucks, which are required to pull all of their trailers.

Being agile and continuously looking ahead and evolving have allowed Batten Trailer Leasing to grow and flourish over the course of its existence.

“We are so busy during the summer months— renting trailers to hold products, equipment, or staging for events like the College World Series, U.S. Olympic Swim Trials, and Berkshire Hathaway shareholders’ meeting—that we are routinely completely out of stock,” Ashley says.

4511 S. 67th St. Omaha, NE 68117



Valmont Industries Inc.

October 6, 2017 by

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Global Leadership Grown from Midwestern Roots

Like most great companies, Valmont began with one person who had a vision, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a strong desire to create something of lasting value. So strong was that desire, he put his life savings—$5,000—on the line. That man was Robert B. “Bob” Daugherty.

In 1946, following the war, Frank Daugherty (Bob’s uncle and mentor) encouraged Bob to consider business opportunities. Bob took his uncle’s advice, investing in a farm machine shop in Valley, Nebraska. From those humble beginnings grew Valmont. The company leads the world in the five primary business segments: engineered support structures, coatings, irrigation, utility support structures, and energy and mining. Valmont conducts business in over 100 countries, and its 10,000 employees operate from facilities in more than 23 different countries. Valmont is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol (VMI).

Making a Difference Every Day

Valmont creates ever-improving lighting and traffic structures to guide the way, communications towers that keep people connected, utility structures that bring power to homes and businesses, and irrigation equipment that helps grow the food to feed a growing world population.

If you’ve driven under the lights of the Dodge Street expressway, been to a game at TD Ameritrade Park, or noticed a Valley Irrigation center pivot irrigating a field, Valmont has touched your life. Valmont’s products can be found on the Golden Gate Bridge, Chicago’s Navy Pier, Daytona International Speedway, the Copenhagen Opera House, and Singapore’s Garden by the Bay.

Valmont touches billions of people around the world every day. According to the International Energy Agency, 1.2 billion people don’t have access to electricity. Valmont is helping to design and build the infrastructure that will bring it to them. The United Nations reports that by 2050, the world’s population is expected to reach 9.6 billion people. Valmont is at the forefront, helping ag producers manage the finite fresh water supply required to feed the world’s growing population.

A Steel Company Focused on People

Valmont’s culture places a premium on its employees having passion for its products. All 10,000-plus members of the global Valmont family pride themselves on being people of integrity who excel at delivering results. With nearly 30 percent of all promotions coming from within, employees at every level have opportunities to take their careers in any direction and to nearly any place in the world.

According to Valmont Utility Engineer Barbara Cunningham, “You can learn about yourself and fine-tune your professional goals at Valmont. Some people start in one field, then find that their passion is in one of the other departments. Valmont will foster and encourage this type of growth.”

Valmont’s Midwestern roots continue to move the company forward. Dig deeper, and one will find those roots are the people who comprise Valmont and the culture that unites them.

1 Valmont Plaza
Omaha, NE 68154


September 29, 2017 by
Photography by Katie Anderson

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Steamatic of Omaha owner Bret Burianek earned his first paycheck from Steamatic when he was 10 years old. His parents, Bud and Arlene, owned the Omaha Steamatic franchise then, and Bret “earned money by doing little things around the shop.” Now the owner of this legacy business, he’s joined by his sister Becky Canaday, who serves as the office manager.

What started as a carpet cleaning business evolved over the years into a company that also offers restoration services and helps clients reclaim a sense of order and cleanliness after a devastating event such as a fire, flood, or mold infestation. Their carpet cleaning continues to impress customers, but Steamatic’s ability to restore after disaster is what puts this company in a more elite category than other carpet cleaners in the Omaha area.

