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 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
 

Arvest Bank Names Andres Loan Manager

Wednesday, October 23 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News


Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Trace Andres, NMLS# 564215, has been named loan manager in Fort Smith.

Andres, who has 19 years of industry experience, previously served as commercial loan manager. In his new role, Andres will provide leadership and day-to-day overall direction and administration of lending in the Fort Smith market, He will be based out of the Arvest location at 5000 Rogers Ave.

”Trace is an excellent business developer who values customer relationships,” said Roger Holroyd, president and CEO for Arvest in Fort Smith and the River Valley. “We are fortunate to have Trace in position to assume this key leadership position."

Andres earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas, and also is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University and the Commercial Lending School at Southern Methodist University.

A Leadership Fort smith alumni, Andres lives in Fort Smith, where he serves as treasurer for the Fort Smith Southside Rotary Club, among other civic endeavors.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Fort Smith
 

Arvest Bank Announces Roper Hiring

Monday, September 09 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News


Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Tammy Roper as a community development representative in Fort Smith.

Roper joins Arvest after five years at the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services and five years at the Crawford County Juvenile Office. Among other duties in those roles, Roper provided customer service to dislocated workers, assessed clients’ financial needs, and worked with families to mentor at-risk youth.

In her new role at Arvest, Roper will help develop and maintain strong relationships with community groups and entities focused on affordable housing, organizations that target low- to moderate-income (LMI) communities, and organizations that facilitate and encourage small business, among other responsibilities. She will be based out of the Arvest branch located at 5000 Rogers Ave.

“I am so excited to have Tammy join our Arvest team, said Beth Presley, marketing manager for Arvest in Fort Smith and the River Valley. “With her community knowledge and willingness to help people, I am confident we will accomplish our goals of helping our customers and community to meet their financial goals.”

Roper earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology at the University of Central Oklahoma, where she also played basketball. She lives in Fort Smith with her husband and two daughters, and the family attends House of Restoration Church. Among other civic endeavors, Roper volunteers for Girls Inc., Comprehensive Juvenile Services Inc., and has coached various girls basketball teams.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Fort Smith
 

Restore Hope to Receive Arvest Foundation Grant

Wednesday, August 07 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Struggling families in the River Valley will be given holistic services to help stabilize their families thanks to a $15,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was presented recently at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith. Roger Holroyd, president and CEO for Arvest in Fort Smith and the River Valley, and sales manager Mike Jacimore were on hand to present the check to Restore Hope executive director Paul Chapman.

Restore Hope’s 100 Families Initiative takes a preventative approach to the child welfare crisis in the River Valley. Although there have been significant reductions in the number of children in care over the past three years, Sebastian County still has the highest number of children in foster care in the state. The 100 Families Initiative:

  • Provides assessment at any entry point into the program through a collaborative case management system. There are over 30 partner organizations who are working together to help these struggling families;
     
  • The partners set up “care teams” to help families stabilize in the areas of employment, education, food, housing, transportation, mental health and recovery;
     
  • Offers parents hope for a better future through connection to workforce training programs that will help them provide for their family for years to come. 

“The 100 Families initiative was created by the community, for the community,” Chapman said. “This unique collaborative will help 100 of our families move from crisis to career. We thank the people of the Arvest Foundation for their long commitment to making Arkansas a great place to live and for its partnership in this effort.”

The Arvest Foundation donation allows Restore Hope to offer holistic assistance in areas of need like transportation to employment and affordable housing so that families can be strengthened and preserved, reducing the number of children who are in foster care. 

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation in support of Restore Hope’s efforts assisting children in foster care in the Fort Smith area, and Restore Hope’s 100 Families initiative, which strives to help acclimate individuals re-entering society,” Jacimore said. “We are fortunate the foundation supports the needs of our local area and continually demonstrates an ongoing commitment to provide financial assistance to other non-profit organizations as well.”

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Fort Smith

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