Money $ense Series Designed to Improve Financial Wellness

April 18, 2014

As a local community bank with strong roots in NWI, Centier Bank is always looking for ways to bring financial wellness to NWI communities.  The family-owned and managed bank has invested countless community efforts into promoting financial literacy throughout local communities, and employs a team of bankers who manage programs designed specifically to educate families and children with financial lessons.

Beginning in April, Centier is using public television to help spread lessons on financial literacy.  Centier has partnered with the Plan Sponsor Council of America (PSCA) to sponsor Money $ense, a television series designed to educate the public on personal financial issues and improve financial wellness.  The program premiers on Lakeshore Public Television on Fridays at 8:00 p.m., beginning April 11th. Click on the link below for more information on Money Sense. http://lakeshorepublicmedia.org/local-programs/money-sense/

Anthony Contrucci, Director of Investment Services, hosts the show and interviews up to two experts each episode on topics such as budgeting, financial planning, credit and debt, identify theft, and insurance.  “The series brings together experts who take a common sense approach to helping people better understand a variety of financial wellness topics,” stated Contrucci.  “Each episode, we meet and hear from industry leaders who explain the basic concepts viewers need in order to find their own sense of financial well-being.”

It is fitting that Money $ense makes its debuting during Money Smart Week, which runs through April 12th.  Money Smart Week is a national campaign dedicated to supporting financial literacy outreach to children from kindergarten through high school, and adults with programs conducted in both English and Spanish.

Five episodes of Money $ense have been planned for 2014, with the first episode scheduled to air at 8:00 p.m.C.S.T. on Friday, April 11th on Lakeshore Public TV.  The remaining four episodes will air on each of the following Fridays, concluding on May 9th.  The show will then be replayed on Lakeshore’s channel throughout the year and will be made available to other public television stations throughout the Midwest and the rest of the country.

“We all benefit from conversations regarding finances,” stated Contrucci.  “And now, Lakeshore TV viewers will have access to a professional dialogue that they can view in the comfort of their own homes.  I hope people will tune in and appreciate the importance of continuing education as it applies to financial wellness.”

Lakeshore Public Television is available on the air on broadcast Channel 56.1, Comcast Channel 17 or 21, RCN Channel 4, and Channel 56 on AT&T U-verse, Direct TV and Dish Network. It will also be available online at Lakeshore’s website.

Money $ense Air Dates

Friday, April 11, 2014 – “Budgeting” featuring guests Alejo Torres, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Senior Outreach Manager, and John Gibson, Indiana University Northwest School of Business and Economics.

Friday, April 18, 2014 – “Identity Theft” featuring guests Paul Ferron, Chief Marketing Officer and Director of Business Development at Ascente Business Consulting LLC, and J. Michelle Sybesma, Awareness Advocate and Business Consultant with Professional Skills Consulting, Inc.

Friday, April 25, 2014 – “Insurance” featuring guest Mark Bates, President of Pinnacle Insurance Group of Indiana.

Friday, May 2, 2014 – “Credit and Debt” featuring guests Jeff Sanson, Indiana Council for Education Executive Director, and P.N. Saksena, Indiana University South Bend Assistant Dean and Director of Graduate Studies.

Friday, May 9, 2014 – “Planning for Retirement” featuring guests Bob Benish, Executive Director, PSCA, Dr. Marlena Lee, Dimensional Fund Advisors, and Liz Davidson, Founder& CEO, Financial Finesse.

For more information on financial literacy presentations, contact Dian Reyome, Centier Bank Financial Capabilities/CRA Relations Officer at (219) 755-6140 ext. 1832.

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