About the Author
Ed Douglas, CFP® retired at the beginning of 2006 from Citizens Bancshares Bank, headquartered in Chillicothe, Missouri, after nearly thirty-two years with the company. He spent his last twenty years as president and, later, chairman and CEO. Under his leadership, the company grew its capital and increased assets over tenfold to a 1,000,000,000 dollar bank holding company with locations in twenty-five towns. His current title is Chairman Emeritus and Board Member of Citizens Bancshares. He is a Certified Financial Planner and currently operates Ed Douglas Certified Financial Planning/Consulting.
Ed is the author of the book Making a Million with Only $2000: Every Young Person Can Do It, currently in its second printing, as well as The Money Marathon: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom. He regularly gives financial seminars to adults and speaks to student groups on important financial topics. In 2012, Ed republished his third book entitled, 25 Truths: Life Principles of the Happiest and Most Successful Among Us.
Ed was elected presiding commissioner of Livingston County in 2014, a position that he currently holds. Ed has been appointed by three different governors in Missouri to statewide positions, including Commissioner of the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission and President of the Northwest Missouri State University Board of Regents. After serving as a trustee of the William Jewell College Board for 12 years, he currently serves as Trustee Emeritus. Ed serves as president of the Chillicothe Education Foundation and is a member of the Cornerstone Church.
He coached the high school tennis teams for 19 seasons (boys - 16 seasons, girls - 3 seasons). He stepped down from this position in 2015 after being elected Presiding Commissioner, but continues to help with both the boys and girls high school teams.
Ed is a member of the 50 States Marathon Club, having run 17 marathons in 16 states over a span of 47 years, the last marathon in 2016.
He and his wife Marla reside in Chillicothe; and they have three children, Jared, Aaron, and Kaylee, as well as a daughter-in-law, Micah, and three grandchildren, granddaughter London, and grandsons Kobe and Malachi.