Ben Martinez

Director – Native American

As Director – Native American with Innovation Capital, Mr. Martinez brings a unique combination of 14 years of banking and finance experience along with a rare leadership role with his Mescalero Apache tribe.  Mr. Martinez started his career in wealth management with JP Morgan/Chase progressing from an investment and quantitative analyst role to a portfolio manager overseeing the management of institutional and private client investments across a wide range of asset classes.  Continuing his wealth management career with BOK Financial as a Vice President and Sr. Portfolio Manager, Mr. Martinez managed over $500 million in institutional and private client assets.  Mr. Martinez assumed a role with GW Equity, a Dallas, Texas based middle market investment banking firm managing a team of valuation associates before moving into a mergers and acquisitions client advisory role.  In his investment banking capacity, Mr. Martinez performed extensive corporate valuation engagements assessing firm value and conducting M&A feasibility studies as well as preparing industry and economic analyses.  As an M&A client advisor, Mr. Martinez engaged clients advising them on a wide range of corporate combination options including sales and divestitures.

As a member of the Mescalero Apache tribe in south-central New Mexico, Mr. Martinez was asked to assume a key leadership role as the Tribal Administrator in the fall of 2008.  In this capacity, Mr. Martinez assisted the tribal administration and council in overseeing its entire governmental operations.  In the fall of 2009, Mr. Martinez was asked to assume the role of CFO with the tribe’s casino gaming operation, the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino, in order to assist the organization in a critical operational and capitalization restructuring.  As CFO of the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino, Mr. Martinez forged close collaborations with financial advisors, tribal leaders, and company personnel.  In 2013, Mr. Martinez assumed a role with the tribe’s governing body in order to provide a wider range of assistance to the tribe.  As a member of the tribal council, Mr. Martinez represented the Mescalero Apache tribe across a number of strategic initiatives including collaborating with federal, state, and tribal leaders.  In his tenure on tribal council, Mr. Martinez was again in the position to collaborate with legal and financial advisors, tribal leadership, as well as company management in a second critical financial restructuring.

This experience has cultivated an intimate understanding of the complexities and unique challenges of tribal gaming and other economic development needs in Indian communities.