First Security Bank & Trust
DeAndre Martin, PlaceKeepers
DeAndre Martin is the project manager for the PlaceKeepers Real Estate Development Program, empowering black residents in Northeast OKC who are interested in becoming real estate developers.
“DeAndre and I worked closely together to identify strengths and weaknesses within their business plan,” said John Day, First Security Bank, President/CEO.
This collaboration was successful. “The bank used a creative approach mitigating risk while also empowering minority developers in Northeast OKC,” Mr. Martin said.
The bank created a comprehensive capital program that included financial literacy, industry specific performance metrics, individual financial reviews, and a clear path to access financing. Today, PlaceKeepers continues to inspire and invest in minorities in the community.