Sutherland Completes Leadership Northland Program in Kansas City

Thursday, March 30 at 06:05 AM
Category: Arvest Community News
Matt Sutherland, branch sales manager in Kansas City, was part of the class of 2017 that celebrated their completion of the Leadership Northland Program on March 9 at Argosy Casino. 

Matt was one of 30 individuals selected from different companies across the Kansas City Northland to participate in the program that lasted eight months. During this time, he toured different facilities and met with many different industry leaders. These facilities included healthcare, education, infrastructure, civic, law enforcement and ended with a trip to Missouri’s capital, Jefferson City. 

“It was a great experience to become more familiar with the Northland and to find avenues in which to stay connected through various committees. The best part was building new relationships with the other participants within their program,” Matt said. 

Congratulations, Matt!   

Tags: Associates, Kansas City

Cotter Promoted in Yellville, Ark.

Wednesday, March 29 at 05:50 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Former branch sales manager replacing McBee.

YELLVILLE, Ark. – Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Dawn Cotter has been promoted to branch administrator in Yellville.

Cotter, who has worked as a branch sales manager the last five years, will office at Arvest’s Yellville branch at 105 N. Panther Ave. She is replacing David McBee, who was recently promoted to sales manager.

In her new role, Cotter will be responsible for the management and supervision of the eleven banks in North Central Arkansas.

“Dawn has proved herself as a valuable asset to both Arvest Bank and our customers and community,” McBee said. “I have no doubt she will excel in her new role and continue to help our customers find financial solutions for life.”

Cotter has lived in Mountain Home for more than 20 years and been active in numerous civic groups, including Care Center Ministries Mountain Home and Mountain Home Lions Club. She’s also a board member for the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Baxter County.

Cotter and her husband, Jody, have four sons.

Tags: Arkansas, Associates, North Central Arkansas, Press Release

Tips to Simplify Home Loan Process

Tuesday, March 28 at 09:20 AM
Category: Personal Finance
Are you looking for ways to simplify and reduce the stress of the home loan process? Check out these tips to help you do just that!

Disclose All Assets: Loan officers regularly run into situations where a little extra verified funds can make the difference in a loan approval. When applying for a loan, borrowers sometimes forget equity in assets such as vested interest in retirement plans, automobiles or other real estate that may help to approve a borrower.

Timely Response: Another “big” issue loan officers face is timeliness of response for documents. It’s imperative borrowers realize returning requested documentation immediately is integral in a successful and stress free transaction, especially with the mandated time frames for review.  

Verify Funds:
Funds used to close, including cash, will need to be seasoned, verified or tracked to be utilized in the home-buying process. 

Closing Times: Real estate agents, lenders and other service providers are faced with quick closing times on a regular basis. And while sometimes this is unavoidable, all parties should understand the potential pitfalls that can result. In many cases, problems can be avoided if all parties had a slightly longer closing time frame. Items to consider when determining a closing time: 
  • Sellers and buyers scheduled time frames regarding things such as: scheduling moving companies, closing on other homes, weather delays, utility transfers, holidays and others. 
  • Documentation, contractual obligations, and negotiations when inspection and repairs are required. Weather delays may significantly impact a closing date while waiting for work to be completed on or around the exterior of a home. 
  • New rules that allow additional time for review of initial disclosures, estimates, closing costs and closing statement review. 
Although there are legitimate reasons for an expedited closing date, giving all parties the time they need to successfully complete their responsibilities, will help avoid unnecessary stress on buyers and sellers.  

Servicing Your Loan: When you get a mortgage, you may think the lender will hold and service your loan until you pay it off or sell your home. That’s often not the case. In today’s market, loans and the rights to service them often are bought and sold. In many cases, the company that you send your payment to is not the company that owns your loan. So it’s important to know who may ultimately service your mortgage, upfront, in the mortgage process. At Arvest Bank we service 99% of our mortgage loans so what starts here, stays here.   

All parties involved in a real estate transaction, if informed and understand these issues, can bring tremendous value and provide a stress-free customer experience. It reminds me of a couple things my grandmother use to say, when quality is important or I was faced with an important task – “Haste makes waste,” and, “A job worth doing, is worth doing right.” Words to live by! 

Tags: Financial Education, Home Loans, Mortgage

Friday Financial Forum March 31 in Bartlesville, Okla.

Tuesday, March 28 at 06:10 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Join us Friday, March 31 at 10 a.m. for our Friday Financial Forum. We will meet at the Friday Forum Room at Arvest's East Side Branch, located at 4225 S.E. Adams Rd. in Bartlesville, Okla.* 

Our featured speaker is Dan Dalton, administrator for Bartlesville Ambulance Service. He is a nationally licensed paramedic and attended Metro State College in Denver and Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville. 

The Bartlesville Ambulance Service, which started in May 1976, is in its 41st year and serves all of Washington County and part of Osage County. The service provides advanced life support (paramedics) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year with fully equipped ambulances that are ready for any type of emergency and employs some of the most advanced equipment available today.

