All educators, in areas where Centier has a presence, are invited to attend the FREE 11th annual Financial Literacy Fair for Educators scheduled to be held at Centier’s Corporate Centre on Thursday, November 10, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Space is limited to 100 attendees.

Teachers will receive financial literacy materials that can be implemented directly in their classrooms and have been correlated to state standards.  The first ten schools to register will receive a $50 check at the conclusion of the fair to help subsidize the cost of their substitute.  All eligible educators will also receive free professional growth points for attending the entire day.

Educators from community organizations will also find the materials interesting, easy to follow and very valuable for their clients.  All will leave with free financial wellness materials that can be taught to their students or clients.

Each presentation will conclude with a question and answer segment, and the day will also offer opportunities for one on one discussions.

Please register at  For more information, please contact Dian Reyome, Centier Bank Financial Capabilities Officer at or 219-755-6140 ext. 1832.


Travel with Confidence

July 28, 2016

Regardless of when you choose to travel, it is important you understand some of the fees you may have to pay if you travel by plane or car. It is better to be prepared, so you can travel with confidence. Check out some of our tips to cut back on unnecessary fees when traveling:

  • If traveling by plane, be sure you travel as light as you can. Some airlines will charge you up to $25 for one extra bag and up to $50 for the second – and so on. Also, if your bag is over 50 pounds, you may be charged an additional fee as well.
  • Certain airlines will charge extra for seats with extra leg room, like emergency rows.
  • “Priority” boarding comes with a fee in certain instances. Try and pack everything into one carry on that you can store under the seat in front of you so you don’t have to worry about fighting for space in the overhead compartments.
  • When traveling by car, use an app such as “Gas Buddy,” to find the best price of gas in the area where you are traveling. You can save hundreds of dollars on an extended trip by saving a little bit of money here and there on gas.
  • Consider pre-booking your hotel rooms when you are traveling or use rewards points for discounted and/or free rooms.
  • If you are traveling to a foreign country, make sure you understand the fee structure for ATM and debit card use. In most instances, using your debit card is preferred (even above using your credit card) and will keep your costs down. Also, be sure you let your financial institution know you are traveling out of the country so holds will not be placed on your transactions and unnecessary fees will be avoided.


Centier announces membership in Allpoint, America’s largest surcharge-free ATM network

Merrillville, IN, July 22, 2016 – Centier has joined Allpoint Network, which means Centier clients now have access to America’s largest surcharge-free ATM network, with some 55,000 surcharge-free ATMs worldwide.

In addition to Centier’s branch locations and ATMs, with Allpoint Network, Centier clients will never be far away from surcharge-free ATM access to their cash, especially in the United States where Allpoint offers 43,000 cash machines in places they’re already visiting as part of their daily routine. Conveniently located in destination retail outlets including major discount retailers, convenience, grocery and pharmacy stores, Allpoint Network ATMs saves Centier clients time as well as ATM fees.

 “By becoming an Allpoint Network member financial institution, in an instant Centier grows its surcharge-free ATM footprint to more than double that of even America’s largest bank,” said Bob Buhle, Senior Partner. “People want a financial services provider that delivers the most convenient account access and management options, and that includes cash access. With Allpoint Network surcharge-free ATMs, Centier can meet our clients’ cash access needs in a way that works best for them — in the conveniently located stores that are already part of their lives.”

How to find the Allpoint Network
Centier clients looking for the nearest surcharge-free Allpoint ATM—including 12,000 locations in Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, and Australia—can do so with their smartphone using the free Allpoint Network ATM locator app. And once at the store hosting an Allpoint ATM, look for the green Allpoint logo.


Allpoint Network resources:

About Allpoint

Allpoint Network is the largest surcharge-free ATM network with more than 55,000 ATMs in leading national and regional merchant locations across the United States, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom and Australia.  Allpoint provides greater access, convenience and savings to customers of financial institutions while providing institutions the tools to compete more effectively for customers. For more information or to find the nearest Allpoint surcharge-free ATM, please visit, like us on Facebook and follow @Allpoint on Twitter. Allpoint Network is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cardtronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CATM).

