Lucas Added as Board Member in Oklahoma City

Monday, August 07 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Erika Lucas has joined the Arvest Bank Oklahoma City Board of Directors.

Lucas is the founder and CEO of StitchCrew, a consultancy and project management firm helping technology organizations conceive, design and scale through innovative business modeling, marketing strategies and operational efficiencies. She also works with venture capital firms in established regions looking to invest outside traditional technology hubs and partners with economic development organizations to develop startup communities and capture innovation-driven entrepreneurship in order to grow the innovation economy in the Midwest.

“Erika’s business experience and vision will be a great asset to Arvest and we are fortunate to have her vision and leadership as a part of our board,” said Ron Witherspoon, president of Arvest Bank Oklahoma City. “We are delighted to have Erika as a part of our team and are looking forward to her first meeting with us later this month.”

Prior to launching StitchCrew, Lucas was vice president of marketing and communications for a private equity firm investing exclusively in aerospace and defense companies, and was responsible for onboarding new acquisitions into the firm's operating business model. She also developed growth strategies, along with scalable operating models, for portfolio companies by working closely with the leadership team of each company to ensure governance and growth trajectory were in line with defined investment goals.

Additionally, Lucas spent six years at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, leading the foreign direct investment and trade team, as well as the marketing and communications team. During her tenure, a total of 38 international companies located or expanded in the state, accounting for $260 million in investment and 4,100 direct jobs.

Born and raised in Mexico, Lucas began her career facilitating the establishment of international manufacturing companies in her home country, from site selection and incentive negotiation to running the administrative side of the in-country operation.

Lucas also is a board member for the Oklahoma City-County Health Department, the Potts Family Foundation, the Port Authority of the Greater Oklahoma City Area and the Oklahoma City Energy FC.

Tags: Oklahoma, Oklahoma City
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