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CreativeMornings: Honesty, featuring Edem Soul Music

Dozens of Omaha area creatives gathered at Omaha Creative Institute for another installment of “CreativeMornings”, sponsored by the Greater Omaha Chamber. As per usual, CM organizers Kim Sellmeyer and Steve Gordon got us off to a great start with high-fives and hugs, some announcements, and a little game that got everyone ramped and amped up for Edem’s presentation on “Honesty”. Attendees consumed lots of coffee and muffins and listened attentively, as Edem gave her talk, and encouraged us all to be who we really are.

CreativeMornings @ Omaha Creative Institute

Edem Soul Music is a respected staple on the Omaha original music scene, and received the 2018 OEAA Award for “Best Soul Music”. As an artist and an individual, Edem strives to live an authentic life, and to encourage others to embrace their own uniqueness. She recounted her mother telling her to be herself, “because no one else is Edem!” Edem is also a first-generation American; her parents are Ghanian, but she was

All eyes and ears are on Edem Soul Music

born in the USA.

Edem sang two original songs for the attendees, accompanying herself on djembe, and then on ukulele. She has a wonderful voice and stage presence, and captivated the audience totally.

Midwest Sound & Lighting is proud to sponsor CreativeMornings with the Greater Omaha Chamber. We used a single 1KW QSC K-12 powered speaker, Shure wired and wireless microphones, and an Allen & Heath mixer to provide crystal-clear, feedback-free sound reinforcement.

Congratulations to the Greater Omaha Chamber and CreativeMornings for another successful, stimulating, energizing Friday morning get-together. I look forward to next month’s “CreativeMorning”.

Peace, out-

JR/MSL

The Greater Omaha Chamber Gets Coffee at the Movies

Coffee & Contacts @ Majestic Cinema

Majestic Cinema, 14304 W. Maple Rd., was the host venue for Coffee & Contacts on Thursday, October 4th, 2018. The morning was bright and brisk as members convened for rolls, coffee, and connections. The spacious theatre lobby was full of smiling faces as folks exchanged business cards and conversation.

David G Brown @ Coffee & Contacts

Chamber President and CEO, David G. Brown, welcomed us all with his typically robust, “Good Morning”, which he smilingly repeated twice, until he received the desired level of enthusiasm from our group response… David knows how to wake us up, and made sure we all knew why we were there. After quizzing the crowd on who had a pocket full of business cards, he challenged everyone to give them all out, and make sure to follow up on our conversations.

Sally and Cathy address attendees

Majestic Cinema’s Sally Bradley and Cathy Blankenburg each spoke briefly, and gave out pairs of tickets to lucky prize winners. The attendees were all in good spirits as folks continued to enjoy the bagels, rolls, fruit and coffee while learning about each other’s businesses.

Midwest Sound & Lighting is proud to partner with The Greater Omaha Chamber to provide crystal-

Coffee and contacts attendees

clear, feedback-free sound reinforcement for Coffee & Contacts. As usual, we employed a pair of 1KW QSC K-12 powered loudspeakers, Shure wireless microphones, and an Allen & Heath ZED mixer.

Congratulations to Majestic Cinema for a terrific C & C turnout, and a very successful event. We’ll see you at the next Coffee & Contacts.

Peace, out-

JR/MSL

Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce Economic Outlook 2018

SCCC Economic Outlook 2018

Immanuel Village was again the site of the annual Economic Outlook Breakfast. It’s always a great opportunity to hear what’s going on in Nebraska’s fastest growing county, from agriculture, to the NRD, to roads, residential trends, and other Sarpy County developments.

The hot breakfast was delicious. After enjoying it, Angel Velitchkov spoke on his work with the Counsel for International Trade on behalf of Nebraska farmers and ranchers. Angel showed several interesting slides depicting his travels to Azerbaijan, Viet Nam, Nigeria, and many other international trading partners. He travels the world to grow Nebraska’s ag business.

SCCC Economic Outlook 2018

We also heard details about the Offutt Levee and runway repairs from John Winkler of the Papio-Missouri River NRD. Don Kelly spoke of infrastructure improvements, and Sarpy Co. Commissioner Andy Alloway discussed residential trends. We also heard Christopher Erickson talk about the LaVista City Centre, and Dave Audino spoke about Papillion’s new Data Center.

As always, The Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Economic Outlook gave us a bit of a glimpse into what the future may hold, and brought many good people together to talk and break bread; always a good thing.

