Lemons to Retire, Massey Promoted in Springfield, Mo.

Wednesday, November 23 at 06:25 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Loan Manager in Springfield, Mo., wraps up a 47-year career.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Arvest Bank Executive Vice President and Loan Manager Keran Lemons has announced that he will retire at the start of 2017. His last day will be Jan. 11, 2017. Summer Massey, previously the Commercial Loan Manager for Springfield, has been promoted to Loan Manager in Lemons’ place. 

Lemons has been with Arvest Bank since 2007, when he began as a Commercial Lender. He was promoted to Loan Manager in 2009.

“Keran has been an invaluable asset to us and our customers here at Arvest Bank,” said Brad Crain, President and CEO of Arvest Bank in Springfield. “We appreciate Keran’s leadership and know his service to our customers and our community will be hard to replace. But we know that Summer is up to the challenge and will make an excellent Loan Manager for the Arvest team in the Springfield region.”  

Lemons graduated from Lockwood High School in 1969, and earned a Bachelor of Science in finance from Missouri Sate University in 1973. He also graduated from the Missouri Bankers Association School of Agricultural Lending in 1986, and the American Bankers Association Graduate School of Banking in 1988. 

Before joining Arvest Bank, Lemons started his banking career as a part-time teller and file clerk with Farmers State Bank in 1969. He was promoted to full-time lender in 1973 and later was named a board member. In 1983, he became a commercial lender with Boatmen’s Bank/NationsBank. He served as a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch from 1998 to 2000 and for BKD Wealth Advisors from 2000 to 2002 before returning to Liberty Bank/Simmons Bank in 2002 as a commercial lender. 

Lemons currently serves as the president of the Foundation for the Springfield Public Schools. Past memberships and affiliations include the Springfield Family YMCA board; Friends of the Zoo board; Leadership Springfield past president, vice president, treasurer and secretary; Academy chair and Class VII participant; Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce; and Watershed Committee of the Ozarks. 

He lives in Springfield with his wife, Stephanee. They have two children, Abbey Lemons and Dr. Lucas Lemons. The couple attends The Venues in Springfield where Lemons serves on the council and finance team. 

Massey joined Arvest Bank in December 2013. 

She earned a Master of Business Administration from Missouri State University in 2000 and completed the American Bankers Association Commercial Banking School at Southern Methodist University in 2002. She will complete the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University in June 2017. 

Massey is a member of the Downtown Rotary of Springfield and serves as vice-chair of the Government Relations committee for the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Missouri Council on Economic Education and is on the Missouri State University Finance and General Business Advisory Board.

Massey and her husband, Jim Massey, have a son, Jacob. The family attends Messiah Lutheran Church. 

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