The American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma (AICCO) is a non-profit 501 (c)(6) Corporation
President - Boyd Miller (2015-2017)
Boyd Miller is a proud native Choctaw serving his tribe through diversified procurement and development of the Preferred Supplier Program for the Choctaw Nation. Miller received his education at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Oral Roberts University Tulsa and Bishop State in Mobile Ala. Specializing in Organ and Tissue Procurement and development of Medical supplies. He is also a Funeral Director and Embalmer and has been called to assist in Natural Disasters such as the Katrina Hurricane that devastated the New Orleans area.
Miller has received certifications from Organ and tissue procurement agencies across the U.S. such as CryoLIfe, Lifenet, CTS, LifeCell and Lions Eye Bank to name a few. Miller advocates tissue donation and has been instrumental in the development of training protocol for staff of major hospitals, DMVs and general public education about donation. After 35 years in Tennessee and Florida in the Organ Procurement field, Miller has returned to his home state of Oklahoma to develop and promote Indian-owned businesses both from a business development stage to bidding ongoing projects. Serving the Tribal Members of the Choctaw Nation is an Honor and a lifetime goal finally being achieved.
President Elect - Annetta Abbott (2016-2018)
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.
Linda Kay Sacks (2015-2017)
A Cherokee Nation citizen, Linda Kay Sacks, whose birth name is (Lin) in the Cherokee language, was born in Tahlequah, OK, to full-blood Cherokee speaking parents in a traditional home in the Cherokee Nation.
With a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and a minor in Biblical Studies from Oklahoma Christian University, she also obtained credits from Harvard University, Laval University in Quebec City, QC, Canada, and Manhattan Christian College and earned letterman awards in three collegiate sports: tennis, basketball, and soccer.
Professionally, Linda has a background with the Walt Disney World Company in Orlando, FL, and the Salvation Army of Chicago Metropolitan Division working with at-risk urban youth. Upon returning to Oklahoma and the Cherokee Nation she engaged with Boulevard Christian Church, her home church, and helped establish a program for Muskogees youth, The Landing of Muskogee. The faith-based after-school program is helping break the cycles of intergenerational dysfunction by helping teens build healthy relationships with one another and the community. During this time she served in the Muskogee public school system for Indian Education, teaching culture and identity to the 33 represented tribes in the school district.
Today, she serves as a member of the board of directors for Goodwill Industries of Tulsa and is an alumna of Leadership Tulsas flagship program Class 54, whose mission is to identify, develop, and connect diverse leaders who impact the community through service. She is also a member of the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, Tulsa Cherokee Community Organization, and CNs Tulsa Career Services Group. As an employee of the Cherokee Nation (CN) she helps administer grants from the Department of Labor for workforce development creating area partnerships with the private and public sector, and strengthening relationships with the area workforce for all citizens via Cherokee Nations successful Career Services work programs.
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!
Brian Hartley (2015-17) is in charge of Native American Services of Oklahoma State Bank.
Felecia Freeman (2016-18) is a Citizen Potawatomi tribal member who has worked for the Nation for more than 10 years. She is a commercial loan officer and a Certified Credit Counselor for the Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation, where she has assisted in making over $40 million in loans to Native American entrepreneurs.
She is the CPCDC liaison for the Comanche Nation Revolving Loan Fund in Lawton, Oklahoma. Ms. Freeman coordinates both the Potawatomi Youth Asset Building Program and Credit Counseling Program for CPN tribal members.
She is active in the community, serving as Secretary for the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma Board, Bridges out of Poverty/Neighboring 101 Board, Shawnee Leadership Board, and as an Ambassador for the Greater Shawnee Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of Opportunity Finance Network (OFN), The Native Community Development Financial Institution Network (NCN), and the Oklahoma Native Asset Coalition (ONAC).