Eckman Celebrates 45 Years With Arvest Bank

Thursday, October 26 at 03:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Arvest Bank and Carolyn Eckman celebrated Eckman’s 45th anniversary with the bank on Oct. 21.  She is the long-standing branch sales manager at Arvest’s Bull Shoals location and the longest-tenured associate in the bank’s North Central Arkansas market that includes Bull Shoals, Yellville, Mountain Home, Harrison, Lead Hill and Flippin, Ark., as well as West Plains, Mo. 
 
“The Arvest culture focuses on relationships and a genuine commitment to serve our customers and our fellow associates,” said Tom Dame, president and CEO of Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas. “Carolyn is the epitome of our culture through her lifelong contributions to this community and our bank, and we are honored to celebrate this milestone with her.” 
 
“When you can come to work and fulfill your purpose of helping your community find financial solutions for every stage in their lives, it’s very rewarding,” said Eckman. “Forty-five years passes very quickly when you love what you do, and I still get excited about the great things Arvest does for Arkansas.”
 
Eckman began her banking career as teller after graduating high school. She was promoted to assistant branch manager and then branch sales manager. 
 
About Arvest 
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, North Central Arkansas
 

Arvest Bank, Ultimate Auto Group Present Checks to Three Nonprofits

Friday, October 20 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Arvest Bank and Ultimate Auto Group recently presented three Charity of the Year recipients with individual checks totaling $19,200. The donations are the result of proceeds from the 21st Annual Charity Golf Tournament hosted by Arvest Bank and Ultimate Auto Group that benefits up to three nonprofit organizations located in the bank’s North Central Arkansas territory. 
 
This year’s recipients include The Call of Baxter and Marion Counties, organizations that work “to educate, equip and encourage the Christian community to provide a future and a hope for children in foster care in Arkansas.” Children’s Charity Ministry in Harrison is also a 2017 Charity of the Year. The Christian-based nonprofit provides food, hygiene kits, household necessities and other services to children in need in eight counties in North Central Arkansas. 
 
“Together, we are making a very meaningful and lasting impact in the lives of so many families and children in our area,” said Tom Dame, president and CEO of Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas. “These donations are possible only because of the participation and generosity of those who contribute to this golf tournament year after year and, for that, we are very grateful.”
 
Every year the tournament benefits as many as three nonprofit organizations from Baxter, Boone and Marion Counties in Arkansas, and Howell County in Missouri.  Eligible charities that are designated as a 501(c)(3) organization are invited each spring to apply for consideration as a Charity of the Year. Recipients are selected by Arvest Bank associates based on past, present and future financial needs, as well as other criteria.  
 
The tournament was held at Big Creek Golf and Country Club in Mountain Home. 
 
About Arvest 
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: Charitable Giving, North Central Arkansas
 

Arvest Named Best of the Twin Lakes for 3rd Year in a Row

Friday, October 06 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas has been named Best Bank, Best Mortgage Company, and Best Wealth Management in the Baxter Bulletin’s "Best of Twin Lakes" reader’s poll.
 
Every year, the Baxter Bulletin newspaper has asked readers for their thoughts – and votes – to determine the Twin Lakes’ best of the best! Arvest has been voted the No. 1 bank for three consecutive years by readers and, for the first time this year, it was voted No. 1 for mortgage and wealth management!
 
Arvest was founded on the principles that our customers’ needs come first, and our associates are focused on providing the best customer experience. We continually strive to be active and involved members of the communities we serve, and we will always work to put the needs of our customers first as we continue to fulfill our mission, “People helping people find financial solutions for life.”
 
On behalf of Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas, we would like to extend the warmest thank you to the readers of the Baxter Bulletin and congratulate all 2017 "Best of Twin Lakes" award recipients. 
Tags: North Central Arkansas
 

James Named as President in West Plains, Mo.

Thursday, July 20 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Joyce James has been hired as market president for West Plains, Mo.

A longtime banker, James has experience in practically all facets of banking and is a graduate of banking schools at Southern Methodist University, the University of Oklahoma and Louisiana State University, among other professional training. She most recently served as president of another local financial institution.

“We couldn’t be happier to have Joyce joining the Arvest family,” said Tom Dame, president and CEO for Arvest in North Central Arkansas, which includes the West Plains market. “Her passion for serving customers and the community is obvious to anyone who knows or meets her, and I have no doubt she will be a tremendous asset for both. We look forward to great things from Joyce.”

James’ civic involvement runs as deep as her banking roots. In addition to having served on the board of directors of Industrial Development Corporation, West Plains Chamber of Commerce, West Plains Rotary Club and the City of West Plains Planning and Zoning Commission, she is a strong supporter of the West Plains School District, Missouri State University, Boys & Girls Club of the Greater West Plains Area and the Ozarks Small Business Incubator, among other groups.

James lives in West Plains and is a member of West Plains First Baptist Church. Her son, Brock, and his wife, Beth, reside in Springfield, Mo.

Tags: Associates, North Central Arkansas, West Plains
 

Bontrager Hired as Commercial Lender in West Plains, Mo.

Thursday, July 06 at 06:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Kimberly Bontrager as a commercial lender in West Plains, Mo.

Bontrager has 19 years of banking experience, including time in both deposit-related and lending roles. 

“We are thrilled to add Kimberly to our team,” said Tom Dame, president and CEO for Arvest in its North Central Arkansas market, which includes West Plains. “I know our customers will find her to be sincerely friendly and genuinely interested in meeting whatever needs they may have in the most efficient way possible. I have no doubt she will be an asset for both Arvest Bank and our customers.”

Bontrager is a graduate of Metropolitan Community College and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, as well as the Missouri Bankers Association School of Lending and Advanced School of Lending. Additionally, Bontrager is both president of the West Plains Sunrise Rotary Club and secretary of the Community Foundation of West Plains, Inc. She’s also involved with The Bridges Organization, among other civic endeavors.

Bontrager and her husband, Justyn, live in West Plains.

Tags: Associates, North Central Arkansas

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