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Career Opportunities

January 23, 2019 by
Photography by Katy Anderson and provided

Late winter is a great time to look for a new employer, or employee. With “find a new job” ranking as a popular New Year’s Eve resolution, and many companies receiving their yearly hiring budgets in the beginning of the year, now is the time to think towards career opportunities. The following sponsored content highlights a couple of popular places that provide great opportunities.

RTG Medical
TEAM Software

RTG Medical

Outside of RTG Medical building

Veronica Barrientos

There is an ever-present need for nurses and other skilled health care providers, says Veronica Barrientos, the marketing and brand ambassador for RTG Medical. In fact, there is a shortage all over the country. But her company is part of the solution.

“We are a medical staffing agency that places professionals in all 50 states,” Barrientos says.

The company works with professionals in the fields of nursing, radiology, therapy, and laboratory to match them with temporary and permanent positions with employers in a variety of medical facilities.

RTG has grown tremendously, Barrientos says. “The company was formed (as ReadyTech-Go) in a two-bedroom apartment at Thomasville Apartments in Omaha 18 years ago. It was literally an idea on the back of a napkin,” she says.

Two years later, the company moved its corporate offices to Fremont. Last year, RTG Medical made the Inc. 5000 list of the country’s fastest-growing companies for the fourth time, after also being named in 2005, 2007, and 2008.

The company is currently located on the second floor of First State Bank, 1005 E. 23rd St. in Fremont, but in response to continued and anticipated growth is beginning construction on a new 52,000-square-foot facility near Highways 275 and 30 at the Gallery 23 East development. The new national headquarters is slated to open in 2020.

“This lifestyle campus will reflect our current culture, with amenities to encourage collaboration,” Barrientos says, adding that it’s fitting that a company connected to the health care sector with the tagline “People are our only asset” also promotes wellness and a positive environment. Employees will enjoy an expanded version of their fitness center (and continued corporate support of employees’ related activities from walk teams to triathlons) and views of a man-made lake with outdoor break and walking areas.

The company’s success is also reflected in partnerships that give back to area nonprofits that align with RTG’s values. In 2019, RTG will donate more than $80,000 to its official community partners: Fremont Family YMCA, Nebraska Humane Society, Special Olympics Nebraska, Wreaths Across America (local chapters), and Folds of Honor.

RTG has cultivated relationships with medical facilities all over the country and is always looking for additional medical travelers for 13-week assignments, Barrientos says. In addition to premium pay, benefits include referral bonuses and 401(k) matching, and support is available 24 hours a day. Travelers are connected to a single point of contact, a rarity in the industry.

“An average of 25 percent of our recruiters have been with the company 10 years or more,” Barrientos says. “That loyalty is reflective in travelers staying with one recruiter through their assignments.”

Recruiter positions are also available at RTG’s facility in Fremont. The company seeks motivated self-starters with or without staffing experience.

“One of our recruiters is a former TV newsperson. Another recruiter came from a job in landscaping,” Barrientos says. “It’s not a culture of micromanagement. We want to hire and train the right people and then get out of the way.”

For more information on career opportunities, visit rtgmedical.com/about/careers

RTG Medical
1005 E. 23rd St., No. 200
Fremont, NE 68025
866.784.2329
rtgmedical.com


TEAM Software

 Dan Kerkman standing in front of wall

Dan Kerkman

Software developer Dan Kerkman was not looking for a new job when a former colleague told him about opportunities available at TEAM Software, but before the first interview was over he was all in.

“As soon as I walked into the building I could tell it was different from where I had been working. It was a whole feeling of people working much more collaboratively,” he says. “I could see that it was innovative.”

Nearly eight years later, he’s a lead senior-level developer who mentors and coaches other developers, and his enthusiasm for the company has not waned. Kerkman has since recruited others in his field and even brought in his wife from a career in the banking industry with its late and weekend hours to a support position that worked better for their young family; she has subsequently been promoted into an implementation position.

