Centier Bank Welcomes Plank

January 23, 2015

dan-plankMichael E. Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, announced that Dan Plank has joined Centier Bank as Vice President of Facilities Management.  His office is located at the Centier Centre, 600 E. 84th Avenue, Merrillville.

Plank joins Centier Bank with 25 years of experience as director of facilities with previous experience managing local hospitals and health systems.  During his career, he has overseen engineering services, biomedical engineering, networking and technology, construction services and property management.  At Centier, Plank will be responsible for facilities management, construction, and renovation of new banking offices.

Plank received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology from Purdue University in 1991, an Associate of Science in Computer Sciences from Ivy Tech in 2005, and a Master of Business Administration from Purdue University in 2008.

He and his wife, Lori, reside in La Porte and have five children.

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Michael E. Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, announced the addition of three new business leaders who have joined Centier’s growing network of financial professionals serving the Carmel and Greater Indianapolis area communities.

andrea-mooreAndrea Moore has joined Centier Bank as Branch Manager of the Carmel Banking Center.  She is a former retail store manager and previously served as an account executive, specializing in mortgage lending. A resident of Indianapolis, Moore is a member of the Business Networking International at the Ripple Effect Chapter.  She has served on its leadership team, membership committee, and as visitor host.  She resides in Indianapolis with her husband, Scott, and son.

john-reedJohn Reed has joined Centier Bank as Senior Credit Analyst.  Reed joins Centier’s growing commercial lending team to support the analysis of financial statements and preparation of credit write-ups.  He was previously employed for 15 years as a credit department manager.  Reed is a graduate of Indiana University, a member of Carmel United Methodist Church, and is Treasurer of Westfield Shamrocks Rugby Club.  He resides in Westfield with his wife, Barbara, and children.

navi-singhNavi Singh has joined Centier Bank as Assistant Vice President and Mortgage Market Manager.  As a member of Centier’s growing Mortgage Lending division, he oversees mortgage lending operations for the Carmel and Lafayette banking centers.  Singh previously worked as a lending manager in Central Indiana for the past 5 years. He is an MBA graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  Singh is an active resident of the Carmel community where he resides with his wife and two children.  He is a member of Indiana Mortgage Bankers Association and Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors, and is a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.

Centier has grown substantially in the past year, opening multiple new banking centers throughout the state, most notably in Lafayette, Mishawaka, and Carmel.  Centier entered the Greater Indianapolis region in 2011 with a commercial loan production office in Carmel’s Meridian Mark business complex.  Since then, it has expanded its operations to include cash management and residential lending.  The new Carmel Banking Center, located at 568 E. Carmel Drive, serves as a full-service retail branch, offering personal and commercial services, including lending and investment services.

Centier Bank has gained a positive reputation as a community bank with an award-winning corporate culture and best practices for employers throughout the nation.  Centier’s workplace attitude stems from a value-based work ethic which includes a promise to maintain service built on friendship, loyalty, caring, respect, and integrity.   These key values have fostered a positive work experience for its employees and in turn, a new standard of excellence for clients.  Since 2007, Centier Bank has been among the top 10 “Best Places to Work in Indiana” by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and was recently named into the chamber’s Hall of Fame for its years of success as a Best Place to Work.  American Banker magazine also hailed Centier among the Top 20 Best Banks to Work For in the U.S.A.

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Michael E. Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, announced the addition of four new business leaders who have joined Centier’s growing network of financial professionals serving the Greater Lafayette communities.  All four bankers previously worked at Lafayette Savings Bank, which was acquired by Old National Bank in 2014.

Todd Ferguson has joined Centier Bank as Assistant Manager of the Lafayette South branch.  He has more than 10 years of retail banking experience and is a former banking relationship manager.  A Lafayette native, where he resides with his family, Ferguson is a graduate of Leadership Lafayette.

todd-fergusonKris Lowe has joined Centier Bank as Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of the Lafayette South branch.  Lowe is a seasoned banker with more than 25 years of experience serving her local community as a branch manager and vice president of deposit operations.  She resides in Lafayette with her husband and two sons.

kris-loweTom Murtaugh has joined Centier Bank as Mortgage Loan Officer.  As a member of Centier’s growing Mortgage Lending division, he services the housing market for the Greater Lafayette area.  He has previous mortgage lending experience serving the Tippecanoe community for the past 16 years.  A resident of Lafayette, he also serves as Tippecanoe County Commissioner.

tom-murtaughDiana Wirtz has joined Centier Bank as Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of the Lafayette Downtown branch.  Wirtz is a career banker with more than 20 years of experience in the financial service industry.  A graduate of Ball State University, she resides in Lafayette with her husband and children.

