Executive

John Cataldi, Co-Founder & CEO

Specialization: Tribal Affairs, Mergers & Acquisitions

John Cataldi Currently Directs The Investment Activities And Fund Strategies Of The Native American Venture Fund Family (“NAVF”). NAVF Is A Series Of Impact Investment Funds That Promotes Environmental, Social And Governance (“ESG”) Development Activities For Indigenous Tribes Throughout North America.

 

Under Mr. Cataldi’s[1]  Leadership, The Fund Leverages Special Contracting Preferences, Tax Incentives, And Other Distinct Competitive Advantages Legislatively Granted To Federally Recognized Tribes. NAVF’s Portfolio Focuses Across Multiple Industries To Include Carbon Sequestration, Pharmaceutical Importation/Distribution, FinTech, E-Commerce, And Government Contracting. As The Previous COO Of The Seminole Tribe Of Florida, Inc. (STOFI), Mr. Cataldi Managed 47 Businesses, Including New Merger And Acquisition Activities. STOFI’s Business Portfolio Included Construction, CPG, Energy/Petroleum, Pharmaceuticals, Hard Rock Energy Drink, Financial Services, Agriculture, Restaurant/Hospitality, Gaming, And Enterprise Technology. In Addition, Mr. Cataldi Co-Authored, With NAVF’s Partner/CFO, Brent Hill, Various Tribal Legislation And Economic Development Opportunities That Generated More Than $1B In New Revenues And A $150-200M+ Per Annum Via An IRS-Approved Tribal Tax Exemption.

 

Mr. Cataldi Served Six Years In The U.S. Military, Has Been Published, As Lead Author, With Peer Review For His Cancer Research In Partnership With The National Institutes Of Health (“NIH”), Graduated From The University Of West Georgia With Advanced Studies In Biology, Chemistry, Physics, And Law. He Serves As An Active Member Of Multiple Service Organizations, Most Notably The Business Executives For National Security (“BENS”).

W. Brent Hill, Co-founder & CFO

Specialization: Tribal Affairs, Mergers & Acquisitions

Brent Hill holds a B.S. in accounting and an MBA. Mr. Hill has held several senior financial positions over the last 26 years. He has worked in banking, transportation, telecommunications, biotechnology, and real estate portfolio development. Mr. Hill has participated in over 40 merger/acquisition transactions in the U.S. and EU (deal size from $10M to $2.3B).

 

Having returned to the U.S. from 12 years working in the EU (five years in London and seven years in Paris), Mr. Hill has most recently worked with the Seminole Tribe of Florida Inc. (“STOFI”) . During his time with STOFI, Mr. Hill served as interim-COO, advised on a bank acquisition project and the restructuring of the “box beef” program, served on the Board of the STOFI bottled juice operation, expanded the tobacco operation, and coordinated the development of a zero tax Per Capita program (once fully implemented, this program is estimated to save between $100 to $200 in federal income taxes per year to the individual Seminole tribal members).

Patrick Crocker, Legal

Specialization: Regulatory Compliance, Complex Corporate Transactions & Health Care

A nationally recognized legal expert in the field of regulatory compliance, Mr. Crocker provides legal compliance, regulatory, and transactional support to the Native American Venture Fund, along with portfolio company, The Best Darn Brands, LLC, as Tribal Agent for the Standing Rock Sioux, the Blue Lake Rancheria Economic Development Corporation, and numerous Native American Tribes.  Mr. Crocker has been providing professional legal services since 1990, offering counsel nationwide to over 200 public and private companies in the telecommunications, energy, healthcare, banking, PPE, and supplement industries. Mr. Crocker’s nationwide clients include such well-known companies as AOL, BCN Telecom, Inc., Concord Technologies, FirstEnergy, Florida Power & Light, GTI, Kajeet, KDDI America, Inc., TMC, and Williams Communications, among hundreds of others.   

 

Mr. Crocker’s practice includes complex international and domestic business transactions, and matters involving compliance, regulation by both federal and state agencies, appearing before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”), Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”), Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), and Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”), along with the Public Utilities Commissions in every state in the U.S.   Mr. Crocker regularly counsels clients on handling special legal requirements of the highly regulated health care, energy, PPE, supplement, cryptocurrency, and telecommunications industries in complex corporate transactions, enforcement defense, corporate crisis management, AML/KYC, and compliance with federal and state regulations in all aspects of business.

 

Mr. Crocker’s two sons compete nationally on the tennis circuit.  The oldest, Davis Crocker, played varsity tennis for the University of Michigan, and now attends law school at Michigan State University. The youngest, Reed Crocker, currently plays varsity tennis for Michigan State University.   Although fortunate in business, developing the character of these two boys remains Mr. Crocker’s greatest accomplishment. 

Distribution

Level X Health Inc.

Level X Health Inc is a minority owned, woman-owned business operating out of Las Vegas, Nevada.  Level X Health Inc worked in partnership with National PPE of Las Vegas to aide in the safe reopening of small and large businesses alike.  It became a trusted consultant on Covid compliance for businesses to reopen safely and within national, state, and local guidelines.  With their attention to detail, Level X Health Inc helped numerous businesses avoid costly operating violations.  Today, Level X Health has expanded their operations outside of Las Vegas to worldwide distribution, working with a vast array of clients who are in need of PPE.   Their company slogan creates an inclusive statement that with everyone’s help we can create OUR tomorrow together: “Let’s protect and provide for a better tomorrow!”

Tygris International LLC

Julianne Kennedy, CEO of Tygris International LLC, is an entrepreneur with 24 years of sales, recruitment, merger and acquisition and distribution experience in the Medical Industry. After attending Purdue University she went on to work with Fortune 500 companies, Medical Manufacturers, Health Care Systems, Medical Practices, Diagnostic Testing Sites and Governments. Julianne has experience with Product Development and Distribution both Internationally as well as in the Domestic United States. She owns and operates multiple businesses serving the PPE, Diagnostics, Spine, Orthopedic and Biologics sectors of Healthcare. 

 

Tygris International LLC Is A Women-Owned Business Operating Out Of The denver area in Colorado. We Are A Proud Supplier Of COVID Tests, And Medical Supplies/Equipment Including PPE. We are proud to serve the people that serve others: Our Main Customers Include Hospitals, First Responders, Government Agencies, And School Systems. We Also Are Known To provide Suppliers With Wholesale Medical equipment and products. 

Board of Advisors

Chairman David Archambault II

Chairman Archambault Is Regarded As One Of The Global Leaders For Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, For Leading The Opposition Against The Construction Of The Dakota Access Pipeline In 2016. That Protest Quickly Came To Represent The Long And Arduous Struggle Of Indigenous Peoples Everywhere To Protect Their Sovereignty And Ancestral Heritage. Mr. Archambault Grew Up With His Family On The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation And Attended The Little Wound School In Kyle, South Dakota. He Attended Standing Rock Community College (Now Sitting Bull College), Bismarck State College, And Earned A Bachelor’s Degree In Business Administration From North Dakota State University. He Also Earned A Master’s Degree In Management From The University Of Mary.


In September 2013, Mr. Archambault Was Elected As Chairman Of The Standing Rock Tribal Council. In His Role As Chairman, He Was Appointed To The U.S. Sentencing Commission’s Tribal Issues Advisory Group, The Department Of Justice’s Tribal Nations Leadership Council, And The U.S. Department Of Labor, Native American Employment And Training Council. Under His Chairmanship, The Tribe Opposed The $3.8-Billion Pipeline Built By Texas-Based Energy Transfer Partners Over Fears It Would Harm Cultural Sites And The Tribe’s Missouri River Water Supply. The Tribe’s Opposition Inspired Protest Camps That Attracted Demonstrators From Around The World. The Internationally Broadcasted Protests That Lasted From April 2016 To February 2017 Partially Achieved Their Goal Of Blocking The Pipeline Until The New Administration Authorized The Completion Of The Pipeline.


Mr. Archambault And The Tribe Received Support From Many High-Profile Activists And Politicians, Including President Obama. He Testified Before The United Nations Human Rights Council In Geneva And Was Named A “Leading Global Thinker Of 2016” By Foreign Policy Magazine, Was Given The “Native American Leadership Award” By The National Congress Of Native Americans, Was Honored As The “Global Green Champion” At The 14th Annual Global Green Pre-Oscar Party, And Received A “Doctorate Of Law Honoris Causa” From The Vermont Law School.


Admiral Robert P. Wright (RADM, U.S. Navy, Ret)

Rear Adm. (ret) Wright, a native of Boston, was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Science from Framingham State College and a Master’s degree in Space Systems Operations from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. He was commissioned at Naval Air Station (“NAS”) Pensacola, Florida, in February 1978 and designated a naval aviator in September 1979. For over three decades, Mr. Wright has served in every regional theater in various command capacities to include Chief of Staff for Naval Network Operations Command, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (“USFF”) Joint Task Force (“JTF”), Director Strategic Communication, and Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa. Mr. Wright was selected for flag rank upon his return from Africa in February 2008 and reported to U.S. 2nd Fleet (“C2F”) as deputy commander. While at C2F, he provided flag oversight of the Navy Maritime Operations Center (“MOC”) Project Team in developing the concept and subsequently establishing a global network of MOCs. Mr. Wright also led a Reserve Component alignment of 300+ personnel, which yielded a hybrid Navy Reserve model supporting the C2F Maritime Joint Task Force and the global MOCs. In April 2010, he reported to USFF for his last assignment as Reserve deputy commander and chief of staff.

