CNB names new executive vice president
BY STAFF REPORTS
TULSA, Okla. – Cherokee Nation Businesses officials have named Cherokee Nation citizen Charles Garrett as the entity’s new executive vice president. CNB is the Cherokee Nation’s holding company of entities such as Cherokee Nation Entertainment and Cherokee Nation Industries.
According to CNB Communications, Garrett will work with interim CNB CEO Shawn Slaton to set vision, direction and strategy for all of the company’s businesses. Those interests include gaming and hospitality, as well as government contracting in information technology, security and defense, real estate, manufacturing, construction and more.
Garrett joined CNB in fall 2013, serving as CNB’s senior vice president of business development and overseeing diversification strategy through acquisitions, new business opportunities, real estate development and property management.
“It’s an honor to serve the Cherokee people through job creation and providing the resources to support important social services such as health care, housing, education and more,” Garrett said. “This is such a unique opportunity to serve my tribe, and I look forward to assuming this new role. I’m thankful for the confidence Mr. Slaton, Principal Chief Baker, the Tribal Council and CNB board of directors have in me, and I’m especially grateful for their support. I look forward to advancing the interests of our shareholders, the Cherokee Nation and the Cherokee people.”
With more than 25 years of experience, he has worked in legal, banking and real estate industries, as well as senior management of several large corporations.
“Chuck’s performance as senior vice president of business development has been outstanding, and the Cherokee people are fortunate to have him serve in this key position,” CNB board Chairman Sam Hart said. “He brings more than 25 years of experience in business development and management to the table, which helps us further the mission to diversify and grow the Cherokee Nation’s business portfolio. Cherokee citizens can rest assured that CNB is in capable hands with Chuck serving alongside our (interim) CEO Shawn Slaton.”
Garrett fills a position that was left vacant when Slaton was named interim CEO in 2012.
“The CNB board of directors and I have been extremely impressed with Chuck’s vision and leadership since he came on board last year,” Slaton said. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table, and I look forward to working hand in hand with him to continue to grow and diversify the Cherokee Nation’s business interests.”
Garrett and his wife, Wendy, reside in Tulsa. He is a native of Muskogee with strong family ties to Adair County and is the son of CN Supreme Court Justice John Garrett.
He holds a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School and bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Oklahoma. He is a member of the Cherokee Nation Bar Association, Oklahoma and New York Bar Associations.
He is a regular volunteer with Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity and Team in Training. He was recently named to the board of directors for Tulsa Global Alliance.
A subcommittee of the CNB board was formed two years ago to search for a new CEO. Tribal Councilor Joe Byrd serves on the subcommittee and said the search is continuing and has been narrowed down to a handful of candidates. Repeated efforts to obtain minutes from the subcommittee’s meetings were unsuccessful.