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John "L.J." Mendez

Director of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Development

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John L.J. Mendez, Director of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Development: L.J. joined Citizens in 2019 after serving for over 10 years for a large Texas bank, ending his career in Texas as the Regional Chief Operating Officer. At Citizens, L.J. has managed retail banking and now leads Citizens’ coworking space, Vault 405, and RISE, our retail incubator. He also coordinates the bank’s community investment initiatives, including Heard on Hurd. L.J. is a member of Leadership Edmond class of 2021 and graduated from Baylor University with a degree in film and digital media.