About Lac du Flambeau Business Development Corporation
The LDF Business Development Corporation was created by the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Indians to mirror successful Tribes, create jobs, and generate revenue outside of gaming.
As an economic arm of the Tribe, the BDC and businesses under its umbrella are designed to contribute to the general fund while at the same time maintain investment capital for future projects and business ventures.
The mission of the LDF BDC is to diversify the Lac du Flambeau Tribe’s non-gaming revenue sources and create career opportunities for our community.
Our vision is to build sustainable, profitable businesses that provide career paths for citizens of the Lac du Flambeau Tribal community, embodying Tribal goals and objectives, while respecting the Tribe's cultural values.
By developing business opportunities and creating strategic partnerships, we will positively impact economic growth and career opportunities. This holistic approach to economic development will build a strong, healthy nation as we shepherd progress into the seventh generation.
The LDF BDC places the highest value on integrity, respect, honesty and ethics. We practice these values in deed and word while working for and serving the best interest of the Waaswaaganing Ojibwe Nation.
Board of Directors
President: Nicole Chapman-Reynolds
Nicole is a Lac du Flambeau Tribal Member born in Flambeau and raised in Philadelphia and Ventura County, CA. Graduating high school early, she spent two years in college before enlisting in the Navy being trained as a Hospital Corpsman specializing in pharmacy and later FMF to deploy with Marine Corps units.
Upon returning to Lac du Flambeau, she worked for the Chippewa Housing Authority and quickly mastered both the Rural Development and LIHTC programs. She was responsible for all 112 units utilizing both programs. She was integral to development of a LIHTC and later awarded over $4.5 million in credits.
Nicole and her colleagues created the first Native Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in Wisconsin, now known as the Wisconsin Native Loan Fund, Inc. She sat on the board as Secretary for many years. Together she and the Director operated the area’s only Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site for nearly 10 years, preparing over 400 free returns each year between them. She continues to provide low cost tax assistance for the community. She also serves as the Chairman of the LDF Police Commission and the Chairman of the LDF Judicial Committee.
Today, she works for the Tribal Roads Department and is very familiar with the transportation industry and every project and contract the department takes on. She holds BS degrees in Psychology and General Science from the University of Maryland University College. She is completing her Masters in Management, her MBA and a MA at the University of Minnesota-Duluth in the Tribal Administration & Governance Cohort.
Vice President: Edmund Peterson
Edmund joined the board, in his own words, "for the betterment of the community."
He brings his 30 years of experience working for a large company in Chicago as a mechanical engineer. After retiring, he moved to the Lac du Flambeau community and utilized his talents for the Tribe. He's worked with youth, taught at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, and is currently the Human Resources Director for the Tribe.
Treasurer: Chris Soulier
Chris joined the Lac du Flambeau Business Development Corporation in 2014 as a Board Member. He assists LDF Financial Services with new business development opportunities, and facilitates relationship development between the company, it’s strategic partners, service teams and the Tribal Insurance Initiative.
Chris brings 15 years of business experience, a commitment to empowering Indian Country through economic development, leadership, and an extensive network of relationships in the business community. Chris is the proud owner of Access Unlimited, LLC, a small consulting group operating on a national level through strategic partnerships to offer enhanced benefits and services for any size business.
He enjoys being active in his community through coaching youth baseball, softball and cross country skiing at all age levels. Chris is the proud father of Samantha (14) and Braden (12) and has been married to his wife Dawn for 19 years. He is a Member of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians and currently residing in Waunakee, WI.
Secretary: Patricia Marquez
Patricia has been a cash operations manager at the Lake of the Torches Casino, and brings to the Board a desire to make a difference on the reservation. Patricia's goal is to expand, diversify, bring more capital and give opportunities to the people of the community.
Patricia is also the President of the Health and Wellness Board, and describes herself as "a Tribal Member who wants to see good things happen in our community."
She feels the LDF BDC Board is going to be taking steps to make sure our community can survive, not only on the casino revenues, but with other businesses and opportunities. Patricia wants to continue to foster the education opportunities for our community to allow people to grow and provide the steps for them to become a manager, director or CEO if they choose to be.
Board Member At Large: Phillip Chapman, Jr.
Board Member At Large: Phillip Chapman, Jr. - Phillip is a Lac du Flambeau Tribal Member who has worked more than 30 years in the construction industry, many of those years spent with Kuckkahn Construction, Inc. He has assisted his brother with his successful, family-owned masonry and carpentry business for over 15 years.
With his extensive experience in the construction industry, he felt that he his vast business knowledge would be beneficial to the LDF BDC.
Phillip has served as the Chair of the Tribal Roads Committee, and has worked for the Lac du Flambeau Tribal Roads Department. He is honored to serve his Tribe on the LDF BDC Board of Directors, and looks forward to the work the Board has ahead, which includes increased transparency for the Membership and ensuring ethical best business practices are being conducted with each and every business entity operating under the LDF BDC.
CEO: Darold Londo
Darold Londo has over 25 years of expertise and experience as a military officer, lawyer, entrepreneur, coach, and corporate executive, and brings a record of transforming and growing small private to large industry-leading international public companies.
Darold graduated from Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua. From there, Darold went on to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a commission in the U.S. Army, a Masters of Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison.
