Clay Vanderpool – Board Member

Over a 20-year career in finance, Clay Vanderpool has developed a unique background and skill set in risk analysis for mid-market and multi-national companies. His work in Commercial Lending, Consulting, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Tribal Economic Development (both gaming and non-gaming) make him uniquely qualified to assess the financial performance, capitalization, and long-term stability of both acquisition targets and current Waséyabek portfolio companies.

Clay began working with Native American Tribes in 2011 as part of PNC Bank’s Native American Gaming division and expanded his Tribal experience through a prior position on the Waséyabek Board of Directors (2016-2018) and as head of DWH’s Tribal Practice (2018-2020). Clay retuned to PNC to work in the PNC Business Credit division, which is focused on Merger and Acquisition financing, levered transactions, and distressed financing.

In addition to his daily work, Clay has served on the Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA) Corporate Advisory board and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Detroit Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG Detroit). Clay received his B.A. in accounting from Western Michigan University, his MBA from Wayne State University, and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Leading People and Investing to Build Sustainable Communities program.

Outside of work, Clay’s passions are his family (wife Dianna, two children and their Yellow Lab “Oscar”), travel, and anything outdoors. He and is family can almost always be found on the water, hiking a trail, skiing in the winter, and occasionally acquiescing to “Dad’s really bad golf habit”.

Over a 20-year career in finance, Clay Vanderpool has developed a unique background and skill set in risk analysis for mid-market and multi-national companies. His work in Commercial Lending, Consulting, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Tribal Economic Development (both gaming and non-gaming) make him uniquely qualified to assess the financial performance, capitalization, and long-term stability of both acquisition targets and current Waséyabek portfolio companies.

Clay began working with Native American Tribes in 2011 as part of PNC Bank’s Native American Gaming division and expanded his Tribal experience through a prior position on the Waséyabek Board of Directors (2016-2018) and as head of DWH’s Tribal Practice (2018-2020). Clay retuned to PNC to work in the PNC Business Credit division, which is focused on Merger and Acquisition financing, levered transactions, and distressed financing.

In addition to his daily work, Clay has served on the Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA) Corporate Advisory board and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Detroit Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG Detroit). Clay received his B.A. in accounting from Western Michigan University, his MBA from Wayne State University, and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Leading People and Investing to Build Sustainable Communities program.

Outside of work, Clay’s passions are his family (wife Dianna, two children and their Yellow Lab “Oscar”), travel, and anything outdoors. He and is family can almost always be found on the water, hiking a trail, skiing in the winter, and occasionally acquiescing to “Dad’s really bad golf habit”.