TEAM Software, founded 30 years ago, continues to make companies with distributed workforces more productive, competitive, and successful through transformative technology, although technology and channels have changed over the years. Since he started, Kerkman has seen the TEAM nearly triple.

“I feel we do a good job of hiring people who fit the culture. I know that in the interviews I’m in on, we spend quite a bit of time not just looking at people’s technical abilities but talking to them to see if they fit it with our team and core values,” he says. “I hang out outside of work with my coworkers; we get together regularly for fun because we enjoy each other’s company. The teams and people are close and generally have good relationships.”

407 S. 27th Ave.
Omaha, NE 68131
402.345.5660
teamsoftware.com

This sponsored content was printed in the February/March 2019 edition of B2B. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Event Planning

Photography by Katy Anderson and provided

Event planning is one of the hottest career trends in the U.S. at this time. According to an April 2018 report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the hiring of meeting, convention, and event planners is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Event planners work with all the details of an event, from renting venues to paying caterers. This sponsored section brings readers stories about a few of the many event planners in the Omaha area.


1415—The Meeting Space

1415—The Meeting Space with Anne Minton & Lorinda Northrup standing between long conference tables

Anne Minton & Lorinda Northrup

After the nonprofit credentialing agency Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer renovated a century-old, two-story building at 1415 Harney Street, the end result was a beautiful office space on the second floor and a top-notch, five-room meeting space on the lower level. The meeting space is ideal for the organization’s regular conferences, with flex areas, state-of-the art equipment and technology including a soundproof studio, and a kitchenette.

This space was only going to be used for half a dozen meetings and events per year, says Anne Minton, BOC’s chief operating officer. The team recognized that the setup would appeal to other organizations and saw a business opportunity. In 2015, BOC opened 1415—The Meeting Space as a full-service conference center. 

“1415—The Meeting Space is ideal for professional events including seminars, training, conferences, workshops, team meetings, board meetings, community events, etc.,” Minton says. “Customers can use our space in different ways depending on group size and the need for the event. We can accommodate up to 55 people in the training room, including presenters, tables, and chairs.”

Customers can use individual rooms for smaller group meetings or breakout sessions, or several clients can book individual rooms on the same day.

Minton adds, “We allow the customer to select the caterer of their choice to best match the purpose, theme and style of the event.”

Other features include an online reservation system, complimentary Wi-Fi with a meeting password, and modern furnishings like rolling chairs and tables that enhance the ambiance. Incentive programs are available, including a discount for clients who book three events in 2019 and a “refer-a-friend” program.

1415—The Meeting Space strives to be as turnkey as possible, Minton says. Clients also get the benefit of an experienced event team, including meeting coordinator Lorinda Northrup.

“She is very professional and works well with our customers to make sure they have an excellent experience. And we have several BOC staff members who pitch in and help put out when it is needed,” Minton says. “I’ve been involved in coordinating numerous large-scale events through my work with the BOC.”

1415—The Meeting Space is close enough to downtown hotels to be ideal for conferences with out-of-town attendees, but it also works for local clients, Minton says.

“Many of the large companies in downtown Omaha utilize our space for offsite meetings. It allows them to get out of the office, share uninterrupted time, and gain a fresh perspective,” she says. “An off-site meeting at 1415—The Meeting Space also means a group can enjoy all the benefits of our downtown location. We are within a block of the historic Old Market, boasting many restaurants, hotels and entertainment venues.”

Minton says the young venue has been an immediate success.

“We make sure events are executed with professionalism, attention to detail, and excellent customer service,” she says. “We’ve built our business on word-of-mouth referrals. It is my priority to make sure each event hosted at our space is a positive experience.”

1415 Harney St.
Omaha, NE 68102
402.702.1415
meetingspaceomaha.com


Embassy Suites by Hilton Omaha Downtown

Group shot Embassy Suites by Hilton Omaha Downtown staff, including  Kristen Blattert

Kristen Blattert

As regional director of sales and marketing for a group of Embassy Suites hotels that includes the downtown Omaha location at 10th and Howard streets, Kristen Blattert oversees the planning and execution of events—from corporate functions like conferences and seminars to personal occasions like family gatherings and weddings. Blattert is quick to point out that it takes a lot of conscientious people to execute an event successfully.

