Arvest Bank Names Shelly Hill Branch Sales Manager in Bull Shoals

Friday, July 20 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank has hired Shelly Hill as branch sales manager for the bank’s Bull Shoals location.

Hill has 15 years of experience in the banking industry where she began her career as a teller and has held positions of increasing responsibility that include branch manager, assistance vice president, loan officer and corporate trainer. 

In 2011, Hill changed careers to help manage her family’s business, Micro Plastics, Inc., where she was director of organizational development and training, until the company was sold. 

The daughter of an Air Force veteran, Hill was born in Minot, N.D. and has lived in numerous states. She has lived in the Mountain Home area the past 29 years.

“Shelly’s experience in several areas of financial services, in addition to her management of a small business, are great assets for both our retail and business customers,” said Mike Willard, president and CEO of Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas. “She also shares the Arvest culture of being involved in the community and helping to fulfill a need wherever she can, so we’re excited to welcome her as a new team member.”

Hill currently serves on the board of directors for Hospice of the Ozarks and the Mountain Home Lions Club. She has been a member of the Lions Club for 19 years. Hill has chaired the American Cancer Society’s local Relay for Life event the past five years and has been a board or committee member of Gamma House, Serenity House, Peitz Cancer Support House and the Marion County Sheriff’s Patrol Association. 

She and her husband, Tom, have five adult children and attend St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.

Hill succeeds Carolyn Eckman who is retiring from Arvest Bank after a banking career of 45 years.

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.


Arvest Bank Hires Anthes in Springfield

Thursday, July 19 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce the hiring of Mandy Anthes.

Anthes will serve as a commercial banker in Springfield and brings 14 years of banking experience with her. In her new role, Anthes will generate, evaluate and approve commercial loans, among other duties. She was honored as one of Springfield Business Journal’s 40 under 40 in 2018.

"Mandy is committed to our community and will be a welcome asset to the team. I am excited for her to begin the next chapter of her career with us," Summer Massey, loan manager, said.

Anthes graduated from Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in business management. She went on to attend the American Banker’s Association Lending School at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and Barret Graduate School of Banking in Memphis, Tenn.

Anthes lives in Springfield with her husband Aaron and their two daughters. She serves on the Leadership Springfield Board of Directors and Leadership Council for the Network. Anthes is also a Missouri Banker’s Association Young Banker.

In her free time, Anthes enjoys reading, spending time with family and traveling.

Tags: Springfield

Shop For More Than Back-to-School Deals

Thursday, July 19 at 09:00 AM
Category: Personal Finance

Late summer and early fall are great times to save on the essential supplies for schools and offices, with deals on everything from paper to personal computers. It’s also a great time to make end-of-summer, stock-up and big-ticket purchases that don’t involve the school books. Here are some items you may want to consider purchasing within the next few months.

Big-ticket items. As companies prepare to unveil new models for the coming year, they’re also more than ready to offload the current year’s inventory. This can mean savings on big purchases such as:

  • Vehicles
  • Appliances
  • Mattresses
  • Cell phones
  • Lawnmowers
  • Tools
  • Bicycles

Do your homework on which dealerships, brands and stores are offering the deepest discounts and don’t be afraid to ask about add-ins or additional features that normally cost extra. Dealerships and even big-box stores are typically happy to discuss price options in order to quickly switch over inventory.

Stock up for next summer. Take the time to anticipate what you may need next summer, while being cautious about buying certain items or sizes that might not work out - such as for rapidly growing children. Here are a few ideas:

  • Warm-weather clothing
  • Summer accessories like hats and sunglasses
  • Swimsuits
  • Footwear
  • Summer home gear: air conditioners, dehumidifiers and fans

These summer favorites will see significant discounts to make room for fall attire and items for the holiday season.

Traveling soon? Speaking of the upcoming holiday season, it’s time to begin booking airfare for out-of-state and international trips. A good rule of thumb is to purchase your tickets two months in advance and compare prices on multiple well-known travel sites. Be sure to read the fine print for blackout dates, cancellation options and other special policies.

School and miscellaneous supplies. It’s called back-to-school shopping for a reason. Watch for deals on supplies for the kids, your home office and similar items. Dorm room sales are great for basic home purchases on small kitchen appliances, linens, storage containers and more. Consider using coupon and other cash back apps to help boost your savings even more. Similar to airfare, read the fine print to ensure you aren’t spending more to only save a little.

Be prepared. Write out ahead of time what you’re hoping to purchase and your ideal budget. It’s easy to get caught up in the deals and promotions and you may end up overspending and buying items you have no real use for.

Finally, don’t forget to take advantage, when possible, of your state’s tax-free weekend.

Tax free weekends by state:

Arkansas will begin on Saturday, August 4 and end on Sunday, August 5

Missouri will begin on Friday, August 3 and end on Sunday, August 5

Oklahoma will begin on Friday, August 3 and end on Sunday, August 5




Tags: Financial Education

Arvest Bank Announces Sullivan Hiring in Mena

Wednesday, July 18 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Erica Sullivan has been hired as assistant branch manager.

Sullivan, a graduate of Mena High School and the University of Arkansas – Rich Mountain, has five years of experience in the banking industry. In her new role, her responsibilities include sales efforts, customer service, branch operations and security, among other duties.

“We are very excited to have Erica Sullivan back as part of our team here in Mena,” Arvest branch sales manager Theresa Young said. “Erica’s outgoing personality will be a great inspiration to our Mena branch.”

Sullivan lives in Mena with her three children.


Tags: Arvest

Classic Mobile App Set to Retire

Wednesday, July 18 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Now is the time to Arvest Go.

Arvest Classic—our first mobile banking app—will no longer work beginning fall 2018. We removed the app from the app stores on July 12, 2018 in anticipation of this upcoming change.

Why is This Happening?

The vendor that supports our Classic mobile app has made the decision to stop its support and maintenance of this product for our customers.

Although the app is no longer supported by the vendor, it should continue working until the disconnect date in fall 2018 unless it is deleted from the device. We apologize for any inconvenience this change may have caused.

New Mobile Banking App Available

Logging in and using our new mobile banking app, Arvest Go, is easy. Arvest Go has all the best features of Classic plus several enhancements, such as fingerprint login and an optimized mobile check deposit experience.

To get started, simply download the free Arvest Go app on your iPhone®* or Android™* device and sign in using your current Classic online banking login ID and password. After successfully logging in to Arvest Go, be sure to delete the Arvest Classic app from your device.

Ensure you are running the most current OS for an optimal experience with Arvest Go. The Arvest Go app requires at least Apple iOS 9 or Android 5 Lollipop to run.

We make frequent updates to Arvest Go based on the newest technology trends and feedback from our customers. We are excited to bring you the best we have to offer in mobile banking.

Browser-only Banking

The Classic mobile web banking service will also retire this fall, but mobile web banking will not go away. The look and feel of your experience will change.

Mobile Web BlueIQ™ accessed through your device’s browser will feature standard online banking and bill payment functions as well as easy-to-use personal money management tools.

To enjoy an optimal banking experience on your iPad®, please use Online Banking with BlueIQ™, accessed easily through your tablet’s browser. Our replacement mobile app, Arvest Go, is not currently configured for iPad viewing and usage.

New to Mobile Banking or Have Questions?

If you are new to mobile and online banking with Arvest, visit with an associate at your local branch or call us at (866) 952-9523 to get a login ID and temporary password.

If you have additional questions regarding these upcoming changes, call us at (866) 952-9523. Arvest’s goal is to continually improve your banking experience with updated products and services.

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

Tags: Arvest Go, Mobile Banking

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