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Centier has grown substantially in the past year, opening multiple locations throughout the state, including the Greater Lafayette market.  Centier now features four locations in the immediate Lafayette and West Lafayette area, including branches at Lafayette Downtown (located at 323 Columbia Street), Lafayette South (1921 Veterans Memorial Parkway South), West Lafayette (1021A Sagamore Parkway West), and West Lafayette Meijer (2636 Sagamore Parkway).  Each banking center features a full range of convenient banking services, including mortgage loans, commercial loans, and retail services.

Centier Bank has gained a positive reputation as a community bank with an award-winning corporate culture and best practices for employers throughout the nation.  Centier’s workplace attitude stems from a value-based work ethic which includes a promise to maintain service built on friendship, loyalty, caring, respect, and integrity.   These key values have fostered a positive work experience for its employees and in turn, a new standard of excellence for clients.  Since 2007, Centier Bank has been among the top 10 “Best Places to Work in Indiana” by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and was recently named into the chamber’s Hall of Fame for its years of success as a Best Place to Work.  American Banker magazine also hailed Centier among the Top 20 Best Banks to Work For in the U.S.A.

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Third-Party Lender of the YearThe Indiana District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently recognized lenders that have helped build and support Indiana small businesses.  Centier Bank was honored as “Third-Party Lender of the Year,” for its participation in the SBA Certified Development Company loan program.

As the area’s leading bank in commercial real estate lending, Centier Bank offers the 504 Loan Program as an instrument to help local communities grow and develop economically.  The program provides small companies with long-term fixed-rate financing for expansion, modernization, and for land and large equipment purchases. Job creation is a defining part of the SBA 504 loan program.

In addition, Jonathan Hildebrand, Vice President of Business Banking serving Valparaiso and Porter County, was recognized as the Regional Development Company’s Lender of the Year for 2014.  Sheila Sieradzki, Vice President of Business Banking serving Elkhart and the Greater Michiana area, received the Business Development Corporation’s Banker of the Year award for Largest Number of SBA 504 Approvals in 2014.

Centier Bank currently has 50 retail banking locations and business banking services throughout Lake, Porter, La Porte, Marshall, Tippecanoe, Hamilton, St. Joseph, Allen, and Elkhart Counties.

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Lafayette South Grand OpeningMichael E. Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, hosted a ceremonial ribbon cutting on Wednesday morning to commemorate the grand opening of a new Lafayette retail branch, located at 1921 Veterans Memorial Parkway South.  The newly constructed facility offers convenient, full-service banking for personal and commercial clients.  The branch lobby and drive thru is open Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  The retail branch manager is Kris Lowe and assistant manager is Todd Ferguson.

This is Centier’s second Lafayette location since opening a loan production office in the downtown area in 2009.  Since then, the bank has expanded substantially in the Tippecanoe market, opening a branch inside of the West Lafayette Meijer grocery store this past summer and another branch in West Lafayette, at 1020A Sagamore Parkway Centre, this fall.  Centier’s growth has expanded its market team to include mortgage services and personal banking services.  The new Lafayette South location offers convenient banking services, including three drive-thru lanes, an EZ Deposit ATM (accepting deposits 24/7), and self-service coin counter for clients.  In addition, a night depository will be available.

Centier Bank has gained a positive reputation as a community bank with an award-winning corporate culture and best practices for employers throughout the nation.  Centier’s workplace attitude stems from a value-based work ethic which includes a promise to maintain service built on friendship, loyalty, caring, respect, and integrity.   These key values have fostered a positive work experience for its employees and in turn, a new standard of excellence for clients.  Since 2007, Centier Bank has been among the top 10 “Best Places to Work in Indiana” by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and was recently named into the chamber’s Hall of Fame for its years of success as a Best Place to Work.  American Banker magazine also hailed Centier among the Top 20 Best Banks to Work For in the U.S.A.

