Jan. 21 – Community bank featured on national show | fwbusiness

Centier Bank, Indiana’s largest private family bank, will be the featured company in an upcoming national broadcast of the award-winning educational series, “Viewpoint with Dennis Quaid.” The series chronicles stories from industry-leading organizations, with previous episodes highlighting the impacts of companies such as Southwest Airlines and Royal Caribbean.

Mike Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, said he was proud to say “yes” to this opportunity when it was presented in late 2020. The project was filmed over the summer in Merrillville, where the bank has its headquarters.

“Community banks are locally owned and operated financial institutions that allow money to flow within the community,” Schrage explained. “Deposits come in, loans go out, and everything stays close to home because every penny goes to the community – even down to employing locals. The episode tells the story of the impact of community banks and why they are essential for cities across America. It is humbling for Centier to tell the story of community banks and help people realize how essential community banks are to their local economies.

The shows are currently airing on channels including CNN, CNN Headline News, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, Fox Business Network, TLC, Travel and Discovery, and the episode is also expected to be distributed to public television affiliates the week of January. 24.

John Patrick, senior producer at “Viewpoint,” said the production approached Centier Bank because of its long history and commitment to Indiana communities.

“We at ‘Viewpoint’ search far and wide to showcase businesses that viewers connect with,” Patrick said in the ad. “Community banks have more positive impacts than people realize. When we came across Centier Bank, we saw a great story that needed to be told.

“Centier Bank has heart,” he added.

Schrage said some of the touchpoints he and other bank executives highlight in the episode are community service, the importance of a local workforce, and the principle that banks communities move their money locally to build better places to live.

“If we could pick one takeaway for viewers of this program, it would be to appreciate how much local community banks care,” Schrage said. “I hope they start noticing the impact their local banks have on their communities. Whether it’s financing the start-up of new businesses or local infrastructure, helping — local community banks like Centier are essential.

Centier has over 60 locations, including Fort Wayne, Goshen and Elkhart, and currently serves 11 counties with over 900 employees and over $5.9 billion in assets.

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