CENTIER AND DYER-SCHERERVILLE LAKE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY PARTNER TO TEACH CHILDREN AND ADULTS TO SAVE FOR THEIR FUTURE

Schererville  – In celebration of the American Banker’s Teach Children to Save Day (TCTSD) which takes place during the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Money Smart Week, the Dyer-Schererville Branch of the Lake County Public Library and Centier have partnered with presentations that will run concurrently for adults and their children.  The presentations will take place at the Dyer-Schererville Branch, 1001 West Lincoln Highway in Schererville on Friday, April 24, 2015 (TSCTSD) from 4 – 5 pm.  Money Smart Week runs from April 18 – 25, 2015.

Money $ense host, Anthony Contrucci, commented, “When we created Money $ense, I always dreamed that the content we were creating would one day become a tool in which we could utilize to connect with the communities and individuals that Centier humbly serves in a personal yet profound way. By partnering on this event we get to directly engage with individuals, share our content, answer real time questions, and address timely concerns. We are excited to offer this premiere event in partnership with the Lake County Public Library!”

Three Cups, the book written by Mark St. Germain, which teaches children to save, spend, and be charitable, will be read to the children by Money $ense host, Anthony Contrucci, Director of Centier’s Investment Services.  Following the reading, each child will participate in a craft so they are able to take their own three cups home with them.  The first 50 to register will also receive a free copy of the book.

Parents or guardians will learn many ways to save for their children’s higher education in an adjoining room.  After watching the Money $ense Saving for College episode, investment executives  will be on hand for a question and answer period.  A $25 Visa gift card door prize will be awarded to one lucky winner at the conclusion of the session.

Light refreshments will be served at both presentations.  Participants may RSVP by calling the Dyer-Schererville Branch Information Desk at 322-4731 x 4 or online at www.lcplin.org.  Please RSVP no later than April 17th.

For more information on Money Smart Week and/or financial literacy presentations, contact Dian Reyome, Centier Bank Financial Capabilities Officer, dreyome@centier.com or 219-755-6140 x 1832.   Episodes of Money $ense can be viewed at http://lakeshorepublicmedia.org/local-programs/money-sense/.

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CENTIER BANK AND DYER-SCHERERVILLE LAKE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY PARTNER WITH U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE ON IDENTITY THEFT PRESENTATION 

SCHERERVILLE – The Dyer-Schererville Branch of the Lake County Public Library and Centier have partnered with the U.S. Attorney’s office to offer a presentation on Identity Theft. This event is free and open to the public. The presentation will take place at the Dyer-Schererville Branch, 1001 West Lincoln Highway in Schererville on Tuesday, April 21st from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Toi Houston will discuss ways to protect yourself from having your identity stolen – and offer advice on what to do if it does happen.

The presentation is being offered in conjunction with Money Smart Week, April 18 – 25, 2015. Money Smart Week is a national public awareness campaign coordinated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to help individuals and families better manage their personal finances.  Chris Rettig, manager of the Dyer-Schererville Branch, commented, “With credit card data breaches making the news every few months, we look forward to providing the opportunity for  residents to get authoritative advice from the U.S. Attorney’s Office on identity protection.”

Participants may RSVP by calling the Dyer-Schererville Branch Information Desk at 322-4731 x 4 or online at www.lcplin.org.  Seating is limited so please RSVP no later than April 14th.  Light refreshments will be served and a $25 Visa gift card door prize will be awarded to one of the attendees at the conclusion of the presentation.

For more information on Money Smart Week and/or financial literacy presentations, contact Dian Reyome, Centier Bank Financial Capabilities Officer, dreyome@centier.com or 219-755-6140 x 1832.

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Ivy Tech, IU Northwest to host Money Smart Resource Fairs April 23, 24

Money Smart Week press conference on April 9 announces winners of Money Smart Kid video contest

On April 23 and 24, the Northwest Indiana Money Smart Week Council (NWI MSW) will host two free Money Smart Resource Fairs aimed at teaching people strategies for better money management. Money Smart offers adults sound strategies and advice for improving your financial IQ and starting your own business.

The fair on Thursday, April 23 is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ivy Tech Community College in Valparaiso.

The fair on Friday, April 24 is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the John W. Anderson Library Conference Center, room 105, Indiana University Northwest in Gary.

Informative breakout sessions include:

  • 10 a.m. — Identity Theft
  • 11 a.m. — Credit Repair
  • Noon — Top 10 Tips for Students
  • 1 p.m. — Basic Savings Tips

IU Northwest will also have a health fair in conjunction with its Money Fair, which will include blood pressure and other health screenings, health education information, and nutritional/dietary support.

The two winners for the Money Smart Kid video contest will be announced at a press conference scheduled for 10 a.m., Thursday, April 9 in the lobby of the IU Northwest School of Business, located in the Dunes Medical/Professional Building.  Middle school students from Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Jasper and Newton counties were invited to submit entries.

