Arvest Bank Names Mike Willard President / CEO of North Central Arkansas Region

Friday, June 29 at 10:30 AM
Category: Arvest News


Arvest Bank has promoted Mike Willard to president and CEO of the bank’s North Central Arkansas and West Plains, Missouri region, effective July 1.

Willard currently is the president and CEO of Arvest Bank’s Prairie Grove market in Northwest Arkansas. During his 15-year career with Arvest Bank, Willard also served as consumer loan officer, commercial loan officer and community bank president in Mountain Home, Ark. from 2010-2013.

He currently is a member of the Arkansas Economics Advisory Board and has served on the board of directors for the Baxter Regional Medical Center Foundation, Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce, Mountain Home Education Foundation, Mountain Home Rotary Club and Performing Arts Council for Arkansas State University Mountain Home, in addition to leadership roles with other organizations.

“Mike’s previous work and compassion for the North Central Arkansas community make his return to this area a perfect fit,” said Don Walker, regional executive for Arvest Bank. “He was very invested in the surrounding communities and in serving our customers and local businesses, so I’m sure he’s looking forward to this opportunity.”

Willard earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Okla. He is a graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Banking.

Willard succeeds Tom Dame who recently accepted an executive leadership position in Arvest’s Springfield, Mo. market.

“Tom has been an exceptional leader in this market for many years and our customers and associates have benefitted from his experience and leadership,” said Walker. “We are fortunate to be able to utilize Tom’s experience in our Springfield market and name a successor who also had expertise in North Central Arkansas. We thank Tom for his great work here and wish him continued success in our sister territory.”

Dame’s history with Arvest began in 2000 when he joined the bank at Yellville. He has served as president and CEO of the North Central Arkansas market since 2014.

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. 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.

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Arvest Bank Announces Phipps Hiring

Thursday, June 14 at 11:00 AM
Category: Arvest News


Arvest Bank is pleased to announce the hiring of Doug Phipps.

Phipps, who has more than 17 years of industry experience, will serve as a commercial lender for the Joplin region, but Lamar and Golden City in particular. In that role, he will generate, evaluate and approve commercial loans, among other duties.

Phipps earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing at Missouri Southern State University. He is a board member for the Lamar Metro Club, among other civic endeavors. Phipps and his wife, Misty, have one son. They are members of Pathways United Methodist Church.

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Arvest Provides More than 2.1 Million Meals

Wednesday, June 13 at 12:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank launched its annual 1 Million Meals initiative to fight hunger in the four-state region the bank serves two months ago. Today, the bank announced that with the help of customers and community members, it has exceeded the campaign goal by raising a record total of 2,114,630 meals in the fight against hunger.


Launched in 2011, Arvest’s 1 Million Meals campaigns have raised an eight-year total of 13,600,098 meals, which includes more than $2.3 million in funds given directly to the bank’s dozens of local food partners.

This year’s campaign total of 2,114,630 meals was made possible through donations from the bank, Arvest associates, customers and community members through fundraisers, events and nonperishable food drives in all Arvest branches throughout April and May. With summer here, the success of the campaign is especially meaningful because many schoolchildren will be without the meals they ordinarily receive at school.

The bank’s decision to provide one million meals was based on the fact hunger is an issue in every community it serves. In 2016, more than 12 percent of American households surveyed were food-insecure, meaning they lacked access to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle for all household members.

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Arvest Foundation Announces Gift to Aid Cassville Police

Tuesday, June 05 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Cassville Chief of Police Dana Kammerlohr has been assisted in her effort to purchase a drug dog thanks to a $3,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.


The grant was made to Progress & Action Through Community Effort (PACE).

“The Arvest Foundation’s generosity will be a big help to the Cassville Police Department,” said PACE president Mike McCracken. “These kinds of gifts help all of us who call this area home.” 

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support PACE and Chief Kammerlohr,” said Whitney Craig, community bank vice president for Arvest in Cassville. “This donation is just one of many we have made throughout the area, and it demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the communities we serve.”

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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.

 

 

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