AMERIND Risk Trade Fair To Offer New Solutions to Tribes' Real-World Issues
Native American Entrepreneur & Motivational Speaker, Gary “Litefoot” Davis Plans Inspirational Keynote Address
Organizers expect hundreds of tribal members and business professionals from across Indian Country to attend AMERIND Risk’s three day conference and trade fair, scheduled for September 24-26 at the Hilton Anchorage hotel in Alaska. The 27th Annual AMERIND Risk Conference & Trade Fair theme, “Coming Together: Community, Connection, and Collaboration,” is a one of a kind national educational forum, hosted by the only 100 percent Native American-owned and -operated insurance provider in Indian country.
AMERIND Risk was founded over 25 years ago, by more than 400 Tribes, including numerous individual Alaska Tribes who are independent AMERIND Risk members, and those 151 tribes represented through the Association of Alaska Housing Authorities. They pooled their resources to create affordable and sustainable insurance products and services for Indian Country—to keep money in Indian country. AMERIND Risk provides property, liability and workers’ compensation, insurance for tribes, tribal governments, businesses and individual property coverage.
Keynote speaker Gary “Litefoot” Davis, who currently serves as President/CEO of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, will deliver his motivational message of sustainability and self-empowerment. Mr. Davis, a powerful leader, continues to be a consistent influential voice in the Native American community.
The AMERIND Risk Conference & Trade Fair draws attendees from numerous Native American Tribal Nations. The event features multiple exhibits from emergency management & repair services, financial institutions, consultants, suppliers, and other business services. Participants come to learn about the latest insurance products and services, build their networks and attend education sessions conducted by risk management experts.
“AMERIND Risk’s Conference & Trade Fair and Business Meeting is an exciting time to share our success; provide Native American specific education and training; and network with peers and friends from all over Indian Country. Our conference is a reflection of Native Americans continuing to work together for our common cause of—Tribes Protecting Tribes," said Derek Valdo, AMERIND Risk CEO. The second day of the conference, AMERIND Risk, a membership organization, will be conducting business to include the election of the Chairman of the Board of Directors.
“AMERIND Risk is thrilled to have its annual membership meeting in the beautiful state of Alaska,” Dennis McCann, AMERIND Risk COO, comments. “I have been part of this event for the past several years. It gets better every year. This year, in addition to providing vital information on future risk, we will introduce the four critical elements that any Tribal entity should consider for Tribal Workers’ compensation.” Additionally on the agenda will be a presentation on learning the tools to develop an employee safety plan, along with emergency management topics for tribes, among numerous other topics that will be highlighted at the 27the Annual AMERIND Risk Conference & Trade Fair.