John Hendrix

Director of Economic Development
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

Session: MBE Track: Tomorrow's Strategy for Building A Sustainable Business Today

John Hendrix is the Director of Economic Development for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, with over 25 years of experience in Tribal economic development. He is responsible for managing the Tribe’s social impact investments to create wealth for the Choctaw community by generating new sources of business revenues for the Tribal Government and new job opportunities for Tribal Members. His responsibilities include: investment analysis, strategic planning, commercial property development, infrastructure development, and industrial recruiting. John has also managed several of the Tribe’s start-up businesses ranging from an 800,000 square foot commercial real estate portfolio to an organic vegetable farming operation. During his tenure with the Tribe, John has participated in the development of casinos, hotels, golf courses, and industrial properties representing more than $500 million of investment. He has secured project financing from a wide range of sources including grants, new markets tax credits, federal loans, and as well as traditional bank debt. John is a Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute and a Certified Economic Developer by the International Economic Development Council. John received his BBA from Millsaps College and his MBA from Duke University which included residencies on four continents. John lives in Madison, Mississippi with his wife and two children.