Each year, the Commercial Real Estate Summit recognizes the outstanding men and women of our community who have made an impact on the commercial real estate industry as well as the most influential deal and development that have helped transform our community.


Brenda Dooley

Vice President of Facilities

First National Bank of Omaha

BRENDA DOOLEY is the Senior Vice President of First National Buildings, a division of First National Bank of Omaha (FNBO). FNBO is independent and family owned, with 165 years and six generations of banking experience. First National and its affiliates have $26 billion in managed assets and nearly 5,000 employees across eight states with a real estate portfolio of 2.7 M square feet.

Brenda began her career with First National in 1989 and has served, in her current role leading First National Buildings, since 1999. She is responsible for overall corporate real estate management, planning, operations, and corporate security. Brenda has led many projects such as FNBO’s Downtown Omaha redevelopment including the Tower and sculpture parks in addition to many new branch projects across First National’s footprint.

Throughout her career, Brenda has been involved in the City of Omaha’s endeavors towards long-term Downtown Redevelopment Planning and the Downtown Business Improvement board in addition to serving on several boards.

Brenda is a graduate of Wayne State College, was honored as an Influence Graduate (sponsored by the Institute for Career Advancement Needs - ICAN). In 2003, she received the 40 under 40 award. Brenda holds professional certificates in both Real Property Administrator (RPA) and Facility Management Administrator (FMA) sponsored through Building Owners and Managers Institute (BOMA).

Brenda lives with her husband and family, including 2 granddaughters, in Missouri Valley, Iowa (where she has lived her entire life) and has served on the Board of the Missouri Valley School District in many capacities for 13 years.

Curt Hofer

Owner & President

Curt Hofer & Associates

Mr. Hofer, age 59, is the Co-Founder of Jasper Stone Partners and Jasper Stone Holdings, currently serving as its President and Chief Executive Officer.  Mr. Hofer has been primarily responsible for successfully raising the private equity required for the firm to acquire/build, manage and sell roughly $275 million in commercial real estate assets since its inception.  Mr. Hofer is a significant equity stakeholder in Avenue One, Omaha’s newest mixed use development located at 192nd and Dodge.  Avenue One is expected to be valued at over $1.2 Billion upon completion.  Mr. Hofer’s core business philosophy of being highly accountable, financially transparent, and relationally available has led to high levels of trust from employees, team leaders, company stakeholders and financial partners over the years.  In addition, Mr. Hofer had previously founded and led several other companies whose current management teams are still operating independently and growing successfully in the construction and development arena during a time when many businesses have failed.  These well respected companies, such as Curt Hofer Associates - Nebraska’s market leader for high-end residential home design and construction has completed over $350 million in projects since its founding.  Other companies he has founded and which continue to operate include APEX Development, APEX Painting and APEX Cabinets that provide subcontract services in the construction industry.  These companies have been successful primarily because of the leadership and day to day management of the people he has trusted and mentored. 

Kevin Rhodes

former Principal

Greenleaf Commercial Real Estate

Kevin Rhodes began his real estate career in 1974 following graduation from the University of Iowa with a BBA and receiving his broker’s license and Certificate of Real Estate & Land Use Economics from UNO. He was then hired by Alfred G Thomsen in Omaha as the exclusive leasing agent of the newly completed NBC Center designed by the internationally known architect I.M. Pei. The Center was fully leased in less than two years.

In 1979, Rhodes continued his education with CCIM and was awarded his designation in 1985. He served on numerous CCIM committees as a member & chairman and achieved a coveted Instructor as well as Senior Faculty position for more than 10 years and participated in the NE chapter 1981-2020.

From 1977-2000 Rhodes was employed with MEGA Corporation of Lincoln and served as a stockholder, President and on the Board of Directors. For over 25 years he subscribed daily to the Code of Ethics of NAR which contributed to his successful & creative completion of complex legal and financial lending transactions. In addition, he was known for his pleasant, calm, persistent, & respectful negotiation style with realtors/brokers, bankers & clients alike.

Rhodes accepted his “dream job” in 2000 as Director of Real Estate for Cabela’s Inc. as the Sidney company began its expansion program. The position included acquisition of new retail showroom sites, negotiation of economic incentives with states and local communities, directing the sale of out parcels to complementary uses, & directing the management of real estate assets held within Cabela’s Ventures.  He traveled to all 50 states and Canada accomplishing the completion of 21 stores in 19 states relentlessly telling the Cabela story to strangers, city officials, state politicians, senators/representatives, Cabela customers & future customers.