“We have a great team here at Embassy Suites. There are so many people behind the scenes, down to the person cleaning the restroom, the person making the beds, and the person behind the check-in experience,” she says. “If we said how many people are engaged in ensuring the success of an event, it’s not the event planner or event team only; it’s an army.”

To that army, any given event is another job well done. To the people attending, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Blattert says that even after 15 years in the business, she never forgets that, “It’s a monumental moment for them. You don’t get it back.” So every element must be considered from the guest’s perspective.

“Put yourself in the shoes of the clients. Walk through their experience: How does that look, how does that feel, what’s the flow? And if you see a hiccup, be forthcoming and negotiate an alternative,” she says. “If we are able to anticipate what the challenges may or may not be, we’ll ensure the success of the event.”

Corporate events often mean working with a dedicated planner who has relevant experience, but the logistics become much more complex when a nonprofit committee or family is involved.

“Everybody has a different objective; you have to be the mediator to help them find the middle road,” she says. “You have to change your style and your structure to meet the needs of the group so everybody has a voice. You want all parties involved in the event to feel it was a success.”

Blattert graduated from Wayne State College with a social science degree, and her first career was in the field of social services. She says her education in human behavior and early work experience has been useful in helping her become a good event manager.

“It’s a relationship-based process where it’s not driven off numbers and quotes and pricing. If I say, ‘I can do this,’ they’re trusting in me to be able to deliver, like in social work when I said, ‘I am going to take care of this,’” she says. “There’s follow-through.”

Blattert says she’s excited for changes this year. The downtown Embassy Suites is embarking on a major renovation beginning in February and targeted for completion July 1. Some guests will miss the water features and foliage, but the remodel will create more functional communal space, including a full-service lobby lounge with seating for 150 and room for more private functions in the atrium area. A “rustic and refined” decor theme will also complement the hotel’s local vibe.

“The Old Market is a gathering space for people,” she says. “We really are an anchor in the heart of Old Market.”

555 S. 10th St.
Omaha, NE 68102
402.346.9000
atriumhospitality.com


Magnolia Hotels

Kindra Olson of Magnolia Hotels leaning against wall

 

Kindra Olson

Planning weddings and events is a fun way to earn a living, but even when she worked front desk and in banquet services at hotels through college, Kindra Olson enjoyed her role in the hospitality industry. “I loved being part of someone’s big day,” she says.

Olson is now director of sales at Magnolia Hotel of Omaha, a position that demands both meticulous organization and creativity to ensure exceptional agenda and timeline development, theme production, menu planning, vendor selection, and setup/tear-down services.

“Whatever level of planning you need, we’ll do. We’ll make sure all of the details are in place,” she says. “My role is to ensure excellence, that the events our team plan are at the level of what’s expected of the Magnolia, and what a four-diamond hotel would produce.”

The boutique luxury hotel was built in 1923 and named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. It features a historical ambiance with modern amenities. 

“This property is just gorgeous. It has such a beautiful history to it,” Olson says. “It feels authentic and historical but evokes a timelessness.”

Olson admits a soft spot for weddings, where she spent the early part of her career. “I still get to brainstorm with the wedding planner, Maria Czechut, who is fantastic,” she says. But Olson also pours her heart into every meeting, conference, and gathering that takes place at Magnolia.   

“You can always create a memorable experience that meets the goals of the meeting,” she says.  “You are only limited by imagination.”

1615 Howard St.
Omaha, NE 68102
402.341.2500
magnoliahotels.com/omaha


Dream Big Events

Audra Pace of Dream Big Events head shot

 

Audra Pace

Dream Big Events is poised for expansion this year, but its owner and creative director, Audra Pace, will continue to provide every client with the benefit of her expertise as she turns their dreams into unforgettable events. The internationally certified wedding and event planner personally handles consultations with clients and develops a customized plan for execution.

