Arvest Bank Adds Burkes to Benton County Board of Directors

Thursday, October 31 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Aaron Burkes has joined its local board of directors in Benton County.

Burkes is CEO of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport Authority, a position he took in 2018 after three-plus years as president of the Arkansas Development Finance Authority. He also is a member of the Transportation Industry Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Burkes, who represented eastern Benton County in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 2007-2009, also served on Arvest’s local board of directors in Lowell from 2004-2010.

“We are thrilled to add Aaron to our board,” said Craig Rivaldo, Arvest president for Benton County. “His varied background and expertise in business, finance and public service, among other sectors, will be invaluable to us. There is no doubt Aaron will be a strong part of our team.”

Burkes earned a bachelor’s degree in natural science from the University of Arkansas, a master’s degree in economics from Clemson University and a law degree at Baylor University. Burkes and his wife, Rebecca, live in Bethel Heights. They have two college-age sons.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Northwest Arkansas

Paris Senior Citizen Center Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Thursday, October 31 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Senior citizens in the Paris, Ark., community will benefit from a $4,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced recently at the Paris Senior Citizen Center. Tami Moffet and Heather Appleton of Arvest Bank were on hand to present the check.

The funds will be used to provide a warm meal the elderly patrons that attend the center as well as to help pay for food deliveries to the homes of area senior citizens. 

“The Paris Senior Citizen Center is so grateful to the Arvest Foundation for this wonderful grant,” said Linda Cox, executive director of the Paris Senior Citizen Center. “It will help us continue our mission to help the senior citizens of this area by helping to provide the seniors a  place to come each day to be with other seniors and participate in activities to help their well-being. The grant will help us provide nutritional meals to seniors, both in our center every day, and to the participants that we deliver meals to in their home. Being able to provide home-delivered meals to homebound seniors allow them to stay in their homes as long as possible. It alleviates food insecurities for these seniors. When we deliver a meal, it also gives our drivers a chance to do a wellness check on the homebound every day.

“As a non-profit, this grant will enable us to provide meals to more seniors. There is a great need for the senior centers and this will help us continue to keep our doors open. This donation is a continuing reminder of the support that we have in the Paris community.”

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support the Paris Senior Citizen Center,” Appleton said. “It supports efforts to provide opportunities for community members to have warm meals and a place to gather together, and is just one of many we have made throughout the area. It demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to our community and all its members.”

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest

Arvest Bank Promotes Barnes in Fort Smith

Wednesday, October 30 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Kaytlann Barnes has been promoted to branch manager in Fort Smith.

Barnes, who has eight years of banking experience, most recently served as an assistant branch manager. In her new role, Barnes will manage the activities of the Arvest branch located at 11808 Highway 71 South.

“We are very excited for Kaytlann to bring her experience, knowledge, and passion to our Rye Hill team,” Arvest branch administrator Sina Oden said. “She has earned internal recognition and honors several times during her five years at Arvest. This promotion is well-deserved and I’m confident it will benefit our customers in the Fort Smith area.”

Barnes is currently working on obtaining a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership from John Brown University. Among other civic endeavors, Barnes is a worship leader at Covenant Family Worship Center in Booneville, where she lives with her husband, Ryan.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Fort Smith

Weather Forces Cancellation of Arvest Charity Golf Tourney

Friday, October 25 at 03:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank has cancelled the 23rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament that was scheduled for Oct. 26, due to the forecast for storms in the area this weekend.

Proceeds from this year’s annual tournament benefit nonprofit organizations in North Central Arkansas. This year’s recipient organizations are the Imagination Library of Baxter County, School of New Hope, Serenity Inc. and Sanctuary, Inc. The benefitting nonprofits were selected after a nomination process earlier this year. 

Companies and individuals who sponsored the golf tournament or registered to play may donate their fees to benefit the nonprofit organizations or receive a refund.

Tournament sponsor Genuine Care Pharmacy is donating the $3,000 from their sponsorship to benefit the recipient nonprofits. Arvest Bank will match that gift.

“This is the first time in the history of this tournament that we have had to cancel the event, but we are grateful for the support the community has shown these nonprofits by signing up to participate,” said Mike Willard, president and CEO of Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas. “We are grateful for Genuine Care Pharmacy’s donation and we are proud to double that gift in support of these nonprofit organizations that are vital to our community.”

The original date for the tournament in August was rescheduled due to severe weather. The tournament will not be rescheduled for later this year.  Arvest has set the date of August 29, 2020 for next year’s tournament at Big Creek Golf and Country Club.

About Arvest
Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of the “World’s Best Banks” for 2019, operates more than 260 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.

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Tags: Arvest, North Central Arkansas

Arvest Bank Announces McKinney Charitable Trust Recipients

Friday, October 25 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The Carl and Alleen McKinney Charitable Trust, which has been managed by Arvest Bank since 1997, awarded more than $100,000 to a total of 18 organizations, it was announced recently. In accordance with the terms of the trust, awards were made for the benefit of the children, youth, elderly, poor and disadvantaged of the Bentonville area.

Arvest Bank Trust Officer Lloyd Franques administers the Trust, which has distributed more than $3 million to local charities in 20-plus years. This year’s board of directors – consisting of Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Graham Cobb, local attorney Blaine Jackson and Arvest Executive Vice President and Chief Fiduciary & Risk Officer to the Trust Division Tabi Lipscomb – awarded a total of $149,919 to these applicants:

  • Adult Development Center of Benton County DBA Open Avenues
  • Boys & Girls Club of Benton County
  • CASA of Northwest Arkansas Inc.
  • Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County
  • Circle of Life Hospice
  • Elizabeth Richardson Center
  • Helen R. Walton Children’s Enrichment Center
  • Hope Cancer Resources
  • H2O: Help-2-Others Inc.
  • Lifeline of Northwest Arkansas
  • Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter
  • Northwest Arkansas Food Bank
  • Rogers Public Education Foundation
  • Samaritan Community Center
  • Second Street Pantry Missions Inc.
  • Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Benton County
  • Sunshine School & Development Center
  •  WelcomeHealth
Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Bentonville

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