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The Town Board of Merrillville has appointed Centier Bank’s Art Russell as representative to the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission. A resident of Merrillville, Russell was unanimously approved as a citizen commissioner at the Board Meeting held on July 14th.

The Shared Ethics Advisory Commission is made up of various communities and counties throughout Northwest Indiana.   Russell joins the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission representing the Town of Merrillville to promote ethical behavior throughout the municipality.   Russell will work with two to three town employees who will receive instruction to become ethics trainers.  Trainers will be responsible for training all town personnel.  Training includes ways to better identify and deal with ethical aspects of decision-making that affects the residents and businesses of Merrillville.  In addition to employee training, the commission also provides sessions designated for municipal department heads and is available to residents serving on boards and commissions.

“A good democracy is where people are held accountable for their actions, where progress and growth can be obtained by having the tools and training to bring about positive change,” stated Russell.  “Having good ethics and standards are important to develop one’s character, especially when they represent so many people.  I am proud to serve my community as citizen commissioner.”

Russell serves as Director of Lake County Community Lending for Centier Bank. A career banker, he has lived and served Northwest Indiana communities for the past 33 years.

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Jones Joins Centier Bank

August 12, 2015

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Michael E. Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, is pleased to announce that Cindy S. Jones has joined Centier Bank as a Mortgage Loan Officer.  Her office is located inside of Centier’s Lafayette Mortgage Banking Center.

With nearly 25 years of experience in mortgage loan origination, Jones has dedicated her career to making the dream of homeownership possible for families across Tippecanoe County.  As a member of Lafayette’s growing mortgage lending team, she works closely with families to provide personalized service and attention to each stage of the mortgage process. 

Jones is a graduate of the Indiana Mortgage Academy.  She serves on the Board of Directors for Jessie’s Kids, an organization that helps at-risk children in Tippecanoe County.   She is also a lifelong resident of Lafayette, where she raised a family with her husband of 35 years, Terry.

About Centier Bank

Since 1895, Centier Bank has transformed from a small community bank into the largest private, family-owned bank in Indiana.  For 120 years, five generations of the Schrage family have contributed a lasting legacy that has created a company built on family values, community partnership, business relationships, and a corporate culture unsurpassed in today’s community banking. 

Centier was named among the top “Best Places to Work in Indiana” by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce for the ninth consecutive year and was named “Best Bank for Business” by Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly magazine for the 13th straight year.

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All educators, in areas where Centier has a presence, are invited to attend the FREE 10th annual Financial Literacy Fair for Educators scheduled to be held at Centier’s Corporate Centre on Thursday, November 12, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Space is limited to 100 attendees.

Teachers will receive financial literacy materials that can be implemented directly in their classrooms and have been correlated to state standards.  The first ten schools to register will receive a $50 check at the conclusion of the fair to help subsidize the cost of their substitute.

Educators from community organizations will also find the materials interesting, easy to follow and very valuable for their clients.  All will leave with free financial wellness materials that can be taught to their students or clients.

Each presentation will conclude with a question and answer segment, and the day will also offer opportunities for one on one discussions.

Please register at www.centier.com/register.  For more information, please contact Dian Reyome, Centier Bank Financial Capabilities Officer at dreyome@centier.com or 219-755-6140 ext. 1832.

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Michael E. Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, announced the addition of five new business leaders who have joined Centier Bank’s new full-service banking center, located at 1 N. Pennsylvania Street in Downtown Indianapolis. All five bankers previously worked for First Financial Bank, which vacated the downtown retail location earlier this year.

Centier Bank hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 2nd to celebrate the bank’s grand opening.  The new Centier branch features retail services on the main floor and commercial services on the 13th floor.

Mary Jo Kennelly has joined Centier Bank as Vice President and Group Manager of the Downtown Indianapolis branch. She brings over 40 years of banking experience in the Indianapolis market to Centier Bank. Kennelly’s responsibilities include the management of Centier’s Indianapolis commercial lending team, as well as client and brand development in the downtown Indianapolis market.MaryJo_Kennelly3

Wendy Bullard has joined Centier Bank as Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of the Downtown Indianapolis branch. Bullard has over seven years of experience in the banking industry. She is an active volunteer for the Arthritis Foundation and a member of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce.Wendy Bullard

Sheila Kneringer has joined Centier Bank as Assistant Manager of the Downtown Indianapolis branch. A resident of Greenwood, she joins Centier Bank with more than 13 years of financial experience.

