Gaudian Promoted in Benton County, Ark.

Friday, June 23 at 07:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Bella Vista native will serve as personal banker.

GRAVETTE , Ark. – Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Andrew Gaudian has been promoted to personal banker. Gaudian has worked at Arvest for more than five years and held a variety of roles, including jobs in the mortgage and private banking divisions. 

As a personal banker, he will help identify customers’ loan needs, assist with the loan application process, and provide personal financial counseling, among other duties. Gaudian will office at Arvest’s branch in Gravette.

“Andrew’s track record here at Arvest speaks for itself,” said James Wallace, branch sales manager in Gravette. “He has shown great versatility and an understanding for the many needs of our customers. We look forward to more great things from Andrew and know that he will be a fantastic asset for our customers.”

Gaudian earned an associate of arts degree at Northwest Arkansas Community College. He and his wife, Heather, live in Centerton with their newborn son. The family attends Reach Church.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest Benton County, Associates
 

Charolette Tidwell Supports Healthy Eating – People Helping People Series

Friday, June 16 at 05:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

At a young age, Charolette Tidwell realized the importance of community and how working together can make a huge impact in someone’s life.

“I was raised poor, with 10 kids in the house;” however, “my community always said, ‘You can be anything you want to be, you can do anything you want to do, but you can’t leave anybody behind,’” Charolette said.

Her upbringing inspired her to start the Antioch for Youth and Family* organization, which provides food assistance to approximately 7,000 people each month.

Charolette’s goal is to provide food for families and educate them on the importance of good nutrition. 

“Good food keeps you well,” Charolette said. “And it keeps you up, it keeps you mobile, it keeps your brain fed so that you’re able to think.”

Charolette has focused on planting and growing healthy food in a community garden. As more children come to work in the garden, Charolette has seen a big change in the community. 

“Now what the garden has done to this area is phenomenal. We see houses in these three block areas being refurbished. We see people walking with their dogs and walking over to the garden with their children and talking to the kids about the garden.”

Charolette hopes the project she began will blossom into an even greater contribution to her community.

“My dream is that there is a resurgence in the areas we’re in,” Charolette said. “That people care for people…that people are concerned for people and that people jointly lift each other.”

“It is a revitalization of a community, block by block. That’s what we intend to achieve,” Charolette said. 

Watch* Charolette in action.

Charolette’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.

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

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

Mortgage Staff Beefs Up in Benton County, Ark.

Tuesday, June 13 at 05:15 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Dunham, Andrade and Davis bring experience and expertise.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Arvest Bank is pleased to announce three additions to its mortgage team in Benton County.

Randy Dunham has been named mortgage loan officer and vice president, while Laura A. Andrade and Heather Davis will serve as mortgage lenders.

Dunham has worked in mortgage lending since 1993, and most recently managed Arvest’s internet mortgage lending department.

“We’re glad to have Randy on our team,” said Maria Lau, Arvest’s mortgage loan manager in Benton County. “His experience is an invaluable asset, particularly when it comes to the relocation process. He really understands what our customers in those situations require and is able to tailor his service.”

Dunham, who will office at Arvest’s Financial Center branch in Bentonville, earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and banking at the University of Arkansas. He and his wife, Rebecca, have one daughter and are active members at Christ’s Church of Oronogo.

Andrade began her banking career in 2002 and currently offices at Arvest’s branch on New Hope Road in Rogers. She lives with her husband and their two children in Bentonville, where they are active members of Bentonville Church of the Nazarene.

“Laura has a real passion for her work,” Lau said. “She is a great reflection of Arvest’s core values, and that shows in the work she does helping her clients understand their unique needs and how to address them.”

Davis began her career at Arvest in 2010, and has been part of its mortgage operations since 2013. She offices at the bank’s downtown Bentonville branch.

“Heather is yet another associate who understands how to identify her clients’ needs and find the best way to address them,” Lau said. “She has worked in both Benton and Washington counties, which often gives her a perspective our customers appreciate.”

 

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest Benton County, Associates, Press Release
 

Carlson Promoted to Lead Bentonville, Ark. Commercial Banking Team

Friday, June 09 at 05:40 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Industry veteran to lead Bentonville commercial banking team.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Kelly Carlson has been promoted.

Carlson, who has worked at Arvest in a variety of capacities over the past eight years, will serve as the commercial banking team lead for downtown Bentonville. He most recently served as a commercial relationship officer, and has worked as a commercial loan assistant and credit analyst, among other positions.

“Kelly has been one of our top producers almost from the moment he joined Arvest,” said Jason England, the bank’s commercial loan manager in Benton County. “His work ethic is superb and he is tireless in ensuring that we do all we can to ensure our customers are meeting their business needs. This is a well-deserved promotion.”

Carlson earned both a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in business administration from Harding University. Additionally, he is a graduate of the American Bankers Association Foundational Commercial Lending School and American Bankers Association Advanced Commercial Lending School at Southern Methodist University

Active in numerous civic efforts, Carlson is a board member of both the Scott Family Amazeum and Downtown Bentonville Inc. He’s also a supporter of the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Northwest fundraising efforts and a graduate of the 2014-2015 Leadership Benton County class.

Carlson and his wife, Cortney, have two daughters. The family is actively involved at the Bentonville Church of Christ.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest Benton County, Associates, Press Release
 

Arvest Provides More than 1.8 Million Meals

Thursday, June 08 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Thank you for helping us raise 11 million-plus meals and $2 million-plus in seven-year history of initiative.

LOWELL, Ark. – Arvest Bank launched its annual 1 Million Meals initiative to fight hunger in the four-state region the bank serves two months ago. Today, the bank announced that with the help of customers and community members, it has exceeded the campaign goal by raising a total of 1,881,283 meals in the fight against hunger.

Launched in 2011, Arvest’s 1 Million Meals campaigns have raised a seven-year total of 11,485,468 meals, which includes more than $2 million in funds given directly to the bank’s dozens of local food partners.

This year’s campaign total of 1,881,283 meals was made possible through donations from the bank, Arvest associates, customers and community members through fundraisers, events and nonperishable food drives in all Arvest branches throughout April and May. With summer here, the success of the campaign is especially meaningful because many schoolchildren will be without the meals they ordinarily receive at school.

We are thrilled to be able to provide – thanks to the hard work and generosity of our associates, customers and community members – these meals to our neighbors in need. We also hope 1 Million Meals has increased hunger awareness, and we remain committed to fighting hunger in our community long after this year’s initiative has ended. 

All money and food items raised through this campaign directly benefitted more than 70 different organizations feeding local communities in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

The bank’s decision to provide one million meals was based on the fact hunger is an issue in every community it serves. In 2015, more than 12 percent of American households surveyed were food insecure, meaning they lacked access to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle for all household members. 

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma

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