Louise Allison Lights New Paths for Survivors - People Helping People Series

Friday, November 24 at 02:00 PM
Category: People Helping People

Nov. 24, 2017 – It would have been understandable if Louise Allison was satisfied with surviving and overcoming a period of time most can’t fathom.

“I'm a survivor of sexual assault and sex trafficking,” Allison said. “It happened to me when I was a kid. I was on the streets for about two years in the sex industry.”

More than two decades after being rescued from that horror – and some would say miraculously rebuilding her life – Allison came to a realization she couldn’t shake.

“I think I hid from that darkness and hid from that secret for years, and as an adult when I began to recognize or come to grips with the things that had happened to me when I was younger,” Allison said, “I also realized I was not the only one out there. It's still going on… There's a lot of people that need help.”

That’s how Allison came to leave a career in nursing administration to form Partners Against Trafficking Humans* (PATH).

“We are no longer victims of sexual assault. We are no longer victims of sex trafficking,” Allison said. “We are survivors."

“And that surviving helps another girl realize that you can get past this and you, too, can become a survivor.”

Allison is the 26th person to be featured in Arvest Bank’s People Helping People video series. The series is designed to celebrate individuals in the communities Arvest serves who are uniquely making a difference. The idea came from the bank’s mission statement: “People helping people find financial solutions for life.”

The MarCom Award-winning videos are available via Arvest’s social media channels – YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and the Arvest Blog – and the bank will make related posts each time a new story appears. Additionally, Arvest social media followers can help spread the word about these inspiring community members by sharing, liking and retweeting the videos. Allison’s video will launch on Nov. 24.

Part of PATH’s mission is to advocate on behalf of those victimized by sex-trafficking and provide them trauma-focused restorative care. Allison’s video gives a glimpse of not just how she has impacted many survivors, but how some of those survivors have been inspired to help others as well. Those who want to learn more are encouraged to visit pathsaves.org.

About Arvest Bank
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.

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Tags: Arkansas, Community Support, Little Rock, People Helping People
 

Engineer Develops 'Extraordinary' Possibilities - People Helping People Series

Friday, November 10 at 03:00 PM
Category: People Helping People

Nov. 07, 2017 – Tom Jakobs’ professional aspiration is as daunting as it is admirable.

“I specialize in helping people with very severe disabilities to live more independently and to pursue their life goals,” said Jakobs, founder of the nonprofit corporation, Be Extraordinary* (Be-X).

It’s a pursuit easier said than done, but Be-X’s track record speaks for itself. According to the organization’s website – be-x.org – it has an 84% success rate in terms of promoting its clients’ quality of life through the effective use of technology. A bioengineer, Jakobs said that kind of success is determined on a case-by-case basis. “Sometimes success is just having a little more ability that what you had before,“ he said.

Jakobs is the 25th person to be featured in Arvest Bank’s People Helping People video series. The series is designed to celebrate individuals in the communities Arvest serves who are uniquely making a difference.

In the case of Shawn Egan, Jakobs’ – and Be-X’s – charge was to give him the capability to use a phone. Egan suffered a spinal cord injury while cutting a tree that left him paralyzed. Through years of patience that included securing grant money in addition to numerous technical trials and errors, Be-X finally was able to find a solution that allows Egan to independently place and receive calls, as well as text.

The result is that he can help with his family’s rental business, and he also serves on a couple of local boards of directors. Having that capability is beyond what Egan set as a goal for himself after his injury. “When I got hurt back in 2011, that was my big goal then – and that’s still my goal – is to get my kids out of school,” Egan said. “Just be here long enough to see they get graduated, they become adults, and they move into the life that they want.” Even so, thanks to the efforts of Be-X, Egan is able to work from home and help his children with their homework, things that didn’t seem possible at different times after his injury. In his words, that allows Egan “to contribute to society.” And that’s a big win for all involved.

About Arvest Bank

Arvest Bank 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

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

  Housing Lender and Member FDIC.

