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June 2011 YP Connections: Q&A


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Each month metroMAGAZINE, in cooperation with The Greater Omaha Young Professionals, polls a group of "YPs" to obtain a brief glimpse into their lives and their insights on our community. Following are the answers which were provided to this months' Q&A.

What is your favorite metro area summer activity?


Ben Hemmen

Promotions Manager • OMAHA STORM CHASERS

BESIDES GETTING TO SPEND over 72 days and nights at beautiful Werner Park, home of YOUR Omaha Storm Chasers, which features a $6 McDonald’s grass berm ticket, Borsheims Whiffleball Diamond, half-court basketball court, AT&T Homerun Porch with bleacher seats, Quality Brands Downdraught Bar with “Bottoms Up” beer dispensing, Pepsi products and the Centris Family Fun Zone complete with five inflatables and a working carousel, I love to golf! There is nothing like hitting a great golf shot. While those are few and the less I play, farther between for me, there is never a bad day at the golf course. Whether it is “Golfing the Hills” at Eagle or Tara Hills in Papillion, hitting the links style course at Bent Tree over in Iowa, or playing a scramble with friends at any of the Greater Omaha Metro Area courses, I’m always up for a round of golf. Just make sure and check the Omaha Storm Chasers schedule before you ask me. And after any round of golf, nothing says summer like a great patio. A few of my favorites are Brewsky’s at 84th and Q, any Roja Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar and Havana Garage in the Old Market.



Erin Crouch

Customer Service Administrative Assistant • GREATER OMAHA CHAMBER

ONE OF MY FAVORITE SUMMER things-to-do in the metro area is to attend Taste of Omaha in June on the downtown riverfront. My husband and friends gather in a group and make our way downtown to taste new foods from new – or new to us – restaurants … and do some sampling in the beer tent. My favorite is usually Old Chicago. I eat there all the time throughout the year, but can’t help myself. Their food is so good! The Taste of Omaha music and environment is wonderful to be a part of during our warm months of the year. A band usually plays on the riverfront and we are able to sit along the edge and soak in the music. We usually take pictures with our friends in front of the beautiful background to keep a reminder of these great memories! We meet new people and enjoy engaging conversations on an evening out. This year will be slightly different as we’ll be bringing our 8-month-old son to his first taste of Omaha. I think he will have fun watching the people and kids run around, and someday he’ll sample the yummy food with us! Needless to say, we are really looking forward to another great year!



Drew Davies

Founder/Design Director • OXIDE DESIGN CO.

MY FAVORITE OMAHA summertime activity has to be pick-up games of Ultimate in Elmwood Park. (For those unfamiliar, Ultimate is a non-contact game similar to a combination of football and soccer, played with a Frisbee.) Elmwood Park is a quick run or bike ride from my Midtown home and has plenty of green space for all kinds of activities, no matter how many people come to the park on any given day. The welcoming temperament of Omahans in general means that we can set a regular game time schedule, and anyone who shows up is enthusiastically included. There's something very special about living in a community where you can spend an afternoon in the park with friends and strangers alike, enjoying activity together. Not to mention that I can completely burn off a week's worth of stress in an hour or two of Ultimate on the lawn–despite the fact that I'm still working on improving my forehand throw.




Armando Salgado

Owner & Executive Director • LINGODOCS MARKETING

AS THE OWNER of the only full service bilingual marketing firm in town and as Executive Director of the Nebraska Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, it’s probably no surprise that May’s Cinco de Mayo and September’s El Grito celebrations rank pretty high on my list of favorite activities each year. Being bilingual is something of a bonus, not only in my career but in my personal life as well. It means that I can experience the full slate of diverse activities that make Omaha such a vibrant city, sometimes on perhaps a different, deeper and more personal level than others. From South 24th Street to virtually every corner of town, my summer is packed with fun outings, usually accompanied by my wife, Yamy, and daughter Zianya. We love exploring Omaha’s wide array of dining options and like to try new restaurants as often as possible. We also love almost any dance style whose name ends in a vowel and you can often find us wherever Latin beats echo on a dance floor.

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