Arvest Equipment Finance Announces Staff Addition

Friday, November 08 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Jim Bates. Bates will serve as manager of credit administration for Arvest Equipment Finance (AEF), a division of the bank, and be based in Fort Smith, Ark.

AEF division president Eric Bunnell said the addition of Bates is a result of continued growth and expansion within its vendor program.

“Jim’s duties as manager of credit administration will include enhancing AEF’s credit-scoring models and underwriting procedures to position us to triple our portfolio in the next three to five years, as well as establishing a buy/sell syndication group,” Bunnell said.

Bates most recently worked for CHG-MERIDIAN and Hancock Whitney Equipment Finance, and has formed and led credit and operations groups for multiple equipment finance companies throughout his 30-year career in the industry. Bates earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance at Western Illinois University.

“I am very excited to be able to add Jim to our team,” Bunnell said. “His knowledge and experience will play an important role as we continue to grow and keep credit quality top of mind. Jim will also manage the credit analyst team, which will benefit by learning from his 30 years of experience in this industry."

AEF is headquartered in Fort Smith, Ark., and does business throughout Arvest’s four-state footprint. It has additional locations in Little Rock, Ark., Kansas City, Mo., and Tulsa, Okla.

 

Tags: Arvest, Arvest Equipment Finance
 

Russellville Associates Give Back to Area State Troopers

Friday, November 08 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News


Russellville, Ark. associates recently had the opportunity to support their local state troopers for the sixth year in a row during the fourth-quarter shooter training. This is a great opportunity to give back to those who serve on the force and also to show our appreciation for their service face to face.

Thank you to the Arkansas state troopers stationed near Russellville for your continued effort to keep us safe!

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest
 

McCurtain County Historical Society Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Wednesday, November 06 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News


Residents in the McCurtain County, Okla., area will be able to continue to enjoy a historical landmark thanks to a $3,500 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced recently at the McCurtain County Historical Society open house in Idabel.  Shawn Campbell of Arvest Bank was on hand to present the check.

The McCurtain County Historical Society will use the funds to replace a significant Oklahoma historical marker located near Idabel. The original Shawneetown marker was previously located along a local highway near Idabel until it was demolished in an accident several years ago.

“Thank you to the Arvest Foundation for their contribution of $3,500 to the McCurtain County Historical Society,” said Nelda Shaw, McCurtain County Historical Society director. “The foundation’s support will help to preserve and maintain the historic pillars of McCurtain County.”

“We are happy to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support the McCurtain County Historical Society,” Campbell said. “This donation is just one of many we have made throughout the area. It demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to history and McCurtain County’s heritage.”

Tags: Arvest, Oklahoma
 

Van Buren Hope Academy Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Wednesday, November 06 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Children in the Van Buren area will benefit from a $3,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced recently at the Hope Academy of Van Buren. Kenzie White, Ben Boerjan, Daniel Skipper and Chris Barnes of Arvest Bank were on hand to present the check.

With the donation, the academy will be able to stock the clothes closet with more clothes and toiletries. Also, Hope Academy will be able to purchase new furniture for its on-site recreational room.

“The funds given by organizations like the Arvest Foundation in the community allow me to share hope and bless children,” said Karen Beckner, director of Hope Academy of Van Buren. “We have been able to provide backpacks, jackets, garments, and other items to those in need thanks to the foundation’s support.” 

“It’s such privilege to be able to contribute to such a wonderful organization that dedicates its time and resources to helping others,” White said.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Fort Smith
 

A Spin on Spending - Tailgating Tips

Tuesday, November 05 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest News


For many fans, tailgating is an essential part of the game day experience. It’s a great way to get hyped for the game and fill up before you head into the stadium. Game day eating is often more about quantity, rather than quality and a quick way to save a few bucks, while filling up your hungry fans is to shop smart beforehand. Check your local grocery store sale ads early in the week to see who is offering the best prices for meats, buns, drinks, and condiments. You’re probably not tailgating alone – take your friends and family with you shopping and plan your menu as a team. There’s no reason you should have to bear the entire expenses of the tailgate alone.

No tailgate is complete without decorations. If you are bringing cups and plates, buy reusable sturdy plastic items in your team colors that can be washed and used time after time. Be sure to bring a plastic bag to put them in during cleanup. Not only will this save you money each game, you’ll also be reducing the amount of waste left at the stadium and that’s a win for both teams. 

 

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