Arvest Bank Announces Matlock Hiring

Monday, September 11 at 06:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Stacy Matlock has been hired as a commercial banker in its Springdale market. 

Matlock has 26 years of industry experience and has attended the American Institute of Banking. In her new role at Arvest, she will generate, evaluate and approve commercial loans, among other duties. She will be based out of the bank’s branch at 415 W. Emma Ave.
 
“Stacy has banking and sales experience, will be a tremendous asset to the team, and is already integrating herself into the community,” commercial loan manager Paula Wilson said.
 
Matlock is a member of the 2017-2018 Leadership Springdale class and is serving as a member of the Mercy Hospital Annual Charity Ball committee. She and her husband, Jesse, live in Springdale.
 
About Arvest Bank
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 16 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.
Tags: Associates, Northwest Arkansas, Springdale
 

Arvest Bank Announces Stepp Hiring

Friday, September 08 at 06:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Aaron Stepp has been promoted.
 
Most recently serving as vice president and a commercial banker, Stepp was promoted to business banking manager. As such, he will be responsible for overseeing Arvest’s sales and service related to micro and small businesses.
 
Stepp, who has 12 years of banking experience, will be based out of the Arvest branch at 4600 SE 29th St. in Del City.
 
Stepp earned a degree in corporate communications from the University of Central Oklahoma.
 
He lives in Edmond with his wife, Jennifer, a professor at Oklahoma State University, and their three children.
 
About Arvest 
Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 260 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 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.
Tags: Associates, Oklahoma City
 

Local Retiree Shows a Heart for the Homeless

Friday, September 08 at 04:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

There’s one thing people need to know about Johnette Weiss.

“She’s a very strong-willed woman,” her friend, Robert Peoples, said with a laugh. “She wants something done, she’ll get it done.”

Weiss’ strong will has served her well over her 75 years. Visually impaired most of her life, Weiss spent 40 years working as an instructor at World Services for the Blind. Now retired, she channels her energy and determination into making hygiene kits for the homeless “because everybody needs some deodorant, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, just anything to make us more presentable. It makes a person feel good about himself or herself if they're clean.”

Weiss is the 21st person to be featured in Arvest Bank’s People Helping People video series. The series is designed to celebrate individuals in the communities Arvest serves who are uniquely making a difference.

Weiss’ desire to help others was ingrained early. She grew up on a farm and remembers her mother, Ann Bartholomew, sharing extra milk, eggs and vegetables with a nearby neighbor in need. Weiss said her mother didn’t have extra money to give the neighbor, so she helped the only way she could.

“It made an impression on me as a little girl and now I want to help some, too,” she said.

That experience has shaped her approach to life over the years. "My philosophy in life is if each person can make a little bit of difference, can make life a little bit better for someone, then we’ve done something good.”

Weiss has been retired for about 10 years, and has been preparing the hygiene kits for about eight years. One of the challenges she faces when she is assembling the kits is to keep the items separated. She uses braille lables to help her with the task.

“I see the need for the homeless because just about every time you go shopping you're going to see someone that's asking for some help,” Weiss said. “I can't help every one of those people, but I can put together those hygiene kits, and I take them to the shelter that passes them out. They see those people that need that specific help, and they can use those kits to make that person's life just a little bit better.

“It makes me feel good to know I'm helping others because it just makes me feel that I'm being the kind of person I ought to be.”

Watch* Weiss tell her story of helping others. Keep an eye on our social media channels for videos highlighting the good works of dedicated citizens in the communities Arvest Bank serves.

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

Tags: Arkansas, People Helping People
 

Lawton Food Bank & Countrymart hold Supermarket Sweep

Friday, September 08 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

The Lawton Food Bank has partnered with Countrymart to hold a Supermarket Sweep. 

Tickets can be purchased at any Lawton Arvest Bank location, Red River Federal Credit Union, Oklahoma Blood Institute and the Lawton Food Bank. 

Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $20. 

The drawing will be held on November 3 and the sweep will be held at 9am on Saturday, November 18 (the weekend before Thanksgiving). 

