Summer Getaways

Monday, June 03 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

The summer sun is hot, evenings are long, pool parties fill the calendar and you may be anxious for a getaway. Whether you want to explore locally or venture out-of-state, hit the road to visit these landmarks near you.


Take a drive down Historic Route 66*. Oklahoma boasts a large section of the highway, which offers a variety of interesting attractions. Grab a soda at POPS*, pose for a photo at the Blue Whale* or order a hamburger at Waylan’s Ku-Ku Burger*. When it is time to fill up your car, pay with your Arvest Personal Credit Card to earn 5X Rewards1 on gas purchases. Be sure to activate your rewards and start earning now, because bonus points are only available from the time you activate until July 31.

Go for a swim at Turner Falls Park* in Davis. The park’s main attraction is its 77-foot waterfall, which flows into an area for swimming. Reserve a campsite and spend the weekend hiking trails and exploring everything the park has to offer.

Reflect on the history of a city when you visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum* in Oklahoma City. The memorial commemorates the victims and survivors of the 1995 Murrah Building bombing. Today, the location features an indoor interactive museum as well as an outdoor memorial, which stands on the grounds of the original structure.


Spend the afternoon wandering the halls and outdoor trails of Crystal Bridges* Museum of American Art, in Bentonville. The museum is free to the public and hosts events* throughout the year for visitors of various ages. 

Relax and refresh at the historic bathhouses* in Hot Springs. Many believe the natural hot springs have healing properties and minerals. Not interested in a spa day? Consider exploring other unique attractions including antique shops, museums and art galleries.

Enjoy the scenic views of Mount Magazine* State Park in Logan County. The park is made famous as Arkansas’ highest point and offers accommodations*, hiking trails*, picnic areas, unique events* and many more exciting activities*.


Venture underground at the Fantastic Caverns* in Springfield. You do not have to be adventurous to explore the beauty of the mile-long route — visitors ride in trams for the entirety of the tour. This is a great retreat from the high summer temperatures, with cavern temperatures hovering around 60 degrees Fahrenheit year-round.

Step back in history at the National WWI Museum and Memorial* in Kansas City. The museum offers events throughout the year highlighting different exhibitions and learning opportunities for the community, which can be easily found on its calendar*.

Take a stroll at Jacob L. Loose Park* in Kansas City. The property, donated by Ella Loose in honor of her husband, was the site of the Battle of Westport during the Civil War. Pack a picnic lunch and spend the afternoon enjoying the Rose Garden* and water features.

Do not forget to pay with your Arvest Personal Credit Card when you stop to fill up your car. Activate to earn 5X1 rewards points when you use your card at the pump. 


Venture out to the Ernie Miller Park and Nature Center* in Olathe. Revel in the peaceful sounds of nature as you hike the three miles of trails and explore the nature center. Slow down and enjoy the park’s amenities, which are free to the public.

If you are up for a bit of a longer road trip, consider visiting Strataca* – an underground salt museum in Hutchinson. Visitors can ride a shaft 650 feet underground into the salt mine itself. You will learn all about salt mining and experience a glimpse of what it was like in the early days.

Learn something new at the Spencer Museum of Art* at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. The museum houses more than 45,000 objects and a variety of exhibitions for visitors to enjoy. Before you visit, be sure to check out which current exhibitions* are on display.

*Link is a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

1Activate to earn 5X Arvest Flex Rewards points on up to $5,000 in eligible purchases made on your Arvest Personal Credit Card between June 01, 2019 and July 31, 2019. The bonus offer must be activated online by clicking the activation button in your Rewards Account or by calling the rewards phone line at (800) 356-8085 and following the prompts. Bonus points will only be awarded on eligible purchases from the time your bonus is activated until July 31, 2019. Merchants are assigned a merchant category code (MCC) based upon the merchant's primary line of business. Purchases eligible for 5X rewards points are identified using the merchant's MCC code. Purchases made at merchants whose MCC is classified as the following will receive 5X rewards points: service stations, automated fuel and warehouse club gas. Arvest has no control over how retailers assign Visa codes to classify their business; if retailers do not process transactions using Visa category codes applicable to this bonus offer, you will not earn bonus points on those purchases. Arvest reserves the right to decide which purchases qualify for bonus points. Purchases can be made by the primary cardholder or any additional cardholders on a single Card Account. Eligible purchases do NOT include fees or interest charges, balance transfers, cash advances, convenience check transactions, purchases of traveler’s checks, purchases or reloading of prepaid cards or purchases of other cash equivalents. Bonus points will be applied to your account within three billing cycles after your qualifying purchase. To be eligible for the bonus offer, the Card Account must be open and not in default as of the date the bonus points are applied. For complete details, ask an Arvest associate or go to

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Arvest Bank Names Cheah Senior Vice President

Monday, June 03 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce that Arvest Wealth Management senior client advisor Kim Cheah has been promoted to senior vice president for the Fayetteville market.

