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Chairman's Welcome

Dear Nebraska Chamber Member:

It is an honor to help lead Nebraska’s largest statewide business organization during such an important time in our history.

While there are challenges ahead, 2018 also presents great opportunities for our business community to thrive and grow. The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which has always provided trusted leadership for our state, will continue to be part of the answer.

The State Chamber has established a well-tuned, multi-faceted organization to carry out its mission. That mission is straightforward: Improve Nebraska’s business climate, enhance our free-enterprise system and represent the interests of our approximately 2,000 members.

Currently in its 106th year, the Nebraska Chamber is led by professional staff members who appreciate that they are part a respected organization. As a Chamber member, you should be proud to be part of an association that has such a powerful voice.

With a membership roster that includes businesses of all sizes and types – and members in more than 150 communities statewide – the State Chamber prides itself on being the voice of business before the legislature and executive branch. In this era of term limits, the Nebraska Chamber makes certain that the business perspective is always considered by policymakers.

As market president at First National Bank, I have seen firsthand how effective the Nebraska Chamber is in its advocacy and messaging. While businesses will perpetually face challenges, the State Chamber aims to lessen your burdens by promoting job creation, business growth, a more competitive tax climate, and more opportunities for all Nebraskans.

A long list of recent pro-business accomplishments and an improved business environment are a testament to the efforts of your Nebraska Chamber. But we are not relying on past success. Each new legislative session brings different opportunities and challenges. Whether through public policy, political engagement, membership development, communications or member services, the Chamber is constantly seeking ways it can better serve the needs of our members.

I want to take a moment to recognize Nebraska Chamber President Barry Kennedy, who has announced his retirement set for June 30, 2018. With 32 years of service to the State Chamber – including 18 years as president – Barry has played a vital role in making Nebraska a better place to do business. Our state is stronger, our economy more resilient because of his leadership. As of the publishing deadline for this directory, the State Chamber Board of Directors had established a search committee to find his replacement.

Again, thank you for your membership and participation. The Chamber is counting on your continued support and involvement to ensure the future success of Nebraska’s business community.

Rich Herink
Market President
First National Bank, Lincoln
2018 State Chamber Chairman

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