Kansas City Mortgage Lender Finds New Home at Arvest Bank

Tuesday, February 19 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce the addition of Bridget Oelklaus-Gering, Mortgage Loan Officer.

Bridget has dedicated over 35 years to the home-buying industry. She operates on the Arvest core values to strive for excellence and to communicate openly. Bridget takes pride in working hard for her customers and believes it is her duty to provide five-star customer service while being readily available to assist her clients. She finds unique value in her ability to educate her clients on various loan programs and the process of each.

Bridget is a William Jewell College graduate where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Business. She later earned her Masters of Science Management from Baker University. No stranger to education, Bridget dedicated her spare time to teaching business classes at Maple Woods Community College.

With her, Bridget is accompanied by long-time assistant Nicole Phelan. This dynamic duo has worked side-by-side for over 2 years.

Arvest Bank is excited to welcome both Bridget and Nicole to the team!

Tags: Associates, Kansas City, Mortgage
 

Arvest Bank Announces Sublett Hiring

Tuesday, February 12 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce the hiring of Clay Sublett as a senior vice president and commercial lender.

Sublett has worked in the financial services industry since 1979 and has extensive experience and knowledge in all aspects of commercial real estate, with an emphasis in finance. In his new role at Arvest, Sublett will generate, evaluate and approve commercial loans, among other duties. Sublett will serve the Greater Kansas City metro area and will office at Arvest’s branch located at 6300 Nall Ave.

“I have long regarded Clay Sublett as one of the best commercial real estate bankers in our region,” Arvest executive vice president and commercial loan manager Brian Lee said. “Clay’s addition to our team will help Arvest Bank continue to serve as a leading provider of commercial real estate financing throughout our footprint.”

A member of the Board of Governors for the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council, Sublett earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at Vanderbilt University.

Tags: Arvest, Kansas, Kansas City
 

Arvest Bank Welcomes Kevin Rooney

Friday, December 14 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce the hiring of Kevin Rooney.

Rooney will serve as senior vice president and commercial banker.

“Kevin has an established track record of capital-raising and assisting clients with strategic initiatives,” said Brian Lee, executive vice president and commercial loan manager. “He is a leader who has continually demonstrated the ability to uncover and serve the needs of his clients during his career. We’re thrilled to add him to the Arvest team of experienced commercial bankers.”

Rooney most recently worked as a senior vice president, relationship manager with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he helped build and expand the Great Plains region. Rooney also spent time with Aquila, Inc., practicing mergers and acquisitions work. He is a corporate finance professional with extensive commercial and investment banking experience.

Among other civic endeavors, Rooney currently serves on the National WWI Museum and Memorial board of trustees and on the Eisenhower Foundation board of directors.

Rooney earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Notre Dame. He is based at the Arvest branch located at 6300 Nall Ave. in Mission, Kan.

Tags: Arvest, Kansas, Kansas City, Missouri
 

Small Business Banking Series in Greater Kansas City: How to Make Networking Work for YOU!

Monday, November 19 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Debbie Leonard is a CPA, but fortunately, not a typical one! A tax partner for 13 years with Thill & Leonard CPA’s, Debbie holds an MBA and is one of the few CPAs that hold a CCIM designation (Certified Commercial Investment Member). Debbie is a well-respected advisor, sought after speaker and friend to the busiess and real estate community. She views business development as a vital component to a successful business. After years of networking success, Debbie has shared how to take the mystery out of networking and has helped people all over the country be more productive with their networking time.

Author of The C’crets of Networking, Debbie has appeared on MSNBC and conducted numerous workshops on improving networking skills. One of the “C’crets” Debbie emphasizes in her workshops is recognizing “non-traditional” networking opportunities.

This is your chance to hear the “how to” and stories of successful non-traditional networking strategies – and most importantly, how to make them work for YOU! Find out how to:

  • Skip the same old networking events
  • Recognize the non-traditional opportunities for connecting
  • Identify the decision makers and their “hot buttons”

Join Central Exchange, Arvest Bank and Debbie Leonard for this informative session on Friday, December 7, 2018 from 11:45am to 1:00pm at the Grid (12022 Blue Valley Pkwy, Overland Park, KS). This class is open to the public and registration includes lunch.

Space is limited. Registration is required. Please contact Heather Ober at (913) 261-2265 or hober@arvest.com to reserve your spot today.

Hosted by Central Exchange. Sponsored by Arvest Bank. 

Tags: Kansas City
 

Arvest Bank Donates $20,000 to Ottawa Police Foundation

Friday, October 05 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The Ottawa Police Foundation will double its bicycle fleet and make significant additions to its annual Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Camp thanks to a $20,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced Friday at the Law Enforcement Center in Ottawa. Several associates of Arvest Bank were on hand to present the check.

The two new, fully equipped bicycles will complement the Ottawa Police Foundation’s current fleet of two 20-year-old bicycles. The new bicycles will be especially helpful for special events and trail system patrol, among other uses.

The foundation’s D.A.R.E. Camp – which is offered free of charge to any Ottawa fifth-grader who enrolls in the program and submits an essay – will benefit from the Arvest Foundation donation by purchasing a utility terrain/task vehicle (UTV). This vehicle can be used for a host of purposes, including camp operations and crime investigation. It also will alleviate the need for the foundation to borrow a UTV from a community member in times of need.

The Arvest Foundation donation also will result in the Ottawa Police Foundation being able to purchase six new canoes and a trailer for use at its D.A.R.E. Camp. The new equipment will give the foundation a total of two trailers and 10 canoes, which will allow attendance to increase from about 97 to 180.

“Today's gift to the Ottawa Police Foundation represents a tremendous vote of confidence by Arvest in the Ottawa Police Department,” Ottawa Police Chief Dennis Butler said. “This generous donation to the foundation is the largest single donation ever received.

“We work hard every day to provide the best possible service to our community. Public and private partnerships like this allow us to do it even better. Today was a good day for the City of Ottawa." 

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support the Ottawa Police Department’s efforts to protect and serve our community,” Arvest’s Ottawa market president Ed York said. “The D.A.R.E. Camp, in particular, has a great impact on children in our community, and we are proud to contribute in a way that will make their experience even greater.”

“This donation is just one of many we have made throughout the area,” Arvest’s Greater Kansas City president and CEO Mark Larrabee said. “It demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to education and to the children in the region.”

Tags: Arvest, Arvest Foundation, Kansas, Kansas City, Missouri
 

Congratulations Amy Morbeck of Greater Kansas City

Wednesday, September 05 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest in Greater Kansas City is celebrating the accomplishments of another outstanding associate. The local Private Banking Manager, Amy Morbeck, graduated from Central Exchange’s Emerging Leaders program earlier this month.

The Emerging Leaders Program takes place over a one-year period to achieve sustainable development. This course is focused on empowering high potential women through actionable education. From sessions with real-life examples shared by regional thought leaders to active-learning based small group sessions, individuals will graduate Emerging Leaders with the skills and tools to take their leadership to the next level.

“Emerging Leaders is an exceptional program and I truly loved it. After every session I implemented new ideas with my team and continue to pull ideas out of my toolbox I received while in the program. Thanks [Arvest] for the many ways you endorse and support my growth. It’s an honor to use the gifts to enhance the best bank in the country” says Amy.

Congratulations, Amy!

 

About Arvest

Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2018, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 15 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team.

Tags: Arvest, Kansas, Kansas City, Missouri

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