Baker Nominates Five to CNB Board

December 07, 2011
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TAHLEQUAH, Okla.— Principal Chief Bill John Baker has submitted five nominees for the Cherokee Nation Businesses Board of Directors. 

Deacon Turner, Jerry Holderby, Gary Cooper, Ricky Doherty and Sam Hart will be voted on by the Tribal Council’s Rules Committee on Dec. 13. If approved, they would go before the full council at its January 2012 meeting. 

Turner, a resident of Tulsa, is the national managing director of Sanford C. Bernstein Strategic Partners, which provides investment solutions for large endowments and foundations. A former Truman Scholar, he is a graduate of Harvard University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. 

A former president and CEO of Cherokee Nation Entertainment, Holderby is currently the vice president of lending at the Tahlequah-based Bank of Cherokee County. In addition to his experience with Cherokee Nation Entertainment, Holderby wrote policies for the Osage Million Dollar Casino in Hominy, Okla., and the Pawnee Nation Gaming Commission. He is a graduate of Oklahoma Christian University. 

The president of Lake Region Electric Cooperative’s Board of Trustees since 2001, Cooper owns four small businesses in and around Hulbert, Okla., including two convenience stores that generate more than $5 million combined in annual sales. 

Doherty is the managing general agent for Merrill Bonding in Sallisaw, Okla., and oversees 22 agents statewide. During the Stilwell resident’s seven years with the company, Merrill Bonding now coordinates more than $16 million in bonding agreements. He also serves on the Cherokee Nation Waste Management Board and served on the tribe’s election commission during the 2007 election. 

Hart is the owner and funeral director of Hart’s Funeral and Cremation Services, based in Tahlequah. He previously served on the board of directors of Cherokee Nation Entertainment and is currently on the tribe’s tax commission. 

If confirmed, four of the nominees will fill seats that were previously vacant. The fifth nominee will be on hold and not start his term until later on in 2012. The tribe’s operating agreement with Cherokee Nation Businesses allows for a new board member candidate to be nominated for a term that will start on a future date and if confirmed, remain on hold until the new term starts. 

“These men have shown a commitment to the business community within the Cherokee Nation,” Baker said. “They will bring a wide range of experience and talent to Cherokee Nation Businesses.”

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