Gary Davis addresses attendees at National RES Las Vegas.
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Gary Davis addresses attendees at National RES Las Vegas.

Gary Davis Departing National Center for New Opportunities


After nearly five years of inspring economic empowerment throughout Indian country as president and CEO of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (National Center), Gary Davis is stepping down effective September 30 to pursue other professional opportunities.

The accomplished entrepreneur, musician, author, speaker and actor will announce his next endeavors at a later date. The National Center is currently conducting a thorough search for its next president and CEO, which it hopes to conclude in the coming months.

“It has been an incredible honor to serve as the President and CEO of an organization dedicated to improving the lives of Native peoples across the U.S.,” said Davis. “Being a part of the National Center’s growth has been a rewarding experience, and it has been a privilege to help broaden and develop economic opportunity for Indian Country. Though stepping down as President and CEO of the National Center was not an easy decision, I look forward to continuing to support the organization and seeing friends and colleagues at Reservation Economic Summits (RES) and other events in the future. I am currently evaluating new career opportunities, which I hope to announce soon, but my commitment to advancing economic development in Indian Country will never diminish.”

Davis was appointed National Center interim president and CEO role in January 2012, and officially took on the positions in June of the same year.

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Through leading the National Center, Gary Davis has inspired Indian country with his vision and passion for economic empowerment. He has strengthened the National Reservation Economic Summit (RES) and launched regional RES events across the country. Davis has also been instrumental in taking Indian country's message to international audiences to promote business partnerships.

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“We want to thank Gary Davis for his dedication and service to the National Center and to Indian Country at large, and wish him well in his new endeavors,” said National Center Board Chairman Derrick Watchman. “Under his leadership, the National Center has grown in both size and scope, most notably through the creation of our very successful regional RES events and increasing our presence before Congress and at key federal agencies. We look forward to his successor building on the strong foundation that Gary has laid in the nearly five years he’s led the National Center.”

The National Center’s next regional RES will be RES New Mexico and take place at the Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino in Santa Fe from November 14-17. This is the second consecutive year that Buffalo Thunder and the Pueblo of Pojoaque have served as the event’s presenting sponsor. For more information, visit

he National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. With over 40 years of assisting American Indian Tribes and their enterprises with business and economic development – we have evolved into the largest national Indian specific business organization in the nation. Our motto is: “We Mean Business For Indian Country” as we are actively engaged in helping Tribal Nations and Native business people realize their business goals and are dedicated to putting the whole of Indian Country to work to better the lives of American Indian people- both now… and for generations to come.

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