Melissa Lefler Henshaw

SVP, Commercial Loan Officer, Arvest Bank

HOME: Clinton

FAVORITE MOVIE: Saving Private Ryan

“SUCCESS IS NOT FINAL; FAILURE IS NOT FATAL: IT IS THE COURAGE TO CONTINUE THAT COUNTS.” — WINSTON CHURCHILL

Melissa Lefler Henshaw may have gone from small-town girl to big-city banker, but plenty of the former still resides in her heart. Her mother taught her how to be a strong, independent woman, and now she’s passing that same wisdom to her twin daughters, Madison and McKenlly.

Melissa Lefler Henshaw

SVP, Commercial Loan Officer, Arvest Bank

HOME: Clinton

FAVORITE MOVIE: Saving Private Ryan

“SUCCESS IS NOT FINAL; FAILURE IS NOT FATAL: IT IS THE COURAGE TO CONTINUE THAT COUNTS.” — WINSTON CHURCHILL

Melissa Lefler Henshaw may have gone from small-town girl to big-city banker, but plenty of the former still resides in her heart. Her mother taught her how to be a strong, independent woman, and now she’s passing that same wisdom to her twin daughters, Madison and McKenlly.

ATTRACTION TO CAREER:

The opportunity to deliver meaningful and tailored financial solutions to customers for their business and personal banking needs. I enjoy working closely with my customers, and as a benefit, my clients feel more like family.

PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

I started running in my early 40s and have since completed an Ultra Marathon, five marathons and too many half marathons to count. Six years ago, I attempted the Pikes Peak Marathon and Ascent. It took me three fails before I finally made it to the top of the mountain within the cutoff period. That was four hot, long summers of training to finally make it to the top.

SURPRISING FACT:

I love adventure and exploring historic places. Growing up, we were not able to take many vacations, so I try to pack in as many trips as possible. I have been to Armenia; Georgia; Berlin, Germany; and Prague, Czech Republic, in the past few years.

MOST ADMIRABLE QUALITY IN WOMEN:

Women of integrity who truly support each other. I surround myself with strong, independent women who are diverse, talented and emotionally supportive for me.

PERSONAL MOTTO:

Not really a personal motto, but I practice a lot of self-care and make sure that I’m challenged physically and professionally.

ATTRACTION TO CAREER:

The opportunity to deliver meaningful and tailored financial solutions to customers for their business and personal banking needs. I enjoy working closely with my customers, and as a benefit, my clients feel more like family.

PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

I started running in my early 40s and have since completed an Ultra Marathon, five marathons and too many half marathons to count. Six years ago, I attempted the Pikes Peak Marathon and Ascent. It took me three fails before I finally made it to the top of the mountain within the cutoff period. That was four hot, long summers of training to finally make it to the top.

SURPRISING FACT:

I love adventure and exploring historic places. Growing up, we were not able to take many vacations, so I try to pack in as many trips as possible. I have been to Armenia; Georgia; Berlin, Germany; and Prague, Czech Republic, in the past few years.

MOST ADMIRABLE QUALITY IN WOMEN:

Women of integrity who truly support each other. I surround myself with strong, independent women who are diverse, talented and emotionally supportive for me.

PERSONAL MOTTO:

Not really a personal motto, but I practice a lot of self-care and make sure that I’m challenged physically and professionally.

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