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.

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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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Arvest Bank Presents: SOLVE IT – Defining Your Target Customer

Monday, November 06 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest News
Central Exchange will host the final Small Business Banking class for 2017, presented by Arvest next month! The class will be held on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 from 12:00p to 1:15p at Central Exchange South (6201 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS).
Can you describe your target customer? Do you know what their needs are? This workshop will arm you with the resources to help you answer these questions. Join our featured speakers, Aviva Ajmera and Teddi Hernandez, owners of SoLVEKC, for an incomparable opportunity to allow your business skills a competitive edge.
Aviva Ajmera, co-founder of SoLVE, is an accredited Angel Investor and the Chairman of the Board with the Women’s Capital Connection, Kansas City’s only female Angel Investing group. She is an active member of the Central Exchange and is also on the Board of the Greater Kansas City chapter of the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP).  Prior to SoLVE, Aviva was a partner with The Partnering Group and worked for Accenture. She’s consulted for blue chip companies including Nestle USA, Post Foods, Sara Lee, Kimberly Clark, LG Electronics, Bauer Hockey, 3M, Northwest Airlines and Fingerhut.
Before her consulting years, she was a senior leader at Hallmark Cards, in many areas including Product Development, Innovation, Retail, Corporate Strategy, and Customer Strategy, and Business Transformation. She launched, grew and re-invented iconic marketplace programs partnering with many brands and retailers, like Disney, Starbucks, The Komen Foundation, Walmart, Walgreens.  Aviva has a BA in Economics and Policy Studies from Rice University; MBA in Marketing, Management & Strategy and Non-profit Management from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. 
Teddi is SoLVE’s co-founder.  She is also the co-owner of a boutique in Martin City, Full Bloom.  Prior to starting SoLVE, Teddi was Co-Owner and President of Just For Her Marketing and Retail Events. Teddi deeply understands the needs and challenges of local small business owners. She identified a need for a new kind of consulting firm in Kansas City. Teddi’s career began as a Legislative Assistant in Washington DC, and she worked on multiple state and Presidential campaigns. After leaving the Hill, she became a lobbyist for Hallmark Cards.  Hallmark brought her to Kansas City, where she led teams in product development, licensing, customer strategy, integrated marketing, advertising and promotions. She led strategic alliances with companies like Apple, Disney Consumer Products, American Girl, Starbuck’s and Major League Baseball.  
Teddi graduated from the University of Northern Colorado and also studied at the Oxford Polytechnic University in Oxford, England.  Her passion for American Politics led her to UMKC where she completed her coursework for a Masters in Political Science. 
This class is open to the public and includes a complimentary lunch. Space is limited so registration is required.
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Conversations from the Top in Kansas City - Nov. 2

Tuesday, October 24 at 04:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Diana Toman, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Compass Minerals, will be the guest of honor at the eighth and 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.

Diana will share her insight on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 11:45am to 1:00pm at Central Exchange Downtown (1020 Central, Kansas City, Mo.). Registration is required. More info here* on how to register.

Diana Toman joined Compass Minerals as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary in November 2015. Ms. Toman is responsible for directing the company’s legal and government affairs and is the executive sponsor of the company’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative and Sustainability Initiative.

Prior to joining the company, Ms. Toman served as vice president, strategy and general counsel, Asia Pacific and Africa, for General Cable Corporation, a Fortune 500 global wire and cable manufacturing company, based in Thailand. Her experience includes multiple roles in senior management, including corporate counsel and corporate secretary positions at Gardner Denver, Inc. and Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc. Ms. Toman began her career as an attorney with the law firm of Levy & Craig, P.C.

Ms. Toman serves on the Kansas Bar Association’s Board of Governors, the Kansas City Repertory Theater Board of Directors, and as Secretary of the Parent - Teacher Organization Board as Secretary for the Aubrey Bend Middle School in Overland Park, Kansas. Diana is a member of the Missouri Bar, Johnson County Bar, American Bar Association, the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals; the Association of Corporate Counsel; Association for Women Lawyers of Kansas City; The Central Exchange; National Association of Corporate Directors; and the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals. 

Ms. Toman earned her doctorate in law from the University of Kansas – School of Law and her Master of Business Arts and Bachelor of Arts in political science and English from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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