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Jonathan Walker has joined Centier Bank as Assistant Vice President and Business Banker of the Downtown Indianapolis branch. In addition to his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and M.B.A in Finance, Walker has over 13 years of banking experience. He is a board director and vocational committee chair of the Rotary Club of Carmel.

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Amber Boles has joined Centier Bank as Universal Banker of the Downtown Indianapolis branch. Amber brings over four years of banking experience to Centier Bank.  She resides in Whiteland, IN.

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About Centier Bank

Centier is the largest privately-owned independent bank in Indiana and remains committed to being owned and operated by the Schrage family in the future.  The bank has 51 retail banking locations in Lake, Porter, La Porte, Elkhart, Marshall, Allen, St. Joseph, Hamilton, Marion and Tippecanoe Counties in Indiana.  For more information on Centier products and services, visit centier.com.

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The Office of the Indiana Attorney General and Ivy Tech Community College-Elkhart County, in conjunction with Centier Bank, are hosting a free consumer protection presentation, “Don’t Be a Victim: Protect Yourself from Identity Theft.”

The presentation takes place on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 and will be hosted by Ivy Tech Community College, in the Community Room at 22531 County Road 18 Goshen, IN, from 2:30-4:00 p.m.

In this free presentation, Michelle Mayer, Director of Outreach Services for the Indiana Attorney General Consumer Protection Division, will teach lifestyle habits and lessons to help safeguard identity, including:

  • The latest scams and techniques used by fraudsters on the phone, through email and in the mail
  • How to request and review a credit report and how to report fraudulent activity
  • How to freeze your credit

“Centier Bank is passionate about bringing relevant topics to residents and business owners by engaging our strong network of professional resources and financial experts,” stated Sheila Sieradzki, vice president of business banking in Elkhart.  “Identity theft is a topic that requires constant dialogue and learning in order to stay ahead of fraudsters.  We want to share information that protects and safeguards any personal and sensitive details about you and your accounts.”

Seating for this consumer education event is limited.  To reserve a seat, please register today at Centier.com/RSVP, or contact Centier Bank at 574-295-9834 for additional information.

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212_12693_6_15Michael E. Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, announced the grand opening of a new Centier Bank branch and commercial loan office, located at 1 N. Pennsylvania Street in Downtown Indianapolis.

Centier Bank commemorated the grand opening with a ribbon cutting and community donation to the Indianapolis Parks Foundation and Catch the Stars Foundation on Thursday, July 2nd.

Catch the Stars Foundation is the recipient of a $500 donation in commemoration of the grand opening ribbon cutting of Centier Bank in Indianapolis.  The donation is in support of the foundation’s mission to empower youth through literacy, fitness, and mentoring programs.

Michael E. Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, presented a check to TJ McGovern, Executive Director of Catch the Stars Foundation, at the grand opening of anew Centier Bank branch and commercial loan office, located at 1 N. Pennsylvania Street in Downtown Indianapolis.

“We are honored to support the community efforts of the Catch the Stars Foundation,” stated Schrage.  “Our children deserve every opportunity to engage with encouraging role models and learn to get along, have fun, and be safe.  We applaud Tamika Catchings and her organization for their role in supporting our children, the future bankers of tomorrow.”

The Indianapolis Parks Foundation is the recipient of a $500 donation in commemoration of the grand opening ribbon cutting of Centier Bank in Indianapolis.  The donation is in support of the foundation’s mission to enhance the recreational, educational, and cultural life of the Indianapolis residents through its park system.

Michael E. Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, presented a check to Lori Hazlett, Indianapolis Parks Foundation President, at the grand opening of a new Centier Bank branch and commercial loan office, located at 1 N. Pennsylvania Street in Downtown Indianapolis.

“We believe it is our civic responsibility to preserve the serenity of our parks and beautiful landscape of our city,” stated Schrage.  “Parks provide a venue for families to engage in fun activity throughout the year.  We are happy to support the Indianapolis Parks Foundation and hope that together, we are able to serve generations to come.”

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downtown-indyMichael E. Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, announced the grand opening of a new Centier Bank branch and commercial loan office, located at 1 N. Pennsylvania Street in Downtown Indianapolis.

