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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Arvest Bank Names Self Associate Mortgage Lender

Friday, October 11 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Alyvia Self has been promoted to associate mortgage lender in Mena.

Self, NMLS# 1209476, has five years of industry experience and has served in several roles at Arvest, most recently as assistant branch manager. In her new position, Self will work closely with the mortgage loan manager in the generation, evaluation, approval, processing, closing and servicing of real estate loans.

“I am excited to have Alyvia join our mortgage team,” Arvest mortgage loan manager Randy Magness said. “Her knowledge of the market and the community will be invaluable here in Mena. Additionally, she will cover our branch in Waldron and those in Idabel and Broken Bow, Oklahoma. Her track record speaks for itself and I am confident she will be a tremendous asset not just for the bank, but more importantly, our customers.”

A native of Mena, Self earned an associate degree in business administration at the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain.

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Arvest Bank to Host Grand Opening for ATM with Live Teller

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

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it will host a grand opening event for its ATM with Live Teller in Golden City on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

Festivities will include a cookout from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The ATM with Live Teller, which allows customers to have face-to-face communication and conduct transactions with Arvest tellers via a video screen, is located at 403 Main Street.

Additionally, Arvest will offer concierge service from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. for customers who may need help or are simply interested in learning how the ATM with Live Teller functions. Customers can choose whether they want to take advantage of the video teller capabilities or use the machine like a traditional ATM.

The video tellers are able to help customers complete more types of transactions than a traditional ATM, including larger withdrawal amounts, specific account inquiries, deposits of 30 items at a time, and complete check cashing. The ATM with Live Teller is available from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday. Standard ATM capabilities are available 24 hours a day.

“Our ATM with Live Teller has been up and running for some time now, and the response from our customers has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Chad Evans, president for Arvest Bank in the Joplin region. “One of our goals in introducing this technology here was to give our customers personal service during extended banking hours, as well as 24/7 access as a full-service ATM. This technology is the first of its kind for Arvest in Missouri, and we are excited to introduce it in Golden City.”

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Arvest Bank to Host Grand Opening at New Owasso Location

Monday, October 07 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank associates will host a tailgate-style grand opening event at the bank’s newest branch in Owasso on Friday, Nov. 1, from 4-6 p.m. The new, roughly 4,200-SF facility will be located at 13716 E. 106th St. North and will open for business on Oct. 14.

In addition to a ribbon-cutting ceremony, games and a bounce house, Arvest associates will be on hand to visit with customers and serve hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, drinks and dessert.

The new branch will feature nine offices, four drive-thru lanes, a drive-up ATM lane, and safety deposit boxes. All traditional Arvest services, including consumer lending, deposit services, commercial and small business lending, mortgage loans, mortgage servicing, Arvest Wealth Management and Private Banking will be offered.

“We couldn’t be more excited about opening this new space in Owasso,” said Kirk Hays, president for Arvest Bank in Tulsa. “As always, we look forward to providing our brand of award-winning customer service as we meet the needs of customers from Owasso and beyond. We trust this reinforces our commitment to helping people in the Greater Tulsa area find financial solutions for life.”

Customers are encouraged to stop by Oct. 28-Nov. 1 to register for prizes to be given away at the grand opening event. Prizes include an Oklahoma Joe’s Highland Cooker/Smoker, a $150 Academy gift card and more.

The contest is open to the public. Alternate entry is available; no purchase is necessary. To submit an alternate entry, call (918) 382-4010 with your name, address, daytime and evening telephone numbers, and/or a valid email address, to be received no later than 5 p.m. on Oct. 31. You do not have to be present to win. Must be 18 years or older to register. In-person entries will be accepted at the branch, and winners will be determined by random draw at 6 p.m. on Nov. 1. Arvest associates and their immediate family members are not eligible to win. Immediate family is defined as spouse, parent, child, sibling, or any other family member living in the associate’s home.

Manhattan Construction was the general contractor and McFarland Architects the architect for the project.

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Arvest Bank Hires Grinstead in Treasury Management Division

Wednesday, October 02 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News


Arvest Bank is pleased to announce we have hired Taylor Grinstead as a sales advisor for our Treasury Management division.

Grinstead has 12 years of industry experience. In her new role at Arvest, Grinstead will be responsible for developing new business while expanding existing business relationships, when appropriate, among other duties. She will serve Arvest’s Oklahoma City and southwest Oklahoma markets, and be based in Oklahoma City.

“We are excited to add Taylor to our team,” said Julie Simmons, regional sales manager for the Treasury Management division. “She brings an impressive track record, and I am confident her experience and expertise will be a benefit not just for the bank, but more importantly, our customers.”

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Grinstead earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in administrative leadership from the University of Oklahoma, and is currently pursuing a master’s in business administration from Ohio University. She lives in Norman with her husband, Wes, and their son. 

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