Confluence Partners LLC.
Confluence Partners L.L.C. is a special entity limited liability company formed for the express purpose of creating and managing the Grand Canyon Escalade project. It’s current active members include:
R. Lamar Whitmer – Managing Partner
R. Lamar Whitmer is the principal of Fulcrum Group. Mr. Whitmer’s activities have included representing, or engaging in joint ventures or contingency endeavors with publicly traded companies, privately held companies, governments, and sophisticated investors regarding a spectrum of projects and services such as troubleshooting, project analysis, financing, regulatory permitting, and other real estate and development related issues.
Mr. Whitmer was responsible for obtaining the “Hualapai Exception” during the last round of the FAA/NPS Grand Canyon Over-flights rule making. Revenue from the Exception significantly assisted in the Hualapai Indian Tribe expanding their tourism enterprise at Grand Canyon West.
In 1990, he served as the Metro-Phoenix Chief Negotiator for Major League Baseball expansion. Mr. Whitmer served as a financial advisor to the State of Arizona on developing a design build lease-purchase program for the construction of new State office buildings.
As an Associate Vice President for Prudential-Bache Securities, Mr. Whitmer worked as an investment banker and participated in raising more than $2 billion of capital for real estate projects (retail, office, multifamily, and hotels) throughout the Western United States. For more than 10 years, Mr. Whitmer was a partner in a general contracting construction company based out of Phoenix, Arizona.
Albert A. Hale – Legal Advisor
Albert A. Hale is an enrolled Navajo Nation tribal member who currently serves in Arizona House of Representatives after four terms in the Arizona State Senate. Representative Hale served as the President of the Navajo Nation from 1995 to 1998. He also served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Navajo Nation and special counsel to the Navajo Nation Council. He served as the Chairman of the Navajo Nation Water Rights Commission, a Commission established to oversee and coordinate the Navajo Nation’s water rights and related litigation and negotiation efforts. During his tenure on the Commission, New Mexico and the Navajo Nation negotiated the San Juan River Basin Water Right Settlement Agreement.
Representative Hale has a private law practice with an office located in St. Michaels, Arizona. He represents Navajo and non-Navajo clients in federal, state and various Indian Nations courts including Navajo Nation. His clientele include the Navajo Engineering and Construction Authority (a Navajo Nation enterprise) and companies doing business on the Navajo Nation and other Indian Nations.
Judge Michael C. Nelson (retired) – General Counsel
Judge Michael C. Nelson has a law practice based out of Phoenix, Arizona which focuses on Indian Law and Water Law in Arizona, New Mexico, and the Navajo Nation. In 2003, Judge Nelson retired as the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of Apache County, Arizona. Presiding Judge, he was the Chairman of the Arizona State, Tribal and Federal Judges Forum, Chairman of the Arizona Supreme Court’s Committee on Judicial Education and Training and Chairman of the Navajo Nation Judicial Conduct Commission. Before his appointment to the Superior Court in 1989, he served as Special Staff Assistant and Legal Counsel to Navajo Nation Chairman Peterson Zah, where he worked with the National Park Service on boundary issues, agreements, and planning documents for Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Chaco Culture National Historic Park, and Canyon de Chelly National Monument.
He has served as United States Settlement Judge/Mediator in a number of general stream adjudications in Arizona and New Mexico, and has published a number of articles on or related to Indian water rights, Indian tribal law, and tribal-state relations, including a detailed analysis of the Winters Doctrine and its establishment of federal reserved water rights. Over the course of his career, he has worked with seventeen Indian tribes and Pueblos in five states.
Eunice L. Tso – Project Management and Permitting
Eunice L. Tso is a Navajo consultant specializing in projects that benefit Indian Country. For the past 17 years she has managed large and small scale development projects, facilitated community-wide land use planning projects; conducted environmental impact analysis; and, assisted in obtaining right-of-ways and business-site leases for a variety of clients.
She has exceptional knowledge of laws and rules that relate environment and development in Indian Country, complemented with a strong understanding of Tribal governments, resources, and social/ economic conditions. She’s skilled at facilitating and moderating discussions for large and small groups and communicates ideas clearly and effectively.
