FORT SMITH, Ark. – Arvest Equipment Finance closed more than $161 million in new production in 2018, a record total for the division of Arvest Bank, it was announced today.

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That represents a 52-percent increase in gross production year-over-year.

“I am proud of this team accomplishment and excited about our future growth,” Arvest Equipment Finance president Eric Bunnell said. “John Bradford, Arvest Equipment Finance sales manager, has done an excellent job leading the sales team in this record production. We continue to see strong support from the commercial lenders throughout the bank footprint and increase our presence in their markets.

“The vendor production also continues to grow as we expand our external sales team and work with more dealers to offer financing solutions for their customers.”

Arvest Equipment Finance also increased its total portfolio from $248.6 million to $310.1 million – a 24.7 percent jump – from 2017 to 2018.

Additionally, Arvest Equipment Finance announced a round of recent promotions for Matt Crawley, John Harders and Josh Smith. Crawley, a Certified Lease and Finance Professional (CLFP) was named division control manager after serving since 2011 as Arvest Equipment Finance’s asset manager. In his new role, he will oversee the compliance, controls and audits, among other responsibilities.

Harders, who has served as an Arvest Equipment Finance sales support specialist since 2009, was promoted to operations manager. Also a CLFP, Harders will manage Arvest Equipment Finance’s bank sales support specialists in his new role.

Smith was promoted from vendor sales support specialist to vendor program manager. As such, he will oversee Arvest Equipment Finance’s vendor operations while managing the vendor sales specialists and administrators. Smith has been with Arvest Equipment Finance since 2015 and also holds the CLFP designation.

“These three managers will help guide and lead our team to continued growth. It is always satisfying when we can promote from within.”

Eric Bunnell

Arvest Equipment Finance is headquartered in Fort Smith, Ark., with locations in Little Rock, Kansas City and Tulsa, and does business throughout Arvest’s four-state footprint.