A former Omaha city councilman and current member of the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority board is taking an additional post.
Republican Jim Vokal has been appointed as the new executive director of the Platte Institute for Economic Research, a fiscally conservative local think tank. He'll replace the institute's current director, John McCollister, when he retires in December.
“It is tremendously exciting to have Jim take the reins of the Platte Institute,” Pete Ricketts, Platte Institute president and a former TD Ameritrade executive, said in a statement.
“With his passion for transparency, his experience as both an elected official and in the private sector, and his ability to work with various individuals and organizations, he is perfectly suited to lead this organization forward.”
Vokal will leave his current job as a Mutual of Omaha Bank vice president to join the institute. The Creighton graduate also has served on the board of directors for Destination Midtown.
“The Platte Institute is very grateful to John McCollister for his leadership and dedication over the years,” Ricketts said. “He has helped put the organization in a great position to be a statewide advocate for free-market principles, a mantle Jim Vokal will ably assume.”
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