Banker honored

Chelsea Bradshaw



“Independent Banker,” the flagship publication of Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), has named Chelsea Bradshaw as one of its 40 Under 40: Emerging Community Bank Leaders. 

The first-annual, nomination-based award recognizes up-and-coming community bankers who demonstrate exceptional potential in leadership, innovation and community work.

Starting her career at Citizens Bank of Edmond as a part time teller working through college in 2004, Bradshaw is now the Senior Operations Officer and oversees everything from deposit operations to leading marketing efforts. 

“Citizens Bank of Edmond is able to maintain it’s innovative culture in part due to Chelsea’s drive to execute our team’s vision,” said Jill Castilla, president and CEO of Citizens Bank of Edmond. “Chelsea has been a constant influence in our management team over the past several years from developing state of the art technology to assisting in every-day decisions. I am thrilled and proud to have nominated her for this award.”

While Citizens continues to make waves in the community banking industry as one of the most innovative community banks, Bradshaw has been at the forefront of these efforts in her 15 years at the bank. Bradshaw was instrumental in executing Midtown Bank, the first unmanned banking facility offering technology that supports transactions that were previously only available at fully staffed locations.  

“This group of young professionals should give all of us a sense of pride and optimism as we look to the future of America’s community banks,” said Matt Kusilek, publisher, “Independent Banker.” “Now more than ever, this industry sees the value of the energy and ideas of people like our emerging leaders, who believe in the importance of the community banking model. We’re really pleased to be able to highlight their accomplishments so far and look forward to what they’ll do next.” 

Winners will be featured in the June 2019 issue of “Independent Banker,” which will be showcased on the Independent Banker website and accessible via the digital issue of the magazine.