What you can also expect at the event:

  • Information: Community leaders share topical, local and state information (Sen. Julie Daniels, Rep. Earl Sears & Rep. Travis Dunlap) 
  • News: "The Scoop"  all about business and community happenings in Bartlesville (Billie Roane, Arvest Bank) 
  • Stock Report and Economic Update: Josh Randolph**, Arvest Wealth Management, and Sonya Reed**, Arvest Wealth Management
  • Hilarious Anecdotes: Jim Bohnsack, Arvest Bank

Invite a friend and come enjoy delicious homemade cookies and hear about what’s going on in the Bartlesville area!   

If you have any questions or would like to be included on the invitation email list, please contact Billie Roane at (918) 337-4358. We look forward to seeing you there!

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

**Josh Randolph Oklahoma Insurance License #122041 and Sonya Reed Oklahoma Insurance License # 111796

Tags: Bartlesville, Community Support, Oklahoma

We're Fighting Hunger With Local Food Partners

Monday, March 27 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

With your help we plan to raise one million meals for the food insecure in the communities Arvest serves. This seventh annual 1 Million Meals initiative, taking place April 3 through June 3, will benefit over 70 local food partners. Find your city below to find out which organization will receive your nonperishable food and monetary donations.


  • Bella Vista – Oasis Food Bank
  • Bentonville – Helping Hands
  • Berryville – Loaves & Fishes
  • Clarksville – Johnson Community Foundation
  • Elkins – Elkins Meals on Wheels
  • Eureka Springs – Flint Street Fellowship
  • Farmington – George R. Ledbetter Intermediate School “Ambassador Club”
  • Fayetteville – 7hills Homeless Center
  • Fayetteville – LifeSource International
  • Fayetteville – M&N Augustine Foundation
  • Fayetteville – The Salvation Army
  • Fort Smith – Community Services Clearinghouse
  • Gravette – Maysville Bible Church Food Pantry
  • Harrison – Ozark Share and Care
  • Huntsville – Madison County Senior Activity & Wellness Center (Meals on Wheels)
  • Huntsville – Open Arms Food Pantry
  • Lincoln – The Grace Place
  • Little Rock – Arkansas Foodbank
  • Lowell – Northwest Arkansas Food Bank
  • Lowell – The First Baptist Church of Lowell Food Pantry
  • Mena – River Valley Regional Food Bank
  • Norfork – Food Bank of North Central Arkansas
  • Paris – Paris First Christian Church
  • Pea Ridge – Bright Futures of Pea Ridge
  • Prairie Grove – Prairie Grove Backpack Program
  • Rogers – Samaritan Community Center
  • Russellville – River Valley Food 4 Kids
  • Siloam Springs – The Manna Center
  • Springdale – Compassion Center of NWA
  • Springdale – Springdale Public Schools
  • West Fork – West Fork Elementary School Backpack Program

  • Caney – Another Chance Thrift Shop
  • Ottawa – East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation (ECKAN)
  • Pittsburg – Pittsburg High School

  • Anderson – Crosslines of McDonald County
  • Aurora – Harvest Church
  • Branson – Christian Action Ministries
  • Branson West – Christian Associates
  • Carthage – Carthage Bright Futures
  • Cassville – Cassville Community Food Pantry
  • Joplin – Joplin Bright Futures
  • Kansas City – Harvesters
  • Lebanon – L-LIFE Food Bank
  • Lockwood – Lockwood Ministerial Alliance
  • Monett – Pierce City School
  • Mountain Grove – Mountain Grove Love Center Food Pantry
  • Neosho – Newton County Food Basket Brigade
  • Nevada – Nevada Community Outreach
  • Nixa – Ozarks Food Harvest
  • Noel – Crosslines of McDonald County
  • Shell Knob – His House Foundation
  • Shell Knob – The Alliance of Churches Food Pantry
  • Springfield – Ozarks Food Harvest
  • Webb City – Carl Junction Bright Futures
  • Webb City – Webb City CARES
  • West Plains – Samaritan Outreach

  • Ada – Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
  • Bartlesville – Mary Martha Outreach
  • Chickasha – Emergency Food Pantry
  • Duncan – Christians Concerned
  • Elgin – Elgin Community Food Bank
  • Elgin – First United Methodist Church
  • Grove – The Christian H.E.L.P. Center
  • Jay – Caring Kitchen
  • Lawton – Lawton Food Bank
  • Miami – First Baptist Church of Miami
  • Miami – First United Methodist Church of Miami
  • Nowata – Living Word Church Loaves & Fishes Pantry
  • Oklahoma City – Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
  • Shawnee – The Salvation Army
  • Stilwell – The Adair County Resource Center
  • Tulsa – Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma
  • Vinita – Craig County Salvation Army
  • Walters – Walters Elementary School Food 4 Kids Program
  • Westville – The Hope Center
Stay tuned the next couple of month as we highlight the great work done by our food partners!
Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma

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