Colton’s Give Back Event in Harrison, Ark. Provides 2,220 Meals

Wednesday, June 07 at 02:50 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Proceeds benefit Ozark Share and Care to help reduce local hunger. 

HARRISON, Ark. – Colton’s Steakhouse and the Harrison community recently provided $444.07, the equivalent of 2,220 meals, to Ozark Share and Care after a one-day give back event hosted by Colton’s and Arvest Bank.  

Colton’s Steakhouse donated 10 percent of total meal sales from customers who dined in or placed carry out orders on May 30. The fundraising event was part of Arvest Bank’s 1 Million Meals campaign that helps reduce hunger in local communities.  

“This donation will impact many individuals and families in our community who don’t know where their next meal is coming from, or who would not have had food otherwise,” said Scott Tennyson, market president of Arvest Bank in Harrison. “We very much appreciate everyone who enjoyed a meal at Colton’s during this event, and we certainly appreciate Colton’s for supporting this community project.” 

Arvest Bank’s 7th Annual 1 Million Meals campaign is a two-month bank-wide effort to collect nonperishable food items and monetary donations in support of local food partners to help reduce hunger in local communities. All donations to 1 Million Meals in Harrison directly benefit Ozark Share and Care, a local hunger relief organization. The 1 Million Meals campaign concluded on June 3 and the total number of meals and amount of donations should be announced soon. Every dollar raised through 1 Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for those in need.  

The goal of the campaign is to collect the equivalent of 1 Million Meals in the 120 communities Arvest Bank serves across a four-state area.  

For more information about 1 Million Meals, visit arvest.com/millionmeals.

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, North Central Arkansas, Press Release
 

Arvest Bank in Greater Kansas City Welcomes Clemenson

Tuesday, June 06 at 06:40 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Industry veteran takes on commercial banking role.

KANSAS CITY, Kan . – Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Eric Clemenson as a commercial relationship manager in its Greater Kansas City market.

Clemenson has more than 13 years of banking experience, including consumer banking and treasury management, in the Kansas City area. His commercial lending experience largely is concentrated in industry niches such as manufacturing, wholesale distribution, construction and commercial real estate.

In his new role, Clemenson will be responsible for developing new commercial loan and deposit business. He will office at Arvest’s branch at 6300 Nall Ave. in Mission.

Clemenson earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance from Park University, and is a member of the 2017 class of Leadership Overland Park. He and his family live in Olathe.

Tags: Associates, Kansas City, Press Release
 

Bower Promoted in Stillwater, Okla.

Monday, June 05 at 06:15 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Longtime banker has 20 years of SBA lending experience.

STILLWATER, Okla. – Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Dona Bower has been promoted to vice president, SBA loan operations administrator.

Bower has more than 24 years of banking experience, and has focused on SBA lending for the last 20 years. She has been with Arvest since 2005, most recently serving as assistant vice president. As SBA loans operations administrator, Bower specializes in all aspects of SBA lending.

“Dona is a tremendous asset to our team in Stillwater” said David Melchert, senior vice president, SBA loan manager for Arvest. “She works with Arvest commercial lenders and business bankers to properly structure, close and service SBA loans.”

Bower is an active member of her church, and has two children and six grandchildren.

Arvest is an SBA-preferred lender, meaning that the process is streamlined for applicants. Small business owners who need to explore financing options should talk to an SBA-approved lender who can offer them a complete range of available options. 

Tags: Associates, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Press Release
 

Shred-a-Thon Collects Donations That Provide 11,420 Meals in Mountain Home, Ark.

Thursday, June 01 at 05:50 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Mountain Home community disposes of 20,000 pounds of paper.

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. – A recent Shred-a-Thon in Mountain Home helped the community destroy 20-thousand pounds of personal and confidential documents in an effort to guard against identity theft. 

In exchange for free shredding provided by Arvest Bank and Shred-It, Mountain Home residents were encouraged to make a monetary donation or bring nonperishable food items in support of Arvest Bank’s 1 Million Meals campaign that works to reduce hunger in local communities.  

