Arvest Promotes In-store Branch Administrator

Tuesday, October 21 at 02:15 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

We're excited to promote Bayram Yildirim to Senior Vice President/Branch Administrator in Tulsa, Okla.

TULSA, Okla. — Arvest Bank recently promoted Bayram Yildirim to Senior Vice President/Branch Administrator in the Tulsa In-Store (Wal-Mart) locations.

Yildirim started his career with Arvest in 2006 and has managed four in-store locations during his tenure, most recently the new Catoosa location. He has a degree in Business Administration from Northeastern State University and a degree in Public Administration from Gazi University.


Tags: Associates, Oklahoma, Press Release, Tulsa

Great Outdoors Debit Cards Free This Week

Monday, October 20 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Do you count antlers instead of sheep when trying to fall asleep? Do you call in sick to work when you’re really off hunting or fishing? Do you feel like you were born to hunt but forced to work? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you’ll be excited to hear we’re offering our great outdoors debit cards free for a limited time.

To celebrate hunting and fishing season, we invite new and existing customers to enjoy our great outdoors debit cards free Oct. 20-25, 2014. Existing customers are typically charged a $5 replacement fee which will be waived for the great outdoors cards during this promotion. The great outdoors series includes: catch of the day, deer at dawn, flight at dusk and on the wing.

To order your card, call (866) 952-9523 or stop in your nearby Arvest Bank. Your card number will stay the same when you switch to the new design. You can check out more specialty debit card designs at

Available for use with checking accounts only; $50 minimum deposit required to open account.

Tags: Debit Cards

Harrison, Ark. Goblin Pep Rally Raises Food Items for 1 Million Meals

Monday, October 20 at 03:05 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Students in Harrison, Ark., garnered 869 food items for those in need in the community. 

HARRISON, Ark. — In early September, Arvest Bank announced the beginning of the 1 Million Meals initiative that challenges the community to participate in fundraising efforts and nonperishable food drives to fight hunger in the more than 120 communities the bank serves.

As part of the 1 Million Meals outreach in North Central Arkansas, Arvest partnered with the Goblin Booster Club to hold a “Rally with the Goblins and Stuff the Truck” event at the Harrison Goblin Pep Rally on Tuesday, Oct. 14. The event featured Miss Arkansas 2014 Ashton Campbell, who was recently crowned second runner-up at the Miss America Pageant. Campbell performed live for the crowd and was on hand to sign autographs and take photos with attendees.

During the pep rally, students, school employees and community members donated a total of 869 non-perishable food items to benefit Ozark Share and Care of Harrison. 

“Participating in Arvest’s 1 Million Meals initiative has provided us with a great way to teach our students about giving back to the community and helping those in need,” said Kim Rosson, president of the Goblin Booster Club. “I am so proud of all those in attendance at ‘Rally with the Goblins and Stuff the Truck’ who donated food items to support Ozark Share and Care in their mission to fight hunger.” 

Arvest’s 1 Million Meals campaign is ongoing through Nov. 1. Non-perishable food or monetary donations can be made at any of the four Arvest branches in Harrison or by calling (866) 952-9523. All local donations will benefit Ozark Share and Care.

For more information about 1 Million Meals, visit

About Ozark Share and Care

Ozark Share & Care is a community-sponsored non-profit started in 1987, and has grown to be an essential part of the Harrison community. Emergency food, clothing, household items, bedding, and furniture are provided as available for anyone in need. Proof of income is required to determine eligibility, and any person who demonstrates need for services will be assisted, regardless of race, religion, nationality, physical, or mental abilities. Funds to operate the program are generated through the sale of donated items in the 5,000 square foot retail thrift store located on the property. Donations of new and used goods are received daily, and are sorted and sold in the thrift store. In addition to money generated from the thrift store, donations are received from individuals, organizations, clubs, churches, and businesses.

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, North Central Arkansas, Press Release

Arvest Bank’s Hunger Initiative Surpasses One Million Meals

Friday, October 17 at 11:15 AM
Category: Arvest News

 Arvest's 1 Million Meals campaign reaches 1.25 million meals with two weeks left to give. We thank all who have donated to the campaign!

LOWELL, Ark. — Arvest Bank announced in early September the beginning of its fourth annual 1 Million Meals initiative, which challenges bank associates, customers and communities to fight hunger in the more than 120 communities the bank serves by providing meals to those in need. Today, the bank announced the campaign has exceeded 1,000,000 meals, reaching the goal with two weeks remaining in the campaign. A total of 1,248,252 meals have been raised. 

Arvest branches throughout Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma have been participating in the 1 Million Meals initiative by collecting nonperishable food items and monetary donations. These efforts will continue through Nov. 1, with the donations given to the local communities Arvest serves just in time for the holidays.

Every dollar raised through 1 Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for local, hungry families. For more information about 1 Million Meals, visit

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Press Release

Pedersen Joins Arvest Private Banking In Springdale, Ark.

Friday, October 17 at 04:35 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

We're happy to welcome Mary Pedersen to Arvest Private Banking in Springdale, Ark. Her 20 years of work experience will help her provide top-notch service to our private banking customers. 

SPRINGDALE, Ark. — Arvest Bank is pleased to announce that Mary Pedersen has joined Arvest Bank in Springdale as Senior Vice President and Private Banking Manager.

Pedersen’s previous 20-year work experience includes various private banking leadership roles, most recently as regional market manager, where she managed a team of wealth management bankers over a multi-state territory as well as having her own portfolio of clients with a large financial institution.   

“Mary comes to Arvest with over 20 years of experience in private banking and wealth management and holds several investment licenses,” said Robyn Breshears, Senior Vice President and Regional Private Banking Manager for Arvest in Benton County and Springdale. “Over the past five years, she managed eight wealth management bankers and supported 15 financial advisors. Mary’s deep knowledge of wealth management strategies, as well as overall banking and lending experience, make her a great addition to the Springdale private banking team. She will work alongside other team members to serve clients and meet their financial needs.”

Mary is a past board member of the Rogers Public School Foundation and volunteers with various community organizations and activities.

She and her husband, Dennis Pedersen, have two daughters, Megan and Katie. The family attends St. Vincent DePaul Church.

Tags: Arkansas, Associates, Press Release, Springdale

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