Clay oversees the existing business assets and operations of NKI, while diversifying investments to help guide the financial future of the Port Gamble S’Klallams. This includes executing projects outlined in the Tribe’s Master Plan, sourcing new investment opportunities, and managing existing business entities such as The Point Casino & Hotel, Gliding Eagle Marketplace, Kountry Korner, and Miller Bay Properties.
Over the last decade, Clay has served as the President and CEO of Mno-Bmadsen, the non-gaming investment enterprise of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, based in southwestern Michigan. Clay is also a member of the tribe.
The first person in his family to graduate from college, Clay served in the U.S. Navy and attended Western Michigan University through the G. I. Bill. He holds a Master’s in Public Administration.
After a stint working for the Seminole Tribe in Florida, Clay returned home to Michigan where he was elected Treasurer of his tribe’s government and gaming authority. Gaming operations were launched and expanded under his tenure. Later, he helped found Mno-Bmadsen, after the Pokagon Band Tribal Council recognized the need to diversify the tribe’s economy to ensure economic interests were not wholly dependent on gaming revenues.
As President and CEO of Mno-Bmadsen, Clay—who has been recognized by multiple organizations for his business acumen—headed a team in charge of following a long-term plan for managing investment portfolios in professional services, manufacturing, construction, and real estate. It is this experience he hopes to deploy in his new position with NKI.
A key part of Clay’s strategy is constantly evaluating business actions to make sure they are hitting benchmarks. He believes that empowering a talented family of employees, good communication, and the ability to pivot when needed are essential to long-term success. This is especially relevant today: Clay arrives at his new position during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Clay is looking forward to working with the NKDI Board and implementing programs that provide training and opportunities for PGST members.
“I am blessed to be able to do something I love with people who are passionate about their futures. I love seeing people grow and look forward to helping the Tribe achieve their goals,” said Clay.