Post Your Benton County Fair Pics for a Chance to Win

Friday, August 04 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

We always have a great time out at the Benton County Fair! Why not share the fun you’re having with your friends?!

We’re running a contest Aug. 8-9, 2017, so we can keep the good times rolling into the fair weekend.

Post a picture on Facebook and/or Instagram of yourself, family member or a friend at the Benton County Fair and tag it with #arvestfairfun for a chance to win an Arvest feed bucket with Arvest goodies and a couple of arm bands for rides and other fair fun on Friday, Aug. 11…all inside the bucket!

Two winners on Facebook and one winner on Instagram will win an Arvest feed bucket containing an Arvest “Life is Better with Cows Around” t-shirt, Under Armour hat, stainless steel coffee mug, water bottle, and two arm bands for Midway rides on Friday night! To be eligible to win, Facebook and Instagram posts need to be public when winners are selected on Aug. 10, 2017. Entrants are only eligible to win one of the three prizes.

Post as many times as you want! We’ll see you out at the fairgrounds.

Don’t forget! Arvest is sponsoring entry to the Benton County Fair for everyone on Wednesday, Aug. 9. Come out and have a great time; courtesy of your friends at Arvest.

For more information about what’s going on out at the Benton County Fair, visit www.bentoncountyfairar.org*.

Arvest associates and their immediate family members are not eligible to win. Immediate family is defined as any spouse, parent, child or sibling, along with any other family member living in the Arvest associate’s home.

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

 

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest Benton County, Community Support
 

Arvest Bank Surpasses $1B Mortgage Mark for 15th Consecutive Year

Tuesday, August 01 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank announced today that its mortgage division has originated more than $1 billion in mortgage loans for the 15th year in a row. That includes both purchase-money and refinance loans. This is the earliest the bank has reached the $1 billion mark since 2013, indicating a strong real estate market in the communities the bank serves.

“We are honored that our customers choose Arvest for their mortgage business, both when purchasing a home and in situations when our low rates provide them the opportunity to refinance and improve their financial position,” said Steven Plaisance, president and chief executive officer of Arvest’s mortgage division. “The majority of loans we are issuing are purchase-money loans, which is a healthy sign for our markets, and rates are still very good.”

Arvest reached the $1 billion mark almost a month sooner than it did last year. As of July 24, Arvest had closed a total of 5,696 loans with a total loan value of $1,004,913,837. In 2016, the bank reached the $1 billion mark on Aug. 19.

“The housing market is very robust, with record home sales in some areas and certainly competitive lending rates,” said Plaisance. “Consumer confidence has been strong and that’s certainly reflected in the mortgage industry.”

This is the fourth consecutive year in which purchase-money loans account for more of Arvest’s total mortgage loan volume than refinances. Through July 24, purchase-money loans accounted for 64 percent of the company’s total loan volume. That’s up from 58 percent in 2016. 

“The continued year-over-year increase in purchase-money activity in our markets is yet another strong indicator of the health of those local economies,” Plaisance said.

Through July 24 of this year, Arvest made 3,687 purchase-money loans with a volume of $645,467,279. That’s up from 3,390 loans and $555,367,905 in volume compared to year-to-date totals on July 24, 2016.

Arvest’s overall volume of $1,004,913,837 – on 5,696 loans as of July 24, 2017 – is up from $860,630,640 on 5,360 loans as of July 24, 2016. That’s a 16.8 percent increase compared to the same time last year.

The average loan size at Arvest as of July 24 for this year also increased, compared to the same period last year, from $160,565 to $176,424, reflecting improving values in the real estate market.

Arvest is unique among most local lenders in that it services 99 percent of its mortgage loans, meaning that customers make their payments to Arvest and work directly with Arvest for any needs after their loan closes.

Tags: Arkansas, Kansas, Lending and Financing, Missouri, Mortgage, Oklahoma, Press Release
 

Kristin Patterson Inspires Campers – People Helping People Series

Friday, July 14 at 07:15 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

“My motivation is simple. It’s those kids and those smiles,” Kristin Patterson said.

As co-director of Camp Quality Ozarks, Kristin has one purpose: to let kids be kids, even when they have cancer.

“When you undergo cancer as a child, you grow up very fast. You are entered into the adult world whether you want to or not,” Kristin said. “You lose your hair, you may have scars, but here it doesn’t matter, you’re just a kid. You’re just like the others.”

And just like any kid, those who come to Camp Quality Ozarks want to spend their week having typical summer fun.

“We play basketball, soccer, we have fishing, swimming, yoga, CrossFit, and also a really awesome bike park that they get to play on,” Kristin said.

Bethany is one of the campers that knows Kristin. “Camp Quality is a lot like a home away from home. It really helps you to be like your inner self,” Bethany said. “So people aren’t judging you for what you do or who you’re acting like or whatever.”

Tabitha is another teen participating in Camp Quality. “It’s inspired me to be more of myself and get to know others a lot more. And not let what I’m scared of get in the way of what I know I should and can do,” Tabitha said. 