Admiral Mark F. Heinrich (RADM, U.S. Navy, Ret)

For his final assignment, Rear Adm. Mark Heinrich served as Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command and 46th Chief of Supply Corps from July 2011 to October 2013. Prior to his last assignment, he served as Commander, NAVSUP Global Logistics Support, headquartered in San Diego.

 

Mr. Heinrich’s additional flag assignments include extensive Joint experience.  He served as Director, Logistics Operations and Readiness (J-3/4) for the Defense Logistics Agency (“DLA”), headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.  He deployed to Kuwait from June to December 2008 as Director of the United States Central Command Deployment and Distribution Operations Center at Camp Arifjan, where he applied deployment and distribution expertise to enable the planning and execution of Joint and combined force military operations.   His first flag officer assignment was as Commander, Defense Supply Center, Richmond, Virginia, the lead supply center for aviation within DLA.

 

Mr. Heinrich is a native of Southern California.  He was commissioned in the Navy Supply Corps following graduation from the Naval Academy in May 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering.  He also holds Master’s degrees in Business Administration and Petroleum Management from the University of Kansas.  He is also a graduate of the Kellogg Graduate School of Management Advanced Executive Program.  He is a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps. Mr. Heinrich’s sea tours included duties as Assistant Supply Officer of USS Kinkaid (DD 965), and Supply Officer of USS Gridley (CG 21) and USS Constellation (CV 64). His numerous additional shore assignments included serving as Force Supply Officer on the staff of Commander, Naval Surface Forces; Commanding Officer of the Naval Petroleum Office; Supply Officer of Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island; Executive Assistant to the Commander, Naval Information Systems Management Center; and Special Assistant for Pollution Prevention and Compliance in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Installations and Environment).

 

Mr. Heinrich’s personal decorations include two Defense Superior Service Medals, two Legions of Merit, a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and various other awards.  He is a qualified Surface Warfare Supply Corps officer and a Naval Aviation Supply officer.

Dr. Benn Konsynski, Ph.D.

Dr. Benn Konsynski has been the George S. Craft Distinguished University Professor of Information Systems and Operations Management at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University since 1994. Previously, he spent six years on the faculty at the Harvard Business School, where he taught in the MBA program and several executive programs. He also served as a professor at the University of Arizona, where he was a co-founder of the university’s multimillion-dollar group decision support laboratory. Dr. Konsynski holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University. He did a dissertation on “Computer-Aided Logical Applications Software Design” under advisors Jay Frank Nunamaker, Jr. and Andrew Bernard Whinston. He was also named Baxter Research Fellow at Harvard and Hewlett Fellow at The Carter Center.

Dr. Konsynski specializes in issues of digital commerce and information technology in relationships across organizations and he has published in such diverse journals as Communications of the ACM, Harvard Business Review, IEEE Transactions on Communications, MIS Quarterly, Journal of MIS, Data Communications, Decision Sciences, Decision Support Systems, Information Systems Research, and IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. He is Director and founder of Emory University’s Center for Digital Commerce. He has a strong following among his MBA students, who refer to themselves as Students of Dr. Benn Konsynski (“S.O.B.’s”). He has served as a consultant on management and technology issues with many organizations. Some of the companies include UPS, IBM, TESSCO Technologies, Harbinger Corporation, AT&T, Northern Trust, Texas Instruments, the U.S. Army, Digital Equipment Corporation, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, MicroAge, Ernst and Young, the Bank of Montreal, Plasti-line, JCPenney, Aetna Insurance Company, Turner Broadcasting Corporation, and Dillard’s Department Stores. He serves on the board of directors at TESSCO Technologies, Miller-Zell, NuBridges, The Management Education Alliance, and other companies and nonprofit institutions.

Lynn Dee Rapp

Lynn Dee Rapp, an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, is a managing partner of SeaCrest Investment Management, a native/minority-owned investment firm specializing in providing financial solutions for American Indian Tribes and institutional clients, including professional athletes. In addition, she is the founding member of EAGLE OPPORTUNITY, a marketing and consulting firm that supports the “BUY NATIVE” program. 

 

Ms. Rapp retired as a Senior Vice President and a Registered Wealth Advisor for Morgan Stanley. While with Morgan Stanley, she managed accounts for many American Indian Tribes and their affiliates. She holds a Bachelor of Science  degree in Administration and is a Registered Nurse. In addition, Ms. Rapp completed the graduate program on the Critical Elements of Consulting at The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a former chairperson of the National Congress of American Indians Finance and Investment Committee and was a long-term board member of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. She has provided educational programs for the National Indian Gaming Association, the National Indian Education Association, Oweesta, the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, the Native American Finance Officers Association, the Aboriginal Finance Officers Association (Canada), and the IMN Native American Finance Conference. Ms. Rapp is on the Board of Black Hills Indian Health and she has served on the board of the American Indian College Fund since 2013.