American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma (AICCO) is a non-profit 501 (c)(6) Corporation
Annetta Abbott has over 25 years experience in marketing and event coordination. She has a degree in Public Relations/Journalism from Oklahoma State University. Abbott is the current President of the State Board of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma. She is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
During her time with the AICCO, she has served as the coordinator of the Gathering Business Summit which helps to provide networking, marketing and business matchmaking opportunities for Native-owned businesses in the state. Through her work with the Chamber, she helps to coordinate programming, membership drives and scholarship awards.
In 2017, Abbott coordinated the first class of Leadership Native Oklahoma. This is an 8 month program designed to help enhance the leadership skills among young Native American business leaders.
She serves as an advocate to government agencies for Native-owned businesses on both a state and national level with the goal of growing and developing tribal economies. She spends a lot of time educating others on how to do business in Indian Country and the importance of building relationships with tribes.
She was recently named the Outstanding Member of the Oklahoma City Chapter of AICCO.
Abbott helped to organize and served as the Executive Director for the Jim Thorpe Native American Games which brought in over 1700 Native American athletes to participate in 10 sports. She worked with the Nike N7 staff to help coordinate their sports summit at the Nike World Headquarters in Oregon which helps to promote the benefits of sports and fitness with Native American students. N7 is the Native American brand of Nike.
She serves on the National Advisory Council for the Carlisle Indian School Project which is a national non-profit organization created to build a heritage center and permanent memorial to the Native American students who attended Carlisle Boarding School in Pennsylvania.
She served on the local Title VII Education Committee which focuses on the best ways to use Indian Education Grants in local schools and was asked to consult and serve on a panel with the National Indian Education Association on the benefits of sports in public schools.
Abbott is the CEO of her own company, Abbott Sports Marketing. She has worked in minor league baseball, college level athletics, radio and television sales and marketing with non-profits.
Bailey Walker (2016-18)
Bailey Walker, a member of the Chickasaw Nation, serves as the Preferred Vendor Program Coordinator for the Chickasaw Business Network.
Baileys Professional Achievements & Certifications begin with graduating from East Central University with a BS in Entrepreneurship in 2012. Graduating from Adas Inaugural Chamber of Commerce Leadership YOUniversity Class in 2009; Graduating from the University of Reno, NV with a Gaming Management Certification in 2009; Selected to attend & represent ECU at the Governors Cup for Entrepreneurs 2009. Mr. Walker attained accreditation as a Small Business Consultant in 2015 (AASBC) and completed the Masters of Accreditation for Small Business Consultants in 2017.
Bailey was recognized & awarded the 2017 Minority Enterprise Development "Advocate of the Year for Minority-Owned Businesses" from the U.S.Dept. of Commerce-REI. Additionally, Mr. Walker was nominated and recognized as the 2017 Paul & Pamela Bickford Volunteer of the Year 2017 from the AICCO.
Walkers resume includes a small speaking role in the feature Film Pearl, The story of Pearl Carter Scott, a production of the Chickasaw Nation.
Mr. Walker began as an intern within the Chickasaw Nation Information Technology Department. After transferring his internship to the Division of Commerce, he was tasked to serve as a Tribal Liaison for Global Gaming Solutions, LLC, a wholly-owned entity by the Chickasaw Nation and concluded his internship as a Financial Analyst I, entrusted with maintaining proprietary reports for Gaming (class II/III). Bailey, prior to joining the Chickasaw Nation, held a 13 year career with Dart (aka) Solo Cup, a top level plastic manufacturer in the plastics industry.
Bailey Walker is a motivated Chickasaw, raised traditionally in Chickasaw traditions & customs from an encouraging Mother & Fluent Speaking Grandparents; he fosters professional connections; a vast working experience; and has a strong work ethic. Mr. Walker has a passion to serve his tribe and empower others for success!
Brandon Caruso (2017-19) serves on the Board of Directors for the American Indian Chamber of Commerce (AICCO). Brandon is also the current AICCO President for the Tulsa Chapter and Chairperson for the Tulsa Cherokee Community Organization (TCCO). Brandon is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and works for Today Lending, a company specializing in the HUD184 Home Loan program, helping Native American families purchase, refinance, and build homes on and off tribal land. Every citizen of any Federally Recognized tribe is eligible for securing a home mortgage through the low cost, Federally backed, HUD184 Program. Helping Native's secure home loans in OK, KS, CO, CA, OR, WA, NM, & FL.
Brandon was born in Los Angeles and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, he obtained his BA at University of California Santa Cruz and MBA at University of Redlands in 2014 with an emphasis in Finance. Brandon may be reached at (918) 388-9713 or Brandon@TodayLending.com
Christy Red Eagle 2018-2020 - Marketing Specialist at Osage Casino
Christy RedEagle, a member of the Osage Tribe, serves as the marketing specialist for the Osage Casino. In this role, she creates promotions and implements all marketing activities for Hominy and Pawhuska Osage Casinos.
Christy brings 20 years of gaming experience in the areas of management, marketing and customer service to her current role, which she has held since 2005. Prior to assuming the marketing position with the Osage Casinos, she was the general manager of the Hominy Casino, managing the staff and overseeing all areas of the casino floor. In addition, she previously served as Keetoowah Casinos assistant general manager and Rocket Gamings marketing and sales representative. Christy also brings experience as a budget analyst, as she served in this position for the Cherokee Nation.
Christy is active in several professional organizations. She served as Osage County Tourism secretary and budget analyst, American Indian Chamber of Commerce vice president and Osage Oil and Gas Summit coordinator. In addition, she is a member of the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce, Osage County Creative Community and the Native American Church.
Christy has a Bachelor of Science in Leadership Organization with a minor in accounting from Rogers State University.
Russell Tucker (2018-2020) - Outside sales for Memco Safety and M&M Poultry Equipment