As a child, Kristin experienced the difficulties of cancer and understands what these kids are going through.

“This is my 20th year here at Camp Quality. Eight of those years was as a camper. I was diagnosed with AML leukemia at the age of 10, and went through treatment,” Kristin said. “My sister gave me a bone marrow transplant and I’m very blessed to still be here today.”

Tabitha said she’s able to relate to Kristin more because of their similar experiences. “After going through the same things, it’s a lot easier to bond with her.”

“Kristen is like the big sister I’ve never had,” Tabitha said. 

According to Bethany, she knows she can rely on Kristin for help. “If you just need … somebody to have a shoulder to cry on, she’s there,” Bethany said. “She might start crying with you, but she’ll definitely help with whatever you’re going through.”

It can be a challenging job, but it’s always rewarding, according to Kristin.

“It’s knowing that they’re getting to come here and enjoy themselves. Knowing that they’re making friendships that they can carry on. And also that they’re making friendships [with others who] they have something in common with and they’re able to talk to each other about it.”

“But to see those smiles and to see them playing and having fun is the biggest blessing that I could ever have,” Kristin said. 

Watch* Kristin in action. 

Kristin’s story is part of Arvest Bank’s People Helping People series featuring citizens giving back to their community. 

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: Arkansas, Associates, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, People Helping People
 

Bryan Promoted in Fort Smith Market

Wednesday, July 12 at 05:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Ian Bryan has been promoted to business development officer in the Fort Smith, Ark. market.

Bryan, who most recently worked as an administrative assistant, primarily will serve the Russellville, Clarksville and Paris areas. He will office at the downtown Russellville branch. Bryan will work with both individual customers and small businesses to identify bank products and services that will meet their unique needs.

“We couldn’t be more excited to see Ian moving into his new role,” said Shawn Bates, Arvest’s community president for the River Valley region. “His energy and enthusiasm, along with his knowledge of ways we can help both individual consumers and small businesses alike, should be a great benefit to our customers.”

Bryan earned a bachelor’s degree in business management/administration from University of the Ozarks, where he also played baseball. In addition to being a 2017 Leadership Russellville graduate, Bryan is a member of the River Valley United Way Board of Directors, University of the Ozarks Alumni Association Board of Directors, University of the Ozarks Hall of Fame Committee and New Life Church Russellville production team

He and his wife, Lauren, live in Russellville.

 

Tags: Arkansas, Associates, Fort Smith
 

Tron Peterson Cares for Veterans – People Helping People Series

Friday, June 30 at 02:15 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

“There is no greater joy than seeing hope restored in a veteran’s life,” said Tron Peterson, who has spent the past decade helping veterans adjust to life after the military.

“I really started seeing the veterans coming back injured, maybe with PTSD, and just ready to give up a lot of times,” Tron said. 

“They would go over there so many times, confident, and they would come back and, for a lot of them, it was hard to cope with society. And so I thought, what can I do as an individual?”

That’s why he created Peterson Outdoors Ministries*. His organization provides recreational therapy for injured veterans, with the goal of helping them redefine their purpose in life.

“I really felt that it was put on my heart to have a place that would facilitate those with severe disabilities where they could stay on the property as a family,” Tron said. The organization takes injured veterans outdoors for a range of activities, including fishing and shooting clay pigeons.

“Just to see them interacting again and seeing that joy on their face makes it all worthwhile, he said.

Michael Zittle, a veteran of the Army, has participant in the program. “I was injured twice in service. Once in September 2010 and then again in February 2011. Later that year, I was medically retired from the Army,” Michael said. 

“[Peterson Outdoors Ministries] has a lot of adaptive equipment to help veterans or somebody with a disability to get out in the woods again and that brought a smile on my face,” Michael said. 

Adam Bracken is a volunteer with the organization. “You can see the impact. You can see tangible results. It’s not mailing a check somewhere,” Adam said. “It’s not putting a bumper sticker on your car that says, ‘Support our Troops.’ It’s meeting people who need help and providing them with the help they need.” 

According to Tron, veterans finding hope encourages him to continue his work. “You know there’s so much bad news in the country right now, but whenever you can see a life changed, you see a veteran and his family find hope again, that’s what’s exciting to me, that keeps me going,” he said.

WatchTron in action.

Tron’s story is part of Arvest Bank’s People Helping People series featuring citizens giving back to their community. 

Keep an eye on our social media channels for videos highlighting the good works of dedicated citizens in the communities Arvest Bank serves.

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: Arkansas, Associates, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, People Helping People
 

Closed Independence Day

Friday, June 30 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Please be aware that Arvest branches and customer service will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in observance of Independence Day. We celebrate the birth of American independence and honor the service men and women and veterans who fight to preserve our freedoms. 

We look forward to serving you during our normal business hours on Monday, July 3 and resuming on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. We wish you a safe and happy Independence Day!

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