“Centier is well-known for its ‘Not for Sale’ promise,” stated Schrage.  “It’s my personal commitment that Centier Bank will remain independently owned and operated for years to come.  We will continue our family legacy of independent community banking for future generations in Lafayette, West Lafayette, and throughout the state.”

Centier Bank is a $2.5 billion dollar bank, and is proud to preserve an increasingly unique legacy of independent community banking as Indiana’s largest, private, family-owned bank.  The company was founded in Whiting, Indiana by Henry Schrage and has remained family-managed since 1895.  Each generation of the Schrage family has contributed toward 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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American Banker magazine has named Indiana-based Centier Bank among the nation’s Best Banks to Work For.  Centier ranked #17 among all banks in the U.S.A.  The program, which was initiated in 2013 to identify, recognize and honor the best banks to work for in the nation, is a project of American Banker and Best Companies Group.

To be considered for participation, banks had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:

  • Have at least 50 employees working in the US;
  • Be a Commercial Bank, Thrift, Mutual Association, Mutual Savings Bank, Savings and Loan Association or a Savings Bank.

Centier Bank was recognized for its exceptional corporate culture, which includes numerous work-life balance initiatives, including an on-site health clinic that is open to all employees with insurance, regardless of whether or not they are insured through the bank.  Centier opened the OurHealth Clinic in April 2013 on Centier’s Merrillville campus, and has since opened locations in Valparaiso, and three locations in Indianapolis, with plans for more.

“We are honored to be amongst the top 20 banks in the U.S.A. and #1 bank in Indiana,” stated Mike Schrage, Centier Bank president and CEO.  “Our community commitment begins with the experiences we provide to our employees.  Our organization puts family values first and this translates into a unique corporate culture in today’s banking industry.”

Centier has been a recognized top employer in the state, having been on the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s Top 10 Best Places to Work for the past eight years.  The organization supports its workforce with many wellness amenities and incentives to create a healthy work-life balance.  The company offers flexible scheduling, day care discounts, and senior care benefits for associates, parents, and grandparents.

In all, 40 banks achieved “Best Bank” status in this second year for the program.  The full Best Banks to Work For list will be featured in the November issue of American Banker Magazine and will be available online at AmericanBanker.com.

Determining the Best Banks to Work For involved a two-step process.  The first step consisted of evaluating each participating bank’s workplace policies, practices, and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation.  The second part consisted of employee surveys aimed at assessing the experiences and attitudes of individual employees with respect to their workplace.  This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation.  The combined scores determined the top banks and the final ranking.  Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process and also analyzed the data and used their expertise to determine the final ranking.

Being a Servant’s Heart is putting the needs of others ahead of your own; it’s being selfless and not acting in your own interest; it’s taking the time to listen to others and give everything your all. This video is about a day in the life of a Centier associate, Bob Lueder, who is a Servant’s Heart!

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Matthews Joins Centier Bank

November 14, 2014

Nick MatthewsMichael E. Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, announced that Nick Matthews has joined Centier as Assistant Vice President of Business Banking.  Matthews services commercial loans throughout the Elkhart, South Bend, and Mishawaka region.

As a member of Michiana’s growing business banking team, Matthews joins Centier as a seasoned banker with experience in commercial banking and commercial credit. He is a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a BBA in Finance and is also a South Bend Chamber Leadership Graduate (Class 39).

Matthews resides in Osceola with his wife, Lana, and two sons, Cole and Reece.

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SAMSUNG CSCThe Influential Women of Northwest Indiana has honored Centier Bank’s Andrea Sherwin with the “Most Influential Women in Marketing/Media” award.

The Influential Women of Northwest Indiana Awards Banquet honored 25 local women in business, construction, economic development, education, finance, government, health care, law, media/marketing, nonprofit and service/tourism.  Winners were selected from more than 172 applicants.

The award recognizes women making a difference in their businesses, industries, and communities in and around Northwest Indiana.

