Corporate Nation Board

The Corporate Nation Board is charged with the responsibility to govern the Business arm of the Catawba Nation named The Corporate Nation. The Board is responsible to the shareholders of the corporation which consists of all members of the Catawba Nation. Business will be separate from the tribal government operations. The board will oversee all businesses from concept (which includes a written business plan and financials) through regular operations. Below is a list of specific duties of the board members:

  1. Determine the Organization’s Mission and Purpose
  2. Ensure Effective Organizational Planning
  3. Ensure Adequate Resources
  4. Manage Resources Effectively
  5. Determine and Monitor the Organization’s Products, Services and Programs
  6. Enhance the Organization’s Public Image
  7. Assess Performance of Businesses

Meeting times:

3rd Tuesday of each month via conference call

Contact name and phone number:

Jackie Canty, (803) 366-4792

Board members:

Fannie Gunton, President

Brent Watts, Vice President

Adam Harris, Treasurer

Jeff Harris, Secretary

David Reynders

Thom Trimnal

Board member bios:

Fannie Gunton worked for over a decade as a video game producer. She successfully led many projects during her time at Sony Online Entertainment, Playdom, and Armature Studios. The skills that she learned as a producer such as attention to detail, organization, and effective communication have become invaluable as Fannie decided to venture out on her own and open an interior design business, Love, Fannie in October 2015. Fannie has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Troy University.

Adam Harris is a finance manager in the Wealth and Investment Management division at Wells Fargo. He oversees balance sheet management for the division which includes forecasting loans and deposits, measuring interest rate risk, and analyzing product profitability. He has worked for Wells Fargo in various positions for 13 years. His previous roles have included sales and service performance measurement, staff optimization modeling, expense management, and business case development. Adam has a bachelor’s degree in business with an emphasis in finance from Brigham Young University.

Jeff Harris is an Associate Attorney with Velasquez & Associates. He has experience in many area of law including immigration law, corporate law, and commercial and residential real estate law. He has been involved in forming business entities, drafting corporate documents, operating agreements, corporate bylaws, shareholder agreements, and amendments. He also assisted with negotiating and drafting purchase contracts, examination of title, and coordination of business and real estate closings. Jeff has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Brigham Young University and a Juris Doctor from Duke University School of Law.

David Reynders works as an Audit Senior Specialist with JCPenny Corporation. In this role David assists in preforming company-wide annual risk assessments and preparing and executing annual audit plans. David has 12 years of professional accounting experience and 3 years of internal control auditing. He has experience with accounting in many industries including non-profit, healthcare, legal, manufacturing, call center, and retail. David has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Utah State University and a Masters of Accounting from the University of Phoenix.

Thom Trimnal is CEO of Titus Medical LLC. His business designs, manufactures, and sales medical devices in markets throughout the world. The brand has become a leader in the industry. Previous to Titus, Thom was involved in other medical device companies and also developed and later sold three successful businesses: Westek Medical, Carolina Greenlawn and Merry Maids. Through dedication and hard work, Thom has been able to work independently and navigate the complicated journey of being a business owner.

Brent Watts works as a territory sales manager for Acell Inc. He also owns his own company called Sport Support Brands that develops and sells branded sports safety equipment. He is a motivated and accomplished sales professional that relies on analytical skills, relationship building, and entrepreneurial thinking to meet organizational goals. Brent has a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from Maryville College and a Professional Masters of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee.