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2007.05.02 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

Howard Hawks Receives Entrepreneurship Award

Omaha - University of Nebraska Regent Howard Hawks was awarded the Medallion for Entrepreneurship from Beta Gamma Sigma, the national honor society for higher education business programs during a ceremony Feb. 8 in Las Vegas.  The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) College of Business Administration  (CBA) made the nomination and Louis Pol, dean of the college, accepted the award on behalf of Hawks.

“Howard Hawks has had tremendous impact on Nebraska as a business leader, as a civic champion deeply committed to education, and as a philanthropist,” Pol said.  “Nominating him was a privilege for UNO.”

Hawks is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Tenaska, Inc., an Omaha-based energy company and the 16th largest privately held company in the United States.  Hawks earned his master’s of business administration degree from UNO in 1971. 

Tenaska is actively engaged in energy development activities within the United States and around the world.  Hawks and a small group of associates formed the company in 1987 amidst a newly de-regulated energy market.  With Hawks at the helm, Tenaska overcame market risks, and has raised $7.8 billion in financing.  The company’s assets have tripled from $800 million in 2001 to more than $2.6 billion in 2006.  In recent years, Tenaska has also expanded its focus to bio-fuels, clean coal generation and coal-to-liquid production of diesel fuels.

“Tenaska’s expanded focus has the potential to lower energy costs, enhance energy efficiency and reduce pollution,” Pol said.  “Mr. Hawks has always been a forward thinker.”

In addition to being elected to the University of Nebraska Board of Regents, Hawks also serves as a director for Creighton University.  The Hawks Foundation, created in 1994, has funded hundreds of university scholarships.  He was inducted into the Omaha Business Hall of fame in 2002.

The Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) Medallion for Entrepreneurship has been awarded annually since 1986, and only four were given this year. Established to recognize individuals and firms that contribute significantly to the vitality and strength of the economy, the award honors recipients who combine innovative business achievement with service to humanity. A reception was held on April 25th at the UNO College of Business Administration. 

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