Cheah, who has 21 years of industry experience, including more than 15 at Arvest, specializes in comprehensive financial planning, retirement planning, asset allocation analysis, and insurance product analysis. She works at Fayetteville’s branch on Township Street.

A Certified Financial Planner®, Cheah has worked in the financial services industry since 1998 and started with Arvest in 2004. She earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in business administration at Wichita State University.

“Kim’s experience and expertise is invaluable not just to the bank and our wealth management team, but more importantly, to our clients,” said Steve Burkhead, Arvest Wealth Management regional manager and senior vice president for Arvest Bank. “Not only is she a tireless advocate for her clients in helping them realize their financial goals, but she also is a trusted mentor within our organization.”

Cheah and her husband have two sons and live in Fayetteville. Cheah volunteers as a Zumba instructor in Springdale and Rogers – and also does Zumba events to help nonprofits with fundraising efforts – among other civic endeavors.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Fayetteville

Arvest Bank Announces Boyd Hire

Friday, May 31 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Emily Boyd.

Boyd, who has more than 13 years of industry experience, will serve as an Arvest Private Banking advisor. In that role, she will analyze and develop wealth management strategies for private banking clients to help them reach their financial goals, among other duties.

“Emily’s experience and expertise are a great addition to our team here in Fayetteville, and we couldn’t be happier about having her back where she started her career,” said Xochitl Baxter, senior vice president and Arvest Private Banking manager. “She will be a valuable asset not just for the bank, but more importantly, our clients.”

Boyd serves on the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks as a board member and part of the finance committee, and is a committee member for Washington County Teen Leadership, among other civic endeavors. She lives in Fayetteville.


Tags: Arvest, Fayetteville

Helping Our Kids Foundation Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Thursday, May 30 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Children in Logan County, Ark., will receive help thanks to a $4,500 donation from the Arvest Foundation to the Helping Our Kids Foundation in Scranton.

The gift was announced today at the American Legion Building in Scranton. Tami Moffet, assistant branch manager of Arvest Bank was on hand to present the check.

The funds will help the Helping Our Kids Foundation to provide basic needs, such as food and clothes, to children in the Scranton school district.

“Thank you so much for your grant of $4,500,” said Helping Our Kids consultant Lillie Brewster. “This will help feed lots of hungry students. We partner with the school to provide food for the school backpack program. We have 43 elementary students on the backpack program and two volunteers who pack and distribute the backpacks each Friday so the students don’t go hungry over the weekend. Our main goal is to ensure that students have food over the weekend and warm clothing, shoes, coats, etc. in the wintertime.”

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support the Helping Our Kids Foundation team, which has dedicated it's time to providing and improving the lives of our students in the Scranton area,” Moffet said. “I personally have seen the generosity of this foundation and have been deeply moved by the areas they have been able to help the children.”

Tags: Arvest, Fort Smith

Arvest Bank Hires Simmons for Treasury Management Role

Wednesday, May 29 at 07:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Julie Simmons as senior vice president and regional sales manager for its Treasury Management division.

As such, Simmons will work with Arvest banks in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. She is responsible for managing, supporting and growing the sales of treasury management products. Simmons has more than 23 years of industry experience.

“Her track record speaks for itself, and her expertise will benefit not just Arvest, but more importantly, our clients,” said Carolyn Kennedy, senior vice president and executive director of Arvest Treasury Management. “We are delighted to add Julie to our team and know she will be an invaluable asset as we continue to transform the way we bring great advice via our products and services to our clients and business owners in the trade territories we serve.”

Simmons earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Northeastern State University. Among other civic endeavors, she served as an ambassador and social chair for the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce, and is a Leadership Broken Arrow graduate. Simmons has previously been an active member of the American Red Cross and United Way, among other organizations.

Tags: Arvest, Treasury Management

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