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2007.05.23 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO College of Business Administration Honors Four Distinguished Alumni

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) College of Business Administration honored four business professionals May 16 during the 20th annual Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards Luncheon.

The following individuals received 2006-07 Distinguished Alumni Awards:

* Donald Deter

Deter received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Omaha in 1952.  In 1964, Deter acquired the Chevrolet and Buick franchises in Atlantic, Iowa.  He obtained the Pontiac, Oldsmobile and Cadillac franchises in 1983, and added Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep franchises in 1992.  Deter has been a member of dealer advertising boards for Chevrolet, Buick and Oldsmobile.  He also is a member of the Cass County Memorial Hospital Foundation board and has served on many community boards.

* David Emry

Emry began his accounting career in 1968, became a partner with Ken Johnson & Co. in 1976 and merged that firm with Darst & Associates in 1981.  He has served as managing shareholder for several years.  He earned his business degree from UNO in 1970.  Emry provides accounting, auditing, and tax compliance and planning for clients in a variety of fields.  Today, a growing portion of his work focuses on computer consulting, analyzing systems and software to assure that clients receive the information they need.

* Clifford Hayes

Hayes attended Cornell College and transferred to the University of Omaha where he received his bachelor’s degree in finance in 1961.  Hayes was a principal in the firm of Chiles, Heider & Co. Inc., where he was vice president of securities trading and a member of the board of directors.  He was a registered investment adviser, a registered option principal and a member of the Chicago Board of Options.  Today, he is a private investor.

* Ross Ridenoure

Ridenoure was named vice president and chief nuclear officer for the Omaha Public Power District’s (OPPD) Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station in December 2003.  Prior to joining OPPD in 1989, Ridenoure served as a nuclear operations instructor at the Clinton Nuclear Station.  He had previously served as nuclear training engineer at the Zion and Braidwood Nuclear Stations for Westinghouse.  He holds undergraduate degrees in sociology and nuclear engineering technology from Excelsior College and a master of business administration (Executive Program) from UNO.

For more information, call (402) 554-3502.

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