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Awards

Centris Federal Credit Union

Centris Federal Credit Union

Centris Federal Credit Union

Steve Edgerton

Edgerton Awarded

Nebraska Professional

of the Year

 

The 2018 Professional Distinguished Service Award was presented to Steve Edgerton of Centris Federal Credit Union at the Nebraska Credit Union League's recent Annual Convention.

Edgerton has been heavily involved in the state and federal credit union movement for over 40 years. He began his career in credit unions when he was hired as Director of Audit Services for the League. He was promoted to Vice President in 1983 and was named President/CEO of the Association in January of 1988. In 1997, Edgerton accepted a position at Centris and currently serves as Vice President, Corporate Operations & Government Affairs Officer.

"I am truly humbled by this award as Tex Gunzelman was an early mentor that shaped my devotion to credit unions and their philosophies. Tex was also responsible for creating my interest in being a spokesperson for credit unions in fostering positive legislation in Lincoln and Washington, D.C. for credit unions," Edgerton said. "I had significant opportunities when working at the League to help credit unions however, I am blessed that I have had the opportunity for the past twenty years at Centris to continue helping credit unions and helping make Centris a trusted financial partner for our members. I have learned far more from hundreds of board members, executives and staff that I have been acquainted with over the past forty years than I can ever give back!"

The L.A. "Tex" Gunzelman Professional Distinguished Service Award is the highest individual professional honor that can be bestowed upon a credit union leader in the state of Nebraska. "This is a great honor for Steve and we're proud of his accomplishments and advocacy for credit unions," said Steve Swanstrom, Centris President /CEO.

Appointments

Medical Solutions L.L.C.

Medical Solutions L.L.C., the nation's third-largest travel nurse staffing company, is pleased to announce the appointment of Joe Greene as Chief Marketing Officer. Greene has 35 years of experience in marketing strategy, brand development, customer acquisition and retention, and product development, coupled with a track record of success at the SVP/VP level for organizations including Chase, Bernstein-Rein Advertising, American Century Investments, and others. Prior to joining the Medical Solutions team in April 2018, Greene served as Vice President of Marketing at Public Service Credit Union and as Chief Marketing Officer at Great-West Financial. He is currently based in Denver, Colorado and has been a member of the city's CMO Club chapter since 2012. Greene earned his BA in English from Hamilton College and his MBA in Marketing & Finance from Columbia Business School.

Medical Solutions L.L.C. is also pleased to announce the appointment of Dana Coonce as Executive Vice President of Talent and Performance. Coonce has more than 15 years' experience in talent acquisition, employee engagement and development, organizational design, and performance management. Her passion is managing and developing employees so that they experience growth and job satisfaction while also creating high-performance teams that bolster organizational success. Previous to joining the Medical Solutions team in May 2018, Coonce served as Vice President of Human Resources at Hayneedle. Coonce, who is based in Omaha, earned her BA in Speech Communication, with an emphasis in HR Management and Organizational Development, from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Medical Solutions L.L.C. is also pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen Pedersen as General Counsel. With nearly 20 years' experience, Pedersen has a robust background in corporate law, contract negotiation, licensing, and litigation. Prior to joining the Medical Solutions team in March 2018, Pedersen served as Managing Director & General Counsel at Javlin Capital LLC. Pedersen, who is based in Omaha, earned his BA in Political Science from Creighton University and his J.D. from Duke University School of Law.

Medical Solutions L.L.C. is a healthcare staffing firm specializing in placing registered nurses in temporary travel assignments nationwide. From its flagship Omaha office, as well as locations in San Diego, Denver, Cincinnati, and Tupelo, MS, Medical Solutions provides an amazing customer experience to thousands of travelers and client hospitals, resulting in improved patient care.

Security National Bank

Joseph Borghoff

Security National Bank Appoints New Trust Officer

Security National Bank of Omaha proudly announces Joseph Borghoff as a trust officer in the wealth management division. Borghoff is based at the bank's headquarters at Three Pacific Place, 1120 S. 101st Street in Omaha. In his role, Borghoff will be responsible for administering trusts, estates and conservatorship appointments. Additionally, he will assist individuals in developing their financial and estate plans in an effort of achieving their life goals.

Borghoff has nearly 10 years of experience in financial and law services. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, master's degree from Bellevue University, and a doctoral degree from Creighton University School of Law. Borghoff also served as a lead editor for the Creighton Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Board.

Security National Bank is one of the Midwest's largest privately-held community banks with nearly $860 million in assets. The bank has 13 retail banking locations in the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metro Area, and a Trust Services and Loan Production Office in Des Moines, Iowa. For more than 53 years, the Bank has offered comprehensive financial solutions for business and private banking, cash management, wealth management, employee benefits, consumer and mortgage needs.

New Hires

First National Bank

First National Bank

Tony Essay

First National Bank Announces New Director, Private Client Services

First National Bank has hired Tony Essay as Director, Private Client Services for the Wealth Management group, announced Craig Sall, Senior Managing Director, Private Client Services. Essay specializes in meeting the needs of high net worth individuals, families, professionals, executives and closely held business owners. He has ten years of experience in the financial services industry.

"We're pleased to welcome Tony to First National Bank," said Sall. "His expertise in the financial services industry will help our clients achieve their overall wealth management goals."

