83rd (2015)


Tanin Arkfeld

Tanin Arkfeld, a Senior Analyst-Finance, who has worked at Union Pacific Railroad since August 2010 in multiple Accounting Department roles. Currently, she supports the railroad’s Western Region Operating Department budget. Tanin is president of UP Ties, Union Pacific’s emerging professional employee resource group. She also serves on the United Way Community Investment Review Team and supports Susan G. Komen Nebraska, among other community organizations.

Raised in Omaha, Tanin is a Westside High School graduate. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business administration from Loyola University Chicago, graduating in 2010. Tanin is engaged to her high school sweetheart, Matthew Thompson, and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, exercising, cheering on her Chicago sports teams, and exploring the countless things Omaha has to offer.

Kali Baker

Kali Baker is the Director of Communications for the Omaha Community Foundation where she orchestrated a communications strategy to increase the number of people participating in philanthropy while to raising the profile and impact of the Foundation in Omaha. Her efforts resulted in a growth in assets, gifts, grants and accounts. Kali earned a BS in Marketing Management from Bellevue University. She serves on the Board of Directors for The Union for Contemporary Art and is also involved in CommA, VOICE
Omaha, ICAN INFLUENCE and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Jonathan Gross

Jonathan Gross is the Rabbi at Beth Israel Synagogue serving a congregation of 200 families and the 6,000 members of Omaha’s Jewish Community. He works with the Food Bank for the Heartland, Jewish Federation of Omaha and has sat on the boards of the Freidel Jewish Academy, the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home, Child Development Center, Jewish Community Center and Center for Jewish Life. Jonathan is active with American Friends of Yeshivot Bnei Akiva, Our War – A Division of the Union of Orthodox Jewish
Congregation, and Yachad – The National Jewish Council for Disabilities. He serves as a visiting professor of Jewish studies at the University of Nebraska where he was recognized for his contribution to students by the Parents Association and Teaching Council. In addition, he founded the Spence Chess Club, the only venue in Omaha providing weekly USCF rated chess events. Jonathan holds a BA in Math from Yeshiva
College and Rabbinic Ordination Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary.

Tim Harrison

Tim Harrison is the owner of Harrison Financial Services. Tim grew up in Millard and graduated from Millard South in 1993. He had a paper route for 8 years and worked construction in the summers through high school. As a freshman at UNO, Harrison began an internship at Northwestern Mutual and started developing a business in financial services and insurance. Today, he has built one of the Premiere Wealth Management firms serving decision makers in Omaha; and has been ranked as one of 4 Under 40 by
Advisor Today magazine, one of Omaha’s Top Wealth Advisors by Worth Magazine and an Exemplary Wealth Advisor by NABCAP, a national non-profit dedicated to identifying top advisors, as published in both Omaha and B2B magazines. Harrison has a team of seven professionals at Harrison Financial Services.  He passed the CPA exam upon graduating UNO and has a Masters in Financial Services along with numerous
professional designations, including completing his CIMA at Wharton Business School.

Tim is happily married to Traci, and they have two beautiful children Lauren and Blake. Tim and Traci are very active in the Omaha community. He enjoys anything around the water, and loves golf and snowboarding.

Wendy Hamilton

Wendy Hamilton, the Fund Development Director for Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska, is responsible for planning and implementing the Council’s annual campaign in the Omaha area, including “artVenture.” She also specializes in developing their Women in Business constituency as well as planning and overseeing the leadership development programs for older girls.

Wendy is active with the Autism Society of Nebraska as Vice President of the Board and Women’s Fund CIRCLES currently serving on the CIRCLES Steering Committee. She is a member of Omaha Summer Arts Festival Board, the Ballet Nebraska Guild and serves resident House Manager for performances at Joslyn Art Museum and the Orpheum Theatre. Formerly, Wendy was a member of the Nebraska Shakespeare
Festival Community Board and active with the Omaha Young Arts Administrators (OYAA). She holds a BA in Theater/Dance from Coe College and a MFA in Theater Management from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

Nicole Seckman Jilek

Nicole Seckman Jilek is an attorney with Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman LLP, providing creative solutions to clients’ complex legal issues.  She specializes in business law, real estate, and civil litigation.  Nicole earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 2004 and her Juris Doctor degree in 2007 both from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

