Arvest Cookout, Lunch Delivery Supports Local Food Bank

Monday, April 23 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank associates recently took pre-orders for boxed lunches they cooked, packed and delivered to employees of local businesses, all in an effort to raise money for the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas.

Boxed lunches included a hamburger or hot dog, chips, cookie and a drink. Proceeds from the fundraiser will provide 7,680 meals for the food bank.

“This was a great event to serve our community in two ways; our teams had fun catering to local businesses and we’re helping keep a continuous supply of food on the shelves of the food bank for weeks to come,” said Tiffany Watkins, assistant vice president and marketing director for Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas. “We are just getting started in our efforts to help reduce food insecurity so there’s still time for anyone who is interested in helping to donate.”

Sponsors of the cookout included Allens Grocery Deli Meats Produce, Blacksheep Smokehouse and Grill, Harps, Marion County Paving, Sonic, Subway and White Oak Station.

The cookout and lunch delivery fundraiser was part of Arvest Bank’s annual 1 Million Meals campaign that challenges bank associates, customers and community members to participate in fundraising efforts and nonperishable food drives to fight hunger in the more than 120 communities the bank serves. Every donation supports the bank’s local food partner. 

Yellville residents can participate in 1 Million Meals by dropping off nonperishable food items or monetary donations at the Arvest Bank branch or by calling (866) 952-9523. Arvest credit card customers can donate Arvest Flex Rewards™ points by visiting and clicking on the 1 Million Meals banner.

For more information about 1 Million Meals, visit

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, yellville

Arvest Bank Adds Murphy and Rockefeller Jr. to Board of Directors

Monday, April 23 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Dr. Bruce Murphy and Winthrop (Win) Rockefeller Jr. have joined its local board of directors in central Arkansas.

Murphy is the CEO of Arkansas Heart Hospital. In addition to training cardiologists from across the United States and the world on advanced interventional techniques, Murphy is a regular speaker on a variety of topics at both national and international conferences. He lives in Little Rock.

Rockefeller is the principle at Theseus Holdings LLC. He and his wife, Natalie, have two sons and live in Little Rock. Among other civic endeavors, Rockefeller is a board member for the Humane Society of Pulaski County, Easterseals, and the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.

“We are thrilled to add Bruce and Win to our board,” said Jim Cargill, Arvest president for central Arkansas. “Both men have expertise that will be invaluable to us here at Arvest. Additionally, they also are big and active parts of the community here in central Arkansas. There is no doubt they will be strong parts of our team.”

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest

Arvest Bank Completes Acquisition of Bear State Financial, Inc.

Friday, April 20 at 04:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank (“Arvest”) announced today the closing of its acquisition of Bear State Financial, Inc. (“Bear State”), the parent company of Bear State Bank.

As of Dec. 31, 2017, Bear State had assets of $2.16 billion, with $1.67 billion in loans and $1.5 billion in deposits, while Arvest had assets of $16.75 billion, with $10.44 billion in loans and $14.37 billion in deposits. As previously announced, this acquisition was a cash transaction valued at approximately $391 million. With the close of the deal, Arvest will have assets of approximately $18.76 billion. 

The acquisition adds new communities to Arvest’s footprint in northeast Arkansas, southwest Arkansas, southern Missouri and southeast Oklahoma. Bear State also has banking locations in 18 communities already served by Arvest. With the close of the deal, Arvest now serves more than 135 communities in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

Arvest and Bear State are now legally one bank, but will continue to operate under separate names until sometime this fall, when Bear State branches, accounts and operations will be transitioned to Arvest. Until that transition is complete, customers should continue banking at their current bank locations.

“We are pleased to welcome Bear State customers and associates to Arvest,” Arvest marketing director Jason Kincy said. “We have expressed from the beginning of this acquisition how excited we are to add these desirable communities to our footprint. Now we will start working together to combine the two companies to benefit our customers and the communities we serve.”

Bear State customers with questions should contact their local Bear State banker or Bear State’s solutions center at (866) 242-3324 or visit

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest

Arvest Bank Announces Johnston Hiring

Monday, April 16 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

 Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Chandler Johnston as a regional branch sales manager in Springfield.

Johnson brings 14 years of experience in sales, networking and business development for both corporate and retail customers to Arvest. In her new role, she will manage the activities of the Arvest branches on Fremont Avenue and Republic Road.

“We are confident that Chandler will be an excellent match for this position and a strong asset to our Arvest family,” Arvest branch administrator Mindy Thompson said.

Johnston, who lives in Nixa, earned an associate degree at Ozarks Technical Community College and bachelor’s degree in business administration at Drury University. Among other civic endeavors, she is the City of Nixa Public Building Corporation Commissioner and an active member of both the Nixa Area Chamber of Commerce and Masterminds of Biz professional networking group.

Tags: Arkansas, Springfield

Harrison Elementary Schools Hold Change Drives to Reduce Hunger

Thursday, April 12 at 07:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Three Harrison, Ark. elementary schools will hold change drives to raise money for the school district’s backpack program. Skyline Elementary will hold a change drive April 9-13; Woodland Heights and Eagle Heights will hold change drives April 16-20. 

Backpack programs provide snacks for students on weekends and holidays, times when they don’t have access to school meal programs and when they may face food insecurity at home. 

The change drives are one of many grassroots efforts in North Central Arkansas that are taking place in support of Arvest Bank’s 8th Annual 1 Million Meals campaign. The campaign challenges Arvest associates, customers and the general public to contribute nonperishable food items or monetary donations at any Arvest Bank location to help reduce food insecurity in local communities. 

In 2017, the 1 Million Meals campaign provided 1.8 million meals to local food partners across the four-state area Arvest serves. Since the campaign began in 2011, Arvest has donated more than 11.4 million meals. 

To learn more about 1 Million Meals or for information on additional ways to donate, visit

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