Teachers Put Arvest Bank Prize Money to Good Use in Classrooms

Wednesday, December 13 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Banks recently awarded more than $15,000 to teachers throughout the state of Oklahoma, and the prizewinners in our Oklahoma City market already have plans to put their winnings to use in their classrooms. 

This marks the second year for the initiative in Oklahoma. The decision to award $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. 

“We know how important teachers are to our children, our communities, and our future,” said Brenda Gauntt, Arvest’s marketing manager in Oklahoma City. “We hope these awards will be recognized as a sign of how appreciative we are for all the hard work these teachers do for our children.” 

Here is a quick look at how the winners plan to use their winnings: 

  • Angela Braggs, Skyline Elementary, Stillwater: Games and materials to support our reading and math center.
  • Maryjane Burton, Choctaw High School, Choctaw: Purchasing new chairs for the performing arts center dressing rooms.
  • Hannah Hensley, Independence Elementary, Yukon: Materials for flexible seating for my classroom.
  • Jim Hudson, Mid-Del Technology Center, Midwest City: Four special tools used in the HVAC industry will be purchased for four students. There will be a monthly drawing and the individual holding the lucky ticket will get to choose their prize. Each student will have an opportunity to receive three tickets a day, based on meeting certain conditions.
  • Amber N. Neighbors, Central Junior High, Moore: Items such as floor pillows and low-standing tables. I also plan to purchase a few needed items like glue and colored pens. In addition, my classroom also has a library that I would like to update with a few new and popular titles such as April Henry and James Patterson books. 
  • Shelby Wagner, Frontier Elementary, Edmond: Purchasing items to help with flexible seating in my classroom, as well as materials for hands-on lessons and projects.
  • Sabra Wixson, Windsor Hills Elementary, Oklahoma City: Storage for station work, tools for arts infusion, technology opportunities, etc. I would also like to purchase a small laminator and laminating sheets for the classroom. 
  • Denise Andrews Wright, Truman Elementary, Norman: Items for hands-on Literacy and Math Centers, and stem bin materials to enhance the Science curriculum.
Tags: Oklahoma, Oklahoma City
 

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
 

Arvest Bank Announces Wiley Hiring

Thursday, September 07 at 06:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Arvest Bank is pleased to announce the hiring of Rachel Wiley in its Oklahoma City market. 

As a regional portfolio manager for Arvest Wealth Management, Wiley will be based at the Arvest branch at 9350 S. Western in Oklahoma City, but cover the Oklahoma City, Shawnee, and Lawton areas. Wiley has worked in the financial services industry since 2003, and her expertise is in holistic financial planning, and complex life and investment strategies for high net worth individuals.
 
In her new role, Wiley’s primary job functions will be as an internal resource for both trust officers and client advisors, providing advice on critical financial matters, financial analysis, auditing, and sharing best practices.
 
Wiley double-majored in finance and accounting at the University of Central Oklahoma, and is a two-time recipient of the United Services Automobile Association (USAA) President’s Award. She’s also actively engage in community affairs, including organizations such as United Way of Central Oklahoma and the Wounded Warrior Project.
 
Wiley lives in Moore with her three children. They attend Life.Church.
 
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
 

Shane Stover to Serve as Loan Officer in Oklahoma City

Tuesday, August 15 at 03:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce the hiring of Shane Stover in its Oklahoma City market.

Stover will serve as mortgage loan officer and be based out of the bank’s branch at 1900 S. Douglas Blvd., in Midwest City.

Stover is an Oklahoma native and has lived in-state except for his time serving as a member of the U.S. Air Force. With a career in consumer finance spanning more than 18 years, Stover has particular expertise in VA, FHA and conventional mortgage lending. He also provides homebuyer education designed specifically for the veteran community. Shane and his wife have two children and live in Greater Oklahoma City, where they are both active members of the Mid-Del real estate community.

Welcome, Shane!

Tags: Oklahoma, Oklahoma City
 

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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