3 CBA Alumni Receive Greater Omaha Business Excellence Awards
OMAHA – Three UNO College of Business Administration alumni — one founder and two chief executive officers — were among the 32 companies and individuals honored at the Greater Omaha Business Excellence Awards celebration on May 12.
Ryan Jardine (BSBA 2007) received individual recognition for his leadership and entrepreneurial drive. Jardine started his company, Quality Irrigation, in 2003 when he was still in college, and it has since expanded to 20 employees. In 2012, the business leader was also named a Midlands Business Journal 40 Under 40 award winner, and the Greater Omaha Chamber named his company Small Business of the Year.
Two companies led by CBA alumni also received excellence awards: C&A Industries Inc. and SAC Federal Credit Union.
Scot Thompson (MBA 1992) is president and CEO of C&A Industries, a national leader in staffing and recruitment. Joining C&A in 2000, he has helped the organization become one of the largest human capital management firms in the United States, according to the company’s website. He serves on numerous nonprofit boards in Omaha.
Gail DeBoer (BSBA 1987) is president and CEO of SAC Federal Credit Union, a full-service financial institution serving more than 88,000 members. Assuming leadership in 2007, she was instrumental in growing the organization from $312 million to $640 million in total assets. DeBoer received CBA’s Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award in 2012 and the UNO Alumni Association’s Citation for Alumni Advancement in 2013.