The company was born of Pace’s passions of planning, design, and decorating, and her love for her work shows in her attention to the details that make every gathering unique and meaningful. “I am lucky enough to meet wonderful couples and inspiring professionals each and every day and share incredible experiences with them along the way,” she says.

Dream Big Event’s experienced team creates weddings, private events, and corporate events from meetings for 10 to galas for several hundred. Pace’s connections to the community’s premier venues and relationships with a spectrum of vendors ensure Dream Big Events can meet the needs—and dreams—of every client.

2017 S. 145th Ave.
Omaha, NE 68144
402.913.8083
dreambigevents.net 


This sponsored content was printed in the February/March 2019 edition of B2B. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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According to a 2010 study by the U.S. Department of Labor, women comprised 47 percent of the total U.S. labor force. That same study found that women comprise 91.1 percent of registered nurses, but also 66.1 percent of tax examiners, collectors, and revenue agents, and 59.3 percent of all insurance writers.

The National Association of Women Business Owners revealed in 2015 that women-owned firms account for 31 percent of all privately held firms.

The women on these sponsored pages own or represent a variety of businesses, from those that have been traditionally male-dominated, to those run by all-female teams, to those that encourage diversity in the workplace. They are advertising professionals, real estate agents, urban planners, and more.


ASHLEY PERKINS
COX COMMUNICATIONS

11505 W. DODGE ROAD OMAHA, NE 68154
402.934.3223
cox.com

GAIL DEBOER
COBALT 

7148 TOWNE CENTER PARKWAY PAPILLION, NE 68046
402.292.8000
cobaltcu.com

REVELA TEAM
REVELA

1508 LEAVENWORTH ST.
Omaha, NE 68102
712.322.1112
revelagroup.com

MEDIA BUYING TEAM
OBI CREATIVE 

4909 S. 135th ST., SUITE 200 OMA

HA, NE 68137
402.493.7999
info@obicreative.com
obicreative.com

SHAYNE FILI
AUCTION SOLUTIONS, INC.

