Sault Tribe, Inc. Thanks LaVictor, Offers Well Wishes
SAULT STE MARIE, Mich. – Sault Tribe, Inc. (STI) wishes Scott LaVictor well as he transitions from his interim roles in support of STI, Sault Tribe’s holding company, to focus on new opportunities as an entrepreneur in his new firm, Saulteur Group.
LaVictor was initially appointed to serve on STI’s Board of Directors before transitioning to a temporary consultant role. He said that as a consultant allowed him to “go beyond providing strategic guidance via his board role and make more direct, daily contributions on the front lines of growth.”
Over the past 18 months, STI made significant progress in setting up subsidiary enterprises designed to win and manage large contracts. According to STI's Chief Executive Officer, Joel Schultz, LaVictor has provided invaluable support to the executive team and joint venture partners, helping form the foundation for operations, from creating business policies to helping plan long term strategy.
"We were fortunate to have a Sault Tribe member like Scott helping us during a time of fast growth," said Schultz. "We were able to use his talents to get people on board, perform complicated due diligence, and implement systems and processes. He is a great asset, and we wish him well in his future endeavors."
Before joining STI, LaVictor was the Founder and CEO of an acquired software startup and previously served in a U.S. national security role at the Central Intelligence Agency.
PHOTO: Scott LaVictor
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 22, 2022
Joint Venture to Support $1.1 Billion New Lock at the Soo Project
SAULT STE MARIE, Mich. – Sault Tribe, Inc (STI) and Walsh Service Solutions, LLC (Walsh) are pleased to announce Ojibwe Contracting's subcontract award to support Kokosing, Alberici, Traylor LLC (KAT) in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' $1.1 billion New Lock at the Soo Phase 3 contract.
Ojibwe Contracting is a joint venture between STI's subsidiary, Ojibwe Hazardous Abatement (OHA), and Walsh. This venture combines OHA’s experience in environmental abatement and Walsh’s broad experience in both environmental and construction services, including supporting previous work at the Soo Locks. Together, Ojibwe Contracting will pursue regional opportunities in environmental and construction services to bring jobs and opportunities to the local area and to tribal members.
For the Phase 3 New Lock, Ojibwe Contracting will support the construction of the new lock chamber and the rehabilitation of the downstream approach walls. The New Lock at the Soo will replace two existing decommissioned locks to increase the volume of larger size vessels to transit the 21-foot elevation change at the St. Mary’s Falls Canal. Specifically, Ojibwe Contracting will support the project by providing environmental and hazardous waste remediation and civil construction services. The project is currently in pre-construction and includes construction work through 2027, with several years of additional work to be added to the contract within the next few years. Through this project, Ojibwe Contracting and Sault Tribe, Inc. will provide long-term employment opportunities and support Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians community programs.
About STI – Sault Tribe Inc. is the independent business arm of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and is focused on scalable business opportunities for our subsidiaries and joint ventures.
CONTACT: Joel Schultz Joel.Schultz@sti-federal.com https://www.saulttribeinc.com/
About Walsh – Founded in 2017, Walsh Service Solutions is a Native American (members of the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians) and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Company specializing in business management and operational solutions across corporate, commercial, and government industries.
CONTACT: Allison Walsh email@example.com https://www.walshservicesolutions.com/
Sault Tribe, Inc (STI) leases commercial property in three (3) locations utilized by Lume Cannabis Co. (Lume), the largest cannabis company in Michigan. Lume's management has advised STI that, effective July 11th, 2022, they intend to close their Christmas, MI location.
Under the lease agreement, Lume leased land for commercial development and constructed cannabis dispensaries at no cost to STI. Lume will honor their lease with STI; therefore, the closure of their Christmas dispensary will not impact STI's business operations.
"We have a good relationship with Lume," said STI's Chief Executive Officer, Joel Schultz. "We understand companies must realign priorities and redirect resources to advance their mission toward a long-term vision. STI will continue collecting monthly payments from Lume, established under the existing lease agreement."
