Arvest Bank in Benton County Announces Rewerts Hiring

Monday, September 18 at 06:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Mike Rewerts has been hired in its Benton County market.
 
A veteran of the mortgage and banking industries since 1999, Rewerts will serve as loan assistant manager at Arvest. His primary duty will be the supervision of the mortgage loan assistants in Benton County. Rewerts will be based at the Arvest location at Village on the Creeks in Rogers.
 
“Mike’s mortgage experience in originating, construction lending, processing and management will be a fantastic addition to our team,” said Maria Lau, mortgage loan manager for Arvest Bank in Benton County. “I am confident he will be a tremendous asset for both the bank and our customers.”
 
Rewerts played baseball at both Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and Casper (Wyo.) College, where he studied business management and business marketing, respectively. He lives in Springdale and has one daughter.
 
About Arvest Bank
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 banks, each with its own 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.
Tags: Associates, Northwest Arkansas, Rogers
 

Arvest Bank Announces Matlock Hiring

Monday, September 11 at 06:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Stacy Matlock has been hired as a commercial banker in its Springdale market. 

Matlock has 26 years of industry experience and has attended the American Institute of Banking. In her new role at Arvest, she will generate, evaluate and approve commercial loans, among other duties. She will be based out of the bank’s branch at 415 W. Emma Ave.
 
“Stacy has banking and sales experience, will be a tremendous asset to the team, and is already integrating herself into the community,” commercial loan manager Paula Wilson said.
 
Matlock is a member of the 2017-2018 Leadership Springdale class and is serving as a member of the Mercy Hospital Annual Charity Ball committee. She and her husband, Jesse, live in Springdale.
 
About Arvest Bank
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 banks, each with its own 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.
Tags: Associates, Northwest Arkansas, Springdale
 

Wilson Promoted in Springdale, Ark.

Friday, July 07 at 06:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Paula Wilson has been promoted to commercial loan manager in its Springdale market. 

Wilson has more than 30 years of industry experience, having begun her banking career in 1986. During that time, she also worked for the Arkansas State Bank Department. Wilson, who offices at the Arvest branch at 415 West Emma, has been part of Springdale’s commercial lending team since 2000.

“I am excited to have Paula step into this leadership role, in which she will continue to work with our team to grow our commercial portfolio, and also work with our strategic partners to deepen existing customer relationships,” said Chris Thornton, loan manager for Arvest in Springdale. “We have many exciting things happening in Springdale and Paula has been a big part of that.”

Wilson earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing at Henderson State University and also completed the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University. She is a member of Springdale Kiwanis, as well as a member of the Springdale Library Board of Trustees and Spring Meadows Senior Apartments board of directors, among other civic endeavors.

Tags: Associates, Northwest Arkansas, Springdale
 

Fittro Named Woman of the Year

Thursday, June 29 at 06:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is proud to share the news that Michelle Fittro has been named the Northwest Arkansas Business Women’s Conference Young Woman of the Year.

Fittro currently serves as media strategist for the bank group, meaning she leads strategic planning, purchasing and tracking of media buys for the entire bank group, among other responsibilities. Fittro is the first person to hold the job of media strategist at Arvest, and counts it as one of her proudest accomplishments.

That’s saying a lot considering the praise she received from the 2017 NWA Business Women’s Conference Awards Committee.

“Michelle Fittro is a trailblazing financial professional whose philanthropic spirit and community involvement has made Northwest Arkansas a better place to live and work,” the committee wrote. “We hope that her spirit of leadership and genuine heart for service will inspire others to give back to our community.”

Many of us at Arvest already knew and appreciated these traits, of course. They have been evident since Fittro joined Arvest in 2007 as the Bentonville marketing manager.

