OCCE Members & Staff  – Early-Bird Registration (ends October 1, 2018 ) = $200

OCCE Members & Staff  (after October 1, 2018) = $225

Non-Member = $325

Sponsor additional attendee = $175

2018 CMI Attendee = $175 (code required)

Thursday only = $175

Friday only = $75

Banquet (guest or spouse) = $50


Holiday Inn Ardmore I35



  2207 North Rockford Road / Ardmore, OK 73401

Phone Reservations – (580) 226-3333

Hotel is a full service hotel with a restaurant and bar.   A full hot breakfast is offered to those staying at the hotel.  

(Please note:  OCCE will not provide breakfast as part of your conference registration on Thursday, November 1st and Friday, November 2nd.  A brunch will be served mid-morning on Friday, November 2nd). 

The hotel is attached to the Ardmore Convention Center


New this year, there will be a silent auction starting at the beginning of the conference and concluding on Friday.

Bid early…bid often.  All funds raised will be put in a restricted fund to be used for scholarships for YOU…our member.

Donate a community basket, gift, wine, adult beverages, jewelry…you know what you would buy!


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Steve Swafford, IOM

Steve Swafford, IOM

Balance Warrior + CEO, Leadership Outfitters

Dr. Steve Swafford, IOM, Balance Warrior + CEO, has worked more than 30 years for and with non-profit and education-focused organizations in areas of strategy, leadership development, communication, membership and executive management. He brings a practical knowledge of strategy and executive leadership with past organizations such as the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Club Managers Association of America (CMAA), and American Subcontractors Association (ASA) where he most recently served as the executive director. 

He is active in U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Institute of Organization Management; California Society of Association Executives (CalSAE) and American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) leadership serving on the Board of Directors; past Membership Committee Chair; past Professional Development Committee Chair (aka Purple Cow Posse); Southern California Regional Council; University leadership advisor; and volunteer staff pastor. Steve is also a 15-year faculty member for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute of Management teaching at the Winter, West, and Southeast Institutes.

He also serves on the Curriculum Committee for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. A native of Kansas, Steve has a B.S. in journalism from Kansas State University; a M.Div. from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC; and an Ed.D. from Pepperdine University’s School of Education & Psychology focusing on Strategic Organizational Change. Steve has received the IOM (Institute for Organization Management) designation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is Practitioner Faculty for Pepperdine University’s Executive, Global, and Full-Time MBA Programs.

Steve is a co-founder of Leadership Outfitters, LLC.

Jill Castilla

Jill Castilla

President & CEO, Citizen Bank of Edmond

Jill Castilla leads Citizens Bank of Edmond as its President and CEO, and as Chairwoman of its bank holding company. She leads community bank innovation through development of ATM customer interaction products, retail banking technology, branch lobby design, and customer outreach methods.

As an industry leader and active community member, Jill serves on the Board of Directors of American Bankers Association, SMU’s Southwest Graduate School of Banking, MetaFund, a community development financial institution, Oklahoma City and Edmond Chamber of Commerce, and the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City. She is the visionary behind “Heard on Hurd,” Citizens Bank of Edmond’s community building event that draws more than 25,000 attendees to the monthly bank celebration as well as Midtown Bank, the nation’s first #unbank.

Jill has been named “Community Banker of the Year” by American Banker, “Most Innovative CEOs in Banking” by Bank Innovation, “Most Admired CEOs in Oklahoma” by The Journal Record, “Most Powerful Women in Banking-Women to Watch” by American Banker, and “Business Leader of the Year” by Oklahoma Christian University.

Jill leads social media in the financial industry and is a frequent keynote speaker on leadership, banking, and technology. Jill holds a Master’s degree in economics from the University of Oklahoma, a Bachelor’s degree in finance from Hawaii Pacific University, and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin’s Graduate School of Banking. She is an Army vet, an Army wife, and an Army mom.

David Lewis

David Lewis

Vice President of Franchising, Express Employment Professionals

Named one of the “100 Most Influential People in the North American Staffing Industry” by Staffing Industry Analysts, David Lewis broke into the staffing and recruiting business in college, followed by a season on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

In his role as Vice President of Franchising for Express Employment Professionals, Lewis is responsible for domestic and international expansion, and has helped grow Express’ vast network of franchise locations in the United States, Canada, and South Africa. Lewis received an Express Meritorious Award, recognizing his contributions to further the growth of the company.

