Arvest Bank Adds Murphy and Rockefeller Jr. to Board of Directors

Monday, April 23 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Dr. Bruce Murphy and Winthrop (Win) Rockefeller Jr. have joined its local board of directors in central Arkansas.

Murphy is the CEO of Arkansas Heart Hospital. In addition to training cardiologists from across the United States and the world on advanced interventional techniques, Murphy is a regular speaker on a variety of topics at both national and international conferences. He lives in Little Rock.

Rockefeller is the principle at Theseus Holdings LLC. He and his wife, Natalie, have two sons and live in Little Rock. Among other civic endeavors, Rockefeller is a board member for the Humane Society of Pulaski County, Easterseals, and the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.

“We are thrilled to add Bruce and Win to our board,” said Jim Cargill, Arvest president for central Arkansas. “Both men have expertise that will be invaluable to us here at Arvest. Additionally, they also are big and active parts of the community here in central Arkansas. There is no doubt they will be strong parts of our team.”

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest
 

Arvest Bank Completes Acquisition of Bear State Financial, Inc.

Friday, April 20 at 04:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank (“Arvest”) announced today the closing of its acquisition of Bear State Financial, Inc. (“Bear State”), the parent company of Bear State Bank.

As of Dec. 31, 2017, Bear State had assets of $2.16 billion, with $1.67 billion in loans and $1.5 billion in deposits, while Arvest had assets of $16.75 billion, with $10.44 billion in loans and $14.37 billion in deposits. As previously announced, this acquisition was a cash transaction valued at approximately $391 million. With the close of the deal, Arvest will have assets of approximately $18.76 billion. 

The acquisition adds new communities to Arvest’s footprint in northeast Arkansas, southwest Arkansas, southern Missouri and southeast Oklahoma. Bear State also has banking locations in 18 communities already served by Arvest. With the close of the deal, Arvest now serves more than 135 communities in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

Arvest and Bear State are now legally one bank, but will continue to operate under separate names until sometime this fall, when Bear State branches, accounts and operations will be transitioned to Arvest. Until that transition is complete, customers should continue banking at their current bank locations.

“We are pleased to welcome Bear State customers and associates to Arvest,” Arvest marketing director Jason Kincy said. “We have expressed from the beginning of this acquisition how excited we are to add these desirable communities to our footprint. Now we will start working together to combine the two companies to benefit our customers and the communities we serve.”

Bear State customers with questions should contact their local Bear State banker or Bear State’s solutions center at (866) 242-3324 or visit arvest.com/welcome.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest
 

Arvest Bank Announces Johnston Hiring

Monday, April 16 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

 Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Chandler Johnston as a regional branch sales manager in Springfield.

Johnson brings 14 years of experience in sales, networking and business development for both corporate and retail customers to Arvest. In her new role, she will manage the activities of the Arvest branches on Fremont Avenue and Republic Road.

“We are confident that Chandler will be an excellent match for this position and a strong asset to our Arvest family,” Arvest branch administrator Mindy Thompson said.

Johnston, who lives in Nixa, earned an associate degree at Ozarks Technical Community College and bachelor’s degree in business administration at Drury University. Among other civic endeavors, she is the City of Nixa Public Building Corporation Commissioner and an active member of both the Nixa Area Chamber of Commerce and Masterminds of Biz professional networking group.

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Harrison Elementary Schools Hold Change Drives to Reduce Hunger

Thursday, April 12 at 07:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Three Harrison, Ark. elementary schools will hold change drives to raise money for the school district’s backpack program. Skyline Elementary will hold a change drive April 9-13; Woodland Heights and Eagle Heights will hold change drives April 16-20. 

Backpack programs provide snacks for students on weekends and holidays, times when they don’t have access to school meal programs and when they may face food insecurity at home. 

The change drives are one of many grassroots efforts in North Central Arkansas that are taking place in support of Arvest Bank’s 8th Annual 1 Million Meals campaign. The campaign challenges Arvest associates, customers and the general public to contribute nonperishable food items or monetary donations at any Arvest Bank location to help reduce food insecurity in local communities. 

In 2017, the 1 Million Meals campaign provided 1.8 million meals to local food partners across the four-state area Arvest serves. Since the campaign began in 2011, Arvest has donated more than 11.4 million meals. 

To learn more about 1 Million Meals or for information on additional ways to donate, visit arvest.com/millionmeals

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Mayor Proclaims April 27 “Feed the Pack Day”

Wednesday, April 11 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Mountain Home, Ark. Mayor Joe Dillard has declared Friday, April 27 as “Feed the Pack Day.” 

