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Todd Simon

Todd Simon is the fifth-generation family owner of Omaha Steaks, where he serves as Chairman and Chief Steak Evangelist.

Simon has been with the company for more than 38 years after graduating from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He began his career developing and implementing Omaha Steaks award-winning marketing programs, as well as the employee development efforts that drive the company's culture of excellence.

In addition to leading the family business, he continues the Simon family’s legacy of philanthropy and dedication to the community, serving on the Board of Directors for various organizations supporting the arts, as well as social and human services. He was the recipient of the Humanities Nebraska Sower Award, named Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year by the Nebraska Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and along with his wife, Betiana, was named Humanitarian of the Year by Inclusive Communities.

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Jeff Koterba

Jeff Koterba is a writer, artist, musician, and creativity advocate. A two-time TED speaker, Koterba often writes and talks about overcoming obstacles to deepening one's creativity. He's also passionate about helping others tell their story.

 

His memoir, Inklings, traces Koterba's path on his journey to become a cartoonist, and more so, to rediscover the love of his family that was there from the start. Entertainment Weekly called Inklings "...a powerful and moving portrait of an artist." In 2019 he was named a finalist for a novel in the Tucson Festival of Books, and semi-finalist for a second novel.

 

Koterba has twice been nominated for a Heartland Emmy Award, most recently in 2019, for a weekly series he wrote and hosted, on CBS affiliate, KMTV. He has also written for The Huffington Post, ABC News, and The Daily Beast. His fiction has appeared in Parcel, and his graphic nonfiction has appeared in Ecotone.

 

As a cartoonist he has been a finalist for Editorial Cartoonist of the Year from the National Cartoonists Society and has twice placed second in the National Headliner Awards. He has also won first place for editorial cartooning in the Great Plains Journalism Awards six times, most recently in 2019. His cartoons are distributed through Cagle Cartoons to 850 newspapers around the globe, and have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and USA Today.

 

In 2010, two of Koterba's cartoons flew aboard space shuttle Discovery.

 

His work has been included in multiple exhibits around the U.S. and in Europe, including alongside Picasso and Banksy in Amiens, France, and in the Austrian embassy in Paris.

 

He is lead singer, guitarist, and chief songwriter for the Prairie Cats, a swing and jump-blues band he formed in 1998. The Prairie Cats have performed at the South by Southwest Music Festival, Windows on the World at the World Trade Center, and at the Derby Lounge in Hollywood.

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