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Elman Print

May 16, 2018 by
Photography by Jeremy Wieczorek

This sponsored content was printed in the June/July 2018 edition of B2B. To view, click here: https://issuu.com/omahapublications/docs/bb0718_flipbook/28

Mark Elman, president of Elman Print, is happy to reveal the secret of Elman Print’s impressive success. “It has to be our staff,” he says, explaining that the reason they’ve enjoyed such great success for more than three decades in Omaha is largely due to an experienced, dedicated staff.

“They’re incredible people,” he says. Elman further explains that it’s the mix of the veteran employees with the younger staff that creates success. “It’s a good blend. The younger staff respects the experienced staff and is willing to learn, while the younger staff brings in the knowledge of new technology to help the veteran staff grow.”

Clients who turn to Elman Print benefit from the impressive roster of professionals on staff who utilize both experience and the latest technology to get the job done. In Elman’s eyes, every project is important­—large and small projects receive the same amount of attention to ensure consistent success. 

Elman’s graphic artists and prepress staff are in charge of reviewing the files to guarantee high resolution reproduction. “We make sure the hard work of graphic designers is brought to life accurately, by verifying bleeds, folds, and resolution, just to name a few.” says Elman. “We give our customers a sense of ease when we take over a project—it’s in capable hands”.  

The system works well for a busy company that is accustomed to helping customers with their printing needs. “Using the latest software and hardware, our prepress staff puts the final touches on projects before they hit the production floor,” says Elman.

6210 S. 118th St.
Omaha, NE 68137

Commercial Flooring Systems Inc.

May 15, 2018 by
Photography by Jeremy Wiecorek

This sponsored content was printed in the June/July 2018 edition of B2B. To view, click here: https://issuu.com/omahapublications/docs/bb0718_flipbook/28

Project manager James Vanhauer officially joined the Commercial Flooring Systems Inc. team two years ago, yet it was not a difficult transition for him, considering that his father, Jim, founded the company 27 years ago. 

He’s pleased to be a part of this comprehensive team. “We’re a full-service flooring contractor offering a unique blend of services to our customers,” he says. 

Vanhauer knows the importance of having solid working relationships with the best interior designers within the Omaha community. They use that relationship to assist customers in selecting flooring products based on the right look and the optimum function, design, and performance. Customers are not on their own when it comes to choosing flooring because the CFS flooring experts help in every step of the process.

The Specialty Maintenance Division of CFS further sets the company apart for their ability to help customers in properly maintaining their flooring while strictly adhering to the unique maintenance guidelines set by each manufacturer’s warranty. “Usually flooring contractors have limited offerings,” says Vanhauer, “but the combination of services we offer truly sets CFS apart.”

11008 John Galt Blvd.


Photography by Jeremy Wieczorek

This sponsored content was printed in the June/July 2018 edition of B2B. To view, click here: https://issuu.com/omahapublications/docs/bb0718_flipbook/28

Greg Daake launched a successful career as a graphic designer and an art director right out of college, but he was disappointed with the disconnect he found between creative teams and clients.  

“I call it ‘mushroom management’; [the creative team is] kept in the dark and fed fertilizer,” he says. “I needed to get close to the problem…I want to be with the people—it’s not about computers and fonts and colors, it’s about human beings—and if there’s any distance between [you and] that, your work suffers.”

In 2001, he founded his namesake company out of a spare bedroom. Seventeen years later, DAAKE the company has grown to a team of 10, providing branding and creative services to clients that include Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, First National Bank, Iowa Western, OrthoNebraska, Kidwell, Lincoln Financial Group, DMSI and Timpte.

“We like that diversity. It’s not about industry for us, it’s about human beings,” says Daake, who serves as creative director and principal. “It’s still problem-solving, it’s still creating compelling thoughts, images, and expressions. And that translates across virtually any industry.” 

The company’s niche is branding, which Daake likens to metamorphosis.

“It’s really the full spectrum of brand design and brand thinking but the common element is that there’s some sort of pivotal moment, complex challenge, some sort of transformation,” he explains. “We’re on a mission here to help brands transform themselves.”

