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OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON Kelly Croman has been appointed chief executive officer of Island Enterprises, Inc., the economic development arm of the Squaxin Island Tribe, it was announced Tuesday.
Squaxin Island Tribe
Island Enterprises' subsidiaries include a seafood operation, convenience store, gasoline station, cafÃ©/espresso, construction company, tobacco manufacturing, business services and consulting services.
Croman is leaving her post as general counsel to Marine View Ventures, the Puyallup Tribe's economic development agency, to take up the new position at Squaxin. She previously had served as a tribal attorney for Squaxin.
“This is a really exciting opportunity to help build on Squaxin's strong economic development foundation,”
“The Squaxin tribe wants to use its assets to diversify, to create more jobs and more economic benefit for tribal members and everyone in the community.”
In making the announcement, Squaxin Tribal Council Chairman David Lopeman said the tribe is thrilled to have Croman coming back to Squaxin.
“Kelly's skills are well-known to the Squaxin Tribe from her service as tribal attorney. She has the knowledge and experience to take our economic enterprises to the next level”
Croman expressed appreciation for the opportunity to expand her economic development experience with an incredible team at Marine View Ventures, and said she looks forward to returning to the Squaxin Island community and advancing its economic development mission.
posted October 3, 2012 7:20 am edt