Wallace Named Marketing Specialist for Arvest Benton County

Thursday, September 21 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Arvest Bank is pleased to announce MacKenzie Wallace has been hired as a marketing specialist in Benton County.
 
Wallace has been at Arvest since August 2014, and most recently worked as an Arvest Private Banking specialist in Bentonville. In her new role, Wallace will provide assistance to Arvest Benton County’s efforts related to merchandising, promotions, advertising and events, among other responsibilities.
 
An honors graduate of Northwest Arkansas Community College, Wallace will complete work on a bachelor’s degree in leadership and marketing from Harding University in December. Additionally, Wallace volunteers on behalf of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County, among other civic endeavors, and is part of the leadership team at Reach Church in Centerton.
Tags: Associates, Bentonville
 

Arvest Bank Announces Phelps Hiring

Wednesday, October 04 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Lora Phelps.
 
Phelps will serve both the Joplin and Springfield markets as a senior vice president and Trust Officer. She has more than 14 years of experience in similar roles with other financial institutions, and will be responsible for fiduciary account administration of personal trusts, estates, investment accounts and IRAs, among other responsibilities.
 
A Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CFTA), Phelps earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture – with a minor in political science – at the University of Missouri, where she also earned a law degree.
 
Phelps is active in numerous local civic groups, including serving as a board member for the McCune-Brooks Healthcare Foundation, Connect2Culture, Vision Carthage and the Jasper County Association for Social Services. Phelps lives in Carthage with her husband, Bill, and their two daughters. The family attends Grace Episcopal Church.
 
About Arvest 
Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 120 communities, with extended weekday banking hours at many locations. Arvest also provides a wide range of banking services including loans, deposits, treasury management, credit cards, mortgage loans and mortgage servicing. Arvest is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC.
 
About Arvest Wealth Management
Arvest Wealth Management offers wealth management, trust services and insurance products. Investment products and services provided by Arvest Investments, Inc., doing business as Arvest Wealth Management, member FINRA/SIPC, an SEC registered investment adviser and a subsidiary of Arvest Bank. Insurance products are made available through Arvest Insurance, Inc., which is registered as an insurance agency. Insurance products are marketed through Arvest Insurance, Inc., but are underwritten by insurance companies. Investments and Insurance Products: Not FDIC Insured, May Lose Value and Not Guaranteed by the Bank. Trust services provided by Arvest Bank.
 
Tags: Associates, Springfield
 

Arvest Bank Announces Wisdom Hiring

Monday, October 02 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Arvest Bank is pleased to announce the hiring of Shelly Wisdom in its Oklahoma City market.
 
Wisdom will serve as a mortgage lender and be based out of the Arvest branch located at 4301 W. Memorial Road. Her primary areas of focus are Edmond, northwest Oklahoma City, Quail Creek and Nichols Hills.
 
Wisdom has more than 25 years of industry experience, including mortgage processing and underwriting. Over the last 15 years, however, she has worked in mortgage origination and prides herself on having expertise related to a host of mortgage loan options.
 
Married with two daughters, Wisdom is active in numerous civic endeavors, particularly volunteer opportunities at Nichols Hills Elementary School.
 
About Arvest Bank
Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 120 communities, with extended weekday banking hours at many locations. Arvest also provides a wide range of banking services including loans, deposits, treasury management, credit cards, mortgage loans and mortgage servicing. Arvest is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC.
 
Tags: Associates, Oklahoma City
 

Springdale Coach Goes the Distance to Volunteer

Friday, September 22 at 07:15 AM
Category: Arvest Community News
Steve Ebert wasn’t interested in becoming a coach as much as he was interested in spending some quality time with his daughter.
 
Ebert’s daughter was entering seventh grade at the time, and asked her father to start running with her because she wanted to join her junior high school’s cross country team. The two “did a lot of miles together,” Ebert said, and he felt good about helping her get an edge on her classmates when they showed up for the first day of practice.
 
When Ebert saw that his daughter was one of more than 100 kids at that first practice, however, he thought the team’s one coach might need some help. Fast-forward six years, and both the coach and Ebert’s daughter have moved on from Springdale Central’s cross country team.
 
Ebert, though, can still be found at practice – Monday-Friday at 6:45 a.m. – working as a volunteer coach.
 
