Arvest Bank Announces Echols Hiring

Thursday, October 11 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Jarrod Echols has been hired as an associate mortgage lender in Benton County.

Echols began working in the mortgage industry while attending the University of Arkansas in 2012, and eventually earned a bachelor’s degree in banking and finance. Upon graduation, Echols worked in the insurance industry and was named district recruiting manager within six months.

Echols joined Arvest in July, and as an associate mortgage lender, works closely with the mortgage loan manager in the generation, evaluation, approval, processing, closing and servicing of real estate loans. He is based out of the Arvest branch located at 405 S. Walton Blvd. in Bentonville.

“Jarrod’s energy and commitment to his customers is evident,” said Maria Lau, mortgage loan manager for Arvest in Benton County. “He has been through Arvest’s extensive mortgage training program and we look forward to great things from him.”

Among other civic endeavors, Echols is a member of Kiwanis International. He attends Cross Church Pinnacle Hills. 

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest
 

Arvest Bank Announces Powell Hiring in Mena

Thursday, October 11 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Shawna Powell has been hired as a mortgage loan officer in Mena.

Powell has 10 years of industry experience. In her role at Arvest, she will serve as a decision-making resource for customers, providing guidance to them in an effort to find solutions tailored for their unique needs, among other responsibilities.

“Shawna is a proven professional and we couldn’t be more excited to add her to our staff in Mena,” Arvest mortgage loan manager JP Sexton said. “We look forward to great things from her, and know that our customers will benefit from her knowledge and expertise.”

Powell earned an associate degree at the University of Arkansas – Rich Mountain and a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from John Brown University. She and her husband, Dustin, live in Mena with their two daughters.

 

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest
 

Arvest Bank to Host Free Shredding Event in Harrison

Monday, October 08 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank will provide free on-site shredding, in conjunction with Shred-It, for customers in Harrison who want to properly dispose of documents that include personal or confidential information. Proper destruction of such documents helps protect individuals from potential identity theft.

The shredding event will take place Saturday, Oct 20 from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Arvest Bank branch located at 1402 Hwy 62-65 North at the corner of Hester Drive. There is a limit of five boxes per household.

Arvest associates will grill hot dogs for participants and local radio station KHBZ 102.9 “The Z” will broadcast live on-site from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Although the event is free, donations to the Rotary Club of Harrison’s barrier-free park project will be accepted. The Rotary Club is helping fund construction of a barrier-free park and playground area that will be located adjacent to the existing park at Lake Harrison to make the park accessible for children with physical challenges.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Harrison
 

Arvest Bank to Host Free Shredding Event in Mountain Home

Monday, October 08 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank will provide customers an opportunity to have their confidential documents shredded at no cost, in an effort to offer protection against identity theft. 

Arvest and Shred-It will host the free shredding event Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m.-1p.m. at the Arvest branch located at 2619 Hwy 62 in Mountain Home. There is a limit of five boxes per household.

Arvest associates will grill hot dogs for participants and local radio station KTLO will broadcast live from 10 a.m.-noon with an opportunity for listeners to win prizes from the station’s treasure chest. 

Although the event is free, donations to local nonprofit organization Into the Light will be accepted. Into the Light provides refuge and support services to minors who are victims of sex trafficking. The organization works to educate minors and communities on the traps associated with human trafficking, in addition to providing 24-hour crisis response. 

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Mountain Home
 

Arvest to Give $58,000 to Teachers Throughout Bank’s Footprint

Monday, October 08 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News


For the third consecutive year, Arvest Bank will honor teachers by awarding 116 educators with a total of $58,000 in prize money.

The decision to award 116 $500 gifts to individual teachers was made not only out of respect and appreciation for the work teachers do, but as a sign of support at a time when many schools continue to face budget challenges. All prizes will go to teachers who work at state-funded schools.

“Commitment to community is something we take seriously at Arvest, and it is our pleasure to recognize these teachers, who do so much for our children and our communities,” Arvest president and CEO Kevin Sabin said. “We know they work hard every day to give all of us a better future, and we hope these awards help show how much we appreciate them.”

To nominate a teacher to receive one of the $500 prizes, look for an Arvest Bank Facebook post about this contest during the week of Oct. 15-21. Include the teacher’s name, school name, city, and one sentence describing why that teacher deserves to win.

Arkansas counties included are: Baxter, Benton, Boone, Carroll, Conway, Craighead, Crawford, Faulkner, Franklin, Garland, Howard, Johnson, Little River, Logan, Lonoke, Madison, Mississippi, Montgomery, Pike, Polk, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Scott, Sebastian, Sevier, Washington and Yell.

Missouri counties included are: Barry, Laclede, Lawrence, McDonald, Stone, Taney, Wright and Webster. Additionally, in the Greater Kansas City area, the following towns are included: Cass, Mo., Clay, Mo., Jackson, Mo., Platte, Mo., Franklin, Kan., Johnson, Kan., and Wyandotte, Kan.

Oklahoma counties included are: Adair, Canadian, Cherokee, Cleveland, Comanche, Cotton, Craig, Creek, Grady, Delaware, LeFlore, Mayes, McClain, McCurtain, McIntosh, Muskogee, Nowata, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Ottawa, Payne, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Pottawamie, Sequoyah, Stephens, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington

Disclosures

  • $500 donation will be made to directly to the school of the winning teacher’s school.
  • Winners will be selected at random. Random selection will take place the week of October 22.
  • Awardees will be notified no later than October 29.
  • No Arvest associate or associate’s immediate family member can win.
Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma
 

East Pointe Elementary School Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Thursday, September 06 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Elementary students in the Greenwood area will get a boost to their STEM curriculum thanks to a $5,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation. 


The gift was announced today at East Pointe Elementary School in Greenwood. Jamie Skinner and Beth Presley of Arvest Bank were on hand to present the check.

The Arvest Foundation donation will allow the school to purchase various materials to create a collaborative STEM work space or “Makerspace” inside the school that fosters creativity, flexibility, and persistence through the process of problem-solving.  

"The incredible support provided by Arvest Bank has allowed us to provide a place where our students can explore, discover, and play while solving problems and experiencing learning firsthand,” said East Pointe Elementary principal Josh Ray. “Students at East Pointe are literally begging for more science and math, and we could have never experienced that without Arvest’s generosity. On behalf of every future East Pointe engineer, doctor, architect, and programmer, thank you so much."

Arvest branch manager Jamie Skinner said, “When East Pointe reached out to us with the details of what they were wanting to accomplish with their Makerspace, we knew that we wanted to be a part and help create this incredible experience for all of the students, and students to come. We are thankful that the Arvest Foundation was able to provide this grant for East Pointe and we’re looking forward to seeing this dream become a reality for them.”

 

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Arvest Foundation

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