Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Our Leadership

The Nebraska Chamber is governed by a board of 60 directors, comprised of some of the leading business people from across the state – representing a broad spectrum of business types and sizes. The Nebraska Chamber Board of Directors establishes the association’s policies with input from members, as well as the Nebraska Chamber’s 13 policy councils.

Executive Council

Chair of the Board
2017
Dirk A. Petersen
Vice President & General Manager
NUCOR Steel, Div. of NUCOR Corporation
Norfolk
Chair Elect
2018
Rich L. Herink
Market President
First National Bank
Lincoln
Immediate Past Chair of the Board
2016
Steven S. Martin
Presdient/CEO
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Nebraska
Omaha
Treasurer
John Cederberg, CPA
Partner
John E. Cederberg, CPA
Lincoln
Vice Chair - District I
Rex T. Fisher
Senior Vice President
HDR
Omaha
Vice Chair - District II
Terry J. Heimes
Chief Operating Officer
Nelnet, Inc.
Lincoln
Vice Chair - District III
Patrick Pope
President & CEO
Nebraska Public Power District
Columbus
Vice Chair - District IV
Robert M. Schafer
Partner
Carlson, Schafer & Davis, PC, LLO
Beatrice
Vice Chair - District V
Thomas J. Henning
President
Cash-Wa Distributing Company
Kearney
Vice Chair - District VI
John Childears
President
Agri Affiliates, Inc.
North Platte

District Directors

District I Director
12/31/2019
Richard Azizkhan, MD, PH.D.
President & CEO
Children's Hospital & Medical Center
Omaha
District I Director
12/31/2019
Sarah Wellman McDonald
Director of Government Relations
Werner Enterprises, Inc.
Omaha
District I Director
12/31/2018
Donna Kush
Vice President Public Affairs - Northern Region
Union Pacific Railroad Co.
Omaha
District I Director
12/31/2018
Ann Prockish
Regulatory & Legislative Affairs Director
CenturyLink
Omaha
District I Director
12/31/2018
Galen F. Ullstrom
Senior Vice President
Mutual of Omaha-United of Omaha
Omaha
District I Director
12/31/2017
Joel Russell
Vice President, COO, & Director of Residential Sales
Millard Lumber Inc.
Omaha
District I Director
12/31/2017
Lynne Sangimino
Vice President Omaha Market
COX Communications
Omaha
District I Director
12/31/2017
Tony Urban
Principal
RSM
Omaha
District II Director
12/31/2019
Bob Caldwell, JD/MBA
Director of Corporate Development
NEBCO, Inc.
Lincoln
District II Director
12/31/2019
Mark Walz
Chairman, President & CEO
Farmers Mutual Insurance Co. of Nebraska
Lincoln
District II Director
12/31/2018
Mike Boyle
Vice President/Plant Manager
Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp., U.S.A.
Lincoln
District II Director
12/31/2018
Nick Cusick
CEO
IMSCORP
Lincoln
District II Director
12/03/2018
Todd Duncan
Chairman
Duncan Aviation, Inc.
Lincoln
District III Director
12/31/2019
Kyle Nixon
General Manager
Novozymes Blair Inc.
Blair
District III Director
12/31/2018
Todd Foje
CEO
Great Plains Communications, Inc.
Blair
District III Director
12/31/2018
Phil Raimondo
President & CEO
Behlen Mfg. Co.
Columbus
District IV
12/31/2017
Annette Wiles
President
Wiles Agribusiness LLC
Plattsmouth
District IV Director
12/31/2019
Todd Morgan
President
C.J. Foods
Pawnee City
District IV DIrector
12/31/2019
Ryan Parker
President & CEO
Endicott Clay Products Co.
Fairbury
District IV Director
12/31/2017
John Dale
Plant Manager
Ash Grove Cement Company
Louisville
District IV Director
12/31/2017
Jack A. Schreiner
President
Bruckman Rubber Co.
Hastings
District V Director
12/31/2019
Arnie Robinson
Executive Vice President
Norfolk Iron & Metal
Norfolk
District V Director
12/31/2018
Karen B Rhoads
CFO
The Buckle, Inc.
Kearney
District V Director
12/31/2017
DJ Eihusen
Chairman/CEO
Chief Industries, Inc.
Grand Island
District V Director
12/31/2017
Tim D. White
Heartland Ag, Inc.
Grand Island
District VI Director
12/31/2018
Jeff Crick
Human Resources Manager
Parker IHP
McCook
District VI Director
12/31/2017
Jerry Darnell
South Region Agricultural Manger
Western Sugar Cooperative
Scottsbluff
District VI Director
12/31/2016
Sean Baker
Executive Vice President
Cabela's, Inc.
Sidney

Appointed Directors

Appointed Director - District I
12/31/2017
Jim Krieger
CFO
The Gallup Organization
Omaha
Appointed Director - District II
12/31/2017
Hank M. Bounds, Ph.D.
President
University of Nebraska
Lincoln
Appointed Director - District III
12/31/2017
Nadine Hagedorn
Senior Vice President/Commercial & Ag Lending
BankFirst
West Point
Appointed Director - District IV
12/31/2017
Judy Altmaier
Vice President/General Manager
Exmark Manufacturing Co., Inc.
Beatrice
Appointed Director - District V
12/31/2017
Norm Krug
Chairman
Preferred Popcorn, LLC
Chapman
Appointed Director - District VI
12/31/2017
Dan Koch
President
Perrin Manufacturing, Inc.
Alliance

Ex-Officio Director

Council Chair Agri-Business
Agri-Business
Dennis Swanson
President
Sandhill Equipment, Inc.
Bassett

Vice Chair
John Childears
North Platte
President
Agri Affiliates, Inc.

