Tallgrass is a wholly owned Osage Nation subsidiary headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Responsible for the oversight and management of several subsidiary companies, Tallgrass focuses on government contracting in a variety of industries, including aerospace, construction services, and information technology.
Tallgrass Economic Development, LLC Board & Leadership
There’s a bold new spirit of entrepreneurism sweeping across the Osage Nation. A revitalized determination to create jobs, change lives, and see our people prosper as never before. It’s fueled by the rich heritage and proud traditions of our past, driven to build the strongest possible legacy for future generations. We’re taking our best and brightest business minds, guided by the priceless wisdom and expertise of our leaders, and together we’re showing the world that we mean business.
Our leadership boasts more than 125 years of combined experience, which includes executive leadership in a wide variety of governmental, tribal, public, and privately held companies in industry. We also have significant experience in manufacturing, construction, distribution, mergers and acquisitions, information technology, health care, and financial services.
Board of Directors
Jim R. Parris – Chairman
Jim has more than 30 years of accounting, auditing, and management experience focused on serving tribal governments, the federal government, and public clients. His current activities include litigation support for tribal trust litigation in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and Federal District Court in Washington, D.C., and providing financial management consulting services to tribal governments. Jim was the director of the Office of Trust Funds Management at the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Under his tenure, his team managed more than $2 billion in investment for more than 2,000 tribal accounts and 300,000 individuals. Jim also spent his fair share of time serving the Osage Nation as a tribal auditor and controller.
Jim received his degree in business administration and accounting from Oklahoma State University in 1977. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountant, the New Mexico State Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the American Institute of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Kay E. Bills – Vice Chairman
Kay is an Oklahoma City resident with Grayhorse District roots. She has served as the first director of the Office of Native American Business Development under the U.S. Department of Commerce for four years. In this position, Kay made recommendations to the Minority Business Development Agency on Native American issues and built collaborative working groups with major federal organizations.
In addition to Washington, D.C., Kay also lived in Alaska where she worked for the Chugach Alaska Corporation where she identified business opportunities for the corporation and its telecommunications company. Kay also served as executive director for the Alaska 8(a) Association.
Patsy S. Stuke – Treasurer
Patsy has over forty years of management experience in both private and public corporations. She is a highly effective communicator, trainer, and business leader. Career highlights include entrepreneurial ventures in retail, real estate and business consultation. She is an active mentor and leader in both local and national business organizations, particularly those in support of women and Native Americans. She has volunteered with the Lenexa, KS Police Department since 2004..
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