Cherokee Nation employees recognized with 2017 NextGen Under 30 award

September 29, 2017

(L-R) Cherokee Nation employee and 2017 NEXTGEN Under 30 honorees Nicholas Kirk and MaKenley Barton, Principal Chief Bill John Baker, and Cherokee Nation employee and 2017 NEXTGEN Under 30 honoree Stephanie Remer. Not Pictured: Cherokee Nation Businesses employee and 2017 NEXTGEN Under 30 honoree Madison Carey.(L-R) Cherokee Nation employee and 2017 NEXTGEN Under 30 honorees Nicholas Kirk and MaKenley Barton, Principal Chief Bill John Baker, and Cherokee Nation employee and 2017 NEXTGEN Under 30 honoree Stephanie Remer. Not Pictured: Cherokee Nation Businesses employee and 2017 NEXTGEN Under 30 honoree Madison Carey.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Employees from Cherokee Nation and Cherokee Nation Businesses were recently named to 2017’s NextGen Under 30, an annual program that honors individuals who demonstrate professional leadership and extensive service to their communities.

Four employees from the tribe and its business arm received the recognition.

“Cherokee Nation and Cherokee Nation Businesses have long employed some of the state’s best and brightest young leaders. The four honorees to win this annual award perfectly exemplify the workplace values we stress within our tribal government and business ventures,” Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. “Their success as individuals and in their respective career fields helps ensure our success as a tribe is possible. This honor is well-deserved, and I look forward to their continued contributions to the Cherokee Nation and northeast Oklahoma.”

NextGen Under 30 honors the growing influence of young millennial leaders in the state. This year, fewer than 190 Oklahomans 30 years or younger were recognized across 16 categories, from arts to education and from finance to sports and fitness.

“Today, millennial professionals are a huge part of Oklahoman’s business, arts, media, technology, policy and nonprofit communities,” said Don Swift, publisher of ionOklahoma Magazine and founder of the program. “By the year 2020, they are projected to make up nearly half of the workplace, so we decided our awards should better reflect their prominence in these sectors.”

Winners will be honored at an awards ceremony in Norman on Oct. 20. They were selected by a panel of respected business and civic leaders following a competitive application process.

Employee winners in each category:

• Health care: Cherokee Nation Businesses Financial Analyst Madison Carey, of Tulsa

• Health care: Cherokee Nation Health Services Administrative Officer MaKenley Barton, of Stilwell

• Media/Public Relations: Cherokee Nation Communications Graphic Designer Stephanie Remer, of Vian

• Sports and Fitness: Cherokee Nation Male Seminary Recreation Center Personal Trainers Supervisor Nicholas Kirk, of Tahlequah

For a complete list of winners, visit http://nextgenunder30.com/award-winners.