7811 MILITARY AVE. OMAHA, NE 68134
402.571.0393
auctionsolutionsinc.com

KELSEY ELMAN GOLDSMITH
ELMAN PRINT

6210 SOUTH 118TH ST. OMAHA, NE 68137
402.346.0888
elmanprint.com

VICKI KOVAR 
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES

331 VILLAGE POINTE PLAZA OMAHA NE 68118
402.660.9300
vickikovar.com

GRETCHEN RADLER
BLOOM COMPANION CARE

9290 W. DODGE ROAD, SUITE 102 OMAHA, NE 68114
402.342.3040
bloomcompanion.com

ANGELIA THOMAS
LEYDEN, THOMAS AND ASSOCIATES

17310 WRIGHT ST., SUITE 102 OMAHA, NE 68130
402.697.7320
ameripriseadvisors.com/team/leyden-thomas-associates

BARBARA CHRISTIANSON
INGERSOLL RAND

13205 CENTENNIAL ROAD OMAHA, NE 68138
402.330.5831
ingersollrandproducts.com

ROBIN SPENCER
TLR COACHING

robin@tlrcoaching.com
tlrcoaching.com

LORI KIRKPATRICK, TAHNEE CHEDEL
HEARTS AND FIRE

11015 ELM ST. OMAHA, NE 68144
402.884.1106
@heartsfireco on Facebook

STEPHANIE CLARK
NAI NP DODGE

12915 WEST DODGE ROAD OMAHA, NE 68154
402.255.6070
nainpdodge.com

CRYSTAL CUNNINGHAM, LEA SCHUSTER,
AMY HAASE
RDG PLANNING & DESIGN 

900 FARNAM ST., SUITE 100 OMAHA, NE 68102
402.392.0133
rdgusa.com

NOREEN THELEN
LOMBARDO’S

13110 BIRCH DR. OMAHA, NE 68164
402.884.9800
lombardosomaha.com

KELLY BURNS
PAYROLL PROFESSIONALS

2829 SOUTH 88TH ST. OMAHA, NE 68124
402.618.2804
payrollprofessionalsomaha.com

JILL DAVIE
TEAM SOFTWARE

407 S. 27TH AVE. OMAHA, NE 68131
800.500.4499
teamsoftware.com

Main Street Studios

August 20, 2018 by
Photography by Katie Anderson

Tyler Curnes was on the fast track to a career in finance, poised to join his family’s financial company, Curnes Financial Group, after completing his financial degree program at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Though he felt as though his plan to enter a career in finance was, by his own admission, “good enough,” a backpacking trip through Europe in his sophomore year changed his plans unexpectedly and led to his eventual role as a gallery owner and kiln-formed glass artist. 

It was in Venice that he stumbled upon a glassblower and his son who were willing to allow him some time to get his hands on the glass and see how it’s done. This was his first time blowing glass. He spent around four or five hours with the artists and it changed his life. “It’s a unique skillset,” Curnes says. “I liked that anyone could pick up how glass is made, but it takes an artistic flair to put together the colors and the shapes.”

Upon returning home from his European trip, Curnes set up a space in his parents’ garage. “I came home and purchased a small kiln and a small torch to start making beads—which is called lampworking. After time I wanted to make bigger and bigger things; there’s only so big beads can get.” 

He obtained a larger kiln and larger burners and moved on to making small, blown glasses and ornaments. “There are so many unique ways to manipulate the glass. I loved that aspect,” Curnes says. “I never got bored.”  

When he realized he was spending at least 20 hours a week working on commissioned work from his garage studio, he made the decision to seek out studio space to bring his work—and the work of other local artists—to the Elkhorn area. He left his office job in finance to pursue his artistic career full-time and didn’t look back.  

His background in finance has proven beneficial to his role as an artist and studio owner. “There are plenty of starving artists out there,” he says. “It’s not all about the art; 80 percent of my day is dealing with my financials. There’s a lot to running the gallery.” 

His financial savvy, coupled with his artistic talents and willingness to serve the community, creates a successful studio. Main Street Studios frequently hosts school groups for tours to familiarize young students with unusual art forms. “Our public schools are phenomenal, but there’s just not enough money to get a kiln-formed glass artist, silversmith, and bronze sculptor in the schools,” Curnes says. He loves conducting these tours, explaining, “Maybe you don’t affect every kid, but maybe somebody walks out with a new appreciation of art.” 

Curnes says that new projects are on display every day throughout the gallery. Visitors will not see the same thing with each visit. Resident artists are always available to conduct tours and answer questions. “Come in once a week, or twice a month; our artists are all learning and doing new things—myself included.” 


2610 North Main St.
Elkhorn, NE 68022
402-452-3088
mainstreetstudios2610.com 

This sponsored artist profile was printed in the September/October 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Marco

July 20, 2018 by

When most people in Omaha hear the name Marco, they usually think of copiers and printers. But, that’s just the tip of the iceberg, says Dan Urzendowski, Marco’s IT regional sales manager. In reality, the company has quietly become a leading contender in business IT. Though Marco may be Omaha’s best kept IT secret, Urzendowski believes that’s about to change.

Marco has been in the industry since 1973, and a business IT services provider since 1985. In the last five years, Marco has expanded its services in Omaha—and across the Midwest—to become a full-service integrator with pre- and post-sales engineering, project management, managed services, and managed cloud. 

To be a leader in business IT, Marco invests heavily in its people. More than half of its 1,200 employees are certified systems engineers and technical representatives. Many of those individuals staff Marco’s world class client services center. 

The company has also formed strong partnerships with leading technology providers such as Cisco, Mitel, Microsoft, HP, and Dell. 

But, perhaps the biggest asset Marco brings to the IT table is its focus on the client experience. 

“We believe offering support services is not only about fixing technology problems but equally important is providing our clients with a great experience,” says Urzendowski.  “To make that experience the best in the industry, we’re constantly working to perfect our methodologies and the processes…We put feedback to use to make the client experience even better the next time.”  

