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16th Annual Native American Economic Development Conference

June 6-7, 2023

Pechanga Resort Casino – Temecula, CA

Event Details

The 16th Annual Native American Economic Development Conference will be held on June 6-7, 2023 at Pechanga Resort Casino.

Through a variety of panels and interactive discussions, attendees will engage with experts focusing on economic diversification. For the 16th year in a row, Tribal leaders will come together to discover new ways to diversify their Tribe’s economic ventures and focus on building resilient and sustainable communities that thrive. You’ll hear success stories, and case studies and dig deeper into new ways to generate revenue beyond gaming. You’ll also discuss with experts what the economic future may look like in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and how your economy can come back strong. By networking with other Tribal leaders, decision-makers, and industry professionals, you can exchange tangible ideas on maximizing your respective economies.

We ensure our attendees get to know their peers and interact with one another throughout the event by providing a variety of engaging sessions, numerous networking opportunities, and impressive business solutions.

Four Conferences for the Price of One!
This event is being held in conjunction with our:

When you register for one, you will have access to all four conferences!

Who Should Attend:

  • Architect Firms
  • CEO’s and CFO’s of Renewable Energy Companies
  • Construction Companies
  • Economic Development Professionals
  • Energy Generators
  • Engineers
  • Environmental Assessment Companies
  • Feasibility Study Companies
  • Finance and Legal Professionals
  • Government and Other Professional Service Firms
  • Investors in Renewable Energy Projects
  • Technology Developers
  • Tribal Leaders

TO SPEAK WITH A REPRESENTATIVE ABOUT ATTENDING, SPEAKING, EXHIBITING OR SPONSORING, PLEASE CALL US AT 201-857-5333 OR EMAIL SALES@NATIVENATIONEVENTS.ORG.

At Native Nation Events, we pride ourselves on offering best-in-class networking events in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. No need for suits and ties; business casual is the preferred dress code for our conferences. 

Thank you to our Co-Chairs and Platinum sponsors for their continued support, dedication to knowledge, and drive to enhance the Native American community.

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Register Now To Attend

For Elected Tribal Council or Tribal Government/Enterprise Representatives

Tribal Super Early Bird

$745

Tribal Early Bird

$845

Tribal Standard

$945

Group Rate (Four or more paid from same Tribe or entity)

Tribal Group Super Early Bird

$645

Tribal Group Early Bird

$745

Tribal Group Standard

$845

For Other Industry Professionals

Pro Super Early Bird

$845

Pro Early Bird

$945

Pro Standard

$1045

HOTEL INFORMATION

Pechanga Resort Casino

45000 Pechanga Parkway
Temecula, CA 92592

1-888-PECHANGA

Room Rate: $204 per night

Booking Code: 7374159

Room Cut-Off Date: May 4, 2023

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16th Annual Native American Economic Development Conference

June 6-7, 2023

Pechanga Resort Casino – Temecula, CA

Tuesday, June 6th, 2023

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Registration and Networking Breakfast

Registration A&B | Summit Ballroom C

8:30 - 8:45 AM

Opening Remarks

Summit Ballroom AB

Justin O'Connor

President | Native Nation Events

Ken Perez

President | Pechanga Development Corporation

8:45 - 9:30 AM

Keynote- Unlocking the Best Version of Yourself and Embracing Change and Uncertainty

Summit Ballroom AB

Jim Stroker

Coach | Native Nation Events

  • The 3 questions you must answer to create alignment and tranquility in your life.
  • Becoming aware of the space between stimulus and response, and making this your power tool.
  • Regaining a sense of control by discipline of focus on what is in your control and what is out.
  • Deciding to bring your attention to “The Process”, and leading teams to focus here rather than outcome.
  • The mindful leader and self care strategies that allow for sustainability and building teams of trust.
  • The locked in intention that you have for exiting the game of life, and will you create a game plan that uses AMOR FATI as your theme?

9:30 - 10:15 AM

Legislative Update: New and Pending Legislation and What It Means for Indian Country

Summit Ballroom AB

One Who Rides His Horse East (Tom Rodgers)

Founder and CEO | Carlyle Consulting

  • Cannabis Federal and State political and policy developments
  • Psychedelic Federal and State political and policy developments
  • Native American sovereignty- DEA licensure and intellectual property

10:15 - 10:45 AM

Morning Networking Break

Summit Ballroom C

10:45 - 11:00 AM

Economic Development Conference Co-Chair Remarks

Summit Ballroom AB

James Klas

Founder And Principal | KlasRobinson Q.E.D

Dennis Johnson - Chief Investment Officer at Ho-Chunk, Inc.

