Arvest Bank Names Watkins Vice President in North Central Arkansas

Wednesday, August 21 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News


Arvest Bank has promoted Tiffany Watkins to vice president, marketing manager for the bank’s North Central Arkansas market. She previously was assistant vice president and marketing manager for the territory.

Watkins is responsible for all marketing and public relations initiatives, manages the placement of traditional and social media, creates and manages grassroots efforts for multiple communities in North Central Arkansas, and works in collaboration with the Arvest Foundation to maximize charitable giving throughout the market.

She has more than 14 years of bank marketing experience with Arvest, and more than 17 years of experience in the banking industry.

“Tiffany is well-known and well-respected throughout North Central Arkansas and that is a testament of her dedication to serving our customers and supporting our area communities through a variety of projects,” said Mike Willard, president and CEO of Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas. “We are fortunate to have her in this leadership role, as she is the epitome of the Arvest culture we proudly nurture.”

Watkins’ community involvement includes her service as current board chair of the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas, immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Harrison, past board chair of the North Arkansas Medical Foundation and committee member of the Harrison chamber’s Crawdad Days. She also was involved in the Believe Boone County initiative, a project of the Harrison chamber; and the Community Performing Arts Council at Arkansas State University, Mountain Home.

Watkins earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Arkansas. She and her family live in Harrison. 

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, North Central Arkansas
 

Arvest Bank Promotes Gaffigan in Springdale

Tuesday, August 20 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News


Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Robert Gaffigan, NMLS # 1165470, has been promoted to senior vice president and manager of its Private Banking team in Springdale.

Gaffigan has 14 years of industry experience and has served in a variety of roles at Arvest, most recently as an Arvest Private Banking advisor. In his new role, Gaffigan is responsible for the management and development of that Private Banking team.

“This promotion is well-deserved and we look forward to great things from Robert,” said Chis Thornton, loan manager for Arvest in Springdale. “His experience and expertise will be a big benefit not just for the bank, but more importantly, for our customers.”

Gaffigan earned a degree in organizational management at John Brown University and holds Series 7 and Series 66 licenses, as well as life and health insurances licenses. He and his wife, Jenna, live in Rogers with their three children, where they attend First Baptist Church in Rogers.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Springdale
 

Arvest Bank Announces Boerjan Promotion

Monday, August 19 at 12:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has promoted Ben Boerjan* to consumer loan advisor.


Boerjan has had multiple roles at Arvest since 2015, most recently serving as a financial sales representative. In his new role, Boerjan will be active in the generation of consumer loans. He is based out of the Arvest branch located at 3421 South 74th St. in Fort Smith.

“During his time at Arvest, Ben has established an excellent presence in the community and has exhibited a desire to learn consumer lending in order to better serve his customers,” Arvest consumer lending sales manager Jack Farley said. “These attributes will serve him well in this new role.”

Boerjan lives with his wife and son in Alma, where he is an active member of Beyond Church.

*NMLS# 1516973

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest
 

Arvest Equipment Finance Performance Lauded by MonitorDaily

Monday, August 19 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Equipment Finance (AEF), a division of Arvest Bank, has been recognized once again by MonitorDaily, a leading publication of the equipment leasing and finance industry.

The publication recently released the 2019 Monitor 100, its annual ranking of the largest equipment finance/leasing companies in the United States. AEF climbed one spot to No. 83 after being ranked 84th last year. This is the fifth consecutive year AEF has been ranked on the list, and seventh time in the last eight years.

AEF ended 2018 with $310.1 million in loans and leases. That’s up 24.7 percent from 2017’s $248.6 million, according to MonitorDaily.

Additionally, AEF climbed from No. 89 to No. 82 in overall annual production. The move is largely the result of a 51.5 percent increase in new business volume, which went from $106.6 million in 2018 to $161.5 million in 2019.

“I am so proud of this team and what we have accomplished as a group,” AEF president Eric Bunnell said. “We strive for excellence every day in helping customers with their equipment finance needs, and our associates take a lot of pride in being recognized as one of the top equipment finance companies in the United States.

“As we continue to grow, we are expanding our calling efforts to new dealer relationships outside the Arvest footprint. We are in the early stages of developing these new relationships but we are excited about the future of AEF. Through June, we have closed $105 million, which is an increase of 41.5 percent from the same period in 2018.”

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest Equipment Finance
 

Make The Most of Your Cash Back Credit Card Rewards

Monday, August 12 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Many credit cards help you earn rewards for your everyday purchases – in the form of either cash or redeemable points (for things like travel, frequent flier miles, shopping credits or credits to your billing statement).

Cash back is king!

Surveys have shown that cash back on purchases is the most popular credit card reward for people of all income levels. Cash back rewards, usually in the form of statement credits or checks, are the most flexible and easy to understand of all credit card rewards.

There are two main kinds of cash back rewards:

1)   Those with constant cash back rates, usually between one percent and two percent on all purchases.
2)   Those with differing rates depending on the type, or category, of purchase.

Sometimes the differing category rates may change quarterly or apply to seasonal special offers.

And some credit cards, like Arvest Flex RewardsTM, offer a combination of constant rates for general purchases, plus seasonal special rates for specific categories.

How to maximize cash back rewards

1. Choose cards that reward categories where you spend the most.

Keep in mind that different cards pay higher cash-back percentages for spending on different categories like travel or lodging, grocery store purchases, dining out or gassing up your car.

CreditCards.com1 analyst Ted Rossman recommends choosing a card with a rewards plan that best matches your spending habits.

“Credit cards can reward you for things you're planning to purchase anyway," says Rossman.

2. Keep a close eye on deadlines and fees.

You need to take care to pay your card by the due date, since the late fees and penalties from a missed payment can quickly negate any cash back that you earn. For instance, a late payment on a $500 balance can add up to more than $40 in penalties and interest.

3. Pick a sign-up bonus you can meet.

Cards that offer sign-up bonuses usually have a minimum spend requirement that needs to be met within a certain amount of time. Make sure you pick a card that has a requirement you can meet.

4. Earn more cash back.

Some cards reward for signing on an authorized user or referring new cardholders, so check for that.

5. Maximize your card’s spending categories.

If you have a card with five percent rotating quarterly categories, there are a few tricks you can use to reach the maximum spending cap each quarter:

  • Stock up on larger quantities of items that won’t spoil.
  • Pay your annual bills in advance.
  • Do your Christmas shopping early.

Choosing the right card and taking full advantage of its rewards can be fun and well worth it!

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