Conversations from the Top Oct. 25 in Kansas City - Dr. Angie Besendorfer

Wednesday, October 11 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Dr. Angie Besendorfer, chancellor of WGU Missouri, will be the guest of honor at the seventh session of Central Exchanges’ 2017 Conversations from the Top series. Arvest is proud to support this moderated fireside chat with executive women in leadership throughout Kansas City.
 
Dr. Besendorfer will share her insight on Wednesday, October 25th from 12:00pm to 1:15pm at Central Exchange South (6201 College Boulevard, Overland Park, KS). Registration is required.
 
During the Conversations from the Top series, you will hear inspirational stories and insight from women who have faced challenging issues throughout their journey to the top of their field and October’s speaker, Dr. Angie Besendorfer, is no different. Besendorfer champions college attainment for working adults who wish to pursue a bachelor’s or master’s degree and leads the efforts to connect students and community stakeholders with WGU’s online competency-based model of higher education.
 
Besendorfer has spent 23 years in the field of education in Missouri, implementing innovative and technology-focused learning strategies. Before joining WGU Missouri, Besendorfer was the assistant superintendent of Joplin Schools for eight years leading advancement in curriculum, instruction, assessment, and facilities. She was also an adjunct professor at Missouri State University, teaching in the master’s program for Educational Administration.
 
Among the innovations Besendorfer has championed is a focus on digital learning. She took the lead in the Joplin district’s recovery after an EF-5 tornado hit 10 schools. As the leader in designing and building cutting-edge new schools, Besendorfer guided the community to re-imagine high school education.
 
Besendorfer holds a bachelor’s in education from Missouri Southern State University, a M.S. in Elementary Administration from Central Missouri State University and a doctorate in Education Leadership from the University of Missouri. 
 
Besendorfer has been a featured presenter at the International Leaning Forward Conference, the National Institute of Medicine, and has presented widely on 21st Century Education. She is a member of the regional Workforce Investment Board and the Mercy Hospital Community Advisory Board. Besendorfer is active with the area Rotary Club, museum complex, and Chamber of Commerce. Besendorfer has also received several accolades for her work including the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award, the AASA Women in School Leadership Award and the Tri-State Business Journal Most Influential Woman.
 
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Tags: Kansas City
 

Fayetteville, Ark., Annual Tree Giveaway

Wednesday, October 11 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Arvest is once again partnering with the City of Fayetteville for their annual Celebration of Trees on Saturday, October 28th, at 7:00 a.m. Mayor Lioneld Jordan, the City of Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Department, and the City of Fayetteville Urban Forestry Advisory Board will be giving out FREE trees and shrubs to City residents. The 19th annual tree giveaway, locally recognizing Arbor Day, will be held on the Arvest Bank Plaza on the Northeast corner of Fayetteville’s Historic Downtown Square. The event is held annually with the goal of helping to grow the urban forest. Adults should be prepared to show proof of their City residency before selecting a tree or shrub. 
 
The Celebration of Trees is a one day event, but growing a tree is a sustained endeavor that positively impacts the urban forest in Fayetteville for years into the future. 
 
Date: Saturday, October 28 
Time: 7:00 a.m. until supplies are exhausted 
Location: Arvest Bank Plaza on Center Street on the Downtown Historic Square
 
Quantities: Limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Limit (2) plants per adult Fayetteville resident that is present at the event. 
 
Trees available this year will include: 
  • American Hornbeam – Carpinus caroliniana 
  • Arrowood Viburnum – Viburnum dentatum 
  • Carolina Buckthorn – Rhamnus caroliniana 
  • Eagleston Holly – Ilex x attenuatta 
  • Paw Paw – Asimina triloba 
  • Pecan – Carya illinoinensis 
  • Persimmon – Diospyros virginiana 
  • Redbud – Cercis canadensis 
  • Rusty Viburnum – Viburnum rufidulum 
  • White Oak – Quercus alba 
  • Willow Oak – Quercus phellos 
 
Tags: Fayetteville
 

Arvest Bank Promotes Davis to Vice President

Monday, October 09 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Arvest Bank is pleased to announce that Andy Davis has been promoted to vice president, commercial banker for the Fayetteville market.
 
