Dr. Kathy Farrell
James Jr. and Susan Stuart Endowed Dean
Senior Vice President, D.A. Davidson and Company
Dean Farrell and Lisa Smith
Young Alumni Award
Corporate Leadership Award
Business Leadership Award
Lifetime Achievement Award
JoAnn Martin served as a leader with Ameritas for more than 35 years, most recently as CEO. Her leadership set the pace and was essential to the growth of Ameritas. Under her leadership, the company saw 61% growth in assets and customer numbers increased by 75%. Prior to joining Ameritas in 1984, then known as Bankers Life Nebraska, she began her professional career at Touche Ross & Company.
Throughout her career, Martin engaged in many community and industry organizations, both locally and nationally. She served as a board member for publicly traded companies NRC Health and Nelnet. She also participated in numerous other business and community roles. Among these were chairwoman American Council of Life Insurers (second woman ever), chairwoman of the University of Nebraska Foundation Board of Directors, member of the board of directors for the Omaha Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, chairwoman of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, and board member of the Million Dollar Roundtable Foundation to name a few. She is also a fellow in the National Association of Corporate Directors. She served on the Lincoln Vision and Prosper Lincoln steering committees and was vice chair for the Lincoln Community Foundation.
Among her numerous community accolades are the 2015 induction into the Nebraska Business Hall of Fame, 2018 Woman of the Year at the Lincoln Journal Star’s Inspire Awards, Burnham Yates Citizenship Award and Nebraskan of the Year by Lincoln Rotary Club No. 14. In 2004, she was inducted into the School of Accountancy Hall of Fame at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Additionally, the University of Nebraska Foundation honored her with the 2021 Perry W. Branch Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service. She was recognized as the initial recipient of the JoAnn Martin Civic Leadership Award.
A lifelong Nebraskan, Martin earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 1975. She earned her master’s degree from Colorado State University in 1982. She also held Certified Public Accountant and Fellow Life Management Institute designations.
As president and chief operating officer at Gallup, Jane Miller oversees worldwide operations. She is responsible for all operational and client service aspects of the forward-thinking research, consulting and education organization. She is passionate about maximizing the potential of employees and celebrating and developing talent for the future.
Over her career, Miller has helped revolutionize the workplace through a unique and groundbreaking philosophy that emphasizes strengths as the lens through which organizations can select, manage, motivate, develop and ultimately engage employees. Her leadership team represents the best practices of The Gallup Path, an innovative framework for driving business performance.
Miller is steadfast in her focus to create a sustainable future for Gallup as a socially responsible, community-focused organization that maximizes human potential. Her global leadership team is proof of Gallup's innovative management framework that drives business performance.
She is particularly committed to creating strong communities that begin with strong businesses and workplaces. Her community leadership currently includes the following director and trustee roles: Peter Kiewit Foundation, board of directors for TeamMates Mentoring, board of directors for Kiewit Luminarium, Omaha Zoological Society and University of Nebraska Foundation. Miller is a recipient of the Greater Omaha Chamber's Women in Leadership Award and has been inducted into the Omaha Business Hall of Fame.
Miller earned her bachelor’s degree in business education from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 1984.
Luke Hansen is the CEO and founder of CompanyCam, an innovative photo documentation and communication app for contractors. In 2016, CompanyCam got its start when Hansen developed the app after struggling to coordinate job site communication while working at his family's business, White Castle Roofing. His leadership has made CompanyCam what it is today, with over 150 employees, more than 100,000 users and a brand new office in Lincoln’s Haymarket district.
Hansen spends his days supplying the company vision, acquiring funds, hiring the best folks around and distracting all the smart people he’s hired with long-winded anecdotes. When he isn’t speaking at high volume on the phone, he’s golfing, spending time with his kids and tweeting nonsense.
Hansen earned his bachelor's degree in international business from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2010.
Bryan Health is a Nebraska governed, nonprofit health system that cares for patients and educates tomorrow’s health care providers. Accomplished through a singular focus on collaboration with providers and communities across the state, they bring care and treatment directly to rural communities through sophisticated mobile diagnostic and treatment services, telemedicine services, specialized heart care clinics and more. The organization maintains an unrivaled commitment to hospital-based inpatient and outpatient behavioral health care and continues to treat the most vulnerable who have no or little ability to pay for their care.
Bryan Health works to help communities grow, prosper and elevate quality of life through better health. In 2022, nearly 6,500 team members will serve 175,000 unique patients, perform more than 17,000 surgeries and deliver 3,200 babies. This care generates significant annual economic impact through means of payroll, capital expenditures and property taxes.