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.
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.
RvCOO: Randy Soulier
Randy Soulier is COO of LDF Business Development Corporation. His 20+ years of business experience includes leadership roles in operations and marketing. He holds degrees in Marketing and Integrative Leadership with emphasis in Human Development. Randy also serves as President of LDF Construction and is a board member for the Vilas Country Economic Development Corporation and the North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board, Inc.
His management style is rooted in an interdisciplinary focus, so he can concentrate on team empowerment, shared decision making and side-by-side performance, regardless of position or titles. He was raised to work hard, improve credibility and remember the job performance and results reflects my values and performance.
His duty, aside from fiscal performance, is to provide a fulfilling, secure and engaging workplace throughout many areas. All associates under his leadership are provided latitude to allow time for personal development, family and school functions, and provide any available support for furthering their education. He wants 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 associates to easily be able to continue along their career path regardless if it’s not within our corporation.
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.