Feed the Pack Day is a one-day donation drive led by Arvest Bank and the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas to collect monetary donations in surrounding communities in support of the food bank’s backpack program and other organizations in Baxter and Marion Counties that operate a backpack program. Backpack programs send snacks home with children who face food insecurity on weekends and holidays, times when they don’t have access to their school meal programs. The Food Bank of North Central Arkansas supports more than 600 children in Baxter County alone through its backpack program. 

“This is an opportunity for our community to make a lasting impact in the lives of hundreds of children in our area and the good news is that a small donation goes a long way,” said Joe Dillard, mayor of Mountain Home. “For every dollar that is donated, our food partners can provide five meals for children. I hope we will all work together on Feed the Pack Day so the results from this event fill many, many backpacks with supplemental food for months to come.”

On April 27, Arvest Bank associates and local volunteers will collect donations at the corner of Hwy. 62 and Cardinal Dr. in Mountain Home from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Volunteers will also be located outside Harp’s in Mountain Home and Yellville, Walmart in Mountain Home and Flippin, Town and Country in Mountain Home and SunFest in Gassville from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Individuals or groups who would like to volunteer at Feed the Pack may contact Tiffany Watkins with Arvest Bank at twatkins@arvest.com, by phone at (870) 449-7164, or they may sign up at

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0F4BAEA828A6FD0-arvest.

This is the third year Arvest Bank and the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas have organized Feed the Pack Day.

Feed the Pack is part of Arvest Bank’s 8th Annual 1 Million Meals campaign that collects nonperishable food items and monetary donations in support of local food partners to help reduce hunger in local communities. Every Arvest Bank market works with a local food partner, so all donations made in a particular community stay local. 

The goal of the two-month, bank-wide effort is to collect enough nonperishable food or monetary donations to provide at least one million meals to local, hungry families. Donations may be dropped off at any Arvest Bank location by June 2 or by calling (866) 952-9523. Arvest credit card customers also can donate Arvest Flex Rewards™ points by visiting arvestflexrewards.com and clicking on the 1 Million Meals banner.

For more information on the 1 Million Meals campaign, visit www.arvest.com/millionmeals

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Mountain Home
 

Panthers Prepare to “Change Lives” Through Arvest Hunger Relief Campaign

Tuesday, April 10 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Students throughout the Yellville-Summit School District will hold a weeklong change drive called “Panthers Change Lives” to raise money in support of the district’s Food for Thought Backpack Program. Through backpack programs, children who face food insecurity are sent home with backpacks full of snacks on weekends and holidays, times when they don’t have access to school meal programs. 

The Panthers Change Lives campaign takes place April 13 – 19 and encourages students to collect spare change from family members, neighbors and the community, as part of a friendly competition to see which grades in K-6th and 7th-12th can collect the most change.

Students in the lower and upper school grades who collected the most change receive an afternoon at the City Park and lunch provided by Arvest Bank.

“This is a very exciting week for our students because they know they are doing something that benefits their classmates, so they work hard to make the drive a success,” said Liz Leatherman, elementary school counselor and program coordinator for the Yellville-Summit Food for Thought Backpack Program. “They have a heart for service and they also happen to enjoy some friendly competition, so it’s fun either way.” Last year, students collected more than $3,000 during Panthers Change Lives, making their total contributions to the backpack program since 2013 more than $13,000.

Every day of Panthers Change Lives Week is filled with a different activity for students. The campaign kicks off with an orange bracelet for everyone to wants to participate, to remind them to collect donations from family and neighbors. The change drive begins with a “surprise arrival” of some sort. Other weekly events include a day where students dress from head to toe in Panther orange, photo booths, a day to “eat orange” in the cafeteria, face painting and more.

The donation drive is one of many events taking place in North Central Arkansas during the next two months that support Arvest Bank’s annual 1 Million Meals campaign, an initiative that encourages communities to collect food and monetary donations for local hunger relief organizations and programs. Local donations made to the 1 Million Meals campaign will benefit the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas.

North Central Arkansas residents who would like to participate in Arvest Bank’s 1 Million Meals campaign can drop off non-perishable food items or make monetary donations at any Arvest Bank location, or by calling (866) 952-9523. Arvest credit card customers also can donate Arvest Flex Rewards™ points by visiting arvestflexrewards.com and clicking on the 1 Million Meals banner.

To learn more, visit arvest.com/millionmeals.   

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