SCCC Economic Outlook 2018

Midwest Sound & Lighting is proud to provide crystal-clear, feedback-free audio reinforcement for the Economic Outlook breakfast. We again used a pair of passive, JBL VRX932 speakers, a QSC power amp, Shure wireless microphones and an Allen & Heath ZED mixer, and look forward to next year’s event.

Peace, love, out-

JR/MSL

Greater Omaha Chamber’s Business on the Green 2018!

Business on the Green 2018

As the sun came up at Tiburon Golf Course on a beautiful Friday, June 15, the Greater Omaha Chamber’s summer highlight event was getting under way. Larry Gomez, the Chamber’s retired and revered emcee, returned to welcome golfers and direct them to registration, refreshments, Mega-Putt, and provide information, sponsor credits, and light-hearted encouragement as music filled the morning air.

The first flight took off at 7 am, after greetings and thanks from Chamber President and CEO David G. Brown, Great Western Bank’s Harlan Falk, and some brief instructions from the terrific Tiburon staff. It was all smiles as the carts made their way out to each of the 3 courses to the strains of “How Long”, by Ace.

The first flight had the welcome advantage of cooler temperatures, as the day really warmed up as it went along.  The food court was very popular, as usual, as were cold beverages. Music played throughout the morning, with everyone in a festive, fun mood.

After the 2nd flight had assembled, been greeted, and sent on their way to the greens, I took my time in the building heat, striking the (4) JBL AWC all-weather speakers, (2) Crown amplifiers, a pair of Shure wireless microphones and an Allen & Heath ZED mixer. It was getting HOT, so I alternated wrapping cables and loading speakers with retreating to the air-conditioned lounge repeatedly. All good.

Midwest Sound & Lighting is proud to provide crystal-clear, feedback-free audio reinforcement as the sound & music sponsor of the Greater Omaha Chamber’s Business on the Green. We look forward to seeing everyone again next June for the 2019 BOTG.

 

 

Peace; stay cool,

JR/MSL

CreativeMornings/Omaha- Friday, June 8, 2018

CreativeMornings/Omaha- Friday, June 8, 2018

Jason Steady’s visual aids.

It was warm and getting warmer as a crowd of over 60 creatives gathered at Midtown Crossing for the latest installment of CreativeMornings, a global, breakfast lecture series. It was a beautiful opportunity to meet outside, with dogs and their owners playing catch in the park, and folks out walking, jogging, and generally enjoying the new day as we mingled.

Following the template of prior CreativeMornings in Omaha, Organizers Kim Sellmeyer and Steve Gordon got on the mic, welcomed all attendees, and got us up and moving with hi-fives and hugs. That got our blood pumping (coffee and rolls helped, too) and we were ready to hear Jason, the day’s presenter.

Jason Steady talk on creativity

Jason Steady is plainly quite creative. He likes to make things, from music, travelling the country with his band, to fashioning wooden birds in Japanese Origami style, to countless other, non-traditional creations. Jason had never made such wooden origami creations before, but that didn’t deter him from taking on the project. He actually “invented” an angle-finder tool to make sure everything fit and looked right, but after coming up with his own, original tool, he then discovered “angle finders” were already available.  One of the Origami birds was 9’ tall and had to be dis-assembled to move. The smaller example he showed us was simply beautiful, with its angular wings and neck. Though he had never attempted such a commissioned art project before, he put his mind to it and succeeded!

He talked about the many sides of creativity, and not letting inexperience stop him from taking on new challenges. His advice was to seek out and talk to people who’ve done what you want to do, ask them lots of questions, then fearlessly just start creating. His smile, casual, easy-going presentation style, and quick wit convinced us all that Jason was onto something. Of the many steps he goes through while creating, the finished project seems to be less fulfilling to him than the creative process itself. Such are creatives…

Jason Steady’s audience

Midwest Sound & Lighting is a proud sponsor of CreativeMornings. We used a pair of QSC, 1KW, K-12 powered speakers, an Allen & Heath ZED mixer, and Shure wireless microphones to provide crystal-clear, feedback-free sound reinforcement for this Greater Omaha Chamber event, and look forward to next month’s “CreativeMorning”.

Please join us; you’ll learn something useful.

 

Peace, out-

JR/MSL

Commitment and Imperfection: CreativeMornings/Omaha Friday, May 18

CreativeMornings May 18 2018

The most recent installment of the Greater Omaha Chamber’s popular, “CreativeMornings” breakfast series was held at The Union for Contemporary Art, 2423 North 24th Street on Friday, May 18. 2018. As usual, lots of coffee and rolls were eagerly consumed by the 100 + attendees before the typical CreativeMornings “hugs & hi-fives” workout, to get us warmed up and energized.

