Makwa Global, LLC and subsidiaries (Makwa) are SBA 8(a) certified Tribal Enterprises owned by the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.
Nestled on the edges of Mille Lacs Lake since 1745, the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe has called this region home. Although most of the reservation land that was granted to them by the US Government was taken away, they have been able to maintain their history and traditions. Determined, proud and resourceful as a people, they have been able to preserve their rich culture for hundreds of years.
The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, through Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures, now owns over 30 businesses worldwide, employs nearly 5,000 people and is the 40th largest employer in Minnesota. Makwa is proud to represent the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and offer the government a new approach to Tribal Enterprise Capabilities.
Makwa maintains a presence throughout the world by strategically positioning business development and seasoned in-region operations personnel in regional offices around the world. These offices are complemented by Makwa's strategic partners.
Derek joins Makwa after successfully serving as CEO of DECO, Inc. for over 20 years. He strategically led the growth of a three-employee government contractor to over 2,000 employees working in 91 countries worldwide. This strategic growth led DECO to becoming one of the nation’s most successful non-tribal 8(a)’s to date. Derek’s extensive knowledge and experience in security working with Federal Agencies, coupled with his family history as Tribal Members of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, bring a unique and unparalleled foundation to Makwa.
David is an expert on OCONUS Federal Contracting. Prior to joining Makwa, David was the CEO and Founder of KASEMAN, LLC. KASEMAN provided services to the Federal Government (State Department, Homeland Security, and the Department of Defense) including; Counter Narcotics Training in Mexico and Central America, Counter Terrorism Training around the world, Classified Construction of SCIFs and CAAs, PSD training (most notably for Presidents of Afghanistan and Liberia), Armed/Unarmed security OCONUS, and Facilities support/engineering around the world.
Teri brings over 20 years of diverse corporate experience to Makwa. Specializing in government contracts, non-profits and small business, Teri also has a range of expertise in implementation and project management, process review and improvement, marketing and business consulting, and community relations. Prior to joining Makwa, Teri worked for DECO, Inc., NASA and other non-profit and private sector businesses. Successfully navigating organizations from the startup phase through targeted operational levels, she has proven measurable results for company stakeholders at every level.
Our senior leadership team has been working with government agencies for over a combined 75 years of experience. These agencies span every industry and corner of government.