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Centier Bank Senior Partner Darrell Jaggers to Retire After Nearly 45 Years in Banking

December 14, 2018

Centier Bank Darrell JaggersMERRILLVILLE – The banking industry has changed a lot since 1974, but by focusing on building strong relationships and having the core belief that banking can help build strong communities, Darrell Jaggers has been able to adapt and grow along with the organizations he has served.  

A 30-year veteran of the United States Army, Jaggers joined Centier Bank in May of 2008 after being recruited from Tower Bank in Fort Wayne by Mike Schrage, President and CEO. His roles in overseeing successful lending programs in Northern Indiana and Indianapolis played a big role in joining Centier, helping facilitate expansion into Michiana, Fort Wayne, and Indianapolis.  

“Darrell’s leadership, fortitude, and impact on our growing lending division and new markets will not be forgotten here at Centier,” said Mike Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank. “We wish Darrell nothing but happiness in the next stage of his life and thank him for all he has done for our organization.”

From his time at Centier, Jaggers has developed relationships both internally and externally that he counts among his fondest memories. Somewhat counterintuitively, however, his fondest memory is one that came as a result of the recession of 2008, when there was no clear financial future for the bank or many employees.

As he recalls, Centier’s Senior Management gathered to ensure their associates that there would be no layoffs as a result of the economic crisis. He notes the culture that created, one in which everyone pitches in to help fight through the challenges.

“The impact on morale and on commitment was impressive. Everybody hunkered down and worked hard,” explained Jaggers. “I remember people were counting paperclips, finding any way they could to cut down on expenses. The spirit during that timeframe really helped pull us together. I think that is the number one reason why we have been able to grow as we have over the past 10 years.”

Throughout his time at Centier, two words really stand out to Jaggers as representative of the people who comprise the organization: passion and compassion.

“What is strong here is the passion to serve through our Servant Heart Culture. We care about each other, we care about our communities and we care about our clients as well,” said Jaggers.

He has served on numerous community boards, organizations and projects including the Allen County United Way Board, Allen County/Fort Wayne Historical Society Board, Vincent House Board, Project Renew, Allen County Economic Development Forum, Forum for the Review of Local Government, Leadership Fort Wayne, and the College of Business Advisory Board at Purdue University Northwest.

“Darrell left behind some big shoes to fill in our Lending Department,” said Chris Campbell, who recently has transitioned into a role overseeing the lending department as Senior Partner. “I look forward to continuing to build on his successes and growing our services throughout Indiana.”

He offers the following advice for anyone looking for a rewarding, successful career: “Always look for ways to enjoy what you’re doing. If you’re not enjoying what you’re doing, then step back and ask, ‘Is it you? Is it the job you’re in? Is it your manager? Is it the organization?’ If you’re not, it makes for a long day. If you enjoy what you do, it makes for a short day. You have to do what you enjoy.”

As an active person, Jaggers foresees an active retirement. He is looking forward to playing with his grandchildren, flying helicopters, and finishing the book he began writing 25 years ago.

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