PLAINVIEW – A northeast Nebraska native recently was announced to receive the 2019 Nebraskan of the Year award from the Lincoln Rotary Club #14.
According to a release from the rotary club, chief executive officer of Ameritas Mutual Holding Company, JoAnn Martin will be recognized as the 2019 Nebraskan of the Year later this month. The award presentation will be place during a luncheon on Tuesday, October 29 from noon until 1 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 1040 P Street.
Martin is a Plainview native with business degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Colorado State University. She holds CPA (Certified Public Accountant) along with FLMI (Fellow Life Management Institute) designations and joined Ameritas in 1984 as an audit division manager and has held key positions throughout the organization.
Martin recently accepted the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce’s Burnham Yates Citizenship Award and was named the 2018 Woman of the Year at the Lincoln Journal Star’s annual Inspire Awards. She was inducted into the Nebraska Business Hall of Fame in 2015, named a Nebraska Alumni Association Master in 2014 and inducted into the UNL School of Accountancy Hall of Fame in 2004.
JoAnn and her husband Derrel are the parents of two children, Jennifer (daughter) & Carl (spouse) Bartholomew, and Kim (daughter) & Ben (spouse) Neuwirth, and three granddaughters Anna, Abigail and Sophie.
Previous winners of the Nebraskan of the Year Award include Husker Coach John Cook, businessman Tony Messineo, philanthropist and business leader Duane Acklie, Businesswoman Alice Dittman, former U. S. Congressman and Husker Coach and Athletic Director Dr. Tom Osborne, environmentalist and community leader Susan Seacrest, U. S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, Civil Rights Leader Leola Bullock and former Nebraska Governor Charles Thone.
The Rotary #14 Nebraskan of the Year award was established to honor and recognize the accomplishments of a Nebraskan who has distinguished himself or herself through service to others in keeping with ideals of Rotary International.
Each year one honoree from a statewide field of nominees is selected based on honesty, integrity and concern for others; service in charitable and civic causes and; leadership and significant accomplishments in his/her profession or volunteer activities.
To attend this year’s Nebraskan of the Year Award Luncheon, visit the Lincoln Rotary #14 website at http://www.rotary14.org/.