Schultz says the STI Board of Directors will work with Lume, the Sault Tribe, and the local community to explore other uses for the commercial property and building located on trust land.
Sault Tribe, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of a new Chief Operating Officer for Government Contracting and Subsidiary Development, Rachel Heckel. Her work will focus on developing STI’s various subsidiaries through government contract acquisition strategies available to tribally owned enterprises.
Heckel says that STI's commitment to a long-term growth strategy influenced her decision to join the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians' Section 17 Corporation over other employment opportunities.
"I wanted to work with STI after seeing how committed they are to building a successful, long-term government contracting enterprise," said Heckel. "It takes time and dedication to see returns on investments, but I've seen firsthand the benefits a thriving government contracting division can bring to a Tribe. I'm thrilled to be a part of STI’s journey toward success in building sustainable revenues and job creation."
Heckel has nearly a decade of experience developing Tribally owned companies through 8(a), HubZone, and government contracting vehicles. Before joining STI, she served as President/Operations General Manager for a portfolio of six tribal subsidiaries, generating over $65 million in annual revenues.
"There's so much opportunity out there for STI to grow significantly faster than a standard 8(a) government contractor," said Heckel. "Thanks to Joel Schultz and the board, STI's subsidiaries and joint ventures are in an excellent position. With my experience and strong relationships, we expect sustainable growth in multiple business verticals."
Heckel has a reputation for her ability to set up and manage complex contracts of all sizes. In 2021, she ran operations to establish a 2,500-bed emergency shelter for unaccompanied immigrant children and was responsible for hiring and training 3,000 staff and reuniting 8,000 children with their families, all in a 6-month period. Her work received recognition from the Cherokee Nation, the Los Angeles County Supervisor's Office, and the Department of Health and Human Services.
"I am a very mission-focused person," said Heckel. "I appreciate the opportunity to serve the missions of the federal and Tribal governments. I love seeing the benefits that result from our work."
Sault Tribe, Inc. (STI) is pleased to announce the creation of a new subsidiary, Hawkeye Operations and Asset Management (Hawkeye). Hawkeye will provide operations and asset management services for government agencies, private companies and Tribal enterprises, including several owned by the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.
On June 20, the Tribe's Board of Directors passed a resolution to contract operation and management responsibilities of its existing non-gaming enterprises from its wholly-owned, federally chartered Section 17 Corporation.
"The Tribal Board's directive was done in a way that will permit STI to stay true to our focus of developing scalable economic enterprises," said STI's Chief Executive Officer Joel Schultz. "We appreciate the Tribal board's confidence in our management capabilities. The contract will provide a foundation for Hawkeye to compete and grow in government contracting following an eventual 8(a) certification."
The contract authorizes STI to provide management services for the Tribe's enterprises, including Sault Tribe Business Solutions, Mid Jims, White Pine Lodge, Gitchi Enterprises, Northern Hospitality, DeMawating Development, Sawyer Village, Outdoor Advertising, Storage Units, and other enterprises deemed appropriate.
The decision by the Tribal Board is consistent with best practices in operating Tribal enterprises by separating commercial development and business operations from government agency functions. Schultz explained that the resolution does not transfer Sault Tribe's assets to STI.
"Hawkeye will provide management services for a negotiated fee, while the assets and subsequent profits are all retained by the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Existing enterprise staff will remain in place as Tribal employees."
The creation of Hawkeye adds another promising opportunity to lay a foundation for the economic prosperity of the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians’ future generations.
By Joel Schultz
SAULT STE MARIE, Mich. – Sault Tribe, Inc. (STI) believes in respect, humility, and honesty. In that spirit and as Chief Executive Officer, I am happy to respond to recent questions we have received because I am sure that other Sault Tribe members have similar thoughts.