98 percent of live calls are answered within 7 seconds

When a customer calls Marco, they get a live person who is part of the company’s rapid response team. These individuals are technically trained to resolve common requests that are easy to remediate. 

Warm call transfers

If a call requires a more advanced technical skill set, the rapid response team member will document and triage the ticket to provide the caller with a live, three-way dialogue between the caller, the rapid response team member and the level-two technician on the customer’s care team. This allows the end user to verify that the rapid response member understands the problem, and it prevents the caller from having to repeat the issue. 

Dedicated care teams

To further deliver a more personal and efficient customer experience, Marco assigns each business a dedicated care team of 6-8 highly trained techs who know and understand the specific nuances of that client’s industry, vertical applications, and computing platform. This gives the technicians the ability to apply more context to issues and reach quicker resolutions. 

Comprehensive metrics

The company continuously compiles and analyzes real-time data to determine how efficiently and effectively it is interacting with customers. It also measures its performance by surveying clients and end users. That information—along with other detailed metrics—is shared with the client on a regular basis. 

Urzendowski knows it’s only a matter of time before Omaha’s best kept IT secret goes mainstream. When it does, he says the Marco team in Omaha is ready.

7929 W. Center Road
Omaha, NE 68124
402.339.3006
marconet.com

This sponsored content appears in the August/September 2018 edition of B2B.

Omaha Magazine

Photography by Bill Sitzmann

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 36 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 2018 Magazine of the Year award, won by the creative staff from the Great Plains Journalism Awards in Oklahoma. In 2017, creative director Bill Sitzmann won Magazine Photographer of the Year, and nearly swept the magazine photography award categories, at the Great Plains Journalism Awards. 

“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 Cir.
Omaha, NE 68106
402.884.200
omahamagazine.com

This sponsored content appears in the August/September 2018 edition of B2B.

Elman Print

Elman sales executive Adam Michaelsen can’t help but be excited about some new additions to Elman Print, including the nine new pieces of state-of-the-art equipment added in the last 18 months. Some of the equipment is designed to take a lot of the burden of physical labor off the employees while some of it was ordered because employees expressed an interest in a new challenge. “Our staff was ready to step outside the box and try something new, like die cutting, embossing, and foil stamping,” says Michaelsen, adding that Elman Print’s leadership has a long history of listening to employees and poising them for success in new challenges. “The culture Mark has developed means looking out for our employees and customers. It’s like a family environment—we’re so close knit,” says sales executive Kelsey Elman-Goldsmith, referring to president Mark Elman.

Elman Print has been encouraging employees to learn and excel. “Mark likes to make lives better for employees,” says Goldsmith. Goldsmith explains that Mark makes his equipment purchases in a very calculated way; not only does he listen to employee needs and wants, but it’s also about “continued growth.”

Visitors to Elman Print will likely notice the visible age differences among the staff. This mix of older employees working alongside younger employees isn’t a chance happening. It’s intentional, and it’s part of what helps Elman Print succeed. “It’s refreshing to see the young faces along with the experienced generation that’s been around for years and years,” says Michaelsen. “It’s a cool blend and it’s neat to see. The younger employees learn the tricks of the trade while the veteran employees learn all the newest technology and innovations.”

With such a wide spectrum of ages working at Elman Print, there is “no lapse in knowledge,” explains Goldsmith. “We have a legacy of employees who are proud to work at Elman. When the ages of all 35 employees working here are averaged together, the median age is 42—some of those employees have been with the company since 1977.” 

“So while some people might say, ‘Wow, you have some really young staff,’ the truth is that it’s intended and strategic,” says Michaelsen. Goldsmith agrees, saying, “The veteran employees will always be a part of our legacy, and the younger employees are eager to step up to the plate. We want to have a seamless transfer of roles when the time comes.” 