Director of Project Management Susan Linde says the team at DAAKE genuinely cares about not just the success of the clients, but about the people within those organizations. 

“We will ask them tough questions to get to the root of their problem, and then we will take it a step further to ask ‘What if?’ to develop new solutions that bring results,” she says. “Throughout the relationship, we will take chances and handle each and every detail, so they don’t have to.”

Senior Design Director Steven Valish agrees that what distinguishes DAAKE is deep connections to clients.

“There are a lot of great agencies in Omaha and throughout the Midwest that execute great creative. I feel strongly that DAAKE is part of that class, but creative aside, we care,” he says. “We care about our clients as best friends—think of the degree of effort and devotion you dedicate to your closest relationships.”

DAAKE’s team must be able to integrate a variety of channels, from print to broadcast social media, to meet the needs of clients around the country. But it all goes back to helping brands transition to the “what could be.” 

“In 17 years of this, branding is just our sweet spot, it’s our value intersection. We get to do what’s very meaningful and fulfilling to us, and when the client goes, ‘We couldn’t have done it without you’…After months of listening and talking and focus groups, it’s great to bring back this distillation of who they already are,” Daake says. “It’s around those rebranding moments: guiding them to the right idea, clarifying what they’re really saying and creating these powerful, exciting moments for their brand.” 

17002 Marcy St., Suite No. 10
Omaha, NE 68118

Alvine Engineering

This sponsored content was printed in the June/July 2018 edition of B2B. To view, click here: https://issuu.com/omahapublications/docs/bb0718_flipbook/26

When designing their new corporate headquarters, Alvine Engineering sought to develop a modern office environment capable of displaying all the innovation their engineers routinely design into buildings while enhancing their productivity. The building provides an exceptional work environment for Alvine Engineering’s mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, and architectural lighting engineers, and for the employees at the firm’s technology division, IP Design Group, which focuses on telecommunications, audiovisual, security, and acoustic consulting, and design.

The 130-person firm serves a diverse clientele locally, regionally, and nationally from its offices in Omaha, Lincoln, Des Moines, and Oklahoma City.

From the onset, the goal was to develop a space that embodies the innovation Alvine Engineering and IP Design Group feel every building deserves—always considering the building systems and the way they are integrated into, and interact with, the architectural design.

There are many elements representing the building’s innovative design.

Open, flexible work environment—An open, flexible work environment featuring individual work areas, collaboration spaces, and community gathering spaces.

Transparent view into mechanical and technology rooms—A view of the mechanical equipment required to optimize occupant comfort and the color-coded technology infrastructure that each traverse the under floor system offer an immediate glimpse of the coordination of complex systems within the space. The under-floor plenum features individual occupant temperature control of each
work environment.

Architectural lighting—Unique LED lighting concepts throughout demonstrate design creativity, enhance occupant wayfinding, promote system control to conserve energy, limit glare, and reduce eye fatigue of occupants. A dedicated lighting lab allows experimentation with lighting concepts and new products. Accent fixtures along the interior building perimeter create visual interest for passersby in the evolving north downtown Capitol District.

Sustainable material and equipment selection—Selection of low-VOC building materials, activated carbon filtration on air handling units, an outdoor green roof, countertops made of recycled glass, and a dishwasher capable of recovering energy from steam for future cycles all contribute to
overall sustainability.

Technology integration—Today’s modern office environment demands thoughtful integration of technology. The telecommunications infrastructure was designed to maximize flexibility of use and ease of maintenance. Collaborative furniture, connectivity, user-friendly audiovisual systems, and an exceptional acoustical environment were part of the technology systems design. Security and access control systems resulted in a secure work environment.

WELL building certification—The future certification of Alvine offices, anticipated to be the first such space in Nebraska, is the culmination of a dedicated design effort to promote health and well-being of employees through purposeful design. Elements such as exposure to daylight, interior lighting, connection to nature, sit/stand desks, availability of WELL-compliant food for sale, and access to showers encourage a healthy and active work environment. Research has shown employee productivity, engagement, and retention is improved in WELL spaces.