Steamatic of Omaha has the distinction of being the oldest franchise in the entire Steamatic franchise system. Opened on July 1, 1968, by Burianek’s parents, Steamatic of Omaha is looking forward to celebrating their 50th anniversary in business next year. “We’ve been there for fires, floods—you name it,” says Burianek. “We’ve had a lot of different projects over the years.” They were involved in the restoration and clean-up after the devastating tornado of 1975 hit Omaha. More recently, Steamatic helped restore and clean the condos next door to M’s Pub after the 2016 explosion and fire. They have not only watched Omaha change over the years, they’ve also been there to help pick up the pieces when disaster strikes.

The weather doesn’t stop them, nor does the time of day (or night). “We’re on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year,” says Burianek. He added that while they may not necessarily like getting calls at 2 a.m., “customer service means doing what we promise.” Customers rely on Steamatic to always answer the call, whether it comes in at 2 a.m. or during regular business hours. Customers praise Burianek’s team for having the ability to seemingly erase the signs of damage caused by disasters and to restore worn, soiled carpets to pristine condition.

For nearly 50 years, that promise has meant that no matter what time it is and no matter what the temperature outside, Steamatic will be there and ready to help. Burianek stresses the importance of taking care of customers and credits that high standard for his company’s long history of success. “For any service company, taking care of customers should be their primary goal,” he says, offering valuable advice as a successful business owner.

Burianek envisions a bright future for his company. “Hopefully, we’ll continue to grow,” he says. Undoubtedly, they’ll continue to grow by delivering on the promises they make to their customers, because that’s what Steamatic of Omaha has always done. Burianek admits that the dynamics of owning a business have changed over the years, but his customer service model has not.

8834 Washington Circle Omaha, NE 68127



Omaha Magazine

September 22, 2017 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

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Omaha is about the larger community—the artists, the businesspeople, the philanthropists, the families. Omaha Magazine publisher Todd Lemke truly believes this, which is why the company motto is “It’s About All of Us.”

The magazine celebrates 35 years of production in 2018. Lemke began the company in 1983, two years after graduating from UNL with a degree in journalism, with the purchase of an alternative newspaper called City Slicker. He turned the publication into a “slicker,” transitioning it immediately into a four-color glossy magazine. Upon discovering that advertisers wanted to appeal to people “past the party age,” he transitioned City Slicker into a free magazine titled Omaha Today.

Lemke wanted to continue growing, and his next move, in 1987, was to purchase a monthly publication titled Our City, which listed local places to shop, eat, and be entertained—an ideal publication to place in hotels around our city.

By this time, Lemke’s friend Greg Bruns began working with him in advertising sales. Bruns, having difficulty selling for a rather generically-named publication, asked Lemke to think about changing the name of Our City. That thought became a reality in 1989 when the preferred name, Omaha Magazine, became available.

There has been an Omaha Magazine in the area since 1890, but in the late 1980s, the registration on the name lapsed, and Lemke grabbed the chance to gain the perfect name for the company while merging his two publications.

Others believed Omaha Magazine to be the perfect name for the company, also. With a less generic name, the sales staff was able to increase revenue, which resulted in more content for the magazine. The editorial staff used the extra room to print profiles of people and more in-depth features about the community.

Along the way, the family-owned company has retained a family-friendly atmosphere. At least four employees currently hold the last name Lemke—brother Tyler, niece Sarah, nephew Alex, and Todd’s mother, Gwen. Many children of the employees have held summer jobs or internships, even becoming full-time employees themselves.

Today, nearly 30 employees adhere to the company’s core values of community, respect, passion, integrity, creativity, and excellence—driven by the desire to tell the best stories
in Omaha. 

And it does. The magazine has won several awards for staffers’ work, most recently the 2017 Magazine Photographer of the Year award, won by creative director Bill Sitzmann from the Great Plains Journalism Awards. Sitzmann nearly swept the magazine photography award categories at the event in Oklahoma. Art director Matt Wieczorek translated the magazine’s logo into the Omaha language for a cover that was a finalist for Best Magazine Cover, a special issue that also won finalist for its multimedia project on the Omaha language. Current executive editor Doug Meigs won Best Magazine News Writing in that same awards show for a multi-part series, “Dying for Opaites in Omaha” and was a finalist with his article “Gone Girls: Human Trafficking in
the Heartland.”

