Kansas City Market Welcomes McNeill

Friday, July 28 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Kenton McNeill in its Greater Kansas City market.

McNeill, who has worked in a variety of roles during a 30-year banking career, will serve as vice president and an Arvest Private Banking advisor. Arvest Private Banking provides clients unlimited access to a team of experienced professionals offering integrated advice in all areas of financial management.

Among McNeill’s duties, he will analyze and develop wealth management strategies for private banking clients to help them reach their financial goals. He will be based at the Arvest branch at 911 NE Sam Walton in Lee’s Summit, Mo., and serve consumers throughout Greater Kansas City.

“We are thrilled to add Kenton’s expertise to our team,” said Amy Morbeck, Arvest Private Banking manager for Greater Kansas City. “He has a vast array of experience, a great attitude, and is dedicated to providing personalized service to our customers.”

A native of Greater Kansas City, McNeill has held leadership roles in a number of community, professional, and nonprofit organizations, including Rock the Cure KC, Banker’s Institute, the American Club Association, Leadership Lenexa, the Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day parade committee and numerous area chambers of commerce.

Tags: Associates, Kansas 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
 

3 Join Private Banking Team in Springdale, Ark.

Wednesday, July 26 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has added three members to its Arvest Private Banking staff in Springdale, Ark.

Katie Robinson, Matt Potter and Ray Ford have been promoted to Arvest Private Banking roles after serving the bank in varying capacities.

“We are excited to add these associates to Arvest Private Banking in Springdale,” Arvest Private Banking manager Mary Pedersen said. “We have had a need to expand and our Private Banking team with the growth of Springdale and our surrounding communities. With the experience this group brings, we can deliver the level of service our high net worth clients need. This is a move we’re confident will be fantastic for the bank and our customers.”

Robinson, vice president and Arvest Private Banking advisor, has been at Arvest since 2004, working in branch management and Arvest’s Treasury Management team. In addition to earning a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at Oklahoma State University, she is a graduate of the Leadership Fayetteville Class XXVI and the Walton Institute.

A current member of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, Robinson also has been actively involved with Fayetteville Public Schools and Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, among other civic endeavors. Additionally, she was named a member of the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal’s 2013 Forty Under 40 class. She and her husband, Kirk, have two children and attend Central United Methodist Church in Fayetteville.

Like Robinson, Potter will serve as an Arvest Private Banking advisor, analyzing and developing wealth management strategies for private banking clients, based on the client’s individual financial goals. Potter specifically serves physicians, executives and retirees.

Potter has worked at Arvest since 2006 and served in a variety of roles, including as a credit analyst and as part of Arvest’s Treasury Management team. Potter earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in business administration, both at Missouri State University.

Potter and his wife, Amanda, live in Springdale with their son. They are active members of Cross Church. Additionally, Potter has held leadership roles at Rotary International and also the United Way of the Ozarks.

Ford will serve as an Arvest Private Banker, focusing on building relationships with customers and developing wealth management strategies based on specific needs and goals of individual clients. He has worked in a variety of roles at Arvest since 2010, including customer service, financial services, treasury management and wealth management.

Ford holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising and public relations from the University of Arkansas and is involved in various community activities in both Springdale and Fayetteville. He and his wife, Tiffany, live in Fayetteville.

This blog was updated on July 27.

Tags: Associates, Springdale, Treasury Management
 

James Named as President in West Plains, Mo.

Thursday, July 20 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Joyce James has been hired as market president for West Plains, Mo.

A longtime banker, James has experience in practically all facets of banking and is a graduate of banking schools at Southern Methodist University, the University of Oklahoma and Louisiana State University, among other professional training. She most recently served as president of another local financial institution.

“We couldn’t be happier to have Joyce joining the Arvest family,” said Tom Dame, president and CEO for Arvest in North Central Arkansas, which includes the West Plains market. “Her passion for serving customers and the community is obvious to anyone who knows or meets her, and I have no doubt she will be a tremendous asset for both. We look forward to great things from Joyce.”

James’ civic involvement runs as deep as her banking roots. In addition to having served on the board of directors of Industrial Development Corporation, West Plains Chamber of Commerce, West Plains Rotary Club and the City of West Plains Planning and Zoning Commission, she is a strong supporter of the West Plains School District, Missouri State University, Boys & Girls Club of the Greater West Plains Area and the Ozarks Small Business Incubator, among other groups.

James lives in West Plains and is a member of West Plains First Baptist Church. Her son, Brock, and his wife, Beth, reside in Springfield, Mo.

Tags: Associates, North Central Arkansas, West Plains
 

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
 

Kristin Patterson Inspires Campers – People Helping People Series

Friday, July 14 at 07:15 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

“My motivation is simple. It’s those kids and those smiles,” Kristin Patterson said.

As co-director of Camp Quality Ozarks, Kristin has one purpose: to let kids be kids, even when they have cancer.

“When you undergo cancer as a child, you grow up very fast. You are entered into the adult world whether you want to or not,” Kristin said. “You lose your hair, you may have scars, but here it doesn’t matter, you’re just a kid. You’re just like the others.”

And just like any kid, those who come to Camp Quality Ozarks want to spend their week having typical summer fun.

“We play basketball, soccer, we have fishing, swimming, yoga, CrossFit, and also a really awesome bike park that they get to play on,” Kristin said.

Bethany is one of the campers that knows Kristin. “Camp Quality is a lot like a home away from home. It really helps you to be like your inner self,” Bethany said. “So people aren’t judging you for what you do or who you’re acting like or whatever.”

Tabitha is another teen participating in Camp Quality. “It’s inspired me to be more of myself and get to know others a lot more. And not let what I’m scared of get in the way of what I know I should and can do,” Tabitha said. 

As a child, Kristin experienced the difficulties of cancer and understands what these kids are going through.

“This is my 20th year here at Camp Quality. Eight of those years was as a camper. I was diagnosed with AML leukemia at the age of 10, and went through treatment,” Kristin said. “My sister gave me a bone marrow transplant and I’m very blessed to still be here today.”

Tabitha said she’s able to relate to Kristin more because of their similar experiences. “After going through the same things, it’s a lot easier to bond with her.”

“Kristen is like the big sister I’ve never had,” Tabitha said. 

According to Bethany, she knows she can rely on Kristin for help. “If you just need … somebody to have a shoulder to cry on, she’s there,” Bethany said. “She might start crying with you, but she’ll definitely help with whatever you’re going through.”

It can be a challenging job, but it’s always rewarding, according to Kristin.

“It’s knowing that they’re getting to come here and enjoy themselves. Knowing that they’re making friendships that they can carry on. And also that they’re making friendships [with others who] they have something in common with and they’re able to talk to each other about it.”

“But to see those smiles and to see them playing and having fun is the biggest blessing that I could ever have,” Kristin said. 

Watch* Kristin in action. 

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

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

Tags: Arkansas, Associates, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, People Helping People

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