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Centier Bank Vice President, Property Management Director Jim Kendall to Retire After 18 Years
April 6, 2018
MERRILLVILLE– After an 18-year career of overseeing an era of massive branch growth, Purchasing and Property Management Director Jim Kendall is set to retire on April 6, 2018.
With the development of new branches, Kendall works with internal teams to determine needs and wants for what will make each branch optimal for Centier clients. He and his team create layouts and determine a lot of factors for what the branch will ultimately be before handing the designs to an architect for the final drawing. That helps keep costs down for opening a new branch, of which Kendall has been a part of nearly 40 in his career at Centier.
“Jim has been with Centier during our largest period of growth and has played a key role in helping shape our customer experience in and around our 60 branches,” said Mike Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank. “We wish him the best in the next stage of his life, and he leaves some big shoes to fill in our continued development.”
Kendall’s banking career began in 1980 in a similar property management role at a competitor bank, and he joined Centier in 1999 when the bank began its Property Management and Purchasing Department. Throughout his tenure at Centier, Kendall has touched every branch in some capacity, through design, construction, or even purchasing furniture. He was also instrumental in the design and execution of the Centier Corporate Centre. Expanding from 22 to 60 locations in his time here at Centier, Kendall has seen a number of unique challenges with the growth of the bank.
As a landscape architecture and preservation enthusiast, one branch opening, in particular, stands out for Kendall: The Gary Downtown branch, which resides within the old Gary State Bank building. The renovation at 504 Broadway even earned Centier Bank a Preservation Award from Indiana Landmarks and brought back memories for Kendall, who worked at the building early in his banking career.
“That whole project just brought back tons of memories. The space had been gutted so we re-created the 1920’s-era look by salvaging items from other parts of the building like the marble, the doors, and the woodwork. I enjoy that type of work,” explained Kendall.
One of his favorite memories from working at Centier results from the fun and family-like atmosphere displayed at the company’s annual “Weiner Fest.” The annual gathering expanded from a small cookout to a fundraising carnival, which supports Centier’s C.A.R.E. nonprofit organization.
In his retirement, Kendall plans to travel, spend time with his family, volunteering for the Crown Point Preservation Commission, of which he serves as Vice Chairman, along with Indiana Landmarks. Mostly, he looks forward to working on his chief hobby: creating stained glass projects. He finds working on stained glass the same as he found his time at Centier; “satisfying.”
“I am very satisfied. Like all jobs, there are challenges – good days and bad – but the job was always satisfying,” said Kendall. “The groups of people here I will miss and the work has been challenging, but I feel like I have achieved a lot and created things that are useful. It’s all about added value.”
Photo Caption: Jim Kendall in Center Bank’s Corporate Centre Property Management Department.
About Centier Bank
Since 2007, Centier Bank has been among the top “Best Places to Work in Indiana” by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and received national attention by American Banker magazine as one of the Top Best Banks to Work For in the U.S.A.
Centier is the largest, private, family-owned bank in Indiana and remains committed to being owned and operated by the Schrage family in the future. The bank has retail banking locations in Allen, Boone, Elkhart, Hamilton, Lake, La Porte, Marion, Marshall, Porter, St. Joseph, and Tippecanoe Counties in Indiana. For more information on Centier products and services, visit www.centier.com.