Kosman honored at Aksarben Ball Royal Court – KNEB

Hod Kosman, chairman and CEO of Platte Valley Companies was recently honored for his contributions to Business and Industry as a member of The Court of Honor at the Aksarben Ball. The Aksarben Foundation honored eleven individuals in five categories for their service to the Heartland on Saturday, October 28, 2023 at the CHI Health Center in Omaha. The Court of Honor was established in 1998 as one of Aksarben’s most prestigious awards.

A third generation banker from Scottsbluff, Kosman has extensive knowledge and a unique perspective of the rich and colorful history of banking. The Kosman family banking history stretches back to the early 1900s in Scottsbluff and now Platte Valley Companies has grown to include locations in Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado. Platte Valley Companies offers solutions not only for banking needs but also trust, investment and insurance services.

Kosman has a passion for and has been actively involved in Nebraska conservation for many years. He lends his expertise to organizations such as Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, Wild Turkey Federation and the Nature Conservancy. He has been president of the Platte River Basin Environments, Inc. for 33 years which owns and operates 30,000 acres of public access lands in western Nebraska.

In 2013, he and his wife Willa were honored with the NEBRASKAlander Award. He has also been recognized by the Nebraska Business Hall of Fame and received other awards for his achievements in conservation. Kosman has served on the boards of Nebraska Arts Council, Regional West Health Services and the University of Nebraska Foundation.

Kosman reflected, “Aksarben does so much good. It holds a place in Nebraska like no other. What it means to entities that it supports is so important and provides so much value. Aksarben is a testament to what Nebraska is.”

For 128 years, Aksarben has continued to focus on the sustainability and prosperity of the great state of Nebraska. The efforts focus on workforce development, commitment to the Scholarship program, community grants and support of those who embody the Spirit of Aksarben in the daily lives through ongoing volunteerism and civic projects.