Arvest Bank Names Hill-Chandler Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Wednesday, March 27 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired LaTricia Hill-Chandler as its Diversity and Inclusion Officer.

Hill-Chandler most recently served as a senior manager II for diversity and inclusion development in the Global Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Office at Walmart Stores Inc. in Bentonville. Among other responsibilities, she was charged with creating strategy and implementing the new inclusive leadership initiative, an enterprise-wide diversity and inclusion effort focused on increasing inclusion awareness through education and training for Walmart’s global leaders and associates.

In her role at Arvest, Hill-Chandler serves as the primary subject matter expert and architect of its diversity and inclusion and cross-cultural relations plans and programs. She has served in similar positions for Cummins, Inc., Veolia North America, Indianapolis Public Schools and the Central Indiana Educational Service Center, and Indiana University.

“I am so pleased that Arvest was able to attract someone of LaTricia’s caliber and expertise to steer Arvest’s new initiative to become more intentional in our inclusion efforts,” Arvest Chief People Officer Laura Andress said. “Under her professional guidance, I am confident we will accomplish great things in our quest to help more customers meet their financial goals.”

Hill-Chandler earned bachelor’s degree in business administration at LeMoyne-Owen College and a master’s in management at Indiana Wesleyan University. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series®.

Among other civic endeavors, Hill-Chandler has served on the board of directors for the Indianapolis Public Schools Foundation and St. Mary’s Child Center, and was a member of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Certification Committee. She also was a board member for former WNBA player and Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings’ Catch the Stars Foundation. 

 

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Arvest Bank Hosts Free Shred-A-Thon in Mountain Home

Monday, March 25 at 11:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank and Shred-It will host a free Shred-A-Thon on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Arvest Bank branch located at 2619 Hwy 62 in Mountain Home.


Businesses and the general public are invited to bring any personal or confidential documents that need to be properly disposed of to help guard against identity theft. All documents will be shredded on-site so residents can be assured the documents have been destroyed.

Although shredding services are offered free of charge, participants are invited to make a monetary donation to the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas. Donations help provide food for the organization’s backpack program, and to other organizations across North Central Arkansas that operate a backpack program in conjunction with the food bank. Backpack programs provide snacks for school children on weekends when they don’t have access to school meal programs. In Baxter County alone, more than 600 children benefit from the backpack program. The Food Bank of North Central Arkansas serves tens of thousands of families across a nine county area.

“Several food pantries face challenges each year to keep their shelves stocked during the late spring and summer months when there is an increased demand for food,” said Sally Gilbert, market president of Arvest Bank in Mountain Home. “Our annual Shred-A-Thon event provides the community with an opportunity to reduce the chance of being a victim of identity theft, while helping local neighbors who are facing food insecurity.”

The 2018 Shred-A-thon resulted in 10,500 pounds of paper being shredded and cash donations that provided 13,500 meals through the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas. This is the 10th annual event. Since 2010, more than 73,500 pounds of paper have been shredded and recycled. In addition, more than $14,964 has been raised for the Mountain Home community.  

The Shred-A-Thon is one of several projects Arvest Bank is holding to help reduce hunger in Baxter County as part of the bank’s annual Million Meals campaign. The two-month campaign encourages communities to contribute food or monetary donations at any Arvest Bank location across the four-state area the bank serves, through June 1.

One grassroots project exclusive to North Central Arkansas is Arvest’s “Feed the Pack” Day that will be held on Friday, April 26 this year. During this one-day donation blitz, volunteers in Mountain Home, Gassville, Bull Shoals, Flippin and Yellville will collect monetary donations at the corner of Hwy. 62 and Cardinal Dr. in Mountain Home and outside of Harps in Mountain Home and Yellville, Walmart in Mountain Home and Flippin, Harps in Bull Shoals, Fred’s in Yellville and SunFest in Gassville, all in support of the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas.

“In 2018, we distributed 2.6 million pounds of food through the food bank alone,” said Jeff Quick, president and CEO of the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas. “While that is a tremendous amount of food, we still have a big need in our community. Food insecurity is a community issue that requires a community response.”

Local radio station KTLO will broadcast live from the Shred-A-Thon from 10 a.m. to noon, with an opportunity for listeners to open the station’s popular treasure chest. There is a limit of five boxes per household for shredding. 

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.

About Arvest Wealth Management
Arvest Wealth Management offers wealth management, trust services and insurance products. Investments and Insurance Products: Not FDIC Insured, May Lose Value and Not Guaranteed by the Bank. Trust services provided by Arvest Bank.

About Shred-it
Shred-it is the nation’s largest provider of on-site shredding services. Since 1999, Shred-it of Arkansas has provided document destruction services for hundreds of companies of all sizes across the state. Secure document destruction services provided by Shred-it are designed to ensure customers meet legislative requirements. The company focuses exclusively on secure, cost-effective, convenient and environmentally friendly document destruction services.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Mountain Home
 

Arvest Bank to Host Free Shred-A-Thon in Harrison

Monday, March 25 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

UPDATE: We will be hosting this event across the street at the former Bear State location (1401 HWY 62/65 N, Harrison AR 72601) to make use of the covered area there!

 

Arvest Bank and Shred-It will host a free Shred-A-Thon for the Harrison community on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Arvest Bank branch located at 1402 Hwy 62-65 North at the corner of Hester Drive.


