Victor Flores has been named Director of Tribal Services in Oklahoma for the Albuquerque-headquartered REDW accounting firm.
REDW LLC, an accounting industry leader for Indian Country, has expanded into the Oklahoma market.
The Top 200 Accounting Firm has appointed Victor Flores to lead as Director of Tribal Services in Oklahoma. He will oversee the new Oklahoma office and Tribal division of one of the Southwest’s 10 largest CPA and business advisory firms.
“Victor joining the REDW team is an integral part of our overall strategic plan to continue expanding both our offerings and presence in Oklahoma’s Indian Country,” said Steve Cogan, REDW Managing Principal. “REDW has served the unique needs of tribes and their enterprises for more than three decades, and Oklahoma is among the markets where we have established the strongest relationships over the years. Our growth ambitions are carefully planned and always designed around the needs of our clients. By adding Victor’s demonstrated leadership and expertise, we are strengthening our commitment to support the 38 federally recognized tribal nations in Oklahoma.”
Cogan added that, as part of this business expansion effort, REDW will be operating from the new Oklahoma office location as of November 1, 2020. Located in Edmond, Oklahoma, this office will facilitate initial recruiting plans in the short-term as REDW’s Tribal Services team begins to serve Oklahoma Tribes locally.
Victor Flores previously served as Chief Financial Officer, as well as in other leadership roles, for the Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. His recent achievements include collaborating with the Native American Financial Officers Association (NAFOA) to create the Oklahoma Tribal Finance Consortium (OTFC), of which Victor is currently president. The OTFC, a non-profit organization, brings together tribal finance and economic leaders from all of the federally recognized tribal nations that are headquartered in Oklahoma. The consortium focuses on providing financial and economic education to Tribes, with an emphasis on collaboration that strengthens organizational finance and bolsters economic development. In 2019, the OTFC released the Oklahoma Native Economic Impact Study, which was conducted by a third-party economist and reported FY17 tribal activities in Oklahoma having a $12.9 Billion impact on the state. The OTFC has also partnered with Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business and the University of Oklahoma to create a Tribal Finance Certificate Program. REDW is a strong supporter of both programs.
“The business needs of Oklahoma’s tribal governments and their enterprises have been expanding over the years, growing in complexity and sophistication,” said Flores. “I am incredibly pleased to join a firm so well respected in Indian Country for its wide-ranging accounting, business, financial, and advisory services for tribal governments and their enterprises. Ultimately, however, my decision to join the firm came down to my strong belief that REDW’s respect for tribal sovereignty and deep understanding of their history, values and vision are second to none.”
Corrine Wilson, REDW Principal and National Tribal Practice Leader, said, “REDW is privileged to be an industry leader for Indian Country, and adding Victor’s talents and extensive knowledge deepens our commitment to meeting the needs of our tribal clients in Oklahoma, throughout the Southwest and in the nation.”