On August 28, All Makes fourth-generation co-owners Amee Zetzman and Jeff Kavich, and third-generation owner Larry Kavich, joined the Douglas County Board of Commissioners as it recognized All Makes for 100 years in business at the Douglas County Courthouse.
A resolution is an administrative action taken by the Board of Commissioners to agree to county business and transactions. It may issued to express the Board’s policy, direct administrative or legal action or to make a public statement from the Board.
P.J. Morgan, 4th district Commissioner, opened the resolution.
“It gives me a great pleasure to do this having been associated with Lazier Kavich and Ruth, and the family for a long while, and their service and contribution to the community,” Morgan said. “I just want to thank them for the service and contribution they’ve made in our city, county, state and the Midwest area. I know Jeff and Amee are going to continue that great tradition.
“I’m very appreciative of your 2558 Farnam location, what you’ve done there and that contribution also to our community.”
Other Board members, many of whom have known several generations of the Kavich family, chimed in to express their appreciation, as well.
Commissioner Mike Boyle, District 1 said, “I read this resolution with a great deal of happiness. You have worked hard to succeed and you’re just such a shining example of how hard work pays off.”
“I too am appreciative of your contributions. I’ve known Larry since high school, and I would just like to thank you for your office makeover. This year the recipient was the Autism Center of Nebraska, of which I’m a board member and, boy, it came at a good time,” said Commissioner Marc Kraft, District 5.
Watch the full video of the resolution below or by clicking here. The All Makes portion begins at 11:53.
Here is the full text of the resolution:
“WHEREAS, All Makes Office Equipment Company, a fourth generation, family-owned business founded in Douglas County, is celebrating 100 years in business; and ,
WHEREAS, The company, which is headquartered at 2558 Farnam Street in Omaha, grew from a small business selling and servicing Royal typewriters in 1918 to become the largest office furniture and business equipment dealership in the Midwest, servicing all 50 states, Canada and overseas; and,
WHEREAS, Beginning with a handful of staff in one office, All Makes now has 90 employees in office in Omaha, Lincoln, Kearney and Des Moines, Iowa; and,
WHEREAS, Whether it is providing 6,000 Omaha and Midwest businesses with furniture to enhance the way they work or contributing to the community that has embraced their business over the last 10 decades, sibling owners Amee Zetzman and Jeff Kavich pride their work on being able to help others; and,
WHEREAS, In addition to both owners serving on numerous nonprofits and community boards over the years, All Makes has sponsored four Nonprofit Office Makeover Contests, during which the company has donated $175,000 in brand-new office furniture to worthy nonprofits; and,
WHEREAS, The 100-year anniversary is a special milestone for All Makes because it serves as a reflection of successfully growing a family business, and in turn, watching and helping other Omaha businesses grow and thrive.
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THIS BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, DOUGLAS COUNTY, NEBRASKA, that this Board hereby recognizes All Makes Office Equipment Company for its 100 years in business and for continuing to make significant contributions to the Douglas County business community.
DATED this 28th day of August, 2018.”