The completed building demonstrates innovation occurs when all the details are considered in a carefully integrated manner—resulting in a design focused on functionality, flexibility, energy-efficiency, and operability.

1201 Cass St.
Omaha, NE 68102

Faces of Omaha 2018

April 19, 2018 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

Faces of Omaha is an annual sponsored publication that introduces a variety of “faces,” local industry leaders and experts, to the community. This exclusive publication was carefully cultivated​,​ so only one person and company per business category is invited to participate.

In the publishing industry, this sort of publication is known as “native advertising.” Native advertising is a unique form of sponsored content produced by editorial staff in conjunction with advertisers. The end result is an enjoyable book that has value to both the readers and advertisers.

Everyone featured in the book is truly the “face” of their field. Our sales team spent considerable time cultivating this list.

The following pages introduce more than 100 people and companies, the leaders in their respective areas of expertise, who stand ready to serve their community.  

Todd Lemke, publisher Omaha Publications

This sponsored content was printed in a special annual. To view, click here: Faces of Omaha 2018

Mayor Jean Stothert

April 6, 2018 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

“It’s about the community , and Omaha is a great community.”

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert understands this concept well. In her second term as Mayor of Omaha, Stothert places high priority on public safety, managing the city budget, job growth and economic development, and improving the taxpayer experience.

Serving people is Stothert’s passion. “The most satisfying part of my job is helping people solve the problems that affect their quality of life,” says Mayor Stothert.  Whether taking calls on the Mayor’s Hotline, meeting people at their front door, or answering questions at the 35 Town Hall meetings she has held, providing excellent customer service at all levels of city government is always the goal.

Stothert recognizes that there are many great faces in our city. These Faces work in every industry and she is pleased that so many industries in the area are represented throughout this book.

“It is my pleasure to introduce to you these Faces—the leaders, the workers, the industry experts,” Stothert says.

Mayor’s Office
1819 Farnam St., Suite No. 300
Omaha, NE 68183

This sponsored content appeared in Faces of Omaha 2018. To view, click here:

Custom Diesel Drivers Training, Inc.

December 1, 2017 by

This sponsored content was printed in the November/December issue of Omaha Magazine. To view, click here: https://issuu.com/omahapublications/docs/80623_omag_city/78

James Walker bleeds red, white, and blue. As a young man, Walker served under the military occupation code 63F, Army Recovery Specialist, from 1979-1982. In the years just post-Vietnam, this position was especially important to the military. Walker performed operator maintenance on all types of wreckers, recovery vehicles, and associated equipment.

“We used an M-88 tank and got other tanks and brought them back,” Walker says. “We had a 28-wheel tractor-trailer, that was my specialty.”

Walker and his unit spent three years recovering vehicles and sending them back to his base at Fort Riley, Kansas. It was three proud years for Walker—three that helped guide the course of his life.

“I probably would have made a career out of the military, if I hadn’t not gotten married,” Walker says.

Walker came back to the Midwest and began a life with his now-wife of 37 years, Bonnie. Transitioning from military service to civilian life was not easy.

“It was awfully hard for me to come out of the military and have someone stand over my shoulder and tell me what to do,” Walker says.

Instead, he turned to a profession with a natural fit for his skill set, and his mind set. One in which he could be his own boss. As a truck driver, Walter served his country by moving supplies from place to place. He had learned to drive a truck years before from “the guy across the street.” The guy was Denzil Edwards, Bonnie’s father.

In 2003, he dropped off a resume at Custom Diesel Drivers’ Training. At that point, he was tired of driving and wanted to try a new profession. Five years later, then-director Walt Craft called Walker and wanted to speak with him.

Walker accepted a position as an instructor for one year before then-president Roger Alger asked Walker if he was interested in buying the business. Walker was not, but Alger told Craft that Walker should look into all the company files and learn as much as he could about the business. One year later Walker bought the company, with some financial help from Alger.

