Arvest Bank Hires Funa in Rogers

Friday, March 22 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Alicia Funa as a commercial banker in Rogers.

Funa will be based out of the Arvest branch located at 201 W. Walnut St., and will generate, evaluate and approve commercial loans, among other duties. Prior to joining Arvest, Funa spent 16 years with Tyson Foods, including positions in sales and corporate accounting working with fixed assets and capital project requests.

Funa earned a bachelor’s degree in business, with a double major in accounting and finance and banking at the University of Arkansas. She later earned a master’s in operations management at the university.

“Alicia never forgot that banking was her first love and decided to make this career change to fulfill her longtime dream,” said Payne Brewer, commercial loan manager for Arvest in Benton County. “We are lucky to have this opportunity to pick up a great teammate, and know that her knowledge and expertise will benefit not just the bank, but more importantly, our customers.”

Among other civic endeavors, Funa currently serves as communications chair for the Circle of Friends of Arkansas Children’s Northwest, and is an active member of the American Heart Association and Network of Executive Women.

Funa and her husband, Ryan, live in Fayetteville with their two children.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest

A Spin on Spending - Your Next Big Purchase

Friday, March 22 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

When you begin saving for your next big purchase, take a few minutes to determine how much you plan to spend.

Decide ahead of time if you plan to pay in full with cash or if you want to have monthly payments. If you decide on a loan, be sure to take into consideration the total cost of the purchase, including taxes and fees and always do your research before you buy.

A few tips for a successful savings plan are to evaluate where your money goes each month. You can do this by categorizing your spending each month in your Arvest Online Banking with Blue IQ.

This will allow you to track how much you spend on things such as dining out or entertainment and help to determine where you can cut back. To help encourage your savings goals you can set up automatic transfers in Blue IQ from your Arvest Checking account to your Savings account. These transfers can be designated daily, weekly, bi weekly or monthly. 

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Arvest Bank Announces Gardisser’s Move to Village on the Creeks

Friday, March 22 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Marisha Gardisser has moved to its Village on the Creeks location, where she will serve as a mortgage lender.

Gardisser, who most recently worked as a dual purpose lender in Gravette, has six years of banking experience. In her new role, she will serve as a decision-making resource for customers, providing guidance to them in an effort to find solutions tailored for their unique mortgage needs, among other responsibilities.

“We are thrilled to have Marisha take on this role,” said Maria Lau, mortgage loan manager for Arvest in Benton County. “She has a particular passion for helping first-time homebuyers, but is dedicated to providing an exceptional experience to her clients regardless of the circumstances. Her expertise will be a tremendous asset to both the bank and our customers.” 

Gardisser earned an associate degree at Barstow (Calif.) Community College, is a board member for the Benton County 4-H Foundation, and an active member of the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce, among other civic endeavors.

Gardisser and her husband, Matt, live in Tontitown with their two sons.

Tags: Arvest

Reminder: Before Using Your Credit Card for Online Purchases

Friday, March 22 at 12:00 AM
Category: Personal Finance

Making purchases online can be convenient and efficient. While online shopping never has a 100% guarantee, here are five simple tips that could help keep your information secure when entering your credit card online:

  1. Shop secure sites. Check for the ‘s’ behind the ‘http’ in a website’s address. The ‘s’ indicates the site is encrypted, which provides an extra layer of security for online buys. The address bar may also appear green, confirming the site is secure.
  2. Purchase at home or on a private wireless internet connection. Using either a public computer or a public Wi-Fi network can make you an easy target for nearby scammers.
  3. Keep your social private. Nearly all online purchases can be made without entering your social security number. Don’t provide this or any other unnecessary information when making a purchase.
  4. Add additional security. Anti-virus software and strong passwords may take a little time to set up, but keeping your personal information safe is worth the effort.
  5. Use your best judgement. If a site seems questionable, don’t follow through with the purchase. Deals that seem too good to be true could cost you in the long run if your credit card and other personal information falls into the wrong hands.

If you need assistance with your credit card or wish to report a potential issue, please contact us at (800) 356-8085.


Tags: Financial Education

Take Control of Your Credit Card Debt

Friday, March 22 at 12:00 AM
Category: Personal Finance

Whether you have a high credit card balance or feel like you’re barely chipping away at the interest, debt can be overwhelming. One way to manage credit card debt is by transferring your balance to a different card with a lower interest rate. Over time, this could reduce the amount of interest accrued on the account as you continue to pay off the principal balance. 

What is a balance transfer? Simply put, a balance transfer is when you move the balance from one credit card to another in order to reduce the amount of interest accumulated on the account each month. While the best way to avoid interest is to pay off the full balance of your credit card each month, balance transfers are helpful when you’re unable to pay off the entire amount owed.

Do Your Homework. When considering a balance transfer, make sure you research the following:

  • Introductory APR periods
  • Applicable fees
  • Transfer amount limitations

Most importantly, you’ll want to establish a firm plan to make regular payments on the balance once it’s transferred.

Take Advantage of this Balance Transfer Opportunity. The Arvest Personal Credit Card provides new cardholders with a 0% Introductory APR* on purchases and balance transfers for 12 billing cycles. After that, rate will be based on credit worthiness - 14.65% to 21.00%*.

Existing cardholder? Call us at (800) 356-8085 to learn more about balance transfers today! 


*Introductory Rate: 0% introductory Annual Percentage Rate (APR) is valid on purchases and balance transfers for 12 billing cycles from date of account opening. After that, the APR for purchases, and balance transfers will be based on your creditworthiness (between 14.65% and 21.00% APR) and will vary based on the prime rate. The APR for cash advances will vary based on your creditworthiness (between 14.65% and 21.00% APR) and will vary based on the prime rate. The transaction fee for cash advances and cash equivalent transactions is the greater of $4 or 4% of the transaction. Foreign transaction fee is 1% of each transaction in U.S. dollars. Rates apply to new accounts only and are accurate as of January 8, 2019. Subject to credit approval. Additional limitations, terms and conditions may apply.

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