Serving Small Business in the Time of COVID

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“Serving Small Business in the Time of COVID”

 

Jill Castilla leads Citizens Bank of Edmond as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Jill joined Citizens Bank of Edmond in 2009, transforming the struggling institution into one of the most innovative community banks in the nation. Under her leadership, Citizens Edmond was one of the first in her state to deploy Interactive Teller Machines, and Citizens Edmond recently applied for a provisional patent for the nation’s first unmanned electronic banking facility. Her entrepreneurial and visionary spirit spills over into her community engagement as the founder of “Heard on Hurd,” a Citizens Edmond-sponsored event that draws upwards of 100,000 people into downtown Edmond for a musical festival, local shopping, and food trucks, delivering a $6.2 million economic impact.

 

On the national stage, Jill serves as an appointed Civilian Aid to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) for Oklahoma and on the board of the American Bankers Association, as well as the content advisory committee for Money 20/20. Jill also serves on numerous local boards to include Allied Arts, Community Bankers Association of Oklahoma, and the Edmond Chamber of Commerce. She recently served on the Governor of Oklahoma’s Transition Team, the Edmond Public Schools Foundation Board of Trustees, the UCO Foundation and Oklahoma Bankers Association Board of Directors. She currently serves as Dean of the Southwest Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University as well as a Presidential Advisor to the University of Central Oklahoma.

 

Jill is a six-time recipient of American Banker’s “Most Powerful Women in Banking – Women to Watch” and her Citizens team is a two-time recipient of the “Top Team in Banking.” She holds other titles such as “Community Banker of the Year” by American Banker, “Most Innovative CEOs in Banking” by Bank Innovation, “Most Admired CEOs in Oklahoma” by Journal Record and “Business Leader of the Year” by Oklahoma Christian University.

 

Prior to her career in community banking, Jill served in management roles at the Federal Reserve Bank  of Kansas City and was an enlisted member of Oklahoma Army National Guard. Jill holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Oklahoma and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Hawaii Pacific University. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin’s Graduate School of Banking and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania Executive Leadership Program. Jill and her husband have been married for 25 years, and they are the proud parents to three children. She is an Army vet, an Army wife, and an Army mom.


Chair of the Day

Deemah Ramadan is an innovator, leader, and entrepreneur. She is CEO and co-founder of DBG Construction.

Ramadan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design from Oklahoma State University a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma. Driven to further her education, she completed Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Business Entrepreneurship program, and the Tuck Business School Executive program at Dartmouth.

 

With $8000 in savings and 16 credit cards, Deemah and her business partner founded DBG in 2007.

Today, DBG Construction is a multimillion-dollar company with offices in Oklahoma City and Dallas, building for nationally recognized entities including Chase Bank, Verizon, Chick-fil-A and Zaxby’s. Deemah’s talent to integrate corporate culture and branding into design-build and construction projects is on display with locally recognized entities as well. DBG worked to coordinate and develop properties for State at Norman Apartments, Dunlap Codding Law Firm and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Projects to launch new offices for Edmond Eye Care and Identical Dental Labs have expanded the footprint of DBG into the medical community in the Oklahoma City Metro area.

 

Honored to be an OKC Biz 40 under 40 recipient, as well as Journal Record Woman of the Year participant, Deemah has made an unmistakable impact.  DBG Construction has earned accolades as well, including, OKC’s Metro 50 Fastest Growing Company list six times, Inc 500/5000 for 5 years running, and was named ‘Best Commercial Construction Company’ by OKCBiz.

 

Desmond Tutu taught, “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”

 

Deemah is about doing good where she is. She is on the Oklahoma Committee for 2020 Women on Boards, a member of the Oklahoma Governor’s Minority Business Council, and a mentor to startup entrepreneurs through StitchCrew and OKEMP. Deemah is active in OKC Junior League, Rotary Club 29, and serves on the Board with Heartline.

 

Bringing little bits of good to the community through her job and through her work, Deemah Ramadan is overwhelming the world.

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