Gary Davis is the President and CEO for the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. He is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Before being appointed as President and CEO of the NCAIED, Mr. Davis served on the organization’s Board of Directors. He has served as Vice-President of Native Affairs for the Triple Five Group, owners of the world’s largest retail shopping malls; the Mall of America and the West Edmonton Mall and he previously served as co‐chair of the National Indian Gaming Association’s, American Indian Business Network. Though his company Litefoot Enterprises, Mr. Davis has facilitated an array of cross sector business opportunities in Indian Country ranging from acquisitions, casino gaming, hospitality, land development, green energy and pharmaceutical initiatives. Mr. Davis’ entrepreneurial spirit has resulted in several family owned and operated businesses and he is a successful feature film and television actor and starred in such major motion pictures as, The Indian In The Cupboard and television programs such as, House of Cards.
Philanthropically, he has traveled hundreds of thousands of miles throughout the United States bringing hope and empowerment to over 450 American Indian communities as the spokesperson of the “Reach The Rez Tour” and he also helped raise nearly $1.5 million to ensure the success of the effort. Mr. Davis continues to motivate and inspire, tribal, educational and corporate audiences as a highly sought after public speaker. He has lectured at various colleges and universities including Virginia Tech and Oregon State University.
Mr. Davis was recently selected as a recipient of the prestigious Sevenstar Award from the Cherokee Nation Historical Society, presented to a Cherokee who is accomplished in a chosen field, brought honor to the Cherokee people and serves as an inspiration to others.
For over two decades, Mr. Davis has meshed his success as an entrepreneur, with his passion to better the future of Indian Country and serve as a source of inspiration for Native people across North America.