Dennis Johnson

Chief Investment Office | Ho-Chunk, Inc

11:00 - 12:00 PM

The State of the Economy in 2023 and Beyond

Summit Ballroom AB

Jamie Fullmer-Moderator

Chairman & CEO | Blue Stone Strategy Partners

Mark Fox

Chairman | Three Affiliated Tribes

Richard Sneed

Principal Chief | Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

  • Discuss important financial and operational trends to keep an eye on.
  • The midterm elections delivered a split congress. Do we expect to see continued progress, or gridlock and little legislative gains?
  • What upcoming economic challenges should we prepare for? High inflation, recession, etc.
  • How could an incoming recession shape the market and business operations in 2023 and beyond?
  • This US Farm Bill is up for renewal in 2023. What is the Farm Bill, and how could it impact Indian Country and economic development funding?
  • How have the last three years of the COVID-19 pandemic affected the economy, and what lasting impacts are expected as the world moves forward?

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Networking Lunch

Summit Ballroom C

1:00 - 2:00 PM

Leading Multiple Generations and Understanding How they Perceive Enterprise Development

Summit Ballroom AB

Danielle Lazore-Thompson- Moderator

Associate Attorney | Big Fire Law & Policy Group

Treyson Fullmer

Project Manager | Blue Stone Strategy Partners

Teresa Mandelin

Executive Director | Pima Leasing & Financing Corporation

Anne Richardson

Chief | Rappahannock Tribe of Virginia

  • There are multiple generational groups currently in the workforce, and this diversity in age groups can create unique challenges in the enterprise development process.
  • Different generations have different behaviors, values, and attitudes, and therefore different priorities for which diversification projects are best to pursue.
  • Organizations cannot be successful without a talented and motivated workforce. How are leaders learning to understand generational differences and to bring these groups together to create successful projects?

2:00- 3:00 PM

Funding and Financing Your Economic Development Projects

Summit Ballroom AB

James Klas- Moderator

Founder And Principal | KlasRobinson Q.E.D

Brady Bryan

CEO | Brayn Consulting

Adam Rose

Director of Partnerships & Growth | Travois

Dennis Johnson

Chief Investment Office | Ho-Chunk, Inc

John Peebles

Partner | Peebles Kidder

  • There are multiple options for accessing growth capital, but accessing that capital for economic development projects can be a hurdle for many tribes. What processes can help streamline this endeavor?
  • Discuss different financing options, such as grants, loans, equity funding, new market tax credits, etc.
  • What grants and loans – local, state, and federal- are available for tribal use?
  • In what ways can New Market Tax Credits be a financing leverage tool?
  • Does the scope of the project determine the type of financing you should seek?
  • Where should you start? How do you get funding to get your project off the ground?

3:00 - 3:30 PM

Afternoon Networking Break

Summit Ballroom C

3:30 - 4:45 PM

Tribal Leaders & Executive Roundtable: Diversification – Growing Your Portfolio Within or Outside Your Gaming Enterprise

Summit Ballroom AB

Luke Jumper- Moderator

Senior Project Manager/Partner | TBE Architects

Michael Olujic

General Manager | Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino

James Siva

Vice Chairman | Morongo Band of Mission Indians

Mark Fox

Chairman | Three Affiliated Tribes

  • Where have tribal enterprises been most successful in creating economic development projects to complement their gaming industry?
  • Hear about unique projects and case studies from tribes who have launched economic development projects beyond gaming, such as manufacturing, hospitality, entertainment, tourism, energy, healthcare, banking, broadcast media, etc.
  • Diversification projects help to encourage economic growth, create jobs, expand opportunities for tribal members, and secure the future for generations to come.
  • What are the benefits of a diverse business portfolio? Revenue generated can be used for tribal programs and services such as healthcare, education, housing, cultural enhancement, youth programs, elder care, and more.

5:00PM

Day One Sessions Conclude

Wednesday, June 7th, 2023

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Registration and Networking Breakfast

Registration A&B | Summit Ballroom C

8:30 - 9:30AM

Deciding How to Manage your Tribal Enterprises and Determining Who to Work With

Summit Ballroom AB

James Klas- Moderator

Founder And Principal | KlasRobinson Q.E.D

Steve Bodmer

General Counsel | Pechanga Band of Indians

Hellyaachwehay Quisquis

President/CEO | San Pasqual Economic Development Corporation

Hannah Prairie Chief

Coordinator, Economic Development Authority, Planning and Development | Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes

  • It’s important to identify your tribe’s ideal corporate structure. What factors go into deciding if enterprises should be run by tribal governments or by tribal development corporations?
  • As economic development opportunities continue to evolve, tribal governments are entering into commercial transactions with third parties more often. How do tribes select whom to partner with?
  • How do you create a process to ensure the tribe is working with the correct professionals and corporations for their projects?
  • How can tribes and Native Corporations work together effectively to take advantage of federal infrastructure programs and funding?

9:30 - 10:15 AM

Development of Renewable Energy Projects for Economic Growth and Energy Independence

Summit Ballroom AB

Molly Brown- Moderator

Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy | GenPro Energy Solutions

David Tam

CEO | Grey Snow Management Solutions

Lisa Garcia

Senior Consultant | Department of Energy Loans Program Office

Jon Walton

Chief Technology Officer | Grey Snow Management Solutions, LLC (GSMS) /Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska

  • In August 2022 President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law, one of the most significant actions Congress has taken on clean energy and climate change.
  • Equitable renewable energy development in Indian Country will be beneficial for both the tribe and the United States.
  • What are the opportunities, challenges, and best practices for developing renewable energy opportunities on tribal lands?
  • Engaging in renewable energy can create opportunities for economic diversification, new revenue streams, more jobs, energy independence, and environmental sustainability.
  • Discuss successful strategies and processes tribes have gone through to develop energy projects, including funding and financing the endeavor.

