Derek Valdo, Sr, CEO

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Valdo served fourteen years as a Councilman and one year as a Field
Chief for the Pueblo of Acoma. Mr. Valdo attended Stanford University, obtained
his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics with a minor in Management, cum laude, from
the University of New Mexico and is currently in his final semester of
obtaining his Master’s of Business Administration from New Mexico Highlands

Mr. Valdo’s numerous accolades reflect his vision and leadership. Mr Valdo
has been named to 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’s Business First Top 10 CEO’s.
Under Valdo’s leadership, AMERIND has experienced exponential growth in its businesses,
resulting in its strongest level of financial performance. AMERIND earned an
“A-”rating from AM Best under Valdo.

In addition, he also serves on several Board of Directors, including for the
New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority, The Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation,
the First Nations Oweesta Corporation, the United Way of Central New Mexico,
and the National Indian Child Welfare Association Board of Trustees. Valdo also
served on the Native American Rights Fund, National Congress of American Indians,
Acoma Business Board and the University of New Mexico Anderson School of
Management Foundation.