Omaha World Herald: Bellevue Chamber Honors Partners in Excellence
Leadership Bellevue graduated the class of 2017 at a community event, “Partners in Excellence,” at Platteview Golf Club in Bellevue last week. The keynote speaker was Bellevue Mayor Rita Sanders. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., was there with other community leaders.
Leadership Bellevue helps participants determine what Bellevue needs, while sharpening leadership skills. The program shows future leaders the community’s past, present and future with presentations of current leaders, tours, panel discussions and communication between participants and community decision-makers. The goal is to let each participant face Bellevue’s challenges, and to inspire them to accept responsibility to lead.
The class emcees were Naviere Walkewicz, US Strategic Command; and Eric Mahowald, Offutt 55th Wing. The yearly celebration presents two community awards: “Partner in Excellence” and “Distinguished Alumni.”
“Partner in Excellence” recognizes partnerships that created impact for the betterment of Bellevue.
The Offutt community award went to Marathon Ventures; accepting the award for Marathon Ventures was John Larsen.
The Partners in Excellence Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Roger Cox, community relations coordinator for Bellevue Police. This award recognizes a dynamic, progressive community leader who has impacted the community and shows leadership through integrity, strength, and vision and is an alumnus of Leadership Bellevue.
Leadership Bellevue 2017 graduates included Chadd Addison, City of Bellevue; Ashley Brandenburger, Great Western Bank; Ashley Carey, Bellevue Housing Authority; Gayle Christensen, Lift Up Sarpy County; Paula Creps, Sarpy County CASA; Zac Fredrickson, Holland Basham Architects; Dr. Brooke Harre, Hoogeveen Chiropractic Wellness Center; Christopher Hemmelman, First City Church; Bryan Holen, Plat1num One Investment and Insurance Group; Marcus Hymes, 557th Weather Wing; Larry Lampman, Bellevue Police Department; Abigail C K Lill, Marathon Ventures; Eric Mahowald, Offutt AFB 55th Wing; Robert Moore, Bellevue Public Schools; Madeline Moyer, Security National Bank; Becky Parks, Nebraska Medicine Bellevue; Naviere Walkewicz, Stratcom; Rich Warnke, Lockheed Martin (not shown); and David Witkop, Thanksgiving Lutheran Church.
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