Our Team

At Yay Dude, you’ll get to know the people behind the passions in Oklahoma City from our team of entrepreneurs and local leaders. We’ll bring you what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next so you’ll know the best places to celebrate with your people and how to support local. We’re a celebrations community committed to cheering each other on, collaborating, and building community.

Bookmark our site to check back each week for new stories in style, sports, eats, arts, people, and events, and sign up for our FriYay Fan Mail so you’ll get the best events happening in OKC, curated by our team. If you own a business and want more information on joining us, email malena@readyaimgrow.com. If you have a story idea, use the subject line Yay Dude Pitch for consideration.

Get to know these entrepreneurs who are making a difference in Oklahoma City. A huge thank you to all of our fans.

Our MVPs

Shonda Spencer

Realtor

Verbode

Shonda Spencer is a local realtor with Verbode and specializes in taking the mystery and headaches out of buying and selling one’s next home.

www.verbode.com

Eric Urbach

Urbach Law Firm

With over two decades of legal experience in personal injury cases and being honored as a Super Lawyers’ Top-Rated Personal Injury Lawyer since 2016, Eric Urbach has what it takes to maximize his client’s personal injury claims through high quality relational representation, creative solutions and reliable advice.

They value the personal relationships that they develop with their clients, while protecting their legal rights as they help them through personal injury cases such as dog bites, car accidents, slip and fall accidents and more.

www.urbachlawokc.com

Jalen Dorsey

DJ Litebrite

Jalen Dorsey, aka LiTEBRiTE is an electrifying 27-year-old American disc jockey, emcee, husband, father, business owner, and social influencer with over 16k followers. LITEBRITE is the official entertainment partner with Torchy Tacos, Chicken N Pickle OKC and McNellie’s Group. He is a  is a resident DJ at Fassler Hall and Relax Park, both located in Oklahoma City. As an influencer, LITEBRITE partners with Kosmik Brands, Truly Hard Seltzer, and Might Kind Cannabis Seltzer. LITEBRITE’s live performances can be best described as energetic , diverse and inclusive. He loves to engage with his crowd and have his vibrant personality shine through.

djlitebrite.com

info@djlitebrite.com

Fresh Press Ink

OKC Screen Printing

Fresh Press Ink is a unique screen printing company that carries on a 20 year reputation of quality and consistency in the greater Oklahoma City metro. They can print your own designs or their in-house design team can bring your ideas to life and print any order in their full-service print facility.

freshpress.ink

Jill Castilla

CEO
Citizen’s Bank

Jill Castilla of Edmond, OK is the CEO and president of Citizens Bank Edmond. She joined Citizens in 2009 and helped transform this once struggling institution into the most innovative community bank in the nation. She has became widely known and has received many awards and recognition for her leadership and innovation at Citizens.

Jill’s entrepreneurial spirit spills into community engagement as she is the founder of “Heard on Hurd”, a monthly street festival in Downtown Edmond each year from June through October. Heard on Hurd has impacted the Edmond community by creating an inspiring platform and generating over $30 million in immediate economic impact.

citizensedmond.com

heardonhurd.com

Valerie Riley

CEO
Lifesquire

Valerie Riley, of Oklahoma City, began working as a personal assistant and fell in love with the idea of care-taking and providing “stress-relief” to those around her. When her at-the-time boss retired, she wanted to help more people so she created LifeSquire.

LifeSquire is an assistant resource company that provides a team of quality personal assistants while also connection and placing assistants and other support staff in ones home or office. LifeSquire is the nation’s top personal assistant firm, delivering first-class support to hard-working clientele to help lift the weight of daily obligations off ones shoulders.

lifesquire.com

Ed Wrenn

Eddies, Hott Wings and The Lounge Owner

Ed Wrenn, is the owner and founder of Eddies Bar & Grill, Hott Wings and The Lounge in Edmond, OK. He grew up in New York and was a part of a tight knit family where they would gather at his grandfather’s place on 300 acres. In this large area, it was easy to get lost on the way there. He could never find the property line in the dark except for one thing: a red moose on a barn that meant he was exactly one mile from his Papa’s place. For Ed, that moose meant family and that memories were about to be made. So, when Ed founded his restaurant, Eddies in Edmond, he used the red moose to symbolize a special place with good food, drinks and good times. 

Ed also opened up Hott Wings and The Lounge in Edmond.

edmondeddies.com

Eddie’s

American Grill, Bar, and Event Center
Catering + Wings on Wheels Food Truck

Eddie’s is a place for families to gather, known for their scratch kitchen, quality ingredients, large portions and amazing service. Eddie’s has a wide selection of food, weekly specials and many craft cocktails. When one sees the big red moose which is significant to owner, Ed Wrenn, on the black building at 2nd and Coltrane, you’ll know to turn in.

