MyBankTracker Recognizes Arvest Bank

Wednesday, August 09 at 11:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank once again has been recognized by, which touts itself as a personal finance resource for more than a million monthly visitors.

Arvest was named the “Best Southern Customer-Focused Bank” for the fourth consecutive quarter.’s regional awards are given on a quarterly basis.* cited Arvest’s extensive branch network, extended hours and high levels of transparency, among other factors, in announcing it as a winner.

This honor comes after Arvest was recognized in May by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017. The bank ranked 208th out of the 500 businesses nationwide – with 5,000 or more full- or part-time associates – that scored highest in an independent survey of employees regarding satisfaction with their company. Additionally, Arvest is the highest-ranking community bank among all companies in the banking/financial services category and the only Arkansas-based company on the large employer list.

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Tags: Arkansas, Associates, Award, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma

Fittro Named Woman of the Year

Thursday, June 29 at 06:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is proud to share the news that Michelle Fittro has been named the Northwest Arkansas Business Women’s Conference Young Woman of the Year.

Fittro currently serves as media strategist for the bank group, meaning she leads strategic planning, purchasing and tracking of media buys for the entire bank group, among other responsibilities. Fittro is the first person to hold the job of media strategist at Arvest, and counts it as one of her proudest accomplishments.

That’s saying a lot considering the praise she received from the 2017 NWA Business Women’s Conference Awards Committee.

“Michelle Fittro is a trailblazing financial professional whose philanthropic spirit and community involvement has made Northwest Arkansas a better place to live and work,” the committee wrote. “We hope that her spirit of leadership and genuine heart for service will inspire others to give back to our community.”

Many of us at Arvest already knew and appreciated these traits, of course. They have been evident since Fittro joined Arvest in 2007 as the Bentonville marketing manager.

Since then, Fittro has amassed an impressive list of achievements here at Arvest, including establishing the marketing department for the Greater Kansas City market and being responsible for developing and implementing the customer communication and experience plan for three bank conversions. A few of Fittro’s other Arvest-related highlights include:

  • Arvest First Leadership Steering Committee member
  • Arvest Bank mentor (2014-2015)
  • Arvest Bank Sales and Service Award recipient in GKC (2010-2013)
  • Arvest Heart of the Bank Award recipient in GKC
Her work in the communities in which she’s lived has been equally impressive. A few of the ones that led to her young woman of the year honor are: 
  • Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Forty Under 40 honoree (2016)
  • artinfusion Council Advisor (Crystal Bridges)
  • NWA Emerging Leaders member
  • Bentonville Library Foundation
  • Leadership Benton County Task Force member
  • Rogers Rotary Club
  • Jones Center for Families Millennial Focus Group Committee
Fittro will be presented with the 2017 Young Woman of the Year Award during the sold-out Northwest Arkansas Business Women’s Conference on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers.
In the meantime, please join us in congratulating her for this prestigious and well-deserved honor.
Updated on 06/30/17.

Tags: Associates, Award, Community Support, Northwest Arkansas

Joplin’s Amy Howe Honored for Influence

Wednesday, May 31 at 06:35 AM
Category: Arvest Community News
Arvest Bank is pleased to announce that marketing manager Amy Howe has been selected by the Joplin Regional Business Journal as a member of its 2017 class of Most Influential Women. This marks the 11th year for the annual awards.
For those who may not know Howe, she began her career at Arvest in April 2010 as a marketing specialist in Benton County. In 2012, she moved to Joplin to take her current position.
Since then, she’s been busy making her mark not just on Arvest, but the communities she serves as well. Internally, she has served on the 1 Million Meals executive committee for six years, including three as co-chair. Howe also has served as chair and co-chair of the bank’s Marketing Peer Group, among a host of other roles she’s willingly accepted.
Howe’s external work has been equally – if not more – impressive. She has helped Arvest reach hundreds of children by leading the bank’s American Bankers Association-backed “Teach Children to Save” program, been a tireless United Way fundraiser, and helped organizations such as Joplin Regional Chamber of Commerce and Freeman Health Systems.
Perhaps above all, Howe has done all of this with a smile on her face. It turns out that smile, so familiar to those who know her, is the result of Howe’s longstanding commitment to having a positive influence on whoever and whatever she encounters.
“We have a choice in leadership to have a bad attitude or a good attitude,” she said, “and we make the decision every day.”
Arvest is happy to congratulate Howe on her recent honor and, more importantly, to appreciate the influence she has on us and those we serve – every day. 

Tags: Associates, Award, Joplin, Missouri

Arvest Bank Named One of America’s Best Employers by Forbes

Thursday, May 25 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Company gets top ranking among retail banks.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arvest Bank has been recognized by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017.

The bank ranked 208th out of the 500 businesses nationwide – with 5,000 or more full- or part-time associates – that scored highest in an independent survey of employees regarding satisfaction with their company. Additionally, Arvest is the highest-ranking community bank among all companies in the banking/financial services category and the only Arkansas-based company on the large employer list.

“Our goal at Arvest is to have happy and highly satisfied customers, and that simply can’t happen without highly motivated, well-trained and happy associates,” Arvest president and CEO Kevin Sabin said. “Ultimately, everything we do is about taking care of our customers and helping them find financial products and services that make their lives better.”

The results were determined by a survey conducted by research firm Statista that included almost 30,000 employees from 25 industries. Every employee was asked to anonymously rate their current employer – on a scale of zero to 10 – on how likely they would be to recommend their employer to family or friends. That rating was the biggest determining factor in the assessment. 

The second-most significant factor in the scoring was based on participants’ responses to identify good or bad employers in industries other than their own. Results of these two key elements produced scores for more than 1,800 employers nationwide. The remainder of the survey consisted of 35 other work-related topics.

This is the second year Forbes has compiled its list of America’s Best Employers, and the first time Arvest has been included. Assessments for the 2017 lists were conducted during a four-week period last year. 

Tags: Arkansas, Associates, Award, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Press Release

Blackston Receives Chamber Honor in Northwest Arkansas

Thursday, February 09 at 02:45 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce in Northwest Arkansas recognizes Arvest associate as top advocate.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Shirl Blackston has received the Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassador of the Year award. The award is presented to an individual in recognition of the significant contributions and support he or she has made to Chamber staff and members through outstanding participation and volunteerism.

Blackston currently works as an Arvest Private Banking advisor in Bentonville. Selected by Chamber staff from a field of more than 60 other ambassadors, Blackston “exemplifies the spirit and intent of the Chamber of Commerce, which is one of collaboration, community goodwill, and support,” according to the Chamber.

The Chamber’s Ambassador Committee provides outreach and support to Chamber members and serves as the face of the Chamber in the community. Ambassadors attend ribbon cuttings, greet members at networking events, attend new member orientations and refer potential members to the chamber staff. 

“Shirl is a natural fit for the Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce Ambassador team,” said Shantell Owen, Arvest Private Banking manager. “She has both a passion for connecting with people and a desire to serve her community. Her energy and positive outlook drives success at all levels. We are very proud of the work she has done this past year.”

A Georgia native, Blackston rejoined Arvest after moving back to Northwest Arkansas in 2014. She has held multiple positions at Arvest over her two stints with the bank, and worked as a mortgage lender before taking her current position.

Blackston earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from LaGrange College, and is involved in numerous civic efforts, including being a member of the Bentonville/Bella Vista Chapter of Altrusa International.

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

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