Arvest Bank Announces Phelps Hiring

Wednesday, October 04 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Lora Phelps.
Phelps will serve both the Joplin and Springfield markets as a senior vice president and Trust Officer. She has more than 14 years of experience in similar roles with other financial institutions, and will be responsible for fiduciary account administration of personal trusts, estates, investment accounts and IRAs, among other responsibilities.
A Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CFTA), Phelps earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture – with a minor in political science – at the University of Missouri, where she also earned a law degree.
Phelps is active in numerous local civic groups, including serving as a board member for the McCune-Brooks Healthcare Foundation, Connect2Culture, Vision Carthage and the Jasper County Association for Social Services. Phelps lives in Carthage with her husband, Bill, and their two daughters. The family attends Grace Episcopal Church.
About Arvest 
Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 120 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. Investment products and services provided by Arvest Investments, Inc., doing business as Arvest Wealth Management, member FINRA/SIPC, an SEC registered investment adviser and a subsidiary of Arvest Bank. Insurance products are made available through Arvest Insurance, Inc., which is registered as an insurance agency. Insurance products are marketed through Arvest Insurance, Inc., but are underwritten by insurance companies. Investments and Insurance Products: Not FDIC Insured, May Lose Value and Not Guaranteed by the Bank. Trust services provided by Arvest Bank.
Tags: Associates, Springfield

2 Springfield, Mo. ATMs Have Limited Access May 28

Wednesday, May 24 at 06:35 AM
Category: Arvest Community News
Two of our Springfield, Mo., ATMs will have limited access on May 28 (one day only) due to resealing and restriping of our parking lots. ATMs affected: 
  • 2403 W. Republic Rd. 
  • 3184 E. Sunshine  
The ATM on Sunshine will be accessible if you park on the street and walk through the grass to the ATM, but the ATM at Republic Road is surrounded by asphalt and won’t be readily accessible. 
Both branches will still be open normal hours. Customers can visit the Arvest branch at 4140 S. Fremont to use the ATM there. Visit our website for a full list of branches and ATMs available. We apologize for any inconvenience.  

Tags: ATM, Missouri, Springfield

Driscoll Hired as Commercial Banker in Springfield, Mo.

Tuesday, May 16 at 05:40 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Area industry veteran to work in commercial lending.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Joe Driscoll has been hired as a commercial banker.

With nine years of banking experience, all with an emphasis on commercial relationships and lending, Driscoll will generate, evaluate and approve commercial loans, among other duties at Arvest.

“Joe has a proven track record here in southwest Missouri and we know he will be an asset for Arvest and our customers,” Arvest loan manager Summer Massey said.

Driscoll, who will office at the Arvest branch on National Avenue, also serves as an adjunct professor at Drury University and Missouri State University-West Plains. He earned an associate’s degree in general studies at Missouri State University-West Plains, then earned a bachelor’s degree in finance, with a minor in economics, at Missouri State University in Springfield. He also earned a master’s degree in business administration at Missouri State.

The treasurer-elect of the Springfield Downtown Rotary Club, Driscoll also is a board member at Community Alternative Sentencing Program, a Leadership Springfield alum and an active member of his local church, among other civic activities.

Driscoll lives in Nixa with his wife and their four children.

Tags: Associates, Missouri, Press Release, Springfield

Redmon Hired as Commercial Loan Officer in Springfield, Mo.

Monday, May 15 at 05:30 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Springfield native to specialize in commercial banking.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Arvest Bank is pleased to announce the hiring of Kevin Redmon.

Redmon joins Arvest with four years of experience in the financial services industry. That includes three specializing in tax at a prominent southwest Missouri accounting firm and another working as a commercial loan officer.

In his new role, Redmon will generate, evaluate and approve commercial loans, among other duties. He will office at Arvest’s branch at 730 N. National Ave. in Springfield.

