Coyote Valley Retail Enterprises (“CVRE”) is a corporate subdivision of CEDCO established for the purpose of constructing and operating retail businesses for the benefit of the Tribe and its tribal members. It is managed by a three-person board of directors dedicated to expanding the Tribe’s economic development efforts on and off the reservation. The current board consists of Executive Director Michael Hunter and Executive Treasurer Patrick Naredo.
Michael Hunter, Executive Director
The Chairperson of the Tribal Council presides over and votes at all meetings of the Tribal Council. Subject to the approval of the Tribal Council, the Chairperson exercises the power to appoint all non-elected officials and employees of the tribal government and direct them in their work, establish such boards, committees, or sub-committees as the business of the Tribal Council may require and to serve as a contracting officer or agent for the Tribe.
Michael Hunter brings unique work experiences to the Coyote Valley Tribe. He previously served as a Tribal Council member and as the General Manager of two nearby casinos. These experiences provided Mr. Hunter with valuable insight into the common operational deficiencies affecting Tribal governments and businesses, as well as the practical skills to implement remedies for the benefit of his Tribe.
Mr. Hunter is currently the Tribal Chairman of the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians, the Chairman of the Coyote Valley Economic Development Corporation (CEDCO) and the Executive Director of Coyote Valley Retail Enterprise (CVRE). As Tribal Chairman and leader of the Tribe’s business enterprises, Mr. Hunter is responsible for developing and overseeing the social and economic strategy and progression of the Tribe. Mr. Hunter’s Tribal Administration has spearheaded various grants, projects and programs in support of this strategy.
His Administration created a General Welfare Program that provides financial assistance to Tribal members for basic living expenses. He also created the Tribe’s first Student Recognition Award Program and Tribal Higher Education Program. These two education programs work conjunctively to encourage and acknowledge scholastic accomplishments from elementary to postgraduate levels.
One of the most important accomplishments achieved by Mr. Hunter’s Administration is the recent award of a $1.9 million USDA Water Well Grant. This grant furthers the Tribe’s self-sufficiency and may eventually help the Tribe gain its independence from the diminishing County Water District supply. Once the Tribe’s new water source is paired with a new wastewater treatment system (currently under development), the Tribe will eventually be able to support additional housing for members and further new economic opportunities.
The CEDCO Board of Directors has spearheaded many initiatives that have financially benefited the Tribe. For instance, over the last two years CEDCO successfully renegotiated, reduced and paid off over $18 million in debt; and with organizational chart restructuring and with efficient budgeting, the Coyote Valley Casino increased its annual profit by over $2 million dollars.
As the Executive Director of CVRE, Mr. Hunter lead the Tribe’s successful effort to secure a BIA guarantee for a loan of up to $6 million. These funds have been allotted to build a convenience store and gas station. In addition CVRE will oversee construction of the Tribe’s second gaming facility, to be located adjacent to the convenience store. The Tribe anticipates funding the new gaming facility with existing casino revenue.
As Tribal Chairman, Mr. Hunter is committed to the Tribe’s cultural, social and economic growth.
Patrick Naredo, Executive Treasurer
The Vice-Chairperson of the Tribal Council, with the approval of the Tribal Council, in the absence of the chairperson, perform all duties and assume all the responsibilities vested in the chairperson. Upon request of the chairperson, assist in carrying out the duties of the chairperson or such duties as the chairperson may direct.
Patrick Naredo is the Vice Chairman of the Tribe, sits on the Coyote Valley Retail Enterprises (CVRE) as the Treasurer and is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Coyote Valley Economic Development Corporation (CEDCO). As part of the leadership team of the Tribe, Mr. Naredo has played a pivotal role in the recent initiatives of the Tribe to increase productivity. Mr. Naredo has served on the Tribal Council for approximately nine years and brings a heightened level of stability and institutional knowledge to the leadership team.During the Vice Chairman’s nine years serving the Tribe, he has actively assisted the Casino management with important decisions regarding human resource issues, procurement, budgeting and contracting. He brings this business acumen to the development and operation of CVRE’s C-Store and future economic development projects. Mr. Naredo played a vital role in the renegotiation of the Tribe’s Gaming Compact with the State of California. Mr. Naredo also brings a multitude of relevant construction experience to the table that allows him to actively lead and evaluate the C-Store development. Prior to his multiple terms on the Tribal Council, the Vice Chairman held positions in the engineering design field, during which he honed his skills in cross-disciplinary, cross-sector communication and project management.