Michigan City, IN – Horizon Bank has introduced its first full service Spanish banking center in its Whiting, Indiana branch located at 1321 – 119th Street.
Horizon recognized a need in the Whiting community and a bilingual team of advisors was formed. The team is comprised of the following: Simon Vega, Branch Manager, Customer Service Representatives are Azucena Santiago and Karen Montoya and Tellers include Julieta Miranda and Alexandria Lopez. There also is a dedicated Mortgage Loan Originator and Small Business Banker, Cristal Alcantar.
“The Whiting team is excited and looks forward to helping everyone in the Whiting community; those who speak English and Spanish as well as truly making a difference in the Whiting community,” stated Simon Vega, Branch Manager. “I am also a member of Horizon’s Diversity Business Council and we have always promoted diversity and inclusion – I think this shows first-hand the investment that Horizon Bank is taking to ensure everyone is able to receive exceptional service and sensible advice; no matter what language they speak,” continued Vega.
As banks continue to close in Whiting, and the greater Lake County area, the Horizon team is expanding services to provide Spanish speaking customers with personalized financial solutions for mortgage products, business services as well as credit education to help establish, repair and maintain credit. These efforts are intentional to ensure the community that Horizon is here to stay; building new quality relationships, while giving back to the community.
“We value diversity and want to learn from the experience in Whiting and possibly expand bilingual services in the future within our footprint,” stated Jim Neff, President of Horizon Bank. “We’ve found providing bilingual services in our call center to be extremely helpful to our Spanish speaking customers and we’re very pleased to extend these services within our Whiting branch,” continued Neff.
To celebrate, the branch will have a week long celebration starting on August 26th with refreshments and give-aways.
About Horizon Bancorp, Inc.
Horizon Bancorp, Inc. is an independent, commercial bank holding company serving northern and central Indiana, and southwest, central and the Great Lakes Bay regions of Michigan through its commercial banking subsidiary, Horizon Bank. Horizon Bancorp, Inc. may be reached online at www.horizonbank.com. Its common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol HBNC.
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