Chamber announces 2024 inductees to Omaha Business Hall of Fame • Nebraska Examiner

OMAHA — The Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce has announced its newest members of the Omaha Business Hall of Fame.

The two women and five men (three of them from the same family) are to be formally inducted on August 21 during a gala at the Holland Center for the Performing Arts.

Joan Squires (Courtesy of the Omaha Chamber)
Constance Ryan (Courtesy of the Omaha Chamber)

They join other outstanding Omaha-area companies that since 1993 have been recognized for their legacies, contributions and commitment to business and community.

The hall was initiated 31 years ago as part of the Chamber’s centenary anniversary. Information about the achievements of the hall of fame is presented in a permanent exhibition at the Durham Museum.

Heath Mello, president and CEO of the Chamber, said this year’s group reflects the area’s “diverse economy” — with awards from the home services, transportation, arts and entertainment, medical research and banking industries.

Sid Meridith (Courtesy of the Omaha Chamber)
Lance Fritz (Courtesy of the Omaha Chamber)

“All seven inductees are truly giants in their industries and all have given so much back to our business community and our city,” Mello said.

The group was chosen by a committee of volunteers: Mello, David Anderson Jr., Mickey Anderson, Stephen Bruckner, Rodrigo Lopez, Linda Lovgren, John Lund, Brenda Mainwaring, Jane Miller, Jay Noddle, Joe Sullivan, Carmen Tapio and Willy Theisen.

Tickets and registration are required at the induction event.


CL Landen (Courtesy of the Omaha Chamber)

Lance Fritz served as chairman, president and CEO of Union Pacific from 2015 until 2023, when he retired after 23 years of service with the railroad. He now serves as an advisor to the company.

Clarence Louis “Mickey” Landen Jr. (1924-2011) co-founded Central National Insurance Co. with his father before founding Security National Bank in 1964.

Mickey Landen (Courtesy of the Omaha Chamber)

Clarence L. “CL” Landen III has been CEO of Security National Bank since 1980 and is described as a champion of personalized service and community engagement.

James E. “Jim” Landen Sr., as executive chairman, continues the family legacy of shaping the bank’s growth.

Sid Meredith settled in Omaha after seven years as an officer during the Vietnam War. In 1969, he founded Security Equipment Inc., which has four regional offices that supply services in 41 states.

Jim Landen (Courtesy of the Omaha Chamber)

Constance Ryan joined the family business, Streck Inc., in 1982. She became president in 1992 and CEO in 2013. Streck was recently sold to Madison Industries under her guidance.

Joan Squires, president of Omaha Performing Arts, started O-pa more than 20 years ago. It is now the state’s largest arts organization, overseeing the Orpheum Theatre, Holland Center and Steelhouse Omaha.