Mr. Panamaroff is an enrolled member of the Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak, Alaska and a descendent of the Koniag Alaskan Native Cooperation. Prior to joining OweestaJon had spent his professional career in finance and Native American economic development. He worked as Northwest Zone Credit Manager for the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, Division of Capital Investments as well as with the Department of the Interior. He also was Vice President of Business Development and Senior Commercial Lending Officer at Native American Bank, N.A, as well as a Commercial Credit Card Analyst for Bank of America, and a Project Manager/Lead of the Program Management Office and IDIQ center at Koniag Services, Inc.
Over the last five years Jon has been directly involved in managing or generating over $500 Million of investment capital into Native Communities. This investment went directly to individual Native entrepreneurs, Tribes, Tribally & Alaska Native owned enterprises. At the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development Jon set himself apart by providing nearly $60 Million of loan guaranties in 2009 to tribal enterprises while working with and visiting many of the 110 Tribes in the Northwest Zone to discuss solutions to Native American enterprise development. This was recognized and Jon was selected for the Department of Interior’s Indian Affairs Leadership Development Program which grooms GS14 &15 managers for Senior Executive Service positions.
As a Vice President at Native American bank Jon serviced his 26 Tribal and Alaska Native Corporation owners by producing much of the bank’s commercial loan portfolio. When leaving the bank Jon was presented with the Best Business Development Officer award.
Mr. Panamaroff completed his Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration and a Bachelors of Arts in Organizational Psychology with departmental honors in both disciplines from Eastern Washington University. He states his experience as a TRIO McNair Scholar at EWU helped him build a strong foundation for a professional career bringing positive change to Native American communities throughout the country.
Jon also earned a Master’s of Public Administration from EWU, and is currently working on a Graduate Degree of Banking at Colorado where he plans to graduate in June 2012. In 2010, Mr. Panamaroff was recognized by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Developments “Native American 40 under 40”.