Arvest Equipment Finance Announces Staff Addition

Friday, November 08 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Jim Bates. Bates will serve as manager of credit administration for Arvest Equipment Finance (AEF), a division of the bank, and be based in Fort Smith, Ark.

AEF division president Eric Bunnell said the addition of Bates is a result of continued growth and expansion within its vendor program.

“Jim’s duties as manager of credit administration will include enhancing AEF’s credit-scoring models and underwriting procedures to position us to triple our portfolio in the next three to five years, as well as establishing a buy/sell syndication group,” Bunnell said.

Bates most recently worked for CHG-MERIDIAN and Hancock Whitney Equipment Finance, and has formed and led credit and operations groups for multiple equipment finance companies throughout his 30-year career in the industry. Bates earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance at Western Illinois University.

“I am very excited to be able to add Jim to our team,” Bunnell said. “His knowledge and experience will play an important role as we continue to grow and keep credit quality top of mind. Jim will also manage the credit analyst team, which will benefit by learning from his 30 years of experience in this industry."

AEF is headquartered in Fort Smith, Ark., and does business throughout Arvest’s four-state footprint. It has additional locations in Little Rock, Ark., Kansas City, Mo., and Tulsa, Okla.


Tags: Arvest, Arvest Equipment Finance

Russellville Associates Give Back to Area State Troopers

Friday, November 08 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Russellville, Ark. associates recently had the opportunity to support their local state troopers for the sixth year in a row during the fourth-quarter shooter training. This is a great opportunity to give back to those who serve on the force and also to show our appreciation for their service face to face.

Thank you to the Arkansas state troopers stationed near Russellville for your continued effort to keep us safe!

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McCurtain County Historical Society Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Wednesday, November 06 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Residents in the McCurtain County, Okla., area will be able to continue to enjoy a historical landmark thanks to a $3,500 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced recently at the McCurtain County Historical Society open house in Idabel.  Shawn Campbell of Arvest Bank was on hand to present the check.

The McCurtain County Historical Society will use the funds to replace a significant Oklahoma historical marker located near Idabel. The original Shawneetown marker was previously located along a local highway near Idabel until it was demolished in an accident several years ago.

“Thank you to the Arvest Foundation for their contribution of $3,500 to the McCurtain County Historical Society,” said Nelda Shaw, McCurtain County Historical Society director. “The foundation’s support will help to preserve and maintain the historic pillars of McCurtain County.”

“We are happy to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support the McCurtain County Historical Society,” Campbell said. “This donation is just one of many we have made throughout the area. It demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to history and McCurtain County’s heritage.”

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Van Buren Hope Academy Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Wednesday, November 06 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Children in the Van Buren area will benefit from a $3,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced recently at the Hope Academy of Van Buren. Kenzie White, Ben Boerjan, Daniel Skipper and Chris Barnes of Arvest Bank were on hand to present the check.

With the donation, the academy will be able to stock the clothes closet with more clothes and toiletries. Also, Hope Academy will be able to purchase new furniture for its on-site recreational room.

“The funds given by organizations like the Arvest Foundation in the community allow me to share hope and bless children,” said Karen Beckner, director of Hope Academy of Van Buren. “We have been able to provide backpacks, jackets, garments, and other items to those in need thanks to the foundation’s support.” 

“It’s such privilege to be able to contribute to such a wonderful organization that dedicates its time and resources to helping others,” White said.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Fort Smith

Arvest Bank Names Heck Executive Director of Consumer Lending

Tuesday, November 05 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Doug Heck has been named executive director of its consumer lending division.

Heck, who has more than 23 years of industry experience, has served in a variety of roles during his 13 years at Arvest. In his new role as executive director of the bank’s consumer lending division, Heck will oversee consumer loan underwriting and processing, product management, and systems/technology management.

Specifically, Heck will look for ways to create products, improve efficiencies, and enhance technologies that make it easier for Arvest to meet ever-evolving customer borrowing expectations as they pertain to consumer lending.

“Doug possesses strong strategic planning and management skills,” Arvest regional executive for enhanced banking services Matt Machen said. “Those factors, coupled with his approach to everyday relationship management, make him uniquely qualified to lead our consumer lending division. He also understands the critical role consumer loans play in the lives of customers in all of the communities we serve.”

Heck earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing from Eastern New Mexico University. Additionally, he completed the Sam Walton Institute for Leadership program and graduated with honors from the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado.

Among other civic endeavors, Heck has served as chairman of the board for High Aspirations, a member of the Kansas Bankers Association state affairs committee, den leader for Boy Scouts of America and coach for various youth sports teams.


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