Ken Pohlman encourages his employees to give back.
The founder and CEO of Midwest Laboratories especially hopes to get his younger employees to volunteer or donate to local charities.
To set an example, the 77-year-old supports a handful of organizations, including Goodfellows, The World-Herald’s charity.
Because the newspaper covers administrative expenses, every dollar donated to Goodfellows goes to providing one-time emergency assistance, holiday meal vouchers or clothing to local people in need.
“I don’t have to worry because I know that my money is well taken care of and that all of it is placed in the right place,” Pohlman said.
Last year, the CEO donated on behalf of his employees.
“I think it’s our job to remember those who might need a little help,” he said. “We need to support our community.”
Pohlman moved to Omaha and founded Midwest Laboratories in 1975. Watching the company grow, he said, has been a “dream come true.” The lab now provides analysis and recommendations for irrigation and water quality, fertilizers, soil, fuel, compost and more.
“I still go to work everyday and enjoy it, and I’ve been really blessed,” Pohlman said. “I’m happy to donate. I know that somewhere, to someone, it’ll make a difference.”