Charles Garrett has been named executive vice president at Cherokee Nation Businesses, the Cherokee Nation’s holding company of entities such as Cherokee Nation Entertainment and Cherokee Nation Industries. A Cherokee Nation citizen, Garrett fills a position that was left vacant when Shawn was named interim chief executive officer in 2012. Garrett and Slaton will work together to set vision, direction and strategy for all of the company’s businesses, including gaming and hospitality, plus government contracting in information technology, security and defense, real estate, manufacturing, construction and more.
Garrett joined CNB in fall 2013 as senior vice president of business development, overseeing diversification strategy through acquisitions, new business opportunities, real estate development and property management. He brought to that position more than 25 years of experience in the legal, banking and real estate industries and held senior management positions at several large corporations.
Garrett 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.
Said Slaton, “The CNB board of directors and I have been extremely impressed with Chuck’s vision and leadership since he came on board last year. 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 said, “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. This is such a unique opportunity to serve my tribe, and I look forward to assuming this new role. I look forward to advancing the interests of our shareholders, the Cherokee Nation and the Cherokee people.”