Arvest Bank Announces New Role for Box

Monday, April 30 at 07:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Melissa Box has accepted a new role as a mortgage lender in Branson.


"We couldn't be more excited for Melissa to join the mortgage team,” said Carla Green, mortgage loan manager for Arvest in Springfield. “I have every confidence that she will exceed the expectations of our customers in the Branson area."

Box has worked at Arvest since 2014, and previously worked in business development and as a commercial lender in the Branson area. In her new role, she will serve as a as a decision-making resource for customers, providing guidance to them in an effort to find solutions tailored for their unique mortgage needs, among other responsibilities.

Among other civic endeavors, Box is a member of both the Hollister Area Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Hollister.

"Melissa's heavy involvement in our community speaks volumes about her character and drive,” said Pam Yancey, community market director for Arvest in Branson. “She will, without a doubt, continue to impress as she takes on this new role."

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Arvest 1 Million Meals Campaign Hits Halfway Point

Friday, April 27 at 07:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

On April 2, Arvest Bank announced the beginning of its seventh annual 1 Million Meals campaign, which challenges bank associates, customers and community members to fight hunger in the more than 120 communities the bank serves by providing at least one million meals to those in need. Today, the bank announced the campaign has exceeded 500,000 meals, or halfway to its goal.

Arvest branches throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma have been participating in this initiative by collecting nonperishable food items and monetary donations. These efforts will continue through June 2, with the intention of reaching one million meals donated to the local communities Arvest serves in time for summer, when many schoolchildren do not have access to meals they ordinarily receive at school, and when many of the bank’s food partners face fundraising challenges.

Every dollar raised through 1 Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for local, hungry families.

For more information about 1 Million Meals, visit arvest.com/millionmeals.

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Arvest Bank Announces Spicer Move

Wednesday, April 25 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Merissa Spicer, vice president and trust officer for Arvest Wealth Management (AWM), has moved offices, Arvest Bank announced today.

Previously based in Lowell and Bella Vista, Spicer now works at the Downtown Bentonville branch located at 201 NE A Street.

Among other duties, Spicer manages personal trusts, settles estates, and administers charitable trusts, Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and agency accounts. She also specializes in the administration of Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts (ILITs). Spicer has worked at Arvest since 1998, and in the trust department since 2004.

Spicer earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She also is a graduate of the Cannon Trust School and holds the designations of Certified Trust and Financial Advisor and Accredited Estate Planner®.

A current board member for the Bella Vista Animal Shelter, Spicer is active in numerous other civic endeavors. She and her husband, Lonnie, have two adult sons.

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 15 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.

About Arvest Wealth Management

Arvest Wealth Management offers wealth management, trust services and insurance products. Investment products and services provided by Arvest Investments, Inc., doing business as Arvest Wealth Management, member FINRA/SIPC, an SEC registered investment adviser and a subsidiary of Arvest Bank. Insurance products are made available through Arvest Insurance, Inc., which is registered as an insurance agency. Insurance products are marketed through Arvest Insurance, Inc., but are underwritten by insurance companies. Investments and Insurance Products: Not FDIC Insured, May Lose Value and Not Guaranteed by the Bank. Trust services provided by Arvest Bank.

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Arvest CEO Kevin Sabin Welcomes Bear State Customers & Associates

Monday, April 23 at 12:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

As president and CEO of Arvest Bank, let me be among the first to offer a warm welcome to all of our new customers from Bear State Bank.

Like Bear State, Arvest is a customer-focused bank that prides itself on a commitment to our customers above all else. This has been true since our founding in 1961 and has held true for more than 55 years. Our mission statement is ‘People helping people find financial solutions for life,’ and we live it every day. 

We hope that will become evident to you as you explore our full range of products and services. From a variety of checking accounts to consumer and commercial loans to investments to servicing 99 percent of the mortgage loans we make, Arvest offers solutions tailored to your unique financial needs.

We also share Bear State’s commitment to the communities we serve. From our 1 Million Meals initiative to our People Helping People program to the dozens of groups and organizations we support throughout our four-state footprint, we are devoted to making the places we call home better places to work and live.

Arvest is currently in the midst of its eighth 1 Million Meals drive, in fact. We are off to a great start and looking forward to adding to our total of more than 11.4 million meals raised for families throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. That includes more than $2 million in funds given directly to dozens of food partners. We also take pride in the fact that all food and funds raised in our communities stays in those communities.

I also want to welcome those who have been employees of Bear State and are now Arvest associates. We have been impressed by what we’ve seen from you as we’ve gotten to know more about Bear State, and we hope to now work alongside you for many years to come. Forbes magazine has recognized Arvest as one of America’s best employers in an independent, anonymous survey, and we are eager to share our culture with you.

Lastly, for all those associated with Bear State – both its customers and its employees – please know that this brief welcome is just the first step in welcoming you to Arvest. We will be communicating with you regularly and we sincerely look forward to growing our relationship with you.

Thank you,
Kevin Sabin
Arvest Bank President & CEO

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Arvest Bank Completes Acquisition of Bear State Financial, Inc.

Friday, April 20 at 04:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank (“Arvest”) announced today the closing of its acquisition of Bear State Financial, Inc. (“Bear State”), the parent company of Bear State Bank.

As of Dec. 31, 2017, Bear State had assets of $2.16 billion, with $1.67 billion in loans and $1.5 billion in deposits, while Arvest had assets of $16.75 billion, with $10.44 billion in loans and $14.37 billion in deposits. As previously announced, this acquisition was a cash transaction valued at approximately $391 million. With the close of the deal, Arvest will have assets of approximately $18.76 billion. 

The acquisition adds new communities to Arvest’s footprint in northeast Arkansas, southwest Arkansas, southern Missouri and southeast Oklahoma. Bear State also has banking locations in 18 communities already served by Arvest. With the close of the deal, Arvest now serves more than 135 communities in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

Arvest and Bear State are now legally one bank, but will continue to operate under separate names until sometime this fall, when Bear State branches, accounts and operations will be transitioned to Arvest. Until that transition is complete, customers should continue banking at their current bank locations.

“We are pleased to welcome Bear State customers and associates to Arvest,” Arvest marketing director Jason Kincy said. “We have expressed from the beginning of this acquisition how excited we are to add these desirable communities to our footprint. Now we will start working together to combine the two companies to benefit our customers and the communities we serve.”

Bear State customers with questions should contact their local Bear State banker or Bear State’s solutions center at (866) 242-3324 or visit arvest.com/welcome.

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