Arvest to Give $65,500 to Teachers Throughout Bank’s Footprint

Friday, October 04 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

For the fourth consecutive year, Arvest Bank will honor teachers by awarding 131 educators with a total of $65,500 in prize money.

The decision to award 131 $500 gifts to individual teachers was made not only out of respect and appreciation for the work teachers do, but as a sign of support at a time when some schools continue to face budget challenges. All prizes will go to teachers who work at state-funded schools.

“As a business that stresses commitment to the communities we serve, it is our pleasure here at Arvest to recognize some of the teachers who contribute so much to those same communities,” Arvest president and CEO Kevin Sabin said. “It has been exciting to watch our We Love Teachers campaign grow over the last several years, and we hope these awards show how much we value and appreciate the hard work our teachers put in every day.”

To nominate a teacher to receive one of the $500 prizes, look for an Arvest Bank Facebook post about this contest during the week of Oct. 7-13. 

Teachers at state-funded schools in the following Arkansas counties are eligible: Baxter, Benton, Boone, Carroll, Conway, Craighead, Crawford, Faulkner, Franklin, Garland, Hempstead, Howard, Johnson, Little River, Logan, Lonoke, Madison, Marion, Miller, Mississippi, Montgomery, Pike, Polk, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Scott, Sebastian, Sevier, Washington and Yell.

Teachers at state-funded schools in the following Kansas counties are eligible: Franklin, Johnson, Montgomery and Wyandotte.

Teachers at state-funded schools in the following Missouri counties are eligible: Barry, Cass, Clay, Jackson, Laclede, Lawrence, McDonald, Platte, Stone, Taney, Webster and Wright.

Teachers at state-funded schools in the following Oklahoma counties are eligible: Adair, Canadian, Cherokee, Cleveland, Comanche, Cotton, Craig, Creek, Delaware, Grady, LeFlore, Mayes, McIntosh, McClain, McCurtain, Muskogee, Nowata, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Payne, Pittsburgh, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Rogers, Sequoyah, Stephens, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma

Arvest Bank Hires Grinstead in Treasury Management Division

Wednesday, October 02 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce we have hired Taylor Grinstead as a sales advisor for our Treasury Management division.

Grinstead has 12 years of industry experience. In her new role at Arvest, Grinstead will be responsible for developing new business while expanding existing business relationships, when appropriate, among other duties. She will serve Arvest’s Oklahoma City and southwest Oklahoma markets, and be based in Oklahoma City.

“We are excited to add Taylor to our team,” said Julie Simmons, regional sales manager for the Treasury Management division. “She brings an impressive track record, and I am confident her experience and expertise will be a benefit not just for the bank, but more importantly, our customers.”

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Grinstead earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in administrative leadership from the University of Oklahoma, and is currently pursuing a master’s in business administration from Ohio University. She lives in Norman with her husband, Wes, and their son. 

Tags: Arvest, Treasury Management

Arvest Bank Announces Vagle Hiring

Tuesday, October 01 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce we have hired Dan Vagle as a product manager for our Treasury Management division.

Vagle has more than 15 years of industry experience and will oversee the business, financial and customer experience results for the Treasury Management division’s payable products, including Automated Clearing House (ACH) services, wire services, Positive Pay and account reconciliation, among others. He will serve Arvest’s entire four-state footprint, but be based out of the bank’s branch in Mission, Kan.

“We are thrilled to add Dan to our team,” said Paul Jarrett, the Treasury Management division’s director of product management. “His track record speaks for itself, and his experience and expertise will be a benefit for both the bank and our customers.”

Vagle earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Hope College and a master’s in business administration from Robert Morris University. He lives in Overland Park, Kan., with his wife, Amanda, and their three daughters.

Tags: Arvest, Kansas, Treasury Management

Pope County EMS Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Monday, September 30 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Pope County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will be able to purchase new equipment thanks to a $6,250 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced today in Pope County, Ark. Tony Warren, Elizabeth Hunnicutt, Tammy Burchett, Shawn Bates and Jessy Moreno of Arvest Bank were on hand to present the check.

The funds will help the Pope County EMS better serve the residents of the county by allowing them to purchase new patient transport equipment for their ATV as well as transport ventilators.

“Pope County would like to express their extreme appreciation to community partners like Arvest, who continually step forward and support worthwhile endeavors,” said Ben D. Cross, Pope County judge. “This donation to Pope County Emergency Medical Services will have a direct impact on life saving measures carried out within our service area.”

Doug Duerr, director of the Pope County EMS, explained, “This is a unique piece of equipment that we are adding to our EMS. We appreciate this a lot!”

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support the Pope County Emergency Medical Services efforts in upgrading their patient transport equipment,” Bates said. “This donation is just one of many we have made throughout the area and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to this community.”

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest

Arvest Experience Lab Garners Press Coverage

Monday, September 30 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

The Arvest Experience Lab (EXP), approaching its 18-month anniversary, recently was featured as part of two stories by Arkansas Democrat-Gazette business writer Andrew Moreau. 

The EXP was born out of Arvest Bank’s desire to increase focus on its digital channels and also to incorporate decision science as a business-driver. The 4,300-SF space in downtown Bentonville, Ark., currently houses 10 associates. It is led by Angie Garrett, executive director of digital innovation and strategic analysis. 

Part of what Garrett and her team do – study, assess and improve the digital experience Arvest customers have – is a big part of one of Moreau’s stories.*  

Moreau’s other story explores some of the ways traditional banks like Arvest are working with fintechs* (financial technology companies) to help financial institutions connect with customers via digital offerings.

Both stories offer a glimpse at some of the most interesting behind-the-scenes work currently happening at Arvest.



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

Tags: Arvest, Technology

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