Arvest Bank Adds Callahan and Faciszewski to Board of Directors

Friday, June 01 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Jared Faciszewski and Amy Callahan have joined its local board of directors in Benton County.

Callahan founded the shopper marketing firm Collective Bias® in 2009, and oversees its operations. With more than 15 years of industry experience, Callahan has been recognized as a Forty Under 40 member by both Arkansas Business and the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal. Additionally, she and Collective Bias have been recognized by Forbes and Inc. magazines.

Among other civic endeavors, Callahan serves as the president of the Rogers Public Education Foundation and is a board member for Community Venture Foundation.

Faciszewski has been a partner at RZC Investments, a Northwest Arkansas-focused direct investment fund, since 2016. Prior to that, he spent two years with the Walton Family Foundation. Faciszewski is a graduate of Colorado College and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

“We are thrilled to add Amy and Jared to our board,” said Craig Rivaldo, Arvest president for Benton County. “Both have expertise and insights that will be invaluable to us here at Arvest. Additionally, they also are active and respected parts of the community here in Northwest Arkansas. There is no doubt they will be strong parts of our team.”

Callahan and Faciszewski are replacing Robert H. Lewis and Janie Darr.



Tags: Arvest, Bentonville

Small Business Breakthrough: Sessions Scheduled for May

Thursday, April 12 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Small Business Breakthrough: Start in Bentonville

May 1, 8:30-11:00am

Exchange Bentonville
409 SW A Street
Bentonville, Arkansas 72712 

Start in Bentonville is a two hour session aimed at helping potential entrepreneurs turn their side hustle into their main hustle. Come at 8:30am for networking, coffee and light breakfast items provided by The Buttered Biscuit. At 9:00am, we'll kick things off with Start-up Junkie's Ellen Brune who will talk about product market fit and market research. Then we'll roll into how to build your lean canvass with Jeff Amerine, also from Startup Junkie. Have an idea for a product or service that solves a problem? Come to this session and learn how to get your idea off the ground!

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Small Business Breakthrough: Reaching Beyond in Bentonville

May 2, 1:30-4pm


World Trade Center Arkansas
3300 S. Market St. 4th Floor
Rogers, Arkansas 72758

You’ve mastered your local market and you’re a small business rockstar here in Bentonville- but what's next?  Join us for this informative session and hear from experts on how to go beyond and capture international markets, get your product in with a large organization or even selling to the government. 

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Small Business Breakthrough: Grow in Bentonville

May 3, 9:30-noon

Walmart Auditorium
Bentonville Public Library
405 S. Main St. 
Bentonville, Arkansas 72712

Grow in Bentonville, presented by Arvest, is a two hour session that will help small business owners understand tax planning, financial management systems, and cash flow management. Come at 9:30am for networking, coffee and light breakfast items provided by Snack Lab. At 10:00am, we'll begin with Judy Coker, an Enrolled Agent in Northwest Arkansas. Judy is an income tax professional, licensed by the US Department of Treasury, to represent taxpayers before all levels of the Internal Revenue Service. Judy is an educator, a planner, and an advocate. She believes that even though she can't change a small business client's tax history, she can change their tax future. At 11:00am, Carolyn Kennedy, Director of Treasury Management for Arvest will discuss cash flow management and the affects it can have on your business. 

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Tags: Arvest Benton County, Bentonville, Financial Education

Arvest Trust Announces Franques Hiring

Tuesday, December 19 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest News
Arvest Wealth Management is pleased to announce Lloyd Franques has joined Arvest Trust. 

Franques will serve as a vice president and trust officer for Benton County. As such, he will be responsible for fiduciary account administration of personal trusts, estates, investment accounts and IRAs, among other duties. 

Franques has 22 years of banking experience and 14 years of trust administration experience. A graduate of Louisiana Tech with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Franques also is a graduate of the Cannon Financial Institute Trust School.
Most of Franques’ career has been spent in southern and central Arkansas, but he is relocating to Bentonville, where he will be based out of Arvest’s downtown branch. Franques has one son, and has been involved in numerous civic efforts, including ones with Kiwanis, United Way, and the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.

About Arvest Bank

Arvest Bank 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. 

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. 


Tags: Associates, Bentonville

Wallace Named Marketing Specialist for Arvest Benton County

Thursday, September 21 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Arvest Bank is pleased to announce MacKenzie Wallace has been hired as a marketing specialist in Benton County.
Wallace has been at Arvest since August 2014, and most recently worked as an Arvest Private Banking specialist in Bentonville. In her new role, Wallace will provide assistance to Arvest Benton County’s efforts related to merchandising, promotions, advertising and events, among other responsibilities.
An honors graduate of Northwest Arkansas Community College, Wallace will complete work on a bachelor’s degree in leadership and marketing from Harding University in December. Additionally, Wallace volunteers on behalf of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County, among other civic endeavors, and is part of the leadership team at Reach Church in Centerton.
Tags: Associates, Bentonville

McKinney Charitable Trust Awards More than $150,000

Monday, September 18 at 04:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
The Carl and Alleen McKinney Charitable Trust, which has been managed by Arvest Bank since 1997, awarded more than $150,000 to a total of 13 organizations, it was announced late last month.
The presentation of gifts, overseen by Arvest Trust client advisor Diana Smith, was made in the conference center of the bank’s downtown Bentonville branch. Carl McKinney was the owner-manager of Callison-McKinney Funeral home in Bentonville.
“While the McKinneys had no children of their own, they always had a soft spot for kids,” Smith said. “They also had soft spots for the elderly, poor and any others who were considered disadvantaged. Because of their generosity, each year we are able to distribute these funds to various organizations. Their gift is a remarkable one to so many who call Northwest Arkansas home.”
Since its inception 20 years ago, the McKinney’s trust has distributed more than $3 million to local charities. This year’s applicants sought a total of more than $225,000, and the trust was able to distribute a total of $159,355.
The beneficiaries are:
  • Arkansas Athletes Outreach
  • Boys and Girls Club of Benton County
  • Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County
  • Circle Of Life Hospice
  • Helen Walton Children’s Enrichment Center
  • Horses for Healing
  • Lifeline of Northwest Arkansas
  • Open Avenues
  • Mercy Health Foundation
  • Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter
  • Samaritan House Community Center
  • Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Benton County
  • Soldier ON Service Dogs


Tags: Bentonville

Arvest Announces Coloring Contest Winner

Friday, July 14 at 08:45 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

We are excited to announce the winner of our coloring contest hosted by Arvest and the Early Childhood Initiatives Center* in Bentonville, Ark.

Congratulations to our winner Shraunak Sagare, age 4! His art will be featured on an Arvest Bank debit card along with the logo of the Helen R. Walton Children’s Enrichment Center- Early Childhood Initiatives Center.

Sagare’s entry was selected from more than 80 submissions in the competition, which was held June 24 at the Bentonville Farmer’s Market - Kids Art Park.*

“Every piece was unique and reflected a wonderful insight about the child that created it,” said Michelle Barnes, executive director of the Early Childhood Initiatives Center. “It's incredible to watch … young children move through stages of development beginning with random scribbling and moving to lines and patterns, and finally being able to draw pictures of objects and people. It's only then a child is developmentally ready to write letters. 

“The contest winner was selected because the artwork reflects a young learner’s process towards developing fine motor skills. Additionally, he used art to express his view on life. When we make art a part of regular part of learning, children are able to express their feelings, problem solve, learn cause and effect, and gain confidence.”

Thank you to all of the young artists who participated in this fun event!

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

Tags: Arvest Benton County, Bentonville, Community Support, Debit Cards

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