Shalea Walter Named to Centurions Leadership Program in Kansas City

Thursday, August 10 at 02:05 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurions Leadership Program has welcomed local Marketing Manager Shalea Walter to its 2019 class. 

Shalea Walter

The two-year program allows participants to explore opportunities and issues in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Its mission is to prepare a representative cross-section of the community’s emerging leaders as they shape the future of greater Kansas City. 

Shalea received her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Legal Studies from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. She joined Arvest in June of 2012 with the acquisition of Union Bank, where she had served as their Marketing representative since 2008. Shalea is very involved in the local community. She has served as a committee chair for Phoenix Family Housing’s Annual Fundraising event for seven years. She also volunteers for Charlie’s House, a local non-profit dedicated to the safety of children in and around the home. 

Shalea enjoys spending time with her family. She and her husband, Ryan, stay busy with two children under the age of five.

Congratulations, Shalea!

Tags: Kansas, Kansas City
 

MyBankTracker Recognizes Arvest Bank

Wednesday, August 09 at 11:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank once again has been recognized by MyBankTracker.com, which touts itself as a personal finance resource for more than a million monthly visitors.

Arvest was named the “Best Southern Customer-Focused Bank” for the fourth consecutive quarter. MyBankTracker.com’s regional awards are given on a quarterly basis.

MyBankTracker.com* cited Arvest’s extensive branch network, extended hours and high levels of transparency, among other factors, in announcing it as a winner.

This honor comes after Arvest was recognized in May by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017. The bank ranked 208th out of the 500 businesses nationwide – with 5,000 or more full- or part-time associates – that scored highest in an independent survey of employees regarding satisfaction with their company. Additionally, Arvest is the highest-ranking community bank among all companies in the banking/financial services category and the only Arkansas-based company on the large employer list.

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

Tags: Arkansas, Associates, Award, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma
 

Looking Ahead: 5 Tips to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Tuesday, August 08 at 10:00 AM
Category: Business Banking
What is your business hoping to accomplish in 2018? Whether you are looking to build upon your successes or make improvements, you can move things in the right direction by clearly outlining your goals for both the short and long term. With a few months left in 2017, it is a good time to think about your strategy for the upcoming year. So where should you start? These quick tips may help as you prepare your roadmap for success!
 
1. Evaluate Your Business
 
Though often skipped, self-assessment is the key first step to moving forward. When you base your business’s strategy on learnings from real-time experiences, you can find your niche and what can really set you apart in the marketplace. It’s easy to get distracted by the day-to-day grind, by either staying too safe with operations as business as usual or by gravitating toward what’s on-trend with the competition. Spend some time evaluating what is currently happening within your business, both the good and the bad. This evaluation process may clue you in to an area that could be restructured for greater efficiency or it could offer insight about how to improve an already high-performing area.
 
2. Assess Key Relationships
 
Take some time to assess your key business relationships. Compare any vendors or agencies you currently use against their competition to ensure that you are getting the job you need done as efficiently and effectively as possible. Also consider how you are making payments to your outside vendors. Can those processes be improved? Are there opportunities and financial tools you could use to save or streamline the accounts payable process?
 
3. Assemble an Internal Think-Tank
 
Assemble a group or groups within your organization and task them with developing solutions, delegating a plan for improvement, or in success, determining how to maintain certain projects or relationships. Bring together individuals from different departments to greatly enhance your business’s ability to think outside the box and collaborate during the planning stages. Keep this group of individuals engaged throughout the upcoming year as they will be able to help your business adjust or modify the plan in the face of changes. Hold them accountable as they can have a significant impact on how the business will perform in the coming year.
 
4. Examine Your Spend Strategy
 
Be sure that you are aligning your spending strategy as your business evolves. What has worked in the past may not be good practice for what is to come. For example, as remote work continues to boom across the country, it may be time to adjust your budget and spending strategies to account for more of your workforce working from home or off-site. It’s also important to review and update company policies on spending and reporting, if deemed necessary. Take action and standardize where opportunities exist.
 
5. Review Your Recording Tools
 
Consider how you have historically managed, tracked and controlled spending on things like travel, materials, office supplies and subscriptions. Are there new tools available? Utilizing commercial credit cards that provide budget tracking, spending resources, and rewards programs can help you keep a handle on your bottom line, while maximizing your potential. 
 
