MONEY Names Arvest Bank Arkansas’ Best

Thursday, November 02 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest News
Arvest Bank is proud to be named the best… again.
 
Arvest has been chosen as the best bank in Arkansas by MONEY, a personal finance publication offering advice about all aspects of people’s financial lives. This year’s focus, the company said, reflects customers' need for both digital banking capabilities and at least occasional access to physical locations and human help.
 
This recognition comes after Arvest was named the “Best Southern Customer-Focused Bank” by MyBankTracker.com in August. Additionally, Arvest was recognized in May by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017.
 
In explaining why Arvest was selected, MONEY wrote: “Arvest is a top bank for its low fees – including a $17 overdraft fee, roughly half the industry average – plus one of the highest J.D. Power scores in its region for customer satisfaction.”
 
MONEY evaluated the largest 90 brick-and-mortar banks, 50 credit unions, and 15 online banks, as identified by bank consultancy firm Novantas. Bankrate.com, MONEY’s project partner, collected data on fees, interest rates, and account requirements for checking and savings accounts. Using Bankrate’s data, MONEY compared more than 800 accounts and 18,000 data points.
 
Data was collected in July and August, and MONEY independently fact-checked information for each winner in September and early October.
 
When selecting state winners, MONEY excluded checking accounts that required a minimum balance greater than $1,500 to either open the account or waive monthly fees. Priority was given to banks whose checking accounts had no (or easily waived) monthly fees and low or no ATM fees. MONEY also sought higher interest rates for checking and savings accounts. Additional factors included J.D. Power customer service ratings, when available, from the 2017 U.S. Retail Banking Satisfaction Study, geographic reach within a state, recent enforcement actions, and mobile app ratings in the iTunes and Google Play stores.
 
Tags: Arkansas
 

Breast Cancer Survivor Pays it Forward - People Helping People Series

Friday, October 27 at 03:20 PM
Category: People Helping People

Oct. 27, 2017 – When Bobbie Jo Sparks was near her lowest, four words changed her life.

“Call Angie with BCAP,” Sparks remembers being told.

BCAP* is the acronym for Breast Cancer Assistance Program, a 501(c)(3) charity that assists women affected by breast cancer. Sparks is a breast cancer survivor who in 2012 was diagnosed with cancer, then lost her mother and her job within a span of about two months. 

On top of that, Sparks had three children she feared wouldn’t get a Christmas due to all of the hardship. After taking the advice to call BCAP, however, Sparks got a much-needed boost.
 
BCAP, led by another breast cancer survivor, Angie Walters, paid the Sparks family’s rent and utilities. It even made sure the family had a Christmas dinner and gifts for Sparks’ children.
 
“Not only did they help my family,” Sparks said, “but they became family.”
 
Walters is the 24th person to be featured in Arvest Bank’s People Helping People video series. The series is designed to celebrate individuals in the communities Arvest serves who are uniquely making a difference.

Walters’ determination to help breast cancer patients started when she was receiving treatment for her own illness. She heard fellow patients worry about meeting basic financial needs, and eventually formed BCAP to help address that issue.
 
Now, BCAP provides an average of about $1,500 to several cancer patients each month. The money comes from fundraisers such as the Pink Carpet Survivor Brunch and Fashion Show held earlier this fall.
 
Sparks, who now holds a fundraiser of her own to help support BCAP, knows firsthand how the organization helps those with seemingly overwhelming financial needs. After participating in the fashion show, Sparks knows about other benefits being associated with the group brings.
 
“I felt beautiful,” Sparks said. “I felt beautiful in my skin because all of those people allowed me to feel that way. Once I made my round and everybody is applauding and they know my story, it was amazing. ...You felt amazing. You felt like you were 10 feet tall.”
 
About Arvest Bank
Arvest Bank operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 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.
 
Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.
Tags: Oklahoma, People Helping People, Tulsa
 

Eckman Celebrates 45 Years With Arvest Bank

Thursday, October 26 at 03:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Arvest Bank and Carolyn Eckman celebrated Eckman’s 45th anniversary with the bank on Oct. 21.  She is the long-standing branch sales manager at Arvest’s Bull Shoals location and the longest-tenured associate in the bank’s North Central Arkansas market that includes Bull Shoals, Yellville, Mountain Home, Harrison, Lead Hill and Flippin, Ark., as well as West Plains, Mo. 
 
“The Arvest culture focuses on relationships and a genuine commitment to serve our customers and our fellow associates,” said Tom Dame, president and CEO of Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas. “Carolyn is the epitome of our culture through her lifelong contributions to this community and our bank, and we are honored to celebrate this milestone with her.” 
 
“When you can come to work and fulfill your purpose of helping your community find financial solutions for every stage in their lives, it’s very rewarding,” said Eckman. “Forty-five years passes very quickly when you love what you do, and I still get excited about the great things Arvest does for Arkansas.”
 
Eckman began her banking career as teller after graduating high school. She was promoted to assistant branch manager and then branch sales manager. 
 
About Arvest 
Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 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.
 
Tags: Associates, North Central Arkansas
 

Arvest Wealth Management’s Wright Earns Designation

Thursday, October 26 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Deanna Wright has earned Certified Wealth Strategist® designation, as issued by Cannon Financial Institute.

Wright is an assistant vice president and client advisor for Arvest Wealth Management in Fayetteville. She holds Series 7, 63, 66 and 99 securities licenses, as well as an Arkansas insurance license, and has been in the banking industry for 10 years.
 
Among other requirements, candidates seeking the Certified Wealth Strategist® designation must complete two weeks of instructor-led training sessions, four modules of directed study, a business plan and case study, and pass four online examinations. Those who earn the designation are required to complete 33 hours of continuing education every two years to maintain it.
 
“We are proud of Deanna’s accomplishment and know that it will help her serve her clients,” said Steve Burkhead, an Arvest Wealth Management regional manager. “She’s always looking for tools that can make her more effective, and that’s one of the things that makes her such a valuable part of our team.”
 
About Arvest 
Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 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.
 
About Arvest Wealth Management
Arvest Wealth Management offers wealth management, trust services and insurance products. Investment products and services provided by Arvest Investments, Inc., doing business as Arvest Wealth Management, member FINRA/SIPC, an SEC registered investment adviser and a subsidiary of Arvest Bank. Insurance products are made available through Arvest Insurance, Inc., which is registered as an insurance agency. Insurance products are marketed through Arvest Insurance, Inc., but are underwritten by insurance companies. Investments and Insurance Products: Not FDIC Insured, May Lose Value and Not Guaranteed by the Bank. Trust services provided by Arvest Bank.
 
Tags: Associates, Fayetteville
 

Arvest Bank Announces Cottrell Hiring

Wednesday, October 25 at 03:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

PITTSBURG, Kan. (Oct. 25, 2017) – Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Lacie Cottrell. 

As branch sales manager, Cottrell will manage the activities of the Arvest branch at 216 N. Broadway in Pittsburg. Cottrell comes to Arvest with career experience that includes more than 10 years in retail management. She has spent the last five years as the community development and public housing manager for the City of Pittsburg.
 
Cottrell, a member of the Joplin Regional Business Journal Fifteen Under 40, earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing at Pittsburg State University. Her civic involvement includes serving on the Board of Trustees for Crawford County Habitat for Humanity, vice president of Housing for the Kansas chapter of National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials, and administrator of the Citizen's Advisory Board (CAB) for the City of Pittsburg.
 
Cottrell lives in Baxter Springs.
 
About Arvest 
Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 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.
 
Tags: Kansas

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