“He loves the kids, he loves being out here, and… it was never about him, it’s always been about the kids and making kids having the joy of running,” said Chelsea Perry, the team’s current coach.
 

Ebert is the 22nd person to be featured in Arvest Bank’s People Helping People video series. The series is designed to celebrate individuals in the communities Arvest serves who are uniquely making a difference.
 
The videos are available via Arvest’s social media channels – YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and the Arvest Blog – and the bank will make related posts each time a new story appears. Additionally, Arvest social media followers can help spread the word about these inspiring community members by sharing, liking and retweeting the videos. Ebert’s video will launch on Sept. 22.
 
“Hopefully if I can impact one person a year, then it's all worth it,” Ebert said. “So I continue to do that just because it's rewarding, but also… it’s a need (that) somebody needs to fill.”
 
Ebert’s impact has been felt by far more than one person a year. Perry and teachers at Central have noticed improvement in Ebert’s student-athletes’ drive and effort both on the cross country course and in the classroom.
 
So, even though both of his children have now progressed through the program, Ebert still spends all those early mornings – and countless other hours – helping the team members reach their full potential. Natalie Watkins was a member of Ebert’s first team.
 
“I don't think without Steve’s help I would be a good runner or kind of be the person that I am,” she said. “I know it sounds kind of cheesy, but I don't think I would have kept motivating myself to get better if I didn't have his encouragement all those years.”
 
About Arvest Bank
Arvest Bank operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 120 communities, with extended weekday banking hours at many locations. Arvest also provides a wide range of banking services including loans, deposits, treasury management, credit cards, mortgage loans and mortgage servicing. Arvest is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC.
 
Tags: People Helping People
 

Arvest to Give $16,500 to Oklahoma Teachers

Wednesday, October 04 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Arvest Bank will honor teachers throughout the state of Oklahoma by awarding 33 educators with a total of more than $15,000 in prize money.
 
The decision to award 33 $500 gifts to individual teachers from a pool of more than 90 communities was made not only out of respect and appreciation for the work teachers do, but as a sign of support at a time when many school budgets across the state have been cut. All prizes will go to teachers who work at state-funded schools.
 
“Arvest understands how important teachers are to our children, our communities, and our future,” Arvest Marketing Manager Angela Spradlin said. “We appreciate how hard teachers work and hope these awards will be accepted as a show of gratitude and gratefulness.” 
 
To nominate a teacher to receive one of the $500 prizes, look for an Arvest Bank Facebook post about this contest during the week of Oct. 16-22. Comment on the Facebook post, including the teacher’s name, school name, city, and one sentence describing why that teacher deserves to win!
 
Towns included are: Adair, Ada, Afton, Aqua Park, Arkoma, Badger Lee, Bartlesville, Bethel, Bixby, Blackgum, Box, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Chickasha, Choctaw, Choteau, Commerce, Copic Slab, Cottonwood, Coweta, Dale, Del City, Dewey, Duncan, Edmond, Elgin, Eufaula, Fairland, Ft. Gibson, Foreman, Gans, Glenpool, Gore, Gore Landing, Grove, Heavener, Jay, Jenks, Kansas, Lawton, Liberty, Maple, Marble City, McAlester, McLoud, Meeker, Miami, Midwest City, Moffett, Moore, Muldrow, Muskogee, Nicut, Norman, Nowata, Oklahoma City, Okmulgee, Owasso, Panama, Paradise Hill, PawPaw, Pocola, Porter, Poteau, Pryor, Quapaw, Redland, Reeder Ford, Roland, Sallisaw, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Seven Oaks, Shawnee, Spiro, Stillwater, Stilwell, Stoney Point, Sycamore, Tahlequah, Talihina, Tecumseh, Tulsa, Vian, Vinita, Wagoner, Walters, Westville, Wister, Wyandotte and Yukon.
 
  •  Random Selection will take place the week of Oct. 24.
  •  Awardees will be notified no later than Oct. 30.
  •  Winners will be selected at random.
  • No Arvest associate or associate’s immediate family member can win.
 
About Arvest 
Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 260 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 120 communities, with extended weekday banking hours at many locations. Arvest also provides a wide range of banking services including loans, deposits, treasury management, credit cards, mortgage loans and mortgage servicing. Arvest is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC.
Tags: Community Support, Oklahoma

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