Arvest Bank Promotes Nave to Senior Vice President

Tuesday, February 05 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Brian Nave has been promoted to senior vice president.

Nave has worked in the financial services industry since 2004 and currently serves as a commercial banker. In that role, he is responsible for the effective promotion and generation of commercial loans for the Oklahoma City metro area, among other duties. Nave also holds the designation of Certified Leasing and Finance Professional (CLFP).

Nave earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s in business administration at Northeastern State University. He is an active member of the Norman Chamber of Commerce and a board member for both Community Services Building, Inc. and the Cleveland County Family YMCA, among other civic endeavors.

Nave and his wife, Sarah, have two sons.

Tags: Arvest, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City

Arvest Bank Hires Dickson as Associate Mortgage Lender in Hot Springs

Tuesday, February 05 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce that Shannon Dickson has joined the bank as an associate mortgage lender serving the Hot Springs area. In her new role for Arvest, she will assist customers with mortgage lending needs.

Dickson started her career in banking in 2015. She has experience in consumer loans and mortgage lending

“Shannon brings a passion for customer service and a high level of expertise to our customers in southwest Arkansas in her new role with Arvest,” said Don Gooch, community bank president of Arvest Bank in southwest Arkansas. “We look forward to the continuing success she will be part of in Hot Springs.” 

Dickson has received several banking awards for her excellent customer service. She is involved in the community serving as a team captain for the Arvest Relay for Life team benefiting the American Cancer Society. 

About Arvest

Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2018, operates more than 270 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 14 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 135 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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Tags: Arkansas, Arvest

Arvest Equipment Finance Sets Record for New Production

Tuesday, February 05 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Equipment Finance (AEF) closed more than $161 million in new production in 2018, a record total for the division of Arvest Bank, it was announced today.

That represents a 52-percent increase in gross production year-over-year.

“I am proud of this team accomplishment and excited about our future growth,” AEF president Eric Bunnell said. “John Bradford, AEF sales manager, has done an excellent job leading the sales team in this record production. We continue to see strong support from the commercial lenders throughout the bank footprint and increase our presence in their markets.

“The vendor production also continues to grow as we expand our external sales team and work with more dealers to offer financing solutions for their customers.”

AEF also increased its total portfolio from $248.6 million to $310.1 million – a 24.7 percent jump – from 2017 to 2018.

Additionally, AEF announced a round of recent promotions for Matt Crawley, John Harders and Josh Smith. Crawley, a Certified Lease and Finance Professional (CLFP) was named division control manager after serving since 2011 as AEF’s asset manager. In his new role, he will oversee the compliance, controls and audits, among other responsibilities.

Harders, who has served as an AEF sales support specialist since 2009, was promoted to operations manager. Also a CLFP, Harders will manage AEF’s bank sales support specialists in his new role.

Smith was promoted from vendor sales support specialist to vendor program manager. As such, he will oversee AEF’s vendor operations while managing the vendor sales specialists and administrators. Smith has been with AEF since 2015 and also holds the CLFP designation.

“These three managers will help guide and lead our team to continued growth,” Bunnell said. “It is always satisfying when we can promote from within”

AEF is headquartered in Fort Smith, Ark., with locations in Little Rock, Kansas City and Tulsa, and does business throughout Arvest’s four-state footprint.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Arvest Equipment Finance

A Spin on Spending - Reducing Debt

Monday, February 04 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Many people have debt they’re struggling to get out from under – one way to reduce this is by being forward thinking and taking it head on. 

Paying down your balance should be one of your top priorities. If you can afford it, pay off large amounts of your debt at one time or pay more than the minimum on your credit card balance each month.

Open a Savings Account. This may sound counterintuitive if you’re trying to get out of debt since you could be using this money to pay off your debt instead of saving it. But, an emergency fund in your Arvest Bank savings account can actually keep you from creating more debt by providing you with a safety net you can use instead of a credit card when an emergency comes up.

Setting a budget and tracking your spending isn’t always easy, but it’s the simplest way to know for sure where your money is going. Knowing your spending habits, and making a few conscious changes each month can bring you closer to your financial goals. 

Tags: A Spin on Spending, Arvest, Savings

Belford Named Executive Vice President by Arvest Bank

Thursday, January 31 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Shandy Belford has been promoted to executive vice president.

Belford, previously a senior vice president, also serves as commercial loan manager for Arvest in Oklahoma City. In that role, Belford manages the bank’s commercial lending team in Edmond, works to deepen relationships with existing clients and develops new business. Belford will continue to office at Arvest’s 1501 W. Edmond Road branch in Edmond.

Belford came to Arvest with 12 years of banking and commercial lending experience. She previously has worked at BancFirst, MidFirst Bank and Bank of Oklahoma, and currently is a third-year student at the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado.

A resident of Edmond, Belford earned a bachelor’s degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. She is active in numerous civic groups and holds leadership positions with the Edmond Public Schools Foundation (executive board member) and the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce (chair of Leadership Edmond). Belford and her husband, Chris, have three children.


Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Oklahoma City

Heavener Promoted in Fort Smith

Wednesday, January 30 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Emily Heavener has been promoted to assistant branch manager.

Heavener, who has 16 years of banking experience, most recently served as a senior teller. In her new role, Heavener’s responsibilities include sales efforts, customer service, branch operations and security, among other duties. She will work at the Arvest branch located at 3200 Rogers Ave.

“This is a well-deserved promotion,” Arvest branch sales manager Francisco Leon said. “Emily has a very successful track record and is a great asset for Arvest. I have no doubt this move will benefit both the bank and our customers.”

Heavener is a graduate of Carl Albert State College.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Fort Smith

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