Oklahoma American Indian Chamber of Commerce Announces New Executive Director

Annetta Abbott

Published February 22, 2018 

OKLAHOMA CITY — The American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma (AICCO) announces the hiring of Annetta Abbott as the organization’s Executive Director. This is a new position created to help advance and grow the Chamber into a nationally recognized organization and in order to facilitate the many AICCO programs.  

“Annetta topped the field of excellent candidates who applied for the position,” said Bailey Walker, AICCO State Board President.  “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.”

“We believe Annetta is the right leader for AICCO’s strategic goals. She has a passion for the organization and a vision for making it even better,” said Dean Turner, State Board member.

Abbott is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and has been serving as the State Board President. She has been involved with AICCO on the local and state levels for the past seven years.   She helped create the Gathering Business Summit four years ago which has grown into the Chamber’s largest annual event. Abbott also serves as the coordinator for the Leadership Native Oklahoma program which has more than doubled in growth in just three years. 

Abbott’s immediate priorities will be to establish an efficient organization where members and non-members can get information to help grow Native-owned businesses in Oklahoma. She will coordinate and support programs of the various chapters, committees, including membership, marketing, newsletter, chapter events and others. In addition, she will work with the State Board and the five local chapter officers to facilitate the many activities necessary to establish and grow the organization’s membership base and benefits. 

Her resume includes over 25 years of executive planning, administration, event coordination, communications and marketing experience in the nonprofit sector. She has served non-profits at all program, fundraising, executive and leadership levels. 

“I look forward to continuing the exciting plans that are in the works for the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma,” said Abbott. “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 tribes in this state.”

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