By Tim Priebe
September 12, 2023

Professional Q&A: Angie Clemens Byers

In the heart of Edmond, Angie Clemens Byers is making a difference as Market Outreach and Lending Officer at First United Bank.

Meet Angie Clemens Byers, the Market Outreach and Lending Officer at First United Bank in Edmond. A true Edmond enthusiast, Angie has called this vibrant community home for years. With a passion for local businesses and a love for the outdoors, she’s a genuine advocate for the town.

Q: Do you live in Edmond, work in Edmond, or both?

A: I have lived and worked in Edmond since 1997. I moved here one month after graduating high school, not knowing one person in this town but knowing I was meant to be here. I had a Minority Achievement scholarship to UCO and was excited to become a part of this community.

Q: Where did you grow up and go to school?

A: I grew up in Terlton, OK—challenge to anyone who can find that on a map—and went to Mannford public schools. I came to Edmond to attend UCO and finished my degree here.

Q: What did you do prior to getting involved with First United Bank?

A: I had, and still have, Clementine Consulting, LLC., which allows me to work with local businesses to streamline processes and procedural efficiencies. This allows business owners to get back to doing what makes them profitable instead of wasting time and diluting or overextending their efforts.

I’ve always worked in some capacity with locally owned businesses and local organizations. That has always been a big part of my heart. I love the vibe of this town. We’re loyal, with authentic friendships and real relationships. Such strong support of Edmond’s small businesses is one of the key aspects that makes us a nationally-renowned and sought-after community.

Q: How did you get involved with your current organization?

A: When First United Bank expanded into Edmond and opened this location two years ago, I saw that something was different about them. I saw how they lived out a mission of servant leadership, faith, and contribution to the community. That obviously spoke to my heart. Scouting actually solidified the connection, as my Market President is also a Scoutmaster, and my family is dedicated to the Scouting program. It is an integral part of our lives, and having a boss who understands that and also lives by the Scout Oath and Law gave me the confidence to trust this as my workplace home.

Q: What do you like most about your job?

A: The ability to be hands-on in the community and continue to foster new and existing relationships means everything to me. I am created to be a connector and to lead through servitude. Being able to serve in this way in Edmond and OKC is fulfilling and purposeful and I’m incredibly grateful I get to do this as a livelihood.

Q: What’s something you’re passionate about in your personal life?

A: I’ve mentioned our involvement with Scouts BSA…we have been in Scouting for nearly a decade. My oldest son is now a Life Scout, working on his Eagle rank, and my younger son is Second Class, working on First Class. The village it has given us over the years as well as the experiences and life skills, have been tremendously meaningful. If you know me, you know nature is my happy place, so camping and other outdoor excursions are an important way we restore and reset our minds, hearts, and spirits.

I also enjoy shooting sports. I shoot regularly with the Ladies’ Pistol League at Oklahoma City Gun Club, but will gladly shoot any time and any type I can get my hands on.

Of course, nonprofits have my heart, so I try to be involved anywhere I possibly can to contribute through volunteerism in multiple capacities.

Q: What do you like about Edmond?

A: I always tell people that Edmond is a unique animal. We definitely maintain a hometown vibe where friendships and loyalties have authentic roots, but we are also big enough to be purposeful and progressive as a community. We are forging a prosperous path into the future for upcoming generations and that’s why so many recognize Edmond as “A great place to grow”. There are many exciting things on the horizon for Edmond. it just keeps getting better! We are blessed beyond measure to be right here. I have loved watching Edmond unfold and grow over the last three decades and have great faith in where we are headed.

Q: What is your number one tip for other professionals, either for work or life in general?

A: Life is not linear. It’s not just black and white. To be successful, you have to be adaptable. Don’t be afraid to navigate the gray areas. Always be willing to learn new things. Put people and relationships over numbers every time. Do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do, and the right things will fall into place. Leave every space better than you found it. Love well and operate from a heart of compassion.

That’s more than one, but it takes a lot of puzzle pieces to make a big picture, right?

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About Tim Priebe

Tim is a public speaker, author, publisher of Edmond Business, and the owner of T&S Online Marketing. He helps businesses that are worried they don’t have the expertise or time required to invest in doing their own digital marketing. He helps them plan where and how much to invest and often helps execute the plan.

Tim started the Edmond Business online magazine in May 2020 to fill a need in the community when The Edmond Sun shut down and stopped publishing their monthly magazine, The Business Times.