The two fairs are offered along with more than 3,500 free financial programs nationwide during Money Smart Week, April 18 – 25, 2015.  Coordinated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and its Money Smart partners, Money Smart Week – Indiana is designed to educate consumers about money management and create awareness of financial education programs on a wide range of topics, such as budgeting, saving and using credit wisely. Other educational activities will be presented throughout Northwest Indiana by local community groups, government agencies, businesses, schools, and non-profit organizations.

“Money Smart Week began as a coordinated effort among a small group of Chicago-area organizations working to promote financial literacy,” says Alejo Torres, Senior Outreach Manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. “Today, Money Smart Week continues to expand nationally, providing greater awareness of, and access to, personal finance resources for all.”

Information on all Money Smart presentations throughout Indiana can be found at http://www.moneysmartweek.org. To learn more about the Money Fairs, contact Dian Reyome, Northwest Indiana Money Smart Week Chair at dreyome@centier.com.

About Indiana University Northwest

As one of seven Indiana University campuses, IU Northwest leads the region as the premier, urban campus dedicated to serving the needs of more than 6,000 students from the state’s most diverse and industrialized region. Committed to helping its local Northwest Indiana communities thrive, IU Northwest is best-known for providing a personal, quality and affordable education close to home.  IU Northwest positions its students to be leaders with more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and pre-professional degree options available from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health and Human Services, the School of Business and Economics, and the School of Education. The campus is also host to IU School of Medicine-Northwest, which actively involves students in research and local healthcare needs through its four-year medical doctorate program. For more information, please visit www.iun.edu.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS                                                                                          

IU NORTHWEST:

Rosemary Manesis

Office of Marketing and Communications

219-980-7116

rmanesis@iun.edu

 

CENTIER BANK

Dian Reyome

Financial Capabilities Officer

219-755-6140, ext. 1832

dreyome@centier.com

 

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France Joins Centier Bank

March 18, 2015

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Michael E. Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, announced the addition of Chris France as Mortgage Loan Officer, serving the Hamilton County market. France joins Centier Bank’s expanding mortgage team in Carmel, Indiana, with over 19 years of banking experience, and is responsible for providing mortgage assistance, education and financing to homeowners and home buyers.

France graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. He is a lifelong resident of Indiana, where he lives with his wife and two children.

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Hudson Joins Centier Bank

March 16, 2015

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Michael E. Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, announced that Kelly Hudson has joined Centier Bank as Mortgage Loan Officer.  Her office is located inside of Centier’s Fort Wayne Banking Center, 9921 DuPont Circle Drive West #110.

Hudson joins Centier Bank’s expanding Fort Wayne Mortgage Lending Team with nearly 25 years of industry experience.  A longtime Fort Wayne resident, Hudson is an active member of the community, serving and volunteering for the JDRF, National Kidney Foundation, and local Animal Care and Control.

She resides in Fort Wayne with her husband of 36 years, Cliff.  They are parents to one son and one grandson.

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michelle-maravillaMichael E. Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, announced the promotion of Michelle Maravilla to Assistant Vice President/Human Resources Manager.  Maravilla joined Centier in 2006 and has built her career as a loyal ambassador of the employer brand, previously working in the company’s Education and Training Department.

As Human Resources Manager, Maravilla will be responsible for further developing talent acquisition, hiring strategy, employee relations and organizational development.  A graduate of Purdue University, she holds an MBA in Human Resources.  She is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management Northwest Indiana (SHRM NWI).

Maravilla resides in Crown Point with her husband, Dave, and two daughters.

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Rudge Joins Centier Bank

February 2, 2015

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Michael E. Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, announced that Timothy M. Rudge has joined Centier Bank as Vice President of Business Banking.  His office is located inside of Centier’s Mishawaka Banking Center, 255 E. Day Road.

Rudge joins Centier Bank’s expanding Michiana Lending Team with more than 28 years of experience in commercial banking. He was formerly employed as a senior relationship manager with an East Coast financial firm.

A graduate of LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York, Rudge served most recently on the Board of the Capital District YMCA and Capital Region Sponsor-a-Scholar in Albany, New York.

Rudge is married with two sons.

 

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Nelson Joins Centier Bank

January 30, 2015

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Michael E. Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, announced that Tim Nelson has joined Centier Bank as Vice President of Business Banking.  His office is located at the Centier Centre, 600 E. 84th Avenue, Merrillville.

Nelson is a career banker with nearly 30 years of experience in commercial lending.  A graduate of Wabash College, he is an active member of his community and regularly participates and volunteers with Lake Area United Way.

Nelson and his wife, Denise, reside in Crown Point and have two children.

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Westlake Joins Centier Bank

January 29, 2015

tracie-westlakeMichael E. Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, announced that Tracie Westlake has joined Centier Bank as Mortgage Loan Officer.  Her office is located at Centier’s Elkhart Banking Center, 303 County Road 17.

Westlake joins Centier’s growing Michiana mortgage lending team with more than 25 years of experience in banking and mortgage lending serving the Elkhart, Mishawaka, South Bend, and Goshen areas.

A native of Elkhart County, Westlake is an active member of the Builders Association of Elkhart County and Elkhart County Board of Realtors, as well as an affiliate member of the Elkhart and Goshen Chamber of Commerce.

She resides in Mishawaka.

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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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