IDG's Computerworld announced Doreen Griffith, Securities America Executive Vice President of Information Services and chief information officer, as a 2014 Premier 100 IT Leaders honoree. The Premier 100 spotlights 100 leaders from both the technology and business sides of companies for their exceptional technology leadership and innovative approaches to business challenges. Securities America is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. (NYSE MKT: LTS).
With more than 20 years of experience in the information services and technology fields, Griffith leads Securities America's web-based technology efforts, along with internal application development, technology support and systems security. She also heads the Rep Relations Center, Corporate Services and the Enterprise Project Management teams. Her considerable experience in retail, tele-communications and energy trading industries helps her provide expertise in technology, disaster recovery and information management.
Griffith joined Securities America in 1999 and brought with her a passion for being the best at everything she does. She believes honesty is critical to success in every facet of life, be it professional or personal, and has enormous pride in her technology team and their ongoing accomplishments.
"Securities America believes strongly in investing in technology that will make it easier for our financial advisors to do business with us and with their clients," said Jim Nagengast, CEO and president of Securities America.
Securities America, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC.
City of Omaha Housing Authority
Michael J Keays
The City of Omaha Housing Authority is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael J Keays as their new director of finance. The appointee is a U.S. Air Force veteran, a Certified Public Accountant, and holds a master's degree in business administration. Keays' finance background consists of public, private, not-for-profit, and governmental finance positions. These roles include having served as the senior director of accounting & info technology, secretary & controller for Godfathers Pizza, Inc.; the director of finance/ controller for the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas West Midwest, Inc.; and serving as the comptroller for the State of Nebraska.
Frankel Zacharia, LLC
Frankel Zacharia, LLC, hires Noah Bieber and Evan Johnston as staff accountants.
Bieber graduated from both Creighton University College of Arts and Sciences and Creighton Law School, magna cum laude. He also earned a Master of Professional Accountancy degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He spent the past few years working in the Audit and Legal Sections of the Nebraska Department of Revenue. Bieber is a staff accountant in Frankel Zacharia's Tax Department.
Johnston graduated in 2013 cum laude from Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, W.Va., with bachelor degrees in accountancy and business administration with a concentration in marketing. Johnston is a staff accountant in Audit and Accounting Department.
Frankel Zacharia, LLC, is a growing local Certified Public Accounting firm, providing tax, financial statement and accounting services to companies and individuals since 1959.
Nebraska Colocation Centers
Nebraska Colocation Centers (NCC) is pleased to announce that Jerry Dempsey has joined the company as director of business development - Enterprise Solutions.
Dempsey is responsible for developing strategic client relationships and overall revenue generation for both the Omaha (1623 Farnam Building) and Lincoln (The Sharp Building) data centers. An Omaha native, Dempsey has worked in similar capacities with several large data processing and IT consulting businesses as well as start-up ventures throughout his career. Dempsey is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Business Administration, and an active community volunteer supporting several non-profit organizations.
Nebraska Colocation Centers provides businesses and organizations a reliable and secure data center facility for placement of computer hardware and networking components. NCC provides customers with cabinet space, power, cooling and support services within a fully redundant and secure facility. NCC is the region's only colocation center to offer two premier, interconnected centers within 60 miles apart, offering unique disaster recovery and data back-up solutions. The Omaha location is a regional telecommunications carrier hotel which offers NCC customers with connectivity options unmatched by any other facility in the area.
& Reed LLC
Samantha Misle Shrier
Samantha Misle Shrier has joined the law firm of Lewis, Pfanstiel & Reed LLC as an associate attorney.
Shrier is a 2012 graduate of Creighton University School of Law. While attending Creighton, she interned at a law firm specializing in Criminal Defense. Shrier also studied law in London, England.
Shrier will work in the areas of criminal law, family law, corporate law, and bankruptcy.
Dallas Watkins recently joined Ameritas Investment Corp. (AIC) as vice president public finance. In this position, he provides experience to help AIC maintain its position as a leading underwriter of municipal bonds in the state of Nebraska.
Watkins has 35 years of experience in education in Nebraska, with the last 22 years as superintendent of Dundy County Public Schools.
He attained Educational Specialists and Doctorate of Education degrees and has experience with various education organizations as well as many legislative committees in the study of important education issues in the state of Nebraska.
Securities and investment advisory services offered through Ameritas Investment Corp. Member FINRA/SIPC.
Deda Myhre Missy Turner
CBSHOME Real Estate
CBSHOME Real Estate would like to congratulate Deda Myhre, assistant sales manager and REALTOR, and Missy Turner, sales associate with CBSHOME 159 Dodge, on being honored at last week's WCR Installation ceremony.
Myhre was awarded the 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year for the Omaha Chapter of the Women's Council of REALTORS. The Entrepreneur of the Year Award is given to a member who has exhibited business leadership in their work and community.
Turner was installed as the 2014 President of Women's Council of REALTORS (WCR). The WCR President oversees the organization and all its activities throughout the year.
