Fittro Named Woman of the Year

Thursday, June 29 at 06:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is proud to share the news that Michelle Fittro has been named the Northwest Arkansas Business Women’s Conference Young Woman of the Year.

Fittro currently serves as media strategist for the bank group, meaning she leads strategic planning, purchasing and tracking of media buys for the entire bank group, among other responsibilities. Fittro is the first person to hold the job of media strategist at Arvest, and counts it as one of her proudest accomplishments.

That’s saying a lot considering the praise she received from the 2017 NWA Business Women’s Conference Awards Committee.

“Michelle Fittro is a trailblazing financial professional whose philanthropic spirit and community involvement has made Northwest Arkansas a better place to live and work,” the committee wrote. “We hope that her spirit of leadership and genuine heart for service will inspire others to give back to our community.”

Many of us at Arvest already knew and appreciated these traits, of course. They have been evident since Fittro joined Arvest in 2007 as the Bentonville marketing manager.

Since then, Fittro has amassed an impressive list of achievements here at Arvest, including establishing the marketing department for the Greater Kansas City market and being responsible for developing and implementing the customer communication and experience plan for three bank conversions. A few of Fittro’s other Arvest-related highlights include:

  • Arvest First Leadership Steering Committee member
  • Arvest Bank mentor (2014-2015)
  • Arvest Bank Sales and Service Award recipient in GKC (2010-2013)
  • Arvest Heart of the Bank Award recipient in GKC
Her work in the communities in which she’s lived has been equally impressive. A few of the ones that led to her young woman of the year honor are: 
  • artinfusion Council Advisor (Crystal Bridges)
  • NWA Emerging Leaders member
  • Bentonville Library Foundation
  • Leadership Benton County Task Force member
  • Rogers Rotary Club
  • Jones Center for Families Millennial Focus Group Committee
Fittro will be presented with the 2017 Young Woman of the Year Award during the sold-out Northwest Arkansas Business Women’s Conference on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers.
In the meantime, please join us in congratulating her for this prestigious and well-deserved honor.

Tags: Associates, Award, Community Support, Northwest Arkansas

Eberle Promoted in Norman, Okla.

Tuesday, June 27 at 04:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Banking veteran will serve as assistant vice president.

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Sierra Eberle has been named an assistant vice president in its Oklahoma City market.

Eberle, who has more than seven years of banking experience, currently serves as a branch sales manager. As such, she manages the activities of the Arvest branch at 200 E. Main Street in Norman.

Eberle earned a dual bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry. She lives in Norman and is a Norman NEXT board member, among other civic endeavors. Additionally, Eberle is co-chair of Norman NEXT’s community activism team.

Tags: Associates, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City

6 Financial Tips for Service Members and Their Families

Monday, June 26 at 09:15 AM
Category: Personal Finance
Finances are often identified by service members and their families as one of their most significant stressors – even more than deployments and personal relationships. Financial concerns at home make it extremely difficult for service members to focus on the mission at hand. Planning ahead as much as possible is key for the millions of military families who face unique financial challenges like deployments and relocations.

These financial tips can help lessen the financial burden on military families:
  • Contribute automatically to a Thrift Savings Plan. Military members have access to the Federal Thrift Savings Program, which offers the lowest-cost retirement savings plan available. Have automatic contributions withdrawn from your paycheck. 
  • Plan for deployment. Before deployment, have a family conversation about managing the household budget. Military personnel also receive additional funds while deployed. Decide on the best use for that extra cash, whether it is paying off debt or increasing Thrift Savings Plan contributions. 
  • Meet with your banker before active duty. The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act offers all military personnel entering active duty a variety of financial protections. The SCRA covers issues ranging from interest rate reductions to limits on debt accrual. Ask your banker about the key provisions of this law and how they can help you.  
  • Set up automatic bill pay. Whether you’re stationed stateside or overseas, automatic bill pay will give you and your family one less thing to worry about each month. It can be particularly helpful during deployments in regions where internet access is unreliable and mobile banking isn’t an option.
  • Consider housing options. With mortgage rates at notably low levels, homeownership may seem like a no-brainer. However, service members should consider their options. Frequent relocations and deployments can make owning a home challenging and expensive. Renting may be a smart option for short-term assignments. Decide what’s best for your family and your finances. 
  • Consult a financial advisor. Schedule a visit at a Personal Financial Management Program (PFMP) office, located in your military and family support centers. They offer free one-on-one counseling, as well as other financial education resources. 
Service members juggle a lot of stresses, and we hope to reduce the financial stresses with these tips.
Information courtesy of American Bankers Association. 

Tags: Financial Education, Home Loans, Mortgage, Retirement, Savings

Berry Promoted in Choctaw, Okla.

Monday, June 26 at 04:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Banking veteran to serve as assistant vice president.

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Melissa Berry has been named an assistant vice president in its Oklahoma City market.

Berry, who has more than 30 years of banking experience, currently serves as a branch sales manager. As such, she manages the activities of the Arvest branch in Choctaw.

Berry is an active member of the Choctaw Chamber of Commerce, among other civic endeavors. She and her husband, Steven, live in Midwest City with their daughter.

Tags: Associates, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City

Gaudian Promoted in Benton County, Ark.

Friday, June 23 at 07:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Bella Vista native will serve as personal banker.

GRAVETTE , Ark. – Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Andrew Gaudian has been promoted to personal banker. Gaudian has worked at Arvest for more than five years and held a variety of roles, including jobs in the mortgage and private banking divisions. 

As a personal banker, he will help identify customers’ loan needs, assist with the loan application process, and provide personal financial counseling, among other duties. Gaudian will office at Arvest’s branch in Gravette.

“Andrew’s track record here at Arvest speaks for itself,” said James Wallace, branch sales manager in Gravette. “He has shown great versatility and an understanding for the many needs of our customers. We look forward to more great things from Andrew and know that he will be a fantastic asset for our customers.”

Gaudian earned an associate of arts degree at Northwest Arkansas Community College. He and his wife, Heather, live in Centerton with their newborn son. The family attends Reach Church.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest Benton County, Associates

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