Arvest Foundation Contributes $5,000 to Kiddie Park

Wednesday, May 30 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

With roots tracing back to the 1940s, the Kiddie Park has been a staple in the Bartlesville community for decades. The Kiddie Park is a safe place for youth and their caregivers to have fun and build lifelong memories. Funds from the Arvest Foundation will be used to maintain the park’s rides and attractions.


The gift was announced at the Kiddie Park in front of the iconic carousel. Local bank president Kyle Hubbard and marketing manager Annah Fischer were on hand to present the check to Kiddie Park president Ron Adams.

“We are so thankful for the support of the Arvest Foundation,” said Adams. “We are very proud to be a part of the history of Bartlesville, and we feel very blessed to have the support of our community. This gift will allow us to continue to provide a safe place for children to make memories with their loved ones.”

“The Kiddie Park is one of the many attractions that make Bartlesville unique,” said Hubbard. “My family and so many from our community and afar treasure the memories made at the Kiddie Park. This donation will help ensure future families are able to enjoy the park facilities.”

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OKC’s Cross Recognized Among Achievers Under 40

Friday, May 25 at 12:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Ryan Cross has been recognized by The Journal Record as a member of its 2018 Achievers Under 40 class.


Cross, a vice president and commercial banker for Arvest in Oklahoma City, and the other honorees were recognized not just in a recent print version of The Journal Record, but an event held May 10 at Embassy Suites Oklahoma City Downtown/Medical Center.

“Ryan’s knowledge and proactive approach has made him an outstanding member of our team,” Ron Witherspoon, president and CEO of Arvest in Oklahoma City, said in Cross’ profile. “He is an excellent representation of dedication to his work and to his community, and I feel confident in Ryan’s abilities and integrity.”

Cross has worked in the banking industry since graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a finance and international business degree. He’s also currently enrolled in the Oklahoma Bankers Association Intermediate Banking School and will attend the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado as a second-year student this summer.

The profile also highlighted Cross’ work as a volunteer, especially his efforts on behalf of March of Dimes. As the 2017 chairman for the Oklahoma City March for Babies, according to his profile, Cross helped surpass the sponsorship goal of $75,000 to more than $100,000 and went over the $200,000 event goal to more than $250,000.

“My twins were born 12 weeks premature in 2005, and without the March of Dimes research on surfactant and the other lifesaving care that my twins received, they would not be alive today,” Cross said in the profile. “I continue to be proud to give back to such a great organization.”

Kudos to Cross for walking the “People helping people” walk in more ways than one!

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Leadership Oklahoma Honors Four State Leaders

Friday, May 18 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Leadership Oklahoma honored two individuals, a leading state business and a statewide bank at its annual Excellence in Leadership Gala at The Skirvin in Oklahoma City on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Over 280 Leadership Oklahoma members and guests from across the state attended the event.
“Each year, Leadership Oklahoma recognizes the outstanding contributions of Oklahoma corporate and individual leaders for their commitment and service to elevating the quality of life and empowering our state for greater prosperity,” said Marion Paden, President and CEO of Leadership Oklahoma.  “This year’s Excellence in Leadership award recipients are truly deserving based upon the remarkable and meaningful differences they have made in Oklahoma. It is our privilege to honor them.”

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have used their leadership abilities to improve the quality of life for Oklahoma's citizens and its future generations. This year’s Leadership Oklahoma Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Dr. Bob Blackburn, of Oklahoma City. In a state that doesn’t always have the greatest sense of pride in itself and her people, Bob Blackburn has given every one of us a reason to hold our heads up high and be proud to be from or in Oklahoma, knowing we share that with all sorts of talent, grace, heart, and skills from fellow Oklahomans. He tirelessly travels around and has people in to tell their own stories or the stories of their families or industries, connected with others. Though he is in a constant state of fundraising and collecting, he is genuinely curious about everyone and their ties, and wants to share those stories. He was the face of Oklahoma History during the Centennial but has worked for the Oklahoma Historical Society since the 1970s and has been a champion for every aspect of the Society, starting with publications and encompassing collections, sites, preservation, personnel, and prestige. He has touched every county and community in the state, whether in person or through his work. His task list includes opening the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture in Tulsa, getting the Grants-in-Aid program going strong, and building the OHS endowment, all the while he will continue writing and researching various aspects of Oklahoma History, and he remain one of, if not the most famous Oklahoma historians throughout his life. Blackburn’s most notable accomplishments as executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society are spearheading the creation, opening, and overall vision of the Oklahoma History Center; a world class Smithsonian affiliated site, and beginning the creation of the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture, better known as OKPOP,  overseeing and being a part of the historical celebrations for the Oklahoma Centennial; continuing to work with politicians emphasizing the importance of our history and advocating government funding for all of the Society; and travelling all over the state speaking to countless groups, capturing the stories from innumerable people, and charming the world in person, in speech, and through over twenty-two books and numerous articles and editorials. Preserving who we are as a state through its people, the voices of the past and present deserve to be listened to, learned from, and give us roots to flourish. His passion bringing history to life is what makes him truly Mr. Oklahoma.

