Real estate leaders earn spots in CREW Hall of Fame

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Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 12:00 am

Five leaders in the Omaha area commercial real estate market — a lawyer, two brothers, a retired city planner and a former CEO — have been selected for the CREW Hall of Fame.

Inductees Janet Clark, Larry and Robert Miller, Kenneth Johnson and Erik Wagner are to be honored April 19 during the 24th annual Commercial Real Estate and Workshop (CREW) luncheon at the CenturyLink Center Omaha.

In addition to recognizing industry standouts, the event that is expected to draw up to 500 people will feature a full day's lineup of speakers and panelists discussing trends and real estate developments.

Janet Clark
Larry Miller
Robert Miller
Kenneth Johnson
Erik Wagner

The 2013 Hall of Fame inductees:

>> Janet Clark, as vice president of TitleCore, specializes in commercial real estate closings at the firm formed in 2011 when Spence Title and First Nebraska Title merged. A Des Moines native, Clark got her law degree from Creighton University and worked in private practice for two years before moving to Washington, D.C., to be special assistant to the senior enforcement counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Clark returned to Omaha and stayed home to raise children until she and her husband bought Spence Title Services in 1992. Clark became president of Spence three years later.

>> Kenneth Johnson recently retired after 30 years with the City of Omaha Planning Department. Most recently, he was economic development manager and oversaw special projects focused on downtown and citywide development. Johnson, who earned a business degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, provided technical assistance for small businesses and worked with various partners in real estate and corporate positions to recruit, expand and grow businesses. Johnson also has served on boards including that of the Urban League of Nebraska, Head Start Development Corp. and Salem Baptist Church.

>> Larry Miller and Robert Miller joined older brother Ed in their family construction company in the mid-1950s. That company, Miller Excavating, was founded by their father, Edward Miller Sr., in 1938. While primarily occupied during the 1960s and 1970s with highway construction, the Omaha-born brothers branched out into real estate. Among their commercial buys was 160 acres that has been developed as part of Werner Trucking headquarters and other land that became business parks. The family has holdings in several places, including Miracle Hills, and constructed a dozen mixed-use buildings in Sarpy County. The family's donation of a tract along Abbott Drive helped attract the Gallup Organization. The rest is a city park known as Miller's Landing.

>> Erik Wagner, past president and chief executive of real estate services firm Colliers International in Omaha, has been active in the local commercial real estate industry since 1981. He joined the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors in 1984 and served in several roles, including as president of the Mid-Continent Chapter. Wagner also was a member of the Business Ethics Alliance Board, which led the city in building a climate of ethics in business.

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