Arvest Bank Awards $500 to Beagle

Wednesday, December 26 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Courtney Beagle as the winner of a $500 award given to teachers throughout its four-state footprint. A total of 116 awards, totaling $58,000, are being given this year.

Beagle, who teaches first grade at Eunice Thomas Elementary in Cassville, plans to spend some time over Christmas break evaluating the best way to use the contribution.

“I am extremely grateful for the gift from ARVEST Bank,” stated Beagle.  “It is so nice to have businesses in the community invest in our students' learning by assisting teachers. Plus, my students were just as excited as I was!”

“It is a lot of money that can be used in so many ways.  I plan to sit down and do some research as to what it can be used towards. I want it to be something that can be helpful to this year’s students, as well as my students in years to come.”

The Arvest initiative to honor educators was launched on Oct. 15. Nominations were accepted via the Arvest Bank Facebook page, and the awards come at a time when some school budgets have been cut.

“Arvest is thrilled to help support not just Ms. Beagle, but all of our award recipients,” Arvest marketing manager Kyle Roberts said. “We know how hard teachers work to educate the children in our communities, and we hope these prizes can make their jobs a little easier.”

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.


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Rogers Heritage Takes Third Consecutive Arvest Hoopfest Crown

Friday, December 21 at 11:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Congratulations to Rogers Heritage High School for winning its third Arvest Hoopfest Championship in a row!

Rogers Heritage defeated Mt. Vernon (Mo.), 60-34 and Waynesville (Mo.), 64-44 to go 2-0 before the final day of the tournament was canceled due to the threat of winter weather conditions. Those wins and the War Eagles’ margin of victory gave them a tiebreaker championship over Rogers High School.

The Mounties also went 2-0, defeating Carl Junction (Mo.), 54-50 and Fort Smith Southside, 64-49. The 14th annual event was held at War Eagle Arena on Dec. 6-7.

Rogers Heritage point guard Ernesto Rodriguez scored a team-best 16 points to go along with 6 steals and 4 assists in the decisive win against Waynesville. Ethan Carpenter and Jason Kimball added 12 points each. The War Eagles blew open a close game by starting the fourth quarter on a 10-2 run.

Rogers Heritage was awarded the team championship plaque, and War Eagles players were presented with individual medals. The runner-up Mounties also received individual medals.

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Holroyd Named President and CEO for Arvest Bank in Fort Smith

Thursday, December 20 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Roger Holroyd has been named president and CEO for the bank in Fort Smith and the River Valley.

Holroyd has been with Arvest for 25 years, most recently serving as president of its Siloam Springs bank. He replaces Rodney Shepard, who has been named Arvest’s chief customer experience officer. Holroyd, who has been president in Siloam Springs since 2012, will assume his new role effective Jan. 1.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to lead Arvest in Fort Smith and the River Valley,” Holroyd said. “I look forward to getting started and to meeting the many great customers and associates we have in place. I am also confident that, together, we can build on the great foundation that Rodney and his team have in place. We will do so by building on the same core values and commitment to community that anyone who knows anything about Arvest has come to expect.”

Holroyd earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting at Harding University and a master’s in finance at Texas A&M. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at LSU.

Among other civic endeavors, Holroyd is a member of the school board for the Siloam Springs School District, and has been an officer for the United Way of Northwest Arkansas and the Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce.

Holroyd and his wife, Bonita, have two children.

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Arvest Bank Announces New Executive Positions

Wednesday, December 19 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Rodney Shepard and Laura Andress have been named to newly created positions that focus on the experiences of both its customers and associates.

Shepard, previously president and CEO for Arvest in Fort Smith and the River Valley, will serve as the Chief Customer Experience Officer (CXO), effective Jan. 1. In his new role, Shepard will be responsible for maintaining a strong relationship between Arvest and its customers, and managing the overall day-to-day experience for customers and associates. Specifically, he will work with management at all levels to maintain a consistent, customer-first mentality across the bank’s physical and digital channels.

Andress, currently executive director of group human resources, will assume the title of Chief People Officer (CPO) on Jan. 1. Among other duties, Andress will be responsible for developing and executing a human resource plan of action in support of Arvest’s strategic direction. Andress will work specifically in the areas of succession planning, talent management, organizational and performance management, training and development, benefits and compensation, and associate communication.

Shepard has been with Arvest Bank for more than 25 years, and is being replaced as president and CEO in Fort Smith and the River Valley by Roger Holroyd. Shepard earned an associate degree at Carl Albert Junior College, a bachelor’s degree in management at Northeastern State University, and a master’s degree in business administration from Webster University. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at LSU and the Mid South School of Banking at Christian Brothers University.

Shepard currently is a member of the board of directors for Mercy Health Fort Smith Communities, the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Foundation, the Fort Smith Boys and Girls Club, and also serves on the Community Bankers Council for the American Bankers Association. Among other civic endeavors, he is a past chairman of the board for the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce, has worked on behalf of the United Way, the Fort Smith Riverfront Blues Society, the Single Parent Scholarship Fund, and was presented the Carl Albert State College Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006. Shepard and his wife, Lisa, live in Fort Smith and have two children.

Andress joined Arvest in 2004 – following 13 years as an attorney and partner at a Fayetteville law firm – to become director of group human resources. She earned both a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a law degree at the University of Arkansas. During her time as an attorney, Andress was licensed by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

As director and executive director of human resources at Arvest, Andress has been charged with managing risk and building programs to develop talent and increase communication and associate engagement across the organizational footprint. Andress lives in Springdale and has two children.

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Arvest Equipment Finance Rep Experiences Brinkley Auction

Wednesday, December 19 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Equipment Finance (AEF) business development representative Katie Crawford attended what is touted as Oklahoma’s largest farm and ranch equipment auction recently. The monthly Brinkley Auctions have been held in Idabel – a new community Arvest is serving thanks to its acquisition of Bear State Bank – since 1974 and regularly generate sales of 350-500 tractors, among other types of machinery and trailers.

Founder-owner Larry Brinkley handles auctioneer duties, while his granddaughter, BreeAnn Brinkley Campbell, manages the auction events. The auctions draw a wide range of vendors and individuals.
Crawford has more than 12 years of financial services experience and joined AEF earlier this year after most recently working as a private banking advisor. Among her responsibilities in her current role is using her commercial lending experience to develop new vendor/dealer relationships throughout the AEF footprint. She is based out of the Arvest location at Village on the Creeks in Rogers.

“It was a pleasure to represent AEF at the Brinkley Auction this month,” Crawford said. “This community and the Brinley family, in particular, has embraced our team and we are grateful for that. Our goal is to become a trusted resource providing financial knowledge and solutions to this community.

“Going forward, our vendor relationships continue to be the cornerstone of growth for Arvest Equipment Finance.”

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