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We are excited to be hosting our 103rd Annual Meeting, on Monday, January 24, 2022 back in person! You will receive the latest news from the Chamber, hear from keynote speaker, Kelsey Ruwe, enjoy a delicious meal from Younes Hospitality, and celebrate businesses and individuals in our community.


5:30 PM Social

6:30 PM Dinner

6:50 PM Program Begins

7:20 PM Keynote Speaker

7:40 PM Award Presentations

8:30 PM Event Concludes




Kelsey Ruwe is the Chief of Staff at Carson Group, overseeing Talent, Human Resources and Corporate Communications. In nearly 15 years with the firm, Kelsey has been instrumental in hiring, training, and educating nearly 300 employees.


When she joined Carson in 2008, Kelsey was responsible for local events, marketing promotion, and HR. She has since risen in position, from Director of HR, Vice President of Talent and now Chief of Staff, directly alongside the Executive Board.


If you’ve driven down the Dodge expressway in Omaha recently, you may have noticed Carson’s new headquarters in the prior Boys Town west farm property. Under Kelsey’s leadership, Carson completed the $80 million-dollar, two-tower campus. She was responsible for overseeing the construction, design, and development, as well as leading the building committee and input for our firm.


Day-to-day, Kelsey focuses on Carson’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, as well as community partnerships and engagement. She facilitated Carson becoming a two-year CODE member through the Greater Omaha Chamber and a partnership with local organization, Inclusive Communities, which hosted a five-part workshop series for the firm. Kelsey also was integral in establishing Carson’s IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Education, Action) Council. The council was created to develop a shared language and understanding among stakeholders while educating and connecting them to individuals and organizations that ignite change in our company and our community. Kelsey was recognized for these efforts by Waters Technology and InvestmentNews.

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Kelsey has also been recognized for her efforts in leadership, most recently by Young Nebraskans as their Leadership and Professional Development of the Year (2021). She has helped Carson earn numerous awards, including being named a Best Place to Work by InvestmentNews and a finalist for Best Firm Culture by Private Asset Management. She is regularly featured in industry publications like Financial Advisor IQ and  InvestmentNews, and she is a member of the Omaha Chamber’s 44th Leadership Class.



FRIEND OF KEARNEY presented by the Envoys

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2020 Award Winner: Dr. Joel Johnson
Past Award Winners:

2019 Gene Beerbohm | 2018 Ron Bielenberg

2017 Ken & Bonnie Mumm | 2016 Carolyn Menke

 2015 Jan Rodehorst | 2014 Tom & Mary Henning

2013 Stan Dart | 2012 Gail Lowenberg | 2011 Tom Tye

2010 Sherry Morrow | 2009 Paul Younes | 2008 Brad Kernick

2007 Jackie Purdy | 2006 Earl Rademacher

2005 Pete & Jane Kotsiopulos