American Banker magazine honored the chief executive officer of Citizen’s Bank of Edmond in a New York City gala ceremony last week.

New York-based banking trade publication American Banker named Jill Castilla, chief executive officer of Citizen’s Bank, one of the Most Powerful Women in Banking. American Banker has included Castilla in their annual list for seven consecutive years.

This year, Castilla was one of four community bankers recognized and the only Oklahoma banker. She was celebrated specifically for creating a culture “where innovation can come from employees at every level, from tellers to vice presidents” and for encouraging “innovative thinking when it comes to advancing women in the industry.”

Castilla attended the gala alongside her husband, Marcus Castilla and Citizens Bank of Edmond coworkers, Youssi Farag, chief financial officer, Lindsey Ogan, chief growth officer, Natalie Bartholomew, chief impact officer, Lisa Trent, director of operations, Cynthia Hendershot, senior administrative officer, Jennifer Webster, director of retail and loan operations, Janice Morgan, executive banker, Rachel Fedor, credit administration officer, Marla Lance, deposit operations assistant manager, and Heather Jones, credit administration specialist.

“Attending this celebration was an excellent reminder that you can have an impact no matter how big or small your bank is or what role you play,” said Youssi Farag, Citizens Bank of Edmond chief financial officer. “It was inspiring to celebrate this group of women who are blazing a trail for many other generations behind them and to see Jill recognized for all she has done for our institution and the community banking industry”

Lisa Trent, SVP, director of operations at Citizens Bank of Edmond echoed, “It was an honor to attend this event and have the opportunity to network and share ideas with influential women bankers from all over the country.”

Annually, American Banker recognizes 75 women in banking and finance for their contribution and impact on their institution, community and industry at large, including their leadership skills and advancement of innovation. The three categories recognized are: Most Powerful Women in Finance, Women to Watch and Most Powerful Women in Banking.

The complete rankings can be viewed at American Banker’s website. Castilla and all honorees were celebrated at a dinner and awards ceremony hosted by American Banker and parent company SourceMedia on Oct. 21 at the Glass House in New York City.

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About Citizens Bank of Edmond: Citizens Bank of Edmond continues to operate on the same downtown Edmond intersection where it was founded in April 1901. The independent $360-million-asset institution is a leader in community banking, providing commercial and consumer financial services with a focus on building the community using innovative techniques like inventing Cash Mobs, powering Heard on Hurd, providing co-officing space and launching an unmanned bank. For more information, visit www.citizensedmond.com.