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Joe Valandra

President & CEO
Tribal Ready, Inc.

 

Joseph Valandra is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. He has over wide-ranging business experience including an extensive background in Tribal economic development.

Summary: Experience & Education

  • 25+ years of professional experience in executive-level leadership roles in the public, private, government, and non-profit sectors
  • Experience working in and leading team-based, values-led organizations – from small startups to large private companies
  • Strong entrepreneurial spirit with substantial experience leading economic development initiatives having positive impacts for Indian Country
  • Juris doctorate from the University of Minnesota Law School; Bachelor of Science in business from the University of South Dakota
  • Member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota

Mr. Valandra is the President & CEO of Tribal Ready, Inc. Tribal Ready is a Native-owned, controlled, and governed company. Tribal Ready is focused on supporting Native communities by providing resources and expertise. Tribal Ready believes in the history, character, strength, and values inherent in Native Nations. Tribal Ready also strongly believes in Natives controlling their own destiny. Tribal Ready is deeply committed to hard work and determination leading to the creation of expanding opportunities for all Natives.

Mr. Valandra served as the Executive Director of the Native American Contractors Association (“NACA”) for two years. Mr. Valandra also served as the Managing Director of VAdvisors, LLC a specialty advisory firm in Washington, DC founded in 2008. He also served as the Chief of Staff of the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) in Washington, DC. the federal regulatory agency with Indian gaming oversight responsibilities.

Mr. Valandra has served in senior executive roles in both the private and public sectors, including Board Member of numerous companies in multiple industries.

Using his collective experiences in government, business and gaming, Mr. Valandra has launched various ventures uniquely focused on the technological development, marketing, and deployment of products and services designed to benefit Native Nations.

Mr. Valandra lives in the Washington DC area with his spouse Kelly. Kelly and Joe have 3 adult children and 2 grandchildren.

MAY 1–4, 2023

The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center in The Woodlands, Texas

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