The Distinguished Graduate Award honors a Leadership Oklahoma graduate whose recent leadership activities have exemplified the highest standards of Leadership Oklahoma and whose activities achieved results or set an example of statewide significance.  The Distinguished Graduate Award belongs to Marci Donaho, of Seminole, who has dedicated her life serving her community and investing in the people around her. A graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class XII, Donaho is a long-time public school educator who for the past 21 years has served as executive director of the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum in Seminole, first serving as the founding board president for 8 years. She is the consummate community volunteer and cheerleader. She has stepped up to take on di?cult roles - particularly in running for the Seminole School Board, during a tumultuous time in the public school’s history. Donaho is a great example of a servant leader; coordinating, leading, planning community and civic events, while rolling up her sleeves to serve in the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen and the Rotary Christmas Day Community dinner, judge a school talent competition or auction o? desserts at a chamber fund raiser. She has in?uenced the lives of countless children from Oklahoma and beyond from her work as a classroom teacher of 27 years and now as director of a hands-on career and education-based children’s museum. She is a recognized leader in the community of Seminole, as well in state and regional organizations. She is a member and past president of the Seminole Chamber of Commerce and was named Seminole’s “Citizen of the Year” for 2002. Donaho serves on the Seminole School Board and was honored with induction into the Seminole Hall of Fame in 2015 and has been nominated three times as one of 50 Women Making a Di?erence in the State of Oklahoma as recognized by the Oklahoma Journal Record newspaper. She was appointed to the Seminole State College Board of Regents by Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry in 2005 and reappointed in 2012 by Governor Mary Fallin. She has served as a director of the Frontier Country Marketing Association and is a past president of the Oklahoma Marketing Association and the Oklahoma Museum Association. In 2007, she was selected as “Tourism Professional of the Year” by the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association and the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department. She is a board member of the Seminole Family Resource Center, a Seminole BancFirst Community Director, and serves on the board of Seminole Alliance Hospital. Donaho is also an active member of the Seminole Rotary Club and co-chairs the Chamber’s Leadership Seminole Program. She has left a legacy of achievement, tenacity and humility in her wake impacting all who know her.

The Business Leadership Award commends a business entity for its impact in promoting leadership principles and practices, implementing programs worthy of example, and fostering the growth of quality leadership. The Business Leadership Award will honor Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO), whose service to the state extends well beyond delivering electricity.  PSO employees volunteer for hundreds of organizations statewide, with many of them serving in leadership roles. PSO’s corporate giving supports the areas PSO serves and the entire state. PSO has been instrumental in bringing together public and private entities to find innovative solutions to create a better future for Oklahomans on critical issues like education, basic needs and cultural enhancement. PSO has a special emphasis on supporting and expanding early childhood education and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) initiatives. They offer the Bright Start Right Start Preschool Teacher Science Workshop, which incorporates science into preschool curriculum. Together with the American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation, PSO has provided substantial funding for key STEM initiatives, including a $3 million grant to the Tulsa Community College Foundation for a new STEM “Credits Count” program focusing on dual credit high school enrollment, and middle school summer STEM experiences. They also fund numerous high school and middle school robotics teams in PSO’s service areas, and grants for teachers to infuse STEM further into the classroom. PSO supports leadership development and STEM education through their partnership with Oklahoma FFA. Additionally, PSO's Light-A- Life energy fund administered by the Salvation Army helps Oklahoma families who could not otherwise afford to heat and cool their homes. The program is supported by the generosity of PSO customers. PSO pays the administrative costs of the program so all proceeds can go to directly to those who need it most. PSO’s economic development workshops and initiatives provide Oklahoma communities with tools they need to recruit, retain, and expand business in their areas. PSO is a leader in corporate Diversity and Inclusion efforts, having recently been named a 5 Star Mosaic Award for Diversity and Inclusion from the Tulsa Regional Chamber. When one thinks of the major companies that positively touch the lives of millions of Oklahomans, PSO is one of the first names that comes to mind. Since its founding in 1913, the company has been a model corporate citizen, investing in the communities they serve in a variety of ways.

