Community Advisory Board Created in Saline County, Ark.

Friday, July 21 at 11:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News
Arvest Bank has announced the creation of a Saline County Advisory Board that was formed to broaden and enhance the bank’s support of the community.
 
The board consists of four members who will advise, support and serve as liaisons for the bank through relationships with local businesses and the community.
 
“We are fortunate in Saline County to have many distinguished professionals and entrepreneurs who work to help our communities thrive on a state and national level, and who are invested in helping this area of Arkansas continue to succeed,” said Phillip Partain, community bank president for Arvest Bank in Saline County. “We’re working in collaboration with these leaders to help ensure we’re making the best decisions, and pursuing the right opportunities, for our customers and for the future success of this area.”
 
Advisory board members will each serve a five-year term and include:
 
Grayling V. Hill, president of HilArk Industries in Benton, a manufacturer of heavy equipment for the construction industry. He also is the owner of HilBilt Sales Corp. – Arkansas. 
 
Hill has served on the Board of Trustees for the Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and an MBA in management from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. 
 
Hill, his wife Sharon, and their two children live in Bryant. He is a member of Family Church in Bryant.
 
Lamont Cornwell, Jr., executive director of the Saline County Economic Development Corporation. Cornwell was an executive in the gas utilities industry for 27 years, created a small business of his own and also served as a state representative for Saline County.
 
He is a charter member and former chairman of the Benton Public Utilities Commission, past chairman of the Benton Parks Commission, past president of the Benton Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Saline County Hospital Foundation and currently is involved in various state and national organizations that promote economic development in Arkansas.
 
Cornwell is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University and a member of The Church at Rock Creek.
 
He and his wife, Billie, have four children and nine grandchildren. 
 
Mark Middleton, president of CommerceCorp International, a boutique international merchant banking firm. He is a managing partner of MidCorp Investments and principal of Middleton Inc., a diversified family holding company.
 
Middleton served as finance director for Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign and was appointed special assistant to President Clinton and deputy to the president’s chief of staff. He has worked closely with Fortune 500 companies regarding their involvement in international business. Following his government service, Middleton was involved in establishing the Clinton Presidential Library and the Clinton Birthplace Foundation.
 
He earned a BSBA in finance and banking from the University of Arkansas. A Rotary International Fellow, Middleton completed his post-graduate studies at the London School of Economics, then earned his law degree from the University of Arkansas, where he was a member of the Law Review.
 
He is a board member of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Foundation Fund and the CHI St. Vincent Foundation, and is a member of Fifty for the Future. 
 
Middleton and his wife, Rhea, have two daughters. They are members of St. James United Methodist Church in Little Rock.

Don Rhoads, president of Fleming Electric in Bryant. 
 
Rhoads serves on the boards of the Arkansas chapter of the American Red Cross, Baptist Health and Arkansas Workforce, and is a member of Club 99 Rotary in Little Rock. He also is active in other industry organizations. 
 
Rhoads is a graduate of Arkansas State University, where he earned an associates degree in math and science. 
 
 
 
 

Tags: Community Support, Little Rock
 

Conversations from the Top Set for July 27 in Kansas City

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

Holly Streeter-Schaefer, attorney at Burns & McDonnell, will speak at our fifth event of the Central Exchanges’ 2017 Conversations from the Top series, which is a moderated fireside chat with executive women in leadership in Kansas City.

Holly will share her insight from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 27, 2017, at the Central Exchange Downtown (1020 Central St., Kansas City, Mo.). Registration* is required.

In the Conversations from the Top series, you’ll hear inspirational stories from women who have faced challenging issues as they worked their way to the top of their respective fields. They will share insights about their journey and give you things to think about in how you can achieve your own goals. 

July’s speaker has a technical background as a construction engineer that preceded her experience as a practicing attorney specializing in construction law for more than 10 years. Prior to joining Burns & McDonnell, Holly was a shareholder at a major national law firm where she concentrated on design and construction-related contracts, risk management, insurance issues and litigation. She also spent several years working for a large, national construction company as corporate counsel.

Holly has extensive knowledge in preparing, analyzing and negotiating design and construction contracts, teaming and joint venture agreements, subcontracts and supplier agreements. She is also experienced in litigating claims involving construction defects, payment disputes, mechanic’s liens and insurance issues. She has considerable experience in the areas of construction project claims prevention and alternative dispute resolution.

Her passion for construction is not limited to legal issues. She is past president of National Association of Women in Construction Greater Kansas City, Missouri Chapter 100 and is the current Scholarship Foundation president for NAWIC Chapter 100. She is also a board member of Central Exchange, chairing CX’s WiSTEMM committee. She is currently the chair of the Code Board of Appeals for the City of Overland Park, Kansas and recently joined Overland Park’s Board of Zoning Appeals. She is also a member of the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City’s Kansas City Tomorrow Alumni program.

