Bob Iyall is a candidate for Olympia Port Commissioner, District 2. He’s a Nisqually Tribal Elder and the chief executive officer of Medicine Creek Enterprise Corporation (MCEC) where, in cooperation with the board of directors, he oversees the day-to-day management of all enterprises owned by the Nisqually Indian Tribe, including the Nisqually Red Wind Casino. Bob has proven executive management experience and has successfully managed Tribal enterprises to provide maximum benefit to the Tribe.
Bob has been involved in Nisqually economic development since 2009 when he was appointed, by Nisqually Tribal Council, to the Shareholder’s Committee. In 2011, Bob was appointed one of the original members of the Nisqually Board of Economic Development (NBED). As a member of the NBED, he assisted in the start-up and management of the Nisqually Markets and Nisqually Construction Services. Later, he became CEO of NBED in 2014. In 2017, NBED merged with MCEC to manage all Nisqually enterprises including:
- Nisqually Red Wind Casino
- Nisqually Construction Services
- Nisqually Markets
- Nisqually Communications Services
- Nisqually Post and Print
- Medicine Creek Cafe
Though he has never run for public office, Bob has been elected to corporate and nonprofit boards of directors, serving as secretary and chairperson on two separate boards. His experience has been in economic development and building a diversified portfolio of enterprises including construction, retail commerce, telecommunications and hospitality. He has also been a member of the Bricklayers Union for 42 years.
Bob is a graduate of Tumwater Schools with a B.S. in Business Management and an MBA. He has developed corporate social responsibility and environmental stewardship policies to implement in businesses.
He is a proven business leader, with experience guiding a large, diversified corporation, employing up to 800 local community members.