The Statewide Community Award acknowledges an organization or company that, through specific projects or efforts, has reached across valued differences to develop among Oklahomans a sense of common purpose and a more profound sense of loyalty to their state. This award has been created to promote a heightened sense of appreciation for the possibilities available when Oklahomans work together as a single statewide community. The Statewide Community Award acknowledges Arvest Bank. Throughout the State of Oklahoma, Arvest Bank is committed to the communities they serve. This commitment to community has its roots with the founder, Sam Walton, who believed that as a community grows and prospers so will the banking community. Over the past 50 years, Arvest Bank has experienced tremendous growth, and can be found in many Oklahoma communities.  Where these Arvest Banks exist, so does a culture of community involvement and support. This support is inclusive, reaching out to individuals, corporations, non-profits, and civic activities. Arvest began a “Million Meals” campaign several years ago, to assist in feeding the hungry on an annual basis. This Oklahoma initiative touches tens of thousands throughout the Arvest communities each year through local food banks, and currently over 2 million meals per year are produced, by utilizing the vast Arvest branch network to support canned food drives, and direct financial gifts to this statewide hunger crisis. Arvest bankers build Habitat for Humanity houses, participate in walks to find cures, participate in the United Way’s Day of Caring, and countless more community improvement initiatives. From an education perspective, Arvest sponsors the “We Love Oklahoma Teachers” program, which is a social media campaign to recognize the teachers in the state that have impacted the lives of so many.   Throughout Oklahoma, Arvest participates in the “Partners in Education” program and have adopted high risk schools and participated in everything from providing financial assistance to volunteering as reading partners and providing Christmas gifts for children that would otherwise not receive any. Arvest associates also participate in “JA in a Day”, which involves their associates teaching banking and economics classes to local schools. As Oklahomans, Arvest is aware of the challenges that this state faces and choose to make a difference.

Co-chairs of the Leadership Oklahoma Excellence in Leadership Gala were Jody and Louis Wilham of Edmond and Kristen and Alan Case of Woodward. Sponsors of the gala included AF Foundation, Arvest Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Lippert Media, Bank of Oklahoma, Cox Communications, Integrity Lighting, Inc., Public Service Company of Oklahoma, AT&T, Bruce T. Benbrook | The Stock Exchange Bank, Factor110, IBC Bank, MidFirst Bank, Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum, Joe Moran III, RedAnt, LLC, Seminole State College, Susan Chambers, Enid Regional Development Alliance, First National Bank and Trust of Miami, Brad Naifeh | Central Liquor Company, Oklahoma Bankers Association, Nancy and Jon Patton, SMACC Dab Creative, LLC, Marnie and Clayton Taylor, Tulsa Regional Chamber, and Volunteers of America Oklahoma, Inc. Multi-year sponsors of Leadership Oklahoma include the Chickasaw Nation, the Cherokee Nation, Cemplex Group, Mary Chapman Foundation, SONIC, America’s Drive-In, Groendyke Transport, Western Farmers Electric Cooperative, Clark and Wanda Bass Family Foundation, Dillingham Foundation, McGowan Family Foundation, Puterbaugh Foundation, and Standley Systems.

Leadership Oklahoma is a statewide organization with over 1,500+ graduates from 174 Oklahoma communities whose mission is to create, inspire and support a dynamic network of leaders whose increased awareness and commitment to service will energize Oklahomans to shape the Oklahoma’s future.

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Forbes Names Arvest Bank One of America’s Best Employers

Thursday, May 10 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank has been recognized by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2018, the second consecutive year it has received the honor.

Arvest ranked 266th out of the 500 businesses – with 5,000 or more full- or part-time employees – nationwide that scored highest in an independent survey.

“Maintaining a culture that appeals to, and supports, our associates leads to having happy, loyal and satisfied customers,” Arvest president and CEO Kevin Sabin said. “It is extremely rewarding to know our associates think so highly of our bank. It’s even more gratifying to see that translate into the way they take care of our customers every day. At Arvest, our commitment to the communities we serve and creating a positive, fulfilling work environment for our associates go hand in hand.”

