The Nest Egg is Almost Ready to Hatch — Now What?

Friday, April 18 at 10:35 AM
Category: Personal Finance

Even if you've been saving your money since you started to work, that may not be enough to ensure an enjoyable and satisfying retirement. Of course having enough money put away is the number one factor as to whether or not you'll maintain your desired lifestyle once you stop working. But don't overlook the small day-to-day stuff. Do you have a plan for things to do in retirement? How will you spend your time as a retiree? Do you already know what you will do with all that free time?

You probably started thinking about your retirement savings a long time ago. Perhaps you should start thinking about how you plan on spending your time too. This is a very important aspect of your retirement planning. You won't enjoy your free time if you haven't given it any thought before you quit full-time employment. Think about it now so you can begin dreaming real dreams, as well as planning for any related expenses.

Perhaps you've already decided to spend more time with your family and just enjoy life. But in between the visits with family and friends, how will you fill your days? Perhaps you will spend your first year organizing your home, gardening, and all those home things you never had time or energy for while you were working. (Be sure to provide a budget for this in your retirement plan.) But you may lose interest once your home is perfectly organized and decorated. What then?

If you don't have retirement hobbies or pass-times before you retire, you really need to figure this out. It doesn't have to be about traveling to faraway places. It could be learning a new skill, craft or sport. Take a class, start a book club or game club, or volunteer. Perhaps you should think back to before you started your career. What were your interests then? Did you have plans or dreams you haven't attempted yet?

Maybe a small part-time job is all you need to get out of the house and meet other people. For some retired people, working is very satisfying. It also has the added benefit of increasing Social Security benefits if you choose to draw it as late as age 70.

Retirement is a major lifestyle change and it is important to think in great detail about your plans for filling the days in your golden years before you get there so that you can make the transition smoothly and happily.

Tags: Financial Education, Retirement, Savings

Easter at Orchards Park in Bentonville, Ark. on April 19

Friday, April 18 at 07:05 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Join us Saturday, April 19 for Easter at Orchards Park in Bentonville, Ark.! Starting at 2 p.m. come jump on inflatables, decorate kites, eat from the food vendors and play games. The egg hunt starts at 3 p.m. with 20,000 eggs filled with prizes!

There will be three egg hunt areas for different age groups. Ages 0-3 years old will start at 3:10 p.m. Only one parent or guardian per child in the egg hunt area. Ages 4-6 will start at 3 p.m. and again, only one parent or guardian per child in egg hunt area. Ages 7-10 will start at 3 p.m. and no adults will be allowed in the egg hunt area.

If your child’s basket is empty at the end of the egg hunt, then please visit the Arvest information booth. Festivities will continue after the egg hunt. Don’t forget to recycle your eggs in the designated recycling bins.

In case of inclement weather, check the Bentonville Parks and Recreation website field status* under the status column next to “Memorial Park – Soccer.”

Eggs, activities and games generously provided by Faith Lutheran Church, Bentonville Parks and Recreation and Arvest Bank.

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

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest Benton County, Community Support

Sammetra Christmon and Norma Newburry Promoted in Oklahoma City Area

Friday, April 18 at 04:05 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

We're pleased to have two of our associates in the Oklahoma City area promoted to new positions within the bank. Their combined 45+ years of experience will help in their efforts to provide top notch leadership.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Arvest Bank announces the promotion of two associates, Sammetra Christmon as senior vice president and regional branch administrator and Norma Newburry as branch manager.

Christmon will be responsible for the following Arvest branches: Park Avenue, Del City, Midwest City and Choctaw. Christmon’s main duties will be to assist and support the sales and management teams, coordinate meetings and supervise the branches.

Christmon brings over 30 years of experience to her position. She most recently served as branch manager of the Oklahoma City downtown office, located at 210 Park Ave.

Newburry will replace Christmon in her new position as branch manager. Newburry’s responsibilities will be to oversee branch growth and operations, as well as consumer and commercial business development.

Newburry has been in the banking business for over 15 years and joined Arvest in 2002. She previously served as branch manager from Arvest Bank’s Norman branch, located at 1355 W. Lindsey St.

Tags: Associates, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Press Release

Zack McNett Hired as Commercial Lender in West Plains, Mo.

Thursday, April 17 at 09:05 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

We're pleased to be adding Zack McNett to our commercial lending team in West Plains, Mo. McNett's banking experience will help him service Arvest customers with the same great service they've come to expect.

WEST PLAINS, Mo. — Arvest Bank announces that Zack McNett has been hired as a commercial lender at Arvest Bank in West Plains. Jerry Cunningham, president and CEO of Arvest Bank, North Central Arkansas made the announcement today.

“I am thrilled to welcome Zack to our team in West Plains,” said Cunningham. “Zack has great experience in both the banking and insurance industries and I look forward to working with him to provide the best commercial lending experience possible to our customers in the area.”

In this role as a commercial lender, McNett will work to help business customers meet all of their financing needs and assist them with the loan process. He was previously employed as an insurance agent in Kansas, and worked as an assistant vice president at First Security Bank in Mountain Home, Ark., prior to that.

McNett hails from Piqua, Kan., and graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He and his wife, Jordan, have two daughters, Sloane and Zara.

Tags: Associates, Missouri, Press Release

Ashley Allen Promoted to Marketing Manager in Springdale, Ark.

Thursday, April 17 at 07:10 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Ashley Allen's nearly eight years of experience at Arvest, along with her warm and friendly demeanor, will make her a great asset as the new Marketing Manager in Springdale, Ark.

SPRINGDALE, Ark. — Arvest Bank is pleased to announce that Ashley Allen has accepted a promotion to Marketing Manager for the Springdale bank group. She reports to Julie Shook, Sales Manager for Arvest Bank in Springdale.

Allen first joined Arvest Bank as a Banker Trainee in Springdale in July 2006. She was promoted to Marketing Specialist in Rogers in November 2006. She replaces Sara Hungate, who was promoted to Arvest Marketing Compliance Specialist in Lowell.

“We are so happy to have Ashley back in Springdale where she began her career,” Shook said. “In her role in Rogers, Ashley has been responsible for overseeing the marketing efforts for nine community markets and has played a large role in event planning for Arvest Bank. I know, without a doubt, she will do a fabulous job for Arvest in Springdale.”

Allen graduated from Wissahickon High School in Ambler, Penn., in 1998. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from Harding University in Searcy in 2002.

She has been active in Rogers community events. She has served as a promotions committee member for Main Street Rogers for several years and has been the Frisco Festival Marketing Committee Co-Chair.

She and her husband, Jimmy Allen, have a son, Caleb, and a daughter, Madison. The family lives in Bethel Heights and attends Robinson Avenue Church of Christ in Springdale.

Tags: Arkansas, Associates, Press Release, Springdale

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