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

A Spin on Spending - Tailgating Tips

Tuesday, November 05 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

For many fans, tailgating is an essential part of the game day experience. It’s a great way to get hyped for the game and fill up before you head into the stadium. Game day eating is often more about quantity, rather than quality and a quick way to save a few bucks, while filling up your hungry fans is to shop smart beforehand. Check your local grocery store sale ads early in the week to see who is offering the best prices for meats, buns, drinks, and condiments. You’re probably not tailgating alone – take your friends and family with you shopping and plan your menu as a team. There’s no reason you should have to bear the entire expenses of the tailgate alone.

No tailgate is complete without decorations. If you are bringing cups and plates, buy reusable sturdy plastic items in your team colors that can be washed and used time after time. Be sure to bring a plastic bag to put them in during cleanup. Not only will this save you money each game, you’ll also be reducing the amount of waste left at the stadium and that’s a win for both teams. 


Tags: A Spin on Spending, Arvest

Arvest Bank Names Heck Executive Director of Consumer Lending

Tuesday, November 05 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Doug Heck has been named executive director of its consumer lending division.

Heck, who has more than 23 years of industry experience, has served in a variety of roles during his 13 years at Arvest. In his new role as executive director of the bank’s consumer lending division, Heck will oversee consumer loan underwriting and processing, product management, and systems/technology management.

Specifically, Heck will look for ways to create products, improve efficiencies, and enhance technologies that make it easier for Arvest to meet ever-evolving customer borrowing expectations as they pertain to consumer lending.

“Doug possesses strong strategic planning and management skills,” Arvest regional executive for enhanced banking services Matt Machen said. “Those factors, coupled with his approach to everyday relationship management, make him uniquely qualified to lead our consumer lending division. He also understands the critical role consumer loans play in the lives of customers in all of the communities we serve.”

Heck earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing from Eastern New Mexico University. Additionally, he completed the Sam Walton Institute for Leadership program and graduated with honors from the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado.

Among other civic endeavors, Heck has served as chairman of the board for High Aspirations, a member of the Kansas Bankers Association state affairs committee, den leader for Boy Scouts of America and coach for various youth sports teams.


Tags: Arvest

Arvest Bank Promotes Gray to Senior Vice President in Fayetteville

Monday, November 04 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Karen Gray has been promoted to senior vice president in Fayetteville.

Gray, who has served as vice president since 2007, has been marketing manager for Arvest in Fayetteville since 2005. She has more than 26 years of industry experience.

As marketing manager, Gray provides leadership for Fayetteville’s advertising, public relations and marketing efforts, among other responsibilities. Additionally, Gray has been a two-time chairperson of Arvest’s peer marketing group, among numerous other internal committees.

“Karen excels at community involvement and community development, and working with team members all across the Fayetteville region to help deepen relationships with our customers,” said Gaye Wilcox, sales manager for Arvest in Fayetteville. “It’s been said many times that Karen bleeds Arvest blue due to the passion she exhibits for helping us be successful. We are fortunate to have her and this promotion is well-deserved.”

Gray attended Grayson College and lives in Fayetteville. A past winner of the Alzheimer's Association Director's Award, Gray currently serves on the Credit Counseling of Arkansas marketing committee and the Habitat for Humanity Washington County marketing committee. Her previous civic endeavors include work with 7hills Homeless Center, Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District, Rebuilding Together and Ozark Guidance.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest

Arvest Bank Names Haffelder Vice President in Prairie Grove

Monday, November 04 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Jessica Haffelder has been named vice president in Prairie Grove.

Haffelder has 11 years of industry experience and currently serves as a branch sales manager. As such, she manages the activities of the Arvest branch at 999 E. Heritage Parkway in Prairie Grove.

“This promotion is well-deserved,” Arvest senior vice president and branch administrator Francisco Cortez said. “Jessica is an energetic, determined and positive leader, and her team in Prairie Grove has seen many successes under her leadership.”

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