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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

Boyd Dingman

April 6, 2018 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

Boyd Dingman was 13 years old the first time he painted a car in his father’s body shop, so he’s not surprised that his 13-year-old grandson already loves helping in the shop. His sons and daughter are deeply involved, Dingman says he hopes that his grandson will one day lead a fourth generation in a family business known for integrity and quality. And it’s still growing and evolving.

Cars are built differently today than the models Dingman first worked on, and his team is conscientious about keeping up with technology and equipment to ensure that customers’ vehicles return to their former appearance after a collision, and safety features are also restored. “My word for that is ‘lastability,’” Dingman says. “And my son, Andy is immediate past Chairman of SCRS, the Society of Collision Repair Specialists, which helps us stay up to speed with vehicle manufacturers and all the changing technology.”   

Dingman’s Collision Center
1419 S. Saddle Creek Road | 402.558.3500
3402 N. 120th St. | 402.502.5511
3510 S. 144th St. | 402.502.8757
307 S. Washington St. | 402.933.9400

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Car Insurance Terminology

October 25, 2013 by

Insurance can be confusing. If it isn’t something that we deal with on a regular basis, the terminology can leave us even more befuddled. The following are terms that are used in “insurance talk” and what they mean to you.

Collision Coverage – This will cover your vehicle for physical damage caused by a collision with another vehicle or object.

Comprehensive Coverage – This is for non-collision-related damage that results from a covered loss such as theft, vandalism, hitting an animal, or falling objects like tree branches or hail.

Liability Coverage – This covers damage that your vehicle does to others and their property. If a person has liability-only coverage, their vehicle is not covered for a collision or comprehensive claim.

Premium – The amount you pay for your insurance coverage. This can be paid yearly, quarterly, or monthly depending upon your insurance company and the plan you select.

Deductible – The portion you are responsible for on a covered loss, as opposed to the portion the insurance company is paying. This is something that you select when you are choosing your insurance. Common deductibles range between $250-1000. This is paid to the shop when repairs are completed.

Betterment – This is an improvement to the value of what was originally on the vehicle. This happens most of the time with tires and batteries. If a tire or battery needs to be replaced, there can be a betterment charged to the owners, which is usually a percentage of the cost.

Rental Car Coverage – This will provide rental coverage for a specific amount of days while your vehicle is being repaired. This is an additional item to add to your insurance coverage for a minimal amount of money that, when needed, is really beneficial.

It is important to understand what type of insurance you have and what it covers. This is an abbreviated list of what I would consider the most important terms when there is a property damage loss. If you are unsure what your coverage is, ask your insurance agent to go over what types of coverage you have.


August 26, 2013 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann, The Salvation Army, and Nebraska Humane Society

A good location often draws businesses to established neighborhoods. Repurposing an existing building can also revitalize a neighborhood, a lofty goal that could bring tax benefits to a business that qualifies for the City of Omaha’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) for property in certain areas. (Read the guidelines about qualifying for TIF and also see if a property falls within the community redevelopment area at cityofomaha.org/planning.)

The advantages of repurposing commercial properties are plentiful. Here are a few examples of repurposed buildings that have paid dividends across the board.

A Landmark Preserved—The Residence Inn by Marriott Omaha Downtown 

An example of TIF financing sits at 106 S. 15th St. The Residence Inn, scheduled for a September opening, in an Art Deco building that has housed many federal agencies since 1934. The last occupant, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, moved out in July 2008.

Location was a key factor in the building’s choice. “The location was a prime position for the type of hotel we wanted to develop—an extended-stay hotel for a mixture of business and leisure guests,” says General Manager Kyle Highberg. The estimated $24 million renovation presented unique challenges. “Our architects and developers spent countless months designing each room, each space, and each feature.”

The Federal Building is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. “We worked in conjunction with them to make sure we were maintaining the historical integrity of the building,” he says. If a building can be preserved, it should, Highberg adds. “I think it presents a certain social responsibility to do so when we can.”


Dingman’s Collision Center is now housed in the space formerly occupied by Cougar Lanes Bowling Alley.

It Takes Vision—Dingman’s Collision Center

Boyd Dingman believes that vision is the secret to successfully repurposing a building. A water bottling plant on Saddle Creek Road became his first Dingman’s Collision Center in 1996. In 2005, he bought his second location near 120th and Maple streets that started life as a mechanical shop.

Renovating his third location three years ago presented special challenges. But Dingman liked the site. The building near 144th and West Center streets was formerly Cougar Lanes Bowling Alley.

Renovation was not easy. The 25 bowling lanes were removed and lowered. Walls were torn out. The roof, parking lot, sewers, and concrete were repaired. The $1 million renovation of the structure that was built in 1968 took four months.

Dingman is now making plans for a fourth repurposed building for his business, which he runs with help from his two sons and daughter.


Nebraska Humane Society’s building was formerly a Food4Less supermarket.

Location, Location, Location—Nebraska Humane Society 

When the Nebraska Humane Society was ready to move, President and CEO Judy Varner looked at property farther west and also considered new construction. But instead the shelter simply moved next door to a 63,000-square-foot building at 8929 Fort St. that sat empty—a former
Food4Less supermarket.

“We do a lot of business at the courthouse and downtown, so moving west would have been a problem,” she says. “Due to the proximity of this building to our old home, we were able to involve the staff in the design of the new space, which was great for team building.”

Major renovations included plumbing, acoustical, and HVAC.

The Nebraska Humane Society now has four repurposed buildings on its campus. The spay/neuter clinic used to be a bank, and the education building once was a strip mall. The former shelter is now used for animal control offices, overflow for rescue efforts, boarding, daycare, and grooming.

A History of Repurposing—The Salvation Army 

The Salvation Army has twice repurposed buildings. In 1991, the former Methodist Hospital at 36th and Cuming streets became the Renaissance Center, home to Western Division headquarters and social service programs.

After programs grew from seven to 20, The Salvation Army bought two former FBI buildings in the Old Mill area for $2.4 million and moved the divisional headquarters from the Renaissance Center in 2012 to make room for the new programs.

But after learning that bringing the Renaissance Center up to code would cost $35 million and a new structure would cost only $17 million, including demolition, The Salvation Army decided the building’s life was over after 107 years. A capital campaign to raise funds for a new social services building is underway.

Repurposing a Neighborhood—The Kroc Center 

The Wilson Packing Plant in South Omaha became dilapidated after closing in 1976. Repurposing the century-old building was out of the question. But revitalizing the neighborhood was not. The Salvation Army bought the land, equivalent to six city blocks, to build a new community center with funds donated by philanthropist Joan Kroc.

“It had been nothing but an eyesore,” says Madeline Moyer, business services director for the Omaha Kroc Center. “Police will tell you that the only thing you saw in two nearby city parks were gang initiations.”

The Kroc Center opened in January 2010 and changed the neighborhood. “Now you see people playing in the park,” says Moyer. “One resident said we were a beacon of hope for this community.”