Arvest Foundation Donates $10,000 to Royal Players, Royal Theatre

Thursday, December 13 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The Arvest Foundation recently presented Royal Players, Inc., the community theatre group in Benton that manages the city’s historic Royal Theatre, with a donation in the amount of $10,000. The grant will support programming, renovations and maintenance of the theatre.

“We are extremely thankful to the Arvest Foundation for this generous gift and for their appreciation of the impact performing arts has on communities,” said Daphne Shoppach, board member and artistic director of the Royal Players. “This donation will help enhance our upcoming season as we improve both the physical theatre and our programming plans for the future.”

“Arvest realizes that effective support of the communities in which we work requires diversity among the organizations that benefit from our donations, and the arts are an important aspect of our charitable giving,” said Phillip Partain, community bank president of Arvest Bank in Saline County. “This theatre has been a cherished and important centerpiece in this community for almost a century, and we are honored to offer support to contribute to its longevity.”

The original section of the Royal Theatre was built in 1920. It is located at 111 South Market Street in Benton and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Little Rock

Arvest Bank Promotes DeBoer to Commercial Loan Manager

Monday, October 15 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank has promoted Scott DeBoer to commercial loan manager. In this role, DeBoer will develop and manage the bank’s commercial loan portfolio in southwest Arkansas. He previously was a senior vice president of commercial lending for Arvest in the bank’s Hot Springs market. 

DeBoer has 18 years of banking experience, during which he has worked as a private banking officer and a commercial credit officer in addition to his role with Arvest. 

He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and real estate from DePaul University in Chicago and is a certified management accountant. 

DeBoer is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants, the Risk Management Association and the Arkansas Bankers Association. He also is a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Saline County.

Tags: Associates, Little Rock

Lewis Changes Roles in Little Rock

Sunday, August 12 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Shelley Lewis has transitioned to the role of commercial banker in Little Rock.

Lewis has 19 years of experience, including stints as a mortgage and consumer lender at Arvest. She is a graduate of the Paul W. Barrett Jr. Graduate School of Banking in Memphis, Tenn. In her new role, Lewis will cultivate deep, mutually beneficial relationships with small and medium-sized business clients in the Little Rock Metro area, and generate, evaluate and approve commercial loans, among other responsibilities.

“Shelley has been with Arvest for 15 years and has an invaluable amount of knowledge to help our customers with their commercial lending needs,” said Marcus Guinn, loan manager for Arvest in Central Arkansas. “I am excited to see her grow in this new role.”

Lewis will be based out of the Arvest branch located at 500 Broadway St. She lives in Little Rock with her husband, Doug, and their son. She is a member of the Junior League of Little Rock, a former board member for the central Arkansas chapter of The Risk Management Association, and a member of Christ the King Catholic Church.

Tags: Little Rock

Elaine Gimblet Spends Retirement Years Giving Back – People Helping People Created by Arvest Bank

Friday, June 08 at 09:00 AM
Category: People Helping People

Elaine Gimblet, equine therapy volunteer, has two passions in life: being around horses and being around kids. She received her first pony at age 8; by age 11 she began teaching horseback riding lessons and continued this throughout high school and college. During her work years as a teacher, Elaine loved working hands-on with the students. After she retired, Elaine says she didn’t quite know what to do with herself until she saw an ad to be a leader for Hearts and Hooves.

“I knew that I wanted to be around horses, and this volunteer opportunity sounded good to me,” said Gimblet. “It’s a really good feeling that you’re making a difference, to know you’re helping is so rewarding.”

Stacy Alberson, occupational therapist, explains how the volunteer as a leader is especially important because their job directly affects their clients. Alberson says a typical session at the barn consists of a volunteer getting the horse ready – deciding what tack they need for the ride, and which horse would work best for the client and their needs for their individual movements.

“Elaine always greets the children with a smile and with their name, and that is so important,” said Alberson. “We may start the day with grooming, or introductions, and petting, or even just start by getting on and riding – but everything we do out here has a purpose.”

Alberson says Gimblet is very patient with the horses and the therapists, which allows their clients to also stay in a nice calm place, without having a reaction.

“That’s the key to being an amazing volunteer,” said Alberson. “She really understands the purpose of what she’s doing, why she’s doing it, and truly knowing the benefit behind it.”

Jeff Hearne, parent of Ethan, a Hearts and Hooves client, speaks to just how important it is to have a familiar face in the arena when the children come to do their therapy.

“Knowing that Ethan is familiar with the people who he comes out here with really helps him progress with his therapies,” said Hearne. “Elaine has been leading Ethan for quite some time. It makes me feel good, knowing that there are people who are caring, and who want to do this.”

The MarCom Award-winning videos are available via Arvest’s social media channels – YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and the Arvest Blog – and the bank will make related posts each time a new story appears. Additionally, Arvest social media followers can help spread the word about these inspiring community members by sharing, liking and retweeting the videos. Gimblet's video launched on June 8. 

The MarCom Award-winning videos are available via Arvest’s social media channels – YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and the Arvest Blog – and the bank will make related posts each time a new story appears. Additionally, Arvest social media followers can help spread the word about these inspiring community members by sharing, liking and retweeting the videos. Gimblet’s video launched on June 8.

Arvest Bank

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. These banks serve customers in more than 120 communities, with extended weekday banking hours at many locations. Arvest also provides a wide range of banking services including loans, deposits, treasury management, credit cards, mortgage loans and mortgage servicing. Arvest is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC.


Tags: Little Rock, People Helping People

Arvest Bank Collects SBA Awards in Little Rock

Tuesday, May 15 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank was recognized twice at the 28th Annual Arkansas Small Business Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 10, in Little Rock. The awards were announced by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) last month, and last week’s event was hosted by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce.

Arvest was named the Arkansas Top SBA Lender in terms of both number of loans and dollars loaned. Brett Ausley, business banking manager for Arvest in central Arkansas, accepted the award on behalf of the bank.

“Participating with the SBA is a wonderful tool for many of our customers, and we are grateful those customers trust Arvest to help them with these transactions,” Ausley said. “We also want people to know that while we are proud of our past successes helping small businesses, it is something we are putting an even greater emphasis on as we move forward.”

The awards were based on SBA data for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2017. It marked the fourth consecutive year Arvest ranked as the state’s No. 1 SBA lender based on its number of 7(a) loan approvals.

SBA 7(a) loans are its primary means for helping startup and existing small businesses deal with a variety of general business purposes, and volume climbed to a record amount – more than $25 billion – in 2017, according to Bill Manger, associate administrator at the SBA’s Office of Capital Access.

Arvest remains an SBA-preferred lender, meaning the process is streamlined for applicants. Small business owners who need to explore financing options should talk to an SBA-approved lender who can offer them a complete range of available options.

Tags: Little Rock

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