TTA Construction sees success as TERO vendor

BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
11/29/2017 08:15 AM
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Cherokee Nation citizen Tyler Choate, of TTA Construction, is a CN Tribal Employment Rights Office-certified business owner who has built multiple CN and custom-built homes since starting his business in 2012. COURTESY
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This Cherokee Nation New Construction home being built is one of more than 100 homes constructed by the CN Tribal Employment Rights Office-certified business TTA Construction, owned and operated by CN citizen Tyler Choate. COURTESY
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TTA Construction is building this custom home in Sallisaw, Oklahoma. Cherokee Nation citizen Tyler Choate owns and operates the construction company. COURTESY
SALLISAW, Okla. – Cherokee Nation citizen Tyler Choate grew up learning the construction business from his father. He eventually parlayed those lessons into a successful business called TTA Construction.

Choate’s construction venture, however, didn’t have an easy start. After the recent economic recession took a toll on his father’s business, he started doing pipeline work. When that didn’t work out, Choate’s first business venture was selling portable buildings, which didn’t last.

Being out of business and work, Choate built his way back into the construction world in 2012. He collected tools and equipment to start a business, and the CN’s Tribal Employment Rights Office certified him as a vendor.

One of his first jobs was helping construct the South Ridge apartments in Tahlequah.

“I literally drove down, walked into the job trailer and ask the guy ‘do you have anyone that’s hanging you all’s dry wall?’” Choate said.

While working at the apartment complex, Choate discovered he won a CN contract to hang dry wall in 30 tribal homes.

From there, Choate’s business grew. He spent days working jobs and driving to job sites handing out business cards. When he came home, he caught up on paperwork.

In the first year, Choate’s business made approximately $50,000. However, it’s doubled in revenue each year since.

“The first year I made $50,000 and I’d have to pay people out of that and buy tools. I barely just survived. But I managed to pay my credit card bills that I had taken out to buy tools,” Choate said. “Every year since then we’ve doubled our revenue. So hopefully we can keep doing that.”

In 2016, TTA Construction was named the Construction Company of the Year at the tribe’s annual TERO awards banquet.

“We’re 100 percent Native American-owned, and I’m pretty proud of being Native American-owned,” he said. “I feel like in this part of the country there’s actually more doors open to me because Cherokee Nation has such a great influence.”

Choate said his company in 2016 built 50 CN homes and that it’s built more than 100 homes in the past few years. His business also constructs custom homes.

As a construction management business, TTA Construction provides services such as general contracting, design build, pre-construction, sustainable and green construction, facility maintenance, emergency services and repairs and specialty projects.

Choate said he wants to grow TTA into a multi-million dollar business and take on entire construction projects.

For more information, call 918-773-7127 or visit www.ttaconstruction.com.
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lindsey-bark@cherokee.org • 918-772-4223
Lindsey Bark grew up and resides in the Tagg Flats community in Delaware County. She graduated from Northeastern State University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication, emphasizing in journalism. She started working for the Cherokee Phoenix in 2016. Working for the Cherokee Phoenix, Lindsey hopes to ...

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