Davis, who has eight years of experience with Arvest Bank, has held a variety of roles, including consumer and commercial loan assistant, and a credit analyst. Most of his time has been spent working as a credit analyst and commercial banker. As a commercial banker, Davis generates, evaluates and approves commercial loans, among other duties.
 
“Andy is a true asset to our team in Fayetteville,” said Ladd Lanier, commercial loan manager for Arvest in Fayetteville. “His effort and enthusiasm is evident every day, and he prides himself on going the extra mile for his clients. This promotion to vice president is well-deserved and we look forward to even better things from Andy in the future.”
 
Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in business management – with a focus in organizational leadership – at the University of Arkansas. A Bentonville native, Davis lives in Fayetteville with his wife and daughter. He is the current president-elect for the Northside Fayetteville Rotary Club and treasurer of the advisory board for the Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas, among other civic activities.
 
About Arvest 
Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 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.
Tags: Associates, Fayetteville
 

Arvest Named Best of the Twin Lakes for 3rd Year in a Row

Friday, October 06 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas has been named Best Bank, Best Mortgage Company, and Best Wealth Management in the Baxter Bulletin’s "Best of Twin Lakes" reader’s poll.
 
Every year, the Baxter Bulletin newspaper has asked readers for their thoughts – and votes – to determine the Twin Lakes’ best of the best! Arvest has been voted the No. 1 bank for three consecutive years by readers and, for the first time this year, it was voted No. 1 for mortgage and wealth management!
 
Arvest was founded on the principles that our customers’ needs come first, and our associates are focused on providing the best customer experience. We continually strive to be active and involved members of the communities we serve, and we will always work to put the needs of our customers first as we continue to fulfill our mission, “People helping people find financial solutions for life.”
 
On behalf of Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas, we would like to extend the warmest thank you to the readers of the Baxter Bulletin and congratulate all 2017 "Best of Twin Lakes" award recipients. 
Tags: North Central Arkansas
 

Arvest to Give $16,500 to Oklahoma Teachers

Wednesday, October 04 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Arvest Bank will honor teachers throughout the state of Oklahoma by awarding 33 educators with a total of more than $15,000 in prize money.
 
The decision to award 33 $500 gifts to individual teachers from a pool of more than 90 communities was made not only out of respect and appreciation for the work teachers do, but as a sign of support at a time when many school budgets across the state have been cut. All prizes will go to teachers who work at state-funded schools.
 
“Arvest understands how important teachers are to our children, our communities, and our future,” Arvest Marketing Manager Angela Spradlin said. “We appreciate how hard teachers work and hope these awards will be accepted as a show of gratitude and gratefulness.” 
 
To nominate a teacher to receive one of the $500 prizes, look for an Arvest Bank Facebook post about this contest during the week of Oct. 16-22. Comment on the Facebook post, including the teacher’s name, school name, city, and one sentence describing why that teacher deserves to win!
 
Towns included are: Adair, Ada, Afton, Aqua Park, Arkoma, Badger Lee, Bartlesville, Bethel, Bixby, Blackgum, Box, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Chickasha, Choctaw, Choteau, Commerce, Copic Slab, Cottonwood, Coweta, Dale, Del City, Dewey, Duncan, Edmond, Elgin, Eufaula, Fairland, Ft. Gibson, Foreman, Gans, Glenpool, Gore, Gore Landing, Grove, Heavener, Jay, Jenks, Kansas, Lawton, Liberty, Maple, Marble City, McAlester, McLoud, Meeker, Miami, Midwest City, Moffett, Moore, Muldrow, Muskogee, Nicut, Norman, Nowata, Oklahoma City, Okmulgee, Owasso, Panama, Paradise Hill, PawPaw, Pocola, Porter, Poteau, Pryor, Quapaw, Redland, Reeder Ford, Roland, Sallisaw, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Seven Oaks, Shawnee, Spiro, Stillwater, Stilwell, Stoney Point, Sycamore, Tahlequah, Talihina, Tecumseh, Tulsa, Vian, Vinita, Wagoner, Walters, Westville, Wister, Wyandotte and Yukon.
 
  •  Random Selection will take place the week of Oct. 24.
  •  Awardees will be notified no later than Oct. 30.
  •  Winners will be selected at random.
  • No Arvest associate or associate’s immediate family member can win.
 
About Arvest 
Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 260 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 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.
Tags: Community Support, Oklahoma

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