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Press Release

Release Date: January 07, 2022
by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

ADA, Okla. – Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby has appointed Alan Marcum Deputy Secretary of Support Services in the Chickasaw Nation Department of Commerce.

Mr. Marcum has nearly 25 years of experience in accounting and business management.

“Alan Marcum brings a wealth of knowledge and an extensive range of business experience to his new role,” Governor Anoatubby said. “His leadership skills and commitment to serving the Chickasaw Nation and the broader community make him a great fit for this position.”

Mr. Marcum grew up in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, watching his father, Harold, work in the oil business.

“My father was self-employed in the oil field services industry his whole life, and I was always intrigued with managing a business,” he said.

Mr. Marcum went to East Central University on a football scholarship, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance.

“I was fortunate to play four years on the team where I developed important leadership skills around teamwork and commitment,” Mr. Marcum said.

A certified public accountant, Mr. Marcum began working for KPMG Peat Marwick, a national accounting firm. Devon Energy, one of KPMG’s clients at the time, hired Mr. Marcum in 1995.

“I was able to be part of a growth story that peaked as a $30 billion company located in Oklahoma City,” he said. “We were a Fortune 250 public company with Oklahoma roots.”

At Devon Energy, Mr. Marcum’s career developed along with the company. He was promoted to the executive leadership team in 2008. In addition to his leadership role, he also led teams involved with information technology, aviation, project management, content management, real estate, security and several other functions. He was also part of the team that constructed the Devon Tower in downtown Oklahoma City.

Mr. Marcum began working for the Chickasaw Nation as CEO of Sovereign Properties LLC in September 2018.

“I had always admired the Chickasaw Nation from the outside, as their commitment to communities and the state was unwavering,” he said. “I see the impact made every day on everyone – not just in Chickasaw Country, but everywhere.”

In addition to his new role as Deputy Secretary of Support Services, Mr. Marcum is involved in corporate development and assisting in diversification efforts of the Chickasaw Nation. His goal is to be better every day.

Governor Anoatubby’s vision, he said, inspires people to work together.

“Governor Anoatubby is the ultimate leader,” he said. “To be part of a team that embraces a mission and vision that has created a world-class organization is awesome. The culture is focused on servant leadership and selflessness. We have a tremendous team of assets here, the people, and I could not be more proud to be one of the many who support the Chickasaw Nation.”

Mr. Marcum’s daughter, Taylor, is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, where she was a member of the softball team and earned a doctorate in physical therapy. She is currently employed by Valir Health.

His son, Hunter, earned a master’s degree in accounting from Oklahoma City University, where he was a member of the baseball team. He is currently employed at Ernst & Young in Oklahoma City.