Arvest Bank to Celebrate 20th Anniversary in Fort Smith

Monday, July 22 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is celebrating its 20th anniversary in the Fort Smith region, and is inviting its customers and community members alike to join the festivities.

Anniversary celebrations will be held today (July 22) at all Alma, Fort Smith, Greenwood and Van Buren branches from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cake and other refreshments will be served at each location.

As part of the celebration, members of the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce will participate with Arvest associates in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the branch located at 5000 Rogers Ave. in Fort Smith at 11 a.m. Past bank presidents and other associates will attend. Additionally, there will be a $25,020 check presentation to United Way of Fort Smith Area.

“We are proud and excited to celebrate 20 years of serving customers in and around Fort Smith,” said Roger Holroyd, president and CEO for Arvest in Fort Smith and the River Valley. “Our growth is a direct result of the people in this area putting their trust in us, as well as an incredible team of associates that works hard every day to meet those customers’ needs.

“In addition to celebrating the last 20 years, this is also a time to let everyone know we are more committed than ever to serving the needs of Fort Smith and the River Valley. Not only do we want to meet the financial needs of our communities, but we want to make them better through our corporate citizenship efforts. We are committed to making all of our communities better places to live, work and play.”

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Fort Smith

Arvest Bank Adds Burgess as Business Development Officer

Thursday, July 11 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Shawna Burgess, NMLS# 1878891.

Burgess, who has more than 20 years of industry experience, will serve as a business development officer and will be based out of the Arvest Business Resource Center located inside the branch at 5000 Rogers Ave. in Fort Smith. In her new role, Burgess will engage with and discover the needs of prospective small business customers and process business loan requests, among other duties.

“Shawna is customer-focused and brings a high level of experience, energy and knowledge of the community,” Arvest business banking manager Chris Raible said. “We welcome Shawna to the Arvest family and know she will do an expert job servicing the business banking needs of the Fort Smith and Greenwood areas.”

Burgess earned a degree in business management at what is now known as the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith and is especially excited to work with small business customers.

“I’ll be in the Business Resource Center focusing on small business customers,” she said. “This is something that is dear to me because I grew up working in our family business in Van Buren.”

Burgess is an advocate for several local nonprofits and volunteers in the children’s nursery at Community Bible Church in Fort Smith. She lives in Fort Smith with her husband, Mike, and their daughter.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Fort Smith

64.6 Downtown Receives $25,000 Arvest Foundation Grant

Wednesday, July 10 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Citizens of the Fort Smith area will enjoy a new downtown park thanks to a $25,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation. 

The gift was announced today at Gateway Park. Beth Presley, Roger Holroyd, Les Smith, and Mike Jacimore of Arvest Bank were on hand to present the check.

The funds will aid in the construction of the new Gateway Park located near the intersection of Rogers and Garrison Avenues. Gateway Park will feature three historical bronze statues. The key figure will be Judge Isaac C. Parker, joined by statues of John Carnall and Mother Mary Teresa Farrell, R.S.M., representing law, education, and healthcare. The new park is a 64.6 Downtown initiative and is being funded by the generosity of the community, including the Arvest Foundation.

When completed this fall, 64.6 Downtown will donate the park property to the City of Fort Smith. It will become a gathering place for residents and visitors alike to learn more about the contributions these three community leaders made in the late 1800s. The park will also include a flag plaza featuring flags of the United States, Arkansas, and the City of Fort Smith.

“64.6 Downtown creates vibrant spaces in Fort Smith to further economic development, creative place-making, arts and cultural events,” said Steve Clark, founder/chairman of the board for 64.6 Downtown. “Gateway Park is a reflection of how 64.6 Downtown’s program, The Unexpected, brought attention to an important intersection in downtown, with the activation of Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel’s Universal Chapel. The work transformed a simple white building into a gateway entry to downtown Fort Smith. Gateway Park is a continuation of the development of this important downtown entry point.” 

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support the 64.6 Downtown initiative of the development of the Gateway Park,” Holroyd said. “This donation is just one of many we have made throughout the area. It demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to support parks, history and greenspace in our community.”

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Fort Smith

Arvest Bank Announces Johnson Promotion

Tuesday, July 09 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Misty Johnson, NMLS# 1745770, has been promoted to consumer loan advisor. 

Johnson has held a variety of roles during her three years in the banking industry, most recently serving as a financial sales representative. In her new role as a consumer loan advisor, Johnson will be active in external business development activities, as well as the generation and underwriting of commercial loans.

“Misty has focused on learning consumer lending since she has been in her financial sales representative role and exhibited a desire to excel, as evidenced by several service awards ranging from referrals to loan origination,” Arvest consumer lending sales manager Jack Farley said. “She wears multiple hats within her branch and is very involved in the community. She recently helped organize a very successful Million Meals event in conjunction with local law enforcement that was pivotal in the Clarksville team exceeding its goal.”

Johnson, who also holds an Arkansas insurance license, lives in Lamar with her husband, Bryce, and their two children. An active member of New Life Church Clarksville, she has been involved in numerous civic endeavors, including the Johnson County Community Foundation and the Clarksville – Johnson County Chamber’s Chamber Royals.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Fort Smith

University of the Ozarks Receives Donation from Arvest Foundation

Tuesday, July 02 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Students and faculty at the University of the Ozarks will benefit from a $5,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced recently at the University of the Ozarks. Jason Shook, Whitney Koegniseder, Tammy Burchett, Tony Warren, Ian Bryan, Britney Wilkerson, Kacey Yarborough and Jessy Moreno of Arvest Bank were on hand to present the check.

Thanks to the donation, the school will be able to purchase a large tent to be used for various events on and around campus. 

“We are very thankful to receive this grant from the Arvest Foundation,” said Richard Dunsworth, president of the university. “It will benefit our faculty, staff and students during campus and community events.”

“We are very pleased to present this check to University of the Ozarks on behalf of the Arvest Foundation,” Warren said. “We appreciate the university and what they do for our community, and look forward to our continued partnership in the river valley.”

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Fort Smith

$5,000 Donated to Joseph House of Russellville

Tuesday, June 25 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Foster children and families in the Pope County area will be able to receive support thanks to a $5,000 grant from the Arvest Foundation.
The gift was announced today at the Joseph House in Russellville. Shawn Duncan, Ian Bryan, Jessy Moreno, Tammy Burchett, Tony Warren, and Jason McGee of Arvest Bank were on hand to present the check.

The funds will allow Joseph House of Russellville to purchase:

  • Dinners or gift cards for foster parents
  • Clothing for foster kids
  • Hygiene items for foster kids on an as-needed basis (lice kits, sunscreen, ethnic hair products, etc.)
  • Diapers
  • Baby/toddler equipment (cribs & strollers)

The money will also help to support special occasion items such as sports dues, sports equipment, prom dresses, dance and art lessons, tutoring, and much more.

“We are thankful for the support from the Arvest Foundation,” said Rebecca Barton, president of the Joseph House. “With the funds, we will be able to assist foster families in providing extracurricular activities for their foster kids.”

“On behalf of the Arvest Foundation, we are very pleased to present this grant to Joseph’s House, as it will help provide much needed support for foster families in Russellville,” Moreno said.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Fort Smith

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