Ed Douglas, CFP™ retired at the beginning of 2006 from Citizens Bancshares, headquartered in Chillicothe, Missouri, after nearly thirty-two years with the company; having spent the last twenty as president and, later, chairman and CEO. Under his leadership, the company grew its capital and increased assets over tenfold to a one billion–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 a financial planning and consulting business.

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, and speaks regularly to students about financial topics.

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. He currently serves on the William Jewell College Board and serves as president of the Chillicothe Education Foundation and president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Board.

He has coached the high school tennis team for the last 11 years, and is a member of the 50 States Marathon Club, having run fourteen marathons in 13 states.

He and his wife Marla reside in Chillicothe; and they have three children, Jared, Aaron, and Kaylee.