At STI, we focus on capturing economic opportunities to benefit the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. We must make concerted and proactive efforts to educate tribal members and avoid confusion about our work. For example, we recently adopted a communications plan, created a new website, and established social media channels to provide current updates and information.
The questions we received include topics we plan to address in our current and future communications efforts. For now, I would like to address the following questions briefly:
What is Sault Tribe, Inc.?
Sault Tribe, Inc. is a corporation set up and owned by the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians under Section 17 of the Indian Reorganization Act. Its' purpose is to establish profitable subsidiary businesses that will contribute to the diversification of the tribal economy and reduce dependency on federal funding and jobs. Sault Tribe, Inc takes strategic guidance from our tribal Board of Directors and strives to maintain both a transparent and cooperative relationship with our tribal leaders.
What does STI stand for?
STI stands for a healthy and prosperous Sault Tribe community by pursuing scalable business opportunities and providing workforce training, high-paying jobs, and employee benefits. STI represents tribal sovereignty and strength, free from the authority of local governments that seek to regulate and tax commerce on tribal lands. STI represents the "Sault Tribe way of doing business" by incorporating our Seven Grandfather's Teachings into our corporate culture.
Who are STI's board of directors?
STI's board of directors consists of experienced leaders from various industries. Most are Sault Tribe members. Our president Alan Barr is a tribal member with over 30 years of experience as a business strategy consultant, helping leaders transform themselves, their teams, their organizations, and their communities. Our secretary Mike Griggs is also a tribal member and has over 25 years of experience in a leading software company and finding innovative finance solutions.
Each of our board members offers invaluable insight. We will be further profiling each of them in the coming months.
What is STI doing for the present and future of the Sault Tribe?
STI is making considerable progress in developing profitable subsidiary businesses and building joint venture partnerships that will result in contract awards, revenues and jobs and, dividend distributions to the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.
Currently, our subsidiaries are working on large government contracts like the multi-year U.S. Army contract to develop multi-media training modules. The contract positions STI for future government contracts and will allow us to hire and train our people to perform the work.
Also, we partner with Sault Tribe member-owned businesses to utilize their experience and provide guidance and resources to pursue additional opportunities.
We will continue our work to create economic opportunities and benefits for the Sault Ste Marie Tribe in the form of revenue generation creating training, high-paying jobs, and dividends to support tribal programs. We will help diversify our economy so that we are not dependent on any one revenue source to fund and improve health, education, and culture initiatives. We will collaborate with community leaders to foster economic prosperity in our communities for years to come.
For more information, please visit www.saulttribeinc.com, subscribe to STI's coming newsletter, and follow STI on Facebook and LinkedIn for more updates.
Sault Tribe, Inc. (STI) is pleased to announce that NationPoint LLC is now well-positioned for rapid growth due to a multi-year U.S. Army contract to develop a combat medic virtual learning sustainment program.
Last summer, STI's subsidiary Chippewa Government Solutions (CGS), entered a joint venture partnership with Tipping Point Solutions, Inc. to pursue virtual learning and digital media production opportunities. The Army contract is NationPoint's first and will provide the necessary business development resources to lay a foundation for long-term success.
"With the growing demand for virtual learning programs, government agencies expect highly engaging and impactful productions," said STI's chief executive officer Joel Schultz. "With Tipping Point's creative talent capacity and CGS's ability to hire ex-generals, doctors, and actors, NationPoint delivers enhanced training curriculums with higher production quality."
STI's partner Tipping Point is an award-winning multimedia production company and is mentoring CGS to manage large media production contracts. STI sees tremendous potential for NationPoint to scale quickly and sustain ongoing benefits for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.
"There's so much opportunity to provide high-paying jobs and skills training for the age of digital media," said Schultz. "Tipping Point's founder, Rick Schmidt, is a Sault Ste. Marie tribal member. He is passionate about building a legacy through entrepreneurship and economic development for our next seven generations of Sault Ste Marie tribal members."