Carmel grand opening 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.


Burzic Joins Centier

May 15, 2014

Ray-BurzicMichael E. Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, announced that Ray Burzic has joined Centier Bank.   Burzic is Assistant Vice President/C&I Team Lead, overseeing the underwriting and analysis of commercial loan review.

Burzic joins Centier with a background in commercial lending and credit review.  He earned his Bachelors in Finance from the University of Illinois.

Burzic is a member of the Leadership County of the Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship and the Treasurer of the Illinois Handball and Chicago Metro Handball Associations.  He resides in Chicago.


Smerdel Joins Centier

May 15, 2014

Jacob-SmerdelMichael E. Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, announced that Jacob Smerdel has joined Centier Bank.   His office is located at Centier Bank’s Carmel Banking Center, 11611 N. Meridian Street, Suite 175, Carmel, Indiana.

Smerdel joins Centier’s growing Mortgage Lending Division.  As a mortgage loan officer, his experience affords him a thorough knowledge of Hamilton and Marion Counties, and the central Indiana area.

Smerdel is a graduate of Indiana University and resides in Noblesville.


Grant Joins Centier

April 22, 2014

Nikko-GrantMichael E. Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, announced that Nikko Grant has joined Centier Bank as Mortgage Loan Branch Manager/Mortgage Loan Officer.  His office will be located at Centier’s Carmel Banking Center, 11611 Meridian Street, Suite 175.

Grant joins Centier as a seasoned mortgage lender with experience originating loans across the United States. During his more than 10 years of banking, he has helped hundreds of families achieve their goal of homeownership.  Grant is responsible for mortgage loan origination, mortgage team recruitment, and training.

Grant holds his degree in Business Management from Stark State College.  He resides in Fishers.


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.

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.


Centier Promotes Brown

April 18, 2014

Pamela-BrownMichael E. Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, announced that Pamela Brown has been promoted to OSJ Compliance Officer.  Brown has been a member of Centier Bank’s Wealth Management Department since 2002.

Brown is supervisor of all registered investment representatives and administrative assistants, managing compliance rules and regulations pertaining to investment products.  In her nearly two decades of working with Investments, she has attained many securities licenses.  She currently holds her series 6, 7, 24, 63, and has her Indiana life insurance license.

Brown is a graduate of Purdue University Calumet.  In her spare time, she sings with her church choir at Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church in Merrillville.  She resides in Schererville.


Money Smart Kids Contest

April 17, 2014

James-Muhammad-with-Money-SMoney Smart Week in Northwest Indiana sponsored the first ever Money Smart Week Kids Video Contest. Students from grades 6-8 were asked, “Every investment has a certain amount of risk and an expected return. Imagine you are speaking to an investor; describe how investing in you (such as paying for college or technical school costs) will produce a return. Please be sure to discuss what types of risk the investor would face.”

The students from Northwest Indiana submitted videos through the Money Smart Kids Contest on YouTube. Each video was to be no longer than ninety seconds. “I am so thrilled that we are able to bring another ‘first’ to Money Smart Week. The Money Smart Council helped educators incorporate new technology into the classroom. We were able to help them accomplish that goal. This is the start of many more Money Smart Kids Video Contests not only in Indiana, but nationally as well,” said Dian Reyome, Financial Capabilities Coordinator at Centier Bank and the chairman for the Money Smart Council.

This year’s Money Smart Kids Video Contest were all 8th graders from Pierce Middle School located in Merrillville, Indiana. First place was Brandon Dawning; D’Amani Cundiff was the first runner up and Ramon Garcia was the second runner up. The prizes were an iPad2, iPad Mini, and an iPad touch with Money Smart Kids Winner 2014 inscribed on the back.

“It is very important that we educate our young people in the areas of finances and financial literacy. When we look at the economy today and understand the hardships some of our students have had to endure, it is vital to their future that we help them to understand the importance of investing and saving for their future. I am very thankful that we have those willing to work with area educators by giving teachers more resources to use in our classes and to give students the opportunities to take part in competitions to expand their knowledge in the area of financial literacy. I am thrilled that the three winners this year in the Money Smart Week competition were students from my class. They are wonderful young men and I know they will be successful in all they do,” commented Kim Kincaid, teacher at Pierce Middle School.


Darrell JaggersPurdue University Calumet’s College of Business recently hosted its Alumni Awards Dinner, presented at the White Lodging School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.  The College of Business honored four individuals for their accomplishments and commitment to Purdue University Calumet’s College of Business.  The Young Alumni Award was awarded to Shantel Sams; Entrepreneurial Success Award was presented to Keith Blue; Community Engagement Award winner was Janet Seabrook; and Friend of the College Award was presented to Centier Bank’s Darrell Jaggers.

Jaggers is Senior Partner overseeing the lending division at Centier Bank.  As part of the College of Business Advisory Board, Jaggers provides his professional experience and assistance to programs that help the school, and students, with requirements of the business community to ensure that students develop the skills, talents, and personal attitude that will make them successful in the business world.

Jaggers has served as an advisory board member for the past five years.  A career banker, he is a former resident of Fort Wayne, where he supported outreach and organizations like the United Way, Fort Wayne Historical Society, Friends of the Parks Fort Wayne, and Fort Wayne Committee to Review Local Government.

Centier is now the largest privately-owned independent bank in Indiana and remains committed to being owned and operated by the Schrage family in the future.  Centier has 46 branch locations throughout Northern Indiana, including business banking centers in Lafayette and Fort Wayne, and a loan production office serving Carmel/Indianapolis.


There has been a lot of information out the past couple of days regarding the “Heartbleed” bug. The “Heartbleed” bug is a programming flaw in the encryption of websites that use certain versions of OpenSSL. Centier’s systems have been assessed and are not vulnerable to the “Heartbleed” bug. Online and Mobile services are secure, safe, and can continue to be used as normal.

Please remember to always use unique passwords for your Online Banking and Mobile Banking accounts. Never use easy-to-guess passwords, reveal your password to another person, or reuse passwords on other website. You should also periodically change your passwords.

Centier will continue to actively monitor this situation for all Centier clients. If you have specific questions, please call our Client Service Centier at 1-888-CENTIER (888-236-8437).


Centier Promotes Dame

April 3, 2014

Jesse-DameMichael E. Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, announced that Jesse Dame has been promoted to Vice President.  Dame is Credit Manager, a supervisor in the commercial credit department.

Dame rejoined Centier in 2012, after working for the bank in 2006/2007.  During his time away from the bank, he strengthened his banking expertise while working at other banks in multiple cities throughout the nation, including Las Vegas, and Indianapolis.  During his 10 years of banking, he has worked as both a commercial loan officer and credit officer.

Dame is a graduate of DePauw University and University of Las Vegas.  He holds a Masters of Business Administration, with concentrations in Finance and New Venture Management.  He resides in Crown Point.