2828 E. 2nd St. Edmond, OK 73034

Phone: 405-285-7725

The Lounge Craft Kitchen + Cocktails

Upscale Fine Dining Boutique and Bourbon Bar

Classic Hollywood-style craft kitchen + cocktails establishment meant for conversations and winding down with your favorite people.

3601 E. 2nd St. Edmond, OK 73034

(405) 920-6054

Hott Wings

Grilled Wings Restaurant & Bar

Hott Wings is a chic local restaurant and boutique bar featuring award-winning bone in and boneless wings, salads, craft beer and cocktails in the Edmond Railyard. This exciting restaurant is kid-friendly while also being locally owned and family operated.

2828 E. 2nd St. Edmond, OK 73034

405-285-7725

Ashley Buie

Nine on 33rd

Ashley Buie, of Oklahoma City, is a co-owner of Nine on 33rd.

Nine on 33rd is a local women’s clothing store that strives  to pick fun, stylish apparel that will take your wardrobe to the next level. They have selections of tops, bottoms, dresses, shoes and accessories that you can shop online or in their store in Edmond, OK.

 3224 S Broadway #124, Edmond, OK 73013

nineon33rd.com

David Southard

Bourbon St. Cafe

David Southard of Oklahoma City, OK attended Oklahoma State University and is the owner of Bourbon St. Cafe in Oklahoma City.

Bourbon St. Cafe was established in November of 2000, just after the opening of the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City.  Customers will find the value of Southern hospitality and will also experience the flavor, style, and festive vibe of New Orleans. Including versatility, local live music, craft cocktails, Cajun food, featured local breweries, chill atmosphere, and patio views along the canal.

100 E. California Way, OKC
Bricktown

bourbonstreetcafe.com

Rhiannon Abla

Balloon Masters

Rhiannon Abla is the CEO, owner and designer of Balloon Masters of Oklahoma City, OK. She lives in Oklahoma City with her husband and two littles and attended school at Heritage Hall and The University of Oklahoma.  She enjoys experimenting with new ideas, craft products and designs.

Balloon Masters was originally established in 1985 by her mother, and after a few years of bouquets and telegrams, they discovered that corporate event decorating was where all the artistic challenge and serious growth was. So, the name changed to something more descriptive of what we aspired to be and, “Balloon Masters” was born.

Balloon Masters specializes in corporate decor and our expertise is developing your theme by transforming an ordinary room into a magical place. Balloon Masters delivers and decorates in Oklahoma City and the surrounding areas.  We bring your event to life by filling it with creations that will WOW your guests and make them remember your event for years to come!

okcballoons.com

Paula Hamby and Callie Carathers

OKC Date Planners

Paula Hamby is the CEO and founder of OKC Date Planners. She enjoys all the romantic things; wine, poetry, history, candles, and candlelit dinners. Paula knows first-hand that relationships take intentional effort to nurture in order to thrive. So that why she decided to start OKC Date Planners because her husband, of almost 20 years, and she were wanting new experiences to do together. Her goal is to improve the city’s economy and believes small businesses will benefit from this service, and knows that couples are definitely needing the time together in today’s stressful times. “

Callie Carathers is the marketing director and date designer of OKC Date Planners. She is a  social media expert and date planner. Callie goes above and beyond on making sure you have a special night and everything runs smoothly.

OKC Date Planners have a passion for keeping “date nights” alive and couples together! They offer services for all couples. They currently coordinate with local vendors and current events in the Oklahoma City and surrounding area. While also open to planning out-of-town date nights as well. OKC Date Planners want to make it easier for you to either fall in love, re-kindle, or celebrate moments by taking some of the stress away from the planning process.

okcdateplanners.com

Malena Putnam

Chief Inspiration Officer, Yay Dude, Chicks in Charge
Brand Strategist + Storyteller

Malena Lott Putnam is a brand strategist, marketer, communications manager, speaker, and author. A married mother of three, Malena hails from Western Oklahoma, where she learned to live with tornadoes and love football, and received a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Comm at the University of Oklahoma where she was an Alpha Chi Omega and McMahon Scholar. Malena has won numerous writing and advertising awards. She is a social butterfly and CIO of Yay Dude and Chicks in Charge in Edmond, OK.