Well-versed in leadership topics and small business, Lewis’ speaking engagements include events and sessions for the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association, Kansas State Society for Human Resource Management, Council of Petroleum Accounts Societies, Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Minnesota Society for Human Resource Management, Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges, State Workforce Partners Conference, and Columbia Business School.

Lewis has a passion for service. He has been appointed by both Democrat and Republican governors to serve as an advisor on workforce and economic development. A past candidate for the Oklahoma House of Representatives, he is also a multi-year “40 Under 40” winner and an Amazon best-selling author of “The Emerging Leader: Eight Lessons for Life in Leadership.” Additionally, Lewis serves as a board member for the Redbud Marathon, Junior League of Oklahoma City, and the Francis Tuttle Foundation Board of Trustees.

In addition to a bachelor’s degree from Southern Nazarene University, Lewis also holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MBA from London Business School. He’s been called a “high achiever” by Money Magazine and has been cited as an expert on franchising, the labor market, and public policy by several high-profile publications. Lewis is also a member of MENSA, the high I.Q. society, and has been profiled in two documentary films.

Karen Wicker

Karen Wicker

President & CEO, Candor

Karen has 30 years’ experience managing reputations in Oklahoma. She first developed her skills as a television news reporter and anchor before entering the field of public relations.

In 2012, Karen founded Candor. The firm has served more than 200 clients in various industries including healthcare, education, technology, retail, nonprofits and more.

A skilled crisis and communication’s coach, Karen is known for providing candid counsel. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s in human relations from the University of Oklahoma.

Recent Awards & Honors:

  • Metro 50, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, 2017
  • Female Entrepreneur of the Year, International Stevie Awards, 2016
  • Metro 50, Second Fastest-Growing Company in OKC, 2015
  • Byliner Award, Association for Women in Communications, 2014
  • Board Member of the Year, American Red Cross, 2013
  • 50 Making A Difference, The Journal Record, 2013

 Karen’s community involvement includes:

  • American Red Cross, board member
  • Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, Board of Advisors member
  • Leadership Oklahoma, graduate
  • Leadership Oklahoma City, graduate
  • Leadership Tulsa, graduate
  • The Rotary Club of Oklahoma City, member
Kristin Brighton

Kristin Brighton

Principal & Founder, New Boston Creative Group, LLC

Kristin Brighton is one of the principals and founders of New Boston Creative Group LLC, an integrated marketing communications firm based in Manhattan.  

As a consultant, she partners with businesses and nonprofits to build or revamp their brands using a complete spectrum of tools, from video production to digital marketing. She believes clients need to fully understand their audience for best results, and often conducts market research studies for clients to help identify the best messages and tactics for their marketing efforts. 

 Ms. Brighton is the past chair of the board for the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce and has been a leader in her local business community since joining her chamber’s board of directors in 2009.  In 2017, she conducted a national research study exploring how chambers need to evolve to better meet the needs of today’s workforce.

Ellie Braxton

Ellie Braxton

President & CEO, EB Best Practices

Ellie Braxton began her career in the Chamber of Commerce industry in 1005.  Her first position was as a Retention Specialist in Modesto, CA Chamber of Commerce.  From there she grew to the Director of Membership and Marketing for one of the largest Chambers of Commerce and Technology Business Councils in Texas.  She spent 10 years as the Vice President of the largest, most successful Chamber membership development company in the world.  

Today, Ellie serves as an information consultant and training resource for Chambers of Commerce, as well as other non-profit organizational staff, Board of Directors, and volunteers.  Best Practices is based on her accumulation of knowledge over the past 24 years from over 300 Chambers of Commerce, plus Pharmacy Assocations, Technology Councils, Economic Development Associations, the YMCA, University Development and Alumni Associations, and other non-profit organizations.  This personal, habnds on experience is applied in training organizations how to recruit new members, build relationships with and retain current members, and develop additional revenue and support.  


Ally Glavas

Ally Glavas

Director of Account Services & Public Policy, Candor

Ally is an experienced public affairs practitioner, campaign manager and political and nonprofit fundraiser. After several years working in electoral politics, she has shifted her focus to issue advocacy and coalition building. She is accustomed to crafting grassroots strategies for clients that influence state and federal legislative/regulatory decisions, including developing and executing tactical earned media campaigns for public initiatives.

 Ally’s community involvement includes:

 Recent Awards and Honors:

She holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science, summa cum laude from the University of Oklahoma.

In her free time, Ally enjoys group exercise, reading, exploring Oklahoma City’s local dining scene, and spending time with

friends and family.