Arvest Bank Announces Mortgage Team Moves

Wednesday, November 13 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce recent personnel moves designed to bolster its mortgage team in the Springfield region.

Amy Love has been hired as a mortgage lender in West Plains. In that role, she will serve as a decision-making resource for customers, providing guidance to them in an effort to find solutions tailored for their unique mortgage-related needs, among other responsibilities.

“Amy is no stranger to our community and we are excited to welcome her aboard,” said Joyce James, community market president for Arvest in West Plains. “We know she will provide great service to our customers, and due to her expertise and experience, will be a valuable resource and teammate."

In Nixa, MacKenzie Whitted has joined the Arvest mortgage team as a dual-purpose lender, providing mortgage and other consumer loan services to both individuals and small businesses. In conjunction with Whitted’s hiring, mortgage lender Mitch Wilkins will move to Springfield, where he will be based out of the branch located at 2835 East Battlefield.

Also in Springfield, Stacey Redmon has been hired as an associate mortgage lender. In that role, she works closely with mortgage loan manager Carla Green in the generation, evaluation, approval, processing, closing and servicing of real estate loans throughout the Springfield area. Redmon will be based out of the Arvest branch located at 2403 W. Republic Road.

"Stacey is going to be a great fit at Arvest and we are excited to have her," Green said. “She will be a great asset not just to the bank, but more importantly, to our customers.”

Tags: Arvest, Mortgage

Arvest Equipment Finance Announces Staff Addition

Friday, November 08 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Jim Bates. Bates will serve as manager of credit administration for Arvest Equipment Finance (AEF), a division of the bank, and be based in Fort Smith, Ark.

AEF division president Eric Bunnell said the addition of Bates is a result of continued growth and expansion within its vendor program.

“Jim’s duties as manager of credit administration will include enhancing AEF’s credit-scoring models and underwriting procedures to position us to triple our portfolio in the next three to five years, as well as establishing a buy/sell syndication group,” Bunnell said.

Bates most recently worked for CHG-MERIDIAN and Hancock Whitney Equipment Finance, and has formed and led credit and operations groups for multiple equipment finance companies throughout his 30-year career in the industry. Bates earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance at Western Illinois University.

“I am very excited to be able to add Jim to our team,” Bunnell said. “His knowledge and experience will play an important role as we continue to grow and keep credit quality top of mind. Jim will also manage the credit analyst team, which will benefit by learning from his 30 years of experience in this industry."

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


Tags: Arvest, Arvest Equipment Finance

Russellville Associates Give Back to Area State Troopers

Friday, November 08 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Russellville, Ark. associates recently had the opportunity to support their local state troopers for the sixth year in a row during the fourth-quarter shooter training. This is a great opportunity to give back to those who serve on the force and also to show our appreciation for their service face to face.

Thank you to the Arkansas state troopers stationed near Russellville for your continued effort to keep us safe!

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest

McCurtain County Historical Society Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Wednesday, November 06 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Residents in the McCurtain County, Okla., area will be able to continue to enjoy a historical landmark thanks to a $3,500 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced recently at the McCurtain County Historical Society open house in Idabel.  Shawn Campbell of Arvest Bank was on hand to present the check.

The McCurtain County Historical Society will use the funds to replace a significant Oklahoma historical marker located near Idabel. The original Shawneetown marker was previously located along a local highway near Idabel until it was demolished in an accident several years ago.

“Thank you to the Arvest Foundation for their contribution of $3,500 to the McCurtain County Historical Society,” said Nelda Shaw, McCurtain County Historical Society director. “The foundation’s support will help to preserve and maintain the historic pillars of McCurtain County.”

“We are happy to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support the McCurtain County Historical Society,” Campbell said. “This donation is just one of many we have made throughout the area. It demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to history and McCurtain County’s heritage.”

Tags: Arvest, Oklahoma

Van Buren Hope Academy Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Wednesday, November 06 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Children in the Van Buren area will benefit from a $3,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced recently at the Hope Academy of Van Buren. Kenzie White, Ben Boerjan, Daniel Skipper and Chris Barnes of Arvest Bank were on hand to present the check.

With the donation, the academy will be able to stock the clothes closet with more clothes and toiletries. Also, Hope Academy will be able to purchase new furniture for its on-site recreational room.

“The funds given by organizations like the Arvest Foundation in the community allow me to share hope and bless children,” said Karen Beckner, director of Hope Academy of Van Buren. “We have been able to provide backpacks, jackets, garments, and other items to those in need thanks to the foundation’s support.” 

“It’s such privilege to be able to contribute to such a wonderful organization that dedicates its time and resources to helping others,” White said.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Fort Smith

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