Arvest Bank Hires Simmons for Treasury Management Role

Wednesday, May 29 at 07:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Julie Simmons as senior vice president and regional sales manager for its Treasury Management division.

As such, Simmons will work with Arvest banks in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. She is responsible for managing, supporting and growing the sales of treasury management products. Simmons has more than 23 years of industry experience.

“Her track record speaks for itself, and her expertise will benefit not just Arvest, but more importantly, our clients,” said Carolyn Kennedy, senior vice president and executive director of Arvest Treasury Management. “We are delighted to add Julie to our team and know she will be an invaluable asset as we continue to transform the way we bring great advice via our products and services to our clients and business owners in the trade territories we serve.”

Simmons earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Northeastern State University. Among other civic endeavors, she served as an ambassador and social chair for the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce, and is a Leadership Broken Arrow graduate. Simmons has previously been an active member of the American Red Cross and United Way, among other organizations.

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Arvest Equipment Finance Announces Staff Additions

Thursday, May 16 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Eric Johnston and Jay Bankston. Both will serve as vendor business development representatives for Arvest Equipment Finance (AEF), a division of the bank.

AEF division president Eric Bunnell said the additions are a result of continued growth and expansion within its vendor program. They also come on the heels of AEF closing more than $161 million in new production in 2018 – a record total and 52 percent increase over 2017.

Johnston most recently worked for Caterpillar Inc., and also previously worked as a territory manager for IronPlanet. Johnston earned a bachelor’s degree in forestry at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a master’s in international business and supply chain management at Western Illinois University.

Bankston most recently worked as a regional sales manager for BigIron Auctions. He also has worked for IronPlanet and Victor L. Phillips Co. Bankston earned a bachelor’s degree in agri-business at the University of Louisiana-Monroe.

“I am very excited to be able to add Eric and Jay, two knowledgeable and experienced sales reps to our AEF team,” Bunnell said. “Their expertise is evident, they know a lot of the equipment dealers in the areas where we do business, plus they are great team players that are excited to help us continue our growth and expansion. They will spend the majority of their time developing business with dealerships throughout the Midwest and Southeast.”

AEF also is pleased to announce the following staff additions related to the expansion of its vendor operations: Carrie Guire and Stacey Nichols, sales support specialists, and Mike Davis, asset manager. 

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Memorial Day Weekend Events

Monday, May 13 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Memorial Day Weekend Events

Wondering what to do during the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend? Whether you are planning a relaxing day with your family or seeking an adventurous, new experience, check out these options near you.


Pack a lunch and head out to one of the 52 state parks, including many historic battlefields. If you want to find out which of the locations is nearest you, visit the Arkansas State Park Finder* to search your area. Contact the park ahead of your visit and find out if they are offering any special Memorial Day Weekend events.

Grab your lawn chairs and enjoy an evening of fireworks and summer celebration at Lake Hamilton on May 26. Relax with your family and welcome the start of summer with this fun evening. Visit the state website* for more information and directions.

If you make any purchases in preparation for the holiday weekend, be sure to pay with your Arvest Personal Credit Card to earn Rewards points. You can redeem your points later for gift cards, cash back and more.


Salute United States Veterans at Jefferson City’s 31st annual air show* and parade May 25-26. The event is completely free to the public and lasts through the weekend. Enjoy the day honoring those who have served and currently serve in the Armed Services.

Head out to the ballpark to cheer on the Kansas City Royals* as they take on the Yankees May 24-26. Struggling to decide which evening to purchase tickets for? Visit the team calendar* to find out what special events will take place each night and plan accordingly.


Visit the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City for the Annual Chuck Wagon Festival* May 25-26. The event will feature a variety of activities for the whole family, including crafts, live music, photos and more. Visit the website for ticket prices and additional information.

Browse and purchase local artwork at the Paseo Arts Festival* in Oklahoma City May 25-27. The event will host visual artwork as well as musical artists sharing their talents with the public. Spend the day soaking in the culture of the city and enjoying food from local restaurants.

Enjoy an evening with the Tulsa Drillers* at ONEOK Field during one of their three, consecutive fireworks shows* May 24-26. Be sure to use your Arvest Personal Credit Card on eligible concession, ticket and merchandise purchases at the park and online to earn 3X rewards1 points.


Honor over 300 fallen soldiers at the Avenue of Flags* Memorial Day Celebration in Garnett*, which began in 1976. Each flag represents a veteran who has passed away and honors individuals dating back to the Civil War. On Monday, May 27, a Memorial Day service will take place at 10:00 a.m., and includes a guest speaker, traditional gun salute and special wreath ceremony.

Spend the weekend in Parsons at the Katy Days Festival* May 24-26. The small, Kansas town is known for hosting the first Missouri-Kansas-Texas train in 1870, and gathers each year to celebrate during Memorial Day Weekend. The event will feature music, food vendors, a parade, kids’ activities and more.

Use this opportunity to redeem your Arvest Flex Rewards™ points for cash back or gift cards. Use the extra cash to purchase a souvenir or to order food at one of the local vendors.

*Link is a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

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.

1Disclosure: Earn 3x Arvest Flex Rewards points on eligible purchases made at participating merchants at ONEOK Field in Tulsa, OK and through the Tulsa Drillers’ official website between April 01, 2019 and September 30, 2019.  Merchants are assigned a Merchant Category Code (MCC) based upon the merchant’s primary line of business.  Purchases eligible for 3x rewards points are identified using the merchant’s MCC code.  Purchases made at merchants who do not use one of the eligible MCC codes will not receive bonus points.  Participating merchants are generally limited to those affiliated with Tulsa Drillers; third party vendors may or may not be included as part of this promotion.  Tickets purchased through third parties are not eligible for 3x rewards.  Purchases can be made by the primary cardholder or any additional cardholders on a single Card Account. Eligible purchases do NOT include fees or interest charges, balance transfers, cash advances, convenience check transactions, purchases of traveler’s checks, purchases or reloading of prepaid cards or purchases of other cash equivalents. Bonus points will be applied to your account within three billing cycles after your qualifying purchase. To be eligible for the bonus offer, the Card Account must be open and not in default as of the date the bonus points are applied. For complete details, ask an Arvest associate or go to Offer valid from April 1 through September 30, 2019.


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Arvest Bank Hires Mostek

Friday, May 10 at 11:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Chris Mostek.

Mostek will serve as a senior vice president and commercial banker. In that role, he will work to develop loan and other financial solutions to fit commercial customers’ unique needs, with a focus on energy and real estate lending.

Mostek, who earned both a bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s in business administration at Oklahoma State University, will be based out of the branch located at 3900 North Lincoln Blvd. He also is a graduate of the American Bankers Association Commercial Lending School.

Among other civic endeavors, Mostek has volunteered for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and currently volunteers at Bible Study Fellowship and Council Road Baptist Church. He and his wife, Keela, live in Oklahoma City and have two children.

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Arvest Bank Hires Smith in McCurtain County

Thursday, May 09 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Clint Smith.

Smith, who has more than 16 years of industry experience, will serve as a commercial lender. In that role he will generate, evaluate and approve commercial loans, among other duties. He will operate primarily in Broken Bow and Idabel, and their surrounding areas.

Smith earned an associate degree at Eastern Oklahoma State University and a bachelor’s degree at Southeastern Oklahoma State. He currently lives in Smithville.

“Adding Clint’s knowledge and expertise is a win for our team,” Arvest Bank community bank president Ted Sheets said. “He will be a fantastic asset not just for the bank, but more importantly, our customers.”

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