Arvest Bank Announces Gates Promotion

Wednesday, January 02 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Gene Gates has been promoted to senior vice president, commercial loan manager.

A 34-year veteran of the banking industry, Gates joined Arvest in 2014 and most recently served as senior vice president, area loan manager. In his new role, Gates is responsible for the origination, evaluation, approval processing, closing and servicing of commercial loans.

“This is a well-deserved move for Gene,” said Craig Shy, executive vice president, loan manager for Arvest in Fayetteville. “His experience and track record is commendable, and we look forward to great things from Gene in the years to come. He will serve our customers well.”

Gates earned a bachelor’s degree in business at the University of Arkansas – Monticello. He is an active member serving on multiple committees for the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce and has held office with Ducks Unlimited among other civic endeavors.

Gates and his wife, Amanda, have two adult children and live in Fayetteville.

 

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Fayetteville
 

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 Foundation Donates to Boys and Girls Clubs of Bryant

Friday, December 14 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

The Arvest Foundation recently presented board members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bryant with a donation of $2,500. The grant will support after-school recreational and educational programs for students in grades K-6th.

“We are grateful to the Arvest Foundation for providing their support to the children of Saline County,” said Suzanne Passmore, chief executive officer of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bryant. “The experiences these young men and women receive often provide long-lasting character traits such as teamwork, integrity, problem-solving and others that can benefit them a lifetime.”

“Every community, regardless of size, faces the challenge of providing children with supplemental educational programs and activities to help them learn and grow outside the classroom,” said Phillip Partain, community bank president of Arvest Bank in Saline County. “The Boys and Girls Clubs of Bryant does an outstanding job in further developing children in this area and we are proud to offer our support as we prepare these students who will be tomorrow’s leaders.”

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Bryant provides after-school, summer and sports programs at two locations in Bryant. The organization serves children in kindergarten through 8th grade, depending on the particular program. To learn more, visit www.bryantbgc.org.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Arvest Foundation
 

Arvest Foundation Donates $10,000 to Royal Players, Royal Theatre

Thursday, December 13 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The Arvest Foundation recently presented Royal Players, Inc., the community theatre group in Benton that manages the city’s historic Royal Theatre, with a donation in the amount of $10,000. The grant will support programming, renovations and maintenance of the theatre.

“We are extremely thankful to the Arvest Foundation for this generous gift and for their appreciation of the impact performing arts has on communities,” said Daphne Shoppach, board member and artistic director of the Royal Players. “This donation will help enhance our upcoming season as we improve both the physical theatre and our programming plans for the future.”

“Arvest realizes that effective support of the communities in which we work requires diversity among the organizations that benefit from our donations, and the arts are an important aspect of our charitable giving,” said Phillip Partain, community bank president of Arvest Bank in Saline County. “This theatre has been a cherished and important centerpiece in this community for almost a century, and we are honored to offer support to contribute to its longevity.”

The original section of the Royal Theatre was built in 1920. It is located at 111 South Market Street in Benton and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Little Rock
 

Arvest Receives Multiple ‘Best of’ Honors in Annual CitiScapes Poll

Wednesday, December 12 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

CitiScapes Magazine touts its annual “Best of Northwest Arkansas” feature – released each December – as one of its most-anticipated traditions.

Likewise, we here at Arvest Bank are always eager to check out the results of the lifestyle publication’s ever-popular readers poll. This year was no different, and Arvest is proud to have received multiple honors from the readers of CitiScapes.

In addition to being selected as one of five financial institutions in the “Best Bank” category, Arvest also received the following honors:

  • Arvest Wealth Management, “Best Investment Firm”
  • Arvest Bank – Mortgage Division, “Best Mortgage Services”

Additionally, WACO Title Company, an Arvest affiliate, was chosen “Best Title/Abstract Company.”

Arvest sincerely thanks those who voted in the poll, and thanks CitiScapes for celebrating so many of the people, places and companies that make Northwest Arkansas one of the best places to live, work and play.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Arvest Wealth Management, Mortgage, Northwest Arkansas
 

Arvest Bank Names Anna Beth Gorman to Board in Central AR

Tuesday, December 11 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank has named Anna Beth Gorman to its board of directors in central Arkansas.

Gorman is executive director of the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas (WFA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created by women in Arkansas to support the economic and educational advancement of women and girls. Founded in 1998, the WFA works as an equity partner with our state’s women and girls through its statewide STEM education and mentoring initiative for Arkansas girls, its research pertaining to the status of women and girls, and also as a strategic grant maker to organizations focusing on STEM education and economic empowerment.

“Anna Beth is well-known for her commitment to the central Arkansas community through her work with numerous organizations and her experience will be very beneficial to the work of our local board,” said Jim Cargill, president and CEO of Arvest Bank in northeast, central and southwest Arkansas. “We welcome her insight and ideas, especially as we continue to recruit and promote women and minorities in our growing workforce.”

Gorman previously worked for the Girl Scouts Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas, where she was the chief membership and volunteer program officer. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Little Rock, Junior League of Little Rock, the Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame and is a board member of the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XXXII and is a current member of Leadership Arkansas Class XIII.

Gorman earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Hollins University and a master’s in public administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

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