Native Business Leadership on the Corporate & Federal Stages in 2019

For the third consecutive summit, Gary Davis, Native Business Founder, Publisher and CEO, served as Master of Ceremonies of the three-day National Tribal Energy Summit. (Photo by U.S. Department of Energy)

Gary and Carmen Davis represented Native Business at numerous corporate and federal events in 2019, playing a vital role in driving business forward in Indian Country. 

By delivering keynote speeches, serving as host and Master of Ceremonies, and partaking in stakeholder discussions at corporate headquarters, Native Business underscored the value of doing business with Tribes and Native American businesses in front of a diverse, national audience. 

Through raising awareness of Tribal cultures and Indian Country’s critical contribution to the national economy, Native Business is helping to build bridges to opportunity between Tribes, Native American entrepreneurs, corporations, and federal and local governments.

Among Native Business’ most notable speaking engagements of 2019 include:  

  • For the third consecutive summit, Gary Davis, Native Business Founder, Publisher and CEO, served as Master of Ceremonies of the National Tribal Energy Summit (NTES) in Washington, D.C. The three-day event, September 24-26, was hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy, in coordination with the National Conference of State Legislatures.
  • Gary Davis delivered a keynote address during the inaugural Native American Heritage Month event for Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) at Naval Base Coronado South near San Diego, California, on November 13th. The event was broadcast to all NAVAIR bases across the country. 
  • Gary and Carmen Davis participated in PNC Bank’s inaugural event celebrating Native American Heritage Month at PNC’s headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on November 7th. The fireside chat-style event was live-streamed company-wide and to two universities in Michigan. 
  • On Indigenous Peoples’ Day at Amazon’s corporate campus in Seattle, Washington, Gary Davis spoke about Indigenous inclusion and representation.
  • Gary Davis hosted the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency’s (MBDA) 2019 Minority Enterprise Awards on September 9, 2019. 

Get the full overview of Native Business’ speaking engagements on federal and corporate stages in 2019:  

National Tribal Energy Summit Powered Self-Determination 

Hosted by the DOE’s Office of Indian Energy, in coordination with the National Conference of State Legislatures, the 2019 National Tribal Energy Summit (NTES) in Washington, D.C. delivered the opportunity to educate oneself and expand circles, including meeting with high-level Administration officials and members of Congress, as well as representatives from federal agencies, state governments, private industry, utilities and academia. The theme of the event, held September 24-26, was “Tribal Energy: Powering Self-Determination.”

For the third consecutive summit, Gary Davis, a member of the Cherokee Nation and Native Business Founder, Publisher and CEO, served as Master of Ceremonies of the three-day event. In addition to building networks, DOE officials, Tribal leaders and business executives exchanged ideas and explored cross-cutting and cost-effective solutions in regards to developing  national energy interests on Tribal lands. Other federal participants included representatives from the Department of the Interior, the Department of Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency. 

The summit took Tribal energy conversations to the next level through:

  • Learning modules centered around the key drivers for Tribal energy development;
  • Tribal leader roundtable discussions to address energy policy;
  • A Women in Energy Leadership Breakfast focusing on Tribal perspectives; and
  • Takeaways and resources for participating communities, including utilizing your Tribal Energy Atlas.

“The summit helped Tribal and business leaders better position their community at the forefront of timely Tribal energy conversations. The key to building capacity includes understanding how DOE’s Office of Indian Energy can support — or build upon — each Tribe’s self-determined energy development goals,” said Davis (Cherokee), Founder, Publisher and CEO of Native Business Magazine

Gary and Carmen Davis with Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer and staff (Photo by Native Business Magazine)

Other highlights included speeches from the DOE’s Director of the Office of Indian Energy Kevin Frost. When Frost took the stage, he drilled home the message that Native people have a voice in energy through his office. He will do everything within his power to help move Tribal energy projects forward. 

The Honorable James E. Campos, Director of the DOE’s Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, hosted the first-ever Equity in Energy Tribal Stakeholder Discussion, “Opportunities, Challenges and Strategies to Reduce Disparities within the Energy Sector,” at the NTES. 

Campos underscored how Native Americans are essential to national security and the national energy economy. “They make up 2-3% of our population, but it’s much larger in terms of energy output and capacity,” Campos recently told Native Business. (Stay tuned for a future story on the Native Business App and NativeBusinessMag.com about the DOE’s Equity in EnergyTM initiative, established by Campos, who will promote the initiative at the 2nd Annual Native Business Summit, taking place September 1-3, 2020, at the Hard Rock Hotel Resort and Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma.) 

Also at NTES, Mark W. Menezes, DOE Under Secretary of Energy, delivered the closing remarks on September 26. During his speech, Menezes announced that the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs issued a Notice of Intent to issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled “Energy Infrastructure Development on Indian Lands – 2020.”

“This planned funding will help Native American and Alaska Native communities harness their vast energy resources to reduce or stabilize energy costs, as well as increase energy security and resilience,” said Under Secretary Menezes. 

Gary Davis with DOE Director of the Office of Indian Energy Kevin Frost and his mother, Jean Frost (Photo by Native Business Magazine)

Gary Davis Delivered Keynote for NAVAIR at Naval Base Coronado South near San Diego

Gary Davis also delivered a keynote address during the inaugural Native American Heritage Month event for Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) at Naval Base Coronado South near San Diego, California, on November 13th. The event was broadcast to all NAVAIR bases across the country. 

