Cherokee Nation Businesses completes purchase of Colorado-based ETI Professionals

CATOOSA, Okla.—Cherokee Nation Businesses has completed the purchase of Professionals (), a Colorado-based company offering strategic project management and staffing solutions. caters to many large federal agencies and commercial clients, providing services in information technology, science, engineering, mission support services, research and development, facility management and program management.

“ETI Professionals directly fits within CNB’s growth strategy for our information technology portfolio,” said David Stewart, , Cherokee Nation Businesses. “ETI is known for providing customer-focused, strategic solutions for its clients. Those strengths, combined with CNB’s deep knowledge and expertise in the IT and professional services fields, will add to the reputation of CNB’s IT companies as a total solutions provider to government and commercial clients.”

ETI’s home office is located in Lakewood, Colo., but regional offices exist in San Antonio, Texas; Tampa, Fla.; Baltimore, Md.; and Shirley, Mass. The company has 375 employees and contracts in 40 states, servicing the United States Departments of Commerce, Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Interior, Transportation and the .

“ETI has a stellar reputation among their clients, and we are so pleased to add their expertise and sound business practices to our portfolio of IT companies,” said Steven Bilby, and president of CNB’s IT group. “This acquisition opens many doors for us to expand our current businesses into markets we haven’t yet penetrated. will be a great addition to the family of companies.”

The Cherokee Nation Jobs Growth Act, legislated in 2005, establishes the company as an economic engine, powering the economy of the Cherokee Nation and the entire region. CNB’s primary goals are job creation and generating funding for valuable tribal services, such as health care, education and housing.

“This acquisition allows us to continue our proven model of diversifying our business holdings, while also creating careers and building the overall economy in northeast Oklahoma through the future growth of all our IT companies,” said Chad Smith, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. “In addition to creating jobs, a company like will help generate funding for services to our Cherokee citizens.”

Cherokee Nation Businesses boasts a variety of industry portfolios in the fields of information technology, aerospace, environmental, health care and construction. has a strict set of guidelines it adheres to when pursuing acquisitions and only pursues companies that are highly successful, profitable and stable.

“It speaks volumes that is being purchased by , and we are honored to become a part of their organization,” said Susan Holland, president and founder of . “I started in 1992 with $1,500 and the dream of a great company. Building this company has been my life’s work for 18 years now, and I am tremendously proud of what has accomplished. It is now my goal to secure ETI’s future as we proudly become part of the family. provides us with a tremendous platform for growth, including an outstanding reputation in the business community, unsurpassed contracting vehicles and the resources to grow.”

Holland and part owners Greg Kilkenny and Allen Christy have signed long-term agreements to stay with the company and help guide as it enters its newest chapter as part of the organization.

The company’s legal name will become Cherokee Nation Government Solutions, but it will continue to service clients under the name as well.

Cherokee Nation Businesses is a wholly owned corporation of the Cherokee Nation and serves as the holding company for all of the Cherokee Nation’s for-profit entities, including Cherokee Nation Entertainment, Cherokee Nation Industries, Cherokee and other companies. Its mission is to grow the economy of the Cherokee Nation through diversification and create jobs in northeast Oklahoma. CNB’s profits are either reinvested into job creation or social services for tribal citizens. and its subsidiaries employ more than 5,000 people. Find out more about Cherokee Nation Businesses at

Updated 02-02-2011

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