The Seventh Osage Nation Congress voted to confirm two Osage individuals to serve on their respective boards for a three-year term.
Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear appointed Tammy Fugate Baldauff to the Gaming Commission Board and Danny Sadler to the Osage Limited Liability Company Board and both were subject to consideration of Congressional confirmation during the 2020 Tzi-Zho Session.
Baldauff met with the Congressional Commerce, Gaming and Land Committee on Sept. 17, which was held via electronic means.
Baldauff holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum land management and a law degree from West Virginia University and told the committee she has no prior experience working in a gaming environment and expressed interest in training to learn more about the commission’s regulatory duties. She noted the first four Gaming Commission meetings brought her steep learning curves and acknowledged the introduction material presented by Gaming Commission Executive Director Elizabeth Hembree on the commission’s duties.
“She runs a tight ship over there, very organized, she prepared me well for the first meeting and I’m so thankful,” Baldauff said of Hembree. “I personally am not a gambler, but I do believe in being very strict with our regulations, with our gaming in making sure we’re doing everything right, so I would appreciate a little more training. I’m a hard worker… I feel I can be a valuable part of that (Gaming Commission) team.”
Baldauff’s work experience includes serving as Assistant to the Director, President’s Office for Social Justice at WVU (1990-1992) and as a Petroleum Landman for Sun Production/ Sun Exploration Company in Houston and Corpus Christi, Texas. In later years, Baldauff lived in various places while her husband worked as a Petroleum Engineer and she worked in several volunteer capacities, according to her resume. Her volunteer work includes Co-founder/ board member of the Catholic Women of Houston; Co-founder/ director of the Cairo American College Strings Program in Egypt; and served as a Religious Education Board member of St. Bartholomew in Katy, Texas.
On Sept. 25, Fugate received an 11-0 confirmation vote from the Congress with one absence from RJ Walker at the time due to a connection issue with most Congress members meeting by video conference throughout the 24-day session. Baldauff joins fellow Gaming Commission board members Larraine Wilcox and Gary Weyl.
On Sept. 15, Sadler told the commerce committee he recently retired from the advertising industry after 42 years in the profession. Sadler helped found two companies and brings experience in collaboration and leading employees in those workplaces.
“Being in advertising and marketing, it’s all about branding and I think for Osage LLC it’s time for a little rebranding,” Sadler told the committee. “In advertising, there’s a saying that a brand is a story that’s told every day and I feel like I can help adequately tell this story and help it grow. I’ve worked with (fellow LLC Board members) Richard Perrier and Frank Freeman and I feel like I complement their strengths.”
As a recent appointee, Sadler said he is still learning about the LLC and has attended several board meetings both in-person and electronically. “I feel like they’ve done a good job in starting fresh, I know there’s a lot of work … We’re trying to make good business decisions, we’re being frugal and lean, we’re a working board.”
Sadler said the current LLC structure includes recently-hired General Manager Hillary McIntosh with an assistant and a per-project worker in addition to the three-member LLC Board. In working with the LLC, Sadler said this is his first time working with an 8(a) company and the LLC is working on a business plan that will be presented to Congress at a later date.
“To generate revenue, you have to have different points of view, different thinking and I feel like that’s where I come in,” Sadler said. “We’re working with a consultant that’s been helping us with business development, I feel like being an 8(a), we can be a partner with a lot of government initiatives, I see that as being our biggest moneymaker and I’m still learning. It’s an ongoing process.”
Sadler’s confirmation passed with an 11-1 vote with one “no” vote from Congresswoman Jodie Revard. Sadler’s term is also for a three-year term.