Teaching Children to Save

April 30, 2015

 

Anthony and Al presenting

Anthony with book and kidsOn April 24, 2015, Centier Bank and the Dyer-Schererville Library celebrated Money Smart Week and the American Bankers’ Association Teach Children To Save Day with a special reading of the book Three Cups by Centier Bank Director of Investment Services, Anthony Contrucci. Each child who attended the event received a copy of the Three Cups book, written by author Tony Townsley and donated by Centier Bank, and completed a craft project, creating their own three cups to take home and use.

The Three Cups book teaches the value of saving money by putting aside money in three separate cups – one to save, one to spend, and one to give, teaching children the value of money management at an early age.

During the children’s reading, parents met in an adjoining room to view an episode of the local television show Money $ense, titled Saving for College, which focuses on methods of saving for higher education. Following the viewing, Al Avila, Centier Bank Senior Investment Executive, discussed with parents the various methods and benefits of college savings and the importance of planning early.

“I’ve always been excited to teach children, young adults and families about the need to begin saving early and often in life,” said Avila, “Unfortunately, whether it’s saving for college or retirement, a common statement I hear is ‘I wish I would have started sooner’.  By hosting these presentations, we hope to build a platform from which we can create awareness, educate, and help bring peace of mind to individuals and families in the future.”

Stated Contrucci, “When we created Money $ense, I always dreamed that the content we were creating would one day become a tool with which we could connect with the communities and individuals that Centier serves in a personal, yet profound way. By hosting events like this, we get to directly engage with individuals, share our content, answer real-time questions, and address concerns.”

Episodes of Money $ense can be viewed at http://lakeshorepublicmedia.org/local-programs/money-sense/.

For more information on scheduling presentations, please contact Dian Reyome, Centier Bank Financial Capabilities Officer at dreyome@centier.com or 219-755-6140 x 1832.

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all four presentersOn Tuesday,April 21, 2015, the Dyer-Schererville Branch of the Lake County Public Library partnered with Centier Bank to kick off Money Smart Week 2015 in Northwest Indiana with an Identity Theft presentation at their location.

Presenters were Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) Toi Denise Houston; Special Agent Anne Houston, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Inspector General; Inspector Mary Johnson, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and Supervisory Inspector Cecil Frink, U.S. Postal Inspection Service.  They detailed ways to protect your identity, stressed the importance of checking your credit reports and advised what to do if your identity is stolen.  The presentation was followed by a question and answer period, which extended the one hour event to two hours due to interest and participation..  Materials were also provided for attendees to take home with them.

AUSA Houston commented, “The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, and other federal law enforcement agencies, working in conjunction with state and local authorities, remain committed in their effort to educate and protect the citizens of our district from identity theft and other fraud.”

Noting the importance of the topic, Chris Rettig, Dyer Schererville Library Manager, stated “While several tips for preventing identity theft were provided in the presentation, the best advice was to be vigilant.   Actions like verifying credit card and medical billing statements, requesting free credit reports annually, and filing police reports when fraud is discovered all help to protect your own identity and may also help stop identity theft in your community.”

For more information on scheduling group presentations, please contact Dian Reyome, Centier Bank Financial Capabilities Officer at dreyome@centier.com or 219-755-6140 x 1832.

Attached photo is from left to right: Mary Johnson, U.S. Postal Inspection Service;  Toi  Houston, Assistant U.S. Attorney;  Cecil Frink, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and  Anne Houston, U.S. Department of Labor.

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Michael. E. Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, announced the addition of Jennifer Coy Rash as Vice President of Treasury Management in its Carmel, Indiana office, located at 568 E. Carmel Drive, Carmel, Indiana.

With over 11 years of business banking experience, Coy Rash will be responsible for providing comprehensive treasury management solutions to clients throughout the Greater Indianapolis region.

Coy Rash is married and has three children. She resides in Clayton, Indiana, and is an active member of the Plainfield Christian Church.

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Michael E. Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, announced the addition of Jeff McComb as mortgage loan officer in its Carmel, Indiana office. McComb brings over 25 years of experience in the banking industry to Centier Bank, having previously worked with custom home builders, home buyers and refinancing clients.

McComb is a graduate of Indiana State University and is a member of both the Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis (BAGI) and the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors (MIBOR). He currently resides in Westfield, Indiana with his wife, Julie and has 3 children.

 

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Michael E. Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, announced the addition of Pamela Nickell as Mortgage Loan Officer in our LaPorte office, 73 Pine Lake Avenue, La Porte, IN.

Nickell is a graduate of Purdue University West Lafayette and brings over 10 years of mortgage origination experience to the LaPorte office. Nickell is a lifelong resident of LaPorte, Indiana, where all four of her children are LaPorte High School graduates.

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Michael-LobeckMichael E. Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, announced the addition of Michael Lobeck as Senior Investment Executive in our Mishawaka location located at 255 E. Day Road.

Lobeck comes from over 30 years of experience in the financial industry having helped business owners, retirees and families achieve a high level of customized financial security. His extensive background in business lending, trust and wealth management enables him to help his clients prioritize key financial goals.

Lobeck is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelors in Financial Marketing and Communications, holds his Indiana Life and Health Insurance licenses and earned his Life Underwriting Training Council Fellow designation.

He is also actively involved in his community as an Eagle Scout with the LaSalle Council Boy Scouts of America, Paul Harris Fellow of the Elkhart Rotary Club and a member of Greater Elkhart Chamber Business Recognition Council.

 

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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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