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#17 Large Employer Website: www.arvest.com Twitter Handle: @ArvestBank U.S. Corporate Headquarters: Fayetteville, Arkansas Industry: Banking and Financial Services Status: Private U.S. Employees: 5,927 Oklahoma Employees: 1,643 Year Founded: 1961 Company Leader: Kevin Sabin, President and CEO A rvest Bank has total assets exceeding $18 billion and operates more than 270 branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas. In addition to serving customers in more than 120 communities, Arvest Bank takes pride in serving its employees. “What sets Arvest apart as a best employer is the culture based on our core values – communicate openly and strive for excellence. Honesty, respect, and trust are the pillars that support open com- munication,” said Brad Krieger, executive vice president and regional manager for Oklahoma and Kansas. “Management at all levels truly embraces an open-door policy and the concepts of servant leadership. We also set high standards and seek to continuously im- prove. There is a focus on friendliness, responsibility, and customer service. These characteristics are evident in how we treat customers and associates.” Arvest pays up to 92 percent of medical insurance premiums, and associates can earn up to four weeks of paid time off beginning on their first day. The financial institution offers some tuition reimbursement in certain cases, profit-sharing bonuses, 401(k) match, and lots of as- sociate events like ice cream days, food trucks at different branches and more. 32 2018 Best Places to Work In addition to a corporate challenge sporting event that Arvest as- sociates can voluntarily participate in, the bank also has a presence at local marathons and 5K events. Arvest recognizes years of service through a letter to the asso- ciate, a lapel pin and a monetary bonus based on years of service. The service anniversaries are also posted on the intranet site and announced at employee meetings. In addition, Arvest’s “Own It” campaign encourages associates to recognize one another for behaviors and attitudes that align with the mission, vision and values. Arvest Bank places particular emphasis on its commitment to the communities it serves. In Oklahoma City, one of the best examples of that commitment is the involvement with United Way of Central Oklahoma. In addition to it being a Pacesetter company, Brad Krieg- er, Ron Witherspoon and Nick Samarripas are among the members of the 2018 Campaign Cabinet. Arvest also has participated in the United Way’s Loaned Executive program for several years. “Arvest is involved in many other initiatives as well, including our annual 1 Million Meals campaign, and we believe that all of these endeavors reflect our commitment to all of the communities where we live, work and play.” The Journal Record