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Tony Moody
President

Tony Moody Brings Track Record as GM of #1 Embassy Suites Hotel for Last Three Years
 SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Dec. 18, 2012 John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts today announced Tony Moody’s appointment to regional vice president, responsible for overseeing operations of 16 hotels in six states in the Midwest and South.  The 27-year hospitality veteran most recently served as general manager of John Q. Hammons’ La Vista Complex in Nebraska, near Omaha, boasting 503 guest rooms/suites, 82,000 square feet of flexible meeting and convention space, and more than 250 associates.  Moody will report to Joe Morrissey, senior vice president of operations for John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts’ national portfolio of 78 hotels in 24 states.  Springfield, Mo.-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts is the largest private, independent owner and manager of hotels in the United States.

“Achieving the accomplishment of #1 Embassy Suites Hotel in the world is no small feat.  Tony confidently led his team in securing that honor at the La Vista Complex for the last three years,” Morrissey said.  “With Tony’s appointment to regional vice president, we are unlocking his vast potential to maximize team performance across a broader franchise and geographic footprint.”

Moody’s expanded responsibilities include product quality, operations efficiencies, financial performance and talent management on behalf of select John Q. Hammons’ Courtyard by Marriott, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn, Residence Inn, and Sheraton branded properties in Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Tennessee.

Over his 18 years with John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, Moody successfully opened five hotels and one conference center in Arkansas and Nebraska.  He is active in the communities in which he serves.  A sampling of his accolades and community involvement includes:

  • Nebraska Tourism Commissioner 2012-2016 (Governor’s appointment)
  • Chairman of the board, Special Olympics USA
  • President, Nebraska Big Brothers and Big Sisters Board of Directors
  • Corporate Achievers, National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Nebraska Restaurant Association, Hotelier of the Year

“Mr. Hammons’ example continues to be a regular source of inspiration to me, and I look forward to my expanded role within the organization to deliver on his legacy of excellence on a larger scale,” Moody said.

About John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts

Springfield, Mo.-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts is the largest private, independent owner and manager of hotels in the United States, representing brands such as: Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center; Courtyard by Marriott; Embassy Suites Hotels; Hampton Inn & Suites; Hilton; Holiday Inn; Homewood Suites by Hilton; Marriott; Plaza Hotels Collection; Radisson; Renaissance; Residence Inn by Marriott; and Sheraton.  With a portfolio of 78 hotels representing nearly 19,000 guest rooms/suites in 24 states, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts’ properties are dominant in their markets.  Founded on the extraordinary vision of John Q. Hammons and built on his legacy of excellence spanning more than 50 years, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts has become one of the most recognized and award-winning companies in the hospitality industry.  Built to be the best, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts continues to set the standard in hospitality management and hotel development.  For more information about John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, visit the company’s website at www.jqhhotels.com or www.facebook.com/jqhhotelsresorts.

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Sharon Rasmussen
Vice President

Sharon is the Director of Professional Services for Midlands Choice. Her primary responsibilities include Human Resources and Facilities, as well as Corporate Philanthropy and Community Involvement. Sharon has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in management. She is serving a third term as a Board member for Skutt Catholic High School, was previously a member of the Breast Cancer Awareness Board in Omaha, the Foster Care Review Board, and currently volunteers for many organizations in the Omaha area.


Randy Cairns
Des Moines Vice President


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Jim Hanson
Secretary

Jim Hanson Jr. Bio and InTouch Business Description:

Community Involvement

Jim Hanson Jr. is past President of Downtown Omaha Rotary Club. He is currently one of five members on the Dealer Advisory Board (DAB) for Samsung USA. Jim Jr. was appointed to the board of Workforce Development by Mayor Mike Fahey in 2003 and was involved in the restructure to the now Heartland Workforce Solutions for which he is past Chair and on the Executive Board. Jim is on the Mid America Council Boy Scout board. Jim is also the on the Executive board and Special Projects Director of “The First Responders Foundation Board” and was part of the team that started Supportblue and the 9/11 “Minute of Silence”. Jim and his wife Rose are also contributors and volunteers for the Nebraska Humane Society. Activities in the past include: Big Brothers/Big Sisters volunteer, Junior Achievement volunteer and Past Distinguished and Outstanding President for Mid-City Optimist club.

