Arvest Bank Announces Roper Hiring

Monday, September 09 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Tammy Roper as a community development representative in Fort Smith.

Roper joins Arvest after five years at the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services and five years at the Crawford County Juvenile Office. Among other duties in those roles, Roper provided customer service to dislocated workers, assessed clients’ financial needs, and worked with families to mentor at-risk youth.

In her new role at Arvest, Roper will help develop and maintain strong relationships with community groups and entities focused on affordable housing, organizations that target low- to moderate-income (LMI) communities, and organizations that facilitate and encourage small business, among other responsibilities. She will be based out of the Arvest branch located at 5000 Rogers Ave.

“I am so excited to have Tammy join our Arvest team, said Beth Presley, marketing manager for Arvest in Fort Smith and the River Valley. “With her community knowledge and willingness to help people, I am confident we will accomplish our goals of helping our customers and community to meet their financial goals.”

Roper earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology at the University of Central Oklahoma, where she also played basketball. She lives in Fort Smith with her husband and two daughters, and the family attends House of Restoration Church. Among other civic endeavors, Roper volunteers for Girls Inc., Comprehensive Juvenile Services Inc., and has coached various girls basketball teams.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Fort Smith

Tulsa State Fair “Show us your Homemade Fair Food” Facebook Photo Contest Official Rules

Monday, September 09 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Photo entries must be submitted to Arvest Bank via Private Facebook Message- during Sept. 16th, 2019, through Sept. 23rd, 2019. Any photo entries submitted on Arvest’s public comments section will be hidden and a message will be sent asking user to send photo via private message. Entries must be submitted by 2 p.m. CST on Sept. 23rd, 2019.

Photo entries must be of YOUR food creations ONLY. Photos with faces or people in them will be disqualified and will not be posted for public viewing and voting. Photo entries MUST be of your original work and not images found online. 

Arvest will post all eligible photo entries to a public Facebook album on or around Sept. 23rd, 2019, and allow photos to be voted on by Facebook users.

The picture with the top votes on Sept. 25th, 2019, will be selected as a winner. A second winner will be randomly selected from the Facebook album photo entries using

Arvest will announce the winning photos on social media on or around Sept. 25th, 2019.

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

Submitted photos must be the submitter’s original work with no other person being able to claim ownership.

Photos must be family friendly.


Winner Prize and Recognition

Winner(s) will receive four tickets to the 2019 Tulsa State Fair and Arvest Merchandise.

Social media notoriety (tagged in finalist/winner posts)

Local PR (at the discretion of the local Marketing Manager)

Tags: Arvest, Oklahoma, Tulsa

Chris Dees Joins Arvest Treasury Management Team in North Central AR

Tuesday, September 03 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank announced that Chris Dees is joining the bank’s Treasury Management team as an assistant vice president and treasury management sales advisor.

In his new role, Dees will be responsible for working with business clients through a consultative approach, focusing on leveraging technology and fraud prevention services to enhance the efficiency of the businesses’ cash flow. Dees has six years of experience in the banking industry and most recently was a financial sales representative with Arvest, prior to his role as a universal customer advocate with Bear State Bank.

“As a former business owner and experienced banker, Chris can provide valuable insight into what solutions Arvest Treasury Management can provide to better streamline a business client’s receivables and payables functions,” said Shawn Christian, senior vice president and treasury management regional sales manager for Arvest Bank. “In addition to his unique experience, Chris is also a native of the community and understands which products and services are best suited for the business clients in the market.”

Dees will be based in Yellville, but will serve the entire North Central Arkansas market, in addition to Arvest clients in Jonesboro.

He is a board member of the Ozark Arts Council and has participated in productions of the Lyric Theatre.

Dees is a native of Harrison and a graduate of Harrison High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Arkansas Tech University. He and his wife, Michelle, live in Harrison with their daughter.

He succeeds Heather Russell who is relocating within Arvest Treasury Management. 

About Arvest
Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of the “World’s Best Banks” for 2019, operates more than 260 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 14 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 135 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.

About Arvest Wealth Management
Arvest Wealth Management offers wealth management, trust services and insurance products. Investments and Insurance Products: Not FDIC Insured, May Lose Value and Not Guaranteed by the Bank. Trust services provided by Arvest Bank.

Tags: Arvest, Treasury Management

Kellogg Joins Arvest Bank Treasury Management Team

Thursday, August 29 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Randy Kellogg as vice president and international senior business development advisor for its Treasury Management division.

Kellogg, who has more than 30 years of industry experience, will be based in Oklahoma City, but serve Kansas and Missouri in addition to Oklahoma. In this role, Kellogg will be responsible for sales activities within large corporate accounts, middle market and business banking.

“Randy’s experience and expertise make him a fantastic addition to our team,” said Julie Simmons, senior vice president and regional sales manager for Arvest Treasury Management. “Having him on our team will allow Arvest Treasury Management to provide support to companies throughout Oklahoma, as well as Kansas and Missouri, for all products offered under the umbrella of International Banking within Arvest. We couldn’t be more excited for him to get started.”

Kellogg holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture economics from Oklahoma State University and a master’s in business administration from the University of Central Oklahoma. He has served on the Oklahoma District Export Council and is currently a member of the Oklahoma Governor’s International Team. He and his wife, Melody, have two adult sons and live in Guthrie.

Tags: Arvest, Treasury Management

Arvest Bank Names Watkins Vice President in North Central Arkansas

Wednesday, August 21 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank has promoted Tiffany Watkins to vice president, marketing manager for the bank’s North Central Arkansas market. She previously was assistant vice president and marketing manager for the territory.

Watkins is responsible for all marketing and public relations initiatives, manages the placement of traditional and social media, creates and manages grassroots efforts for multiple communities in North Central Arkansas, and works in collaboration with the Arvest Foundation to maximize charitable giving throughout the market.

She has more than 14 years of bank marketing experience with Arvest, and more than 17 years of experience in the banking industry.

“Tiffany is well-known and well-respected throughout North Central Arkansas and that is a testament of her dedication to serving our customers and supporting our area communities through a variety of projects,” said Mike Willard, president and CEO of Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas. “We are fortunate to have her in this leadership role, as she is the epitome of the Arvest culture we proudly nurture.”

Watkins’ community involvement includes her service as current board chair of the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas, immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Harrison, past board chair of the North Arkansas Medical Foundation and committee member of the Harrison chamber’s Crawdad Days. She also was involved in the Believe Boone County initiative, a project of the Harrison chamber; and the Community Performing Arts Council at Arkansas State University, Mountain Home.

Watkins earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Arkansas. She and her family live in Harrison. 

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, North Central Arkansas

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