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John F. Kotouc

A native Nebraskan, John Kotouc graduated from Omaha Westside High School and thereafter Harvard University (AB) with post graduate studies at Westminster (BD), University of Nebraska Law School (JD), and YPO Executive Education at Stanford Business School.

Mr. Kotouc is a third-generation banker.  He is Executive Chairman of American National Bank, Omaha, a board member of Western Bank, Saint Paul, Minnesota, and Co-Chairman and Co-CEO of parent American National Corporation, a $2.5 billion regional banking company with operations in Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota.

Mr. Kotouc and his wife Wende live in Omaha and have two children.

Mr. Kotouc has been very active in the Omaha community, including:

  • Bellevue University
  • Brownell-Talbot School
  • Mid America Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Methodist Hospital Foundation
  • Leadership for Life (Co-Founder and President)
  • Project Interfaith (advisory only)

Mr. Kotouc, in his spare time, is actively involved in historical research regarding the experience of secret protestant communities during the counter-Reformation (1620-1781) in Bohemia.  He is a lifetime member of the Nebraska Czech Language Foundation, a member of Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (DGSI), Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences (SVU), and the CSA Fraternal Life.

In 1882, the Kotouc family immigrated to the US from Jitkov, Bohemia to Humboldt, Nebraska.  The senior Frank Kotouc started a Czech language school in Humboldt upon his arrival.  Mr. Kotouc’s grandfather, Otto Kotouc, Sr., was the co-founder of the Komensky Club in 1904 at the University of Nebraska and served seven terms in the Nebraska Bi-Cameral and Unicameral legislatures.  His father, Otto Kotouc, Jr., a graduate of the University of Nebraska and Harvard Law School, was also a member of the Nebraska Unicameral legislature.