Springdale Coach Goes the Distance to Volunteer - People Helping People Series

Friday, September 22 at 07:15 AM
Category: People Helping People
Steve Ebert wasn’t interested in becoming a coach as much as he was interested in spending some quality time with his daughter.
 
Ebert’s daughter was entering seventh grade at the time, and asked her father to start running with her because she wanted to join her junior high school’s cross country team. The two “did a lot of miles together,” Ebert said, and he felt good about helping her get an edge on her classmates when they showed up for the first day of practice.
 
When Ebert saw that his daughter was one of more than 100 kids at that first practice, however, he thought the team’s one coach might need some help. Fast-forward six years, and both the coach and Ebert’s daughter have moved on from Springdale Central’s cross country team.
 
Ebert, though, can still be found at practice – Monday-Friday at 6:45 a.m. – working as a volunteer coach.
 
“He loves the kids, he loves being out here, and… it was never about him, it’s always been about the kids and making kids having the joy of running,” said Chelsea Perry, the team’s current coach.
 

Ebert is the 22nd person to be featured in Arvest Bank’s People Helping People video series. The series is designed to celebrate individuals in the communities Arvest serves who are uniquely making a difference.
 
The videos are available via Arvest’s social media channels – YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and the Arvest Blog – and the bank will make related posts each time a new story appears. Additionally, Arvest social media followers can help spread the word about these inspiring community members by sharing, liking and retweeting the videos. Ebert’s video will launch on Sept. 22.
 
“Hopefully if I can impact one person a year, then it's all worth it,” Ebert said. “So I continue to do that just because it's rewarding, but also… it’s a need (that) somebody needs to fill.”
 
Ebert’s impact has been felt by far more than one person a year. Perry and teachers at Central have noticed improvement in Ebert’s student-athletes’ drive and effort both on the cross country course and in the classroom.
 
So, even though both of his children have now progressed through the program, Ebert still spends all those early mornings – and countless other hours – helping the team members reach their full potential. Natalie Watkins was a member of Ebert’s first team.
 
“I don't think without Steve’s help I would be a good runner or kind of be the person that I am,” she said. “I know it sounds kind of cheesy, but I don't think I would have kept motivating myself to get better if I didn't have his encouragement all those years.”
 
About Arvest Bank
Arvest Bank operates more than 250 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.
 
Tags: Arkansas, People Helping People, Springdale
 

Arvest Bank Announces Matlock Hiring

Monday, September 11 at 06:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Stacy Matlock has been hired as a commercial banker in its Springdale market. 

Matlock has 26 years of industry experience and has attended the American Institute of Banking. In her new role at Arvest, she will generate, evaluate and approve commercial loans, among other duties. She will be based out of the bank’s branch at 415 W. Emma Ave.
 
“Stacy has banking and sales experience, will be a tremendous asset to the team, and is already integrating herself into the community,” commercial loan manager Paula Wilson said.
 
Matlock is a member of the 2017-2018 Leadership Springdale class and is serving as a member of the Mercy Hospital Annual Charity Ball committee. She and her husband, Jesse, live in Springdale.
 
About Arvest Bank
Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 250 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.
Tags: Associates, Northwest Arkansas, Springdale
 

3 Join Private Banking Team in Springdale, Ark.

Wednesday, July 26 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has added three members to its Arvest Private Banking staff in Springdale, Ark.

Katie Robinson, Matt Potter and Ray Ford have been promoted to Arvest Private Banking roles after serving the bank in varying capacities.

“We are excited to add these associates to Arvest Private Banking in Springdale,” Arvest Private Banking manager Mary Pedersen said. “We have had a need to expand and our Private Banking team with the growth of Springdale and our surrounding communities. With the experience this group brings, we can deliver the level of service our high net worth clients need. This is a move we’re confident will be fantastic for the bank and our customers.”

Robinson, vice president and Arvest Private Banking advisor, has been at Arvest since 2004, working in branch management and Arvest’s Treasury Management team. In addition to earning a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at Oklahoma State University, she is a graduate of the Leadership Fayetteville Class XXVI and the Walton Institute.

A current member of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, Robinson also has been actively involved with Fayetteville Public Schools and Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, among other civic endeavors. Additionally, she was named a member of the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal’s 2013 Forty Under 40 class. She and her husband, Kirk, have two children and attend Central United Methodist Church in Fayetteville.

Like Robinson, Potter will serve as an Arvest Private Banking advisor, analyzing and developing wealth management strategies for private banking clients, based on the client’s individual financial goals. Potter specifically serves physicians, executives and retirees.

Potter has worked at Arvest since 2006 and served in a variety of roles, including as a credit analyst and as part of Arvest’s Treasury Management team. Potter earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in business administration, both at Missouri State University.

Potter and his wife, Amanda, live in Springdale with their son. They are active members of Cross Church. Additionally, Potter has held leadership roles at Rotary International and also the United Way of the Ozarks.

Ford will serve as an Arvest Private Banker, focusing on building relationships with customers and developing wealth management strategies based on specific needs and goals of individual clients. He has worked in a variety of roles at Arvest since 2010, including customer service, financial services, treasury management and wealth management.

Ford holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising and public relations from the University of Arkansas and is involved in various community activities in both Springdale and Fayetteville. He and his wife, Tiffany, live in Fayetteville.

This blog was updated on July 27.

Tags: Associates, Springdale, Treasury Management
 

Wilson Promoted in Springdale, Ark.

Friday, July 07 at 06:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Paula Wilson has been promoted to commercial loan manager in its Springdale market. 

Wilson has more than 30 years of industry experience, having begun her banking career in 1986. During that time, she also worked for the Arkansas State Bank Department. Wilson, who offices at the Arvest branch at 415 West Emma, has been part of Springdale’s commercial lending team since 2000.

“I am excited to have Paula step into this leadership role, in which she will continue to work with our team to grow our commercial portfolio, and also work with our strategic partners to deepen existing customer relationships,” said Chris Thornton, loan manager for Arvest in Springdale. “We have many exciting things happening in Springdale and Paula has been a big part of that.”

Wilson earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing at Henderson State University and also completed the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University. She is a member of Springdale Kiwanis, as well as a member of the Springdale Library Board of Trustees and Spring Meadows Senior Apartments board of directors, among other civic endeavors.

Tags: Associates, Northwest Arkansas, Springdale
 

Jeffus Promoted in Springdale, Ark.

Wednesday, May 31 at 06:20 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Longtime banker named mortgage loan officer.

SPRINGDALE, Ark. – Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Sabra Jeffus has been promoted to mortgage loan officer in Springdale.

Jeffus began her banking career in 2000, and has held various jobs since then, including commercial and mortgage lending positions. In her new role, Jeffus will office at Arvest’s branch on Elm Springs Road. She will originate mortgage loans and assist her clients with all of their purchase and refinancing needs.

“Sabra comes to us with a wealth of banking knowledge, and she strives to provide the very best customer service to each and every customer she assists,” said Kelli K. Winn, senior vice president, mortgage loan manager in Springdale. “We are so excited to have Sabra join our mortgage team.”

Jeffus is a native of Paris, Texas, and attended Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches as a track and field and cross country student-athlete before eventually graduating from Northwestern State University of Louisiana with a bachelor’s degree in finance and banking.

Active in numerous civic organizations, including Executive Women International, Rotary Club of Springdale, and Springdale Chamber of Commerce, Jeffus also is a graduate of Leadership Fayetteville Class XXII and Leadership Springdale Class XVIII. She and her husband, Scot, live in Springdale with their two children.

Tags: Arkansas, Associates, Press Release, Springdale

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