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Cristal Brisco Named to Centier Bank Board of Directors


Michael E. Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, is pleased to announce the appointment of Cristal Brisco as a new member of Centier’s Board of Directors.

Brisco is an executive-experienced attorney and currently serves as Magistrate Judge for the St. Joseph Circuit Court. Previously, she has served as General Counsel for the Corporation of Saint Mary’s College - Notre Dame and Chief Legal Counsel for Mayor Pete Buttigieg through the City of South Bend’s Executive Branch.

“I am excited to join the leadership team at Centier Bank and helping support its mission of being a community partner throughout Indiana,” explained Brisco. “Centier’s commitment to building communities through banking, financial literacy, and volunteerism is exemplary, and I look forward to contributing to the...

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Planning The Plaza, a public living room for Michigan City

"When you have a plaza,” said Dan Senftner, Director and CEO of Destination Rapid City, “You have a living room in your downtown."

Senftner, one of the keynote speakers at Monday’s breakfast hosted by Michigan City NOW, addressed a room full of local stakeholders in The Plaza - Michigan City's Gathering Place project.

The-Plaza-Michigan-Citys-Gathering-Place-8The Rapid City native explained how a similar project in his hometown had fundamentally improved residents’ quality of life.

"It's where people will gather," he said. "You will see friends and neighbors that you rarely see at the gathering space.”

Alex Knudson named Addison Pointe May 2019 Employee of the Month


Alex Knudson was named the May 2019 Addison Pointe Health and Rehabilitation Employee of the Month after being nominated by her peers. Knudson is a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) and has enrolled this fall at Ivy Tech to begin classes toward becoming a nurse. As a CNA at Addison Pointe, Knudson is responsible daily care of residents, including assisting them with dressing, bathing, eating, and other activities of daily life, helping them prepare for medical appointments and therapy sessions, and engaging with them socially and professionally throughout the day.

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A whole-person approach to financial advising: Part 2 of a two-part Oak Partners series


Setting up shop in Oak Partners, Inc.’s inviting office in downtown Valparaiso, Chris Mahlmann, Founder of the Life Sites, convened a round-table discussion with members of the Oak Partners team. The group covered a lot of ground in the space of an hour, uncovering interesting and even somewhat surprising insights into why financial planning matters – and for whom. Welcome to Part 2 of a two-part in-depth series on how solid financial advice can significantly improve your quality of life.

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Laura Whitfield: One of the Dedicated Employees Behind Levin Tire & Service Center


Laura Whitfield is constantly in “go- mode” at Levin Tire & Service Center in Highland. With nearly seven years of experience, she knows the ins and outs of working in the tire industry and is fully capable of handling anything that is thrown at her. Whitfield’s business card might say Human Resources, but she also works with Quality Assurance, Customer Service, and as an Assistant alongside the General Manager.

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IWC Switzerland Watchmaker training dream come true for Albert’s Jeweler Timepiece Specialist


Few luxury timepieces can match the elegance and craftsmanship of those manufactured by Switzerland’s International Watch Company (IWC) and few people in Northwest Indiana know them better than Frank Dresden of Albert’s Jewelers.

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Learn about career opportunities in physical therapy at Franciscan Health recruitment open house on June 29

People interested in a career in physical therapy can learn more about jobs available at Franciscan Health during a recruitment open house from 9AM to noon on Saturday, June 29 at Franciscan Health Dyer.

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Tax abatement granted for proposed building

2019holladayproperties1Valparaiso City Council approved a tax abatement request for a 65,000 sf multi-tenant building that is being proposed just north of Indiana Beverage off SR 49. The building can accommodate up to 6 tenants with suites ranging from 7,500 sf or larger depending on needs. This building will fill a niche in the greater Valparaiso area that is currently not being meet in the marketplace. Businesses will have the flexibility to expand and grow in a state-of-the-art building that has visibility and easy access to SR 49. With the tax abatement approval, the proposed development can now move into the final phases of site planning and permitting process with the city and state. Bluejay I, LLC is the anticipating a groundbreaking in July and construction completion by the end of the year. Holladay Properties and Holladay Construction will be...

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Flooring 101 with Value Flooring


When renovating your home, it’s important to know and find the proper flooring type that works best for each room and lifestyle. For instance, hardwood flooring may be perfect for the main floor of your home, but did you know to refrain from using hardwood in your basement?

To help make your home renovation a little bit easier, Value Flooring is here with a guide to choosing the perfect flooring for every room.

Living Room

Typically, the living room or family room is where we spend most of our time. Whether we’re watching TV, spending time with family and friends, or playing with your pets, these floors get constant use.

If you prefer something soft to sink into after a long day of work, the new luxurious SmartStrand Silk Reserve from MOHAWK is both astonishingly soft and incredibly...

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Lakeside Wealth Management continues to grow within the M&A department


In 2017 the Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) department at Lakeside Wealth Management was born. Elizabeth Marks, Director of Strategic Development, is leading the way inside this new department as Lakeside looks to expand, grow and learn.

The different options for M&A at Lakeside include an employee advisor model, a branch office model, joining the Lakeside Partner’s Network, and an advisor acquisition/succession model. “We have built a team of professionals that will help guide advisors and their clients through the move to Lakeside. Everything from communication to clients and the community to account set-up and investments gets combed through extensively by this team,” Marks said.

Joining the Lakeside Partnership Network allows advisors the opportunity to maintain their brand and...

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Best friends join team culture at Realty Executives Premier


Best friends since 6th grade, Carol Dobrzynski and Jamie Garcia are now working side-by-side at Realty Executives Premier. For years, the two have been each other’s confidantes in all things—from business to family matters. This year, they’ve become a positive force within a company culture that celebrates teamwork. Read on for their stories.

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