Mary Ann O'Brien at OBI Creative headquarters in Omaha, NE

Mary Ann O’Brien to be Inducted into Omaha Business Hall of Fame

Congratulations to our Mary Ann O’Brien, CEO and Founder of OBI Creative, on her induction into the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce’s Omaha Business Hall of Fame!

Mary Ann’s induction marks yet another incredible milestone in her career, and further cements her legacy as a nationally recognized branding and marketing thought leader.

“Throughout her career, Mary Ann has consistently demonstrated the highest ethical standards, integrity and commitment to excellence,” says Jamie Gutierrez, CEO of Midwest Maintenance. “Her leadership has not only transformed organizations but benefited our community. She’s a true role model for business leaders.”

The Omaha Business Hall of Fame honors our community’s best and brightest business leaders and Mary Ann is no doubt one of them. She has led national and global strategic initiatives for Intel, Microsoft, Sony, Lenovo, Gateway, Nomi Health, Iowa DOT, Stericycle, ViewSonic, Creighton Heider College of Business, Advanced Auto Parts, Cobalt Credit Union, GuideOne Insurance, Olsson, Delta Dental, AgVenture, and Miller Electric, among many others.

“Mary Ann epitomizes the spirit of strategic creativity,” said Anthony Hendrickson, Dean of the Heider College of Business at Creighton University. “She’s left a clear mark on the Omaha business community.” 

She’s a pioneer in modern marketing, having authored the O’Brien Voice of the Customer™ and Voice of the Employee™ studies, which have repeatedly served as the foundation for incredible business success stories.

“To be selected for the Omaha Chamber’s Business Hall of Fame is such an incredible honor,” said Mary Ann. “As an adopted daughter of Omaha, I am so thrilled to be able to make an impact on the business community and the city itself.”

Mary Ann is one of five people inducted into the 2023 Omaha Business Hall of Fame. An induction ceremony will be held on August 23, and the achievements of the inductees will be showcased in a permanent display at The Durham Museum. This is a huge honor for Mary Ann and a wonderful opportunity to recognize the hard work and dedication to Omaha’s business community. Congratulations to Mary Ann and all the inductees!


About OBI Creative: 

OBI Creative is a research-based, innovation-driven advertising agency and marketing strategy firm based in Omaha, Nebraska. Founded in 2001 by Mary Ann O’Brien, OBI starts and finishes each and every marketing plan and campaign with the customer — determining motivations, behaviors and key consideration drivers. Armed with that knowledge, the award-winning OBI team aligns those motivations with clients’ products and services to provide actionable messaging, strategy and creative execution to drive intended results. 

About the Greater Omaha Chamber 

The mission of the Greater Omaha Chamber is to champion a thriving business community and a prosperous region through visionary leadership and collaboration. Omaha is a No. 1 ranked up-and-coming-tech hotspot, a “top 10 best place to live on a $60,000 salary” and was named America’s No. 2 Best Small City by Resonance Consultancy. Omaha is home to more than 30 communities and nearly 1 million people. 


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