Russellville Fire Department Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Thursday, October 18 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The Russellville Fire Department will be able to purchase the initial equipment that is needed for the Russellville Junior Firefighter Challenge thanks to a $5,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced today at the Russellville Fire Department Central Station. Shawn Bates, community bank president of Arvest Bank was on hand to present the check to Chief T. Kirk Slone of the Russellville Fire Department.

“We want to thank the Arvest Foundation for this gracious donation,” Slone said. “Their commitment to enhancing the quality of life in our community will help make the Russellville Junior Firefighter Challenge a reality.”

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support the Russellville Fire Department, which has dedicated its time to implement the Russellville Junior Firefighter Challenge to inspire our youth.” Bates said. “This donation demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing support to our local first responders and to enhance the quality of life in Russellville.” 

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest

Arvest Bank Announces Sears Hiring

Wednesday, October 17 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Earl Sears as a business development officer.

Sears, who will be based out of the Arvest location at 100 SE Frank Phillips Blvd., also will lead the bank’s weekly and well-known Friday Financial Forum. The event features guest speakers and economic updates.

“We are very pleased to have Earl joining us,” said Kyle Hubbard, president for Arvest in Bartlesville. “The Friday Financial Forum will be in good hands with him leading the weekly event.”

Sears joins Arvest after 32 years as an educator at Central Middle School, including 24 as an administrator. He also has served as a state representative for the last 12 years. Sears received a bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Northeastern State University.

Currently a board member for both the Bartlesville Regional United Way and Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation, Sears also is a member of Bartlesville Daybreak Rotary and the Bartlesville Sportsmen’s Club. He served on city council from 1999-2004.

Sears lives in Bartlesville with his wife, Jane. They have two adult children and three grandchildren.

Tags: Arvest

Arvest Bank Promotes DeBoer to Commercial Loan Manager

Monday, October 15 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank has promoted Scott DeBoer to commercial loan manager. In this role, DeBoer will develop and manage the bank’s commercial loan portfolio in southwest Arkansas. He previously was a senior vice president of commercial lending for Arvest in the bank’s Hot Springs market. 

DeBoer has 18 years of banking experience, during which he has worked as a private banking officer and a commercial credit officer in addition to his role with Arvest. 

He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and real estate from DePaul University in Chicago and is a certified management accountant. 

DeBoer is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants, the Risk Management Association and the Arkansas Bankers Association. He also is a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Saline County.

Tags: Associates, Little Rock

Arvest Bank Promotes Lusk in Russellville

Friday, October 12 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Brianna Lusk has been promoted to assistant branch manager in Russellville.

Lush has worked at Arvest for two years, most recently serving as a senior teller. In her new role, Lusk’s responsibilities include sales efforts, customer service, branch operations and security. She will work at the Arvest branch located at 819 S. Arkansas Ave.

“With Brianna’s leadership, drive and work ethic, I have no doubt she’ll be successful in this role,” Arvest branch sales manager Sherry Wooten said. 

Lusk is a graduate of both National Park College and the University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute. She lives in Russellville with her husband, Seth, and is the pianist at Charity Baptist Church.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest

McKinney Charitable Trust Awards More than $150,000

Thursday, October 11 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

The Carl and Alleen McKinney Charitable Trust, which has been managed by Arvest Bank since 1997, awarded more than $150,000 to a total of 19 organizations, it was announced recently. In accordance with the terms of the trust, awards were made for the benefit of the youth, the poor and the disadvantaged in the Bentonville, Arkansas area.

Arvest Bank trust officer Lloyd Franques administers the trust, which has distributed more than $3 million to local charities in 20-plus years. This year’s board of directors – consisting of Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce Graham Cobb, local attorney Blaine Jackson and Arvest executive vice president and regional trust manager Tabi Lipscomb – awarded a total of $156,381 to these applicants for the following benefit:

  • Adult Development Center of Benton County DBA Open Avenues – update its telephone system
  • Arkansas Children’s Foundation – purchase a ventilator
  • Boys & Girls Club of Benton County – give scholarships for low-income youth to attend its after-school program
  • Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County – purchase a visitor management software system to provide instant background checks of visitors, and a portable iRecord system for forensic interviews
  • Circle of Life Hospice – purchase a Hill-Rom bed for patient care at Legacy Village in Bentonville
  • Dress for Success – use for a career center expansion and participant materials
  • Helen Walton Children’s Enrichment Center – purchase food preparation equipment
  • Hope Cancer Resources – provide financial assistance for cancer patients
  • Lifeline of NWA – provide equipment and monitoring for personal emergency response for elderly clients
  • Mercy Health Foundation Northwest Arkansas – purchase infant scales for its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter – provide facility updates and improvements in order to provide a safe, nurturing and secure setting for teen girls who have suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect
  • Northwest Arkansas Community College Foundation-Brightwater – fund its food recovery program
  • Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter – create interactive and engaging indoor spaces for children and youth
  • NWA Food Bank – fund its senior mobile pantry program
  • Rogers Public Education Foundation – provide teachers with educational grants
  • Samaritan House Community Center – purchase snack packs for Bentonville children at risk for hunger on the weekends and school breaks
  • Second Street Pantry Mission Inc. – fund snack pack programs for challenged students at Washington and Lincoln Junior High Schools, and personal care packets for clients
  • Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Benton County Inc. – fund general scholarshipsSunshine School and Development Center – support the transportation department so that children with disabilities may attend its therapeutic preschool center



Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Arvest Benton County, Bentonville

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