Bauxmont-Flynn Uses Architectural Firm To Help Tribal Communities | Money

TULSA – For the past year and a half, Cherokee Nation citizen Cray Bauxmont-Flynn has overseen design and architecture firm EFG (Edmonson Flynn Group) as principal owner and COO and continued to donate to tribal communities and to develop Native-related efforts in the United States.

“Part of our DNA with this company since its inception has been to give back to tribal communities,” he said. “And I want to continue that effort, expanding it. There aren’t a lot of Native American architects. I think in addition to working for them, we have to be part of their process in helping them develop and to see potential new efforts and economic development. “

Bauxmont-Flynn said he knew he had always wanted to be an architect. He was educated in Europe at the Institute of Design in Rome, at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and an MBA from Columbia University in New York.

“I have been fortunate enough to work and live on almost every continent except probably Antarctica,” he said. “So I have completed a wide range of diverse projects, ranging from custom residential projects to hospitality and play projects, facilitating mixed-use skilled nursing facilities, health care hospitals, and nursing homes. teaching. So I’ve worked almost in every industry and that’s kind of what led me to our firm here. All the work the firm has done since its inception has been a lot of Native American work, encompassing all of these. various components and sectors. “

A 34-year industry veteran, Bauxmont-Flynn said he uses his experience to find out what communities need.

“Based on my vast experience and knowledge, I have also worked in real estate and development, so I understand some of the needs of small communities and how to plan for the future, not just the needs of today, but the needs of tomorrow, “he said.” I think that by integrating this into various indigenous tribal communities, we can help them not only provide design services but also economic development opportunities, be it businesses, wellness programs, mentoring and educational components. “

EFG, formerly ERA Design & Architecture, began in the 1950s under the direction of Larry Edmonson, whose CN citizen wife Donna took over when Edmondson died four years ago. Knowing Bauxmont-Flynn, she called on him to succeed him.

“The firm started in 1956 in Miami, Oklahoma, by Larry Edmonson,” he said. “He moved to Tulsa in the early 1980s and continued to do a lot of tribal work, a lot for the Cherokees. I have known Donna for about 12 years, and she contacted me to be his successor. I got involved as the primary owner and CEO of the company. They’ve been doing tribal work nationwide for probably about 30, 40 years. “

His tribal work includes designs for the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC, the Sac and Fox Cultural Center in Stroud, and the Cherokee Casino Grove. EFG is also a Tribal Employment Rights Office certified company, having done business with CN and companies in the Cherokee Nation.

He said he wanted to create more mentoring and community outreach programs.

“I think one of the things I always say to my staff is that you can’t always have a helping hand, hoping projects come to us,” he said. “We need to go back to our communities, especially the tribal communities, sometimes helping them as a freebie. I truly believe in education and providing them with a source of success for young people who are interested in our industry.”

In addition to his EFG role, Bauxmont-Flynn has developed a business to create bespoke and locally produced furniture. “I want to work with a lot of local members who are artisans in creating certain pieces. The line is called Amatoya, it’s Cherokee for ‘rainmaker’ and it was a chef that I’m descended from. This is going to be launch next year. “

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Michael J. Chiaramonte