Board Director, , National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development and President and Owner, Sagebrush Hill Group LLC
Derrick Watchman is the Chairman of the Board for the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, a non-profit Native American economic development organization, and President and Owner of Sagebrush Hill Group LLC, a gaming, banking, finance, and economic development advisory, acquisition and development company. Derrick is a member of the Navajo Nation and was raised on the Navajo reservation. He has extensive business, finance and tribal affairs experience. He is the former Chief Executive Officer for the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise, the gaming operator for the Navajo Nation. While at Navajo Gaming he was also the Chief Financial Officer. Prior, he was Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager at JP Morgan Chase Bank’s Native American Banking Group. He provided tribal financial and banking services, including structuring tribal credit transactions and treasury services. Previously, he worked for Wells Fargo Bank managing Native American banking and financing. Mr. Watchman was Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of the Navajo Nation’s Dinè Power Authority where he developed Navajo energy projects. He also held the Navajo Tax Commission Director post. Mr. Watchman served as the Department of Energy’s Tribal Affairs Director. Mr. Watchman also worked with Prudential Capital Corporation as a private placement banker. Among several directorships, he is a member of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development board of directors and a director for Native American Bank. Mr. Watchman holds a MBA from the University of California and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona.