“Biggest Savers” in Flippin and Yellville-Summit Schools Recognized by Arvest

Thursday, June 07 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Fifth grade students in Flippin and Yellville-Summit Schools recently learned who among them earned the title of the ‘biggest saver.’ The designation comes after a school year of saving and budgeting as part of Arvest Bank’s annual Dollars and Sense program that teaches students best financial practices.

Arvest Bank recognized Yellville-Summit 5th grader Caleb Hartle for saving $450 during the 2017-2018 school year. Classmate Mikayla White saved the second-largest amount with $178.62. The entire 5th grade class at Yellville-Summit saved a total of $628.62.

The biggest saver among students in Flippin was Adrianne Benedict with $470. Jace Copeland was second, saving $208 and Caden Dawson was the third highest saver, putting back $150. The 5th grade class at Flippin saved a collective total of $1,517.19 by the end of the school year.

Arvest Bank’s Dollars and Sense program teaches students of all ages the importance of saving and budgeting, as well as general information on banks, money, bartering and other relevant topics.

“Two of the most important financial skills we can master are saving and budgeting, and they are habits children need to practice at an early age,” said Tiffany Watkins, assistant vice president and marketing director for Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas. “Every student walks away from this experience with more knowledge about how to manage their money and they all ended the school year with savings they didn’t have when the school year began.”

Students were encouraged to save their own money throughout the school year and utilize the information they learned in the program to help increase their savings. As students deposited money into their personal savings accounts and brought the deposit slip to class, they received credit for their accomplishment.

For more information on the Dollars and Sense program visit www.arvest.com


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Closed Memorial Day

Friday, May 25 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

In observance of Memorial Day, all Arvest branches will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2018.

Our Customer Service center, however, WILL be open SATURDAYSUNDAY & MONDAY, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

We will return to normal business hours on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.

For your convenience, you can bank 24/7 using:

Thank you for being a valued Arvest customer. We wish you a safe and happy Memorial Day! 


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Bergman Elementary Students Hold Jeans/ Hat Week to Help Arvest Reduce Hunger

Wednesday, May 23 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Students at Bergman Elementary School recently collected enough cash donations through a jeans and hat week to provide 2,175 meals to Ozark Share and Care, a local hunger relief organization.

Students were given the option to pay to wear a hat during a one-week period and teachers were given the option to pay to wear jeans during the same week. 

The fundraiser was held in support of Arvest Bank’s 8th Annual 1 Million Meals campaign, an initiative to collect non-perishable food or monetary donations to reduce hunger in the 120 communities the bank serves. Arvest teams up with local food partners in the community so every donation stays local.

The 1 Million Meals campaign continues through June 2. Donations may be dropped off at any Arvest Bank location, or by calling (866) 952-9523. Arvest credit card customers can donate Arvest Flex Rewards™ points by visiting arvestflexrewards.com and clicking on the 1 Million Meals banner. Arvest customers may donate through their Arvest GO mobile banking app. Every dollar raised through 1 Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for those in need.

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

About Arvest

Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2018, 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.

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Arvest Cookout, Lunch Delivery Supports Local Food Bank

Monday, April 23 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank associates recently took pre-orders for boxed lunches they cooked, packed and delivered to employees of local businesses, all in an effort to raise money for the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas.

Boxed lunches included a hamburger or hot dog, chips, cookie and a drink. Proceeds from the fundraiser will provide 7,680 meals for the food bank.

“This was a great event to serve our community in two ways; our teams had fun catering to local businesses and we’re helping keep a continuous supply of food on the shelves of the food bank for weeks to come,” said Tiffany Watkins, assistant vice president and marketing director for Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas. “We are just getting started in our efforts to help reduce food insecurity so there’s still time for anyone who is interested in helping to donate.”

Sponsors of the cookout included Allens Grocery Deli Meats Produce, Blacksheep Smokehouse and Grill, Harps, Marion County Paving, Sonic, Subway and White Oak Station.

The cookout and lunch delivery fundraiser was part of Arvest Bank’s annual 1 Million Meals campaign that challenges bank associates, customers and community members to participate in fundraising efforts and nonperishable food drives to fight hunger in the more than 120 communities the bank serves. Every donation supports the bank’s local food partner. 

Yellville residents can participate in 1 Million Meals by dropping off nonperishable food items or monetary donations at the Arvest Bank branch or by calling (866) 952-9523. Arvest credit card customers can donate Arvest Flex Rewards™ points by visiting arvestflexrewards.com and clicking on the 1 Million Meals banner.

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

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Arvest Bank Adds Murphy and Rockefeller Jr. to Board of Directors

Monday, April 23 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Dr. Bruce Murphy and Winthrop (Win) Rockefeller Jr. have joined its local board of directors in central Arkansas.

Murphy is the CEO of Arkansas Heart Hospital. In addition to training cardiologists from across the United States and the world on advanced interventional techniques, Murphy is a regular speaker on a variety of topics at both national and international conferences. He lives in Little Rock.

Rockefeller is the principle at Theseus Holdings LLC. He and his wife, Natalie, have two sons and live in Little Rock. Among other civic endeavors, Rockefeller is a board member for the Humane Society of Pulaski County, Easterseals, and the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.

“We are thrilled to add Bruce and Win to our board,” said Jim Cargill, Arvest president for central Arkansas. “Both men have expertise that will be invaluable to us here at Arvest. Additionally, they also are big and active parts of the community here in central Arkansas. There is no doubt they will be strong parts of our team.”

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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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