Arvest Bank Adds Burgess as Business Development Officer

Thursday, July 11 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News


Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Shawna Burgess, NMLS# 1878891.

Burgess, who has more than 20 years of industry experience, will serve as a business development officer and will be based out of the Arvest Business Resource Center located inside the branch at 5000 Rogers Ave. in Fort Smith. In her new role, Burgess will engage with and discover the needs of prospective small business customers and process business loan requests, among other duties.

“Shawna is customer-focused and brings a high level of experience, energy and knowledge of the community,” Arvest business banking manager Chris Raible said. “We welcome Shawna to the Arvest family and know she will do an expert job servicing the business banking needs of the Fort Smith and Greenwood areas.”

Burgess earned a degree in business management at what is now known as the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith and is especially excited to work with small business customers.

“I’ll be in the Business Resource Center focusing on small business customers,” she said. “This is something that is dear to me because I grew up working in our family business in Van Buren.”

Burgess is an advocate for several local nonprofits and volunteers in the children’s nursery at Community Bible Church in Fort Smith. She lives in Fort Smith with her husband, Mike, and their daughter.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Fort Smith
 

Arvest Bank is Among Oklahoma’s ‘Best of the Best’

Wednesday, July 10 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest News


Arvest Bank is proud to recently have been named in Oklahoma Magazine’s The Best of the Best of 2019.

According to the introduction accompanying this year’s selections, Oklahoma Magazine has compiled The Best of the Best in its July issue for 20 years to help its readers “find the finest in everything the state has to offer.”

The introduction also thanks the magazine’s readers for “your choices, your votes and your voices telling us who you think are the best of the best at what they do.”

In the “Bank” category, that includes Arvest.

“Arvest Bank is a top choice for mortgages, investments and trusts,” the article reads.

“On behalf of all our associates in Oklahoma, I want to thank Oklahoma Magazine and its readers for this recognition,” said Brad Krieger, executive vice president and regional manager for Arvest in Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. “We strive for excellence every day, and we believe this recognition reflects that. We are humbled and honored to be included.”

The Oklahoma Magazine recognition follows Arvest being named by Forbes magazine among its “Best-In-State Banks” in Oklahoma. Forbes also named Arvest one of the “World’s Best Banks” earlier this year.

Tags: Arvest, Oklahoma
 

64.6 Downtown Receives $25,000 Arvest Foundation Grant

Wednesday, July 10 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News


Citizens of the Fort Smith area will enjoy a new downtown park thanks to a $25,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation. 

The gift was announced today at Gateway Park. Beth Presley, Roger Holroyd, Les Smith, and Mike Jacimore of Arvest Bank were on hand to present the check.

The funds will aid in the construction of the new Gateway Park located near the intersection of Rogers and Garrison Avenues. Gateway Park will feature three historical bronze statues. The key figure will be Judge Isaac C. Parker, joined by statues of John Carnall and Mother Mary Teresa Farrell, R.S.M., representing law, education, and healthcare. The new park is a 64.6 Downtown initiative and is being funded by the generosity of the community, including the Arvest Foundation.

When completed this fall, 64.6 Downtown will donate the park property to the City of Fort Smith. It will become a gathering place for residents and visitors alike to learn more about the contributions these three community leaders made in the late 1800s. The park will also include a flag plaza featuring flags of the United States, Arkansas, and the City of Fort Smith.

“64.6 Downtown creates vibrant spaces in Fort Smith to further economic development, creative place-making, arts and cultural events,” said Steve Clark, founder/chairman of the board for 64.6 Downtown. “Gateway Park is a reflection of how 64.6 Downtown’s program, The Unexpected, brought attention to an important intersection in downtown, with the activation of Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel’s Universal Chapel. The work transformed a simple white building into a gateway entry to downtown Fort Smith. Gateway Park is a continuation of the development of this important downtown entry point.” 

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support the 64.6 Downtown initiative of the development of the Gateway Park,” Holroyd said. “This donation is just one of many we have made throughout the area. It demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to support parks, history and greenspace in our community.”

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Fort Smith
 

Arvest Bank Announces Johnson Promotion

Tuesday, July 09 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News


Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Misty Johnson, NMLS# 1745770, has been promoted to consumer loan advisor. 

Johnson has held a variety of roles during her three years in the banking industry, most recently serving as a financial sales representative. In her new role as a consumer loan advisor, Johnson will be active in external business development activities, as well as the generation and underwriting of commercial loans.

“Misty has focused on learning consumer lending since she has been in her financial sales representative role and exhibited a desire to excel, as evidenced by several service awards ranging from referrals to loan origination,” Arvest consumer lending sales manager Jack Farley said. “She wears multiple hats within her branch and is very involved in the community. She recently helped organize a very successful Million Meals event in conjunction with local law enforcement that was pivotal in the Clarksville team exceeding its goal.”

Johnson, who also holds an Arkansas insurance license, lives in Lamar with her husband, Bryce, and their two children. An active member of New Life Church Clarksville, she has been involved in numerous civic endeavors, including the Johnson County Community Foundation and the Clarksville – Johnson County Chamber’s Chamber Royals.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Fort Smith
 

Jose Hernandez Recognized as Top 250 Latino Mortgage Lenders in Nation

Monday, July 08 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News


Arvest Bank is proud to announce that our very own Jose Hernandez, NMLS# 564536, was just recognized by the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals as one of the top 250 Latino Mortgage Lenders in the nation! Jose is ranked #48.

He has helped 157 families obtain a mortgage loan in 2018! What an accomplishment! He was up against lenders nationwide in some really big markets. Jose recognizes that he didn’t do this all on his own.
“Thank you to my team, my wonderful clients, and my industry partners for helping me achieve this!," said Jose.
 
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Tags: Arkansas, Arvest

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