The Shred-a-Thon collected more than $2,284 in donations and 26 nonperishable food items for the campaign. The monetary donations will provide 11,420 meals to the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas’ backpack program and area backpack programs operated by other hunger relief organizations in North Central Arkansas. 

“This event provided a dual benefit; it helped protect our community from identity theft and supported school children who don’t always have enough food to eat at home,” said Sally Gilbert, market president of Arvest Bank in Mountain Home. “Our generous and caring community has once again pulled together to make a difference in the lives of those who are in need and we are very grateful to those who donated.” 

The Shred-a-Thon was one of several community events Arvest Bank held in Mountain Home in support of its 1 Million Meals campaign. Earlier this month, the bank’s annual Feed the Pack Day raised $18,295.82 and 3,557 food items in support of the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas and area backpack programs. Volunteers in five communities collected cash and food contributions during the one-day donation blitz. Every dollar provides five meals to those in need, so donations raised from Feed the Pack Day will provide more than 91,400 meals for children facing food insecurity. 

Arvest Bank’s annual 1 Million Meals campaign continues through June 3. The goal of the campaign is to collect enough food and monetary donations to provide the equivalent of one million meals in the 120 communities Arvest Bank serves across a four state territory. Mountain Home residents may drop off nonperishable food items or monetary donations at any Arvest Bank location in support of the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas’ backpack program and other similar programs in the area. Every donation made in Mountain Home stays local.  

Donations may also be made by calling (866) 952-9523. Arvest credit card customers can donate Arvest Flex Rewards™ points by visiting arvestflexrewards.com and clicking on the 1 Million Meals banner. 

For additional information, visit www.arvest.com/millionmeals.

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, North Central Arkansas, Press Release
 

Jeffus Promoted in Springdale, Ark.

Wednesday, May 31 at 06:20 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Longtime banker named mortgage loan officer.

SPRINGDALE, Ark. – Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Sabra Jeffus has been promoted to mortgage loan officer in Springdale.

Jeffus began her banking career in 2000, and has held various jobs since then, including commercial and mortgage lending positions. In her new role, Jeffus will office at Arvest’s branch on Elm Springs Road. She will originate mortgage loans and assist her clients with all of their purchase and refinancing needs.

“Sabra comes to us with a wealth of banking knowledge, and she strives to provide the very best customer service to each and every customer she assists,” said Kelli K. Winn, senior vice president, mortgage loan manager in Springdale. “We are so excited to have Sabra join our mortgage team.”

Jeffus is a native of Paris, Texas, and attended Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches as a track and field and cross country student-athlete before eventually graduating from Northwestern State University of Louisiana with a bachelor’s degree in finance and banking.

Active in numerous civic organizations, including Executive Women International, Rotary Club of Springdale, and Springdale Chamber of Commerce, Jeffus also is a graduate of Leadership Fayetteville Class XXII and Leadership Springdale Class XVIII. She and her husband, Scot, live in Springdale with their two children.

Tags: Arkansas, Associates, Press Release, Springdale
 

Tate Promoted to President in Pryor, Okla. Region

Tuesday, May 30 at 07:15 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Industry veteran will serve bank's Pryor, Okla. region. 

PRYOR , Okla. – Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Brandon Tate has been promoted to community bank president.

Tate will serve as Arvest’s community bank president for the bank’s Pryor, Okla., region, which includes Pryor, Tahlequah and Wagoner. He will office at the Arvest branch at 1521 W. Highway 51 in Wagoner.

Having held various roles in his banking career, Tate most recently served Arvest as senior vice president and commercial relationship manager. In his role as community bank president, he will formulate a hierarchy of objectives, standards of performance, strategies, plans, and budgets, among other duties, for the Pryor region.

Tate earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Northeastern State University, with a major in finance and minor in accounting.

Active in numerous civic organizations, Tate is chairman of the board of the Wagoner Lions Club, as well as vice president and board member of the Fort Gibson Lake Association. He’s also an active member of the Wagoner and Coweta chambers of commerce, and the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa.

Tate lives in Wagoner with his wife, Heather, and their son.

Tags: Associates, Oklahoma, Press Release, Tulsa

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