Lucas Added as Board Member in Oklahoma City

Monday, August 07 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Erika Lucas has joined the Arvest Bank Oklahoma City Board of Directors.

Lucas is the founder and CEO of StitchCrew, a consultancy and project management firm helping technology organizations conceive, design and scale through innovative business modeling, marketing strategies and operational efficiencies. She also works with venture capital firms in established regions looking to invest outside traditional technology hubs and partners with economic development organizations to develop startup communities and capture innovation-driven entrepreneurship in order to grow the innovation economy in the Midwest.

“Erika’s business experience and vision will be a great asset to Arvest and we are fortunate to have her vision and leadership as a part of our board,” said Ron Witherspoon, president of Arvest Bank Oklahoma City. “We are delighted to have Erika as a part of our team and are looking forward to her first meeting with us later this month.”

Prior to launching StitchCrew, Lucas was vice president of marketing and communications for a private equity firm investing exclusively in aerospace and defense companies, and was responsible for onboarding new acquisitions into the firm's operating business model. She also developed growth strategies, along with scalable operating models, for portfolio companies by working closely with the leadership team of each company to ensure governance and growth trajectory were in line with defined investment goals.

Additionally, Lucas spent six years at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, leading the foreign direct investment and trade team, as well as the marketing and communications team. During her tenure, a total of 38 international companies located or expanded in the state, accounting for $260 million in investment and 4,100 direct jobs.

Born and raised in Mexico, Lucas began her career facilitating the establishment of international manufacturing companies in her home country, from site selection and incentive negotiation to running the administrative side of the in-country operation.

Lucas also is a board member for the Oklahoma City-County Health Department, the Potts Family Foundation, the Port Authority of the Greater Oklahoma City Area and the Oklahoma City Energy FC.

Tags: Oklahoma, Oklahoma City
 

Baldwin Promoted in Oklahoma City

Thursday, July 27 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Hunter Baldwin has been promoted in its Oklahoma City market.

Baldwin, a former U.S. Army Airborne Infantryman, will serve as an Arvest Wealth Management associate client advisor. As such, he will assist in the development of client relationships and financial planning, among other responsibilities.

Baldwin has worked at Arvest for three years, serving as a financial sales representative, retail lender and licensed banker. He will be based at the Arvest branch at 1051 S. Cornwell Drive in Yukon.

A graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in business economics, Baldwin currently is training for Series 7 and Series 66 licensing. Additionally, he holds an American Bankers Association (ABA) Universal Banker Certificate and ABA Personal Banker Certificate, as well as an Oklahoma insurance license.

Baldwin is an active member of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, among other civic endeavors. He and his wife, Britney, live in Moore.

Tags: Associates, Oklahoma City
 

Belford Promoted in Oklahoma City

Wednesday, July 19 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has promoted Shandy Belford in its Oklahoma City market.

Belford, who joined Arvest in October 2016 as a senior vice president, commercial banker, will now serve as commercial loan manager. As such, she will manage the bank’s commercial lending team in Edmond, work to deepen relationships with existing clients and develop new business. Belford will continue to office at Arvest’s 1501 W. Edmond Road branch in Edmond.

Belford came to Arvest with 12 years of banking and commercial lending experience. She previously has worked at BancFirst, MidFirst Bank and Bank of Oklahoma.

A resident of Edmond, Belford earned a bachelor’s degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. She is active in numerous civic groups and holds leadership positions with the Edmond Public Schools Foundation (executive board member) and the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce (chair of Leadership Edmond). Belford and her husband, Chris, have three children.

Tags: Associates, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City
 

Purple Sash Gala Held in Oklahoma City

Monday, July 03 at 05:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank supported the YWCA’s 14th Annual Purple Sash Gala held at 6 p.m., June 17, at The Criterion in downtown Oklahoma City.

The elegant evening included dinner, live and silent auctions, and a New York-style fashion runway show.

During the event, victims of domestic violence or sexual assault shared their personal stories of escaping abuse and rebuilding their lives.  

Arvest Bank supported the event by participating as a “Style Expert” sponsor with a corporate table and associates volunteered their time to the silent auction. 

All proceeds from Purple Sash benefited the YWCA of Oklahoma City, the only certified shelter for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in Oklahoma County.

The YWCA of Oklahoma City is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice and dignity for all. According to the organization, nearly 3,000 women, children and men receive help through YWCA programs, including emergency shelter for battered women and children, counseling, support groups, child care, transitional housing, financial literacy and other services. For more information visit www.ywcaokc.org.*

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

Tags: Associates, Community Support, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City
 

Eberle Promoted in Norman, Okla.

Tuesday, June 27 at 04:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Banking veteran will serve as assistant vice president.

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Sierra Eberle has been named an assistant vice president in its Oklahoma City market.

Eberle, who has more than seven years of banking experience, currently serves as a branch sales manager. As such, she manages the activities of the Arvest branch at 200 E. Main Street in Norman.

Eberle earned a dual bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry. She lives in Norman and is a Norman NEXT board member, among other civic endeavors. Additionally, Eberle is co-chair of Norman NEXT’s community activism team.

Tags: Associates, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City
 

Berry Promoted in Choctaw, Okla.

Monday, June 26 at 04:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Banking veteran to serve as assistant vice president.

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Melissa Berry has been named an assistant vice president in its Oklahoma City market.

Berry, who has more than 30 years of banking experience, currently serves as a branch sales manager. As such, she manages the activities of the Arvest branch in Choctaw.

Berry is an active member of the Choctaw Chamber of Commerce, among other civic endeavors. She and her husband, Steven, live in Midwest City with their daughter.

Tags: Associates, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City

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