Arvest Bank to Hold Retirement Reception for Penn

Monday, December 10 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank invites customers and community members alike to join in a celebration of the career of Ernie Penn on Friday, Dec. 14.

Penn, who will officially retire on Jan. 2, began his banking career in 1976, and later joined Arvest following its acquisition of his then-employer. After working as a mortgage originator for Arvest in Fayetteville for two years, Penn moved to Farmington in 1993. Since that time, he has become a senior vice president, originating commercial, agricultural and mortgage loans.

“We are appreciative of the leadership, expertise and friendship Ernie has brought to our Arvest family,” said Donny Story, president for Arvest in Fayetteville. “He has been an invaluable team member through many years of service, with many contributions and accomplishments not just at Arvest, but also in our community.

“We are thankful for customers and many others whose lives he has positively impacted. He will be missed by his Arvest family, but we are excited and wish him the best during his future endeavors.”

A reception to honor Penn will be held Dec. 14 at the Arvest branch located at 110 E. Main in Farmington. The event will be held from 2-4 p.m., and refreshments will be served.

Following his retirement, Penn will serve as the full-time mayor of Farmington. He had served as mayor in a part-time capacity for 16 years, until the position became a full-time one earlier this year.


Tags: Arvest

Jones Center for Families Receives $10,000 Donation

Friday, December 07 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The Jones Center for Families will be able to help improve studio classrooms thanks to a $10,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced recently at the Jones Center for Families in Springdale. Kent Williamson, Julie Shook and Ashley Allen of Arvest Bank were on hand to present the check to Ed Clifford, chief executive officer of the Jones Trust, Kelly Kemp-McClintock, chief advancement officer and Brandi Holt, advancement specialist of the Jones Center for Families.

“We are so appreciative of the Arvest Foundation for their generous gift to help with the renovation of two popular studio classroom spaces at The Jones Center. Studios A & B are where Children’s Dance & Gymnastics programs are taught. We’ll be adding a new sound system, youth dance barre, parent observation windows, and all new gymnastics equipment. We hope to roll out the new updates in the first quarter of 2019,” Kemp-McLintock said. “We could not do what we do if it weren’t for the important support of our corporate & foundation partners.

“The Jones Center is a world-class recreation and education facility. Our NWA community is very fortunate to have this type of venue in our backyard for all walks of life and ages to enjoy. We are so pleased to be able to provide this donation to support the mission of the Jones Center,” Allen said. “This donation is just one of many we have made throughout the area, and it demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to those who live, work and play throughout our footprint.”

Tags: Arvest, Arvest Foundation

Gage Takes Arvest Private Banking Role in Springdale

Wednesday, December 05 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Melanie Gage has accepted a role within its Private Banking department.
Gage has worked in various capacities at Arvest since 1999, most recently as a senior vice president and a regional sales manager for its Treasury Management division. In her new role as a senior private banker, Gage will manage client relationships and assess financial products that will serve her clients’ financial needs, among other responsibilities.

“Melanie brings extensive portfolio management, business development and leadership experience to Springdale’s Private Banking team,” Arvest Private Banking manager Mary Pedersen said. “We are lucky to have her, and are looking forward to great things from her."

Gage is a Certified Treasury Professional® and is an active member of numerous professional and civic organizations, including the Association for Financial Professionals, Junior Achievement of Northwest Arkansas and the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce.

She and her husband, Denton, live in Springdale. They have three children and three grandchildren, and are members of Christian Life Church.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest

Arvest Bank to Conduct Random Acts of Kindness

Tuesday, December 04 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank associates will be on a “giving mission” the week of Dec. 10, performing random acts of kindness throughout the community. These “Random Acts of Kindness” are part of an initiative that every Arvest branch in communities across North Central Arkansas are taking part in to share in the spirit of giving this holiday season.

Each branch will receive a designated amount of money to donate to the community in any manner they choose. Arvest’s respective “Kindness Krews” at the various bank locations will conduct their random acts of kindness on a particular day so there will be constant giving throughout that week.

“This is a new community project for us and our teams could not be more excited,” said Sally Gilbert, market president of Arvest Bank in Mountain Home, Arkansas. “Our associates take part in several initiatives that benefit our area throughout the year but the element of surprise, especially during the holiday season, adds even more enjoyment to giving back to our community. It’s our hope that the gesture of helping someone, in some way, during the holidays becomes contagious.”

The random acts of kindness may include charitable gestures such as paying for someone’s groceries or gas, paying a utility bill during the winter months, or a host of other creative ideas.

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.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, North Central Arkansas

The Last Stage to Matador Book Signing Event

Friday, November 30 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Nearly 10 years ago, Cowboy Rick Hamby, and wife Bev purchased the Old Butterfield Stage Coach from Silver Dollar City & the Herschend family. From then on, Hamby has driven the stage coach on a number of journeys, following the original routes of the Wild West, including destinations such as Tombstone, Arizona and most recently Matador, Texas.

Hamby created a radio program call the Just For Kids Radio Round-Up!, and he eventually teamed up with a number of school districts and allowed the students to write letters to pin-pals on the other side of the U.S. Hamby would then deliver these letters carried by stage coach to their recipients and turn around and do it all over again.

Over time, Silver Dollar City eventually teamed up with Hamby and his wife, Bev and leased the stage coach back to the park where they would display the stage coach and tell harrowing tales of their journeys.

On their latest trip to Matador, Texas, Hamby and crew were accompanied by a notable photographer and together they created a beautiful and informative coffee table book, documenting the journey of the stage coach, titled "The Last Stage to Matador", which is on sale now.

Join Arvest Bank at our branch located at 1311 Porter Wagoner Blvd., West Plains, MO, on Friday, Dec. 7th from 2-4 p.m. for a book signing by Rick Hamby for his book "The Last Stage to Matador". Refreshments will be available for guests during this all-ages event. For more information, call 417-853-4200.

Tags: Arvest, Missouri

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