Myhre is also actively involved with the Omaha Area Board of REALTORS, where she is currently serving as president. She is an active member of the Millard Business Association and has served on the committee for their philanthropic endeavor, Project Wee Care. Other activities include the Millard Schools Advisory Board.
Myhre is in her 13th year in the real estate business, all of those with CBSHOME. She has received the E-Pro (Certification for Internet Professionalism) and RFC (Residential Financial Consultant) designations.
Turner has been a licensed REALTOR since 2007. She is, and has been, actively involved in WCR. Outside of real estate, she is a mom of two active three year olds.
CBSHOME Real Estate is a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and a wholly-owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc. CBSHOME is the region's leader in residential real estate with four sales offices throughout the Omaha Metro area. HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, is the second largest full-service residential real estate brokerage firm and the largest settlement services provider in the United States.
Carrie Weber, CPA, recently joined Ameritas as vice president audit services. In this position she is responsible for the overall administration of the internal audit function for the company.
Weber brings more than 17 years of experience in public accounting and the private industry. Previously, she worked for ConAgra, where she served as director of finance internal audit. Prior to ConAgra, she was chief financial officer and executive vice president of administration for Arbor Banking Group in Omaha, and audit senior manager for Deloitte, where she specialized in the financial services industry and manufacturing.
Weber graduated from University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor's degree in business accounting.
Active in professional organizations and in the community, she is a member of UNL's College of Business Administration accountancy advisory board, as well as Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants and AICPA. Weber is a graduate of Leadership Lincoln Class XIX and volunteers for Junior Achievement, Make a Wish, Children's Hospital and American Heart Association.
Five Nines Technology Group is pleased to announce the addition of Joe Lienemann, account manager, to their Lincoln location. He earned his bachelor's degree from UNK and has nearly a decade of sales and account support experience. Lienemann will be working in their account management team where he will be responsible for enhancing communication and cultivating relationships for their managed service clients.
"Being able to hire someone with Joe's resume and skillset is a huge win for Five Nines," said Joel Friesen, vice president of sales at Five Nines. "His knowledge of client relationships will be extremely valuable in this new role, and make him a great fit in the Five Nines family"
Five Nines Technology Group is the area's leading provider of managed services, IT services, and consulting. Five Nines was recently ranked 13th at CRN Fast Growth 100 for being the fastest growing solution provider in managed services. Five Nines also received the 2010 Nebraska Small Business of the Year award given by the U.S. Small Business Association. Five Nines is focused on each and every client to help them leverage technology as a business asset.
Total Management Solutions Inc.
Todd Malouf has joined the Business Development Team at Total Management Solutions (TMS), a company dedicated to helping Fortune 1000 and mid-sized U.S. companies change, manage and administrate their corporate severance plans. Malouf will focus on expanding TMS' leadership position as a provider of Supplemental Unemployment Benefit ("SUB-Pay") Plans, which help companies save 45 percent or more of traditional severance costs, while providing more separation benefits to laid-off employees.
With 35 years of experience in sales, business development, and marketing, Malouf brings to TMS a proven record of success in the insurance, tax/ accounting, and management consulting industries. During his career, he has worked with many Fortune 1000 companies such as Abbot Labs, Wrigley, S C Johnson and Sons, ConAgra, Valmont, Pella and Wells Dairy. Malouf has held senior positions in both professional service and product based companies including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Marsh McClennan and Right Management. Most recently, he was director of sales for AMark Solutions LLC, where he worked with institutional clients on accelerated marketing of distressed/ troubled assets.
A native of Hastings, Neb., Malouf has lived in Omaha for many years and is a graduate of Creighton University where he received his BSBA. Over the years, he has been active in the local business and civic community including serving on a number of non-profit boards, volunteering for the local United Way, and participating in Leadership Omaha which is sponsored by the Omaha Chamber.
BVH Architects proudly announces the promotion of Tom Miller, AIA to associate principal in the firm.
Miller has been a project manager with the BVH Omaha studio since December 2010 and is a member of the American Institute of Architects. He has more than 15 years of experience leading design and development efforts in real estate development, and has a continuing focus on adaptive reuse and master planned mixed-use developments. Miller continues to partner with community leaders, designers, and developers to restore area landmarks and create sustainable, urban infill projects in and around downtown Omaha.
Miller obtained his Master of Architecture degree from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, and his Bachelor of Arts degree in architecture with a minor in business administration from the University of California, Berkeley. Miller is a vice-president of the Market West Neighborhood Alliance and a member of the National Trust for Historic Places, the Construction Specifications Institute, the Urban Land Institute, the Association for Preservation Technology, and the Nebraska State Historical Society. He is also an alumnus of Leadership Omaha (Class 34).
BVH Architects, celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2013, is a full-service architecture, planning and interior design firm. Their studio locations in Lincoln and Omaha are home to a diversified staff dedicated to creating exceptional places to live, work, play, learn and worship.