She received a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering, with distinction, from Iowa State University and a J.D. from the Drake University School of Law in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Tags: Community Support, Kansas 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
 

Arvest Announces Coloring Contest Winner

Friday, July 14 at 08:45 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

We are excited to announce the winner of our coloring contest hosted by Arvest and the Early Childhood Initiatives Center* in Bentonville, Ark.

Congratulations to our winner Shraunak Sagare, age 4! His art will be featured on an Arvest Bank debit card along with the logo of the Helen R. Walton Children’s Enrichment Center- Early Childhood Initiatives Center.

Sagare’s entry was selected from more than 80 submissions in the competition, which was held June 24 at the Bentonville Farmer’s Market - Kids Art Park.*

“Every piece was unique and reflected a wonderful insight about the child that created it,” said Michelle Barnes, executive director of the Early Childhood Initiatives Center. “It's incredible to watch … young children move through stages of development beginning with random scribbling and moving to lines and patterns, and finally being able to draw pictures of objects and people. It's only then a child is developmentally ready to write letters. 

“The contest winner was selected because the artwork reflects a young learner’s process towards developing fine motor skills. Additionally, he used art to express his view on life. When we make art a part of regular part of learning, children are able to express their feelings, problem solve, learn cause and effect, and gain confidence.”

Thank you to all of the young artists who participated in this fun event!

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Tags: Arvest Benton County, Bentonville, Community Support, Debit Cards
 

Purple Sash Gala Held in Oklahoma City

Monday, July 03 at 05:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank supported the YWCA’s 14th Annual Purple Sash Gala held at 6 p.m., June 17, at The Criterion in downtown Oklahoma City.

The elegant evening included dinner, live and silent auctions, and a New York-style fashion runway show.

During the event, victims of domestic violence or sexual assault shared their personal stories of escaping abuse and rebuilding their lives.  

Arvest Bank supported the event by participating as a “Style Expert” sponsor with a corporate table and associates volunteered their time to the silent auction. 

All proceeds from Purple Sash benefited the YWCA of Oklahoma City, the only certified shelter for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in Oklahoma County.

The YWCA of Oklahoma City is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice and dignity for all. According to the organization, nearly 3,000 women, children and men receive help through YWCA programs, including emergency shelter for battered women and children, counseling, support groups, child care, transitional housing, financial literacy and other services. For more information visit www.ywcaokc.org.*

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

Tags: Associates, Community Support, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City
 

Tron Peterson Cares for Veterans – People Helping People Series

Friday, June 30 at 02:15 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

“There is no greater joy than seeing hope restored in a veteran’s life,” said Tron Peterson, who has spent the past decade helping veterans adjust to life after the military.

“I really started seeing the veterans coming back injured, maybe with PTSD, and just ready to give up a lot of times,” Tron said. 

“They would go over there so many times, confident, and they would come back and, for a lot of them, it was hard to cope with society. And so I thought, what can I do as an individual?”

That’s why he created Peterson Outdoors Ministries*. His organization provides recreational therapy for injured veterans, with the goal of helping them redefine their purpose in life.

“I really felt that it was put on my heart to have a place that would facilitate those with severe disabilities where they could stay on the property as a family,” Tron said. The organization takes injured veterans outdoors for a range of activities, including fishing and shooting clay pigeons.

“Just to see them interacting again and seeing that joy on their face makes it all worthwhile, he said.

Michael Zittle, a veteran of the Army, has participant in the program. “I was injured twice in service. Once in September 2010 and then again in February 2011. Later that year, I was medically retired from the Army,” Michael said. 

“[Peterson Outdoors Ministries] has a lot of adaptive equipment to help veterans or somebody with a disability to get out in the woods again and that brought a smile on my face,” Michael said. 

Adam Bracken is a volunteer with the organization. “You can see the impact. You can see tangible results. It’s not mailing a check somewhere,” Adam said. “It’s not putting a bumper sticker on your car that says, ‘Support our Troops.’ It’s meeting people who need help and providing them with the help they need.” 

According to Tron, veterans finding hope encourages him to continue his work. “You know there’s so much bad news in the country right now, but whenever you can see a life changed, you see a veteran and his family find hope again, that’s what’s exciting to me, that keeps me going,” he said.

WatchTron in action.

Tron’s 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 videos highlighting the good works of dedicated citizens in the communities Arvest Bank serves.

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

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