“We are a read, not a flip,” Lemke says. “We are a rare combination of informative, entertaining material, great design, and incredible photography. Because of that, we have a highly educated reader.”

Those readers include everyone from millennials to members of the greatest generation. Each issue brings readers people profiles, arts and culture stories, food-related reports, multiple event calendars, home articles, and unique features.

“It’s about all of us,” Lemke reiterates.

5921 S. 118th Circle
Omaha, NE 68137


September 15, 2017 by
Photography by Katie Anderson

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Today’s technology isn’t just complicated…it’s integrated. Phone systems are connected to video systems, which are connected to networks that are connected to copiers and printers, and so on. Updating one portion of technology is neither simple nor an isolated event.

Marco specializes in business IT. They know how things work and how things connect to
one another.

They’ve come a long way since opening their doors as a small typewriter shop back in 1973. That’s because technology has come a long way. Through the years, they’ve adapted to changes in the industry by listening to what their customers want, and being the first to implement new and better solutions. To do that, they’ve hired smart people who are driven to learn and understand emerging technology and how it can
improve business.

Today, Marco is one of the top five technology providers in the nation, serving customers nationally with core offices in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and here in Omaha. Over half of their 1,100 employees are certified systems engineers and technical representatives. That means they maintain the highest level of certifications for their area of expertise.

Though their footprint continues to grow, they are adamant about providing premium local support. Customers who call an assigned Marco support team talk with people who know their business and its nuances, not a room full of strangers in a call center a thousand miles away. The Omaha team members have an average tenure of 15 years. That kind of local experience can be a game-changer when dealing with technology issues.

It’s also important to know the ins and outs of IT, especially with today’s integrated technology. Marco’s Managed IT Services help businesses proactively manage their IT infrastructure so there’s less network down time—and all of the systems and programs connected to that network work together more effectively. They work as an extension of customers’ IT staff to manage the day-to-day maintenance and support responsibilities. That allows the customer’s IT staff to spend time on more important things.

In addition to managed IT services, Marco offers carrier and cloud services, phone and voice systems, audio and video systems, and copiers and printers. In fact, Marco is one of the largest Konica Minolta and Sharp dealers—and HP’s largest independent dealer—in the U.S.

Beyond all of their expertise and many certifications, the thing that sets Marco apart the most is their positive culture. They are consistently named a top workplace by local and national organizations for being a fun and friendly place to work, a good corporate citizen, and a
caring employer.

The best part about having a positive culture is that it translates to great service. Ninety-two percent of their customers say they would recommend Marco. This culture of service is also one of the reasons they’ve received Omaha Magazine’s Best of B2B™ 12 years in a row.

7929 West Center Road
Omaha, NE 68124

Elman Print

September 8, 2017 by
Photography by Katie Anderson

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Mark Elman is direct when explaining how Elman Print has managed to be successful for more than 40 years in the printing business. “It wasn’t me or my parents that made us successful,” he said. “It was our fantastic clients and dedicated employees.”

Elman’s parents, Dick and Alice, started Elman Print in 1977. Mark joined the company in 1991 and purchased it in 1995 when his parents retired. The company began in a 3,000-square foot building at 27th and Leavenworth streets. “We had seven employees total and we were bumping into each other,” Elman remembers. In 2001, they built a 10,000-square foot building, and they moved into a 24,500-square foot building in 2011. This time, they purchased adjacent land, so when the time comes for further expansion they are ready for it.

Elman Print boasts many longtime clients. “We have dozens of accounts that were with us when I took over in 1995,” says Elman. “Our goal is to keep a customer forever as a valued business partner.” Customers remain loyal because of the great service, high quality printing and ever-expanding services. Elman staff  keep a close eye on the quality of products by producing projects in-house. “That lets us maintain the quality our clients expect as well as maintain the control of deadlines which must be met,” he said.

