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Our Team


Stephen M. Mills, MBA is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of AQIWO, Inc.  Stephen is not just an Entrepreneur, but an “Indianpreneur.”  As a Native American Chumash of North Central California, he is an advocate for Native American affairs and Commerce. He understands the value of teamwork, humility, giving back to those who move a vision forward, and celebrating and appreciating achievement. His modest upbringing with strong family values gives him a deep appreciation and duty to giving back to those who follow a similar career path.


Stephen has always been an advocate of team activities. From his youth, he continues to be involved in team sports activities and continues to support similar activities in his community. Stephen is an established leader that takes the time to understand both his clients and his staff.  

Although AQIWO has many engagements with government clients, Stephen has also operated in international circles. Specifically, he has conducted high-profile business engagement supporting U.S. Government interests in the Russian Federation, as well as living and conducting business in Spain and Thailand.

Prior to founding AQIWO, Stephen completed a 15 year career in the private sector and served as a professional consultant and project manager for Deloitte, MCI WorldCom, and Cherokee Information Services.


In his academic career, Stephen earned a BA in Political Science from the University of California – Santa Barbara and an MBA from the University of Illinois – Champaign-Urbana.

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