Under Walker’s ownership, the business has grown from 41 students in his first year to more than 300 students annually. Many of those students are veterans. Walker and his employees work hand-in-hand with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to obtain funding for veterans interested in studying to get a commercial driver’s license. They also maintain relationships with other trucking companies and serve as an unofficial unemployment office for their students, since they have knowledge of who is hiring in the industry. Walker says most trucking companies are veteran- friendly, and trucking is a good way for someone coming out of the military to earn a decent income and be their own boss.

They also created a commemorative truck, featuring an image of a soldier on the cab and an image of an American flag on the trailer. The company displays this truck as a symbol of gratitude at veteran-friendly events, such as those with the First Responders Foundation, whenever requested.

“I wouldn’t be in the position I’m in if people hadn’t helped me out,” Walker says. “So I try to help out as many people as I can.”

Custom Diesel Drivers Training, Inc.

14615 Cornhusker Rd., Omaha, NE 68138 402.894.1400


Malbar Vision

Photography by Katie Anderson

This sponsored content appeared in the Fall 2017 edition of B2B. To view, click here: https://issuu.com/omahapublications/docs/bb1117_final_flipbook/46

Malbar Vision was founded in 1950 by Dr. Stanley Malashock in the back of the jewelry store bearing the same family name. Today, Malbar’s five offices around the Omaha area offer full-scope optometry services, and are located in easy-to-access shopping centers with lots of parking.

The name Malbar came from combining Dr. Malashock’s last name with his wife’s first name: Barbara. Their sons, Neal Malashock, O.D., and Larry Malashock, O.D., took over the practice in 1988.

The Malbar team addresses a wide range of vision issues, including headaches, eyestrain, double vision, reading difficulties, computer vision syndrome, dry eye problems, floaters, and the treatment of eye disease.

In addition, Malbar provides vision analysis, the treatment and management of eye diseases, complete eye exams, and treatment for acute eye condition and trauma; and they fit hard-to-fit contact lenses.

Malbar has long been known for thorough vision and eye care. Their longtime motto is, “The difference is clear. The difference is care.” It’s a motto that applies to everything they do.


Jet Linx

November 24, 2017 by

This sponsored content appeared in the Fall 2017 edition of B2B. To view, click here: https://issuu.com/omahapublications/docs/bb1117_final_flipbook/46

Since 1999, Jet Linx has successfully built a global private jet operation from its roots in Omaha. Throughout 18 years of business, we have remained focused on delivering the strength and infrastructure of a national organization on a local basis.

To better serve clients and their needs, we deliver our guaranteed Jet Card and Aircraft Management solutions through individual, city specific, local operations rather than a remote national operation with an 800 number and floating fleet.

We are thus able to provide clients with a local team they know and trust—including planes, pilots, and a private terminal—creating an unparalleled level of personal service and value. Our commitment to the best in customer service and safety has propelled us to an industry milestone of over 100 aircraft in fleet, including 12 aircraft based locally in Omaha.

3910 Amelia Earhart Plz Omaha, Ne 68110



Futuramic’s Clean Water Center

November 17, 2017 by
Photography by Katie Anderson

This sponsored content appeared in the Fall 2017 edition of B2B. To view, click here: https://issuu.com/omahapublications/docs/bb1117_final_flipbook/46

In August 1969, Phil Rhodes Sr. started a business selling, renting, and servicing commercial and residential water softeners, reverse osmosis systems, and other water devices to handle most water problems.

Today, 48 years later, the business—Futuramic’s Clean Water Center—is going strong and continues to grow and evolve by serving new markets and supplying customers with the latest technology.

“We believe in constantly adjusting to new ideas and keeping up on new equipment,” Rhodes says. “Today’s consumers are very knowledgeable, and when they have a question, we need to have the answers for them.”

In addition to water treatment, Futuramic’s Clean Water Center also furnishes water dispensing systems for retail grocers and others largely in the Midwest within a 150-mile radius of Omaha — but has new and longtime customers as far away as St. Louis and eastern Iowa.

“We are a family business with very dedicated employees and family members,” Rhodes says. “We also have great customers, some of whom have been with us most of our 48 years.”

1514 S. Saddlecreek Road Omaha, NE 68106