Gary Davis, also known as Litefoot, has been named the interim President and CEO of the National Center for American Indian Economic Development (NCAIED). Davis is a well-known Native American entrepreneur, rapper, actor and motivational speaker and has very involved with NCAIED and the Native community for quite some time. Previously, Davis has hosted the NCAIED Reservation Economic Summit (RES), served on the NCAIED board of directors, and served as the Vice President of Native Affairs for the Triple Five Group, owners of the Mall of America and some of the world’s other largest shopping malls.
“Mr. Davis, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, brings with him over 20 years of vast national business experience, which includes small business management and operations, corporate consulting, tribal government relations, non-profit operations and working with federal agencies and programs,” NCAIED Board Chairwoman Margo Gray Proctor said in announcing Davis’ new role. “We are confident that he will add tremendously to our organization.”
Davis’ experience in facilitating Native-to-Native business opportunities will continue in his work with NCAIED, committed to American Indian self-sufficiency by leading economic development and promoting commerce in Indian Country. This announcement comes just before the the 26th Annual RES event, which begins on February 27 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.