Michael E. Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, hosted an evening reception on Thursday to introduce the newly renovated Carmel Banking Center, located at 568 E. Carmel Drive. The retail space, formerly occupied by BMO Harris Bank, is Centier’s new full-service banking center, featuring personal, commercial, and mortgage services. The office lobby is open Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the Drive-thru is open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Centier Bank entered the Greater Indianapolis region in 2011 with a commercial loan production office in Carmel’s Meridian Mark business complex. Since then, Centier has expanded its Carmel operations to include cash management and residential lending, and with its new office, is now a full-service retail branch, offering personal and commercial services, including lending and investment services.
“We always planned to expand our Carmel office, but we were taking our time to put the right team together,” stated Centier Bank President and CEO, Mike Schrage. “In the past couple of years, we invited area bankers Dave Bowers, Bryan Traylor, and Laura Demeter to our team and assembled a strong residential and commercial lending team that can offer experience and expertise to our growing clientele.”
The nearly 9,000 square foot Centier Carmel Banking Center features convenient drive-thru banking services, a drive-up EZ Deposit ATM (which accepts check and cash deposits 24/7), night depository services, three teller stations, a self-service coin machine, and multiple private offices for personal and business lending. The retail branch assistant manager is Liz Jones and universal banker is David Esala. The Regional Branch Manager and Cash Management Officer, Laura Demeter, also has an on-site office.
“Our clients are thrilled to have expanded banking options with our new office,” stated Dave Bowers, Senior Vice President. “We are located in the business corridor right off of Keystone Parkway and Carmel Drive, making us a convenient stop for a lot of folks on their way to and from work.”
Since 1895, Centier Bank has transformed from a small community bank into the largest independently-owned and operated bank in Indiana. For nearly 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.
“The Carmel business community has been impressed with our services and corporate culture from the start,” stated Bowers. “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 expanded office space and retail services, we have a greater opportunity to ‘wow’ clients and the community.”
Centier is a $2.4 billion dollar bank, with banking locations throughout Allen, Hamilton, Lake, La Porte, Marshall, Porter, St. Joseph, and Tippecanoe Counties. Centier was named among the top “Best Places to Work in Indiana” by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce for the eighth consecutive year and was named “Best Bank for Business” by the Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly magazine for the 12th straight year.
“We are located in the middle of an area with lots of other banks, many of whom have been in Carmel for decades,” Schrage stated to guests during the reception. “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.”
Schrage commemorated the grand opening with a ribbon cutting, with a donation of $1,000 to Good Samaritan Network of Indiana. Nancy Chance, Executive Director for Good Samaritan, received the donation, which serves Hamilton County residents by providing food and shelter, financial assistance, life skills and mentoring, and in-kind assistance to residents in need.