Eunice, an enrolled Navajo Nation tribal member, was raised on the Navajo Nation near Page Arizona. She moved to Flagstaff, Arizona in the early 80’s and later received a B.S. Degree in Geology from Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Geology and a M.S. Degree in Environmental Geology. She worked for NAU’s Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals before becoming a full-time consultant in 1997.
Keith A. Lamparter – Design & Construction Manager
Keith Lamparter is President of KLI Companies, a company he founded in March of 2006 to provide owner’s representative and development management services to private and institutional owners and investors. KLI Clients have included entities owned and/or managed by the Blackstone Group, LP, LXR Luxury Resorts, Credit Suisse Alternative Investments and DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners. Significant projects for KLI Companies have included management of master planning and design for a planned new Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences in Puerto Rico, renovations at the Boulders Resort, in Carefree, Arizona, Casa Marina and Reach Resorts in Key West, Florida, and the El Conquistador, El San Juan, Condado Plaza in Puerto Rico, Terrenea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, California and the Westin La Cantera Golf Resort, San Antonio, Texas. KLI also provided evaluation and advisory services of the Grand Canyon South Rim facilities, Grand Canyon Railroad and Yellowstone hotels as part of an advisory team for the acquisition of Xanterra Resorts in 2008.
Having worked in the real estate development since 1984, he has served as project manager for a master-planned community developer in California and later as Sr. V.P. of its hospitality development group. In late 1997 he began working primarily on large destination golf and ski resort properties throughout the western and southwestern U.S. serving variously as a construction and development project manager, Vice President Construction and Development, and L.L.C. Managing Director. Significant projects for Mr. Lamparter include the Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Kierland Resort and Kierland Commons, Scottsdale, Arizona, Terrenea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
Bernie Propst – Chief Financial Officer
Bernie Propst was the Chief Financial Officer for the Hualapai Indians’ Grand Canyon Resort Corporation, which operates Grand Canyon West, from 2006 through 2009. As a key member of the GCRC management team, he oversaw all aspects of financial reporting, financial feasibilities, financings, receivables and payables during the dramatic increase of visitor volume.
Mr. Propst brings over 25 years of extensive business experience in finance, accounting, taxation, auditing and general management. He earned his CPA license in California in 1980 and his work includes several years of external and internal auditing of public and private businesses. Corporate positions that he has held over the years include that of Controller, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer, and he has served on the Board of Directors of several private companies. Over the course of his career, Mr. Propst has provided businesses with consultancy, tax planning, and other advisory services. He has also provided research and assistance to law firms in dealing with complex financial, accounting, and tax matters. Propst holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting and management information systems from California State University, Sacramento and a Masters in Taxation from Golden Gate University.
Michele Crank – Community & Government Relations
Michele Crank is an enrolled Navajo Nation tribal member. Most recently she was the director of government and public affairs for the Heard Museum. Her work experience in Indian Country includes public relations, tourism development, economic development, and business development.
In serving as the public relations/tourism manager and enterprise marketing director at the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, the nation developed a premium brand, opened several new enterprises and expanded long-time events such as Orme Dam Victory Days to raise its profile in the high-end tourism destination market. Michele has deep relationships and partnerships with Arizona’s Indian nations and their neighboring communities, city councils and visitor bureaus as well as local and state elected officials.
Michele currently serves on the American Indian and Alaska Native Tourism Association board of directors. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix, and has also taught public relations and related trades through the Falmouth Institute.
James J. Maguire, Jr. – Special Advisor
James J. Maguire, Jr. has over twenty-eight years of trading experience in the financial industry. He started his career in 1983 after receiving a B.A. in Computer Science from Dartmouth College.
Mr. Maguire worked on the American Stock Exchange and CBOE trading floors before joining Henderson Brothers, a New York Stock Exchange specialist firm. At Henderson Brothers, he was responsible for maintaining orderly trading in numerous NYSE listed securities including American Express and J.P. Morgan. He was a specialist at LaBranche & Co. from March of 2000 until joining Christopher J. Forbes, LLC. as a proprietary NYSE floor trader in 2004.
As a New York Stock Exchange member, Mr. Maguire served three terms as a floor official and was a member of the Audit Trail Trade Comparison Committee and a director of the Alliance of Floor Brokers.