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Anchorage’s Ben Mallott and Gordon Pullar, Jr. named as 2016 Native American “40 under 40” award recipients

Mallott and Pullar, Jr. among winners of prestigious award from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development


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MESA, AZ – The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) is pleased to announce its 2016 class of “Native American 40 Under 40” award recipients. This prestigious award is bestowed upon individuals under the age of 40, nominated by members of their communities, who have demonstrated leadership, initiative, and dedication and made significant contributions in business and their community. Ben Mallott, who is Tlingit and Koyukon Athabascan, and Gordon Pullar, Jr., who is a member of the Tangirnag Native Village, are among the 40 under 40 award winners that will be honored during the 40th Annual Indian Progress in Business Awards (INPRO) Gala at the Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino in Santa Fe, New Mexico on Wednesday, November 16th. The awards are part of the Reservation Economic Summit New Mexico (RES New Mexico), which is a regional event for the premier economic development gathering in Indian Country. National RES in Las Vegas will celebrate its 31st year this coming March.

“The 40 Under 40 award recipients are a diverse group of young men and women from across Indian Country who have all made invaluable contributions to their communities,” said Derrick Watchman, Chairman of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. “We are proud to honor this extraordinary group of leaders. I have no doubt our 40 Under 40 winners will help define the future of Native American business.”

Ben is currently the Vice President of the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN), the largest statewide Native organization in Alaska made up of 185 federally-recognized tribes, 153 village corporations, 12 regional corporations, and 12 regional nonprofit and tribal consortiums. He was previously Director of Communications and Special Assistant to the President at AFN. His current portfolio includes leading committees, working with key public officials, advocating for Native rights, and organizing the largest Native convention in Alaska. Ben has a B.S. in Environmental Science from Oregon State University.

Gordon serves Kodiak’s Alaska Native communities in many roles including Director of Business Operations for Koniag, Inc. and President of Kadiak, a Koniag subsidiary.  He is also the President of Tangirnaq Native Village (also known as Woody Island Tribal Council) and serves on the Boards for Leisnoi, Inc., the Alutiiq Heritage Foundation, and the Koniag Education Foundation. He is a 2015 Winner of Alaska Journal of Commerce’s Top Forty Under 40. He has a BS in Political Science from Florida State and a MA in Rural Development from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

For more information about RES and the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, please visit http://res.ncaied.org.

 

 

About NCAIED: The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. With over 40 years of assisting American Indian Tribes and their enterprises with business and economic development – we have evolved into the largest national Indian specific business organization in the nation. Our motto is: “We Mean Business For Indian Country” as we are actively engaged in helping Tribal Nations and Native business people realize their business goals and are dedicated to putting the whole of Indian Country to work to better the lives of American Indian people- both now… and for generations to come.

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