Eckman Celebrates 45 Years With Arvest Bank

Thursday, October 26 at 03:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Arvest Bank and Carolyn Eckman celebrated Eckman’s 45th anniversary with the bank on Oct. 21.  She is the long-standing branch sales manager at Arvest’s Bull Shoals location and the longest-tenured associate in the bank’s North Central Arkansas market that includes Bull Shoals, Yellville, Mountain Home, Harrison, Lead Hill and Flippin, Ark., as well as West Plains, Mo. 
 
“The Arvest culture focuses on relationships and a genuine commitment to serve our customers and our fellow associates,” said Tom Dame, president and CEO of Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas. “Carolyn is the epitome of our culture through her lifelong contributions to this community and our bank, and we are honored to celebrate this milestone with her.” 
 
“When you can come to work and fulfill your purpose of helping your community find financial solutions for every stage in their lives, it’s very rewarding,” said Eckman. “Forty-five years passes very quickly when you love what you do, and I still get excited about the great things Arvest does for Arkansas.”
 
Eckman began her banking career as teller after graduating high school. She was promoted to assistant branch manager and then branch sales manager. 
 
About Arvest 
Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 120 communities, with extended weekday banking hours at many locations. Arvest also provides a wide range of banking services including loans, deposits, treasury management, credit cards, mortgage loans and mortgage servicing. Arvest is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC.
 
Tags: Associates, North Central Arkansas
 

Arvest Bank Announces Cottrell Hiring

Wednesday, October 25 at 03:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

PITTSBURG, Kan. (Oct. 25, 2017) – Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Lacie Cottrell. 

As branch sales manager, Cottrell will manage the activities of the Arvest branch at 216 N. Broadway in Pittsburg. Cottrell comes to Arvest with career experience that includes more than 10 years in retail management. She has spent the last five years as the community development and public housing manager for the City of Pittsburg.
 
Cottrell, a member of the Joplin Regional Business Journal Fifteen Under 40, earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing at Pittsburg State University. Her civic involvement includes serving on the Board of Trustees for Crawford County Habitat for Humanity, vice president of Housing for the Kansas chapter of National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials, and administrator of the Citizen's Advisory Board (CAB) for the City of Pittsburg.
 
Cottrell lives in Baxter Springs.
 
About Arvest 
Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 120 communities, with extended weekday banking hours at many locations. Arvest also provides a wide range of banking services including loans, deposits, treasury management, credit cards, mortgage loans and mortgage servicing. Arvest is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC.
 
Tags: Kansas
 

Arvest Bank, Ultimate Auto Group Present Checks to Three Nonprofits

Friday, October 20 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Arvest Bank and Ultimate Auto Group recently presented three Charity of the Year recipients with individual checks totaling $19,200. The donations are the result of proceeds from the 21st Annual Charity Golf Tournament hosted by Arvest Bank and Ultimate Auto Group that benefits up to three nonprofit organizations located in the bank’s North Central Arkansas territory. 
 
This year’s recipients include The Call of Baxter and Marion Counties, organizations that work “to educate, equip and encourage the Christian community to provide a future and a hope for children in foster care in Arkansas.” Children’s Charity Ministry in Harrison is also a 2017 Charity of the Year. The Christian-based nonprofit provides food, hygiene kits, household necessities and other services to children in need in eight counties in North Central Arkansas. 
 
“Together, we are making a very meaningful and lasting impact in the lives of so many families and children in our area,” said Tom Dame, president and CEO of Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas. “These donations are possible only because of the participation and generosity of those who contribute to this golf tournament year after year and, for that, we are very grateful.”
 
Every year the tournament benefits as many as three nonprofit organizations from Baxter, Boone and Marion Counties in Arkansas, and Howell County in Missouri.  Eligible charities that are designated as a 501(c)(3) organization are invited each spring to apply for consideration as a Charity of the Year. Recipients are selected by Arvest Bank associates based on past, present and future financial needs, as well as other criteria.  
 
The tournament was held at Big Creek Golf and Country Club in Mountain Home. 
 
About Arvest 
Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 120 communities, with extended weekday banking hours at many locations. Arvest also provides a wide range of banking services including loans, deposits, treasury management, credit cards, mortgage loans and mortgage servicing. Arvest is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC.
 
Tags: Charitable Giving, North Central Arkansas
 

Arvest Community Garden: Growing Our Community One Seed at a Time

Monday, October 16 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
In the spring of 2014, the first seeds were planted in the Arvest Community Garden in Greater Kansas City. The garden was offered as a starting point for local individuals wanting to learn more about community gardening and local garden initiatives. The garden consists of 12 raised beds, nine of which are rented or utilized by Arvest volunteers for donations.

Over the past few years, our volunteers have experience many successful harvest seasons, with this year being no different. On Friday, September 29th, our Arvest Community Garden volunteers spent hours harvesting sweet potatoes and tomatoes. Arvest was able to donate 394 pounds of sweet potatoes and 27 pounds of tomatoes to Raytown Emergency Assistance Program (REAP).

The donated goods go to REAP’s emergency food pantry which offers a well-balanced and nutritious selection of canned and dry goods, bread, vegetables, meat and dairy products. REAP strives to provide each family enough food to last two to three weeks. Arvest is proud to partner with REAP to help them meet this need.

 

Tags: Kansas City
 

Conversations from the Top Oct. 25 in Kansas City - Dr. Angie Besendorfer

Wednesday, October 11 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Dr. Angie Besendorfer, chancellor of WGU Missouri, will be the guest of honor at the seventh session of Central Exchanges’ 2017 Conversations from the Top series. Arvest is proud to support this moderated fireside chat with executive women in leadership throughout Kansas City.
 
Dr. Besendorfer will share her insight on Wednesday, October 25th from 12:00pm to 1:15pm at Central Exchange South (6201 College Boulevard, Overland Park, KS). Registration is required.
 
During the Conversations from the Top series, you will hear inspirational stories and insight from women who have faced challenging issues throughout their journey to the top of their field and October’s speaker, Dr. Angie Besendorfer, is no different. Besendorfer champions college attainment for working adults who wish to pursue a bachelor’s or master’s degree and leads the efforts to connect students and community stakeholders with WGU’s online competency-based model of higher education.
 
Besendorfer has spent 23 years in the field of education in Missouri, implementing innovative and technology-focused learning strategies. Before joining WGU Missouri, Besendorfer was the assistant superintendent of Joplin Schools for eight years leading advancement in curriculum, instruction, assessment, and facilities. She was also an adjunct professor at Missouri State University, teaching in the master’s program for Educational Administration.
 
Among the innovations Besendorfer has championed is a focus on digital learning. She took the lead in the Joplin district’s recovery after an EF-5 tornado hit 10 schools. As the leader in designing and building cutting-edge new schools, Besendorfer guided the community to re-imagine high school education.
 
Besendorfer holds a bachelor’s in education from Missouri Southern State University, a M.S. in Elementary Administration from Central Missouri State University and a doctorate in Education Leadership from the University of Missouri. 
 
Besendorfer has been a featured presenter at the International Leaning Forward Conference, the National Institute of Medicine, and has presented widely on 21st Century Education. She is a member of the regional Workforce Investment Board and the Mercy Hospital Community Advisory Board. Besendorfer is active with the area Rotary Club, museum complex, and Chamber of Commerce. Besendorfer has also received several accolades for her work including the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award, the AASA Women in School Leadership Award and the Tri-State Business Journal Most Influential Woman.
 
More information here*.
 
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Tags: Kansas City

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