Board of Directors
Jay Calhoun, Director of Strategic Investments
Cherokee Nation Businesses, Tulsa, OK
Jay Calhoun is the Director of Strategic Investments at Cherokee Nation Businesses, the for-profit holding company of the Cherokee Nation. In his role, Jay oversees all aspects of the direct equity investment program – to further the goals of job growth, capability development and long-term wealth creation for the Tribe.
Jay received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and his Masters of Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He brings to CNB years of problem solving, strategic advisory and leadership experience as an engineer, management consultant and investment banker. Jay is actively involved with science and business education through the American Indian Science & Engineering Society and Junior Achievement. Jay also serves on the Board of Directors of Youth Services of Tulsa.
Jay is a proud citizen of the Cherokee Nation and lives in Tulsa with his wife (Tracy) and their daughter (Maddie).
W. Gregory Guedel, Ph.D
Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker LLP, Oklahoma City, OK
Dr. Guedel practices law in Oklahoma City office of Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker LLP, having served the interests of tribal governments and communities in the Pacific Northwest for more than 20 years. His legal practice focuses on assisting tribal governments, businesses, and communities with economic development, strengthening institutions, complex construction projects, and dispute resolution. Dr. Guedel is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Native American Concerns and served as Chair for nine years.
For his research on Native American political economy, in 2016 Dr. Guedel received the first Ph.D. ever awarded in the 100+ year history of the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies. His doctoral research on tribal economic development has been published by the American Indian Law Review and the American Indian Law Journal, and he is the author of the book Strategies and Methods for Tribal Economic Development – Creating Sustainable Prosperity in Native American Communities. His academic and legal research on Indigenous economic development has been published and cited by leading media sources including The Economist, Bloomberg Business Week, Newsweek, National Public Radio, and numerous international television and multimedia services.
Carlos Perea, President
Nuvita, Albuquerque, NM
Carlos Perea is the President of Nuvita, an employee healthcare company. He previously served as CEO of MIOX Corporation, a technology company that is creating value by focusing to solve one of the world’s most pressing issues: the need for affordable, safe, and healthy water. MIOX’s patented water disinfection technology replaces the need to purchase, transport and store dangerous chemicals. MIOX is used in over 30 countries and in hundreds of communities across the U.S. for public drinking water systems, water reuse projects, and a variety of commercial and industrial applications by making chemicals more cost effective, safer and better for the environment.
Before joining MIOX, Carlos was the founding and managing partner of Entrada Ventures, a special acquisition fund. He has also served as the President of Qynergy Coporation, an alternative energy company, CFO of Novalux, a semiconductor laser company, and has held many roles at Intel including Manufacturing Manager where he was responsible for a significant portion of the company’s water processing.
Carlos earned his B.S. Mechanical Engineering degree from UNM and his MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Kip Ritchie, President
Greenfire Management Services, LLC, Milwaukee, WI
Forest County Potawatomi tribal member, Kip Ritchie, serves as President of Greenfire Management Services, LLC—a subsidiary of the Potawatomi Business Development Corporation (“PBDC”). PBDC is the diversification arm of the Forest County Potawatomi Community. Prior to his appointment as Greenfire President in 2014, Ritchie served as PBDC COO since 2009. Ritchie joined PBDC full time in 2006 as Senior Vice President and served on its Board of Directors from 2003-2007. Through the organization, Ritchie promotes the importance of investing in the tribe’s future by diversifying resources beyond gaming.
Ritchie’s career in Indian Country began in 1997 when he joined Potawatomi Hotel Casino (formerly known as Potawatomi Bingo Casino) as Director of Marketing. He was promoted to Assistant General Manager in 2002.
Ritchie is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts. In addition to serving on the Gun Lake Investments Board, Kip serves on the Board of Directors for the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, Children’s Health Alliance, Froedtert Hospital Foundation, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, New Mexico Community Capital, Tribal Business Journal and Mno-Bmadsen Corporation—the economic development arm of the Pokagon Potawatomi Tribe. Kip served on the Board of Directors for the Native American Contractors Association from 2008-2015. Since 1999, Kip has served as the Chairman of the Forest County Potawatomi Community Foundation’s Board of Directors.
Kip resides in Pewaukee, Wisconsin with his wife and two children.
Stuart Rose, Founder
The Bioscience Center, Albuquerque, NM
Dr. Rose has over 40 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to establishing The BioScience Center in 2012, he served as founder and President/CEO of Oso Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing, a contract manufacturing organization for injectable pharmaceuticals.
Before founding Oso Biopharmaceutical, he held executive positions with Penick Corporation (President/CEO), ICN – now Valeant – Pharmaceuticals (Vice President of Worldwide Manufacturing and VP/GM of ICN Europe), and Par Pharmaceuticals (Senior VP). He spent the majority of his early career with American Cyanamid’s pharmaceutical arm, Lederle Laboratories, where he rose to Vice President of International Manufacturing and Logistics.
Dr. Rose is also a Director of Agilvax, a start-up entity with a novel platform for the development of vaccines; a Director of Oligocide, a start-up developing antimicrobial chemical compounds that attract and then kill bacteria, viruses and some fungi; and an investor/advisor in a number of other biotechnology start-ups. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
Richard Schneider, Managing Director
Easton Capital Investment Group, New York, NY
Dick is a founding partner of the Easton Capital Investment Group, where he and his partners oversee a group of venture capital and private equity funds with a combined portfolio of more than $200-million. Prior to joining Easton Capital in 1997, Dick was Vice President of Corporate Development at Handy & Harman, a diversified industrial company, and Vice President, Planning & Development at Sequa Corp. (formerly Sun Chemical). At Sequa, he participated in initiatives that increased revenues from $700 million to more than $2 billion and completely restructured the operating base of the company through a series of acquisitions and diverstitures. Before joining Sequa, Dick held senior development and planning positions at Continental Grain Company, General Foods and Arthur D. Little.
He received an MBA degree from Harvard Business School and BS and AB degrees from Princeton University.
Dick serves on the Boards of Achronix, Sonics, TLC Envirotech and Java Brands. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Upstate Venture Association of New York since 2004, and is also a member of the National Advisory Council of the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University. He has served as a volunteer Investment Manager to New Mexico Community Capital since 2009. He has family in Corrales, NM.
Gayle Watson, Vice President
People Ink, Plano, TX
The former Chief Learning Officer for Bank One Texas, she has over 30 years experience developing corporate universities and facilitating leadership development programs for a variety of industries including health care, financial, retail, technology, customer service, and non-profit.
Watson has designed, written, and taught leadership educational programs for Fortune 500 corporations including American Airlines, Frito-Lay, J.C. Penney, Bank One, Compass Bank, Comerica Bank, H&R Block, Florida Hospital System, VHA, and American Express. She is the author of the CARE University, a curriculum based on the patented version of the Off the Wall Leadership model, distributed by CareLeaders, LLC, through a proprietary online portal to hospitals including Loma Linda University Medical Center and the Florida Hospital System.
Gayle has been an entrepreneur since 1991 and has served on the board of directors and as national president for the National Association of Women Business Owners. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the Center for Women’s Business Research.