The result is a well-trained team, armed with state-of-the-art technology, serving a loyal customer base. “It’s rewarding to have customers come back every time,” says Michaelsen. “They’re putting faith in our team. If they come to us with a big project and not a lot of time to do it, we hit the ground running. It’s gratifying that they have faith and trust in our team.”

It’s no wonder customers have so much trust in Elman Print. The very first press used by the company is still in use right alongside the newest equipment because of the company’s longstanding practice of maintaining equipment impeccably. “We’re planning ahead with our equipment and software for the future,” says Goldsmith. “We’re not going anywhere; we’re in it for the long haul.” Goldsmith is referring to the newest piece of equipment on the Elman Print production floor, a brand-new large format press that will launch Elman into a new market. 

Similarly to all the staff working together seamlessly, all the equipment is synced using advanced software that allows the equipment to “talk” to each other. Modern technology allows Elman the flexibility to print on “just about anything,” says Goldsmith. 

It’s a formula that’s worked well for Elman Print for more than 40 years: the old and the new, working side by side to get the job done. As time goes on, the faces of Elman may change, as may the equipment used to get the job done, but the high level of customer service and the quality of work will never change. 

Interestingly, the sales staff is trained on the entire printing process. “The sales staff can do anything within the shop,” says Goldsmith. “Mark saw and understood the importance of understanding the print process from beginning to end. As salespeople we can’t explain the process without learning it ourselves. It took time but paid dividends in the long run,” says Michaelsen. 

Elman Print strives to be more than a printer; they want to be a partner to their customers. They want their products to be a piece of the puzzle that helps clients succeed. “When our clients see success, we’re proud to be their partner,” says Goldsmith. “We exceed our client’s expectations on every job and continue our culture of trust and continuous improvement.”

6210 S. 118th St.
Omaha, NE 68137
402.346.0888
elmanprint.com

This sponsored content appears in the August/September 2018 edition of B2B.

Ciaccio Roofing Corp.

In the 30 years since Pete Ciaccio founded Ciaccio Roofing Corp., the company has never needed its own services more than after a heavy round of destructive hail last summer. But the needs of its clients came first. 

“Our roof was totaled by that storm. The remainder of the year we worked long hours focused on helping all our neighbors, friends, previous customers, and new customers with their roof damage/insurance claims while dealing with our own as well,” says Brett Ciaccio, the company’s general operations manager. 

Replacement work is finally in progress for the battered roof of the company’s 16,000-square-foot facility. In the typical “can-do” approach Ciaccio Roofing has become known for, the Ciaccios have turned devastating damage into an opportunity to showcase their capability and upgrade to a “more energized workplace,” Brett Ciaccio says. 

“We are implementing skylights in order to swap the old synthetic lighting for natural light,” he says. “We also doing this to provide a demo for our customers to come see for themselves if they are considering the same option.”

Ciaccio Roofing is known regionally for being the state’s largest contractor for Duro-Last, a premium commercial roof and roofing systems manufacturer. However, the past year has demonstrated why the company has earned a reputation for being able to handle an impressive variety of projects. 

“We are well-versed, and certified, to install multiple roof systems and roof accessories. We are experienced with installing metal, TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin), EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer rubber), tile, slate, and modified roof systems as well as skylights. We have also designed and installed fascia, soffit, and metal wall systems,” Brett Ciaccio says. “I would like to emphasize to our potential residential customers that they do not have to stick with a typical asphalt shingle for their roof. There is a wide array of options out there, from exposed fastener and standing seam metal roofs to stone-coated steel to synthetic and natural slate/tile roofs. We can help you decide what options are available and are best for your roof.”

To ensure Ciaccio Roofing maintains its high level of service, the company has made some operational and staffing changes in the last year, Brett Ciaccio says, but some elements imbedded into the organization’s structure are everlasting. 

“We operate with the same honesty, integrity, and work ethic that my dad has exemplified through Ciaccio Roofing over the past 30-plus years,” he explains. “I believe we have lasted for more than three decades because of (that). We have always strived to build long-term customer relationships, meet our customer’s needs and wants big or small, and push ourselves to have some of the highest quality workmanship around.”