To get us even more fired-up, Host Kim Sellmeyer and co-host Steve Gordon, Jr., got everyone involved in a raucous “rock, paper, scissors” activity that concluded with all attendees chanting the winner’s name after eliminating other contestants. It was a wild four or five minutes, and everybody was wide awake and smiling at the exercise’s conclusion; ready for the morning’s presentation.

CreativeMornings Hugs & Hi-Fives!

The subject was, “100 Days: Lessons in Commitment and Imperfection”, presented by Karen Borchert. Karen helps growing companies accomplish incredible work with amazing teams. Currently, Karen is the Chief Operations Officer at Flywheel, a fast-growing software company with operations and teams across the globe. Karen shared her experience and insight into goal-setting, seeking perfection, and associated problems, citing several entertaining personal anecdotes, examples, and potential traps to avoid.

Commitment seems to have no greater enemy than imperfection, especially for those of us who love a beautiful final product, unmarred by mistakes or flaws. Karen’s talk was about the mindset of commitment and perfectionism, and how to let imperfection in, once and for all, in order to create something incredible.

Karen told us that she loves goal-setting, and has learned to adjust on the fly to make continual progress, regardless of unexpected obstacles, setbacks or delays. It’s obvious that she is in a very good place in her life, which made her presentation all the more impactful.

CreativeMornings May 18 2018 Karen Borchert speaks to the attendees

I’m sure I wasn’t the only one glad to hear that others struggle with goal-setting and avoiding crippling perfectionism, while still seeking excellence. By the mood in the room, many heads nodding in agreement, and the energy flowing, the subject engaged us all. Karen gave us all permission to be imperfect, and to modify our goals, while constantly moving forward.

As a proud sponsor of CreativeMornings/Omaha, Midwest Sound & Lighting used a pair of QSC 1KW K-12 powered speakers, an Allen & Heath ZED mixer, and Shure wireless microphones to provide crystal-clear, feedback-free sound reinforcement.

To sum things up, it was another very stimulating CreativeMorning in Omaha. These events are very worthwhile IMHO, free of charge, and will charge you up for free. We hope to see you next month.

 

Stay creative and keep learning,
JR/MSL

Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce Grand Giveaway 2018

SCCC Grand Giveaway

The beautiful, new, Beardmore Event Center was the venue for this year’s Grand Giveaway, held on Thursday evening, March 29th, 2018. The

“50’s/60’s Sockhop” theme was everywhere, from the cool, “Pink Ladies” jackets that Karen, Annisa and the other SCCC staff were sporting, to the giant 33 and 45 rpm records on the wall, to the background music I spun; from The Beatles, to Elvis, Dion, the Platters and more…

Many, many unique, useful and valuable prizes were auctioned off by auctioneers Tom Kerfoot and Martie Cordaro. Those two fellows kept things light, up-tempo, and fun- and got bids! I think Tom and Martie could get top dollar from an Eskimo for a block of ice…nice job, guys!

SCCC Grand Giveaway

It is my understanding that this was the most successful and well-attended Grand Giveaway yet, a tribute to the hard work and dedication of the Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce. Folks started arriving at about 5 pm to inspect the auction items (and enjoy the delicious house cocktails), and we all enjoyed a delicious meal together. True to form and past events, the Grand Giveaway was over at about 9 pm, with many attendees lingering to enjoy a little more fellowship and fun.

Midwest Sound & Lighting is happy to partner with our good friends in the Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce. We employed a single pair of phenomenal, compact JBL VRX-932 speakers, driven by a XS 1200 Crown amplifier, with an Allen & Heath ZED mixer and two Shure wireless microphones to provide pleasant, intelligible, distortion/feedback-free audio reinforcement for the ballroom. I think everyone in the ballroom heard every word spoken into the mics clearly; at least that was my goal.

SCCC Grand Giveaway

Congratulations to the Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce on another wonderful event! See you next year.

Peace, out,

JR/MSL

Gross Catholic High School Trivia Night 2018

On Saturday, February 10, 2018, the gymnasium at Gross Catholic High School was decked out with 76 colorful tables of 8-10 chairs each, with plentiful food and drink for some 750 pumped-up Trivia players. Trivia Night is one of Gross’s biggest fund raisers, and this year’s edition sold out in just days, with folks still on a waiting list for any cancellations right up to the night of the event. To attend Trivia Night is to understand its popularity, with countless old and new friends enjoying good food and fellowship, all to further Gross High’s mission of Catholic education.

