July 22, 2011 –
MAYETTA: Dominic Ortiz was recently appointed to the 2011 Leadership Academy of Appointments by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). He was one of two appointed from Kansas and is the first Native American ever selected by the national organization for the honor. Jim Boomer of Boomer Consulting, Inc., was the other person selected.
Ortiz received his CPA from the Kansas Board of Accountancy last year. He is the director of finance for the Prairie Band Casino & Resort (PBCR) and acting CFO for Prairie Band Potawatomi Entertainment Corporation. He was instrumental in overseeing the end-to-end financial transition from Harrah’s to the PBCR in 2007 and before that time had worked for Harrah’s Entertainment for five years where he gained operational and financial management skills. He has also been a financial consultant with Ernst and Young.
He holds a Master’s in Accounting and Information Systems degree from the University of Kansas and in 2006 attended the Harvard Business School where he attained alumni status by completing the Executive Education General Manager Program.
In addition, Ortiz is also a mentor to Native American youth. He was a principal organizer for the Ni-Gahn-Ji-I-Gwan Future Ink careers workshop that was part of the Youth Conference held during the 2009 Gathering and hosted by the Prairie Band. Ortiz is also active in recruiting college students into the casino management intern program.