About Centier Bank

Founded in 1895, Centier Bank is the largest privately-owned independent bank in Indiana and remains committed to being owned and operated by the Schrage family for generations to come.  Centier has been honored as the “Best Bank for Business” by the Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly publication and has been listed on the Indiana Chamber’s “Best Places to Work” list for the past ten years.

Centier Bank has built lasting partnerships with families and businesses in Indiana for more than 121 years.  With assets of $3.2 million and strong growth, Centier operates in ten counties across the state, with 53 locations throughout Allen, Elkhart, Hamilton, Lake, La Porte, Marshall, Marion, Porter, St. Joseph, and Tippecanoe Counties in Indiana.  For more information on Centier products and services, visit

Contact Information:

Centier Bank
Angela Mendez
Public Relations Manager
219-755-6140 ext. 1833

Allpoint Network
Nick Pappathopoulos
Director – Public Relations

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Westfield, IN – Michael E. Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, is pleased to announce the grand opening of Centier Bank’s latest full-service retail branch located in Westfield at 3002 E. State Road 32.  The branch will host a formal ribbon cutting on Wednesday, June 29th.

The nearly 2,000 square foot Centier branch 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, and a self-service coin machine.  The Westfield branch offers convenient banking Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Julie Harrison is the branch manager and Travis Cearlock is the assistant manager.  Holladay Construction remodeled the location, which was previously First Merchant’s Bank.

Centier Bank entered the Greater Indianapolis region in 2011 with a commercial loan production office in Carmel.  Since then, Centier has expanded full service banking in the Central Indiana region, with banking centers in Carmel, Downtown Indianapolis, Westfield, and two Zionsville locations opening later this summer.

Centier has 52 banking locations (and growing) across 10 counties across the state.  Founded in 1895 in Whiting, Indiana, Centier Bank is the largest privately-owned independent bank in Indiana and remains committed to being owned and operated by the Schrage family for generations to come.  The Bank has been named “Best Bank for Business” for the past 14 years by the Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly publication and was listed on the Indiana Chamber’s “Best Places to Work” top ten list for the past 10 years.

Schrage is commemorating the ribbon cutting with a small reception with a community donation to benefit Student Impact of Westfield, which provides programs designed to build character, develop healthy relationships, and equip students to become effective leaders.  Mayor Andy Cook and Jack Russell, president of the Westfield Chamber, will also be in attendance.

About Centier Bank

Centier Bank has 52 retail banking locations throughout Allen, Elkhart, Hamilton, Lake, La Porte, Marshall, Marion, Porter, St. Joseph, and Tippecanoe Counties in Indiana.  For more information on Centier products and services, visit

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andy harlow mortgage loan offier

Michael E. Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, announced that Andy Harlow has joined Centier Bank as a Mortgage Loan Officer.  Harlow will service residential mortgage loan origination for the greater St. Joseph and Elkhart Counties.

Harlow has more than 25 years of experience in originating, processing, and underwriting conventional, FHA, VA, USDA, and Construction loan products and services.  He is a seasoned banker with a great knowledge of Northern Indiana and Southwestern Michigan.

Harlow has been a member of the Board of Realtors and Builders Association for the past nine years in both St. Joseph and Elkhart Counties, and has been a member of the Executive Board of the Builders Association of Elkhart County for the past 5 years, where he was awarded the Associate Member of the Year for the past four consecutive years.  He resides in Mishawaka with his wife of 35 years.

About Centier Bank

Founded in 1895, Centier is the largest privately-owned independent bank in Indiana and remains committed to being owned and operated by the Schrage family in the future.  The Bank has been named “Best Bank for Business” by the Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly publication and has been listed on the Indiana Chamber’s “Best Places to Work” list for the past ten years.

Centier Bank has 52 retail banking locations in Allen, Elkhart, Hamilton, Lake, La Porte, Marshall, Marion, Porter, St. Joseph, and Tippecanoe Counties in Indiana.  For more information on Centier products and services, visit


Merrillville – All pre-K to grade 12 educators throughout Northwest Indiana are invited to attend an Educator Training Session on June 14, 2016 from 9:00 am – 2:30 pm at the Lake County Public Library, 1919 West 81st Avenue.  The session is sponsored by the Northwest Indiana Education Service Center (NWIESC), the Northwest Indiana Reinvestment Alliance and the FDIC in partnership with Bank On Northwest Indiana.

