Hernandez Named Assistant VP in Oklahoma City

Monday, June 12 at 05:40 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Banking veteran with nine years of experience promoted.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Martin Hernandez has been promoted to assistant vice president in its Oklahoma City market.

Hernandez, who serves as the branch sales manager at the Arvest location at 2025 Sonoma Park Drive in Edmond, has nine years of banking experience and has been in his current position for five years. He previously managed an Arvest branch in Reno and has won numerous internal awards for management and sales and service.

Originally from Chickasha, Hernandez lives in Oklahoma City, where he is active in several civic endeavors, including American Heart Association and YWCA.

Tags: Associates, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Press Release

Carlson Promoted to Lead Bentonville, Ark. Commercial Banking Team

Friday, June 09 at 05:40 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Industry veteran to lead Bentonville commercial banking team.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Kelly Carlson has been promoted.

Carlson, who has worked at Arvest in a variety of capacities over the past eight years, will serve as the commercial banking team lead for downtown Bentonville. He most recently served as a commercial relationship officer, and has worked as a commercial loan assistant and credit analyst, among other positions.

“Kelly has been one of our top producers almost from the moment he joined Arvest,” said Jason England, the bank’s commercial loan manager in Benton County. “His work ethic is superb and he is tireless in ensuring that we do all we can to ensure our customers are meeting their business needs. This is a well-deserved promotion.”

Carlson earned both a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in business administration from Harding University. Additionally, he is a graduate of the American Bankers Association Foundational Commercial Lending School and American Bankers Association Advanced Commercial Lending School at Southern Methodist University

Active in numerous civic efforts, Carlson is a board member of both the Scott Family Amazeum and Downtown Bentonville Inc. He’s also a supporter of the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Northwest fundraising efforts and a graduate of the 2014-2015 Leadership Benton County class.

Carlson and his wife, Cortney, have two daughters. The family is actively involved at the Bentonville Church of Christ.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest Benton County, Associates, Press Release

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

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