Jake brings over 25 years of experience in business management, another 20 years of experience in the United States Air Force with the last 11 years leading Native American economic development corporations. Jake has a bachelor’s Degree in business management from Troy University with Graduate Studies at Creighton University in International Relations. Jake is a proven leader in managing successful Native American corporations. As President and Chief Executive Officer, he managed companies with revenue in excess of $100M per year. He specializes in federal government contracting and maximizing Native American business advantages.
Chris is the Accountant for Osni Ponca and has 30 years of operations experience in small business and non-profits. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska. Her extensive experience in operations, management, accounting, marketing and human resources has made her a key asset to the organization.
Ponca Smoke Signals is managed by Ms. Natalie Fontenelle. Ms. Fontenelle is the Director of Retail Operations. She started with Ponca Smoke Signals when it first opened its doors. Prior to coming on board, Ms. Fontenelle spent seventeen years working in human resource management for Casino Omaha, First Data Resources, and Cox Communications. She is an enrolled Oglala Sioux. Ms. Fontenelle carries a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Counseling Agency from Wayne State College.