“We are so happy to announce another addition to our commercial team,” Arvest loan manager Summer Massey said. “Kevin’s passion for business is apparent and we look forward to the great things he will do for Arvest and our customers.”

Redmon, who lives in Springfield, earned a degree in accounting at Missouri State University.

Tags: Associates, Missouri, Press Release, Springfield

Q&A with Bart Brown with Ozarks Food Harvest for 1 Million Meals

Tuesday, April 11 at 06:25 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Ozarks Food Harvest* has been operating since 1983 across 28 Ozark counties. We’re pleased to be partnering with this Southwest Missouri Feeding America food bank for our seventh annual 1 Million Meals initiative to raise one million meals for local children, elderly and others in need. 

Bart Brown, president and CEO of Ozarks Food Harvest, was kind enough to give us some time, so we could learn about him and the food bank.

What’s your involvement with the Ozarks Food Harvest, and how did you get started?
I started with Ozarks Food Harvest as development director in 1999. I had no experience in nonprofits, my career previously had been working for a group of five radio stations in the market. I thought I would give OFH a year to develop a marketing strategy for them, and then I would return to the media business. I thought wrong!

What’s a compelling experience you’ve had during your time with Ozarks Food Harvest?
We’ve have a Weekend Backpack Program for underprivileged school children for the past 14 years. Every year we do a radio-thon to raise money for the program. Two years ago one of the first child participants in the program called in to sponsor three kids for a year on the program because it changed her life and now she’s in the position of being able to give back. Pretty emotional call.

How can people get involved with Ozarks Food Harvest?
There are tons of ways to get involved. For every $1 donated we can distribute $10 worth of food, so financial gifts are incredibly important to leveraging what we’re able to do for the community. We also use thousands of hours of volunteer time every year. You can go to our website* or visit our Facebook page* to find out more. We also have a community garden program called Full Circle Gardens that folks can volunteer hands-on time. Food drives like Arvest Bank’s 1 Million Meals are also great ways to get involved.  

We’d love to have you involved in our 1 Million Meals initiative to help Ozarks Food Harvest* and our other food partners. 

Four Easy Ways to Donate:
  • Donate via Phone – Customers can make a $1 (or more) donation by calling (866) 952-9523. Funds will be drawn directly from your Arvest account.
  • Donate via Mail – Mail a check to Arvest Bank Operations, ATTN: 1MM, P.O. Box 799, Lowell, AR 72745. Include 1 Million Meals in the memo line of the check.
  • Donate in a Branch – Stop by your local Arvest Bank branch. Cash and check contributions accepted.
  • Donate Arvest Flex Rewards™ – Customers can redeem points for a 1 Million Meals donation. Log in at, and click on the banner for 1 Million Meals to get started!
We’ll Donate $1 Each Time You:
  • Follow us on Instagram.
  • Like or share our 1 Million Meals Facebook posts.
  • Retweet our 1 Million Meals tweets on Twitter on April 21 and May 10.

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.  

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Missouri, Springfield

Easter Bunny Photos in Springdale, Ark.

Tuesday, April 04 at 06:55 AM
Category: Arvest Community News
Hop on over to take a photo with the Easter bunny in Springdale, Ark. on Thursday, April 13, 3-6 p.m. The Easter bunny will make his appearance at our Elm Springs branch at 4860 Elm Springs Rd. in Springdale.

Arvest will develop the pictures on Thursday night, and the photos will be available for pick up at the Elms Springs branch by 10 a.m. on Friday, April 14. Participants can also use their cell phone to take photos too. We encourage cell phone photos of the Easter bunny to be posted on social media and tagged #arvestbunnyhop and #millionmeals. 

While you’re in the branch, please consider a monetary or non-perishable food donation to benefit Compassion Center of NWA* and Springdale Public Schools* as part of our 1 Million Meals initiative to raise one million meals to feed the local hungry.

“Hopping” you have a great Easter!

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.    

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Springfield

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