Sullivan Promoted in Oklahoma City

Thursday, June 22 at 05:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Industry veteran will serve as private banking manager.

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Stuart Sullivan has been promoted to vice president, private banking manager in its Oklahoma City market.

Sullivan, who offices at the Arvest branch at 1501 W. Edmond Road, joined the bank in 2016. He worked at Bank of Oklahoma from 2009-2016, and at First Security Bank prior to that.

In his new role, Stuart will be responsible for the strategy and operational function of Arvest Private Banking in central Oklahoma. He also is charged with the ongoing development of all Arvest Private Banking associates.

Sullivan earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and investment from the University of Arkansas and a master’s degree in entrepreneurship from the University of Oklahoma. He is a member of Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City and works with high school freshmen through the YMCA’s Y Achiever program. He also serves regularly as a volunteer at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

Tags: Associates, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City
 

Coloring Contest Set for June 24 in Bentonville, Ark.

Thursday, June 22 at 03:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Attention young Bentonville artists, it’s your time to shine! Arvest and the Early Childhood Initiatives Center* in Bentonville, Ark. will be hosting a coloring contest from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 24, at the Bentonville Farmer’s Market - Kids Art Park.* 

The lucky winner will have his or her artwork featured on an Arvest Bank debit card, along with the Early Childhood Initiatives Center logo. The debit card will be available to new and current Arvest Bank customers at any bank location across Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri.
 
Children are invited to visit the Arvest tent, located in front of Pressroom,* to participate in the contest. There is no fee to enter. A panel of Arvest and Early Childhood Initiatives Center representatives will select the winning entry. The winner will be announced Monday, July 10.
 
We’re excited to see imaginations soar at this fun event! Hope to see you there!
 
Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

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

Hammontree Promoted in Oklahoma City

Wednesday, June 21 at 04:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Regional branch sales manager is named assistant vice president.

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Mickeal Hammontree has been named an assistant vice president in its Oklahoma City market.

Hammontree, who has nine years of banking experience, currently serves as a regional branch sales manager. As such, he manages the activities of multiple Arvest branches in the Oklahoma City area. Hammontree offices at the branch at 115 Park Ave.

Hammontree earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Central Oklahoma.

He is active with the Oklahoma Bankers Association Emerging Leaders, the Northwest Oklahoma Chamber and the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, among other civic endeavors. He and his wife, Stephanie, live in Edmond.

Tags: Associates, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City
 

Get off to a Great Summer Start

Tuesday, June 20 at 09:30 AM
Category: Personal Finance

There's just something about summer. Maybe it's the longer days, warm temperatures or tasty barbecue treats. Or, maybe it's the break in routine from meeting morning school buses or haggling over evening homework. One thing no one can dispute is summer is a short season, so it's important to make the most of it.

Here are some tips for a great summer start for the kids — and the entire family.

Schedule a trip. Looking to get away from it all this summer? Start planning. Whether you are thinking about a week-long vacation or just day trips throughout the summer, advance planning will ensure you're prepared and all your family members will be available.

Live in the moment. While it's great to plan ahead, spontaneity can also make summer more exciting. Every now and again, take a last-minute day off and surprise your family members with an unexpected trip to the ocean or lake or maybe even an amusement park.

Start an exercise routine. There's no better time of the year to exercise. Schedule some fitness goals for the family and work toward them together. For example, you might plan to run or bike in a race and train together.

Learn something new. Is there some new skill you and your family members would like to learn? Perhaps a new craft, instrument, or even a foreign language? Find a common goal and then arrange to take classes or study together.

Get outside. Instead of staying in and watching television, get outside as much as you can. And if possible, serve your meals outside to soak up even more summer sun.

Take in some culture. There's always something happening in the summer, such as free concerts or movies in the park. Check your local listings to learn about events near you and to see if there are any museums offering discounted or free admission.

Volunteer together. There's nothing quite like the feeling of knowing you are making a difference in someone's life. Try recruiting your family members and volunteering to help a local organization, such as a dog shelter or soup kitchen.

Plan campfires. You don't have to have a trailer or tent to enjoy one of the most enjoyable parts of camping — campfires. With a fire pit, you can bring the relaxation of a campfire right to your back yard. Don't forget to buy some marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate and make some s'mores!

Start a family book club. Pick a book the entire family might enjoy and then set up a regular book club meeting where you discuss the book and enjoy special "book club" treats.

Summer is the season to be active. So put these simple ideas into action today to make the most of it.

 

Trim Your Monthly Expenses

Monday, June 19 at 10:20 AM
Category: Personal Finance
It comes as no surprise summer is a great time to get in shape. But, do you realize there's an easy way to get in great shape without having to put on workout clothes or sneakers or even breaking a sweat? It's called getting into financial shape. And you can accomplish that fairly easily by doing one simple activity — trimming your monthly expenses.
 
Here are some suggestions for losing that extra financial baggage this summer:
  • Get rid of higher-interest debt. If you have credit card debt, you may be wasting a significant part of your monthly budget on interest fees. Try to pay off any debt you can or at the very least, to consolidate higher-interest debt to lower-interest credit cards. To avoid credit card debt in the future, pay for purchases in cash.
  • Lower your cellphone bill. Most of us can't live without our cellphones. We can, however, do without those expensive monthly bills, which can be budget busters. Take some time to review your bill to determine your usage and to see if you can move to a less expensive plan. Or if that's not possible, shop around with other carriers.
  • Share the ride. Gasoline and car maintenance can take a big portion out of your budget. One way to reduce your automobile expense is to carpool with others. Or, if you live close to work, consider walking or riding your bike.
  • Dine in. There is a lot to love about dining out. You don't have to worry about what to cook or spend your valuable time cleaning up. But, dining out frequently can be very expensive. By preparing and eating your meals at home, you may be able to save hundreds of dollars each month. Also, if you work outside your home, pack a lunch and be sure to brew your own coffee.
  • Save energy at home. Put some energy into reducing your utility costs by using energy-efficient light bulbs, turning off lights, and conserving water.
  • Reduce your cable bill. Spending too much on cable? Examine your bill and see if you can get rid of premium channels. Or consider, eliminating cable altogether and using subscription services.
  • Get rid of your gym/club memberships. If you belong to a gym and don't get there often, cancel your membership. It's only worth it if you use it.
The best method for determining ways to save is to record and review your monthly expenses. Then, once you cut your expenses, take that extra money and put it in a savings account. In no time at all, you'll see that you look a whole lot better with trimmer expenses. 

Tags: Credit Cards, Debt, Financial Education, Savings

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