Mr. Michael Yanney

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Mr. Yanney’s primary community interest is a youth program he founded in 2006 called Building Bright Futures in which he is actively engaged as President and a director of Avenue of Scholars.

Mr. Michael Yanney

Chairman Emeritus, Burlington Capital Group LLC

Mike Yanney is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of The Burlington Capital Group LLC, formerly America First Companies, which has managed public investment funds with assets in excess of $16 billion. From 1977 until the organization of the first such fund in 1984, Mr. Yanney was principally engaged in the ownership and management of commercial banks. Mr. Yanney served as a director and member of the Executive Committee of FirsTier Financial, Inc., the largest bank holding company in Nebraska, from 1985 until his resignation in 1991. He has done business in the former Soviet Union, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Kazakstan, Mali, and the Philippines since 1976. He also served on the East West Institute joint US / Russia delegation in 2007.

Mr. Yanney is a member of the board of directors for The Burlington Capital Group LLC, America First Apartment Investors, Inc., Level 3 Communications, Inc., Tetrad, Omaha State Bank, and was formerly a director of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation, Freddie Mac Advisory Board, Durham Resources, Inc., Freedom Communications, Inc., Forest Oil Corporation, MFS Communications, Inc., PKS Information Services, Inc., Omaha Steaks, and Telecom Technologies, Inc. 

He currently serves on the following civic and community boards:

All Our Kids, Inc. Foundation – Past Chairman

Heritage Services – Director

Joslyn Art Museum – Chairman Emeritus (June 1997- Dec 2006)                      

Madison Council, Library of Congress – Member

Nebraska Shakespeare Festival – Co-Chairman

Opera Omaha - Director

Yanney Heritage Park - Director

In addition, he has served on the following civic and community boards:

Joslyn Art Museum Board of Governors – Past Chairman

Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce – Past Chairman

Nebraska Game and Parks Foundation Board of Directors

Omaha Riverfront Development Committee – Founder & Chairman

Stanford University School of Law – Advisory Board

Strategic Air Command Museum Board

U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Consultation Board

Omaha Zoological Society Board of Directors – Past President

Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben – Governor Emeritus

United Arts Omaha Board of Directors

Museum of Nebraska Art – One of the Founders

Warren Buffett’s Omaha Classic Golf Tournament – Co-Chairman – 10 years

Nebraska Bankers Association Executive Committee

Omaha Chamber of Commerce committee that initiated the building of Hanscom Park Tennis Center – Chairman

Nebraska Heart Association statewide drive – Chairman

Junior Achievement of Omaha – President

Horatio Alger Association

Mr. Yanney has been honored with these Other Awards of Distinction:

Honorary Doctorate Degrees from University of Nebraska Kearney and Bellevue University

University of Nebraska Medical Center Distinguished Service Award to Gail & Mike Yanney

Inducted into the Russian Academy of Science & Information

Inducted into the Omaha Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame

Honorary Lifetime member of the National PTA

Honorary Lifetime director of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo

University of Nebraska at Lincoln College of Business Distinguished Alumni Award

NebraskaLander Award

National Horatio Alger Award 2005

NCCJ Humanitarian Award

Mr. Yanney has chaired numerous fundraising drives and charities, both locally and nationally.

Mr. Yanney’s primary community interest is a youth program he founded in 2006 called Building Bright Futures in which he is actively engaged as President and a director of Avenue of Scholars.