Arvest Bank Donates $20,000 to Ottawa Police Foundation

Friday, October 05 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The Ottawa Police Foundation will double its bicycle fleet and make significant additions to its annual Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Camp thanks to a $20,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced Friday at the Law Enforcement Center in Ottawa. Several associates of Arvest Bank were on hand to present the check.

The two new, fully equipped bicycles will complement the Ottawa Police Foundation’s current fleet of two 20-year-old bicycles. The new bicycles will be especially helpful for special events and trail system patrol, among other uses.

The foundation’s D.A.R.E. Camp – which is offered free of charge to any Ottawa fifth-grader who enrolls in the program and submits an essay – will benefit from the Arvest Foundation donation by purchasing a utility terrain/task vehicle (UTV). This vehicle can be used for a host of purposes, including camp operations and crime investigation. It also will alleviate the need for the foundation to borrow a UTV from a community member in times of need.

The Arvest Foundation donation also will result in the Ottawa Police Foundation being able to purchase six new canoes and a trailer for use at its D.A.R.E. Camp. The new equipment will give the foundation a total of two trailers and 10 canoes, which will allow attendance to increase from about 97 to 180.

“Today's gift to the Ottawa Police Foundation represents a tremendous vote of confidence by Arvest in the Ottawa Police Department,” Ottawa Police Chief Dennis Butler said. “This generous donation to the foundation is the largest single donation ever received.

“We work hard every day to provide the best possible service to our community. Public and private partnerships like this allow us to do it even better. Today was a good day for the City of Ottawa." 

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support the Ottawa Police Department’s efforts to protect and serve our community,” Arvest’s Ottawa market president Ed York said. “The D.A.R.E. Camp, in particular, has a great impact on children in our community, and we are proud to contribute in a way that will make their experience even greater.”

“This donation is just one of many we have made throughout the area,” Arvest’s Greater Kansas City president and CEO Mark Larrabee said. “It demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to education and to the children in the region.”

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Congratulations Amy Morbeck of Greater Kansas City

Wednesday, September 05 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest in Greater Kansas City is celebrating the accomplishments of another outstanding associate. The local Private Banking Manager, Amy Morbeck, graduated from Central Exchange’s Emerging Leaders program earlier this month.

The Emerging Leaders Program takes place over a one-year period to achieve sustainable development. This course is focused on empowering high potential women through actionable education. From sessions with real-life examples shared by regional thought leaders to active-learning based small group sessions, individuals will graduate Emerging Leaders with the skills and tools to take their leadership to the next level.

“Emerging Leaders is an exceptional program and I truly loved it. After every session I implemented new ideas with my team and continue to pull ideas out of my toolbox I received while in the program. Thanks [Arvest] for the many ways you endorse and support my growth. It’s an honor to use the gifts to enhance the best bank in the country” says Amy.

Congratulations, Amy!


About Arvest

Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2018, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 15 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team.

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Small Business Banking Series in Greater Kansas City - Breakthrough Prospecting Strategies

Wednesday, August 29 at 04:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Staying relevant with business development is getting harder and harder. Prospects are even tougher to reach and who’s got time to keep following up to get to an actual engaged decision maker? Wouldn’t it be great if you could have a tour guide who could advise on all the right steps to take with an exciting new prospect?

Referrals are where it’s at! True referrals are already influenced to do business with you prior to even sitting down with them. These opportunities CAN happen intentionally and not just by happy accident.

Our featured speaker, Breandan FIilbert, will lead you through a one-hour, highly interactive session where you will learn:

  • How sales is changing and where you may not be relevant
  • What shifts are necessary to improve your effectiveness
  • Where does referral prospecting fit into your overall marketing effort

Breandan Filbert, Founder and Managing Partner of Salez Works – With over twenty years as a sales person, director, coach and trainer, Breandan’s expertise in sales training, mentoring, planning and strategy has generated more than $200 million in new business for clients across a range of industries. An accomplished sales professional with an outstanding track record, she works with individuals and companies to leverage the power of sales referrals to grow their businesses.

Join Central Exchange, Arvest Bank and Breandan Filbert for this informative session on Thursday, September 13, 2018 from 11:45am to 1:00pm at the Grid (12022 Blue Valley Pkwy, Overland Park, KS). This class is open to the public and registration includes lunch.

Space is limited. Registration is required. Please contact Heather Ober at (913) 261-2265 or to reserve your spot today.

Hosted by Central Exchange. Sponsored by Arvest Bank. 

Tags: Kansas City

The Brand of YOU! Social Media Strategies to Manage Your Online Identity

Friday, June 29 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Small Business Banking Series in Greater Kansas City
The Brand of YOU! Social Media Strategies to Manage Your Online Identity

Your reputation is everything! In this world of word-of-click, most connections start with an online search. Employers, business partners, customers, referrals and even family use Google, Facebook and LinkedIn to look you and/or your business up online. Are you actively managing your brand?

Central Exchange will host the second session of their Small Business Banking series next month! Arvest Bank is proud to support this empowering series with small business leaders throughout our community.

Many small to medium businesses – even lawyers, bankers, financial advisors and insurance professionals who work within regulated industries – have figured out how to include a form of social media in their marketing mix. But understanding the ins and outs of marketing within compliance doesn’t always equal business growth.

Listen to our featured speaker, Vicki Cannon, as she discusses strategies to build a strong online identity, how to build credibility, what to do to get noticed and provides tips to actively manage your brand with social media.

Vicki Cannon is a Social Media Marketing Expert and Trainer with more than 25 years in national account marketing, merchandising and sales. She assists clients like you cut through social media chatter; making it her business to find what works for you! Vicki understands the B2B & B2C world and previously held licenses with Securities Series: 6, 63, and 26, as well as insurance and mortgage licenses.

Join Central Exchange, Arvest Bank and Vicki Cannon for this informative session on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 11:45am to 1:00pm at the Grid (12022 Blue Valley Pkwy, Overland Park, KS). This class is open to the public and registration includes lunch.

Space is limited. Registration is required. Please contact Heather Ober at (913) 261-2265 or to reserve your spot today.

Hosted by Central Exchange. Sponsored by Arvest Bank.

Tags: Kansas City

Congratulations John Kelley of Greater Kansas City

Thursday, May 24 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank in Greater Kansas City is celebrating more accomplishments of their outstanding associates. Local Mortgage Loan Officer, John Kelley, has earned the status of an Assistant Vice President within the bank. John has dedicated his time and resources to serving our Belton branch and community. He has established himself as a top producer in all areas of business development for his team.

John, graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia, has lived in Lee’s Summit since 2012. Prior to joining Arvest Bank in 2016, he spent four years working for a large residential flooring company where he gained contacts and built relationships with several home builders in the Greater Kansas City area. This laid the groundwork for his role as Mortgage Loan Officer. John takes pride in working harder than anyone else will for his customers.

When John has downtime from getting customers in their dream home, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time at the Lake of the Ozarks and anything that involves the Kansas City Royals or Kansas City Chiefs!

We look forward to his continued growth as a leader while assisting our customer’s success financially.

Congratulations, John!

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