Keith Willis Joins Edmond, Okla. Team

Tuesday, September 27 at 05:45 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

We welcome Keith Willis as our new Executive Vice President and Commercial Loan Manager for the Edmond, Okla., area. He will office out of our Edmond Branch located at 1133 N. Bryant Ave. As a Commercial Division Manager, Keith will lead a team of commercial lenders in the Edmond office. 

Keith comes to Arvest with more than 20 years of banking experience and is excited to serve as Executive Vice President and Commercial Loan Manager. Before joining Arvest he worked at Chase Bank as a senior lender in Oklahoma City and as market president in Amarillo, Texas, and also for Bank of America as a senior vice president for commercial lending.

Keith attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University and University of Central Oklahoma. After residing in Texas for several years, he and his family moved to Edmond in 2014. Keith is dedicated to serving the community.

Tags: Associates, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City

Friday Financial Forum Sept. 30 in Bartlesville, Okla.

Tuesday, September 27 at 05:40 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Join us Friday, Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. for our Friday Financial Forum. We will meet at the Friday Forum Room at Arvest's East Side Branch, located at 4225 S.E. Adams Rd. in Bartlesville, Okla.*

This week’s featured speaker is Melissa McLawhorn Houston who serves the State of Oklahoma as Commissioner of Labor. She was appointed to office by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin on Nov. 20, 2015.

Houston is an experienced administrator with extensive knowledge of state government and considerable experience in state agency operational management, public policy, legislative process and budgeting. Houston also has an in-depth background in public policy and played a key role in criminal justice reform efforts and federal anti-terrorism legislation. She is also a frequent speaker on the impact of terrorism and the importance of anti-terrorism strategies as an Oklahoma City Bombing survivor.

She served as chief of staff for the Oklahoma Attorney General and for the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security. She also has served as deputy director for the Oklahoma Sheriffs' Association and as an attorney for the Oklahoma Truth in Sentencing Policy Advisory Commission.

Houston attended the University of Oklahoma where she earned a bachelor’s degree in letters in 1991 and a juris doctor in 1994. She is active in the community serving on several boards including the Oklahoma City National Memorial and the Cleveland County Community Sentencing Council. She is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma and Leadership Norman.

She and her husband, Ben Houston, who also is an attorney, live in Norman with their two young sons.

What you can also expect at the event:

  • Information: Community leaders share topical, local and state information (Sen. John Ford, Rep. Earl Sears & Rep. Travis Dunlap) 
  • News: "The Scoop"  all about business and community happenings in Bartlesville (Billie Roane, Arvest Bank) 
  • Stock Report & Economic Update: Josh Randolph**, Arvest Wealth Management, and Sonya Reed***, Arvest Wealth Management
  • Hilarious Anecdotes: Jim Bohnsack, Arvest Bank

Each week brings a few surprises! Invite a friend to enjoy delicious homemade cookies and hear about what’s going on in the Bartlesville area. If you have any questions or would like to be included on the invitation email list, please contact Billie Roane at (918) 337-4358. We look forward to seeing you there!

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

**Josh Randolph - Oklahoma Insurance License #122041

***Sonya Reed-  Oklahoma Insurance License # 111796 

Tags: Bartlesville, Community Support, Oklahoma

Shirley Lechien Creates Blessing Box – People Helping People Series

Monday, September 26 at 08:10 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Shirley Lechien’s passion is helping the homeless and people in need. When she saw an Oklahoman town which had a wooden box, similar to the little free libraries that are popping up but filled with non-perishable food instead, she was inspired to do something similar where she lives in Pittsburg, Kan. With the help of community members, Shirley created two blessing boxes where people are invited to “Take what you need. Bring what you can.” Read the full story at the Joplin Globe*.

Shirley’s story is part of Arvest Bank’s People Helping People series featuring citizens giving back to their community. 
Keep an eye on our social media channels for both videos and written stories highlighting the good works of dedicated citizens in the communities Arvest Bank serves. 
Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: Charitable Giving, Community Support, Joplin, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, People Helping People

Helton Named Community Bank President in Lebanon, Mo.

Monday, September 26 at 07:30 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Lebanon, Mo. graduate's experience and background make him an "ideal fit."

LEBANON, Mo. — Arvest Bank is proud to announce that Josh Helton has been named Community Bank President of Arvest Bank in Lebanon.

Helton joined Arvest Bank in April 2014, as a Commercial Banker. Since then, he has been named an Assistant Vice President, then Vice President. Before joining Arvest, he had 12 years’ banking experience in Lebanon.

“I am pleased that Josh Helton was selected by our local board and executives to serve as Arvest’s Community Bank President in Lebanon,” said Brad Crain, Arvest Bank President and CEO in Springfield. “Josh’s leadership skills, work ethic, personal integrity, broad knowledge of banking, and knowledge of Lebanon and its residents make him an ideal fit for the position.”

Helton said, “Lebanon has always been my home, and being able to help the local community is very satisfying. I thoroughly enjoy working with the amazing team of associates at Arvest, and am excited for what the future has in store. The recent remodeling project of our branch in Lebanon will allow us to better meet the needs of the people who live and work here.”

A Lebanon native, Helton graduated from Lebanon High School in 1998. He earned his Bachelor of Science in finance from Missouri State University in 2002 and is currently enrolled in the 2015-2016 Missouri Bankers Association Banking Leadership Missouri program with an expected graduation date of December 2016. 

During his banking career in Lebanon, Helton has been active in community organizations. He is the president of the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce board, the current treasurer for Project 360 Youth Services, secretary for Great Life Golf and Fitness board and board member for Lebanon Regional Economic Development Inc. He is a member of the Laclede Lodge No. 83, member and past president of the Laclede County Shrine Club and previously served on the board of Lebanon’s Habitat For Humanity.

He and his wife, Jess Helton, have been married for 14 years and the couple has two daughters; Saylor, age 9, and Stella, age 6. The family attends First Baptist Church in Lebanon.

Tags: Associates, Missouri, Press Release, Springfield

Grand Opening of New ATM in Lawton, Okla.

Monday, September 26 at 06:30 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

To better serve its customers on the West side of Lawton, Okla., and the surrounding area, Arvest Bank is opening an ATM at Western Hills Christian Church, and you’re invited!

The grand opening celebration is Wednesday, Oct. 5, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at 1401 N.W. 82nd St. in Lawton. Arvest associates will be on hand serving hot dogs, chips and drinks, so bring your appetite!

In addition to the celebration, Arvest is happy to announce for every transaction on that day at the new ATM, Arvest will donate $1 to the church mission fund for Western Hills Christian’s church plant in Poland!

Come join us as Arvest celebrates the opening of its new, convenient ATM in West Lawton!

Tags: ATM, Community Support, Lawton, Oklahoma

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