Scottsdale’s Willie White named Native American ’40 Under 40′ recipient

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development is pleased to announce its 2015 class of “Native American 40 Under 40” award recipients.

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The prestigious award is bestowed upon individuals under the age of 40, nominated by members of their communities, who have demonstrated leadership, initiative, and dedication and made significant contributions in business and their community.

Willie White, a member of the Quechan Tribe and a resident of Scottsdale, is among the 40 under 40 award winners that were honored during the 40th Annual Indian Progress in Business Awards (INPRO) Gala last week at the Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino in Santa Fe, N.M.

The awards were a part of the leading economic development event in Indian Country – the Reservation Economic Summit.

“The 40 Under 40 award recipients are a diverse group of young men and women from across Indian Country who have all made invaluable contributions to their communities,” said Derrick Watchman, chairman of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development.

“We are proud to honor this extraordinary group of leaders, and I am excited to see what the future holds for them.”

Mr. White is an entrepreneur who has dedicated himself to helping the Quechan Tribe and other Native communities. Since 2008, he has focused on the healthcare sector, serving as International Sales Vice President for Skymed International, a private air ambulance service.

He recently founded Frontline Healthcare Solutions, a health insurance provider for tribal governments and businesses, including self-funded employer benefits programs both on and off the reservations.

“If we are to expand economic opportunity in Indian Country, we need innovative and entrepreneurial Native American leaders,” said Gary Davis, president and CEO of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development.

“The 40 Under 40 recipients have all demonstrated their dedication to moving their communities forward, and I want to congratulate them on their achievements. This is a very deserving group.”

For more information about RES and the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, visit


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