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10 selecttraveler.com J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 1 6 BY ELIZA MYERS A fter a hectic day that pulled her out of the offi ce until almost 5 p.m., Carolyn Grieve noticed an email an- nouncing an opening in the business development de- partment at Arvest Bank. She was intrigued. Grieve already worked at the bank and had been on the look- out for an opportunity to move to a diff erent department. "It didn't say much about the position, except that it closed at 5," said Grieve, business development and adventure coordinator for Arvest Bank Benton County in Belle Vista, Arkansas. "Barbara Sul- livan, who'd been there for 23 years, was retiring. Since she obviously liked it, I applied, although I didn't know what it was." Over the course of four interviews, Grieve learned more about the Born: Denver Education: Business accounting degree Employment: Grieve spent 20 years as a real estate broker before she joined the Real Estate Appraisal Division of Arvest Bank. Switching focuses, Grieve accepted her current position at the bank two years ago. Family: Five brothers, three sisters and four lovable dogs Hobbies: Grieve inherited a green thumb for gardening from her dad, who was a professional landscaper and nature lover. She also enjoys golf and walking her dogs. What began as the purchase of the Bank of Bentonville in 1961 became to- day's Arvest Bank, currently located in more than 120 communities. With over $15 billion in assets, the bank is cur- rently the largest in Arkansas, ranked by deposits. The travel program is open to all Benton County customers, with 125 participating in 2015. B E L L A V I S TA , A R K A N S A S A R V E S T B A N K BENTON COUNTY position. ough she had no previous experience in travel planning, she leaped at the chance to manage the bank's travel club. Two years after applying for the job on a whim, Grieve has shaken things up at the Arvest Bank's travel club with outside-the-box trips and new initiatives designed to grow participation and loyalty. L E A R N I N G C U R V E With a professional landscaper for a father, Grieve learned the gratifi cation of seeing things grow when she was a child. e patience involved in nurturing plants aided Grieve during her fi rst few months of leading the bank's loyalty program. Although Grieve had spent most of her career as a real estate bro- ker in Bella Vista, she felt enthusiastic about moving from the bank's Real Estate Appraisal Division to business development. "I thought the position sounded like fun," said Grieve. "I was ready C A R O L Y N G R I E V E B U S I N E S S D E V E L O P M E N T / A D V E N T U R E C O O R D I N A T O R checking in W I T H C A R O L Y N G R I E V E Grieve's Arvest Bank group embraces fun even while on the motorcoach.