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Doing it His Way: Mike Simmonds

The Man Who Would Be King

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As busy as Simmonds was with his restaurants,
he found time to give back to the community
that was in his own words were “very good to me.” 

He has served on the board of the Salvation Army and chaired a number of its campaigns.  “The Salvation truly takes care of those most in need,” says Simmonds, through food banks, Homeless Prevention Services, Family & Children Services and Disaster Relief Services. 

Other forgotten members of our society are the elderly. Simmonds is involved with Merrymakers; a music program that makes monthly visits to every nursing home in the Omaha and Council Bluffs area.

“The sparkle in their eyes” when Merrymakers plays the music of their younger years is gratifying to Simmonds.

Sacred Heart Elementary School also occupies a special place in his heart. “You have to see it to believe it,” he marvels. It serves a population of inner-city children by building character and providing a first class education, says Simmonds.  Also in the realm of education, he is Board Chairman of Bellevue University.  A non-traditional college student himself, the flexible hours and on-line learning opportunities Bellevue University offers its students resonates with Simmonds.  He is proud of his association with Bellevue that graduates more students with Master Degrees than any other Nebraska school.
Simmonds also serves as Chairman of the Methodist Hospital Foundation Board, which raises money for the hospital and people who need services. He is involved with the building of the new women’s hospital at 180th and Dodge.          

Over the years, Simmonds introduced many in Nebraska and Iowa to the Whopper and changed the fast food landscape in the process. Perhaps an even more important marker of achievement is his legacy of giving back; Mike Simmonds receives tremendous satisfaction from being able to make a difference in the lives of others- and that is success by anyone’s standards.

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