Nicole has been a member of the Omaha Jaycees since 2008 and has served as the TOYO Director (3 years), the Vice President of Membership, and as the current President.  Nicole is a member of the Junior League of Omaha and, as Project Research & Development Chair, has spearheaded the development of new League projects.  She has been active in the Robert M. Spire Inn of Court since 2007, a legal organization dedicated to promoting civility in the profession, and has served on its Executive Board and as Membership Chair since 2009.  Nicole is a member of the Omaha Bar Association, Nebraska State Bar Association, and the 2012-2013 NSBA Leadership Academy.  Nicole serves as the Treasurer of Leadership Circle.  Nicole is a member of CREW Metro Omaha and the Omaha Executive Club. Nicole is married to Zachary Jilek.

Clark Lauritzen

Clark Lauritzen is Executive Vice President of Corporate Banking and Wealth Management at First National Bank. Prior to joining First National, Clark worked at Goldman Sachs.

Clark is a director of First National Bank and the President of the Lauritzen Corporation, a holding company whose subsidiaries include Diversified Financial Services and the Harry A. Koch Company. He is also the
Chairman of the Viking Corporation, an Iowa based bank holding company.
Clark’s community service includes being Chair-elect of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Omaha Business Hall of Fame Committee, Treasurer of the Nebraska Game & Parks Foundation, Vice President of the Central High School Foundation, Trustee of the University of Nebraska Foundation, the 2013 U.S. Senior Open Committee, an Aksarben Councilor, the Heartland 2050 Committee, the Young Presidents Organization and Trinity Episcopal Church. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Princeton University.

David Mayer

David Mayer is an attorney and shareholder with Koley Jessen PC, LLO and Chair of the firm’s Business/General Counsel Practice Group. He leads a large team of attorneys and paralegals and counsels clients in a broad range of areas, providing advice on the business opportunities and challenges they face. He is also involved in the firm’s efforts to promote business and entrepreneurism in Nebraska.

David is a member of the International Transition Team for the Nebraska Department of Economic Development and Greater Omaha Chamber. He traveled to China in 2012 with Governor Heineman to promote investment in Nebraska, and to Japan with Lt. Governor Heineman for the MWUSJP Association conference and reopening of the Nebraska-Japan Trade Office. David is a member of the Midwest Trade Association and a member of Nebraska Diplomats. He is a graduate of Leadership Omaha and Leadership Bellevue. He serves on the Merrymakers Association board and on the committee for the Kim Foundation’s Making Hope Happen event.  David has also co-chaired Koley Jessen’s teams for JDRF’s Walk to Cure Diabetes.

Stephanie Mattoon

Stephanie Mattoon is a partner at Baird Holm LLP in the Corporate Section focusing on helping entrepreneurs form new businesses and buy and sell existing businesses. She also advises on corporate governance, contract, and regulatory compliance issues. Currently, Stephanie serves on the firm’s Retreat Planning Committee and Wellness Committee.

Stephanie is active with the Joslyn Castle Trust serving as the President and Chairperson of the Board of Directors from 2011-2013 and currently as an advisor to the President and Executive Committee. She is on the Kids Can Community Center Board of Directors, Diversified Funding Committee and Board Engagement Committee. Stephanie is a graduate of Leadership Omaha; a member of the advisory board for the University of Nebraska College of Law Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic and serves on the Nebraska Sports Council Board of Directors. She has also held President, Vice President and Secretary positions for the Nebraska State Bar Association, Securities Law Section. Stephanie holds a BBA in Marketing and Advertising/Public Relationships from Texas Christian University and a Juris Doctorate from University of Nebraska College of Law.

Michael Young

Michael Young is the Founder of q(3) systems, which is an Omaha-based Information Technology consulting company. He handles internal services, office management and serves as the lead graphic designer, network engineer and hosting manager for external clients.

Michael is active with City of Omaha Transit Authority Board and Next Generation Omaha. He served as the Butler Gast Board Chair and on the Executive Committee for the YMCA of Omaha. With Downtown Omaha Inc, he sat on the Executive Committee and DOI-Foundation board. Michael graduated from Bryan High School in Omaha and holds a degree in Computer Science and Graphic Arts from Metropolitan Community College.