Rhodes found great professional purpose in his participation in the Lincoln Board of Realtors, Nebraska Realtors Association and the National Association of Realtors. In total, he participated in over 25 committees, forums, & subcommittees at the local, state & national levels. He served on the Board of Directors for Lincoln Board of Realtors (1984-1992) and as President in 1992. Nebraska Realtors Association utilized his skills as District Vice President (1989-90), State Treasurer (1993-94), First Vice President (1994-95), President Elect (1995-96) & President (1996-97). In addition, Rhodes was NAR Regional Vice President in 2001-02. For his dedication to these organizations Kevin was awarded the Nebraska Realtor of the Year (2005), Lincoln Board Realtor of the Year (1987), President’s Achievement Award (1985 & 1987) and the Outstanding Service Award (1990).

In 2009, Rhodes served as Executive Vice President for World Group Commercial Real Estate in Omaha before joining Greenleaf Properties in 2017 and focusing on his own personal properties before retirement in 2021.

Rhodes participated in the Lincoln community as a Cub Scout leader, member of Cosmopolitan and Crucibles Clubs, YWCA Financial Advisory Committee, First Plymouth Preschool Advisory Board, and East High School Prom Decoration Chairman. He has two adult children, Brett and Whitney. He and his wife, Dr. Jacqueline Rhodes, have three grandchildren, Kalli, Bryson & Kipton and a puppy named Ivy.  

Mark Westergard

Civil Engineering,
Project Manager

E & A Consulting Group

Mark is a well-respected civil engineer who has designed and managed commercial, industrial and residential development projects in the Omaha area for over 43 years.  Most years were spent at E & A Consulting Group, Inc. with projects located in the greater Omaha area. However, Mark spent seven extremely beneficial years with Union Pacific Realty designing industrial and business parks across the western United States.  Mark, an Iowa State graduate, started at E&A in 1979 as a project engineer and worked there until 1984 when he was hired by Union Pacific Realty. Returning to E&A in 1992 as a project manager, Mark quickly became a principal in 1996 and was named the firm’s CEO in 2000.  During his 15-year tenure as CEO, E&A flourished, growing from 35 to over 100 employees. In 2015, Mark assumed the role of Chairman of the Board and served in that capacity until late 2021. 

Mark considers it a privilege to have worked with so many developers on such a wide variety of projects over his career. His work includes approximately 120 developments and just under 10,000 acres of land producing over four billion dollars in property valuations added to the Omaha tax base. Although specializing in residential development, a few of the commercial and industrial developments that Mark has been involved with include Whispering Ridge and Whispering Ridge West, Roanoke Business Park, The Thompson Mile, I-80 Industrial Park, CenTech Business Park, West Cornhusker Plaza, Harrison Woods, Granite Falls Commercial, Portal Plaza, portions of the Oak Brook Mall, Southwestern Plaza, Prairie Corners, portions of Southport West, North Shore Commercial, and Kensington Park.   

Mark and his wife, Jan, reside in Deer Creek and have four grown daughters.

Deal of the Year WINNERS

Richard Meginnis


NAI FMA Realty

Mike Bell

Vice President,
Sales & Leasing

NAI FMA Realty

Scott Vyskocil

Senior Vice President,
Property Management

NAI FMA Realty

David Reese

Vice President of Operations

Bryan Health

Development of the year, lincoln

Lied Place


Tam Allan


Lied Place Development LLC

Development of the year, OMAHA

The Farnam Hotel


Jason Fisher

Founder & Chairman

Cushman & Wakefield
The Lund Company




Robert Hancock


Robert Hancock Co.

Robert Huck


Croker Huck Law

Thomas Huston


Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather

Michael Yanney

Chairman Emeritus of the Board

Burlington Capital


Tim Kerrigan

CCIM, SIOR, Principal and Managing Broker

Investors Realty, Inc.

JP Raynor

JD, CCIM, SIOR, Broker

Investors Realty, Inc.

Ryan Ellis

CEO & Owner

PJ Morgan Real Estate

Derick Lewin

Sales & Leasing Agent

PJ Morgan Real Estate

Development of the year, lincoln

Telegraph District


Craig A. Smith


Speedyway Properties

Adam Criswell

Director of Operations

Speedyway Properties

Development of the year, omaha

Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel


Thomas H. McLeay


Clarity Development Company

Mike Peter


Clarity Development Company

Matt Dwyer


GreenSlate Development

Jay Lund


GreenSlate Development

UNO Real estate scholarship

Danyell Price


Omaha, Nebraska