Fort Smith, Ark. — Arvest Bank announced today that Rodney Shepard, president and CEO of Arvest Bank of Springfield, Mo., has been named the president and CEO of Arvest Bank of Fort Smith, effective June 1.

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The move marks a return to Fort Smith for Shepard, who spent 17 years working in the region before spending the last three years in Springfield.

“We are looking forward to having Rodney back in the Fort Smith community,” Arvest Bank regional executive Cliff Gibbs said. “He played a vital role during his tenure in Fort Smith prior to leading the team in Springfield. Rodney understands the Arvest culture and will hit the ground running upon his return to the community that he loves and supports.”

In Springfield, Shepard was involved in the growth and development of a new Arvest market. That included the acquisition of six new branches in the region and opening Arvest’s third LEED-Certified Branch. The acquisition increased the total of Arvest branches in the area to 13, and staffing also doubled during Shepard’s time in Springfield.

Shepard was truly focused on the Arvest culture of giving back to the community, especially through volunteering, during his time in Springfield. Arvest recently won the Corporate Humanitarian of the Year Award for the United Way of the Ozarks, and also donated more than $30,000 to Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“I’m very excited and grateful to have the privilege to come back to the Arvest customers, associates and the entire community in Fort Smith. I was blessed with a wonderful opportunity in Springfield and now I look forward to bringing all my new knowledge and gained experiences back to the Fort Smith region.”

Rodney Shepard

Shepard’s career spans more than two decades and includes a variety of positions across the retail banking spectrum. Shepard began as a credit manager in 1991 for Norwest Financial in Roland, Okla. Since then, he has worked as a consumer lender, consumer lending manager, regional market manager, branch administrator and sales manager, among other roles.

Shepard earned an associate’s degree from Carl Albert State College, a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern State University and a master’s degree from Webster University. Shepard continued his education by graduating from the MidSouth School of Banking and completing the ABA Commercial Lending School, and Graduate School of Banking program at Louisiana State University. Carl Albert State College also honored him with its Distinguished Alumni Award.

During his time in Springfield, Shepard served on the board of directors for the Missouri Bankers Association, United Way of the Ozarks, and the Public Utilities for the City of Springfield. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Leadership Springfield program and a member of the Springfield Southeast Rotary Club.

Shepard was actively involved in the Fort Smith community during his previous time there. He has served as a director of the Single Parent Scholarship Fund, a member of the advisory council for Young Emerging Leaders of the Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce, and as a council member for the 188th Fighter Wing in Fort Smith. He has also been involved with the River Front Blues Society, Fort Smith Area United Way, the Old Fort River Festival, and is a graduate of Leadership Fort Smith. Shepard and his wife, Lisa, have two children.