Springdale Coach Goes the Distance to Volunteer

Friday, September 22 at 07:15 AM
Category: Arvest Community News
Steve Ebert wasn’t interested in becoming a coach as much as he was interested in spending some quality time with his daughter.
 
Ebert’s daughter was entering seventh grade at the time, and asked her father to start running with her because she wanted to join her junior high school’s cross country team. The two “did a lot of miles together,” Ebert said, and he felt good about helping her get an edge on her classmates when they showed up for the first day of practice.
 
When Ebert saw that his daughter was one of more than 100 kids at that first practice, however, he thought the team’s one coach might need some help. Fast-forward six years, and both the coach and Ebert’s daughter have moved on from Springdale Central’s cross country team.
 
Ebert, though, can still be found at practice – Monday-Friday at 6:45 a.m. – working as a volunteer coach.
 
“He loves the kids, he loves being out here, and… it was never about him, it’s always been about the kids and making kids having the joy of running,” said Chelsea Perry, the team’s current coach.
 

Ebert is the 22nd 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 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. Ebert’s video will launch on Sept. 22.
 
“Hopefully if I can impact one person a year, then it's all worth it,” Ebert said. “So I continue to do that just because it's rewarding, but also… it’s a need (that) somebody needs to fill.”
 
Ebert’s impact has been felt by far more than one person a year. Perry and teachers at Central have noticed improvement in Ebert’s student-athletes’ drive and effort both on the cross country course and in the classroom.
 
So, even though both of his children have now progressed through the program, Ebert still spends all those early mornings – and countless other hours – helping the team members reach their full potential. Natalie Watkins was a member of Ebert’s first team.
 
“I don't think without Steve’s help I would be a good runner or kind of be the person that I am,” she said. “I know it sounds kind of cheesy, but I don't think I would have kept motivating myself to get better if I didn't have his encouragement all those years.”
 
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 Housing Lender and Member FDIC.
 
Tags: People Helping People
 

Wallace Named Marketing Specialist for Arvest Benton County

Thursday, September 21 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Arvest Bank is pleased to announce MacKenzie Wallace has been hired as a marketing specialist in Benton County.
 
Wallace has been at Arvest since August 2014, and most recently worked as an Arvest Private Banking specialist in Bentonville. In her new role, Wallace will provide assistance to Arvest Benton County’s efforts related to merchandising, promotions, advertising and events, among other responsibilities.
 
An honors graduate of Northwest Arkansas Community College, Wallace will complete work on a bachelor’s degree in leadership and marketing from Harding University in December. Additionally, Wallace volunteers on behalf of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County, among other civic endeavors, and is part of the leadership team at Reach Church in Centerton.
Tags: Associates, Bentonville
 

Arvest Bank in Benton County Announces Rewerts Hiring

Monday, September 18 at 06:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Mike Rewerts has been hired in its Benton County market.
 
A veteran of the mortgage and banking industries since 1999, Rewerts will serve as loan assistant manager at Arvest. His primary duty will be the supervision of the mortgage loan assistants in Benton County. Rewerts will be based at the Arvest location at Village on the Creeks in Rogers.
 
“Mike’s mortgage experience in originating, construction lending, processing and management will be a fantastic addition to our team,” said Maria Lau, mortgage loan manager for Arvest Bank in Benton County. “I am confident he will be a tremendous asset for both the bank and our customers.”
 
Rewerts played baseball at both Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and Casper (Wyo.) College, where he studied business management and business marketing, respectively. He lives in Springdale and has one daughter.
 
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.
Tags: Associates, Northwest Arkansas, Rogers
 

McKinney Charitable Trust Awards More than $150,000

Monday, September 18 at 04:00 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 13 organizations, it was announced late last month.
The presentation of gifts, overseen by Arvest Trust client advisor Diana Smith, was made in the conference center of the bank’s downtown Bentonville branch. Carl McKinney was the owner-manager of Callison-McKinney Funeral home in Bentonville.
 
“While the McKinneys had no children of their own, they always had a soft spot for kids,” Smith said. “They also had soft spots for the elderly, poor and any others who were considered disadvantaged. Because of their generosity, each year we are able to distribute these funds to various organizations. Their gift is a remarkable one to so many who call Northwest Arkansas home.”
 
Since its inception 20 years ago, the McKinney’s trust has distributed more than $3 million to local charities. This year’s applicants sought a total of more than $225,000, and the trust was able to distribute a total of $159,355.
 
The beneficiaries are:
  • Arkansas Athletes Outreach
  • Boys and Girls Club of Benton County
  • Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County
  • Circle Of Life Hospice
  • Helen Walton Children’s Enrichment Center
  • Horses for Healing
  • Lifeline of Northwest Arkansas
  • Open Avenues
  • Mercy Health Foundation
  • Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter
  • Samaritan House Community Center
  • Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Benton County
  • Soldier ON Service Dogs

 

Tags: Bentonville
 

Arvest Bank to host 3rd Annual Veteran’s Day Art Contest

Monday, September 18 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
LAWTON, Okla. (August 4, 2017) – Arvest Bank is pleased to announce the third edition of its Annual Veteran’s Day Art Contest in conjunction with The Armed Services YMCA. Every child in kindergarten through sixth grade will have the opportunity to draw a picture based on the theme “My Military Family.”
 
Nine children in three different age divisions will win Visa Gift Cards. The age divisions are Kindergarten – 1st grade, 2nd – 3rd grade and 4th – 6th grade. Winners in each division will receive $100 Visa Gift Cards, while runners-up will receive $50 gift cards and third-place finishers $25.
 
The winners will be announced during the second night of the annual Armed Services YMCA YFry on November 9 at Great Plains Coliseum. Attendees at that event can also vote on a new category: Best In Show, the winner of which will receive a $100 Visa Gift Card. All of the submitted artwork will be at the YFry for attendees to view.
 
Entries must be returned or postmarked by Friday, October 20. They may be sent to Arvest Bank, Attn: Angela Spradlin at 5201 SW Lee Blvd., Lawton, OK 73505. There is no cost to enter. Entries must be in color and on a white 6x8 sheet of paper to be judged. Oversized and three-dimensional entries will not be judged. 
 
All artwork submitted by a child of active duty or retired (20-plus years of service) members of Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard/Reserves will be eligible to be entered into the Armed Services YMCA National art contest. Entrants do not need to be a member of military family to be awarded at the local level.
 
Children attending the YFry will also have the opportunity to create a brand new debit card for Arvest Bank. Entry forms and drawing utensils will be given out at the YFry, so children can create whatever they would like to see on a debit card. Arvest and The Armed Services YMCA will then pick a winner. The debit card will feature the artwork as well as The Armed Services YMCA logo. The winning card will then be available for customers to choose as their debit card.
 
Tags: Lawton, Oklahoma

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