GHS Trivia Night 2018

Husker Air Personality and Gross HS alum, Sean Callahan

As in years past, popular Husker air personality Sean Callahan, a GHS alum, was Emcee for the event. Questions ranged from famous Nebraskans, state flags, types of cars by logos,  to music and The Office. Lots of great prizes were raffled off, and, as usual, Cougar Spirit was bubbling everywhere.

Midwest Sound & Lighting again used two pairs of the phenomenal JBL VRX-932 speakers, a couple Shure wireless microphones and a Yamaha mixer to provide crystal-clear, feedback free sound for the event, even in a very reverberant gym. Midwest Sound & Lighting is happy to sponsor Trivia Night, and congratulates the Gross High Cougars on another fabulous, fun, fund-raiser.

Dux Esto, indeed!

Coffee & Contacts at Bold Office Solutions

Bold Office Solutions Coffee & Contacts

Bold Office Solutions Coffee & Contacts

Thursday morning, December 7th, dawned seasonably chilly, but once Coffee & Contacts got underway at Bold Office Solutions, 4526 F St., things warmed right up inside. Thanks to Scooter’s Coffee and the delicious muffins and other baked goods, everybody got their day off to a great start.

Bold Office Solutions Coffee & Contacts

Bold Office Solutions featuring Scooter’s delicious coffee and baked goods!

Jay and Joe, of Bold Office Solutions, and Breanne and Josie, from Scooters, all thanked us for coming out on a cold morning to learn about their companies and to network. They were all good presenters with a handheld microphone, too; a real plus for your friendly sound man.

I took the opportunity to try out most of the different kinds of business chairs, couches and stools on display, and found several really, really nice, unique, comfortable models that were stylish and very functional. Many even had AC power and USB ports, making them uber-convenient for businesses. Stop in soon, and see what Bold Office Solutions can do to help YOU create a more productive, healthier and happier workplace.

Midwest Sound & Lighting is proud to partner with the Greater Omaha Chamber and provide crystal-clear, feedback free sound reinforcement for Coffee & Contacts. We used a single, 1KW QSC K-12 powered speaker and Shure wireless microphones, which are very popular items from our vast Rental Department

Bold Office Solutions Coffee & Contacts

Jay of Bold Office Solutions welcomes Coffee & Contacts attendees.

Happy Holidays from all of us Midwest-erners to you and yours,

JR/MSL

Midwest Sound & Lighting Annual All-Company Meeting held in Omaha store

Midwest Sound & Lighting/Omaha

On Wednesday, November 8, 2017, all available Midwest Sound & Lighting employees gathered at the Omaha location for our annual meeting. We don’t get to see each other often enough.  Though our Lincoln store is less than an hour away, it can sometimes be challenging to keep the lines of communication clear and open, and keep everyone on the same page. The yearly all-company meeting lets us relax, talk, break bread together, meet new hires, and enhance intra-company good will.

The morning started with gallons of coffee, piles of bagels and rolls, and a very inspiring presentation by David G. Brown, the President and CEO of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce. It only took David a couple “Good Mornings” to get us to respond with sufficient gusto, after which he launched into his presentation.

Omaha showroom

David spoke to the need to create an atmosphere of empathy, respect and good communication at the workplace, something that doesn’t automatically occur. David shared amazing stories of obstacles to communication and cooperation, and how, once everyone is aware of and buys into the company vision and mission, many shared goals can be reached.

A big part of successful business communication is separating our personal relationships from the day-to-day issues we face at work, and addressing specific problems directly with those affected by our workplace actions. His story regarding the Olympic Torch Run to the Atlanta Games was a study in how to navigate sensitive issues, find common ground, solve problems, and work together to get the job done. David held everyone’s undivided attention, and his insightful, inspiring message seemed to resonate with all of us. Midwest Sound & Lighting is profoundly grateful to David G. Brown and the Greater Omaha Chamber for the limitless support we have enjoyed since joining and partnering with the Chamber a decade ago.

Fired up from David’s presentation, we went outside for the ever-challenging photograph of the entire crew. “Herding cats” might best be how to describe Tess, our photographer, as she put us in our places. Truthfully, few of us like being photographed, and nobody likes looking into the sun…

Midwest Sound & Lighting crew at Annual Meeting.

Following a delicious, Hy-Vee catered hot lunch, department heads then gathered in the conference room to further discuss the challenges and opportunities we face today and in the future, which range from consumer buying trends, to FCC wireless mic regulations, to contemporary marketing techniques, and much more.

Midwest Sound & Lighting is a proud, family-owned business, and a big, extended family unto ourselves. As with all businesses (and families), we face a few challenges, but, overall, the future’s so bright we gotta wear shades!

Peace, Love, out-

JR