Potawatomi Business Development Corporation Expands Leadership Team

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Kip Ritchie Promoted to Chief Operating Officer

I look forward to working with our leadership team and subsidiaries, contributing to their future success, and to supporting the strategic growth of PBDC for the Tribe.

The Potawatomi Business Development Corporation (PBDC), announced today the promotion of Kip Ritchie as the company’s chief operating officer. Ritchie is a member of the Forest County Potawatomi Community and previously served as president of Greenfire Management Services, a PBDC subsidiary company. Under his leadership, Greenfire saw tremendous growth and received dozens of awards including Fastest Growing Company, Diversity in Business, Top Construction Company, Newsmaker of the Year, Largest Minority-Owned Company, and a Wisconsin MARKETPLACE Governor’s Award, among others.

“I am very excited about joining the PBDC as chief operating officer as it gives me the chance to stay connected with Greenfire, while also serving the Forest County Potawatomi Community in a larger capacity,” said Ritchie. “PBDC’s investments have grown exponentially in recent years, establishing an incredible presence in both commercial and federal operations. I look forward to working with our leadership team and subsidiaries, contributing to their future success, and to supporting the strategic growth of PBDC for the Tribe.”

In his role as COO, Ritchie is responsible for operations, marketing and business development for the PBDC and its affiliate companies which include Greenfire, Data Holdings, Native Roots Hemp, Wgema Leasing, PBDC Travel Centers and PBDC Real Estate Development Operations.

The PBDC was established in 2002 as the economic development and income diversification business of the Forest County Potawatomi Community (FCPC). Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, subsidiary companies and investments provide financial diversification for shareholders and investment partners. Resources generated by PBDC and its holdings help diversify the tribal economy that supports Forest County Potawatomi’s tribal government and helps improve the lives of tribal members.

An active member of the greater Milwaukee business community, Ritchie sits on several local and regional board of directors and is engaged in a variety of community and philanthropic organizations including Metro Milwaukee Association of Commerce, Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation, and Froedtert & the Medical College Foundation.

He is also committed to advancing the success of entrepreneurs and business ventures throughout Indian Country, dedicating time to Native American ventures and organizations across the country including Gun Lake Investments, NUMU, Inc., New Mexico Community Capital, National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development and the Forest County Potawatomi Community Foundation.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kip to the leadership team of PBDC,” said Randy Mueller, Chief Executive Officer, PBDC. “During his time with Greenfire, our company’s holdings expanded nearly tenfold, and we expect to see further growth in the coming years. Kip proved to be a strong and successful leader at Greenfire, he is deeply engrained in the business community locally and throughout Indian Country, and he will play an important role in our strategic planning and development in the coming years.”

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ABOUT THE POTAWATOMI BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION: The Potawatomi Business Development Corporation is owned and operated by the Forest County Potawatomi Community of Wisconsin. The Corporation seeks to diversify the Tribe’s business interests beyond gaming in an effort to secure the future of the Tribe for the next seven generations and beyond. In addition to Greenfire Management Services, other business holdings include Data Holdings, Native Roots Hemp, Wgema Leasing, and several Federal contracting operations. For more information on the Potawatomi Business Development Corporation, visit http://www.potawatomibdc.com.

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