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.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest

Arvest Bank to Hold Retirement Reception for Penn

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

Arvest Bank invites customers and community members alike to join in a celebration of the career of Ernie Penn on Friday, Dec. 14.

Penn, who will officially retire on Jan. 2, began his banking career in 1976, and later joined Arvest following its acquisition of his then-employer. After working as a mortgage originator for Arvest in Fayetteville for two years, Penn moved to Farmington in 1993. Since that time, he has become a senior vice president, originating commercial, agricultural and mortgage loans.

“We are appreciative of the leadership, expertise and friendship Ernie has brought to our Arvest family,” said Donny Story, president for Arvest in Fayetteville. “He has been an invaluable team member through many years of service, with many contributions and accomplishments not just at Arvest, but also in our community.

“We are thankful for customers and many others whose lives he has positively impacted. He will be missed by his Arvest family, but we are excited and wish him the best during his future endeavors.”

A reception to honor Penn will be held Dec. 14 at the Arvest branch located at 110 E. Main in Farmington. The event will be held from 2-4 p.m., and refreshments will be served.

Following his retirement, Penn will serve as the full-time mayor of Farmington. He had served as mayor in a part-time capacity for 16 years, until the position became a full-time one earlier this year.


Tags: Arvest

Jones Center for Families Receives $10,000 Donation

Friday, December 07 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The Jones Center for Families will be able to help improve studio classrooms thanks to a $10,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced recently at the Jones Center for Families in Springdale. Kent Williamson, Julie Shook and Ashley Allen of Arvest Bank were on hand to present the check to Ed Clifford, chief executive officer of the Jones Trust, Kelly Kemp-McClintock, chief advancement officer and Brandi Holt, advancement specialist of the Jones Center for Families.

“We are so appreciative of the Arvest Foundation for their generous gift to help with the renovation of two popular studio classroom spaces at The Jones Center. Studios A & B are where Children’s Dance & Gymnastics programs are taught. We’ll be adding a new sound system, youth dance barre, parent observation windows, and all new gymnastics equipment. We hope to roll out the new updates in the first quarter of 2019,” Kemp-McLintock said. “We could not do what we do if it weren’t for the important support of our corporate & foundation partners.

“The Jones Center is a world-class recreation and education facility. Our NWA community is very fortunate to have this type of venue in our backyard for all walks of life and ages to enjoy. We are so pleased to be able to provide this donation to support the mission of the Jones Center,” Allen said. “This donation is just one of many we have made throughout the area, and it demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to those who live, work and play throughout our footprint.”

Tags: Arvest, Arvest Foundation

Gage Takes Arvest Private Banking Role in Springdale

Wednesday, December 05 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Melanie Gage has accepted a role within its Private Banking department.
Gage has worked in various capacities at Arvest since 1999, most recently as a senior vice president and a regional sales manager for its Treasury Management division. In her new role as a senior private banker, Gage will manage client relationships and assess financial products that will serve her clients’ financial needs, among other responsibilities.

“Melanie brings extensive portfolio management, business development and leadership experience to Springdale’s Private Banking team,” Arvest Private Banking manager Mary Pedersen said. “We are lucky to have her, and are looking forward to great things from her."

Gage is a Certified Treasury Professional® and is an active member of numerous professional and civic organizations, including the Association for Financial Professionals, Junior Achievement of Northwest Arkansas and the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce.

She and her husband, Denton, live in Springdale. They have three children and three grandchildren, and are members of Christian Life Church.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest

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