First Merchants Corporation Announces the Completion of Merger with CFS Bancorp

MUNCIE, Ind. - First Merchants Corporation (NASDAQ: FRME) successfully completed its previously announced merger with CFS Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: CITZ), of Munster, Indiana on Tuesday, November 12, 2013. In connection with the merger, Citizens Financial Bank has also merged with and into First Merchants Bank. The combined First Merchants Bank has 95 banking centers in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio and approximately $3.5 billion in loans, $4.3 billion in deposits, and total assets and shareholders’ equity of $5.5 billion and $653 million, respectively.

The U.S. Government Shutdown and Your Money

INDIANAPOLIS - As of Oct. 1, the federal government has shut down for an indeterminate period of time, and consumers may have concerns about access to their money and other banking services. The Indiana Bankers Association, of which First Merchants Bank and its divisions are members, would like to offer some assurances:

Debit Card Fraudulent Phone Calls

MUNCIE, Ind. - Be aware that criminals have been making phone calls to customers and non-customers claiming to be First Merchants Bank regarding their FMB Debit Card. The caller, which may be a computer automated call, identifies themselves as a representative of First Merchants Bank and is calling to tell the customer that there is an issue with their debit card and proceeds to ask for the debit card number and expiration date. 

Phishing Phone Call Alert

There are reports of fraudulent phone calls being placed by criminals purporting to be from the Social Security Office.  The criminals have some information (i.e. name, account number) to make the calls sound legitimate but are requesting verification in regards to the customer’s financial institution in order to send the card out in the mail. 

This would not be normal practice of the Social Security Office or a financial institution.

Artie Isaac Offers Resources to CNB Spring Seminar Attendees

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Commerce National Bank’s 2013 Spring Seminar featured speaker Artie Isaac. It was a fun and energetic group to which Artie presented Creativity and Innovation, an interactive presentation that lead the audience through the psychology and behaviors of highly creative people. Below are Artie's notes on ways to apply his methods to your own challenges and opportunities!

First Merchants Corporation and CFS Bancorp, Inc. Announce the Signing of a Definitive Merger Agreement

MUNCIE, Ind. and MUNSTER, Ind. - First Merchants Corporation (NASDAQ: FRME) and CFS Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: CITZ) today announced they have executed a definitive agreement whereby CFS will merge with and into First Merchants, and its wholly-owned bank subsidiary, Citizens Financial Bank, will merge with and into First Merchants Bank, NA.

CNB Celebrates Earth Day with Recycle-O-Rama Event

Jessica Gliha and Jessie Soto of Commerce National Bank present Angie Leonard, Operation Feed Campaign Coordinator at MidOhio Foodbank with proceeds from CNB’s Recycle-O-Rama Event for this year’s Operation Feed Campaign taking place officially during the month of June.COLUMBUS, Ohio - In honor of Earth Day, Commerce National Bank recently hosted its fourth annual Recycle-O-Rama event.  We were able to collect over 30 coats and can

Commerce Volunteers Help Bring Smiles

CNB volunteers partner with Fixari Family Dental to provide dental services for freeCOLUMBUS, Ohio - Fixari Dental’s second annual free dentistry day, aimed at providing support to adult patients who are otherwise unable to afford dental care, was held Friday, April 5.  That day, customers were offered one free service: an extraction,

Commerce National Bank featured in new book by best-selling author

Mark SanbornCOLUMBUS, Ohio - Commerce National Bank has been profiled in a new book by leadership expert Mark Sanborn, author of New York Times best seller The Fred Factor and CNB’s speaker for their 2012 Spring Seminar & Network Fair.

Fred 2.0: New Ideas on How to Keep Delivering Extraordinary Results, was released this month. Says Jennifer Griffith of Commerce National Bank:

Phishing Text Message - ALERT To Customers

Criminals have been adding phishing phone calls and phishing text messaging to their methods of stealing your personal information. They are sending unexpected communications that state there is some sort of problem with your account. Then they instruct you to provide your personal information. This should not be trusted.

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