Waldron Public Schools Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Tuesday, October 22 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News


Waldron Public Schools will have the opportunity to purchase a new photo identification printer thanks to a $2,600 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced at the Waldron Elementary School on Oct.11. Debra Fuller, Keith Slater, Teresa Carnahan, and Shelley Buckles of Arvest Bank were on hand to present the check.

“Waldron Public Schools is honored to have community partners to support our school system,” said Ryan Walker, principal for Waldron Elementary School and ABC/First Step Daycare. “With the donation from the Arvest Foundation, all faculty and staff will have photo identification badges, which will help increase the safety on all campuses.”

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation, particularly because it will help increase school safety,” Buckles said. “This donation is one of several we have made in the area, and we hope it reflects the foundation’s ongoing commitment to education and the children of Waldron.”

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Arvest Experience Lab Hosts NWA Tech Summit Panels

Monday, October 21 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank is a proud participant in the 2019 Northwest Arkansas Technology Summit, which runs Oct. 20-23.


Specifically, we will host four panel discussions on Day 3 – Tuesday, Oct. 22 – of the summit. Both will be held at the Arvest Experience Lab near downtown Bentonville.

Two of the discussions will include Arvest representatives. Angie Garrett, executive director of digital innovation and strategic analysis at Arvest, will be one of the presenters in the “What’s Next After Next?” Q&A session built around building smarter communities. The session runs from 1:15-2:15 p.m.

Additionally, Arvest commercial banker Kelly Carlson will participate in a session led by RevUnit. The session, which will run from 2:35-3:35 p.m., will look at how the digital strategy and product studio is helping enterprise workforces leverage technology to #WorkBetter. Carlson will explain how Arvest supports the tech space and startups within our footprint.

Additional Arvest representatives will be on hand as well, and will be available to answer questions, offer advice or share ideas with event attendees. As a community catalyst for innovation of business growth – and a strong supporter of small business – we are proud to work with the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce, Cox Communications and other sponsors of the summit to uncover innovative solutions to common business challenges and help demonstrate how technology can power change for business of all kinds.

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City of Waldron Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Friday, October 18 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The City of Waldron will have the opportunity to add new items to the Waldron City Park thanks to a $6,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced at the Waldron Arvest branch. Debra Fuller, Keith Slater, Teresa Carnahan and Shelley Buckles of Arvest were on hand to present the check.

“The grant will allow us to purchase additional exercise equipment along our multi-purpose trail at the city park,” Waldron mayor David Millard said. “This will give our community another opportunity to enjoy the park. We appreciate the foundation’s investment in creating a more enjoyable and active community for our citizens.”

“We hope this donation and several others we have made in the Waldron area demonstrate the foundation’s efforts to make it a better place to live, work and play,” Buckles said.

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Waldron Rural Fire Department Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

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

The Waldron Rural Fire Department will have the opportunity to update some of its turnout gear with the help of a $3,900 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced at the Arvest Bank in Waldron, Ark. Debra Fuller, Keith Slater, Teresa Carnahan, Debra Byford and Shelley Buckles of Arvest were on hand to present the check.

The Arvest Foundation donation will allow the Fire Department to replace some of their outdated turnout gear, resulting in enhance firefighting capabilities. Turnout gear provides personal protection for firefighters and can include trousers, boots and jackets.

“On a fire scene, having current and reliable equipment is vital to the safety and confidence of our firefighters, Waldron Rural Fire Department chief Ken Overdurf said. “The Waldron Fire Department is honored to have community partners like the Arvest Foundation and is thankful for its generous support.”

“We are happy to make this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation,” Buckles said. “Our firefighters play a critical role in the safety and well-being of all those in our community and we are happy to support them in this way.”

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Associate Gets Surprise on “Good Morning America”

Wednesday, October 16 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News


If you are one of the millions of Americans who watches network TV as part of your morning routine, you may have seen a face that is familiar to Arvest Bank recently.

That’s because Ashley Ellis appeared during a “Good Morning America” segment as part of National Love Your Hair Day on Oct. 10. Ellis has been an Arvest associate since 2005 and has served in a variety of roles. She currently works in the Arvest Credit Card division as an onboarding specialist for the corporate credit card department.

National Love Your Hair Day is the creation of Carolyn Aronson, CEO and founder of It’s a 10 Haircare.

“Our hair is our crown … so we need to celebrate it,” Aronson said during the segment.

Little did Ellis know that she was about to be celebrated, too. Ellis and two other women were in the studio audience as part of a prize package associated with an It’s a 10 social media contest. Contest guidelines said It’s a 10 was looking for three hard-working go-getters who are “pushing the boundaries, working toward their dreams, and truly making a difference.”

“You thought you were here as guests, but we want to share your stories with America,” co-anchor Lara Spencer said while calling Ellis and the two other guests onstage.

Ellis’ story in a nutshell: She was a divorced mother of two who had never lived on her own when she decided to take self-defense classes as a way to boost her lagging self-confidence and self-worth. Fast-forward several years, and Ellis now teaches Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes and offers free self-defense seminars for women.

I just want women to feel amazing, want them to feel protected and feel like they can take on the world,” she said.

Ellis and the other guests then got an even bigger surprise: $10,000 checks to start a new business or further their current pursuits. Ellis said she plans to use her money to become a certified jiu-jitsu instructor and maybe even take law enforcement training.

Her goal is to be able to reach more women and share the empowerment she uncovered by taking those first self-defense classes.

“I would love to go around to our trade areas and provide women at Arvest (and others) an opportunity to come to free seminars,” Ellis said.

And she plans to keep her day job, too.

>>WATCH THE SEGMENT HERE<<

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