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Abbott takes over newly created position
OKLAHOMA CITY — The American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma (AICCO) has created an executive director position and named Annetta Abbott to the post.
Abbott, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, has served with AICCO for the past seven years, most recently holding the title of state board president.
“I look forward to continuing the exciting plans that are in the works for the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma,” Abbott said. “It is my passion to expand the programs available to Native-owned businesses and to continue to develop Native leaders and foster AICCO’s relationship with the tribe’s in this state.”
AICCO is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization in which American Indian businesses, tribal leaders and other businesses come together to promote and enhance the success of American Indians in business.
Abbott has over 25 years experience in executive planning, administration and marketing and has served several different non-profit organizations at various levels.
Bailey Walker, who will replace Abbott as state board president, offered high praise for the organization’s first executive director.
“Annetta topped the field of excellent candidates who applied for the position,” Walker said. “She brings our organization very broad-based experience, along with the dedication and drive needed to make AICCO grow in numbers and influence. We are very pleased to have someone of this caliber as our executive director.”
Some of the highlights of Abbott’s seven years of work for AICCO has been helping create The Gathering Business Summit, which has become the Chamber’s largest annual event. She has also served as coordinator of the Leadership Native Oklahoma program, which has doubled its growth in just three years of existence.
Abbott will coordinate with the state board and five local chapter officers to facilitate the many activities of the Chamber in order to insure more growth in membership and effectiveness.