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Founded in 1959, the AMA Omaha is the local Chapter of the American Marketing Association, the world’s largest nonprofit marketing association with more than 30,000 members.

For almost 60 years, AMA Omaha has been the leading network for local marketing professionals and continues to serve the Omaha community to advance the practice of marketing by providing a forum for discussion and on key issues impacting marketing professionals.

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The Chapter Excellence Awards (CEA) program was established in 1974 to recognize and reward AMA professional chapters’ outstanding achievements in leadership, membership, programming, finance, communications and community outreach. Each summer, every chapter has the opportunity to submit a CEA entry, which serves as a critical historical record of chapter operations for the prior year that empowers future local leaders to build on past successes. The CEA is prepared by the Immediate Past President, and offers reporting and insights from all Board committees.

Top scoring Chapters receive Gold, Silver, Bronze or Turn-It-Up honors, and are not eligible for individual category awards of Excellence or Special Merit.

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2019-2020 Jordan Maddex-Kopp
2018-2019 Magdalena Axtell
2017-2018 Sarah Morris
2016-2017 Nina Rongisch
2015-2016 Dana Sullivan
2014-2015 Kevin Hutchinson
2013-2014 Jaci Stuifbergen
2012-2013 Crystal Mackling
2011-2012 Misty Wendt
2010-2011 Calli Hite
2009-2010 Kim Kubert
2008-2009 Maria Corrin Oberdin
2007-2008 Brian Kaminski
2006-2007 Heather Lee Monaster
2005-2006 Kathleen Ulrich
2004-2005 Ann Maloley-Hansen
2003-2004 Carrie McKenzie

2002-2003 Gary Koenig
2001-2002 Jeff Quandt
2000-2001 John Lee
2000-1999 Brad Pfeifer
1998-1999 Karen Finken
1997-1998 Kim Mickelsen
1996-1997 Lisa Pelto
1995-1996 Cathy Jo “CJ” Ludwig
1994-1995 Jenny (Vrana) Buckley
1993-1994 Suzanne O’Donnell
1992-1993 Tracy Zaiss
1991-1992 Jim Vanderholm
1990-1991 Kelly Coffey
1989-1990 David Sanders
1988-1989 Sharon Hood
1987-1988 Pauline Stark
1986-1987 William Brown

1985-1986 Mike Novak
1984-1985 John Hafer
1984-1985 John Hafer
1983-1984 Rob Robinson
1982-1983 Marianne Pilling
1981-1982 Ira Dolich
1980-1981 Robert Brewster
1979-1980 Roger Koehler
1978-1979 Craig Collins
1977-1978 Craig Collins
1976-1977 Dennis Pearson
1975-1976 Dick Holquist
1974-1975 Dr. William Howard Brannen
1973-1974 George Madsen
1972-1973 Luther MacNaughton

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to recruiting and retaining BIPOC representation within our board of directors, leadership teams, volunteers, and membership.


to increasing BIPOC representation throughout our products and services, thought leadership, campaigns, programming, and distribution networks.


to further educating ourselves as to the plight of racial injustice and will use our platform to facilitate courageous conversations that promote anti-bias and anti-racism within the marketing community.

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to partnering with organizations that value diversity, equity, and inclusion.


to building a pipeline of marketers that reflect the demographics of the populations we serve.

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Paul Baltes

Director of Communications
Nebraska Medicine

Paul is the director of communication at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha and manages public and media relations, social media and internal communications. Prior to his eleven years at the medical center, Paul spent 13 years as a television journalist in Arizona, Indiana and Nebraska. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and an executive MBA in health care administration from the University of Colorado – Denver. In his free time he tries to keep up with his two teenage sons and competes in triathlons.

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Greg Daake

Principal & Creative Director Daake

Greg Daake is a senior brand consultant who has spent his 23-year career helping institutions with their brands. He is considered a thought leader in the field of institutional branding. He’s a regular speaker at industry events and has authored many works on the subject of rebranding. His company, Daake, is a national design company on a mission to help brands transform what is — to what could be.

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(Immediate Past President: Sarah Morris)

We’re two for two! In the second year entering the competition, AMA Omaha received its second CEA recognition, a Special Merit for Communications.

AMA Omaha Vision

To be the essential community for marketers.

Together, we will use the power of our collective voices to outline the roles marketers can play in standing for and delivering on inclusion; the ideals, values, and principles that promote equality, respect, and unity.

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