Darold served on active duty as a U.S. Army Captain and Aviator, and, after Desert Storm, went on to work as a business and real estate attorney. He continued his professional rise in the telecommunications, real estate development, gaming, hospitality and private equity industries, becoming a c-suite executive with roles as a CEO, President, COO and GM.
In December of 2017, Darold joined the BDC as CEO, bringing with him a proven track record of driving results, facilitating innovation, as well as a passion for mentoring teams by coaching employees to engage and reach their potential.
“Working alongside the team at the Business Development Corporation gives me an opportunity to make a meaningful, life-long impact that spans generations,” Darold says. “The BDC is a catalyst for the Tribe and its Members to create an economic path toward sustained, self-determination. I’m proud to be a part of creating that future alongside all the men and women who choose to work at the BDC.”
Darold and his wife have three children, two currently attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and the third is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, NY. He resides in California where he works as a professional chef.
COO: Randy Soulier
I’ve been blessed with the opportunities to amass nearly 20 years of experience in business and across multiple facets of executive operations. My core discipline is consumer-focused marketing with fulfillment by cross team empowerment. To remain current, I frequently research consumer psychology, trending of products and/or industry and, current personnel development tactics.
My management style is rooted in an interdisciplinary focus, so I can focus on team empowerment, shared decision making and side-by-side performance, regardless of position or titles. I was raised to work hard, improve credibility and remember the job performance and results reflects my values and performance. My duty, aside from fiscal performance is to provide a fulfilling, secure and engaging workplace throughout many areas. All associates under my leadership are provided latitude to allow time for personal development, family and/or school functions and provide any available support for furthering their education. We want the LDF Business Development Corporation to be the last career stop for any associate. In the event it is not, it’s our responsibility to ready any associate to easily be able to continue along their career path regardless if it’s not within our corporation.
I have an Associate’s in Marketing from Northcentral Technical College, Champion Six Sigma certification from Management and Strategy Institute, Strategic Marketing certification from Cornell and am in my final year of my Bachelor’s in Integrative Leadership with minor in human development.
Director of Corporate Projects: Melissa Doud
I am a Lac du Flambeau Tribal Member, born and raised in Lac du Flambeau. I graduated Lakeland Union High School in 1989 and went to college for one year before joining the Army. I was stationed and have been to various places including South Carolina, Korea, Japan, Guam, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Fort Richardson (Alaska), Fort Knox (Kentucky) and Schofield Barracks (Hawaii). I did one tour in Iraq from 2003-2004, and retired as an E-7 with 20+ years of service.
I earned my Associates Degree in Business Management from Hawaii Pacific University and my Bachelors Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.
I have worked for the Lac du Flambeau Tribal Accounting department, worked as an accounting clerk for the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, and was a personal banker with Chippewa Valley Bank for seven years.
In 2012, I became a member of the LDF Business Development Corporation's Board of Directors, and was the first employee of the LDF BDC serving as the Call Center Manager. I moved quickly up the ranks, serving the Director of Lending and now as the Interim COO of the LDF Business Development Corporation.
My vision is to help my community through economic development while practicing and preserving culture. I served on the Waaswaaganing Indian Bowl Board, and am a Tribal representative with the Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation.
Controller: Beth Kiphart
I have over 15 years of financial accounting and management experience, and have spent over 20 years working in Tribal Gaming. I started as a cage cashier at the age of 19, and was fortunate to continue to work my way through the accounting and finance world in various accounting, supervisory and management positions before earning my first CFO position in 2008.
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and an MBA from Lakeland College. I have experience managing several areas and departments including Accounting, IT, Human Resources and Marketing. I am a member of Financial Executives International (FEI) and volunteer with the Junior Achievement program in Brown county.
I began working with the LDF Business Development Corporation in May 2016 and it has been an honor to work alongside an amazing group of people. I am also excited to be home, as I was born in Woodruff and graduated from Rhinelander High School just down the road. After high school, I decided to move to Green Bay to pursue my accounting degree at UWGB and work for my own Tribe, the Oneida Nation. My circle has allowed me to come back home and I am happy to be able to spend time here again.
I am passionate about doing my part to sustain our future generations and ensure that we continue to build and develop our resources. It has been an honor and privilege to work for several Tribes in Wisconsin, and I am sincerely grateful to be part of the continued success of Indian country.
Human Resources: Turquoise Santiesteban
Turquoise Santiesteban is the Human Resources Director for the Lac du Flambeau Business Development Corporation. In 2009, she obtained her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Milwaukee Area Technical College. Passionate about Human Resources, the move back home to Lac du Flambeau was a natural fit. In 2010, Turquoise began her career as the Employment Coordinator for the Lac du Flambeau Tribal Human Resources Department. She served many roles in the five years of service including the responsibilities of interim HR Director whenever needed, and earned a Tribal Supervisory Management Certificate from Nicolet College in 2014.
In May of 2015, Turquoise joined the LDF BDC as their first Tribal Human Resources Director. Working as a department of one, she tackled the merger of the LDF Country Market in December 2015 for the LDF BDC Human Resources Department. She attained the Tribal Human Resources Professional Certification in November 2016, and is a member of the National Native American Human Resources Association and the Society of Human Resource Management.
“It is a dream of mine to be a positive role model for Native American women wanting to be in leadership roles for the betterment of their communities, “says Santiesteban. She aspires to become the first Chief Human Resources Officer for the LDF Business Development Corporation.