Business Description

InTouch Communications was founded in 1996 by Jim Jr., with the focus on providing our customers with long distance alternatives. The company was founded with three employees. As our solutions offerings increased, so has our staff. InTouch now has ten employees and is currently the leading Telecommunication Solution Provider (TSP) in the Midwest. inTouch is the largest Samsung dealer in 7 states and has won the excellence award from Samsung for the past 4 years.

Personal

Jim has been married to Rose for 19 years and has 4 children (Liz (37), Jon (34), Ryan (25) and Grant (22) and one grandchild Aidan (12).

Jim and Rose like to travel. Jim and Rose are members at Oak Hills where Jim likes to golf and Rose likes to sit pool side.

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Kelly Walters
Treasurer

Kelly A. Walters joined Kuehl Capital Holdings, LLC as a partner in 2015. Mr. Walters served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Supertel from April 2009 to March 2015 and continues to serve on the Board of Directors. Prior to Supertel, Mr. Walters was Senior Vice President for North Dakota-based Investors Real Estate Trust (IRET), a self-advised equity real estate investment trust, from October 2006 to April 2009. Preceding IRET, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer from 1993 to 2006 of Omaha-based Magnum Resources, Inc., a privately held real estate investment and operating company. Mr. Walters was an officer and senior portfolio manager at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. and also held investment management positions with the Kiewit Companies and Piper Jaffray. He is a member of the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of Bridges Investment Fund, Inc. Kelly enjoys various forms of “on and off-road” motorcycle riding, the hunting of upland game and waterfowl, domestic and international travel, and a measured amount of golf.

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Herb Hames
Regional Chapter Liaison

Mr. Hames works with Boys Town to help raise money to support their mission of helping at risk kids overcome their problems. The funds raised have paid for building repairs, sports camps, and new equipment. Mr. Hames also serves on the executive board of the Omaha FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association (CAAA).
For 30 years, Mr. Hames has developed a strong reputation as a key community leader and volunteer in the Omaha area. Mr. Hames has spent hundreds of hours each year representing the annual College World Series (CWS), held in Omaha. He serves as ticket chairman, deals with the media, and works with the teams, the NCAA, and the general public to help make the CWS a fan-friendly event. He has networked with several other community leaders, allowing him to provide donated tickets to many youth groups around the Omaha area.
Mr. Hames is involved in many organizations in the Omaha area; Omaha Estate Planning Council, Omaha Street School and CWS Board.


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Earl Redrick
Membership Coordinator

Earl Redrick joined the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in December of 2002. He currently serves as the Field Office Director for HUD’s Omaha, NE office. In this position, Earl serves as the principal staff person and agency representative for a full service field office with jurisdiction throughout the state of Nebraska. Earl oversees the administration of HUD services, outreach activities and program delivery to customers, partners and communities throughout the state, which totaled approximately $225 million in 2015. He also serves as a liaison to federal, state and local elected officials, municipal leaders and managers, stakeholders, community representatives and customers. Earl has served in a number of roles during his tenure with the Department. While assigned to the Fort Worth Regional Office, he performed duties as an Equal Opportunity Specialist in the Office of Systemic Investigations, and he served as an Investigator in the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO). Prior to his assignment in Omaha, Earl was assigned as the FHEO Intake Branch Chief, managing HUD’s Region VI (AR, LA, TX, OK, and NM) fair housing complaints intake division.
Earl holds a BA and MBA from Dallas Baptist University, and he is a 2013 graduate of the acclaimed Excellence In Government Fellows program taught by the Partnership for Public Service. Earl is a 21-year retired Army veteran, who is passionate about community service. Earl has volunteered at numerous community and non-profit organizations during his professional career, and he currently volunteers his time and efforts in Omaha and the surrounding communities by serving as a: Board Member of the Omaha Home for Boys; member of the local Federal Executive Association (FEA); mentor with Partnership 4 Kids; anti-bullying/prejudice reduction facilitator with the Anti-Defamation League of Omaha; federal agency advisor to Heartland My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Collaborative, and now board member of FBICAAA-Omaha. Earl graduated the FBICA in 2015.