Essay earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Chadron State College and Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska College of Law with a concentrated study in Business Planning, Estate Planning and Taxation. He also holds the Certified Trust and Financial Advisor certification through Cannon Financial Institute.

Essay serves as a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He is a volunteer with Brush Up Nebraska Paint-A-Thon and previously served on the Board of Directors of the Lincoln Children's Museum and the Lincoln Estate Planning Council.

First National Bank is a subsidiary of First National of Nebraska. First National of Nebraska and its affiliates have more than $21 billion in assets and 5,000 employee associates. Primary banking offices are located in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas.

Hilgers Graben

Hilgers Graben PLLC

Trent Tanner

Hilgers Graben Announces Addition of Attorney Trent Tanner

Hilgers Graben PLLC is excited to announce the addition of Trent Tanner to its litigation team in Nebraska.

Formerly an associate with Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell LLP in Denver, Trent brings a breadth of experience in complex commercial litigation, especially in the insurance and financial services industries.

"We are thrilled to have Trent join our team," Mike Hilgers, firm founder, said. "Trent's first-class skills and litigation experience will make a difference for our clients. We are excited to have an attorney of Trent's caliber join our growing and talented team in Nebraska."

Tanner attended the University of Chicago Law School where he earned his JD, with Honors, in 2014, where he won the Thomas R. Mulroy Prize for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy and Oral Argument. Before clerking for The Honorable D. Brooks Smith on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Trent was an associate in the Securities Litigation and Enforcement Group in the Washington, D.C. office of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.

First National Technology Solutions

First National Technology Solutions

Ken Mar Arvind Thapar

FNTS Adds New CTO and Vice President of Strategy to Executive Team

 

First National Technology Solutions (FNTS) has welcomed two strategic leaders to its executive team. Ken Marr has joined FNTS as Chief Technology Officer and Arvind Thapar has been named Vice President of Strategy. According to Gartner's 2017 CIO Survey, just 29 percent of IT leaders say their organizations are effective at IT strategy and planning. With the growing role of technology in driving revenue, investing in the digital transformation must begin with business-driven IT strategies. Marr and Thapar will assist in developing long-term strategies to embrace the growing sophistication of technology to maximize results for customers through scalable, secure and customized managed service solutions.

"In today's fast-moving digital world, aligning strategic IT and business objectives has never been more important," said Kim Whittaker, President of FNTS. "With digital transformation now paramount to sustaining long-term success for organizations of all sizes, new and innovative approaches are needed to overcome challenges and provide competitive advantages. Marr and Thapar both have the extensive experience that compliments and strengthens the FNTS team working to help our customers achieve the IT discipline, solutions and innovation needed to pave the way for success."

Marr has more than 25 years of experience with a vast amount of knowledge in IT operations, software engineering, data management and digital transformation initiatives, which include the creation of an entire technical ecosystem. As Chief Technology Officer, Marr will develop FNTS' long-term technology strategies and ensure the company stays on the cutting-edge of technology as it continues to evolve its cloud platforms and IT service offering.

As Vice President of Strategy, Thapar will assist companies in IT strategy and leveraging solutions for achieving business objectives. He is a recognized leader on hybrid and multi-cloud environments, and big data concepts and solutions. Thapar will lead strategic initiatives and focus on working with customers to give them the resources they need to strengthen their IT performance, align business goals with their architecture roadmap and improve overall business planning and execution.

Retirements

Borsheims

Borsheims

Jewelry Trainer Zabawa to retire from Borsheims

Longtime Borsheims' employee Joanne Zabawa will retire at the end of July after 38 years in the jewelry industry, leaving behind an incredible legacy of jewelry knowledge. For the bulk of her career in the industry and during most of her time at Borsheims, Zabawa served as a Jewelry Trainer, educating people on everything from the basics of jewelry and gems to the latest changes in technology that affect the jewelry industry.

An animal lover, Zabawa initially pictured herself in her first career as a Veterinary Assistant. But a quick holiday sales job at a jewelry store had her hooked on the industry. She earned her Graduate Gemology diploma from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and then went to work as a teacher for the GIA. While traveling the world with the GIA, Zabawa studied with the Gemological Association of Great Britain and achieved its fellowship title, a Fellow of the Gemological Association (FGA).

In 1989, Zabawa began her first tenure at Borsheims as a Trainer and in 1998 became the Shop Manager. After a brief hiatus, Zabawa returned to Borsheims in 2007 as the Jewelry Trainer. Borsheims and its employees have benefitted from Zabawa's vast knowledge and passion for the jewelry industry. She has trained everyone from new employees with zero experience in jewelry to long-tenured employees who have intricate knowledge of the industry.

Borsheims President & CEO Karen Goracke said Zabawa will be missed. "Joanne was truly one-of-a-kind - a vault of information about every aspect of gems, metals, and stones - and a real knack for teaching," said Goracke. "We wish her a retirement full of trail rides with her horses and quiet nights on the front porch of her home."

Borsheims Fine Jewelry and Gifts is one of the nation's largest independent jewelry stores and a proud member of the Berkshire Hathaway family. With an international clientele spanning 50 states and six continents, Borsheims continues to operate with the mission that has guided the company for more than a century: "We are privileged to share in the special moments in our customers' lives. We will treat each opportunity with the respect and importance it deserves by providing exceptional customer service."

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