Arvest Bank Promotes Smith in Russellville

Thursday, February 14 at 12:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has promoted Ashley Smith to the position of assistant branch manager for its location at 209 W. Main St.

Smith has two years of banking experience, most recently serving as senior teller. In her new role at Arvest, Smith’s responsibilities include sales efforts, customer service, branch operations and security, among other duties.

“Ashley’s enthusiasm, initiative and drive to succeed make her a great fit for this position,” Arvest branch sales manager Vanessa Zavala said. “She will be an asset for both the bank and, more importantly, our customers.”

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest
 

Arvest Bank Announces Gordon Hiring

Wednesday, February 13 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Nate Gordon as assistant branch manager for its location at 1701 South Zero St.

Gordon comes to Arvest with eight years of retail management experience. In his role at Arvest, Gordon’s responsibilities include sales efforts, customer service, branch operations and security, among other duties.

“We believe Nate is a perfect fit for this position,” Arvest branch sales manager Sandy Moore said. “We’re confident he will be an asset for both the bank and, more importantly, our customers.”

Gordon lives in Hackett with his wife and three children.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest
 

Arvest Takes Top Prize at ADFA Governor’s Conference

Thursday, February 07 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

The Arkansas Development Finance Authority hosted the Governor’s Conference on Homeownership Feb. 4-5 in Little Rock, and Arvest Bank’s mortgage division was recognized during the awards portion of the two-day event. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, far left, and Arkansas Development Finance Authority (ADFA) president Cheryl Schluterman, far right, stand with Arvest Bank associates as they accept the 2018 ADFA Lender of the Year Award in Little Rock earlier this week.

Arvest, which also sponsored the conference, won the 2018 ADFA Lender of the Year Award. The award came as a result of Arvest originating the most loans with the ADFA, using its down payment assistance program. 

The ADFA’s stated mission is to promote economic growth in the state of Arkansas by providing and supporting financing for affordable housing, agricultural business enterprises, industrial and economic development, capital improvement for state agencies and local governments, higher education funding and related programs, and by promoting better economic policy. 

“Arvest Bank respects and appreciates the vital role the ADFA plays in our state,” said Jim Cargill, president and CEO for Arvest in central, southwest and northeast Arkansas. “It’s a group that works really hard to raise the standard of living in Arkansas, and we are proud to work with them when opportunities arise. We are thrilled to be recognized as the 2018 ADFA Lender of the Year, and hope for even bigger and better things in 2019 and beyond.” 

The conference included numerous breakout sessions, comments by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, and a keynote address by Lawrence Yun, chief economist and senior vice president of research at the National Association of REALTORS®.

 

PHOTO: Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, far left, and Arkansas Development Finance Authority (ADFA) president Cheryl Schluterman, far right, stand with Arvest Bank associates as they accept the 2018 ADFA Lender of the Year Award in Little Rock earlier this week.

 

Tags: Arkansas, Mortgage
 

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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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

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