The retail building, formerly occupied by First Financial Bank, is Centier’s new full-service banking center, featuring retail and commercial services.  The first-floor retail lobby is open to the public Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and commercial loan offices, which are on the 13th floor, are open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Centier Bank entered the Greater Indianapolis region in 2011 with a commercial loan production office in Carmel’s Meridian Mark business complex.  In 2014, Centier expanded operations by building a new Carmel business banking center, complete with full-service banking, and personal and commercial lending, located at 568 E. Carmel Drive.

“The Greater Indianapolis business community has been impressed with our services and corporate culture from the start,” stated Schrage.  “Our customers appreciate the ease of working with our bank, for our creative, responsive, and reputable banking service, and most of all – that we are Indiana owned and have local decision-making.  With our new downtown Indianapolis office, we have a prominent location to create a new group of ‘raving fans’ within the city.  We will continue our family legacy of independent community banking for future generations to come, that is my ‘Not For Sale’ promise…my personal commitment that Centier Bank will remain independently owned and operated.”

Centier Bank at Indianapolis Downtown features personal banking services, a walk-up EZ Deposit ATM (which accepts check and cash deposits 24/7), two teller stations, and six commercial lending offices on the penthouse floor of the 14-story building.

“Our Indianapolis team is made of a strong group of local, experienced bankers who live and know this area…they take great strides to keep a pulse on the heartbeat of the city,” stated Schrage.  “Our core service team are your neighbors, your friends, and they will continue to support and grow the local economy.”

Centier Bank’s commercial lending team is being led by Mary Jo Kennelly, vice president of business banking. The retail branch manager is Wendy Bullard, assistant manager is Sheila Kneringer and universal banker is Amber Boles.

Centier is a $2.8 billion dollar bank, with banking locations throughout Allen, Elkhart, Hamilton, Lake, La Porte, Marion, Marshall, Porter, St. Joseph, and Tippecanoe Counties.  This year, Centier is named among the top “Best Places to Work in Indiana” by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce for the 9th consecutive year and was named “Best Bank for Business” by the Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly magazine for the 13th straight year.

“We are located in the middle of an area with lots of other banks, many of whom have been in Indianapolis for decades,” Schrage stated.  “However, I doubt you’ll find a friendlier bank – in your personal or business ventures.  Centier’s personality – our corporate culture – is different.  The individuals we employ make banking an outstanding experience.  The heart of Centier is different than any other bank in town.”

Centier Bank is commemorating the grand opening with a ribbon cutting and community donation to the Indianapolis Parks Foundation and Catch the Stars Foundation.

About Centier Bank

Since 1895, Centier Bank has transformed from a small community bank into the largest independently-owned and operated bank in Indiana.  For 120 years, four generations of the Schrage family has contributed a lasting legacy that has created a company built on family values, community partnership, business relationships, and a corporate culture unsurpassed in today’s community banking.

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Lafayette and West Lafayette residents have been invited to experience a unique and refreshing approach to community banking, with the introduction of “Dough at Centier.”  This innovative, experiential banking program combines the familiar, neighborly welcome of banking at Centier with daily, weekly, and seasonal promotions.  The Dough experience takes banking hospitality to new heights, resulting in an enchanting bank experience.

Since debuting Dough at Centier earlier this month, Centier bankers have been delivering surprising acts of hospitality in and around Lafayette. The pilot program kicked off on the streets of Downtown Lafayette, with Centier community ambassadors engaging neighbors, mobile billboards circling the square, and bankers dressed as bakers creating unexpected acts of surprise and delight by delivering loaves of bread, breadsticks wrapped in coin wrappers, and pies to the public.

“As bankers, we frequently hear that ‘all banks are the same,’” stated Mike Schrage, Centier Bank President and CEO.  “It’s true, for the most part, that products and pricing are the same, but the differentiator is the ingredients.”

Schrage says Centier’s special ingredients are no secret. The concept of Dough is rooted in Centier Bank’s value-based system.  The company’s core values (Integrity, Friendship, Loyalty, Respect, and Caring) have become a daily part of every interaction, both in branches, and with the community.  Centier Bank hired many long-time Lafayette bankers within the past year and Schrage credits this team, and the company’s unique culture of fun, for embracing people and relationships with the communities of Greater Lafayette.

“Dough at Centier is a prototype for community banks of the future,” stated Schrage.

Centier Bank, founded by the Schrage family in 1895, has pledged to remain an independently owned and operated community bank for generations to come.

