Arvest Wealth Management Announces Webster Hiring

Friday, May 25 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Joni Webster as an Arvest Wealth Management senior vice president and trust officer.

Webster has 22 years of trust and estate planning experience, and in addition to being a Certified Trust Financial Advisor and Certified Private Wealth Advisor, holds a STEP Certificate in International Trust Management. She is replacing Sherry McBride, who will retire at the end of June.

As a trust officer, Webster is responsible for fiduciary account administration of personal trusts, estates, investment accounts and IRAs, among other duties. She will be based out of the Arvest Branch located at 70 Sugar Creek Center.

Webster earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science at Arkansas Tech.

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OKC’s Cross Recognized Among Achievers Under 40

Friday, May 25 at 12:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Ryan Cross has been recognized by The Journal Record as a member of its 2018 Achievers Under 40 class.

Cross, a vice president and commercial banker for Arvest in Oklahoma City, and the other honorees were recognized not just in a recent print version of The Journal Record, but an event held May 10 at Embassy Suites Oklahoma City Downtown/Medical Center.

“Ryan’s knowledge and proactive approach has made him an outstanding member of our team,” Ron Witherspoon, president and CEO of Arvest in Oklahoma City, said in Cross’ profile. “He is an excellent representation of dedication to his work and to his community, and I feel confident in Ryan’s abilities and integrity.”

Cross has worked in the banking industry since graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a finance and international business degree. He’s also currently enrolled in the Oklahoma Bankers Association Intermediate Banking School and will attend the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado as a second-year student this summer.

The profile also highlighted Cross’ work as a volunteer, especially his efforts on behalf of March of Dimes. As the 2017 chairman for the Oklahoma City March for Babies, according to his profile, Cross helped surpass the sponsorship goal of $75,000 to more than $100,000 and went over the $200,000 event goal to more than $250,000.

“My twins were born 12 weeks premature in 2005, and without the March of Dimes research on surfactant and the other lifesaving care that my twins received, they would not be alive today,” Cross said in the profile. “I continue to be proud to give back to such a great organization.”

Kudos to Cross for walking the “People helping people” walk in more ways than one!

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Closed Memorial Day

Friday, May 25 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

In observance of Memorial Day, all Arvest branches will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2018.

Our Customer Service center, however, WILL be open SATURDAYSUNDAY & MONDAY, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

We will return to normal business hours on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.

For your convenience, you can bank 24/7 using:

Thank you for being a valued Arvest customer. We wish you a safe and happy Memorial Day! 


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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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Millennials Changing Workplaces for the Better

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

I have read article after article about how each previous generation views the work ethic of Millennials in a poor light – which has been the case with every new generation. There is no denying the differences among how all generations view work. Our grandparents lived to work. Our parents worked to live. Millennials “live,” and that includes work.

Yes, I am a Millennial, a term that encompasses nearly 40 % of the U.S. workforce, who generally range in age from early 20s to late 30s. It can be a loaded term when used to create division. We tout it like a badge of honor, and other generations — the “Greatest Generation,” “Baby Boomers” and “Generation X” — use it when grasping to describe an unknown presence, like a Martian that just landed on their lawn.

It is imperative that business owners who are from another generation understand Millennials and what drives us, as we could make up as much as 75 % of the workforce by 2025, according to some estimates. By making your business more attractive for Millennials, learning to utilize their skills and encouraging them to take on larger roles, your business will be better positioned to thrive in the future.

First, you need to understand some other statistics, which are daunting, like only 29 % of Millennials are engaged at work, meaning they’re emotionally or psychologically attached to their job and workplace — i.e. the rest aren’t. Also, 60 % are open to different job opportunities, and only 50 % are planning to stay with their employer more than a year.

Why is this? Well, we’ve been told our whole life (by older generations) to “find a job that makes you happy,” and that’s exactly what Millennials are doing. After all, something that takes up a third of your day and 40 hours of your week isn’t just a job; it’s a major piece of the puzzle that is your life.

Secondly, it’s important to understand what Millennials value. At work, the No. 1 priority is company culture. In fact, the average Millennial is willing to sacrifice more salary for a healthier work environment, which includes things like purpose, stability, flexibility, inclusion, diversity, investment in their career development and open dialogue.

This isn’t to say Millennials don’t want fair compensation and good perks, because we do. It means Millennials also want to be engaged – valuing their role and duties, being a part of a team that challenges each other, hearing honest and helpful feedback, and caring about the company and its growth.

Why is engagement so important? Compared to those with the lowest engagement, businesses with the highest engagement from employees are 17 % more productive, suffer 70 % fewer safety incidents, experience 41 % less absenteeism and are 21 % more profitable, according to a Gallup study.

So, the majority of an entire generation of the most educated and technically savvy workers in American history is actively looking for a thoughtful employer. Meanwhile, business owners are trying to figure out how to attract the most talented and dedicated employees to improve their company. It’s a win-win when we get this right.

I challenge that the changes my generation is bringing to the workplace are, for the most part, the same changes that all generations are longing for. So, I challenge you, are the generations really that much different in what is expected from an employer? If we can all agree on the foundation, then maybe we can all work together to create a work environment where we learn from one another.

Millennials are the big wave of employees hitting companies right now, and we want to make the world a better place, starting with where we work. We must encourage all generations in the workplace to see the benefits of what each generation can bring to the other. We all want some of the same things, we just have to be inclusive and work together. Be open to change. You might be surprised by what you find.

Jenny Carithers Price is a planning and development manager for Arvest Wealth Management in Lowell. She can be contacted via email at

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