Travel Safety Tips

Friday, March 22 at 12:00 AM
Category: Personal Finance

Traveling is an exciting adventure for anyone seeking to learn more about the world they live in. As with anything, traveling comes with both risk and reward. However, the risks shouldn’t outweigh the rewards of exploring new places, so review these safety tips as a precaution.

Pause Deliveries

Who is going to pick up your mail and newspaper while you are on vacation? Rather than having your neighbor gather those items daily, opt to temporarily stop delivery. Safe Wise* cautions that burglars may view accumulating packages and newspapers as a vacancy sign announcing your absence. The last thing you want to do is draw attention to your empty home.

Write down Everything

No one likes to think about someone stealing their credit card, passport or other important documents. However, the risk of theft is real and should be taken seriously. CNBC* urges travelers to write down information for each important item before departing for a trip. Leave the list in a secure envelope with a trusted relative, for safe keeping and easy retrieval while you are away. Additionally, USA Today* suggests tourists leave a copy of their itinerary with a friend or relative at home. Plan times to check in regularly and ask the friend to contact authorities if you fail to check in.

Call Your Credit Card Company

In addition to writing down credit card information, be sure to call your credit card company before departing for a trip. It is important to inform the company of where you will be traveling and how long you will be gone. This simple measure will ensure your cards continue to work during the trip and any unusual activity will be quickly reported.

Arvest monitors its credit cards for suspicious activity, so be sure to report your travel plans to the company before you depart. If your credit card falls into the wrong hands, unusual charges will be noticed more quickly.

Get Vaccinated

As you plan every detail for the upcoming trip, your health may never cross your mind. However, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention* encourages travelers to research common illnesses in the country they plan to visit and vaccinate accordingly. Additionally, it is important to make sure all routine vaccines are up-to-date. Your decision to plan ahead could keep sickness from ruining your otherwise incredible vacation.

Delay Posting

Social media can be a great place to keep friends and family updated on all your travel adventures, but posts and geo-tags can also serve as a virtual footprint for thieves. Consider stockpiling your favorite travel stories and photos, and posting them after you return from vacation. You can still share all the fun memories with your followers, without worrying about the wrong people keeping track of your location in real-time.

Check Advisories

Do research and familiarize yourself with the destination, whether domestic or abroad, to ensure you are fully prepared. If you are traveling out of the country, visit the U.S. Department of State* website to register as a traveler and view travel alerts or advisories for the specific country you plan to visit. It is a great way to stay aware of anything that could affect the comfort of your trip.

Secure Your Room

Although hotel rooms may seem secure, it never hurts to add an extra level of security to protect yourself and your belongings. Nationwide* suggests packing a jammer or door stop in your suitcase. It is small, so it won’t take up much space in your luggage, but it could deter unwanted visitors from gaining access to your room.

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.

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Arvest Wealth Management Tops Revenue Record

Thursday, March 14 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Wealth Management announced today that it produced record revenue in 2018, the second consecutive year it has done so.

Arvest Wealth Management, which offers wealth management, trust, investment, and insurance products and services, has investment and trust advisors throughout Arvest Bank’s four-state footprint. It recorded revenue of $71.4 million in 2018, up from $65.2 million in 2017. Additionally, Arvest Wealth Management reported total assets under management of more than $12 billion as of Dec. 31, 2018.

“Our 2018 success reflects our ongoing commitment to building deeper customer relationships,” Arvest Wealth Management president and CEO Jim King said. “Our investment and trust advisors, through our discovery and financial planning process, work with our customers to better understand their hopes, dreams and goals, and work to create an investment plan to help them achieve those goals.”

Additionally, after a lengthy due diligence process, Arvest Wealth Management recently announced its intention to consolidate its clearing and custody relationships with one firm – Pershing, a BNY Mellon company. That consolidation and conversion is scheduled for later this year.

Arvest Wealth Management is excited about the move to Pershing and believes it will allow for better integration of wealth management services into the Arvest Bank online and digital platforms and provide a better customer experience.

“We believe this move to Pershing will allow Arvest Wealth Management to provide the most competitive investment and advisory products and services to our customers, and to more seamlessly integrate our products and services into our bank’s digital infrastructure,” King said.

About Arvest Bank
Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2018, operates more than 270 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 14 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 135 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.

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Russellville Choir Boosters Receive Arvest Foundation Grant

Thursday, March 14 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The Russellville High School Choir will be able to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City thanks to a $5,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced today at the Russellville High School in Russellville. Shawn Bates, community bank president of Arvest Bank was on hand to present the check to Matthew Foy, choral director at Russellville High School, and Mark Gotcher, superintendent of the Russellville School District.

The Arvest Foundation donation to the Russellville Choir Boosters will help the students with the costs associated with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

 “The $5,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation will help make students' dreams of performing at Carnegie Hall become reality,” Foy said. “With this generous donation, we will be able to provide the students with some meals and transportation while in New York City. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our students and I would like to thank Arvest for helping this dream come to fruition.”

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support the Russellville Choir Boosters and the Russellville School District who have dedicated their time to providing and improving the lives of our students in the Russellville area,” Bates said. “This donation is just one of many we have made throughout the area. It demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to our local community and support to the education of our students.”

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest
 

Arvest Wealth Management’s Cross to Wrap Up Career in March

Wednesday, March 13 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank will celebrate the career of Jim Cross on March 29.

Cross, a senior client advisor for Arvest Wealth Management in Bentonville, has worked at Arvest for 30 years.

Jim Cross has had an incredible career at Arvest, and for many, it will be hard to think about Arvest Bank in Bentonville without Jim as an advisor there,” Arvest Wealth Management president and CEO Jim King said. “Jim has seen Arvest grow and change through his many years of service, and has contributed to that growth in so many ways.

“But most importantly, for more than 30 years, Jim has helped so many customers achieve their financial goals with his personal passion and diligence. Jim has meant so much to Arvest, and we wish him all the best in his retirement.”

A reception to honor Cross will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Friday, March 29, at the Bentonville Conference Center.

About Arvest Bank
Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2018, operates more than 270 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 14 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 135 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.
 


 

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Arvest Bank Welcomes Two New Board Members in Springdale

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

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Patricia Montague and Scott Spradley have joined its Springdale board of directors.

Montague serves as senior vice president and administrator for Arkansas Children’s Northwest and has more than 30 years of experience in executive leadership in patient care delivery and pediatric nursing practice. She earned bachelor’s degree in nursing at Loretto Heights College in Denver, and a master’s degree in nursing administration at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

“We are excited to announce that Patricia has joined our board,” said Kent Williamson, president for Arvest in Springdale. “She has been very instrumental in the opening of the new children’s hospital, which has been such a blessing to Springdale and the surrounding communities. We are so fortunate to have Trisha on our team. The medical community in Northwest Arkansas is ever-growing, and having Trisha’s expertise will bring a wealth of knowledge to our board of directors.”

Spradley is executive vice president & chief technology officer at Tyson Foods. He is responsible for establishing and driving strategies across all of Tyson’s technology platforms, information systems delivery, information security, and data and analytics. He has been named as one of ComputerWorld’s Top 100 Technology leaders and as CIO Magazine’s list of the Top 100 CIOs.

Spradley earned a bachelor’s degree at San Diego State University. 

“We have had our eye on Scott for some time,” Williamson said. “Technology is changing very rapidly, so adding Scott’s knowledge and unique skillset to our board could not come at a better time. We feel privileged to have him join our team and believe he will be a tremendous addition to our current board of directors.”

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