Arvest Foundation Donates $10,000 to Royal Players, Royal Theatre

Thursday, December 13 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The Arvest Foundation recently presented Royal Players, Inc., the community theatre group in Benton that manages the city’s historic Royal Theatre, with a donation in the amount of $10,000. The grant will support programming, renovations and maintenance of the theatre.

“We are extremely thankful to the Arvest Foundation for this generous gift and for their appreciation of the impact performing arts has on communities,” said Daphne Shoppach, board member and artistic director of the Royal Players. “This donation will help enhance our upcoming season as we improve both the physical theatre and our programming plans for the future.”

“Arvest realizes that effective support of the communities in which we work requires diversity among the organizations that benefit from our donations, and the arts are an important aspect of our charitable giving,” said Phillip Partain, community bank president of Arvest Bank in Saline County. “This theatre has been a cherished and important centerpiece in this community for almost a century, and we are honored to offer support to contribute to its longevity.”

The original section of the Royal Theatre was built in 1920. It is located at 111 South Market Street in Benton and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Little Rock
 

Arvest Bank Welcomes Darla Marler to Treasury Management

Thursday, December 13 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce that Darla Marler has joined the bank as a treasury management sales advisor serving the Joplin and Springfield markets.

After spending six years in healthcare, Marler returns to her banking roots with over 10 years of commercial banking and treasury management experience. In her new role at Arvest Bank, she will be responsible for working with commercial clients through a consultative approach, focusing on how to leverage technology and fraud prevention services to enhance efficiency of their company’s cash flow.

“Darla brings a wealth of commercial banking and treasury management knowledge to Arvest, as well as familiarity with the region she will be supporting,” said Carolyn Kennedy, executive director of the Treasury Management division. “She will be able to support her business clients to find ways to maximize their payables and receivables processes, along with providing solutions for potential barriers that may be limiting their ability to grow. We believe Darla is well-suited to provide a high level of expertise and support to the clients in her region and look forward to what she will be able to achieve in her new role with Arvest.”

Marler received her bachelor’s degree in communication from Missouri State University and is a graduate of the Richardson’s Consultative Sales Training course. Born and raised in Springfield, Marler has three children and was previously involved with the United Way and served as chair on the advisory board of the Lutheran Family and Children Services, and served on the board for the local chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society.

About Arvest

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. Investments and Insurance Products: Not FDIC Insured, May Lose Value and Not Guaranteed by the Bank. Trust services provided by Arvest Bank.

 

 

 

Tags: Arvest, Joplin, Missouri, Springfield, Treasury Management
 

Arvest Bank Names Anna Beth Gorman to Board in Central AR

Tuesday, December 11 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank has named Anna Beth Gorman to its board of directors in central Arkansas.

Gorman is executive director of the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas (WFA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created by women in Arkansas to support the economic and educational advancement of women and girls. Founded in 1998, the WFA works as an equity partner with our state’s women and girls through its statewide STEM education and mentoring initiative for Arkansas girls, its research pertaining to the status of women and girls, and also as a strategic grant maker to organizations focusing on STEM education and economic empowerment.

“Anna Beth is well-known for her commitment to the central Arkansas community through her work with numerous organizations and her experience will be very beneficial to the work of our local board,” said Jim Cargill, president and CEO of Arvest Bank in northeast, central and southwest Arkansas. “We welcome her insight and ideas, especially as we continue to recruit and promote women and minorities in our growing workforce.”

Gorman previously worked for the Girl Scouts Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas, where she was the chief membership and volunteer program officer. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Little Rock, Junior League of Little Rock, the Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame and is a board member of the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XXXII and is a current member of Leadership Arkansas Class XIII.

Gorman earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Hollins University and a master’s in public administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

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Arvest Bank to Hold Retirement Reception for Penn

Monday, December 10 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank invites customers and community members alike to join in a celebration of the career of Ernie Penn on Friday, Dec. 14.


Penn, who will officially retire on Jan. 2, began his banking career in 1976, and later joined Arvest following its acquisition of his then-employer. After working as a mortgage originator for Arvest in Fayetteville for two years, Penn moved to Farmington in 1993. Since that time, he has become a senior vice president, originating commercial, agricultural and mortgage loans.

“We are appreciative of the leadership, expertise and friendship Ernie has brought to our Arvest family,” said Donny Story, president for Arvest in Fayetteville. “He has been an invaluable team member through many years of service, with many contributions and accomplishments not just at Arvest, but also in our community.

“We are thankful for customers and many others whose lives he has positively impacted. He will be missed by his Arvest family, but we are excited and wish him the best during his future endeavors.”

A reception to honor Penn will be held Dec. 14 at the Arvest branch located at 110 E. Main in Farmington. The event will be held from 2-4 p.m., and refreshments will be served.

Following his retirement, Penn will serve as the full-time mayor of Farmington. He had served as mayor in a part-time capacity for 16 years, until the position became a full-time one earlier this year.

 

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Jones Center for Families Receives $10,000 Donation

Friday, December 07 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The Jones Center for Families will be able to help improve studio classrooms thanks to a $10,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced recently at the Jones Center for Families in Springdale. Kent Williamson, Julie Shook and Ashley Allen of Arvest Bank were on hand to present the check to Ed Clifford, chief executive officer of the Jones Trust, Kelly Kemp-McClintock, chief advancement officer and Brandi Holt, advancement specialist of the Jones Center for Families.

“We are so appreciative of the Arvest Foundation for their generous gift to help with the renovation of two popular studio classroom spaces at The Jones Center. Studios A & B are where Children’s Dance & Gymnastics programs are taught. We’ll be adding a new sound system, youth dance barre, parent observation windows, and all new gymnastics equipment. We hope to roll out the new updates in the first quarter of 2019,” Kemp-McLintock said. “We could not do what we do if it weren’t for the important support of our corporate & foundation partners.

“The Jones Center is a world-class recreation and education facility. Our NWA community is very fortunate to have this type of venue in our backyard for all walks of life and ages to enjoy. We are so pleased to be able to provide this donation to support the mission of the Jones Center,” Allen said. “This donation is just one of many we have made throughout the area, and it demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to those who live, work and play throughout our footprint.”

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