Cherokee Nation Environmental Solutions Establishes Joint Venture with Conti Federal Under U.S. Small Business Association Mentor-Protégé Program

April 05, 2022

TULSA, Okla. (April 5, 2022) – 

As part of the U.S. Small Business Association mentor-protégé program, Cherokee Nation Environmental Solutions (CNES), a division of Cherokee Federal, one of the top 125 federal contractors worldwide, today announced a joint venture with Conti Federal to support mission-critical federal construction projects.

Operating as CF2 Construction, LLC, Cherokee Nation Environmental Solutions and Conti Federal will work in tandem to learn and grow in key areas, as well as pursue, bid on and execute top federal construction projects, including:

  • Secure facilities and infrastructure
  • Airfield facilities and infrastructure
  • Building envelope and interior renovations
  • Building systems (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) upgrades
  • Environmental remediation

“We are excited to partner with Conti Federal on this joint venture and continue to expand our project portfolio and break into new markets in the federal construction landscape,” said Roy Fazio, president of the construction sector at Cherokee Federal. “With more than 1,000 federal construction projects completed and $750M in project value to date, we will be able to think and execute big while retaining the agility, efficiency and responsiveness of a small firm.”

The SBA mentor-protégé program was designed with the purpose of supporting small 8(a) businesses (protégés) and win government contracts through partnerships with more experienced companies (mentors).

“As part of our commitment to help small businesses, especially those that support diversification of the industry and execute successfully on government projects, it was important for us to find a partner through this program that not only added value to the types of projects Conti Federal pursues, but also matches our ‘Done Once, Done Right’ mindset,” said Peter Ceribelli, CEO, Conti Federal. “Cherokee Federal’s complimentary project portfolio, along with its economic impact to the tribal community, make them the ideal partner. We see this as a two-way partnership and look forward to benefiting not only from Cherokee Federal’s experience with government and defense projects, but from their specialization in remote area projects as well.”

About Cherokee Federal

Cherokee Federal and its team of tribally owned companies is owned by Cherokee Nation Businesses — the economic engine of Cherokee Nation, the largest Native American tribe in the U.S. The mission of Cherokee Federal is to build a talented team that provides innovative solutions that solve America’s greatest challenges and serves Cherokee Nation with strong conviction and heart. For more information, please visit or follow Cherokee Federal on LinkedInFacebookTwitter and YouTube.

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