Arvest Bank Places in The Journal Record Reader Rankings

Tuesday, September 12 at 03:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
The Journal Record recently released its first-ever ‘Reader Rankings,’ and Arvest Bank is proud to relay some of the results. We’d also like to thank those who voted for us.
According to The Journal Record, its readers cast votes across a wide variety of 50 categories, including construction and design, entertainment, finance/accounting, general business, health care, higher education, hospitality, legal services, real estate and information technology.
Arvest was voted the “GOLD level” winner in the category of Best Bank for Business Based Outside of Oklahoma. Arvest also received “SILVER level” recognition in two others categories: Best Wealth Management Provider (Arvest Wealth Management) and Best Bank for Small Business. (See the top three places in each category below.) 
Arvest is both proud of – and humbled by – the recognition. We work hard every day to meet the needs of our customers, and honors like the ones bestowed by the readers of The Journal Record let us know that our efforts have a positive impact on those we serve.
Best Bank (based outside of OK) for Biz
  1. Arvest Bank
  2. JPMorgan Chase Bank
  3. CrossFirst Bank
 Best Wealth Management Provider
  1. Morgan Stanley
  2. Heritage Trust
  3. Arvest Wealth Management
 Best Bank for Small Businesses
  1. Bank of Oklahoma
  2. BancFirst
  3. Arvest Bank
 For more information about the 2017 Reader Rankings and to see the full list, please go here*.
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Tags: Oklahoma

Lawton Food Bank & Countrymart hold Supermarket Sweep

Friday, September 08 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

The Lawton Food Bank has partnered with Countrymart to hold a Supermarket Sweep. 

Tickets can be purchased at any Lawton Arvest Bank location, Red River Federal Credit Union, Oklahoma Blood Institute and the Lawton Food Bank. 

Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $20. 

The drawing will be held on November 3 and the sweep will be held at 9am on Saturday, November 18 (the weekend before Thanksgiving). 

The winner will be given 3 minutes to run through Countrymart and load their cart with as many groceries as they can. 

For questions or to purchase tickets you can contact Angela Spradlin at or (580) 250-4540.

Rules and limitations apply. Country Mart and Lawton Food Bank are not responsible for any injury caused during this event. Items in cart may not be stacked higher than the cart handle bar, however bottom rack on cart may be utilized. Items must be food/household items. No alcohol, tobacco, lottery, gift cards or pharmaceuticals. Limited to six items of any one product. If winner is unable to physically participate in sweep, they may designate another person to run the event as long as they are 18 years of age or older. Only one person will be allowed to run the sweep. Do not have to be present for drawing in order to win.

Tags: Lawton, Oklahoma

Investing in Women Lecture Series Continues on Oct. 12

Wednesday, September 06 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is excited to announce its fourth meeting of the continually growing Investing in Women lecture series luncheons in 2017! The next meeting is Thursday, October 12 in the auditorium of Building 100 on the Great Plains Technology Center campus in Lawton, Okla.! 

The keynote speaker will be Candi Copass-Bridges, the owner. She’ll be discussing “Strong Mind! Strong Body! Workout Tips for the Workplace” from noon - 1 p.m. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.
A $5 donation to support Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra is greatly appreciated but not necessary.
Register online* or contact Michelle Douglas at or (580)-250-5551. 
For more information, contact Angela Spradlin at or (580)-250-4540.
Be sure to watch for more information as Investing in Women begins Year 4 in 2018!

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: Lawton, Oklahoma

Arvest Bank Supports March of Dimes’ Annual Banquet Honoring Oklahoma Sports Headliners

Tuesday, September 05 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Arvest Bank in Oklahoma City was proud to support the March of Dimes’ annual Oklahoma Sports Headliners Banquet, which was held on Aug. 18 at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club.
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was honored at the event as the Oklahoma Sports Headliner of the Year, and his former Oklahoma City teammate Anthony Morrow was in attendance and spoke about Westbrook's MVP season. 
Three University of Oklahoma coaches were recognized with the Headliner Special Award. Men's gymnastics coach Mark Williams, women's gymnastics coach K.J. Kindler, and softball coach Patty Gasso shared the award after leading their respective teams to national championships last season.
Many other teams and individuals were also honored, including Oklahoma State wrestler Dean Heil, who won his second straight NCAA individual championship last season and went undefeated in the process.
Arvest Bank supported the event as a table sponsor. Arvest associates in attendance were: Ron Witherspoon, president/CEO of Central Oklahoma, and Ryan Cross, VP commercial lender, who also serves as a board member of the March of Dimes Board for Central Oklahoma and chairman for the 2017 March for Babies. 
For more information about The March of Dimes, please visit*.
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Tags: Oklahoma

Fishing Coach Helps Students Reel in Opportunities - People Helping People Series

Friday, August 25 at 04:00 PM
Category: People Helping People

Marshal Grissom walked into a Caney Valley Bass Club meeting because he was willing to use his boat to help the high-schoolers who shared his love of fishing. Grissom left that meeting as the team’s head coach.

