Siloam Springs Volunteer Makes Tails Wag - People Helping People Series

Friday, October 13 at 06:15 PM
Category: People Helping People
Bittersweet may be the best word to describe the emotion Tina Berrios feels when she gets a text message from one of the local animal shelters she serves.
 
Berrios, president of the nonprofit, Tailwaggers*, Inc., said the texts usually convey this message: “Guess who got adopted?”
 
That message means one of the cats or dogs Berrios and other volunteers have spent hours befriending and socializing has a new home. It means the animal is leaving the shelter, which can be somewhat sad for those who have spent time with it.
 
The upside of those text messages, however, is greater.
 
“What’s most rewarding,” Berrios said of the time and energy she devotes to Tailwaggers, “is when there’s a dog that’s been there two or three months, when I get that text: ‘Guess who got adopted?’”
 
It’s been years since Berrios and her family moved from California to Siloam Springs, where she was surprised by how many stray animals she encountered. A longtime animal lover, Berrios began volunteering at the city’s shelter in hopes she could make some of thew animals more adoptable.
 

These days, Berrios not only volunteers her own time, but runs Tailwaggers. The organization’s mission is to improving the lives of pets and pet owners through education, spaying/neutering, fostering and adopting otherwise abandoned, abused and neglected animals.

Fundraising, beefing up volunteer lists, organizing educational outreach efforts and more can be a demanding – and sometimes thankless – job. When those text messages hit her phone, however, Berrios knows that all the effort is worth it.
 
“I love this job,” she said. “That’s what it’s all about.”
 
Berrios is the 23rd person to be featured in Arvest Bank’s People Helping People video series. The series is designed to celebrate individuals in the communities Arvest serves who are uniquely making a difference. 
 
About Arvest Bank
Arvest Bank operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 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.
 
 Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

 

Tags: Northwest Arkansas, People Helping People, Siloam Springs
 

Arvest Bank in Benton County Announces Rewerts Hiring

Monday, September 18 at 06:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Mike Rewerts has been hired in its Benton County market.
 
A veteran of the mortgage and banking industries since 1999, Rewerts will serve as loan assistant manager at Arvest. His primary duty will be the supervision of the mortgage loan assistants in Benton County. Rewerts will be based at the Arvest location at Village on the Creeks in Rogers.
 
“Mike’s mortgage experience in originating, construction lending, processing and management will be a fantastic addition to our team,” said Maria Lau, mortgage loan manager for Arvest Bank in Benton County. “I am confident he will be a tremendous asset for both the bank and our customers.”
 
Rewerts played baseball at both Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and Casper (Wyo.) College, where he studied business management and business marketing, respectively. He lives in Springdale and has one daughter.
 
About Arvest Bank
Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 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: Associates, Northwest Arkansas, Rogers
 

Arvest Bank Announces Matlock Hiring

Monday, September 11 at 06:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Stacy Matlock has been hired as a commercial banker in its Springdale market. 

Matlock has 26 years of industry experience and has attended the American Institute of Banking. In her new role at Arvest, she will generate, evaluate and approve commercial loans, among other duties. She will be based out of the bank’s branch at 415 W. Emma Ave.
 
“Stacy has banking and sales experience, will be a tremendous asset to the team, and is already integrating herself into the community,” commercial loan manager Paula Wilson said.
 
Matlock is a member of the 2017-2018 Leadership Springdale class and is serving as a member of the Mercy Hospital Annual Charity Ball committee. She and her husband, Jesse, live in Springdale.
 
About Arvest Bank
Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 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: Associates, Northwest Arkansas, Springdale
 

Wilson Promoted in Springdale, Ark.

Friday, July 07 at 06:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Paula Wilson has been promoted to commercial loan manager in its Springdale market. 

Wilson has more than 30 years of industry experience, having begun her banking career in 1986. During that time, she also worked for the Arkansas State Bank Department. Wilson, who offices at the Arvest branch at 415 West Emma, has been part of Springdale’s commercial lending team since 2000.

“I am excited to have Paula step into this leadership role, in which she will continue to work with our team to grow our commercial portfolio, and also work with our strategic partners to deepen existing customer relationships,” said Chris Thornton, loan manager for Arvest in Springdale. “We have many exciting things happening in Springdale and Paula has been a big part of that.”

Wilson earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing at Henderson State University and also completed the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University. She is a member of Springdale Kiwanis, as well as a member of the Springdale Library Board of Trustees and Spring Meadows Senior Apartments board of directors, among other civic endeavors.

Tags: Associates, Northwest Arkansas, Springdale
 

Fittro Named Woman of the Year

Thursday, June 29 at 06:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is proud to share the news that Michelle Fittro has been named the Northwest Arkansas Business Women’s Conference Young Woman of the Year.

Fittro currently serves as media strategist for the bank group, meaning she leads strategic planning, purchasing and tracking of media buys for the entire bank group, among other responsibilities. Fittro is the first person to hold the job of media strategist at Arvest, and counts it as one of her proudest accomplishments.

That’s saying a lot considering the praise she received from the 2017 NWA Business Women’s Conference Awards Committee.

“Michelle Fittro is a trailblazing financial professional whose philanthropic spirit and community involvement has made Northwest Arkansas a better place to live and work,” the committee wrote. “We hope that her spirit of leadership and genuine heart for service will inspire others to give back to our community.”

Many of us at Arvest already knew and appreciated these traits, of course. They have been evident since Fittro joined Arvest in 2007 as the Bentonville marketing manager.

Since then, Fittro has amassed an impressive list of achievements here at Arvest, including establishing the marketing department for the Greater Kansas City market and being responsible for developing and implementing the customer communication and experience plan for three bank conversions. A few of Fittro’s other Arvest-related highlights include:

  • Arvest First Leadership Steering Committee member
  • Arvest Bank mentor (2014-2015)
  • Arvest Bank Sales and Service Award recipient in GKC (2010-2013)
  • Arvest Heart of the Bank Award recipient in GKC
Her work in the communities in which she’s lived has been equally impressive. A few of the ones that led to her young woman of the year honor are: 
 
  • Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Forty Under 40 honoree (2016)
  • artinfusion Council Advisor (Crystal Bridges)
  • NWA Emerging Leaders member
  • Bentonville Library Foundation
  • Leadership Benton County Task Force member
  • Rogers Rotary Club
  • Jones Center for Families Millennial Focus Group Committee
Fittro will be presented with the 2017 Young Woman of the Year Award during the sold-out Northwest Arkansas Business Women’s Conference on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers.
 
In the meantime, please join us in congratulating her for this prestigious and well-deserved honor.
 
Updated on 06/30/17.

Tags: Associates, Award, Community Support, Northwest Arkansas

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