Gary “Litefoot” Davis is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. He has served as the co-chair of the National Indian Gaming Association’s American Indian Business Network (AIBN). He has also served as Vice-President of Native Affairs U.S. for the Triple Five Group, owners of the world’s largest retail shopping malls; the Mall of America and the West Edmonton Mall.
Mr. Davis, along with his wife Carmen, own and operate the Davis Strategy Group which specializes in providing business consulting services as well as providing clients with strategic communication, marketing, branding, event planning, digital strategy, and video production services. “Davis Strategy brings together over 25 years of business experience, vision and industry knowledge to help our clients grow their businesses,” said Davis. “We couldn’t be more passionate about helping others achieve their business goals.”
Mr. Davis began realizing his entrepreneurial dreams twenty-two years ago by starting his own recording label, Red Vinyl Records and releasing his own music. He has since recorded ten award-winning albums and performed to hundreds of Tribal audiences throughout North America. His entrepreneurial spirit has grown to include successful pursuits in the world of fashion through his popular Native Style Clothing line. The Native Style brand enjoys distribution via Native American casinos, various retail outlets, Native American powwows and events nationwide and through its fully functional e-commerce website.
Mr. Davis is a highly sought after keynote speaker across North America. Additionally, he has hosted and served as the emcee for several economic development events including the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s annual and regional “Reservation Economic Summit” in Las Vegas, NV and the U.S. Department of Commerce and Minority Business Development Agency’s, “Minority Enterprise Development Week” in Washington, D.C.
In 2011, the entrepreneurial accomplishments of Mr. Davis saw him elected to the Board of Directors of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED), where he served for less than a year before being asked to step in and lead the organization as its President and CEO. Mr. Davis led the NCAIED for nearly 5 years before resigning to pursue other professional opportunities. Mr. Davis currently serves as the Executive Director of the Native American Financial Services Association and CEO of Davis Strategy Group.
Mr. Davis states, “My entrepreneurial pursuits have created amazing opportunities for me, my family and others. It has importantly allowed me to accomplish many great things and provided me with the opportunity to positively impact Native American communities across North America. I personally understand the importance of entrepreneurship, and in my opinion, Indian Country cannot have enough new up and coming business people.”