Centier also launched a Summer of Saving charitable promotion in Greater Lafayette as part of its Dough at Centier pilot program.  The program is an easy way to teach children about money and the importance of saving, spending, and giving wisely.  Centier is partnering with the Lafayette Family YMCA, YWCA of Greater Lafayette, Lyn Treece Boys & Girls Club of Lafayette, and Lafayette Urban Ministry to provide children 12 and younger with a free coin bank donated by Centier.  Participating children are encouraged to save loose change now through August, when Centier will match each child’s savings (up to $25 during select weeks) and donate that amount to the participating organization.  Lafayette Market President, Joe Howarth, has coordinated with local agency directors and will collect savings results to share with the children in August.

 “We’ve found a great way to showcase lessons in banking,” stated Schrage.  “In addition, we are producing Dough 101 Financial Bites, Pie Day Fridays (when one lucky branch customer will be chosen at random to receive a pie), and a selfie station at all of our area Dough locations.”

“Everyone who stops by the branch will walk out with some dough…guaranteed!,” Schrage exclaimed.

In addition to Lafayette Downtown, Centier is testing its Dough roll out inside of its West Lafayette location at 1020A Sagamore Parkway West, and South office at 1921 Veterans Memorial Parkway South.

About Centier Bank

Since 1895, Centier Bank has transformed from a small community bank into the largest private, family-owned bank in Indiana.  For 120 years, five generations of the Schrage family have contributed a lasting legacy that has created a company built on family values, community partnership, business relationships, and a corporate culture unsurpassed in today’s community banking.

Centier was named among the top “Best Places to Work in Indiana” by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce for the ninth consecutive year and was named “Best Bank for Business” by Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly magazine for the 13th straight year.

Photo 1 Cutline:  A Centier Bank ambassador guides a passing cyclist toward the nearest Centier branch to experience dough at Centier.
Photo 2 Cutline: Centier bankers and members of the Schrage family welcome bank guests with freshly baked bread.  Shown are Schrage family members Jill Schrage (Special Events Coordinator), Stephanie Schrage (Business Banker), and Anthony Contrucci (Director of Investment Services).

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JasonHalcombMichael. E. Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, announced the addition of Jason Halcomb as Mortgage Loan Officer. His office is located at the Centier Carmel Banking Center, located at 568 E. Carmel Drive.

Halcomb joins Centier Bank’s expanding mortgage team in Carmel, Indiana with over 17 years of mortgage experience. A current resident of McCordsville, Indiana, Halcomb is a member of the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors (MIBOR) as well as the Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis (BAGI).

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Michael E. Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, is pleased to announce that Albert L. Gutierrez and Joseph Seaman have joined Centier Bank’s Board of Directors. Gutierrez and Seaman join a group of dynamic and visionary business leaders from throughout the state to serve on the board of the $2.7 billion dollar Centier Bank, with locations throughout Allen, Elkhart, Hamilton, Lake, La Porte, Marshall, Porter, St. Joseph, and Tippecanoe Counties.

Albert L. Gutierrez, FACHE, MBA serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawka, Indiana.  He is responsible for oversight and operations of all Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center entities (SJRMC).  SJRMC is a Ministry Organization of Trinity Health, the third largest Catholic healthcare system in the country.

Gutierrez is a current Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Thomas Edison State College with a concentration in Radiologic Science, and an Executive MBA from St. Joseph’s University.

“Albert manages a large multi-hospital health system and numerous community health centers and outreach programs,” stated Schrage.  “He knows the importance of technology, community, diversity…all important aspects of the workplace environment and all a priority for Centier’s growth.  We look forward to his leadership on our Board of Directors.”

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Joseph Seaman is a Lafayette Community Leader who created a notable legacy as president and chief executive officer serving the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.  Prior to his leadership in Lafayette economic development, Seaman was a career banker with 37 years of experience working in corporate finance, business development, merger-and-acquisition analysis, fiscal and employee management, and more.

Seaman is a current member of many prominent community projects, including:  Art Museum of Greater Lafayette Foundation, St. Mary’s Cathedral Finance Committee, Mental Health America of Tippecanoe County, and Wabash Valley Alliance, to name a few.

“Joe’s banking and community leadership experience are an asset to our growing Centier Family,” stated Schrage.  “He will undoubtedly help guide our growth in Lafayette and throughout the state, for years to come.”

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