Jacob Hiatt, Raynor Doors of Nebraska

Raynor Doors of Nebraska, Inc. is a locally owned and operated garage door company.  Jacob Hiatt is a Residential Salesman for Raynor Doors of Nebraska.

Tell me a little about your business. – We specialize in the sale, installation and service of residential and commercial garage doors, operators, specialized warehouse doors and specialized dock equipment.  There are a wide variety of applications ranging from very small to very large.  We like to say that there’s nothing we haven’t seen.

How did you get started in the business? – My dad, Gene Hiatt has owned Raynor Doors of Nebraska since April of 1996.  I was 6 years old at the time, and have been around the business ever since.  As I grew older, I started to understand how everything really worked and it all kind of clicked into place.  

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - My biggest challenge would definitely be my hearing impairment.  I was born completely deaf in my left ear, and 70% deaf in my right ear.  I’ve worn a hearing aid in my right ear since I was 3.  Since then, I have learned a lot of different ways to cope with different noise situations.  A lot of people say that they cannot even notice–both speech wise and hearing wise–and that is the greatest compliment I can accept.  It is a challenge in my business because I am always talking face-to-face with customers.

What has been your most important achievement professionally?  -  Stepping up to my current position in sales.  For the first four years after college, I was out in the field doing installation and service calls.  Navigating that learning curve has allowed me to be successful in my current position and a well-rounded asset to our company.

What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? – I went to college at UNK and played baseball for the Lopers.  I became a starting pitcher during my freshman year and at the end of the year in the conference tournament I tore my labrum in my shoulder, which has hindered my baseball career ever since.  That was the time when I realized I needed to get out there and start taking school and a job a lot more seriously.  It just kind of hit me when I didn’t have a game to prepare for each week.

What are you the most proud of? - In our business, I am the most proud of our services we have to offer.  We have a large showroom that displays eight different full doors, two working doors and we also have a giant selection of samples. You can really get the true experience of selecting a new garage door by seeing it in person. We want to make sure you are 100% confident in your selection before you purchase your next garage door.

What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - Golfing and being at the lake are my go-to activities on the weekend.  

If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? - Derek Jeter. He played the game the way it should be played, and people could learn a lot from his attitude and work ethic.  

If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? – Our office is located at 1634 S. 3rd St. around 3rd and A.  We encourage you to stop by and take a look!  Our phone number is (402) 477-5504.  We are open Monday- Friday from 7:30-5:00, or you can check out our website at www.raynordoorsofnebraska.com.

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Robert Peinado, GP Customs

The premier leader in car audio, stereo, window tinting, and specialty systems, GP Customs is your source for the latest technology, highest quality workmanship from industry certified technicians, and superior customer service—all for the best prices in town!  Robert Peinado is the owner of GP Customs.

Tell me a little about your business. – GP Customs is a one stop shop. For example, a customer can drop off a vehicle for DVD headrest monitors and get the windows tinted at the same time. Our big holiday special has been installation of remote car starters and heated seats in vehicles that came with neither. Our versatility and willingness to try new things has led us down a path to be industry leaders. I believe that is right where we belong.

How did you get started in the business? - I started GP Customs in 2006 as a window tinting company working exclusively for a couple of car dealerships. Soon after with a small storefront I began to have some walk-in customers; networking and good business practice led me to expand my clientele. I saw a demand for automotive restyling and mobile audio/video and incorporated that into my business. Today GP Customs truly offers almost any automotive service and accessory!

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? – These last couple of years have been a little difficult; not because we lacked business, but because we had too much business!  Naturally we are in the business of customer service, and with so many customers to please and deadlines to meet things can get a little out of control fast. We just got done building a new facility where we are able to better accommodate customers with a nice lounge and business center.

What has been your most important achievement professionally? – Starting out in a one stall shop back in 2006, and now just finally closing on a property and opening our new facility that we bought and paid for through all of the years of hard work. We now have a state of the art facility that we own. This is one of the greatest achievements the business has done thus far.

Tell me a little about your family. - My mom is a teacher for Lincoln Public Schools and has been for the last 13 years. My sister graduated with a Biochemistry degree from UNL and is now finishing up with dental school, and my brother in-law graduated with a BSN from UNMC and works at Bryan East. We were blessed last year with an adorable little treasure named Samantha, my niece.

What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? - At first when you start a business of course you get all the support of your friends and family. The moment I knew we had something special was when a random customer came in and said ‘I heard about you from a friend and they said you guys do great work.’ That’s when I knew we had gotten to the next level and really had to build on that.

