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2010.05.18 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

College of Business Administration Celebrates Distinguished Alumni

Omaha - The College of Business Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) recognized three distinguished alumni at its annual spring luncheon May 12.

The following three alumni were presented with the College of Business Administration Distinguished Alumni Award.

Larry Bradley
Partner, KPMG, LLP

Larry Bradley, a 1983 graduate of the UNO College of Business Administration, is an audit partner for KPMG, LLP, based in New York. Bradley, who has been with KPMG for 27 years, started in the Omaha office. Elected to the partnership in 1995, he is currently the lead audit partner on Pfizer, Inc., the world’s largest pharmaceutical company. He has also served as lead partner on other global companies including The Hershey Company, Pepsi Bottling Group and Omnicom Group, and spent seven years as partner for PepsiCo, Inc.

Bradley is on the boards of directors of KPMG, LLP, KPMG Americas and Park Indemnity Limited. He completed a two-year assignment in the firm’s department of professional practice in New York, and four years in its U.S. Capital Markets Group based in London. During the latter posting, he worked on stock exchange listings, cross-border transactions and public offerings for major European companies primarily in the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Finland and the Scandinavian countries. Bradley also serves KMPG as an SEC reviewing partner for major companies such as Daimler AG (formerly DaimlerChrysler), YUM! Brands, ConAgra Foods, Constellation Brands, General Mills, Cablevision and The Home Depot.

In 2005 he received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award from the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service. He serves on the finance committee for Holy Spirit Parish. Bradley lives with his wife Cindy (a 1984 graduate of UNO) in Stamford, Conn. The couple has four children ranging in age from 10 to 22 years.

Dino Cagni
Retired CEO, Hospital Corp. of America

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1957 from UNO, Dino Cagni was employed by the Department of Defense as an auditor of government contractors. Following his appointment as resident auditor in Oxnard, Calif., Cagni joined North American Aviation (later Rockwell International) on the Apollo Program as a major subcontract negotiator and manager on Apollo Command and Service Module Subsystems.

After the Apollo program, he served as assistant administrator at Canoga Park and Encino Hospitals and as CEO at hospitals in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Jupiter, and St. Petersburg, Fla. Cagni opened Jupiter Medical Center and operated the facility for 10 years. In addition, he served as CFO of sporting goods manufacturers, Humane Society Miami and various marketing organizations. Cagni served on the boards of many civic and professional organizations, including the Florida Hospital Association. He served as president of the Jupiter/Tequesta Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Florida Hospital Malpractice Trust Fund.

Cagni was born, raised and educated in Omaha. He and his wife, Alyce, spend much of their time visiting their six children, 10 grandchildren and new great-grandchild. Cagni also spends significant time on the golf course at Eaglewood in Hobe Sound, Fla., with brief visits to see Omaha relatives.

Doug Nielsen
Co-founder and Chairman, Hayneedle, Inc.
Co-founder and CEO, Xuba, LLC

Doug Nielsen, an Omaha native, has been an Internet pioneer and entrepreneur for two decades. After graduating from UNO in 1990, he founded Market Innovators, Inc., creating a successful coupon book concept then expanding into other direct marketing and business information products. Sensing the potential of the fledgling Internet, he co-founded GiftPoint.com and steered its merger with GiftCertificates.com, creating the leading market place for gift certificates.

In 2002, he co-founded NetShops Inc., an innovative online retail business that now has more than 200 web stores. Nielsen served as president and CEO of Netshops from 2002 to 2007, when the company grew from less than $1 million in revenue to nearly $200 million. In 2006, Netshops was named the 13th fastest growing company in America by Inc. Magazine. In both 2005 and 2006, Netshops received the Best Places to Work Award by the Omaha Chamber of Commerce.

After recruiting the former CEO of Walmart.com to replace him as CEO, Nielsen serves as chairman of the board. Netshops, rebranded as Hayneedle, continues to grow rapidly. Nielsen is now focused on a new venture, Xuba, an innovative approach to online commerce and social engagement. Nielsen is actively involved in the Omaha start-up community, as well as several non-profit organizations, and is currently chapter officer of the Young Presidents’ Organization. He lives in Omaha with his wife Susan and their four children.

“The combined successes of these three distinguished alumni are great sources of pride to the students, faculty, staff and other alumni of the UNO College of Business Administration,” said Louis Pol, dean.

Bradley, Cagni and Nielsen join the 76 alumni who have been recognized by the College of Business Administration. More than 18,000 students have earned degrees from the UNO College of Business Administration.

The College of Business Administration will soon relocate to its new home, Mammel Hall, on UNO’s Pacific Street campus. The $34 million facility is 120,000 square feet in size.

Visit http://cba.unomaha.edu for more information.
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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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