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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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.


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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

Crawford Joins Arvest Bank in Fayetteville

Tuesday, January 29 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Ryan Crawford has joined its commercial banking team in the Fayetteville region and will replace the retired Ernie Penn at its Farmington location.

Crawford has 13 years of banking experience and most recently served as a commercial banker for Arvest in Benton County. Crawford lives in Farmington with his wife and their three children.

“We are thrilled to have Ryan join the Farmington team,” Arvest commercial loan manager Dax Moreton said.

Penn officially retired earlier this year after 42 years to serve as full-time mayor of Farmington.

Crawford earned a bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Arkansas. He is a board member for Junior League of Arkansas’ Northwest Region, a Northwest Arkansas SCORE small business mentor, and the finance committee co-chair for First Christian Church in Fayetteville, among other civic endeavors.


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Kennedy Hired by Arvest Private Banking

Friday, January 04 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Andrea Kennedy as a vice president and private banker.

Kennedy has 15 years of industry experience, including 13 at Arvest. She worked in private banking and commercial lending during a previous stint at Arvest.

In her new role, Kennedy will analyze and evaluate Arvest Private Banking client relationships to determine the products, services and strategies that would most benefit the client in meeting their financial goals. She will be based out of the Arvest location at 516 E. Millsap.

“We are very excited to have Andrea back and on the Arvest Private Banking team in Fayetteville,” senior vice president and Arvest Private Banking manager Xochitl Baxter said.

Kennedy holds an Arkansas insurance license and is Series 7- and Series 66-licensed. She lives in Springdale with her husband and their three children.

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