“To be recognized in this way, among an outstanding and deserving list of professionals in marketing and media, is truly an honor, stated Sherwin, who joined more than 500 guests at a dinner held on November 6th.  “It is rewarding to experience firsthand the recognition of women influential in our businesses and community. The combined contribution of time, leadership and dedication by all of the women nominated is a significant investment in the growth and development of Northwest Indiana.”

Sherwin, a Schererville resident, began her career in marketing more than 22 years ago.  She has built a career specializing in bank marketing, working with financial institutions in Northwest Indiana, including Mercantile Bank, BMO Harris, and Centier Bank.

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Educators from across Northwest Indiana attended the 9th annual Financial Literacy Fair for Educators at Centier’s Corporate Centre.  They learned about various financial programs and resources available, heard that the 2014 Survey of the States shows notable progress over the past 15 years and discovered programs developed to help low income families get connected to the internet. They were also made aware of interactive educational programs designed to teach basic financial management skills to 3rd and 4th graders and introduced to the Money $ense television show on Lakeshore Public TV, which can be used as a tool in a classroom setting.

Chris Richardson, teacher at Merrillville High School, commented, “The presentations were informative and offered different possibilities and ideas for incorporation in the classroom.”   Suzanne Demmond from Hanover Central High School stated, “These are great resources for a teacher who is teaching financial services without any textbooks!”

Centier continues to promote financial wellness throughout areas where it has a presence, and welcomes opportunities to partner with those schools and community organizations. For more information email Centier’s Financial Capabilities Officer, Dian Reyome, at dreyome@centier.com

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Centier Elkhart Grand Opening

Michael E. Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, is pleased to announce the grand opening of Centier’s Elkhart Branch, located at 303 County Road 17.  The newly constructed facility offers full-service banking for personal and commercial clients.  Branch lobby hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and drive-thru hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  On Saturdays, the lobby and drive-thru are open 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The new 3,000 square foot Elkhart Branch features convenient drive-thru services, a drive-up ATM (which accepts deposits 24/7), teller stations, and private offices for personal, business, and mortgage lending. The branch manager is Jim Pinarski.

“We have been searching for an ideal location in Elkhart for a number of years,” stated Mike Schrage, president and CEO of Centier Bank.  “We’ve finally found a central location and assembled a strong leadership team of bankers to service the community.  We are happy to finally be in Elkhart.”

Centier Bank is a $2.5 billion dollar bank, and is proud to preserve an increasingly unique legacy of independent community banking as Indiana’s largest, private, family-owned bank.  The company was founded in Whiting, Indiana by Henry Schrage and has remained family-managed since 1895.  Each generation of the Schrage family has contributed toward 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 Bank is growing steady and quickly in the Michiana region.  Last month, the bank opened a banking center in Mishawaka and earlier this year opened multiple locations throughout the Greater Lafayette region.  The Bank has 50 locations statewide in Lake, Porter, La Porte, Marshall, St. Joseph, Elkhart, Allen, Tippecanoe, and Hamilton Counties.

Centier Bank has gained a positive reputation as a community bank with an award-winning corporate culture and has developed best practices for employers throughout the nation.  Centier’s workplace attitude stems from a value-based work ethic which includes a promise to maintain service built on friendship, loyalty, caring, respect, and integrity.   These key values have fostered a positive work experience for its employees and in turn, a new standard of excellence for clients.  Since 2007, Centier Bank has been among the top 10 “Best Places to Work in Indiana” by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and was recently named into the chamber’s Hall of Fame for its years of success as a Best Place to Work.  American Banker magazine also hailed Centier as the “#4 Best Bank to Work For” in the U.S.A.

“Centier is well-known for its ‘Not for Sale’ promise,” stated Schrage.  “It’s my personal commitment that Centier Bank will remain independently owned and operated for years to come.  We will continue our family legacy of independent community banking for future generations in Elkhart, Mishawaka, South Bend – the entire Michiana region.”

Schrage commemorated the grand opening with a donation to Junior Achievement serving Elkhart.   Amish Shah, President of the Board of Directors for JA, received the donation on behalf of the organization.

The new Centier Bank building was remodeled with the help of Gerometta & Kinel Architects and Majority Builders of South Bend managed construction.

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