Arvest Named Best of the Twin Lakes for 3rd Year in a Row

Friday, October 06 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas has been named Best Bank, Best Mortgage Company, and Best Wealth Management in the Baxter Bulletin’s "Best of Twin Lakes" reader’s poll.
Every year, the Baxter Bulletin newspaper has asked readers for their thoughts – and votes – to determine the Twin Lakes’ best of the best! Arvest has been voted the No. 1 bank for three consecutive years by readers and, for the first time this year, it was voted No. 1 for mortgage and wealth management!
Arvest was founded on the principles that our customers’ needs come first, and our associates are focused on providing the best customer experience. We continually strive to be active and involved members of the communities we serve, and we will always work to put the needs of our customers first as we continue to fulfill our mission, “People helping people find financial solutions for life.”
On behalf of Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas, we would like to extend the warmest thank you to the readers of the Baxter Bulletin and congratulate all 2017 "Best of Twin Lakes" award recipients. 
Tags: North Central Arkansas

James Named as President in West Plains, Mo.

Thursday, July 20 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Joyce James has been hired as market president for West Plains, Mo.

A longtime banker, James has experience in practically all facets of banking and is a graduate of banking schools at Southern Methodist University, the University of Oklahoma and Louisiana State University, among other professional training. She most recently served as president of another local financial institution.

“We couldn’t be happier to have Joyce joining the Arvest family,” said Tom Dame, president and CEO for Arvest in North Central Arkansas, which includes the West Plains market. “Her passion for serving customers and the community is obvious to anyone who knows or meets her, and I have no doubt she will be a tremendous asset for both. We look forward to great things from Joyce.”

James’ civic involvement runs as deep as her banking roots. In addition to having served on the board of directors of Industrial Development Corporation, West Plains Chamber of Commerce, West Plains Rotary Club and the City of West Plains Planning and Zoning Commission, she is a strong supporter of the West Plains School District, Missouri State University, Boys & Girls Club of the Greater West Plains Area and the Ozarks Small Business Incubator, among other groups.

James lives in West Plains and is a member of West Plains First Baptist Church. Her son, Brock, and his wife, Beth, reside in Springfield, Mo.

Tags: Associates, North Central Arkansas, West Plains

Bontrager Hired as Commercial Lender in West Plains, Mo.

Thursday, July 06 at 06:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Kimberly Bontrager as a commercial lender in West Plains, Mo.

Bontrager has 19 years of banking experience, including time in both deposit-related and lending roles. 

“We are thrilled to add Kimberly to our team,” said Tom Dame, president and CEO for Arvest in its North Central Arkansas market, which includes West Plains. “I know our customers will find her to be sincerely friendly and genuinely interested in meeting whatever needs they may have in the most efficient way possible. I have no doubt she will be an asset for both Arvest Bank and our customers.”

Bontrager is a graduate of Metropolitan Community College and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, as well as the Missouri Bankers Association School of Lending and Advanced School of Lending. Additionally, Bontrager is both president of the West Plains Sunrise Rotary Club and secretary of the Community Foundation of West Plains, Inc. She’s also involved with The Bridges Organization, among other civic endeavors.

Bontrager and her husband, Justyn, live in West Plains.

Tags: Associates, North Central Arkansas

Arvest Bank Celebrates Banking School Graduates

Friday, June 30 at 05:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce three of its associates recently graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University (LSU).

David McBee, Kerry Meythaler and Summer Massey were among the 164 bankers who received diplomas on June 2. This year’s class included students from 18 states and Mexico.

McBee is sales manager and executive vice president in Arvest’s North Central Arkansas market, while Massey is loan manager and executive vice president in its Springfield, Mo., market. Meythaler serves as senior bank group credit analyst and offices in Lowell.

The three-year program provides courses covering all aspects of banking, economics and related subjects, according to a news release issued by the school. Also according to the release, the school is sponsored by 15 southern state bankers associations in cooperation with the Division of Continuing Education at LSU.

On-campus attendance is required, with extensive bank study assignments between sessions. The faculty consists of bankers, business and professional leaders, and educators from all over the United States.

During their three years at the school, students receive 180 hours of classroom instruction, 30 hours of reviews, planned evening study, and written final examinations at the end of each session.

Tags: Arkansas, Associates, North Central Arkansas

Colton’s Give Back Event in Harrison, Ark. Provides 2,220 Meals

Wednesday, June 07 at 02:50 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Proceeds benefit Ozark Share and Care to help reduce local hunger. 

HARRISON, Ark. – Colton’s Steakhouse and the Harrison community recently provided $444.07, the equivalent of 2,220 meals, to Ozark Share and Care after a one-day give back event hosted by Colton’s and Arvest Bank.  

Colton’s Steakhouse donated 10 percent of total meal sales from customers who dined in or placed carry out orders on May 30. The fundraising event was part of Arvest Bank’s 1 Million Meals campaign that helps reduce hunger in local communities.  

“This donation will impact many individuals and families in our community who don’t know where their next meal is coming from, or who would not have had food otherwise,” said Scott Tennyson, market president of Arvest Bank in Harrison. “We very much appreciate everyone who enjoyed a meal at Colton’s during this event, and we certainly appreciate Colton’s for supporting this community project.” 

Arvest Bank’s 7th Annual 1 Million Meals campaign is a two-month bank-wide effort to collect nonperishable food items and monetary donations in support of local food partners to help reduce hunger in local communities. All donations to 1 Million Meals in Harrison directly benefit Ozark Share and Care, a local hunger relief organization. The 1 Million Meals campaign concluded on June 3 and the total number of meals and amount of donations should be announced soon. Every dollar raised through 1 Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for those in need.  

The goal of the campaign is to collect the equivalent of 1 Million Meals in the 120 communities Arvest Bank serves across a four-state area.  

For more information about 1 Million Meals, visit

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, North Central Arkansas, Press Release

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