Rogers Heritage Takes Third Consecutive Arvest Hoopfest Crown

Friday, December 21 at 11:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Congratulations to Rogers Heritage High School for winning its third Arvest Hoopfest Championship in a row!

Rogers Heritage defeated Mt. Vernon (Mo.), 60-34 and Waynesville (Mo.), 64-44 to go 2-0 before the final day of the tournament was canceled due to the threat of winter weather conditions. Those wins and the War Eagles’ margin of victory gave them a tiebreaker championship over Rogers High School.

The Mounties also went 2-0, defeating Carl Junction (Mo.), 54-50 and Fort Smith Southside, 64-49. The 14th annual event was held at War Eagle Arena on Dec. 6-7.

Rogers Heritage point guard Ernesto Rodriguez scored a team-best 16 points to go along with 6 steals and 4 assists in the decisive win against Waynesville. Ethan Carpenter and Jason Kimball added 12 points each. The War Eagles blew open a close game by starting the fourth quarter on a 10-2 run.

Rogers Heritage was awarded the team championship plaque, and War Eagles players were presented with individual medals. The runner-up Mounties also received individual medals.

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Holroyd Named President and CEO for Arvest Bank in Fort Smith

Thursday, December 20 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Roger Holroyd has been named president and CEO for the bank in Fort Smith and the River Valley.

Holroyd has been with Arvest for 25 years, most recently serving as president of its Siloam Springs bank. He replaces Rodney Shepard, who has been named Arvest’s chief customer experience officer. Holroyd, who has been president in Siloam Springs since 2012, will assume his new role effective Jan. 1.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to lead Arvest in Fort Smith and the River Valley,” Holroyd said. “I look forward to getting started and to meeting the many great customers and associates we have in place. I am also confident that, together, we can build on the great foundation that Rodney and his team have in place. We will do so by building on the same core values and commitment to community that anyone who knows anything about Arvest has come to expect.”

Holroyd earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting at Harding University and a master’s in finance at Texas A&M. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at LSU.

Among other civic endeavors, Holroyd is a member of the school board for the Siloam Springs School District, and has been an officer for the United Way of Northwest Arkansas and the Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce.

Holroyd and his wife, Bonita, have two children.

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Arvest Equipment Finance Rep Experiences Brinkley Auction

Wednesday, December 19 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Equipment Finance (AEF) business development representative Katie Crawford attended what is touted as Oklahoma’s largest farm and ranch equipment auction recently. The monthly Brinkley Auctions have been held in Idabel – a new community Arvest is serving thanks to its acquisition of Bear State Bank – since 1974 and regularly generate sales of 350-500 tractors, among other types of machinery and trailers.

Founder-owner Larry Brinkley handles auctioneer duties, while his granddaughter, BreeAnn Brinkley Campbell, manages the auction events. The auctions draw a wide range of vendors and individuals.
Crawford has more than 12 years of financial services experience and joined AEF earlier this year after most recently working as a private banking advisor. Among her responsibilities in her current role is using her commercial lending experience to develop new vendor/dealer relationships throughout the AEF footprint. She is based out of the Arvest location at Village on the Creeks in Rogers.

“It was a pleasure to represent AEF at the Brinkley Auction this month,” Crawford said. “This community and the Brinley family, in particular, has embraced our team and we are grateful for that. Our goal is to become a trusted resource providing financial knowledge and solutions to this community.

“Going forward, our vendor relationships continue to be the cornerstone of growth for Arvest Equipment Finance.”

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Arvest Foundation Donates to Boys and Girls Clubs of Bryant

Friday, December 14 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

The Arvest Foundation recently presented board members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bryant with a donation of $2,500. The grant will support after-school recreational and educational programs for students in grades K-6th.

“We are grateful to the Arvest Foundation for providing their support to the children of Saline County,” said Suzanne Passmore, chief executive officer of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bryant. “The experiences these young men and women receive often provide long-lasting character traits such as teamwork, integrity, problem-solving and others that can benefit them a lifetime.”

“Every community, regardless of size, faces the challenge of providing children with supplemental educational programs and activities to help them learn and grow outside the classroom,” said Phillip Partain, community bank president of Arvest Bank in Saline County. “The Boys and Girls Clubs of Bryant does an outstanding job in further developing children in this area and we are proud to offer our support as we prepare these students who will be tomorrow’s leaders.”

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Bryant provides after-school, summer and sports programs at two locations in Bryant. The organization serves children in kindergarten through 8th grade, depending on the particular program. To learn more, visit

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Arvest Bank Welcomes Kevin Rooney

Friday, December 14 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce the hiring of Kevin Rooney.

Rooney will serve as senior vice president and commercial banker.

“Kevin has an established track record of capital-raising and assisting clients with strategic initiatives,” said Brian Lee, executive vice president and commercial loan manager. “He is a leader who has continually demonstrated the ability to uncover and serve the needs of his clients during his career. We’re thrilled to add him to the Arvest team of experienced commercial bankers.”

Rooney most recently worked as a senior vice president, relationship manager with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he helped build and expand the Great Plains region. Rooney also spent time with Aquila, Inc., practicing mergers and acquisitions work. He is a corporate finance professional with extensive commercial and investment banking experience.

Among other civic endeavors, Rooney currently serves on the National WWI Museum and Memorial board of trustees and on the Eisenhower Foundation board of directors.

Rooney earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Notre Dame. He is based at the Arvest branch located at 6300 Nall Ave. in Mission, Kan.

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