Lucas Added as Board Member in Oklahoma City

Monday, August 07 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Erika Lucas has joined the Arvest Bank Oklahoma City Board of Directors.

Lucas is the founder and CEO of StitchCrew, a consultancy and project management firm helping technology organizations conceive, design and scale through innovative business modeling, marketing strategies and operational efficiencies. She also works with venture capital firms in established regions looking to invest outside traditional technology hubs and partners with economic development organizations to develop startup communities and capture innovation-driven entrepreneurship in order to grow the innovation economy in the Midwest.

“Erika’s business experience and vision will be a great asset to Arvest and we are fortunate to have her vision and leadership as a part of our board,” said Ron Witherspoon, president of Arvest Bank Oklahoma City. “We are delighted to have Erika as a part of our team and are looking forward to her first meeting with us later this month.”

Prior to launching StitchCrew, Lucas was vice president of marketing and communications for a private equity firm investing exclusively in aerospace and defense companies, and was responsible for onboarding new acquisitions into the firm's operating business model. She also developed growth strategies, along with scalable operating models, for portfolio companies by working closely with the leadership team of each company to ensure governance and growth trajectory were in line with defined investment goals.

Additionally, Lucas spent six years at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, leading the foreign direct investment and trade team, as well as the marketing and communications team. During her tenure, a total of 38 international companies located or expanded in the state, accounting for $260 million in investment and 4,100 direct jobs.

Born and raised in Mexico, Lucas began her career facilitating the establishment of international manufacturing companies in her home country, from site selection and incentive negotiation to running the administrative side of the in-country operation.

Lucas also is a board member for the Oklahoma City-County Health Department, the Potts Family Foundation, the Port Authority of the Greater Oklahoma City Area and the Oklahoma City Energy FC.

Tags: Oklahoma, Oklahoma City
 

Congratulations Barbara Christ of Greater Kansas City

Friday, August 04 at 12:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest in Greater Kansas City has yet another reason to be proud of their associates. The local sales manager, Barbara Christ, was named one of the NextGen Leaders by the Kansas City Business Journal.

The goal of the NextGen Leaders program is to pinpoint those in the Kansas City business and civic community who are beginning to wield their influence through leadership at their companies, on nonprofit boards or through other community involvement. The Kansas City Business Journal helps connect them with each other, current leaders in Kansas City and KCBJ readers.

Barbara has dedicated over 20 years to Arvest Bank and the financial industry (#BankOnHer). She is responsible for the delivery of retail and small business banking throughout the Kansas City region.

Barbara received a bachelor’s degree in education from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla. Before relocating to Kansas City in 2010, Barbara served as the program manager and curriculum developer for the Arvest training education and development department.

Barbara is very active in community organizations, holding a board position with Junior Achievement and volunteering her time with urban core outreach programs. She enjoys spending time with her family and trying to keep up with her two active teenage boys.
 
Congratulations, Barbara!
 
Tags: Associates, Community Support, Kansas City
 

Post Your Benton County Fair Pics for a Chance to Win

Friday, August 04 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

We always have a great time out at the Benton County Fair! Why not share the fun you’re having with your friends?!

We’re running a contest Aug. 8-9, 2017, so we can keep the good times rolling into the fair weekend.

Post a picture on Facebook and/or Instagram of yourself, family member or a friend at the Benton County Fair and tag it with #arvestfairfun for a chance to win an Arvest feed bucket with Arvest goodies and a couple of arm bands for rides and other fair fun on Friday, Aug. 11…all inside the bucket!

Two winners on Facebook and one winner on Instagram will win an Arvest feed bucket containing an Arvest “Life is Better with Cows Around” t-shirt, Under Armour hat, stainless steel coffee mug, water bottle, and two arm bands for Midway rides on Friday night! To be eligible to win, Facebook and Instagram posts need to be public when winners are selected on Aug. 10, 2017. Entrants are only eligible to win one of the three prizes.

Post as many times as you want! We’ll see you out at the fairgrounds.

Don’t forget! Arvest is sponsoring entry to the Benton County Fair for everyone on Wednesday, Aug. 9. Come out and have a great time; courtesy of your friends at Arvest.

For more information about what’s going on out at the Benton County Fair, visit www.bentoncountyfairar.org*.

Arvest associates and their immediate family members are not eligible to win. Immediate family is defined as any spouse, parent, child or sibling, along with any other family member living in the Arvest associate’s home.

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
 

Kansas City Market Welcomes McNeill

Friday, July 28 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Kenton McNeill in its Greater Kansas City market.

McNeill, who has worked in a variety of roles during a 30-year banking career, will serve as vice president and an Arvest Private Banking advisor. Arvest Private Banking provides clients unlimited access to a team of experienced professionals offering integrated advice in all areas of financial management.

Among McNeill’s duties, he will analyze and develop wealth management strategies for private banking clients to help them reach their financial goals. He will be based at the Arvest branch at 911 NE Sam Walton in Lee’s Summit, Mo., and serve consumers throughout Greater Kansas City.

“We are thrilled to add Kenton’s expertise to our team,” said Amy Morbeck, Arvest Private Banking manager for Greater Kansas City. “He has a vast array of experience, a great attitude, and is dedicated to providing personalized service to our customers.”

A native of Greater Kansas City, McNeill has held leadership roles in a number of community, professional, and nonprofit organizations, including Rock the Cure KC, Banker’s Institute, the American Club Association, Leadership Lenexa, the Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day parade committee and numerous area chambers of commerce.

Tags: Associates, Kansas City
 

Baldwin Promoted in Oklahoma City

Thursday, July 27 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Hunter Baldwin has been promoted in its Oklahoma City market.

Baldwin, a former U.S. Army Airborne Infantryman, will serve as an Arvest Wealth Management associate client advisor. As such, he will assist in the development of client relationships and financial planning, among other responsibilities.

Baldwin has worked at Arvest for three years, serving as a financial sales representative, retail lender and licensed banker. He will be based at the Arvest branch at 1051 S. Cornwell Drive in Yukon.

A graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in business economics, Baldwin currently is training for Series 7 and Series 66 licensing. Additionally, he holds an American Bankers Association (ABA) Universal Banker Certificate and ABA Personal Banker Certificate, as well as an Oklahoma insurance license.

Baldwin is an active member of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, among other civic endeavors. He and his wife, Britney, live in Moore.

Tags: Associates, Oklahoma City

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