AMERIND CEO Derek Valdo Joins NB3 Foundation Board of Directors

Derek Valdo, CEO, AMERIND Risk and NB3 Foundation Board Member.

Published March 2, 2018

SANTA ANA PUEBLO – The Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation welcomes Derek Valdo, CEO of AMERIND Risk, to the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Mr. Valdo, from the Pueblo of Acoma, joins a dynamic and dedicated group with extensive experience in advocacy, law, activism, policy, politics, business and health.
“The NB3 Foundation and AMERIND have a long-standing history of mutual respect and support, so Derek joining the Foundation’s Board of Directors is a good fit,” said NB3 Foundation President and CEO Justin Kii Huenemann. “Derek brings a wealth of experience working with tribes and alongside key partners and stakeholders who also support the Foundation and our work with Native youth and tribal communities across Indian Country.”
In 2012, Mr. Valdo became the Chief Executive Officer of AMERIND Risk, the only 100 percent tribally-owned and operated insurance company, that provides property, liability, workers compensation and employee benefits. Mr. Valdo led AMERIND Risk to its best five years of financial performance.
“As a longtime friend of Notah and supporter of the Foundation, I’m excited to join the team and contribute to the work of the NB3 Foundation,” said Mr. Valdo who alsosits on the Acoma Business Board and National Indian Child Welfare Association Board of Directors.
Mr. Valdo’s recognitions include: Indian Country Media Network’s esteemed list of 50 Faces of Indian Country, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s 40 Under 40 and among Albuquerque Business First’s Top 10 CEOs. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of New Mexico. Mr. Valdo has served as a tribal councilman and continues to fulfill his duties.

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