Honoring Local Presidents
President of Arvest Bank
3201 McClelland Blvd., Ste. C
What’s a typical day of work like for you?
Like most, I am not sure there is such a thing as a “typical” day. I start the work days by getting to the office around 7 am, where I start with a devotional. I find that helps center my day and prepare me for what might be coming. From there, each day is pretty unique, filled with plenty of internal meetings, community events, meetings with customers, visiting branches and checking emails. A typical day usually ends with my wife and me doing something that centers around one of our two boys, such as a school activity, practice, homework or just being together at the house.
What do you love most about your field and what you do?
There are really two things I love most about what I do. The first is the opportunity to work with our customers. I think you get into banking to be a part of people fulfilling their dreams. Starting a business, buying a home, sending a child to college, getting that boat you always dreamed of, investing for retirement – these are all examples of the parts of life a banker gets to be involved in.
The second is getting the pleasure of working with our fantastic group of associates. I have been blessed to be a part of Arvest for 28 years and have enjoyed many job opportunities during that time. To be able to pay that back by helping other associates grow and succeed is probably the most rewarding part of what I do today.
How do you stay organized and manage your time?
Despite bemoaning our attachment to electronic devices, I am not sure how I would stay organized without the calendar on my cell phone. That little “ding” that reminds me I am supposed to be somewhere has saved me many times. However, I am still a paper “to-do” list guy; it sits on the corner of my desk to remind me what needs to be done.
In your opinion, what does it take to be an excellent leader?
To be an excellent leader, in my opinion, starts with being genuine. I believe God wired us all a certain way, and to try to lead from something other than those innate gifts lacks authenticity. When you are comfortable with yourself and your ability, that gives you a freedom to then focus on those around you, and that is when your leadership influence is the strongest.
What do you do to support the community?
Personally, I currently serve on two boards: Children’s Haven and College Heights Christian School. I also have begun serving as a deacon at First Baptist Church in Joplin. In addition, Arvest believes strongly in supporting our communities, so I get to encourage our teammates to also get involved in something they are passionate about.
What is a professional goal you have for 2019?
I try to set several personal development goals for myself each year. This year they include reading at least one book per month.
What is a favorite inspirational quote or a mantra that guides you?
There are many, and they seem to change over time. One quote, however, that I have held on to for a long time is, “Expect the best, prepare for the worst, and celebrate it all.”