What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - On my days off I love to relax, grill out when the weather permits, and hit Big Shots Indoor Range for target practice!

What is your favorite local restaurant? - Blue Sushi Sake Grill.

If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? – You can call the shop at (402) 421-0888 or visit our fantastic new website that Unanimous built for us at www.gp-customs.com.

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Dr. Rachel Swim, Women’s Clinic of Lincoln, P.C.

Women’s Clinic of Lincoln, P.C. specializes in obstetrics and gynecology and has been providing comprehensive care to women in the Lincoln community for over 30 years. Dr. Rachel Swim is the newest physician to join the team of providers at Women’s Clinic of Lincoln, P.C.

Tell us a little about your business. - Women’s Clinic of Lincoln, P.C. is an OB/GYN office specializing in the health needs of women. Our integrated system of care is designed to promote optimal physical, emotional and spiritual health for women throughout the life span. We focus on both gynecological and obstetrical needs of our patients. We offer many ancillary services all in one location including bone scans, ultrasound imaging (including thyroid), mammograms, counseling and in-house laboratory tests.

How did you get started in the business? - I have always had an interest in medicine and knew I wanted to focus on OB/GYN when I was working this rotation in medical school.  I completed my residency in Kansas City, MO and then moved to Lincoln, where I found my ideal practice.   I haven’t thought twice about my decision since then.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - The constant changes in healthcare, which include political aspects and insurance companies.

What has been your most important achievement professionally? - Completing my residency and being honored with two awards, one in Excellence in OB and another for outstanding research project. I also feel very fortunate to find such an incredible OB/GYN practice to begin and continue my career.

Tell us a little about your family. - I am married to Brian Swim, who I met while in college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and we have a daughter, Penelope who will be 15 months old. We also have a dog who loves attention. Our families live in Nebraska.

What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? – Becoming a mother and graduating from residency.

What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - Spend time with family and friends.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – To be yourself.

If you could have a super power, what would it be? - To never be tired and to be two places at once.

What is your favorite local restaurant? - It depends on what I am in the mood for, but I will rarely turn down Blue Sushi or Hiro88.

If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - Call us at (402) 434-3370, visit our website at www.womensclinicoflincoln.com, or you can stop by Women’s Clinic of Lincoln, PC at 220 Lyncrest Drive anytime during our office hours — Main Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm; lab appointments available starting at 7:15 am; evening appointments available Tuesday and Thursday; some Saturday appointments available.

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Mike Ball, NAI FMA Realty

NAI FMA Realty is a locally owned full-service commercial real estate firm providing client-focused solutions in the areas of brokerage, property management, facility maintenance, lease administration/accounting, and contract coordination services. The company was incorporated in 1961 and throughout the past fifty years, they’ve prided themselves on service, market and industry knowledge, and making a meaningful impact on the community. Mike Ball is a Sales and Leasing Associate with NAI FMA Realty.

Tell us a little about your business. – NAI FMA currently manages over 3.8 million square feet of property in Lincoln. Our goal is to meet each client’s specific needs, big or small.

How did you get started in the business? - I started my career in this business working summers during high school performing and assisting in various maintenance type services. In 2003, I became a Property Manager overseeing some of Lincoln’s CBD office buildings and a couple buildings in the historic Haymarket.  In 2009, I transitioned into sales and leasing for the firm and remain in that specialty to this day.

Tell us a little about your family. - I’m married to my wife Andrea and proud parent of two super kids.

What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - I enjoy a good run outdoors and spending time with my family.

What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? - I have a strong interest in watches.

What are you the most proud of? – My family.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - ‘When you secure a new listing, stand on the rooftop and there is a good chance your likely buyer will be within sight.’

If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? – Caring.

If you could have a super power, what would it be? - Time travel.

If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? – Watch making.

What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? – I sit on the Board for the American Red Cross.  The Red Cross is such a great organization serving the needs of people in despair.

What is your favorite movie? - Goonies or The ‘Burbs.

What is your favorite TV show? - Frasier or Seinfeld.

What is your favorite local restaurant? - Hiro88.

If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? - Shinji Hattori.

If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - I can be reached by phone at (402) 441-5807, via email at mball@naifma.com, or visit our website at www.naifmarealty.com.

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Kathy Hagge, The Nine’s

Located at 575 Fallbrook Blvd, Suite 106 directly across from Toast, The Nine’s is a new boutique that offers a casual, relaxed shopping environment with plenty of convenient parking and tons of new inventory arriving weekly that can’t be found anywhere else in town! Kathy Hagge is the owner of The Nine’s.

