Arvest Bank Community Garden: Planting Urban Roots

Thursday, April 19 at 12:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Tucked next to the Arvest Bank on Blue Ridge Blvd in Kansas City, Mo. is a local community garden where Arvest associates work together to create community involvement and empowerment. This urban oasis can be a sigh of relief from the hustle and bustle of everyday life – for both the green thumbed volunteers who till the soil and those who reap the harvest.

The seed for these twelve raised beds was planted in 2014 when we recognized a need for proper access to nutrition and food in the community. Residents in the area have the opportunity to rent a bed, giving access to fresh fruit and vegetables in a community with little green space for growing.

With each season, Arvest is able to harvest an abundant amount of sweet potatoes and tomatoes of which is donated to Raytown Emergency Assistance Program (REAP). Their emergency food pantry strives to provide each family enough food to last two to three weeks. Arvest is proud to partner with REAP to help them meet this need.

Our volunteers have experienced many successful harvest seasons and anticipate this year being no different. This dedicated team of Arvest associates will soon begin preparing for the upcoming growing season.

Have a green thumb? Are you interested in getting involved in a local community garden? Contact us at 913-261-2265 to learn more!

Tags: Kansas City, Missouri

Small Business Banking Series in Greater Kansas City How To: Create a Harassment Free Workplace

Thursday, March 22 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Are you a small business in the Greater Kansas City area? Central Exchange will host the first class of their Small Business Banking series next month! Arvest Bank is proud to support this empowering series with small business leaders throughout our community.

The headlines continue. High profile Hollywood executives and political figures are accused of sexual misconduct. These cases result in career damaging publicity and costly settlements. Your organization likely won’t receive the attention experienced by such high-profile cases. But, are you sure there isn’t a harassment or sexual harassment situation occurring in your office?

Our featured speaker, Karen Hughley, Founder of KR-HR, will teach five steps employers can take to create a harassment free workplace. Participants will engage in discussion, practical application exercises and leave with practical approaches to implement back in the workplace.

Karen Hughley is a Human Resources leader with more than 20 years of experience in multiple industries and geographic locations. Founded by Karen, KR-HR is a PeopleFocused advising firm. The firm specializes is making HR manageable and giving business owners the confidence it’s done correctly.

Based in Overland Park, KS, KR-HR serves business owners across the community who understand how valuable people are. They help owners focus on employee engagement and retention because they know firsthand the positive impact employee satisfaction has on the bottom line.

Join Central Exchange, Arvest Bank and Karen Hughley for this informative session on Thursday, April 5, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. at Central Exchange South (6201 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS). This class is open to the public and registration includes lunch.

Space is limited. Registration is required.


Hosted by Central Exchange. Sponsored by Arvest Bank.

Tags: Kansas, Kansas City

Arvest Bank Announces Secrest Hiring

Friday, January 19 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Jim Secrest as a mortgage lender.

Secrest has 20 years of experience in the consumer finance, mortgage and title industries, holding positions in both operations and sales management. He most recently worked at Continental Title Company.

In his role at Arvest, Secrest will serve as a decision-making resource for customers, providing guidance to them in an effort to find solutions tailored for their unique needs. He will be based out of the Arvest branch at 7401 W. 135th St. in Overland Park.

Secrest earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Kansas, where he was a four-year letterman on the tennis team. He achieved All-American status in 1989 by reaching the NCAA Division I Championships quarterfinals.

Secrest and his wife, Shawn, live in Overland Park with their two sons.


Tags: Associates, Kansas City

Arvest in Greater Kansas City Welcomes John Edwards

Monday, December 11 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest is pleased to announce the addition of John Edwards, Mortgage Loan Officer to the Mortgage Team in Greater Kansas City.

John Edwards has dedicated over 15 years to the home-buying industry. He operates on the Arvest core values to strive for excellence and communicate openly. John takes pride in working hard for his customers, being readily available and keeping customers informed throughout every step of their loan process.