“What a blessing to be able to build bridges of understanding and assist in reclaiming the narrative for Indian Country,” Gary Davis said. 

Gary Davis delivered the keynote address at the inaugural Native American Heritage Month event for Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) at Naval Base Coronado South on November 13th.

After Gary delivered a motivational speech to thousands of NAVAIR employees at the naval base, Coronado Naval Base Executive Officer and Executive Director, Capt. Steven Leehe, facilitated a VIP tour of the base for Gary and Carmen Davis, a member of the Makah Tribe and the Founder, Publisher and Executive Editor of Native Business Magazine.  The tour entailed a visit of the F-18 fighter jet production facility and an opportunity to view  the actual F-18 fighter jet that moviegoers will see flown by “Maverick” in the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick movie. 

NAVAIR provides the United States Navy with full life-cycle support of naval aviation aircraft, weapons and systems including research, design, development, systems engineering, acquisition, test & evaluation, training, logistics, repair & modification, and in-service support.

Gary and Carmen Davis pose in front of the actual F-18 fighter jet that moviegoers will see flown by “Maverick” in the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick movie.

PNC Bank Hosted Gary & Carmen Davis at its Pittsburgh Headquarters 

Gary and Carmen Davis additionally represented Indian Country at PNC Bank’s inaugural event celebrating Native American Heritage Month at their headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on November 7th.

The business partners’ fireside chat-style event was live-streamed company-wide and to two universities in Michigan. 

“Thank you PNC Bank for recognizing the importance of including Indian Country in your diversity efforts and positively contributing to advancing opportunity for Native Americans across the country,” Carmen shared. 

Gary and Carmen Davis spoke about the power of “Reclaiming the Narrative” in Indian Country at a PNC Bank event on November 7th.

Gary Davis Spoke at Amazon’s Corporate Campus on Indigenous Peoples’ Day 

Gary Davis spoke at Amazon’s corporate campus in Seattle, Washington, on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Monday, October 14th. His message focused on diversity, inclusion and Native representation (as well as misrepresentation and underrepresentation) in the media. 

Pulling from his more than 30 years of personal and professional service to Indian Country, Davis began his speech by sharing his  perspective on the unity of Indigenous people across North America. 

On Indigenous Peoples’ Day at Amazon’s corporate campus, Gary Davis spoke about Indigenous inclusion and representation. Right: Davis smiles with members of [email protected], an inclusive employee community, where employees can find other Tribal members within Amazon. (Native Business Photos)

“When I think of my travels across Indian Country, and I think of my people, existing from Alaska to Oklahoma to Nova Scotia and everywhere in between, I think of them as my extended family, and they mean the world to me,” he said. “These relationships came into existence via my travels and work in Native communities across Indian Country, and they are more precious to me than anything.”

Irrespective of colonization and country, state, Tribal and other geographic boundaries, Indigenous people across the world are forever connected by the land, he emphasized. 

Read the full article here: Gary Davis Delivers Keynote Address at Amazon’s Corporate Campus on Indigenous Peoples’ Day 

The entire Davis family attended Gary’s keynote speech at Amazon’s corporate headquarters, including Native Business Founder, Publisher and Executive Editor Carmen Davis (Makah Tribe) and their three sons: Quannah, Sequoyah and Qwnuseia (Native Business Photo)

Gary Davis Hosted U.S. MBDA’s 2019 Minority Enterprise Awards

Gary Davis hosted the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency’s (MBDA) 2019 Minority Enterprise Awards on September 9, 2019. Davis additionally delivered a keynote speech, as did Daymond John, star of ABC’s Shark Tank and an accomplished author and entrepreneur.

A Minority Enterprise Award is the highest level of national recognition that a U.S. minority-owned firm can receive from the U.S. Department of Commerce. 

“These prestigious awards presented by the U.S. Minority Business Development Agency importantly recognize and celebrate the outstanding achievements of successful minority businesses from across the country,” said Gary Davis, a member of the Cherokee Nation.

Gary Davis, Founder, Publisher and CEO of Native Business Magazine, hosts the 2019 Minority Enterprise Awards in Washington, D.C. on Monday, September 9, 2019.

NEZ/FCI Native American, LLC (NEZ/FCI), a Native American-owned business, took home the Minority Construction Firm of the Year Award. For NEZ/FCI’s, Founder and Controlling Manager Marvin Nez, receiving the honor marked a momentous occasion.

“We made our way onto the map tonight, and we are a part of history. We will continue to write history, American Indian history. …We will continue to participate in American economy and business,” Nez said. 

Read the full article here: Gary Davis Hosts U.S. MBDA’s 2019 Minority Enterprise Awards, NEZ/FCI Native American, LLC Honored With Minority Construction Firm of the Year Award 

Pictured: Recipients of 2019 Minority Enterprise Awards on stage at the U.S. Minority Business Development Agency’s awards ceremony held Monday evening in Washington, D.C. A Minority Enterprise Award is the highest level of national recognition that a U.S. minority-owned firm can receive from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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