For example, the Arvest Corporate Credit Card with Arvest Flex Rewards™ features 24/7 online access to monitoring and management tools through CentreSuite. And from Aug. 1 through Sept. 30, 2017, Arvest is offering a one-time bonus of up to 10,000 Arvest Flex Rewards™ bonus points when you sign up for a corporate credit card. Points can be redeemed for a variety of rewards, including travel and cash back. The overall idea is to streamline your spending to work smarter, not harder in the coming year. 
 
Though this type of examination and planning takes time and resources, making it a priority will help your business grow. Chances are the roadmap you create will keep your business on track to achieve success!
 
The views of this article are for general information use only. Please contact and speak with a subject expert or your banker when specific advice is needed.

 

Tags: Business Banking, Credit Cards
 

Kennedy to Lead Arvest Treasury Management Division

Tuesday, August 08 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Carolyn Kennedy as executive director of its Treasury Management division.

Kennedy has more than 20 years of treasury management experience and is a Certified Treasury Professional®. Most recently, Kennedy served as the leader of Specialized Sales Consulting in Treasury and Payment Solutions for SunTrust Banks Inc. in Atlanta. Her responsibilities included leading a highly successful Treasury Management sales team. She held several other roles during her tenure at SunTrust, including solution line manager for Treasury Management products. Prior to that, Kennedy worked for Wachovia Bank in a number of treasury roles.

In her new role at Arvest, Kennedy will manage all aspects of Arvest’s Treasury Management division, including sales, product management and client support. She will be based in Rogers, but will work with local teams throughout Arvest’s four-state footprint.

“After an extensive nationwide search for an executive director for our treasury management division, we are thrilled to add Carolyn to the Arvest team,” Arvest regional executive Lisa Ray said. “Her expansive experience will provide Arvest with a TM leader with comprehensive knowledge in all aspects of treasury management technology, product delivery, customer service and sales.”

Arvest’s Treasury Management division offers a variety of solutions to assist a business in effectively managing its cash flow. From receivables and payables to funds management and fraud deterrents, Arvest’s Treasury Management team can help customize solutions for a company’s unique business needs. Solutions include Arvest Remote Deposit Capture, direct deposit of payroll, Lockbox, online banking and more.

Kennedy earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Sweet Briar College, and minored in math and political science. She has served on the Georgia ACH Association Board of Directors, and was named Top Treasury & Payment Solutions Premier Performance winner for product management in 2007. Kennedy also has a proven track record as a leader, earning high scores in associate satisfaction surveys in her roles at SunTrust.

Kennedy and her husband, Burke, have three children.

Tags: Associates, Treasury Management
 

Lucas Added as Board Member in Oklahoma City

Monday, August 07 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Erika Lucas has joined the Arvest Bank Oklahoma City Board of Directors.

Lucas is the founder and CEO of StitchCrew, a consultancy and project management firm helping technology organizations conceive, design and scale through innovative business modeling, marketing strategies and operational efficiencies. She also works with venture capital firms in established regions looking to invest outside traditional technology hubs and partners with economic development organizations to develop startup communities and capture innovation-driven entrepreneurship in order to grow the innovation economy in the Midwest.

“Erika’s business experience and vision will be a great asset to Arvest and we are fortunate to have her vision and leadership as a part of our board,” said Ron Witherspoon, president of Arvest Bank Oklahoma City. “We are delighted to have Erika as a part of our team and are looking forward to her first meeting with us later this month.”

Prior to launching StitchCrew, Lucas was vice president of marketing and communications for a private equity firm investing exclusively in aerospace and defense companies, and was responsible for onboarding new acquisitions into the firm's operating business model. She also developed growth strategies, along with scalable operating models, for portfolio companies by working closely with the leadership team of each company to ensure governance and growth trajectory were in line with defined investment goals.

Additionally, Lucas spent six years at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, leading the foreign direct investment and trade team, as well as the marketing and communications team. During her tenure, a total of 38 international companies located or expanded in the state, accounting for $260 million in investment and 4,100 direct jobs.

Born and raised in Mexico, Lucas began her career facilitating the establishment of international manufacturing companies in her home country, from site selection and incentive negotiation to running the administrative side of the in-country operation.

Lucas also is a board member for the Oklahoma City-County Health Department, the Potts Family Foundation, the Port Authority of the Greater Oklahoma City Area and the Oklahoma City Energy FC.

Tags: Oklahoma, Oklahoma City

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