Grissom is the latest person to be featured in Arvest Bank’s People Helping People video series. The series is designed to celebrate individuals in the communities we Arvest serves who are uniquely making a difference.


Caney Valley High School is located in the northeastern Oklahoma town of Ramona, and its fishing club has proven to be a perfect fit for Grissom. An avid fisherman for as long as he can remember, Grissom believes his favorite hobby not only has life lessons to offer the students he helps, but in some cases, could be a life-changing activity.

“The way the sport of fishing has grown, just in our state alone there are probably well over a dozen collegiate bass fishing teams," Grissom said. "There are colleges recruiting at our tournaments to go onto that next level.”

Some of Caney Valley’s team members have already received college scholarship offers, a path that may not have been available to them if it weren’t for their competitive fishing experience. The lure of a scholarship has kept team member Grayson Atchison sharpening his angling skills. His goal is to one day attend Northeastern State University on a fishing scholarship.

“Honestly I would say Marshal’s my mentor for fishing. He kind of helped me out with a lot of tournament skills that I needed." Atchison said. “If it wasn’t for Marshal, we probably wouldn’t have this club."

Grissom is driven by a need to take action and help others. He believes in taking the initiative when you have the opportunity to change people's lives.

"I’ve always wanted to not just sit back and watch life go by," he said. "I wanted to be a person that did something. And these kids have really given me that opportunity. The most rewarding thing for me is just being out there on the water with these kids. And getting to see them, the joy they have for fishing."

Watch* Grissom and the fishing team in action. Keep an eye on our social media channels for videos highlighting the good works of dedicated citizens in the communities Arvest Bank serves.

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Tags: Bartlesville, Oklahoma, People Helping People

Bear State Bank to be Acquired by Arvest Bank

Tuesday, August 22 at 02:30 PM
Category: Arvest News

Bear State Bank and Arvest Bank have exciting news to share today. An agreement has been signed where Arvest will acquire Bear State and come together as one customer-focused bank. The acquisition of Bear State Bank meets two strategic goals for Arvest – entry into attractive new markets for the bank, and an expansion of customer base and branches in existing Arvest markets. We’re excited to welcome Bear State Bank customers and associates to Arvest and look forward to working together in the future.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Aug. 22, 2017) – Arvest Bank (“Arvest”) announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Bear State Financial, Inc. (“Bear State”) (NASDAQ:BSF), the parent company of Bear State Bank. The acquisition, expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2017 or first quarter of 2018 pending customary regulatory approvals and subject to approval by Bear State shareholders, is an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $391 million.

Bear State Bank operates 42 branches and three personalized technology centers in Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, while Arvest operates more than 250 branches in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. As of June 30, 2017, Bear State had total assets of $2.24 billion and total deposits of $1.7 billion in 34 communities. As of June 30, 2017, Arvest had total assets of $17.30 billion and total deposits of $14.98 billion in 120 communities.

“This is a strategic move for us and one made after much careful consideration,” Arvest president and CEO Kevin Sabin said. “In addition to giving us the opportunity to expand into some new communities, this deal also allows us to strengthen our presence in some existing markets.

“Because Bear State is such a solid company with dedicated employees – and because both banks are so committed to their communities – we believe this will be a great fit. From outstanding products and services to superior customer service, Arvest shares a lot of similarities to Bear State and we look forward to serving all of our customers – old and new – with the same courtesy, competency and care as we always have.”

Of the 34 communities where Bear State operates, 18 are markets where Arvest has banking operations while 16 markets will be new communities for Arvest – most notably communities in northeast Arkansas, southwest Arkansas, southern Missouri and southeast Oklahoma. Arvest Bank and Bear State customers will not notice any immediate changes, and both banks will continue to conduct business as usual. A full conversion of systems and accounts will occur in 2018, and Arvest Bank will be communicating with Bear State customers over the next several months regarding their transition to Arvest Bank.

Additionally, all those employed by Bear State on the date of contract closing will become employees of Arvest Bank.

New communities Arvest looks forward to serving in Arkansas are: Ashdown, De Queen, Dierks, Glenwood, Jonesboro, Manila, Monette, Mount Ida, Nashville and Waldron. Arvest will enter the communities of Golden City, Kimberling City, Lamar and Marshfield in Missouri, and Broken Bow and Idabel in Oklahoma. 

About Arvest 

Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 locally managed markets, each with its own local board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 120 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 Bear State Financial

Bear State common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol “BSF.”  For more information on Bear State, please visit  Its principal subsidiary, Bear State Bank, is a community oriented financial institution providing a broad line of financial products to individuals and business customers. Bear State Bank operates 42 branches, three personalized technology centers equipped with interactive teller machines and three loan production offices throughout Arkansas, Southwest Missouri and Southeast Oklahoma.

Tags: Arkansas, Associates, Community Support, Locations, Missouri, Oklahoma

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