Since then, Fittro has amassed an impressive list of achievements here at Arvest, including establishing the marketing department for the Greater Kansas City market and being responsible for developing and implementing the customer communication and experience plan for three bank conversions. A few of Fittro’s other Arvest-related highlights include:

  • Arvest First Leadership Steering Committee member
  • Arvest Bank mentor (2014-2015)
  • Arvest Bank Sales and Service Award recipient in GKC (2010-2013)
  • Arvest Heart of the Bank Award recipient in GKC
Her work in the communities in which she’s lived has been equally impressive. A few of the ones that led to her young woman of the year honor are: 
 
  • Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Forty Under 40 honoree (2016)
  • artinfusion Council Advisor (Crystal Bridges)
  • NWA Emerging Leaders member
  • Bentonville Library Foundation
  • Leadership Benton County Task Force member
  • Rogers Rotary Club
  • Jones Center for Families Millennial Focus Group Committee
Fittro will be presented with the 2017 Young Woman of the Year Award during the sold-out Northwest Arkansas Business Women’s Conference on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers.
 
In the meantime, please join us in congratulating her for this prestigious and well-deserved honor.
 
Updated on 06/30/17.

Tags: Associates, Award, Community Support, Northwest Arkansas
 

Q&A with Debbie Rambo with Samaritan Community Center for 1 Million Meals

Friday, April 28 at 05:35 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The Samaritan Community Center* has been serving Northwest Arkansas since 1989 where it started out as a clothing ministry and quickly turned into a food pantry instead. We’re grateful to be joining together to fight hunger in our 1 Million Meals initiative.

Debbie Rambo was happy to do a Q&A with us, so we could learn more about the Samaritan Community Center’s efforts to help our neighbors in need.

What’s your involvement with Samaritan Community Center, and how did you get started?
While I initially began as a volunteer when the organization was an outreach of my church, I have been the executive director for the Samaritan Community Center since it became an independent nonprofit organization in 2002. 

I have always had a desire to serve others which is something that my parents modeled for me as a child as they continually served other persons in need. Leading the organization since it became a nonprofit has also allowed me to develop a leadership team that is passionate about our mission, an amazing group of dedicated volunteers, and an organizational culture that strives to care for the whole person in a loving, grace-filled environment. 

What’s a compelling experience you’ve had during your time with Samaritan Community Center?
There was a gentleman named Mark that we regularly served over the years who was homeless and mentally ill. We helped to get him into permanent housing multiple times, but his illness just made an apartment too confining for him. Through the years, we just kept an eye out for him helping him with groceries on a regular basis or the occasional hotel room during extreme weather. He loved coffee, was particular about what he would or would not eat, and had the most amazing blue eyes. 

Last year, Mark passed away, and we had the opportunity to meet his extended family. I learned that he had been an aviation mechanic and had a son in the military. His brothers had those same blue eyes and they were filled with tears to know that we had loved Mark just the way he was. There is not a single day that goes by that I don’t think of Mark and wish I could just buy him a cup of coffee or take him some fresh fruit and granola bars.

How can people get involved with Samaritan Community Center?
There are a variety of ways in which people can get involved. We are a volunteer-driven organization with people doing everything from stocking the food shelves in our market to serving meals in our café to weeding or planting in our garden to sorting clothes in our thrift store. We can work with groups to do special projects on-site and food or personal care item drives off-site. Donations of quality clothing, household items and furniture to thrift stores are important too as one-third of our support comes from the stores. Financial support is easy and can be done online through our website* or by texting to give (text SCC to 555-888). 

We’d love to have you involved in our 1 Million Meals initiative to help the Samaritan Community Center* and our other food partners.  

Four Easy Ways to Donate:
  • Donate via Phone – Customers can make a $1 (or more) donation by calling (866) 952-9523. Funds will be drawn directly from your Arvest account.
  • Donate via Mail – Mail a check to Arvest Bank Operations, ATTN: 1MM, P.O. Box 799, Lowell, AR 72745. Include 1 Million Meals in the memo line of the check.
  • Donate in a Branch – Stop by your local Arvest Bank branch. Cash and check contributions accepted.
  • Donate Arvest Flex Rewards™ – Customers can redeem points for a 1 Million Meals donation. Log in at arvestflexrewards.com, and click on the banner for 1 Million Meals to get started!
We’ll Donate $1 Each Time You:
  • Follow us on Instagram.
  • Like or share our 1 Million Meals Facebook posts.
  • Retweet our 1 Million Meals tweets on Twitter on April 21 and May 10.

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

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Arvest Benton County, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Northwest Arkansas, Rogers

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