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

Arvest Voted Best Bank for Business in Arkansas

Friday, December 16 at 07:30 AM
Category: Business Banking

A big thank you to our customers for voting Arvest Bank the Best Bank for Business as part of Arkansas Business Best of Biz 2016*! In its 10th year, the awards have become a collection of the best Arkansas businesses for fellow businesses to work with. It’s an honor to be listed with other top businesses in the state.

This recognition comes on the heels of other 2016 accolades Arvest has been honored to accept for our work with consumers including:
  •* named Arvest the Best Southern Customer-Focused Bank as part of its 2016 regional bank awards.
  • The January issue of Consumer Reports magazine included a list of the top traditional banks in the nation, and Arvest came in number eight.
  • In January GOBankingRates included Arvest’s Free Blue™ checking account as one of the nation’s 10 Best Checking Accounts of 2016*.
Thank you for allowing us to serve you!
Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest Biz, Award, Business Banking

Arvest Wins Dinges Award in Southwest Oklahoma

Wednesday, December 07 at 05:30 AM
Category: Arvest Community News
Arvest Bank was awarded the Most Creative Partnership during the 2016 Lawton-Fort Sill Co-Op’s Major General Edward A. Dinges Awards banquet on Dec. 1. The award is Arvest’s fifth in the last seven years.

The Dinges Awards recognize the year’s top military-civilian alliances with the Most Creative Partnership Award presented annually to “a civilian business and a military unit that best exemplifies the spirit of cooperation between Lawton and Fort Sill.”

The award was given to Arvest and the Fires Center of Excellence for their partnership in Arvest Night at Cameron University’s Aggie gym. Active military and veterans were allowed entry for no cost to an Aggie basketball game last season. That night, Arvest and Cameron honored more than 100 soldiers from Fort Sill’s Fires Center of Excellence.

“We are grateful to be awarded for a partnership with the Fires Center of Excellence that is very important to us,” Arvest Southwest Oklahoma President David Madigan said. “Fort Sill and the Co-Op are important to Lawton and Southwest Oklahoma. We always look forward to working with Fort Sill and hope to again in the future.”

Arvest and Cameron have partnered for the 6th Annual Arvest Night on Jan. 5, 2017, when the Aggies host the University of Texas-Permian Basin. The women tip off at 5:30 p.m. with the men following approximately 30 minutes after the women’s game.

The Co-Op was first introduced by Commanding General of Fort Sill MG Edward Dinges to the Chamber on June 27, 1980. Just less than five years later, President Ronald Reagan presented the President’s Citation Program Award to the Chamber for the founding of the Co-Op.
Three other partnerships were awarded during the banquet. The Most Impactful Project Award went to Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and the 428th Field Artillery Brigade. Comanche County Memorial Hospital and the 428th Field Artillery Brigade won the award for Most Volunteers on a Project. Goodyear and the Fires Center of Excellence were presented the Most Partnership Events award for their five ventures. 

Tags: Award, Community Support, Southwest Oklahoma

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