Michael E. Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, is pleased to announce the grand opening of a new Fort Wayne Banking Center located at 10315 Dupont Circle Drive West (corner of Auburn and Dupont Road). Centier Bank will host a commemorative ribbon cutting ceremony this month to formally celebrate the bank’s grand opening. At the ribbon cutting, the Fort Wayne team will present a community donation to benefit Brightpoint, a community organization dedicated to removing the causes and conditions of poverty for individuals and families.
“As a result of our continued growth, we are expanding to our new Dupont Road location.,” stated Rob Slusser, Fort Wayne Market President. “Our team has identified the perfect location, capable of accommodating our growing group of personal, mortgage, and business bankers. This is a prominent location in a busy corridor, and a great home base as we continue to strengthen our commitment to the Greater Fort Wayne area and Allen County.”
Centier opened its Fort Wayne Commercial Loan Production office in 2008, on Dupont Circle Drive. Since then, the bank and its staff has grown significantly, as has the bank’s service offerings in Fort Wayne, which now features retail, mortgage, consumer loans, and commercial loan services. Last month, bank staff moved into the remodeled 7,000 square foot location (formerly Raymond James Financial).
Joining the Centier team are three prominent business bankers, all hailing from the Fort Wayne community:
Kevin Cahill joins Centier as Assistant Vice President of Business Banking. Cahill services the Greater Fort Wayne community in commercial lending and treasury management. A graduate of Purdue University, he takes time to support his community as a Junior Achievement volunteer, Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana member, World Baseball Academy volunteer, and Science Central Golf Committee and Gala Committee member.
Rob Slusser joins Centier as Senior Vice President, Market President. He is a lifelong Fort Wayne resident, serving nearly 30 years as a community banker. Slusser is a graduate of IPFW and the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking. He is a board member for PBS39 and is an Advisory Board Member for Science Central.
Brian Ternet joins Centier as Vice President of Business Banking. He is a seasoned business banker who has experience working in and around the Greater Fort Wayne area, specializing in commercial real estate lending, low-income housing, and C&I. Ternet holds an MBA for the Doermer School of Business at IPFW and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking. He is a member of the Alliance Business Group, Board Member and Treasurer for the Fort Wayne Civic Theater, and a Volunteer at Erin’s House for Grieving Children.
Centier Bank has one of the largest and most experienced teams of personal and business bankers, and mortgage loan originators throughout Northern Indiana. Cahill, Slusser, and Ternet join longtime Fort Wayne business bankers Jean Hershberger (Vice President), Dave Schnepp (Vice President), Jon Halliwill (VP/Mortgage Loan Officer), Kelly Hudson (VP/Mortgage Loan Officer), and Jena Schott (Retail Operations Supervisor). Fort Wayne business leaders Mike Cahill (President & CEO of Physicians Health Plan of Northern Indiana), and Jennifer Callison (Broker/Owner of Mike Thomas Associates Realtors) serve on Centier Bank’s Board of Directors.
Together, the Fort Wayne Banking Team is committed to the same excellence that has propelled the organization to pledge a higher standard of service to the communities they serve. As Indiana’s largest private family owned bank, Centier has a competitive edge over other area banks because they can deliver on local decision making, which offers clients quicker response times and streamlines lending services. In addition, the bank operates a call center with live operators, located in Merrillville, Indiana to handle both personal and business inquiries 7-days a week.
With the disappearance of many local community banks, Centier realizes that consumers may be ready for a new start. As an independent community bank, Centier is dedicated to filling that need for the Greater Fort Wayne community. As a leading business and mortgage lender, Centier is committed to a growing number of commercial and mortgage projects in the city, ensuring positive economic growth for businesses and continued quality of life enhancements for the residents and families of Allen County.
About Centier Bank
Managed by four generations of the Schrage family, Centier Bank has built lasting partnerships with families and businesses throughout Indiana for more than 121 years. The company has a firm hold on maintaining a strong corporate culture based on family values, which dictates a business model that puts relationships above all else. Today, Centier is a $3.2 billion dollar bank, operating in ten counties across the state, and is proud to preserve an increasingly unique legacy of independent, community banking as Indiana’s largest private, family-owned bank.
Complimenting Centier’s commitment to preserving community banking is its unique corporate culture, which was recently awarded as the #18 Best Place to Work in Indiana by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Every day is a celebration at Centier Bank. That’s because Centier is not an ordinary community bank…Centier employees enjoy what they do and like to add personality and fun into their everyday work routine. To showcase this culture of fun with Indiana communities and spotlight this unique corporate culture that spreads across the entire organization, Centier employees produced a video showcasing how they have fun at work. It is a refreshing view of the employees who drive the company’s success: https://youtu.be/HuyhXcpba84