Tell us a little about your business. - The Nine’s is a clothing boutique for men and women.  We focus on finding our customers the items that fit their unique style while flattering their specific body type, and that they likely won’t find anyone else wearing each season.

How did you get started in this business? - I’ve lived and worked in northwest Lincoln for 15+ years and determined there was a need for a clothing store that carries specialty items at a reasonable price in that area.  I’ve always enjoyed boutique shopping over larger retailers and department stores, and I wanted to offer my neighbors and those who live and work on the north side of town a more convenient, yet similar shopping experience as what is available in other areas of town, so The Nine’s was born.

Tell us a little about your family. - I have four fabulous children.  My daughter Kara is the oldest and is an attorney in Oklahoma City.  As for my three sons, Craig lives in Hastings, Tanner is a plumber’s apprentice in Scottsbluff, and Austin currently lives in Tampa, FL and is continuing his education and working there.

What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? – Moving to Lincoln.  Previously, I’d held a position at a Fortune 500 company for several years, and I decided I didn’t like corporate America very much.  When I moved to Lincoln, I realized I had enough experience to open up my own business and this set the stage for everything I’ve done in my career up to this point in my life.

What are you the most proud of? - That as a single parent, I was able to find the balance to be a good mom and have a successful career/operate my own business at the same time.

What has been your most important achievement professionally? – I’ve been fortunate to have several over the years, and they have all contributed to where I am at now as the owner of The Nine’s.  In terms of coming around full circle, the paths that I’ve taken through different businesses and achievements with each have all been a part of one path that has led me to become an seasoned entrepreneur who is doing what I love and making a living out of it—which is probably my most important achievement to date.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - Two come to mind for me.  The first is if someone constructively criticizes you, be thankful, because they care enough to try to help you improve.  Second, my father taught me that anytime someone proves you wrong, you’ve learned something new.

What talent would you most like to have? – I’d really love to be able to sing well.  I’ve owned bars over the years, which included hosting karaoke every Friday and Saturday night.  The KJ always asked me to sing and I always respectfully declined so nobody had to suffer!  However, I’d enjoy going back and belting out an awesome song!

If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - You can reach me by calling The Nine’s at (402) 904-5257, via email at kathy@ishopthenines.com, or stop by and see me at the store!  You can also check out our Facebook and contact me that way too.

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Tammie Collier, Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping

Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping is a results based fitness program for participants of any age, lifestyle, sex or athletic ability.   In 45 minutes a day, six days a week, Farrell’s can help you make real changes in your fitness and overall health.  Tammie Collier is the owner of the local Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping franchise.

Tell us a little about your business. - We offer a 10 week session consisting of kickboxing and strength training classes combined with nutrition education in an effort to help our members lose fat and inches while building lean muscle.  At the end of each session we also give $1000 away to the person with the most change in that 10 week period!   We have two Lincoln locations:  2755 Jamie Lane and 4400 Lucile Drive (76th and Pioneers).

How did you get started in the business? - I started as a 10 week member myself!   I loved the program and the results I saw people of all shapes and sizes get from doing Farrell’s! We say ‘real results, for real people’ and we really mean it!  Plus, the community of support at Farrell’s is unlike any other I’ve ever seen.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? – Opening a new business and getting your name out in a community where you are an ‘unknown’ is always a challenge.   For us, I also think our name intimidates people a bit – they hear ‘extreme’ and think there must be no way they could do that!  Which is far from the truth – we’re a fitness facility with all ages, shapes and sizes of clients!  We’re a community of people just trying to stay healthy and better themselves!  

Tell us a little about your family. - I’m in the midst of the busy mom craziness.  My son is a freshman in high school and very active in sports.  My daughter is in 7th grade and simply cannot get enough of dance.  So we’re constantly on the go!

What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? - First, starting a family and second, leaving corporate America!   Starting my own business was the scariest and yet most rewarding thing I’d ever done.   Looking back it was a great decision but I’m not going to lie, it was a bit nerve racking!

What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - Relax or go shopping with my girlfriends!

What are you the most proud of? - My kiddos!  They’re growing up to be independent, confident young people.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – Follow your heart, but take your brain with you!

If you had a theme song, what would it be? - Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey.

If you could have a super power, what would it be? - I’m not sure I need a super power, but a crystal ball would be nice!

Which talent would you most like to have? - Oh, if only I could sing!  I didn’t start out with any natural talent, but teaching kickboxing classes over the years has certainly taken a toll on the vocal chords (and yes, I have a mic!).

If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? - A sommelier!

If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? – Meg Ryan.

If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - I can be reached at (402) 421-2392 or visit our website at www.extremebodyshaping.com.

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