WASHINGTON, Feb. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of the Native American Contractors Association (NACA) announced today that they have selected Kevin J. Allis as the organization's new Executive Director.
"We welcome Kevin to NACA with enthusiasm," stated NACA Chairman Lance Morgan. "Kevin has experience working with Tribes throughout Indian Country and has led his tribes' efforts to expand into the government contracting arena."
Mr. Allis joins NACA following eight years as a practicing lawyer. He spent over four years working for PilieroMazza, PLLC, a well-known government contracting law firm that specializes in serving small businesses in the 8(a) program. Prior to his time at PilieroMazza, PLLC, he practiced law at Kollman & Saucier P.A., a Maryland employment and civil practice law firm. Mr. Allis also served in law enforcement for seven years.
Mr. Allis is a tribal member of the Forest County Potawatomi Community and serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Potawatomi Business Development Corporation, the government contracting arm of the Forest County Potawatomi. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore. He attended Louisiana State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Baltimore. Mr. Allis is admitted to practice law in the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia.
"I understand the unique economic development challenges tribes face and the hope and opportunity Native 8(a) brings our people," Mr. Allis stated. "I am very excited to join the NACA team and look forward to working with NACA members and the Native community to advocate for the Native 8(a) program and provide meaningful training and business opportunities for our members."
Sarah Lukin, who has served as Interim Executive Director since last fall while the NACA Board searched for a permanent Executive Director, will return to Alaska and resume her full-time position as Sr. Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Afognak Native Corporation. She will also return to her position on the NACA Board of Directors, which she stepped down from while serving as Interim Executive Director.
"Kevin is a strong asset for NACA and the Native community. I am thrilled to have him join our team and I look forward to working with him on Native 8(a) issues," Ms. Lukin stated. Ms. Lukin and Mr. Allis will work closely on transition planning over the next few weeks. Mr. Allis' first day at NACA will be February 27, 2012.
For more information, please contact Jennine Elias with NACA at 202.758.2676.
The Native American Contractors Association (NACA) is a national Native advocacy organization based in Washington, DC. NACA represents and serves Tribal, Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs), and Native Hawaiian Organizations (NHOs) across the nation on issues relating to the economic self-sufficiency of America's indigenous people, focusing on our members' participation in government contracting and the Small Business Administration's 8(a) Business Development Program. NACA's members represent over 675,000 Tribal Members, Alaska Native Shareholders, and Native Hawaiians.
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