The Harrison community is invited to bring personal documents that need to be disposed of properly to reduce the risk of having confidential information compromised and their identity stolen. There is a limit of five boxes per household for shredding.

“When it comes to protecting their identity, both digitally and with printed documents, consumers need to take advantage of every safety measure possible,” said Scott Tennyson, market president for Arvest Bank in Harrison. “Our annual Shred-A-Thon provides our community with a trusted resource for shredding documents, while also protecting the environment through recycling.”

Document shredding will take place on-site, so residents can be assured that personal information has been destroyed. The event is free, but monetary donations will be accepted to support Ozark Share and Care, a local hunger relief organization, to help feed hungry families in the Harrison community.

The Shred-A-Thon is one of several projects Arvest Bank is holding to help fight hunger in Boone County, as part of the bank’s annual Million Meals campaign that lasts through June 1.  As part of the Million Meals campaign, Arvest encourages associates, customers and the general public to drop off nonperishable food items or monetary donations at any Arvest Bank branch across the four-state area the bank serves. The goal is to collect a minimum of one million meals across the bank’s footprint to reduce food insecurity in local communities. All donations to the campaign remain local.

During the past three years, a total of 24,175 pounds of paper have been destroyed at the Shred-A-Thon and cash donations on-site provided 13,152 meals to those who receive food through Ozark Share and Care.

Refreshments will be available at the Shred-A-Thon while supplies last and radio station 102.9 “The Z” will broadcast on-site from 10 a.m. to noon.

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.

About Arvest Wealth Management
Arvest Wealth Management offers wealth management, trust services and insurance products. Investments and Insurance Products: Not FDIC Insured, May Lose Value and Not Guaranteed by the Bank. Trust services provided by Arvest Bank.

About Shred-it
Shred-it is the nation’s largest provider of on-site shredding services. Since 1999, Shred-it of Arkansas has provided document destruction services for hundreds of companies of all sizes across the state. Secure document destruction services provided by Shred-it are designed to ensure customers meet legislative requirements. The company focuses exclusively on secure, cost-effective, convenient and environmentally friendly document destruction services.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Harrison
 

Arvest Bank Hires Funa in Rogers

Friday, March 22 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Alicia Funa as a commercial banker in Rogers.

Funa will be based out of the Arvest branch located at 201 W. Walnut St., and will generate, evaluate and approve commercial loans, among other duties. Prior to joining Arvest, Funa spent 16 years with Tyson Foods, including positions in sales and corporate accounting working with fixed assets and capital project requests.

Funa earned a bachelor’s degree in business, with a double major in accounting and finance and banking at the University of Arkansas. She later earned a master’s in operations management at the university.

“Alicia never forgot that banking was her first love and decided to make this career change to fulfill her longtime dream,” said Payne Brewer, commercial loan manager for Arvest in Benton County. “We are lucky to have this opportunity to pick up a great teammate, and know that her knowledge and expertise will benefit not just the bank, but more importantly, our customers.”

Among other civic endeavors, Funa currently serves as communications chair for the Circle of Friends of Arkansas Children’s Northwest, and is an active member of the American Heart Association and Network of Executive Women.

Funa and her husband, Ryan, live in Fayetteville with their two children.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest
 

Arvest Bank Announces Gardisser’s Move to Village on the Creeks

Friday, March 22 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Marisha Gardisser has moved to its Village on the Creeks location, where she will serve as a mortgage lender.

Gardisser, who most recently worked as a dual purpose lender in Gravette, has six years of banking experience. In her new 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 needs, among other responsibilities.

“We are thrilled to have Marisha take on this role,” said Maria Lau, mortgage loan manager for Arvest in Benton County. “She has a particular passion for helping first-time homebuyers, but is dedicated to providing an exceptional experience to her clients regardless of the circumstances. Her expertise will be a tremendous asset to both the bank and our customers.” 

Gardisser earned an associate degree at Barstow (Calif.) Community College, is a board member for the Benton County 4-H Foundation, and an active member of the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce, among other civic endeavors.

Gardisser and her husband, Matt, live in Tontitown with their two sons.

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Arvest Wealth Management Tops Revenue Record

Thursday, March 14 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Wealth Management announced today that it produced record revenue in 2018, the second consecutive year it has done so.

Arvest Wealth Management, which offers wealth management, trust, investment, and insurance products and services, has investment and trust advisors throughout Arvest Bank’s four-state footprint. It recorded revenue of $71.4 million in 2018, up from $65.2 million in 2017. Additionally, Arvest Wealth Management reported total assets under management of more than $12 billion as of Dec. 31, 2018.

“Our 2018 success reflects our ongoing commitment to building deeper customer relationships,” Arvest Wealth Management president and CEO Jim King said. “Our investment and trust advisors, through our discovery and financial planning process, work with our customers to better understand their hopes, dreams and goals, and work to create an investment plan to help them achieve those goals.”

Additionally, after a lengthy due diligence process, Arvest Wealth Management recently announced its intention to consolidate its clearing and custody relationships with one firm – Pershing, a BNY Mellon company. That consolidation and conversion is scheduled for later this year.

Arvest Wealth Management is excited about the move to Pershing and believes it will allow for better integration of wealth management services into the Arvest Bank online and digital platforms and provide a better customer experience.

“We believe this move to Pershing will allow Arvest Wealth Management to provide the most competitive investment and advisory products and services to our customers, and to more seamlessly integrate our products and services into our bank’s digital infrastructure,” King said.

About Arvest Bank
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.

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.

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