Pete Ciaccio says his company was built on integrity and his team has endeavored since the beginning to instill both confidence and peace of mind. There’s no mystery behind its longevity or why business continues to grow through referrals.

“We take care of our customers,” he says. 

4420 Izard St.
Omaha, NE 68131
402.293.8707
ciaccioroofing.com

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Team Software, Inc.

When 130 people of TEAM Software celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary next year, they’ll certainly be looking back and reflecting on the history of the business. It’s a little ironic, because TEAM’s success was built on always looking ahead, CEO and President John Leiferman says.

“We’re focused on innovation and continuing to deliver future value, not just current value,” he says. “We’ve had to adapt to rapid changes in technology and anticipate what our customers are going to need down the road.”

TEAM Software was founded by Frank Labedz, Sherri Labedz, and Darrell Uttecht to provide an integrated, business management system to help building service and security contractors organize operations, streamline accounting processes, and gain insight into profitability. 

The company continues to make companies with distributed workforces more productive, competitive, and successful through transformative technology, so only the technology and channels have changed over the years. Today, TEAM Software primarily develops cloud-based business solutions designed for contractors in the building service and security industries throughout North America. 

“We’ve been serving those two markets for the entire 30 years,” Leiferman says. 

Since the beginning, TEAM Software has been known for a positive workplace culture and outstanding customer service. The company became employee-owned in 2007 and client relationships average over 11 years.

“Our values have generally stayed the same,” Leiferman says. “Taking care of each other and taking care of our customers is really important to us, and as our customers have grown, so have we.”

407 S. 27th Ave.
Omaha, NE 68131
800.500.4499
teamsoftware.com

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Lockton Companies

Associates, clients, and communities. Since day one, these have been at the center of what Lockton does. As the world’s largest privately owned, independent insurance broker and consultant, Lockton specializes in risk management, employee benefits, and retirement services.

Lockton was founded in 1966 in Kansas City with one associate, Jack Lockton. He worked hard to convince prospective clients to move their business from larger brokers to Lockton. As a small start-up, that wasn’t easy, so when Lockton got a client, they did what it took to keep them. That focus on service is alive and well at Lockton today. 

Lockton opened its Omaha office in 2011 under the leadership of Jack Struyk. Since then, Lockton Omaha has grown from seven associates to more than 40 associates. Lockton Omaha has several producers and dozens of experts ready to help clients protect their most valuable assets—their people, property, and reputations. Here’s an intro to some producers in the Lockton Omaha office:

Jack Struyk, an Omaha native, leads Lockton’s Nebraska business as president/partner of the Omaha office. Struyk has more than 35 years of experience in risk management, underwriting, and insurance brokerage. He has brokered insurance programs for large employers throughout the country for the last 25 years, in construction, health care, manufacturing, real estate, and retail. 

For more than 20 years, Bob Harry has been an active leader in the insurance industry. He has extensive knowledge in the placement, servicing, and sales aspects in the manufacturing and real estate industries. Harry holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

Alex Petrovich is a business-to-business client advocate and adviser with a focus on developing customized risk management and employee benefits solutions for middle market, and large privately and publicly traded organizations. With more than a decade of experience his goal is to align the strategic goals of clients to their risk management objectives. 

With more than two decades of experience in investment management, retirement plan design, and fiduciary governance practices, Jason Smith helps clients with their bottom line. He has been named among the 300 most influential defined contribution advisers for four years running. Smith holds designations as both a qualified plan financial consultant and a certified financial planner (CFP).  

Lockton’s goal is to be the best place to work and do business, and their private ownership ensures that their strategic decisions are focused on their three constituents—associates, clients, and communities—versus delivering quarterly results for shareholder. As Lockton chairman David Lockton says, “Our horizon is a quarter of a century, not a quarter of a year.” 

Lockton Companies
13710 FNB Parkway, Suite No. 400  
Omaha, NE 68154
402.970.6100
lockton.com 

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