Arvest Bank Promotes Pence in Joplin

Monday, March 05 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

 Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Darci Pence has been promoted to the position of associate mortgage lender in Joplin. 

Pence has more than seven years of experience in the banking industry, most recently serving as a mortgage sales assistant. In her new role, Pence will work closely with the mortgage loan manager in the generation, evaluation, approval, processing, closing and servicing of real estate loans. She will be based out of the Arvest branch located at 701 S. Main St. 

Pence, who earned a degree in mass communications from Missouri Southern State University, lives in Joplin with her husband, Shane.


Tags: Associates, Joplin

Arvest Wealth Management Announces Durbin Promotion

Friday, January 19 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Ashley Durbin has been promoted to the position of client advisor for Arvest Wealth Management.

Durbin, who has more than five years of experience in the financial services industry, most recently worked at Arvest as a licensed banker. In her new role, she will gather and analyze financial information in order to provide appropriate and individualized customer solutions through brokerage, insurance, trust products and trust services, among other responsibilities. Durbin will be based out of the Arvest branch located at 3201 McClelland Blvd.

Durbin lives in Joplin and attends Carterville Christian Church. 

Tags: Associates, Joplin

Join Us for Lobby Chats Fridays in June/July in Joplin, Mo.

Friday, June 16 at 06:10 AM
Category: Arvest Community News
Retirement planning is an ongoing process of preparing for and reacting to critical financial events. Critical financial events can be as diverse as retiring, a change in career path or just getting started. The right strategy for each stage is the key to success. 
Join us at noon for lobby chat round-ups on June 23, June 30 and July 7 at 3201 McClelland Blvd. Joplin, Mo., with our very own expert, Garrett Taylor**, client advisor for Arvest Wealth Management. He will share some basic insights on strategies to save, make time for Q&A and schedule follow-up appointments upon request. 
In his role, Garrett assists clients in the Joplin, Mo., area with investment advice, retirement planning, risk management and other areas of personal financial planning. Prior to joining Arvest in 2012, Garrett earned a degree in finance and economics from Missouri Southern State University in 2006. In 2009, he earned the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification. Garrett is also a member of the Greater Kansas City chapter of the Financial Planning Association. Garrett also serves on the board of the Joplin Community Health Clinic. 
Garrett Taylor can be reached at (417) 627-8156 or
**Missouri Insurance License # 375253 

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Investment products and services are 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 unaffiliated insurance companies.
Trust services are provided by Arvest Bank. 

Tags: Joplin, Missouri, Retirement

Joplin’s Amy Howe Honored for Influence

Wednesday, May 31 at 06:35 AM
Category: Arvest Community News
Arvest Bank is pleased to announce that marketing manager Amy Howe has been selected by the Joplin Regional Business Journal as a member of its 2017 class of Most Influential Women. This marks the 11th year for the annual awards.
For those who may not know Howe, she began her career at Arvest in April 2010 as a marketing specialist in Benton County. In 2012, she moved to Joplin to take her current position.
Since then, she’s been busy making her mark not just on Arvest, but the communities she serves as well. Internally, she has served on the 1 Million Meals executive committee for six years, including three as co-chair. Howe also has served as chair and co-chair of the bank’s Marketing Peer Group, among a host of other roles she’s willingly accepted.
Howe’s external work has been equally – if not more – impressive. She has helped Arvest reach hundreds of children by leading the bank’s American Bankers Association-backed “Teach Children to Save” program, been a tireless United Way fundraiser, and helped organizations such as Joplin Regional Chamber of Commerce and Freeman Health Systems.
Perhaps above all, Howe has done all of this with a smile on her face. It turns out that smile, so familiar to those who know her, is the result of Howe’s longstanding commitment to having a positive influence on whoever and whatever she encounters.
“We have a choice in leadership to have a bad attitude or a good attitude,” she said, “and we make the decision every day.”
Arvest is happy to congratulate Howe on her recent honor and, more importantly, to appreciate the influence she has on us and those we serve – every day. 

Tags: Associates, Award, Joplin, Missouri

Q&A with Holly Mitchell with Newton County Food Basket Brigade for 1 Million Meals

Thursday, April 20 at 05:55 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Newton County Food Basket Brigade, one of our 72 food partners, has been serving people in Neosho, Mo., for 29 years. We’re happy to be working with them for our seventh annual 1 Million Meals initiative to raise one million meals for the children, elderly and others in need across our footprint.  

Holly Mitchell, treasurer at the Newton County Food Basket Brigade, graciously offered to do a Q&A with us, so we could learn more about her and the organization.

What’s your involvement with Newton County Food Basket Brigade, and how did you get started?
I have been the treasurer for the Newton County Food Basket Brigade (NCFBB) for the last two years. Having grown up in Neosho and worked in Neosho all my life, I have been familiar with the NCFBB since its inception over 20 years ago. A friend was the treasurer but needed to step down due to family commitments. Knowing I had a finance background, she suggested I join the board, and I am very thankful I did. I receive all the monetary donations, make the deposits, pay the food vendors, pay the operating expenses (we keep this to a bare minimum) and keep the organization in good standing. The NCFBB solely relies on volunteers; there are no paid employees.  

What’s a compelling experience you’ve had during your time with Newton County Food Basket Brigade?
As a volunteer at the food distribution, I get to personally interact with the recipients of the food baskets. The food distribution is set-up in an assembly line formation, with each family receiving a certain amount of food from each station. I was in charge of giving them boxes of stuffing and pasta for them to prepare at home this year and my son helped with cake mix/frosting. And this was a great experience for my son. He loved helping to fill the baskets and worked the entire day. He told me he certainly wants to help again!

You can tell the families are genuinely appreciative of what we are doing to help them. The families are provided an approximate two-week supply of nourishing food. For most, this is the best food they will have all year.  

How can people get involved with Newton County Food Basket Brigade? 
The NCFBB is all about volunteers! Again, there are no paid employees, just volunteers. We have one meeting the first week of November to start things off to coordinate the fundraising/food collection/distribution. It is a wonderful, efficient group of people to work with! To get involved, those that are interested may contact our president, Terry Cook, at or me at The Newton County community has been very generous to donate its time, food products and funds to make this an extremely successful program. The NCFBB is very, very thankful for its community.

We’d love to have you involved in our 1 Million Meals initiative to help the Newton County Food Basket Brigade 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!
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Tags: 1 Million Meals, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Joplin, Missouri

Couple Serves Overnight at Shelter – People Helping People Series

Tuesday, October 11 at 07:45 AM
Category: People Helping People
Randy and Leonna Kendall, a Joplin, Mo., couple looking for community service opportunities to fill their free time, started volunteering as overnight resident assistants at an emergency shelter a year ago. Serving four or five nights a month is a lot to ask, but the couple enjoy hearing the stories of the residents and seeing them make changes to improve their lives. Learn* about how Randy and Leonna’s service is helping the community.

The Kendalls’ story is part of Arvest Bank’s People Helping People series featuring citizens giving back to their community. 

Keep an eye on our social media channels for both videos and written stories highlighting the good works of dedicated citizens in the communities Arvest Bank serves. 

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

Tags: Charitable Giving, Community Support, Joplin, Missouri, People Helping People

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