What's In Your Briefcase?

The Nebraska PBL state officer team has been affected by current conditions like all other sectors, but we believe we have created two great programs that can still deliver valuable business tips and advice to our local chapters. Through our “What’s In Your Briefcase” video series, former officers, PD members, and state and national partners have been invited to submit short videos regarding a myriad of professional business topics. Some of the topics covered include career decisions, internships, networking, an actual tour of a business, “A Day In the Life,” and many more. The video series is meant to deliver another benefit to current and future members by providing them with an archive of exclusive videos catered directly towards their professional development.

This video archive will be built upon throughout the year with scheduled releases alongside exclusive Zoom meetings with these business professionals which are scheduled for future recurring dates. These interactive live sessions will go a step further than the pre-recorded videos by giving members the chance to ask questions and present situations directly to the key speaker. Personal connections and strong rapport can still be manifested at these live Zoom sessions as many in-person events have been modified for safety.

November 10 @ 8pm
Entrepreneurship
Zoom https://unk.zoom.us/j/93511325971

Hunter Bergman

Hunter is passionate about helping others achieve their fullest potential through encouragement, motivation, and accountability. Currently, he works for several young startups in different areas, from web and brand development to production and new business development. PBL has taught him to lead a team through strengths, understanding, and expectations. He also is the current president of StartupsUNL, a student organization dedicated to providing young entrepreneurs with the resources they need to be successful. Connect with him on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hunterbergman.

October 29 @ 7pm

Chris Reznicek - LG Uplus

Chris Reznicek was very involved with PBL when he attended UNL for both his Bachelor’s and his MBA. He held numerous local, state, and national offices throughout that time:

  • National Parliamentarian
  • State VP of Communications x 2
  • State Assistant VP
  • Local Chapter Vice President x 3

Chris has worked for LG Uplus for 8 years. LG Uplus is a telecommunications company in South Korea, and Chris is currently the Head of XR Partnerships there. In this role, he collaborates with virtual reality studios, platform companies, talent agencies, and other telcos around the world to grow the XR content ecosystem. 

October 27 @ 8pm

Ted Harshbarger - PBL

 Ted Harshbarger graduated from Peru State with his Bachelor’s in Vocational Business Education and earned his Master’s in Business Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has worked for Peru State College for 31 years and is currently their Associate Athletic Director/Sports Information Director. In this role, Ted does a lot, including handling anything athletic news related.

 

Ted has been dedicated to and involved with this organization for many years and in many ways. In his own words, “Obviously I am very committed to FBLA-PBL as I became a member in the fall of 1974 and have been involved ever since.” 

Years as a PBL Advise
  • 25 years as the state PBL adviser for Nebraska
    • Additional 18 years as either FBLA or PBL local/state adviser
    • Accomplishments/Offices Held in PBL
  • Served as a member of the National Awards Program – 13 years
    • Served as a member of the National FBLA-PBL Board of Directors – 4 years
      • Was the chair of the board
 

 Ted Harshbarger graduated from Peru State with his Bachelor’s in Vocational Business Education and earned his Master’s in Business Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has worked for Peru State College for 31 years and is currently their Associate Athletic Director/Sports Information Director. In this role, Ted does a lot, including handling anything athletic news related.

October @ 7pm
Building Your Brand

Steph Hand and Jack Moylan - Lutz

 

    • “Since our founding in 1980, Lutz has steadily grown to become the largest locally owned firm of its kind in Nebraska because of integrity, work ethic and collaboration. Your goals are our goals. We believe that understanding where you’re coming from is a vital part of getting to the bottom line and taking you where you need to go. We provide accounting services such as tax, accounting, assurance, business consulting and valuation. Additionally, we provide investments and planning, recruiting and technology services. Our talented 275-plus person team communicates openly, collaborates eagerly and encourages authentic personality – because if you can’t enjoy your business, neither can we. Lutz supports clients with the strength, expertise and resources of 288 independently owned global firms as part of our membership with PrimeGlobal. Teamwork with our peers and ready access to exceptional networking and business development opportunities helps us serve you and your business whenever and wherever you need us. We work with organizations and individuals like you day in and day out to simplify complexities, help make smart decisions and confidently focus on the things that are truly important to you. We mind what matters.”


