Brian Smith is a catalyst, creating change in people, organizations, and communities. During his career, he has handled national and global sales for two startup retail companies, managed brands for multiple companies, promoted a Broadway show, and made friendships around the world. Additionally, Brian serves on the Board of Trustees for the Business Ethics Alliance and curates TEDxOmaha, which is an independently produced TEDx event.
Rachel Tomlinson Dick
Rachel Tomlinson Dick has been playing in local bands since she was teenage grrrl. She is now mostly an adult and music is still her primary passion. Her other interests include social justice activism, books, drawing, sewing, travel, Radiolab podcasts, drinking too much coffee, her cat, and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She serves as the volunteer coordinator for Omaha Girls Rock, and is the founder and director of CLUB NO QUIET, which is a fledgling not-for-profit record label whose mission is to combat sexism in the music community, and in society at large, through promotion, education, and mentorship. She holds a BA in Women’s and Gender Studies, Sociology, and French from the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Bill Hoover has been making music and art in Nebraska for over 25 years. He first garnered attention at Creighton University where he majored in Creative Writing. He won first place at the year- end juried exhibition with a ceramic piece he made in a beginner class. Through the encouragement of a mentor in 1994, he began exhibiting his child-like oil based crayon drawings in AAO exhibitions as well as The Radial Cafe. He won best in show in nearly every exhibit, and patrons began to purchase multiple pieces of Hoovers work. His paintings are highly sought after by collectors around the United States. Over the years his style has matured and deepened, evolving into a complex and layered vocabulary of narrative and symbolism. Hoover has painted murals,participated in the O! Project and has been in countless group shows at the Bemis and Joslyn. He has had 14 solo shows, as well as exhibitions in New York and Baltimore. Recently Hoover has been painting Nebraska landscapes with a fearless use of color and form.
Margie Davey is a junior at Duchesne. Her pastimes include slam poetry, novel-writing, piano-bashing, and dissecting movies. Though in the past, her dream was to become a Powerpuff Girl, Margie now aspires to teach English to high schoolers and write novels on the side.
Dave Nelson is the founder and creative director of SecretPenguin, an experiential branding agency. Focused on making the world a better (and more fun) place, SecretPenguin designs the experience of each touchpoint a consumer has with a brand.
Dave toured the world skateboarding for 7 years, and got his start doing design/branding/marketing for the companies he was endorsed by. Prior to all that, he got beat up for being a skateboarder and an art nerd which created a want to help others freely express the creative things they do.
He is a co-founder of Omahype.com (an online events calendar showcasing the creative events in Omaha), co-founder of Skate for Change (an organization focused on skateboarders giving back to their communities), and on the board of directors for The Bay (a skatepark, music venue, artist studio and gallery for kids to express themselves).
He lives in Omaha and is married to Sara Jean and they have a daughter named Olive Jane.