readyaimgrow.com

Chicks in Charge Club

A network of boss leaders who believe in lifting each other up and making a difference in the world using their bold voices and big ideas. They currently have an: OKC Chapter, Tulsa Chapter, Western OK (Alva/Enid/Woodward) and an Online Chapter, Cloud, (for those outside of our in person service areas.). Members collaborate through Facebook groups, night out events, luncheons, book, clubs, meet ups and more. By collaborating together, they are able to keep the brand growing and expand each other to new audiences and opportunities.

chicksincharge.club

The Coop

Work + Event Space

The Coop, in the heart of Downtown Edmond’s mission is to cultivate meaningful work & community. It is a space where concentration, collaboration, communication, and celebration is in order. Designed to charge ahead, recharge, chat or just chill.

http://thecoopedmond.com

10 West 1st Edmond, OK 73003

okiechicks@icloud.com

Erin Meier Aesthetics helps women and men look and feel their best so they have the confidence to tackle the world! Erin Meier, CMM and Medical Esthetician specializes in medical micropigmentation, scalp micropigmentation, and skin care solutions this are customized for each person.

Permanent Cosmetics: Eyebrows, 3D Eyebrows, Eyeliner, Eyelash Enhancements, Lips, Lip Blush, Scar Camouflage and Scalp Micropigmentation, Chemical Peel, Microneeling, Treatment from Minor Skin Irregularities, Accent Your Body, ZO Skin Care Products and Other Skin care solutions.

Prime Line OKC is the first cutting-edge non-surgical hair loss treatment in Oklahoma that specializes in Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP). It is a non-invasive, medical procedure that utilizes sophisticated micro-needles to deposit an indelible pigment into the scalp. The Scalp Micropigmentation technique replicates tiny hair follicles to restore thinning or balding hair to resemble its previous density. Scalp Micropigmention is one of the best ways to camouflage and conceal hair transplant scars or any type of scarring on the scalp. Not to mention, restoring and regaining your confidence!

Jenn Armstrong

JENN ARMSTRONG

Speaker/Money Coach
 
Jenn Armstrong’s life took a shift when she was fired from her job, became a single mom, filed for bankruptcy and experienced a series of traumatic life events in her mid-thirties. She took her strength and became a Speaker, Money Coach, Financial Manager, and Business Strategist.
 
Jenn Armstrong’s services include one-on-one money coaching for entrepreneurs, a professional networking group, and a money support group. Her services are based upon the belief that when good people have good money, they do great things! She is obsessed with helping heart-centered entrepreneurs call in more money so they can live their dream life, create massive impact on the world, and leave a legacy. 

jennjarmstrong.com

Ashley Forrest

Gallery Director

Forma Optics + Art

Ashley Forrest is an Oklahoma City native with a background in studio arts and art therapy. Ashley is passionate about design, community, and supporting living artists. She aspires to consistently bring the most desirable local art to Forma.

Forma Optics + Art is the city’s premiere destination for impeccable eyewear and Oklahoma’s most desirable local art. Forma carries independent optical brands, alongside independent jewelry and gift brands.

formaopticsandart.com


 

Carter Johnston

Physicians Optical

Dr. Carter Johnston, of Oklahoma City,  grew up a few miles from the Mercy Health Center Campus where I currently have an office  Johnston attended Colorado College, graduating in 1991 with a B.A. in Biology and then started Optometry School in 1995 at Northeastern State Oklahoma College of Optometry, finishing in 1999. He started racing bicycles competitively at CC and continues to ride several times a week today.

Carter also owns Forma Optics + Art in Oklahoma City.

physicians-optical.com

 

SOPHIE SIDDIQUI

Photographer, Videographer, Blue Element Visuals

Sophie is passionate about weddings and storytelling through photography and videography.  Mom to  daughter Scarlett and two fur babies, George + Sugar, dachshund mixes. She grew up in the mountains in Arizona + moved to Oklahoma City when she was 9. Connect with her to discuss your wedding or other special event. She also shoots headshots and mini sessions throughout the year.

http://blueelementweddings.com

Shay Wood

Matthew & Tracy Morris

O.D.

Dr. Tracy Morris was born and raised in Edmond, OK. She attended the University of Kansas where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design in 2002. Later, she attended the Southern College of Optometry where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2009. While in school, Dr. Tracy did a clinical externship at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO. Here she learned expanded skills in the field of pediatric optometry. She also completed an externship at Primary Eyecare Group in Nashville, Tennessee focusing on primary care optometry.

Dr. Matthew Morris practices family eye care which includes the prescribing and fitting of glasses and contact lenses, along with the diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease. He also does pre- and post-operative care for patients undergoing cataract, refractive and glaucoma surgeries. Dr. Morris is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians and the Heart of America Contact Lens Society. 

https://edmondfamilyeyecare.com/

Our All Stars