John is a Kansas City transplant from Wichita, Kansas. He is a University of Kansas graduate where he earned his Bachelors in Journalism. John later earned his Masters in Higher Education Administration from Emporia State University.

John and his family are active in the community by volunteering for area organizations such as Mission Southside, Kindcraft, Great Plains SPCA and Sunnyside Elementary. When he has downtime from getting customers in their dream home and volunteering throughout the community, he spends his spare time coaching youth soccer and baseball. John enjoys spending time with his wife while trying to keep up with their two children. John admits he loves to cheer on the Kansas Jayhawks (even football).

Welcome to Arvest, John!

Tags: Associates, Kansas City

Arvest Bank Announces Richards Hiring

Friday, December 08 at 03:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce the hiring of Nichoel Richards. 

Richards, who has more than 15 years of commercial lending experience, will serve as senior vice president and commercial relationship manager. As such, she primarily is charged with developing business relationships with wholesalers, manufacturers, distributors and service companies across a broad range of industries.

 Richards will be based at the Arvest branch at 6300 Nall Ave. in Mission, Kan., but will serve the entire metro area. 

“We look forward to combining Nichoel’s experience and credit expertise with the corporate culture and service model we embody at Arvest,” said Brian Lee, executive vice president and commercial loan manager. “She is a leader who has continually demonstrated the ability to uncover and serve the needs of her customers during her career. We’re thrilled to add her to our team of experienced commercial bankers.” 

Richards most recently worked as an executive director, relationship executive with JPMorgan Chase, where she assisted in helping build and expand the Kansas City region and won several national awards. She also spent 12 years at Wells Fargo, where she held numerous roles in collateral exam, credit and new business. 

Richards earned a degree in finance at Concordia University and has participated as a panelist for the Turnaround Management Association. She lives in Shawnee, Kan., with her husband, Tom, and their children.

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.

Tags: Associates, Kansas City

Conversations from the Top in Kansas City - Kathy Nelson

Thursday, December 07 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
President and CEO of the Greater Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation, Kathy Nelson, will be our guest of honor at the final session of Central Exchanges’ Conversations from the Top series for 2017. Arvest is proud to support this moderated fireside chat with executive women in leadership throughout Kansas City.
Kathy will provide her insight and experiences on Tuesday, December 19th from 11:45am to 1:00pm at Central Exchange Downtown (1020 Central, Kansas City, MO 64105). Registration is required.
Nelson works to promote Kansas City sports locally and nationally with the goal of attracting, retaining and facilitating sports events and organizations. She helps the bi-state region realize the economic, social and community-building benefits of sports. In 2016, Nelson was selected to serve on the National Association of Sports Commissions Board of Directors.
Kathy first joined the KC Sports Commission in August 2010 as the WIN for KC Director then moved into President & CEO of the KC Sports Commission in November 2011. Prior to joining the KC Sports Commission staff, she was an active volunteer and member of WIN for KC and the KC Sports Commission for over ten years. Kathy was previously on the WIN for KC Advisory Board and has also been involved on the Women’s Sports Award Celebration committee. In 2010 she served as chair for the event, which featured Billie Jean King.
Before her time at KC Sports Commission, Nelson served in senior management roles in marketing, sales and promotions at Time Warner Cable and Metro Sports and held a number of roles at FOX 4/WDAF-TV in Kansas City including creative services manager, producer, reporter and editor.
Kathy has become a leader in Kansas City and was recognized in 2017 for her accomplishments when she was honored by the Kansas City Business Journal as one of the Women Who Mean Business. The Kansas City Star included her on their list of 20 Most Influential Sports Figures in Kansas City placing her at number five behind Clark Hunt, CEO/Owner of Kansas City Chiefs; Dayton Moore, Royals General Manager; Peter Vermes, Sporting Kansas City’s Coach/Technical Director; and David Glass, Owner of Kansas City Royals. In November 2017, Kathy and the Sports Commission were honored as Sports Commission of the Year from Compete Magazine. In 2018, Kathy will be participating in Dancing with the Kansas City Stars to benefit Cristo Rey School.
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Tags: Kansas City

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