Michael McBride III
A trial, appellate and business lawyer with Crowe & Dunlevy, Michael McBride III practices gaming law, federal Indian law, litigation and complex transactions. He excels in gaming regulatory matters, compact disputes, bet-the-tribe litigation, tribal government matters, economic development and regulatory matters.
McBride has more than two decades of experience and chairs Crowe & Dunlevy’s Indian Law & Gaming practice group. He has been recognized by Chambers USA in Band 1 for Native American law and as a Star Individual. McBride has also been named in Oklahoma Super Lawyers for Indian law, gaming, political law and business litigation. He is recognized by Best Lawyers in America for Native American and gaming law and is A-V rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
The CEO of the Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation (CPCDC) since 2011, Jett’s team raised over $77.6 million dollars for lending in Indian Country. They have lent over $79.9 million to Native clients, creating or sustaining over 1,675 jobs. Jett’s team is the only Native CDFI to participate in the U.S. Treasury Guarantee Bond Program. In 2016 CPCDC was awarded $25 million by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development, Community Facilities for re-lending- another first in Indian Country. Jett was recognized by the Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA) as Executive of the Year in 2018.
In 2016, Jett was appointed by the President of the United States as the Native American Tribal Representative for the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s CDFI Fund’s Community Development Advisory Board. He was elected to serve as the Chairman of the Board by fellow Presidential appointees. Jett was elected to the Board of Directors of the Opportunity Finance Network in 2014 and is currently serving his second term. Jett also serves on the Advisory Board for the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma (AICCO) and is a member, as well as serving on the Board of Directors for the First National Bank and Trust Co., our tribally owned bank.
VaRene Martin is an enrolled citizen of Thlopthlocco Tribal Town, Mvskoke (Creek) Nation. VaRene serves on the board of the Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA) as the 1st Vice President and Director of Tribal & Corporate Relations. She acts as Tribal Advisor for FS Advisors in a business development capacity. She serves as an advisory board member to the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California, the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma, a member of and Co-Chair of the National Congress of American Indian’s (NCAI) Economic Development, Finance, and Employment Subcommittee and served on the board for the San Diego American Indian Health Center.
She attended Oklahoma State University, and holds California Life Insurance, NASD Series 65 and previously held Series 6, Series 7, and Series 63 licenses. She has over 30 years’ experience in the financial and investment industries including managerial positions with emphasis on institutional sales focusing on public funds and Native American marketing efforts.
VaRene was recognized as one of the “Fifty Faces of Indian Country” by Indian Country Today Media Network and featured in Indigenous Post “The Annual Hot List”.