The winner will be given 3 minutes to run through Countrymart and load their cart with as many groceries as they can. 

For questions or to purchase tickets you can contact Angela Spradlin at aspradlin@arvest.com or (580) 250-4540.

Rules and limitations apply. Country Mart and Lawton Food Bank are not responsible for any injury caused during this event. Items in cart may not be stacked higher than the cart handle bar, however bottom rack on cart may be utilized. Items must be food/household items. No alcohol, tobacco, lottery, gift cards or pharmaceuticals. Limited to six items of any one product. If winner is unable to physically participate in sweep, they may designate another person to run the event as long as they are 18 years of age or older. Only one person will be allowed to run the sweep. Do not have to be present for drawing in order to win.

Tags: Lawton, Oklahoma
 

Equifax Breach: What you need to know

Friday, September 08 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest News
On September 7, 2017, Equifax, a U.S.-based consumer credit reporting agency, announced a cybersecurity incident they say affected approximately 143 million U.S. consumers. This event did not involve Arvest banking systems, and Arvest does not currently have access to the list of our customers potentially impacted. At Arvest Bank, our teams continually monitor customer accounts for fraudulent activity. If unusual activity is observed and action is required, we will contact our customers.
 
Equifax is offering a website—www.equifaxsecurity2017.com*—where you can check whether you are one of the people whose data may have been compromised. In addition to this site, Equifax says they will send direct mail notices to consumers whose credit card numbers or documents with personal identifying information were impacted. Additionally, Equifax has established a dedicated call center to assist consumers. The call center is open seven days a week, from 6 a.m.-midnight Central. The call center number is (866) 447-7559. In the event any Arvest cards are determined to have been exposed by Equifax, we will contact those customers with next steps.
 
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has a blog on its website – www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog* -- in which it explains what consumers should do to help protect their information from being misused.
 
The FTC blog also shares the following steps consumers can take to help protect themselves after a data breach: 
  • Check your credit reports from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – for free – by visiting annualcreditreport.com*. Accounts or activity that you don’t recognize could indicate identity theft. Visit IdentityTheft.gov* to find out what to do.
  • Consider placing a credit freeze on your files. A credit freeze makes it harder for someone to open a new account in your name. Keep in mind that a credit freeze won’t prevent a thief from making charges to your existing accounts.
  • Monitor your existing credit card and bank accounts closely for charges you don’t recognize.
  •  If you decide against a credit freeze, consider placing a fraud alert on your files. A fraud alert warns creditors that you may be an identity theft victim and that they should verify that anyone seeking credit in your name really is you.
  • File your taxes early – as soon as you have the tax information you need – before a scammer can. Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number to get a tax refund or a job. Respond right away to letters from the IRS. 
Visit IdentityTheft.gov/databreach* to learn more about protecting yourself after a data breach. 
 
Arvest takes your privacy and security seriously. To report Identity theft or financial fraud, please contact Customer Service immediately at (866) 952-9523. To report suspicious email messages, phone calls or text messages, please forward the message, or send a description of the call, to reportfraud@arvest.com. To report a lost or stolen card, please contact Customer Service or use our Contact Us page: https://www.arvest.com/contact/banking. To learn more, please visit https://www.arvest.com/about/privacy-and-security
 
As a reminder, Arvest offers IDProtect® as a value added feature of the following checking accounts; myBlue, Arvest Club and Preferred Club. 
 
If you are currently a customer in one of these accounts, you have the option to register for Credit File Monitoring and Total Identity Monitoring. Credit File Monitoring provides daily monitoring of your credit file and provides automated alerts of key changes to your Experian, Equifax and TransUnion credit reports. Total Identity Monitoring provides monitoring for over 1,000 databases including credit, Social Security, public records, real property records, telephone and many others. Registration and activation is required to obtain Credit File Monitoring and Total Identity Monitoring. You can register and activate Credit File Monitoring and Total Identity Monitoring by going to www.IDProtectMe247.com*.
 
Click here to learn more about the features and benefits of IDProtect®.
 
 
Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

 

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