Pam Wiese
Public Relations

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Todd Studnicka
Website Coordinator

Todd Studnicka joined PayPal when it was still a financial startup in 2001, and currently serves as PMO for the Business Development Multi-Media Experiences team. He is also deeply involved with the health and expansion of PayPal’s Patent portfolio. Previous to Todd’s current position, he was a Sr. Engagement Manager and was responsible for technical integration projects with clients in the Top 100 Internet Retailers segment. Both Todd and his wife Susan are native Nebraskans, and moved to Omaha shortly after graduating from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. They have two daughters, Sydney and Shaylee that keep them very busy with sports and show choir events. Todd volunteers time with a number of programs that focus and promote gender equality and inclusion in the work place. He is also actively involved and a current Executive Board member with the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni-Omaha. Todd enjoys additional experiences outside of work such as fishing, big game hunting, DIY project builds, and Husker volleyball with the family.


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Troy Brueckner
Board Member

Troy A. Brueckner is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP #409914) with a long track record of assisting organizations improve data confidentiality, integrity, and availability.  Mr. Brueckner joined CyberArk Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:CYBR) in 2013 to assist in their mission to “Provide a new layer of security to protect the heart of the enterprise from advanced cyber threats.”  Previously, Mr. Brueckner served as Vice President for Infogressive, Inc., an information security firm headquartered in Lincoln, NE which has twice been recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in Nebraska. 

Mr. Brueckner graduated summa cum laude from Bellevue University with a B.S. in Business … as well as minors in Computer Information Systems, Organizational Communications, and Communication Arts.  He is a 2015 graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy and he is an active member of InfraGard, a partnership between the FBI and the private sector dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the United States.  
Prior to becoming a member of the Omaha FBI CAAA Board of Trustees, he served as President of the (ISC)2 Omaha-Lincoln Chapter (International Information System Security Certification Consortium).  He has also served Vice President of Exchange Club of Omaha, a service organization dedicated to Americanism, community service, and youth programs with a focus on the prevention of child abuse.  Similarly, he has volunteered for Safe and Secure Online, educating children, teachers, parents, and the elderly about technology-related dangers … and WATCH D.O.G.S., a one-of-a-kind, school-based father involvement program that works to support education and safety. 

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Chris Chapman
Board Member

Chris is the morning host on Star 104.5, joining the staff in 2012. A native Mainer, he has been in radio since the late 80’s with stops around New England, Albuquerque, the Four Corners, and Minnesota. Chris is a docent with the SAC Museum in Ashland, sits on the Nebraska MS Society Leadership Council, and can be found emceeing many charity events around Omaha. He was the director of the 2010 Great Minnesota Air Show and 2013 St. Cloud Air Show, and has been a Big Brother, Boys & Girls Club Coach, and a Jaycee. Chris can also be heard as PA announcer for the Omaha Storm Chasers.

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Tom McBride
Board Member


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Kevin Nokels
Board Member

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Steve Patterson
Board Member

Steve Patterson is a Vice President and Financial Advisor with NVC Wealth, where he provides financial planning, investment management and employer retirement plan services. Steve grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and resides there with his wife Dana and children Megan, Grace and Stephen, Jr. He earned both his B.S.B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from Creighton University. He has been actively involved in a variety of civic leadership and volunteer roles in the Omaha community.

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Bob Lembke
Board Member

Bob is a Principal and Shareholder of SilverStone Group, heading up their construction industry group.
He’s been in the insurance & risk management field for 30+ years, spending 16 of those years with Peter Kiewit Sons’ as Director of Risk Management. Following a short-lived retirement, he was the owner of a private risk management consulting service. He joined SilverStone in 2009.


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Kim Wolfe
Board Member

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Carrie Greening
FBI – Community Outreach Specialist

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Huston Pullen
FBI – Community Outreach Specialist


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