Teachers who attend will receive:

  1. FREE Professional Growth Points for attending,
  2. Grade-specific training materials to cover financial topics related to income and exploring careers,
  3. Identify opportunities to create interdisciplinary projects that reinforce lesson concepts and
  4. View a training demonstration and get hands on exposure to curricula lessons.
  5. Continental breakfast and lunch provided.

Registration is also FREE, but space is limited.  Please register online at and then choose Online Registration in the top right corner.

For further information, please contact Ed Schoenfelt at the NWIESC at 219-926-5555 x 7 or 219-309-6120.


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:


Gary, IN – Centier Bank, in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, will host a free small business seminar on Thursday, April 28, 2016, Survival Kit for Small Business:  Tools to Help You Promote, Manage, and Protect Your Business.   The seminar takes place from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Marquette Park Pavilion, 1 North Grand Boulevard.

This business event is hosted in conjunction with Money Smart Week (April 23-30, 2016), and is designed to put entrepreneurs and small business owners in touch with business resources to assist with navigating best practices and business management.

“We asked our clients for feedback in providing the best banking relationship and one of the things they asked for was classes to help move their business forward in the market,” stated Jonathan Hildebrand, Vice President of Business Banking.  “We are pleased to provide a team of business experts from Purdue University, McMahon and Associates, and the Office of the Indiana Attorney General to assist small businesses and their impact in their communities.”

Seating for the event is limited.  Light refreshments will be served and a door prize will be awarded to one of the attendees at the conclusion of the presentation.  Please register at or call Sharon Harvey, SBA Economic Development Specialist at (317) 226-7272, ext. 123, by April 21st.



Hammond, IN – Art Russell, Vice President and Community Development Director at Centier Bank, has been named President of the Hammond Education Foundation (HEF) by the organization’s Board of Directors.

Russell has been a Director with the organization since 2012, serving as Treasurer and Vice-President before being named President on Feb. 11th.

“I am very excited about my new role as President of the Board at Hammond Education Foundation,” Russell stated.  “Caring about our students and the extraordinary learning experiences that the foundation provides is paramount towards student success.”

As President of HEF, Russell will oversee a range of programs and committees, aimed at driving student success in the School City of Hammond, a district where nearly 81% of its students are enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program.

“Art has been a great colleague to have at the foundation, a positive voice in the community, and a great mentor to me personally. I am certain that Art is the right person to lead HEF in developing and promoting innovative programs for students in Hammond,” shared Joshua Long, Executive Director.

The Hammond Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, was formed as a philanthropic partner to the School City of Hammond in 1983. The Board of Directors, comprised of business, health, civic and educational volunteers, provides support to the students, teachers and administrators through classroom grants, scholarships and special projects. To date, more than $1,300,000 has been awarded. More information can be found here.


Centier Bank Promotes Traylor

February 11, 2016

bryan_traylorMichael E. Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, announced that Bryan Traylor has been promoted to Senior Vice President – Residential Lending.  Traylor’s office is located at 244 E. Carmel Drive in Carmel, Indiana.

Traylor joined Centier Bank in 2013 as a mortgage sales manager.  Previously, he worked as a mortgage loan officer with experience serving Indiana residents. Traylor has overseen Centier Bank’s rapid growth throughout its Central Indiana markets, including Fort Wayne, Mishawaka, Lafayette, and the Greater Indianapolis region.

In 2015, Centier Bank had record closed mortgage loans (dollar amount) in its bank history with 1,491 loans for $282 million.  “This is attributed to our dynamite lending team, including our team of underwriters and loan servicing associates who work together to respond quickly and efficiently to provide world-class service,” stated Schrage.  “We congratulate Bryan in his promotion to Senior Vice President and look forward to the future growth of Centier’s residential lending division under his leadership.”

Traylor is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a major in Finance.  He is an Accredited Mortgage Professional (AMP), a designation of the National Mortgage Bankers Association.  He is former president of the board of directors for the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce.  Traylor and his wife, Lindsay, reside in Zionsville with their three children, where he serves on the Zionsville Town Council.