Tags: Arkansas, Community Support, Fort Smith, People Helping People
 

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
 

Bear State Bank to be Acquired by Arvest Bank

Tuesday, August 22 at 02:30 PM
Category: Arvest News

Bear State Bank and Arvest Bank have exciting news to share today. An agreement has been signed where Arvest will acquire Bear State and come together as one customer-focused bank. The acquisition of Bear State Bank meets two strategic goals for Arvest – entry into attractive new markets for the bank, and an expansion of customer base and branches in existing Arvest markets. We’re excited to welcome Bear State Bank customers and associates to Arvest and look forward to working together in the future.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Aug. 22, 2017) – Arvest Bank (“Arvest”) announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Bear State Financial, Inc. (“Bear State”) (NASDAQ:BSF), the parent company of Bear State Bank. The acquisition, expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2017 or first quarter of 2018 pending customary regulatory approvals and subject to approval by Bear State shareholders, is an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $391 million.

Bear State Bank operates 42 branches and three personalized technology centers in Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, while Arvest operates more than 250 branches in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. As of June 30, 2017, Bear State had total assets of $2.24 billion and total deposits of $1.7 billion in 34 communities. As of June 30, 2017, Arvest had total assets of $17.30 billion and total deposits of $14.98 billion in 120 communities.

“This is a strategic move for us and one made after much careful consideration,” Arvest president and CEO Kevin Sabin said. “In addition to giving us the opportunity to expand into some new communities, this deal also allows us to strengthen our presence in some existing markets.

“Because Bear State is such a solid company with dedicated employees – and because both banks are so committed to their communities – we believe this will be a great fit. From outstanding products and services to superior customer service, Arvest shares a lot of similarities to Bear State and we look forward to serving all of our customers – old and new – with the same courtesy, competency and care as we always have.”

Of the 34 communities where Bear State operates, 18 are markets where Arvest has banking operations while 16 markets will be new communities for Arvest – most notably communities in northeast Arkansas, southwest Arkansas, southern Missouri and southeast Oklahoma. Arvest Bank and Bear State customers will not notice any immediate changes, and both banks will continue to conduct business as usual. A full conversion of systems and accounts will occur in 2018, and Arvest Bank will be communicating with Bear State customers over the next several months regarding their transition to Arvest Bank.

Additionally, all those employed by Bear State on the date of contract closing will become employees of Arvest Bank.

New communities Arvest looks forward to serving in Arkansas are: Ashdown, De Queen, Dierks, Glenwood, Jonesboro, Manila, Monette, Mount Ida, Nashville and Waldron. Arvest will enter the communities of Golden City, Kimberling City, Lamar and Marshfield in Missouri, and Broken Bow and Idabel in Oklahoma. 

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 markets, each with its own local 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.

About Bear State Financial

Bear State common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol “BSF.”  For more information on Bear State, please visit www.bearstatefinancial.com.  Its principal subsidiary, Bear State Bank, is a community oriented financial institution providing a broad line of financial products to individuals and business customers. Bear State Bank operates 42 branches, three personalized technology centers equipped with interactive teller machines and three loan production offices throughout Arkansas, Southwest Missouri and Southeast Oklahoma.

 
Tags: Arkansas, Associates, Community Support, Locations, Missouri, Oklahoma
 

Congratulations Barbara Christ of Greater Kansas City

Friday, August 04 at 12:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest in Greater Kansas City has yet another reason to be proud of their associates. The local sales manager, Barbara Christ, was named one of the NextGen Leaders by the Kansas City Business Journal.

The goal of the NextGen Leaders program is to pinpoint those in the Kansas City business and civic community who are beginning to wield their influence through leadership at their companies, on nonprofit boards or through other community involvement. The Kansas City Business Journal helps connect them with each other, current leaders in Kansas City and KCBJ readers.

Barbara has dedicated over 20 years to Arvest Bank and the financial industry (#BankOnHer). She is responsible for the delivery of retail and small business banking throughout the Kansas City region.

Barbara received a bachelor’s degree in education from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla. Before relocating to Kansas City in 2010, Barbara served as the program manager and curriculum developer for the Arvest training education and development department.

Barbara is very active in community organizations, holding a board position with Junior Achievement and volunteering her time with urban core outreach programs. She enjoys spending time with her family and trying to keep up with her two active teenage boys.
 
Congratulations, Barbara!
 
Tags: Associates, Community Support, Kansas City

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