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Gary Davis

Gary Davis

Executive Director, Native American Financial Services Association

Gary “Litefoot” Davis is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. He is the Executive Director of the Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA).

Before being appointed as Executive Director of NAFSA, Mr. Davis served as President and CEO of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) and as a member of the NCAIED’s Board of Directors. He has served as Vice-President of Native Affairs for the Triple Five Group, owners of the world’s largest retail shopping malls; the Mall of America and the West Edmonton Mall and he previously served as co-chair of the National Indian Gaming Association’s, American Indian Business Network.

 

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Mr. Davis has facilitated an array of cross sector business opportunities in Indian Country ranging from acquisitions, casino gaming, hospitality, land development, green energy and pharmaceutical initiatives. His entrepreneurial spirit has resulted in several family owned and operated businesses including Davis Strategy Group, Native Style Clothing and Red Vinyl Records. Mr. Davis is also a successful musician and feature film and television actor with eight award winning albums and starring roles in such major motion pictures as, The Indian in The Cupboard and television programs such as, House of Cards.

Philanthropically, he has traveled hundreds of thousands of miles throughout the United States bringing hope and empowerment to over 450 American Indian communities. As the spokesperson of the “Reach The Rez Project”, he helped raise nearly $1.5 million to ensure the success of the effort. Mr. Davis continues to motivate and inspire, tribal, educational and corporate audiences as a highly sought after public speaker and has lectured at various colleges and universities including, Virginia Tech and Oregon State University.

Mr. Davis is a recipient of the prestigious Sevenstar Award from the Cherokee Nation Historical Society, presented to a Cherokee who is accomplished in a chosen field, brought honor to the Cherokee people and serves as an inspiration to others. In 2015, Mr. Davis received the Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency National Director Special Recognition Award and was appointed as an Ambassador of the Department of Energy’s, Minorities in Energy initiative. Also in 2015, Mr. Davis was also recognized as one of the “Fifty Faces of Indian Country” by Indian Country Today Media Network. In May of 2016, Mr. Davis was appointed to the United States Small Business Administration’s Council on Underserved Communities.

For over two decades, Mr. Davis has meshed his success as an entrepreneur, with his passion to better the future of Indian Country and serve as a source of inspiration for Native people across North America.

Blake Trueblood

Blake Trueblood

Chief of Staff, Native American Financial Services Association

Blake is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Blake earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Florida State University and his law degree from the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. Mr. Trueblood has also earned a Masters in Business Administration degree with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from Nova Southeastern University. Blake has significant experience in several areas of Tribal economic development, including hospitality, entertainment, licensing, energy and e-commerce.

Blake previously served as the Director of Business Development at the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development

Clifton Cottrell

Clifton Cottrell

Research Analyst, Native American Financial Services Association

Clifton is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from The University of the Ozarks and his law degree from the Baylor University School of Law. Mr. Cottrell has also earned a Masters of Public Affairs degree from The University of Texas. Clifton has significant experience in the fields of Tribal economic development and public policy.

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