Insurance Veteran Kenneth Black Promoted to AMERIND Risk Chief Operations Officer

AMERIND Risk, Native-owned insurance provider, names a leader to develop new programs to support AMERIND's mission: Tribes protecting Tribes

Pueblo of Santa Ana, New Mexico – AMERIND Risk, the only Native-owned provider of insurance solutions, has named Kenneth Black, MBA, Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), as its Chief Operations Officer reporting to Derek Valdo, Sr., CEO of AMERIND Risk.

“Kenneth is a valuable member of the AMERIND Risk Team. He has provided solid knowledge of risk and insurance while sharing his experience and mentoring our majority American Indian and Alaska Native staff. He is helping AMERIND Risk develop new programs to help our mission of Tribes protecting Tribes,” Valdo said.

Kenneth Black, Chief Operations Officer at AMERIND Risk

Courtesy AMERIND

Kenneth Black, Chief Operations Officer at AMERIND Risk

Prior to Black’s new appointment, he served Indian country for more than 9 years as underwriting director and most recently as the director of organizational development. Prior to AMERIND Risk, Kenneth garnered 30 years of industry experience in underwriting commercial property, casualty, commercial auto, inland marine, highly protected risks, as well as serving as a training specialist for agents and underwriters with multiple fortune 500 insurance providers.

Black earned his Bachelor’s degree from Lubbock Christian College and his Master’s in business administration from Texas Tech University. He has also earned his CPCU designation.

About AMERIND Risk

AMERIND Risk was founded 30 years ago by more than 400 tribes who united and pooled their resources to create AMERIND Risk to keep money within Indian country. AMERIND Risk provides employee benefits, and property, liability, and workers compensation insurance for tribes, tribal governments, tribal businesses and individual property coverage. It is the only 100 percent, tribally owned and operated insurance solutions provider in Indian country. In May 2016, AMERIND launched a new business line AMERIND Critical Infrastructure (ACI), which helps tribes obtain high-speed internet. To learn more about Tribes Protecting Tribes or for an insurance quote, go to




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