More than 30,000 employees from 25 industries were consulted anonymously to compile the Forbes survey’s nationwide results. First, they were asked to rate their willingness to recommend their own employer to friends and family on a scale of 0 to 10, with 10 being the best possible score. Participants also were prompted to evaluate other employers within their industry that stood out either positively or negatively. Furthermore, employees were asked 35 questions about work-related topics, including working conditions, salary, potential for development and company image.

This is the third year Forbes has compiled its list of America’s Best Employers. Assessments for 2018 were conducted during a four-week period last year.

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8 Tips to Get a Jumpstart on Your Summer Plans

Thursday, May 03 at 10:00 AM
Category: Business Banking

As temperatures begin to heat up and the weather improves across the country, you have the perfect excuse to take a break away from your desk and your hectic day-to-day schedule. But, don’t just take our word for it. There are some serious mental and physical health benefits to doing so, according to a report on inc.com*. Citing several research studies, inc. reports that taking some time off can result in stress reduction, heart disease prevention, improved productivity and better sleep.

So, whether you are considering a week-long vacation or just making time for a day trip this summer, planning ahead is key. You may end up saving time and money by doing so.

Use these helpful tips to get a jumpstart on your summer plans.

1. Make sure your wallet is ready. Do you have the right rewards points-earning credit card to help you get where you want to go this summer and in the future? Arvest credit cards offer a $75 bonus for new cards. Also, you’ll get triple rewards points on gas and travel purchases until the end of May 2018. Arvest Flex Rewards™ can be used for cash back, travel, shopping and more.

2. Take advantage of new trip-planning tools. Travel sites and smartphone apps offer an array of trip planning resources to help you map out your next adventure and keep an eye on your budget as well. For example, consider using the destinations feature on Google—from your mobile phone, type the place you are interested in visiting along with the word “destinations.” Depending on the area searched, the results will display information cards and costs associated with the destination.

3. Set up alerts. Consider setting up airline, hotel and transportation fare alerts so you don’t miss the deals.

4. Time your trip strategically. Avoid peak travel weeks in the summer. According to cheapair.com*, if you are planning to fly to your destination, consider leaving mid-week as opposed to the weekend to save money.

5. Stay somewhere unconventional. If high hotel prices have you thinking twice about your getaway, see if you can snag a deal on a house or condo rental on vrbo.com* or airbnb.com*.

6. Consider all of your transportation costs. Getting to and from your destination is a given, but don’t overlook the expenses associated with navigating while you are at your destination. Will you be taking public transportation, relying on ride-hailing services, or renting cars or bicycles?

7. Buy tickets in advance. It pays to look up popular tourist destinations and sites ahead of time. You can purchase advance tickets to visit the Statue of Liberty* in New York City, for example. Note that some tourist sites require reservations. So, the sooner you look, the better.

8. Notify the bank. Before you take flight, set sail or cruise to your destination, be sure to notify Arvest or your financial institutions of your travel plans for peace of mind and security.

The views of this article are for general information use only. Please contact and speak with a subject expert or your banker when specific advice is needed.

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

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Arvest Bank Announces Spicer Move

Wednesday, April 25 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Merissa Spicer, vice president and trust officer for Arvest Wealth Management (AWM), has moved offices, Arvest Bank announced today.

Previously based in Lowell and Bella Vista, Spicer now works at the Downtown Bentonville branch located at 201 NE A Street.

Among other duties, Spicer manages personal trusts, settles estates, and administers charitable trusts, Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and agency accounts. She also specializes in the administration of Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts (ILITs). Spicer has worked at Arvest since 1998, and in the trust department since 2004.

Spicer earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She also is a graduate of the Cannon Trust School and holds the designations of Certified Trust and Financial Advisor and Accredited Estate Planner®.

A current board member for the Bella Vista Animal Shelter, Spicer is active in numerous other civic endeavors. She and her husband, Lonnie, have two adult sons.

About Arvest

Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, 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.

About Arvest Wealth Management

Arvest Wealth Management offers wealth management, trust services and insurance products. Investment products and services provided by Arvest Investments, Inc., doing business as Arvest Wealth Management, member FINRA/SIPC, an SEC registered investment adviser and a subsidiary of Arvest Bank. Insurance products are made available through Arvest Insurance, Inc., which is registered as an insurance agency. Insurance products are marketed through Arvest Insurance, Inc., but are underwritten by insurance companies. Investments and Insurance Products: Not FDIC Insured, May Lose Value and Not Guaranteed by the Bank. Trust services provided by Arvest Bank.

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