Brian Wilkerson, one of Spirit of the Sun’s founders, is a specialist in driving innovative strategies and using cutting-edge planning techniques to help organizations secure their future. Mr. Wilkerson has extensive experience in leading planning and strategy development efforts across a range of clients in both domestic and international settings, with a particular emphasis on making strategy successful through the combination of operational excellence and human capital management. For the past 10 years, he has conducted research in the area of economic development in indigenous communities and has developed a cutting-edge model that accounts for economic, community, social, health, and cultural goals.
Mr. Wilkerson is a successful entrepreneur and was formerly the CEO and co-Founder of WisdomNet, a Strategy and Human Capital firm focused on delivering cutting-edge consulting and technology solutions. WisdomNet was the developer of the leading I-TMS software for integrated Talent Management and the Workforce Impact tool for advanced workforce planning and analytics. After WisdomNet was acquired by Watson Wyatt in 2007, he served as the Global Practice Director for Talent Management at Watson Wyatt from 2007-2009.
Mr. Wilkerson has held senior management roles in large corporations such as Level 3 Communications where he was the Vice President of Process & Planning, and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) where he was a Senior Manager on the Global Transition & Transformation Team. His industry focus at Andersen included telecommunications, energy, consumer products, and government. In the past, Mr. Wilkerson has also worked in the non-profit sector and in governmental affairs. His extensive experience includes working around the globe (with a particular emphasis on Asia) in a variety of roles.
Currently, Mr. Wilkerson also serves as an adjunct professor at University of Denver in the Daniels College of Business. His educational background includes a Masters Degree in Regional Planning focused on International Development from University of Colorado and a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. He also holds a Certificate in Human Resource Strategy & Practice from the Human Resource Planning Society.
Bill Le Caine Sr. is a direct descendant of Chief Black Moon who fought with Sitting Bull in the Battle of Little Big Horn. He is a member of the Wood Mountain Lakota Sioux Tribe and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. Born in Wood Mountain Saskatchewan, Canada, he grew up as an orphan and lived in foster homes most of his formative years. From these humble beginnings, Bill attended the University of North Dakota (UND) on a hockey scholarship and went on to play 15 years as a professional hockey player. Of those years, 2 were spent with the Pittsburgh Penguins organization. He was one of the first Native American players to enter the National Hockey League (NHL) in 1968 and was recognized as the first Native American from UND to play in the NHL. Mr. LeCaine is also an honored member of the Detroit Red Wing Alumni Association. After his career in hockey, Bill spent 40 years in corporate finance banking, and marketing. Through the years he has earned many awards, accolades and peer recognition. He has been asked to be a keynote and motivational speaker for numerous large venues and events. He speaks inspirational about his career in hockey and upbringing on the reservation. He is passionate about his roots and continues to support the Native American Community. Today, Mr. LeCaine is President and CEO of Arrow Rezolutions and resides in Michigan with his wife, Pat.
Paul DeMain, also known as Skabewis, is a news journalist and Oneida/Ojibwe traditionalist. A member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and of Ojibwe descent, Paul has spent his life giving back to his community through political, religious and community-based organizations. He is currently the CEO of Indian Country Communications, a communications, publishing and marketing business. Indian Country Communications was one of the largest, private sector employers on the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Reservation in Hayward, Wisconsin.
Mr. DeMain’s experience in news gathering, new media, small business enterprise development and politics has led him to be a speaker and lecturer through-out the United States. As a past president of the Native American Journalists Association, and incorporator of UNITY: Journalists of Color, a private businessman, and member of several Native ceremonial societies, DeMain has broad connections to the grass roots Native community as well as the communications industry. He is a graduate of Wausau West High School and now lives in Sawyer County near the pristine Chippewa Flowage.
Robert Outland, AIA, founding principal and majority partner of MOA ARCHITECTURE, is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. As Managing Principal, Bob has led MOA to recognition as one of Colorado’s most respected architectural firms, recipient of awards for quality of design and technical expertise.
Mr. Outland has been involved in American Indian cultural, social, and business activities for several years, as Past President of American Indian Council of Architects and Engineers, and member of the Denver Indian Community Committee, which coordinated a major exhibition at Denver International Airport. MOA has contributed its services to a number of related projects, including ADA upgrades to the Native American Rights Fund facility in Boulder.
Mr. Outland consults with architects, designers, and building owners on ways to incorporate Native American values, aesthetics, and cultural imagery into projects.
Undergraduate and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Nebraska, Mr. Potter was staff accountant at Peat, Marwick and Mitchell in Omaha, Nebraska and Senior Accountant in the Tax Department at Touche Ross Company in Denver, Colorado.
As partner in the law firm of Vaughan and Potter, he worked in the areas of tax, legal, and financial consulting involving oil and gas investments, equipment leasing, and the marketing of tax advantaged investments. Mr. Potter was co-founder, principal, and national sales manager of Denver Securities Corporation, a NASD securities firm and was responsible for developing a national sales team, sales material and presentations that marketed through law firms, CPAs and the brokers/dealer community.
Growing up on a cattle and horse ranch on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota, Mr. Potter is a 4th generation enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. His children, Kristin Thal, Kara Clark and Brandon Potter are also enrolled along with his grandchildren. He has a passion for family, music, and the great outdoors.
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