Bontrager Hired as Commercial Lender in West Plains, Mo.

Thursday, July 06 at 06:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Kimberly Bontrager as a commercial lender in West Plains, Mo.

Bontrager has 19 years of banking experience, including time in both deposit-related and lending roles. 

“We are thrilled to add Kimberly to our team,” said Tom Dame, president and CEO for Arvest in its North Central Arkansas market, which includes West Plains. “I know our customers will find her to be sincerely friendly and genuinely interested in meeting whatever needs they may have in the most efficient way possible. I have no doubt she will be an asset for both Arvest Bank and our customers.”

Bontrager is a graduate of Metropolitan Community College and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, as well as the Missouri Bankers Association School of Lending and Advanced School of Lending. Additionally, Bontrager is both president of the West Plains Sunrise Rotary Club and secretary of the Community Foundation of West Plains, Inc. She’s also involved with The Bridges Organization, among other civic endeavors.

Bontrager and her husband, Justyn, live in West Plains.

Tags: Associates, North Central Arkansas
 

Arvest Bank Celebrates Banking School Graduates

Friday, June 30 at 05:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce three of its associates recently graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University (LSU).

David McBee, Kerry Meythaler and Summer Massey were among the 164 bankers who received diplomas on June 2. This year’s class included students from 18 states and Mexico.

McBee is sales manager and executive vice president in Arvest’s North Central Arkansas market, while Massey is loan manager and executive vice president in its Springfield, Mo., market. Meythaler serves as senior bank group credit analyst and offices in Lowell.

The three-year program provides courses covering all aspects of banking, economics and related subjects, according to a news release issued by the school. Also according to the release, the school is sponsored by 15 southern state bankers associations in cooperation with the Division of Continuing Education at LSU.

On-campus attendance is required, with extensive bank study assignments between sessions. The faculty consists of bankers, business and professional leaders, and educators from all over the United States.

During their three years at the school, students receive 180 hours of classroom instruction, 30 hours of reviews, planned evening study, and written final examinations at the end of each session.

Tags: Arkansas, Associates, North Central Arkansas
 

Colton’s Give Back Event in Harrison, Ark. Provides 2,220 Meals

Wednesday, June 07 at 02:50 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Proceeds benefit Ozark Share and Care to help reduce local hunger. 

HARRISON, Ark. – Colton’s Steakhouse and the Harrison community recently provided $444.07, the equivalent of 2,220 meals, to Ozark Share and Care after a one-day give back event hosted by Colton’s and Arvest Bank.  

Colton’s Steakhouse donated 10 percent of total meal sales from customers who dined in or placed carry out orders on May 30. The fundraising event was part of Arvest Bank’s 1 Million Meals campaign that helps reduce hunger in local communities.  

“This donation will impact many individuals and families in our community who don’t know where their next meal is coming from, or who would not have had food otherwise,” said Scott Tennyson, market president of Arvest Bank in Harrison. “We very much appreciate everyone who enjoyed a meal at Colton’s during this event, and we certainly appreciate Colton’s for supporting this community project.” 

Arvest Bank’s 7th Annual 1 Million Meals campaign is a two-month bank-wide effort to collect nonperishable food items and monetary donations in support of local food partners to help reduce hunger in local communities. All donations to 1 Million Meals in Harrison directly benefit Ozark Share and Care, a local hunger relief organization. The 1 Million Meals campaign concluded on June 3 and the total number of meals and amount of donations should be announced soon. Every dollar raised through 1 Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for those in need.  

The goal of the campaign is to collect the equivalent of 1 Million Meals in the 120 communities Arvest Bank serves across a four-state area.  

For more information about 1 Million Meals, visit arvest.com/millionmeals.

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, North Central Arkansas, Press Release
 

Shred-a-Thon Collects Donations That Provide 11,420 Meals in Mountain Home, Ark.

Thursday, June 01 at 05:50 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Mountain Home community disposes of 20,000 pounds of paper.

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. – A recent Shred-a-Thon in Mountain Home helped the community destroy 20-thousand pounds of personal and confidential documents in an effort to guard against identity theft. 

In exchange for free shredding provided by Arvest Bank and Shred-It, Mountain Home residents were encouraged to make a monetary donation or bring nonperishable food items in support of Arvest Bank’s 1 Million Meals campaign that works to reduce hunger in local communities.  

The Shred-a-Thon collected more than $2,284 in donations and 26 nonperishable food items for the campaign. The monetary donations will provide 11,420 meals to the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas’ backpack program and area backpack programs operated by other hunger relief organizations in North Central Arkansas. 

“This event provided a dual benefit; it helped protect our community from identity theft and supported school children who don’t always have enough food to eat at home,” said Sally Gilbert, market president of Arvest Bank in Mountain Home. “Our generous and caring community has once again pulled together to make a difference in the lives of those who are in need and we are very grateful to those who donated.” 