      Steph Hand attended the University of Minnesota for her Bachelor’s in Education and earned her Master’s in Communication from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Steph is an HR Shareholder at Lutz, where she has worked for 15 years. In her role, Steph leads the people strategy for the firm. This strategy includes Lutz’s performance management process, employee relations and retention, talent management, and benefits and compliance efforts.


      Jack Moylan attended the University of Nebraska – Lincoln where he earned his Bachelor’s in Supply Chain Management. Jack has worked for Lutz for 2 years and is an Account Manager in Lutz’s technology division. In this role, he provides technological solutions to current and prospective clients. Jack has high praise for the Omaha area: “Grew up in Omaha, Went to School in Lincoln, Moved to Denver and now back here. It doesn’t get better than Omaha!” 

September 29 @ 8pm

Britney Davis - First State Insurance

First State Insurance is a full-service independent insurance agency with several locations throughout eastern Nebraska. They partner with the top insurance companies in the region to more appropriately meet the needs of their insureds.

Britney Davis, a Professional Division member, is First State Insurance’s Chief Administrative Officer. She manages their operational and accounting departments and supervises/leads 20+ team members. This allows her to oversee all of FSI’s daily operations; manage their budgeting, strategic planning, compensation, and goal setting; coach, train, and support team members; manage operational projects; and interview/hire for all of FSI’s open positions.

If you aren’t sure about the career path you want to take, read Britney’s story and realize that, sometimes, you need to find the right company to find the right career for you. Plans change, and those changes can lead to great things:

“After graduating high school, I started my college career at Bryan College of Health Sciences to study to become a registered nurse. At the beginning of my sophomore career, I started at First State Insurance (FSI) part-time as an office assistant. A few months later, my manager offered me a full time position as the Accounting Manager of the agency. By that time, I knew I loved the organization, it’s culture, and the people I worked with, so I made the decision to accept the role, and transfer to UNL to receive my Bachelor in Business Administration degree. 

Over the next three years, I was a full time student, while also continuing to work a full-time schedule. During that time my role changed from Accounting Manager, to Operations Manager, and once again to Chief Administrative Officer a few months before graduating from college in May of 2018. October 2020 will mark my sixth year with FSI and during that time I have gained a passion for project management and team member leadership. I enjoy the problem solving side of working through different projects and love the ability to work with team members – helping them grow personally and professionally. 

I fully believe that Servant Leadership is the way to build an engaging and positive organizational culture and that the best leaders don’t necessarily have the most experience or knowledge, but are able to work hard, practice humility, connect with their team members, and lead through the uncertainties. This is one reason I love coaching and working with college students and young professionals – I want to show them that being young and inexperienced doesn’t mean they can’t be great leaders.”

 

September 17 @ 7pm

Tallo Video Release on Building Your Personal Brand

Earnest Womack

Earnest Womack is a resident of Atlanta, Georgia, and a proud alumnus of Morehouse College, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in English.  He has a master’s degree from North Carolina A&T State University, where he studied Business Education and Corporate Training. In 2015, he was recognized as an Emerging 100 Leader of Atlanta. Earnest is a writer, a mentor, and a community advocate – he is committed to helping organizations and students have a better conversation around opportunities.

Emily Todd

Emily Todd grew up in a small town in the Upstate of South Carolina and attended the University of South Carolina to study Education. She always knew she wanted to help people and thought that teaching would be the best way to help young people. She taught middle and high school science for six years before joining the Tallo team. Emily loves getting to work with schools and students across the country and feels that she can help even more students in her current role.

September 15 @ 8pm

Kevin Kraft - IIAN

The Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska are a unique entity in the insurance world and provide a variety of resources. They currently have around 600 independent insurance firms in Nebraska, and they are not slowing down one bit. Kevin Kraft, the Marketing Director for the Big I will be meeting with us via Zoom to discuss various networking tips and strategies to building your network. 

Kevin has various responsibilities in his current role including the following areas:

        • Member field representative
        • Contact for new members
        • Visiting agencies and helping solve problems
        • Helping members take full advantage of all of their Big “I” services and benefits
        • College outreach contact