Things run smoothly at Elman Print because of the team-oriented feeling fostered throughout the company. “Everyone works together.  We’re like family,” says Elman. 

“I love our staff, I pray for them and our customers every week at church.”

The culture of the company is one of hard work and teamwork. “The younger staff members rely on the veterans to show them the way we like things done here,” said Elman. “We have a great mix of seasoned and younger staff and they all work together with the common goal of making our clients look great.” We recently celebrated our first employee with 40 years of service. “When we hire a great employee, we don’t want to let them leave.”

Elman Print continues to add services and capabilities as printing technologies evolve. Their customer base stretches from the Omaha metro across the country. “We partner with financial institutions, universities, marketing firms as well as large and small companies. “We handle direct mail campaigns including mailing services, annual reports, marketing materials, and invitation packages—if it’s on paper we can make it work,” says Elman. “We strive daily to meet and exceed quality expectations and delivery times.”

The printing business has changed dramatically since Elman Print first opened their doors, but they are dedicated to staying ahead of these innovations and seeking out better processes.  Elman admits that running a successful business isn’t always simple, “But when it comes down to it, nothing beats hard work.” Elman leads by example and the team reciprocates with dedication and willingness to put in the same effort day in and day out.

Hard work and appreciated employees combined with satisfied clients equal success for this
Omaha mainstay.

6210 S. 118th St.
Omaha, NE 68137

Ciaccio Roofing

September 1, 2017 by
Photography by Katie Anderson

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Integrity—doing what’s right by standing behind your work, product, and people—is what has always driven Pete Ciaccio and Ciaccio Roofing.

It’s a hallmark of doing business he witnessed as a youngster in the work of his parents, Ben and Mary, who owned and operated their business for decades.

“They had their own answering service—Telephone Secretarial of Omaha—and because it operated 24 hours a day, they worked a lot,” he says. “I watched them take great pride in what they did, and they always did it with integrity. I always do the same with my business dealings.”

Deciding to go into the roofing business instead of taking over his parents’ company, Ciaccio has been involved with repairing and replacing roofs for more than 30 years.

He actually got his start working with his father-in-law in the four corners that connect Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota.

Living in Omaha and driving to and from Luverne, Minnesota (the company headquarters), weekly took its toll physically on Ciaccio’s body, so he convinced his father-in-law to join him and a new partner in his own venture in the Omaha area.

Ciaccio Roofing was born.     

Pete and his staff of 26-30 members (depending on the season) work predominantly on flat and metal roofs—mostly for commercial and industrial businesses—and they specialize in repairing and replacing. They also work on shingle roofs.

“We don’t chase the shingle market, but we will do them after storms when the demand is high,” he says. “But our bread-and-butter are flat roofs. It’s what sets us apart from everyone else.”

What also makes Ciaccio Roofing special in the roofing market is its commitment to being consistently responsive to client requests after work is complete—night or day, rain or shine (or snow).

Honoring their work and accepting responsibility when things go wrong or need to be fixed is something Ciaccio has always put first in his business transactions.

It’s a reflection of his commitment to his clients and his desire to honor his family name, strong work ethic, and integrity.

“Owning your own business has its challenges, but the rewards of working for yourself outweigh them,” Ciaccio says. “I just enjoy helping people find solutions to whatever their problems might be. Plus, we have clients all over the country, so I like the opportunity to see the United States.”

A very personable guy, Ciaccio says he enjoys the selling part of his business the most. It’s what built the business and continues to move it forward.

But running a business doesn’t always allow the time to do that—so he puts that social part of his personality to work in relating to, and dealing with, clients.

“I like building and maintaining relationships with clients and knowing that we have given them peace of mind in a job well done,” he said. “We have great employee loyalty and that’s because we treat each other well and that carries over to our clients. We take care of each other—that’s always our goal.”

4420 Izard St.
Omaha NE 68131