The Shred-a-Thon was one of several community events Arvest Bank held in Mountain Home in support of its 1 Million Meals campaign. Earlier this month, the bank’s annual Feed the Pack Day raised $18,295.82 and 3,557 food items in support of the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas and area backpack programs. Volunteers in five communities collected cash and food contributions during the one-day donation blitz. Every dollar provides five meals to those in need, so donations raised from Feed the Pack Day will provide more than 91,400 meals for children facing food insecurity. 

Arvest Bank’s annual 1 Million Meals campaign continues through June 3. The goal of the campaign is to collect enough food and monetary donations to provide the equivalent of one million meals in the 120 communities Arvest Bank serves across a four state territory. Mountain Home residents may drop off nonperishable food items or monetary donations at any Arvest Bank location in support of the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas’ backpack program and other similar programs in the area. Every donation made in Mountain Home stays local.  

Donations may also be made by calling (866) 952-9523. Arvest credit card customers can donate Arvest Flex Rewards™ points by visiting arvestflexrewards.com and clicking on the 1 Million Meals banner. 

For additional information, visit www.arvest.com/millionmeals.

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, North Central Arkansas, Press Release
 

Arvest Recognizes “Biggest Savers” in Annual Dollars and Sense Program in North Central Arkansas

Friday, May 26 at 04:15 AM
Category: Arvest Community News
YELLVILLE, Ark. – The end of the school year reveals more than grades for students in the Flippin and Yellville-Summit School Districts, it unveils the biggest saver in Arvest Bank’s annual Dollars and Sense program. 
 
Arvest Bank announced today that fifth grader Marcee Benedict saved the most money among her classmates in Flippin during the 2016 - 2017 school year, with savings of $600. Marshall Mott saved the second-largest amount of $465. Students in the Flippin School District who participated in the program saved a total of $1,367.19.   
 
In the Yellville-Summit School District, Kyleigh Still was the biggest saver, building her savings account to $830. Erica Pyle was the second-largest saver, with $269. Students in the Yellville-Summit School District who participated in the program saved a total of $1,219. 
 
The Dollars and Sense program teaches students of all ages the importance of saving and budgeting, as well as general information on banks, money, bartering and other relevant topics. 
 
“These are basic financial literacy skills that we hope every student will build on as they grow older to help them be financially proficient in everything they do,” said Tiffany Watkins, assistant vice president and marketing director for Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas. “It’s a good feeling when you have a nice nest egg at the end of the year after being diligent with your saving plan, so all of these students should be proud.”
 
Students were encouraged to save their own money throughout the school year and utilize the information they learned in the program to help increase their savings. As students deposited money into their personal savings accounts and brought the deposit slip to class, they received credit for their accomplishment. 
 
Arvest Bank’s Dollars and Sense program is taught in the Flippin, Yellville-Summit and Cotter School Districts. For more information visit www.arvest.com.  

Tags: Arkansas, Community Support, North Central Arkansas
 

Harrison, Ark. Shred-a-Thon Collects Donations That Provide 4,610 Meals

Thursday, May 25 at 06:25 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Harrison, Ark., community disposes of 10,000 pounds of paper.

HARRISON, Ark. – The Harrison community recently shredded 10-thousand pounds of personal and confidential documents in an effort to guard against identity theft and to help reduce hunger in North Central Arkansas.  

Arvest Bank and Shred-It recently held a free Shred-a-Thon event for the community, destroying more than 200 boxes of paper on-site. In exchange for free shredding, Harrison residents were encouraged to make a monetary donation or bring nonperishable food items in support of Arvest Bank’s 1 Million Meals campaign that works to reduce hunger in local communities.  

The Shred-a-Thon collected more than $922 in donations and 86 canned goods for the campaign. The monetary donations will provide 4,610 meals to Ozark Share and Care, a local hunger relief organization.  

“This event combined two great services to the Harrison community, protecting our neighbors from identity theft, and supporting those who face food insecurity, all in one day,” said Scott Tennyson, market president of Arvest Bank in Harrison. “We are very grateful to those who donated, and to Shred-It for their collaboration in an extremely important project.”

Arvest Bank’s annual 1 Million Meals campaign continues through June 3. The goal of the campaign is to collect enough food and monetary donations to provide the equivalent of one million meals in the 120 communities Arvest Bank serves across a four state territory. Harrison residents may drop off nonperishable food items or monetary donations at any Arvest Bank location in support of Ozark Share and Care to help reduce hunger in North Central Arkansas. Every donation made in Harrison stays local.  

Donations may also be made by calling (866) 952-9523. Arvest credit card customers can donate Arvest Flex Rewards™ points by visiting arvestflexrewards.com and clicking on the 1 Million Meals banner. Every dollar raised through 1 Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for those in need.

For additional information, visit www.arvest.com/millionmeals.

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, North Central Arkansas

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