Council Chair Chamber Executives
Chamber Exec. Advisory
Mark Zimmerer
President & CEO
Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce
Norfolk

Vice Chair
Diane Poots
Omaha
Director - Member Services
Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce

Council Chair Economic Development
Economic Development
Chad Denton
President
CFO Services
Boys Town

Vice Chair
Rick Nelsen
Columbus
Economic Development Manager
Nebraska Public Power District

Council Chair Education
Education
Pete Festersen
Vice President of Community & Government Affairs
CHI Health
Omaha

Vice Chair
Tom L. Whalen
Yutan
Consultant

Council Chair Environmental
Environmental
Stephen D. Mossman
Attorney-at-Law
Mattson-Ricketts Law Firm
Lincoln

Vice Chair
Anthony F. Raimondo, Jr.
Columbus
President, Behlen County
& Co-CEO Behlen Mfg. Co.

Council Chair Health Care
Health Care
Glenn Van Ekeren
President
Vetter Health Services
Elkhorn

Vice Chair
Dennise E. Butler, CLU
Lincoln
Vice President
Daubert & Butler Associates

Council Chair Innnovation & Technology
Innovation & Technology
Joseph E. Knecht
Managing Director
Interactive Information R&D
Lincoln

Vice Chair
Marc LeBaron
Lincoln
Chairman & CEO
Lincoln Industries

Council Chair Labor Relations
Labor Relations
Scott S. Moore
Attorney
Baird Holm Law Firm
Omaha

Vice Chair
Jeff Crick
McCook
Human Resources Manager
Parker IHP

Council Chair Leadership Nebraska
Past Chair of the Board
2007
Tom L. Whalen
Consultant
Omaha
Council Chair Manufacturers
Manufacturers
Richard S. Cornish
President, Coatings & Tubing Divisions
Valmont Industries, Inc.
Omaha

Vice Chair
Phil Raimondo
Columbus
President & CEO
Behlen Mfg. Co.

Council Chair Political Action Council
Political Action
Tom C. Janssen
Director, External Affairs
Kiewit Corp.
Lincoln

Vice Chair
Galen F. Ullstrom
Omaha
Senior Vice President
Mutual of Omaha-United of Omaha

Council Chair Public Affairs
Public Affairs
Bruce Bohrer, JD IOM
Executive Vice President, General Counsel
Lincoln Chamber of Commerce
Lincoln

Vice-Chair
To be determined

Council Chair Small Business
Small Business
Larry Kopsa
Partner/Owner
Kopsa Otte + Associates, LLC, CPA's
York

Vice Chair
K.C. Belitz, IOM
Columbus
President
Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce

Council Chair Taxation
Taxation
Loy Todd
President & General Counsel
Nebraska New Car & Truck Dealers Association
Lincoln

Vice Chair
John E. Cederberg, CPA
Lincoln

Past Chair
Past Chair of the Board
2015
Kimberly A. Russel
President & CEO
Bryan Health
LINCOLN
Past Chair
Past Chair of the Board
2014
Chris C. Roth
President & CEO
Reinke Manufacturing Co., Inc.
Deshler
Past Chair
Past Chair of the Board
2013
Brian C. Hamilton
President
Beardmore Subaru, Inc., Midway Chevrolet, Chrysler in Kearney, NE
Omaha
Past Chair
Past Chair of the Board
2012
Steve Ford
CEO
Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company
LINCOLN
Past Chair
Past Chair of the Board
2011
Jeffrey M. Scherer
Snyder
Past Chair
Past Chair of the Board
2010
Richard S. Reiser
Vice President of Government Affairs
Werner Enterprises, Inc.
Omaha
Past Chair
Past Chair of the Board
2009
Marc LeBaron
Chairman & CEO
Lincoln Industries
Lincoln
Past Chair
Past Chair of the Board
2008
G. Lee Glenn
Vice President/CFO
Kelley Bean Company
Scottsbluff
Past Chair
Past Chair of the Board
2006
Rich Bailey
Of Counsel
Bailey Lauerman
Lincoln
Past Chair
Past Chair of the Board
2005
Gary Warren
President, Services Corporation
Hamilton Telecommunications
Aurora
Past Chair
Past Chair of the Board
2004
G. Richard Russell
President
Millard Lumber Inc.
Omaha
Past Chair
Past Chair of the Board
2003
Gayle E. McClure
Director of Environmental Affairs
Dutton-Lainson Company
Hastings
Past Chair
Past Chair of the Board
2001
Richard B. Campbell
President
Campbell's Nurseries & Garden Centers
Lincoln
Past Chair
Past Chair of the Board
1998
E.J. "Ernie" Thayer
Co-Owner
Riverside Lodge Retirement Community
Grand Island
Past Chair
Past Chair of the Board
1997
Gates Minnick
Chairman of the Board
DuTeau Chevrolet/Subaru
Lincoln
Past Chair
Past Chair of the Board
1996
C.G. "Kelly" Holthus
Chairman, President & CEO
Cornerstone Bank
York
Past Chair
Past Chair of the Board
1992
Alice M. Dittman
Chairman Emeritus
Cornhusker Bank
Lincoln
Past Chair
Past Chair of the Board
1990
A.F. "TR" Raimondo
Chairman
Behlen Mfg. Co.
Columbus
Past Chair
Past Chair of the Board
1987
Robert B. Harris
Principal
RB Harris Company
Lincoln

Chamber Executives

President, NCCE
Mark Zimmerer
President & CEO
Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce
Norfolk