Arvest Bank Announces Sullivan Hiring in Mena

Wednesday, July 18 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News


Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Erica Sullivan has been hired as assistant branch manager.

Sullivan, a graduate of Mena High School and the University of Arkansas – Rich Mountain, has five years of experience in the banking industry. In her new role, her responsibilities include sales efforts, customer service, branch operations and security, among other duties.

“We are very excited to have Erica Sullivan back as part of our team here in Mena,” Arvest branch sales manager Theresa Young said. “Erica’s outgoing personality will be a great inspiration to our Mena branch.”

Sullivan lives in Mena with her three children.

 

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Arvest Bank Gears Up for the 2018 Rogers Cycling Festival

Tuesday, July 17 at 12:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is excited to announce its support of the 2018 Rogers Cycling Festival, to be held July 27-29.

In addition to being a presenting sponsor, Arvest is partnering with Pedal It Forward NWA as a host at Advocacy Alley/Rider Village, located at the corner of S. Arkansas and E. Poplar streets. Pedal It Forward NWA will accept donations of any used bicycles at the Arvest tent at Advocacy Alley/Rider Village from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, July 27, and from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday, July 28. Arvest will give a Polar Bottle water bottle to those who donate.

Also, during the three-day event, attendees may post a picture of themselves at the Rogers Cycling Festival to Instagram and use the following hashtag #RCF2018 and tag @arvestbank. Five lucky Instagram users will be selected, and win a Polar Bottle water bottle and a six-month premium subscription to Spotify or Pandora. Winners will be announced, Monday, July 30.

Attendees also can utilize Arvest’s Snapchat filter anytime during the three-day event.


The 2018 Rogers Cycling Festival consists of several road cycling and mountain bike events in downtown Rogers, and is designed to bring together cyclists from across the central United States. Family-friendly rides also are part of the schedule, as are the 2018 Arkansas State Road Race Championships. Proceeds from the festival benefit several nonprofit cycling causes in Northwest Arkansas.

For more information about the Rogers Cycling Festival, click here: www.rogerscyclingfestival.com or check out the group’s Facebook page @Rogers Cycling Festival.

For more information about Pedal It Forward NWA, click here: www.bikenwa.org/pedal-it-forward/ or check out the group’s Facebook page, @PedalitforwardNWA

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

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Arvest Bank Names Mike Willard President / CEO of North Central Arkansas Region

Friday, June 29 at 10:30 AM
Category: Arvest News


Arvest Bank has promoted Mike Willard to president and CEO of the bank’s North Central Arkansas and West Plains, Missouri region, effective July 1.

Willard currently is the president and CEO of Arvest Bank’s Prairie Grove market in Northwest Arkansas. During his 15-year career with Arvest Bank, Willard also served as consumer loan officer, commercial loan officer and community bank president in Mountain Home, Ark. from 2010-2013.

He currently is a member of the Arkansas Economics Advisory Board and has served on the board of directors for the Baxter Regional Medical Center Foundation, Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce, Mountain Home Education Foundation, Mountain Home Rotary Club and Performing Arts Council for Arkansas State University Mountain Home, in addition to leadership roles with other organizations.

“Mike’s previous work and compassion for the North Central Arkansas community make his return to this area a perfect fit,” said Don Walker, regional executive for Arvest Bank. “He was very invested in the surrounding communities and in serving our customers and local businesses, so I’m sure he’s looking forward to this opportunity.”

Willard earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Okla. He is a graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Banking.

Willard succeeds Tom Dame who recently accepted an executive leadership position in Arvest’s Springfield, Mo. market.

“Tom has been an exceptional leader in this market for many years and our customers and associates have benefitted from his experience and leadership,” said Walker. “We are fortunate to be able to utilize Tom’s experience in our Springfield market and name a successor who also had expertise in North Central Arkansas. We thank Tom for his great work here and wish him continued success in our sister territory.”

Dame’s history with Arvest began in 2000 when he joined the bank at Yellville. He has served as president and CEO of the North Central Arkansas market since 2014.

About Arvest

Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2018, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 15 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.

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Arvest Bank Announces Phipps Hiring

Thursday, June 14 at 11:00 AM
Category: Arvest News


Arvest Bank is pleased to announce the hiring of Doug Phipps.

Phipps, who has more than 17 years of industry experience, will serve as a commercial lender for the Joplin region, but Lamar and Golden City in particular. In that role, he will generate, evaluate and approve commercial loans, among other duties.

Phipps earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing at Missouri Southern State University. He is a board member for the Lamar Metro Club, among other civic endeavors. Phipps and his wife, Misty, have one son. They are members of Pathways United Methodist Church.

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Arvest Provides More than 2.1 Million Meals

Wednesday, June 13 at 12:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

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 record total of 2,114,630 meals in the fight against hunger.


Launched in 2011, Arvest’s 1 Million Meals campaigns have raised an eight-year total of 13,600,098 meals, which includes more than $2.3 million in funds given directly to the bank’s dozens of local food partners.

This year’s campaign total of 2,114,630 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.

The bank’s decision to provide one million meals was based on the fact hunger is an issue in every community it serves. In 2016, 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.

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