10:15 - 10:45 AM

Morning Networking Break

Summit Ballroom C

10:45 - 11:45 AM

An Update on Investment Opportunities in Indian Country

Summit Ballroom AB

Bernard Machlovitch-Moderator

Private Advisor- Managing Director | Rockefeller Global Family Office

Dennis Johnson

Chief Investment Officer | Ho-Chunk, Inc.

Andrew Masiel

Treasurer | Pechanga Development Corporation

Nick Trella

Senior Vice President | Segal

  • What are the current market conditions, and what is predicted for the future?
  • Discuss the importance of creating and developing sound investment strategies.
  • What does the investment process look like?
  • Discover different ways to build a balanced portfolio.
  • What opportunities are available for tribes? Long and short-term investing, equity investing, impact investing, and more.
  • Are there any foreseeable pitfalls for tribal communities to delve into off-reservation investing?

11:45 - 12:45 PM

Minors Trust and Financial Literacy for Native American Youth

Summit Ballroom AB

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Samuel Fuller- Moderator

Senior Vice President | Providence First Trust Company

Andrew Masiel

Treasurer | Pechanga Development Corporation

Laura Bartlett

Senior Vice President | BOK Financial

Hans Maentz

Private Advisor- Managing Director | Rockefeller Global Family Office

Lavita Hill

Treasury Specialist | Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

  • How are Minors Trust Funds invested, and how does the distribution process work?
  • How can your tribe structure a Minors Trust Program that encourages educational pursuits?
  • What are the latest tax laws for Minors Per Capita Trusts?
  • Discuss best practices for teaching financial literacy to Native American youth, and how a financial literacy program will benefit your tribe.

12:45 PM

Economic Development Conference Concludes

Laura Bartlett

Senior Vice President | BOK Financial
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Steve Bodmer

General Counsel | Pechanga Band of Indians
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Molly Brown

Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy | GenPro Energy Solutions
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Brady Bryan

Chief Executive Officer | Brayn Consulting LLC
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Hannah Prairie Chief

Coordinator, Economic Development Authority, Planning and Development | Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes
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Abi Fain

Policy and Government Relations Director | Intertribal Agriculture Council
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Mark Fox

Chairman | Three Affiliated Tribes
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Samuel Fuller

Senior Vice President | Providence First Trust Company
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Jamie Fullmer

Chairman & CEO | Blue Stone Strategy Partners
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Treyson Fullmer

Project Manager | Blue Stone Strategy Partners
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Lisa Garcia

Senior Consultant | Department of Energy Loans Program Office
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Lavita Hill

Treasury Specialist | Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
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Dennis Johnson

Chief Investment Office | Ho-Chunk, Inc
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Luke Jumper

President/Senior Project Manager/Partner | TBE Architects
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James Klas

Founder & Principal | Klas Robinson, Q.E.D
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Danielle Lazore-Thompson

Associate Attorney | Big Fire Law & Policy Group
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Bernard Machlovitch

Managing Director | Rockefeller Capital Management
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Hans Maentz

Private Advisor- Managing Director | Rockefeller Capital Management
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Teresa Mandelin

Executive Director | Pima Leasing & Financing Corporation
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Andrew Masiel

Treasurer | Pechanga Development Corporation
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Jillian McCloud

Assistant General Manager | Nisqually Red Wind Casino
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Michael Olujic

General Manager | Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino
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Lucas K. Osceola

Assistant Chairman | Miccosukee Tribe
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Erin Parker, J.D., LL.M.

Executive Director | Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative
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John Peebles

Partner | Peebles Kidder
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Hellyaachwehay Quisquis

President/CEO | San Pasqual Economic Development Corporation
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Anne Richardson

Chief | Rappahannock Tribe of Virginia
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One Who Rides His Horse East (Tom Rodgers)

Founder and CEO | Carlyle Constulting
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Adam Rose

Director of Partnerships and Growth | Travois
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James Siva

Vice Chairman | Morongo Band of Mission Indians
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Richard G. Sneed

Principal Chief | Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
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David Tam

CEO | Grey Snow Management Solutions
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Nick Trella

Senior Vice President | Segal Marco Advisors
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Conference Co-Chair

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Platinum Sponsors

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Product Demonstration

Gold Sponsors

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Exhibitors

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Badge Sponsor

Media Sponsors

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If you’re interested in sponsoring this event, please reach out to Joe Baranello at joe@nativenationevents.org or call him at 201-857-5333 for additional details.

Tribal Government & Enterprise Representatives

Sponsors & Exhibitors

The 16th Annual Native American Economic Development Conference was an impactful two days at the Pechanga Resort & Casino. Attendees learned new ways to bring prosperity to their tribes while networking with other leaders who have the skills and experience to help make it happen.