Peoples Bank reflects heritage of Northwest Indiana
Two philosophies have carried Peoples Bank through a century of service and allowed the bank to thrive in every economic climate—building rapport with customers and reinvesting in Northwest Indiana communities.
Three generations of the Bochnowski family have been at the helm of Peoples Bank since John Bochnowski helped found the community bank in 1910. “A Polish immigrant, he arrived in East Chicago with $13 in his pocket,” says his grandson, David Bochnowski, currently chairman and CEO of Northwest Indiana Bancorp and Peoples Bank. His father, Ben, took over as president and chairman in 1953. According to Bochnowski, “Up until his retirement in 1976, my father modeled the around-the-clock work ethic needed to run a community bank.”
Today, Peoples Bank has 12 banking centers, two of which are in Merrillville, in Lake and Porter counties—Crown Point, Dyer, East Chicago, Gary, Hammond, Hobart, Merrillville, Munster, St. John, Schererville and Valparaiso.
8600 Broadway, Merrillville
7915 Taft Street, Merrillville
The number of their locations may have changed but the Peoples’ philosophy is the same today as it was 100 years ago—to build rapport and trust with customers, and to reinvest in the Northwest Indiana communities where the Bank’s customers and employees work and live. This commitment to the customer is what Peoples Bank calls “You First Banking.”
“It’s our pledge to always put your concerns first. It’s banking that is driven by relationships, not just transactions, so that we’re here for you as your needs continue to grow and change,” Bochnowski says.
Peoples Bank maintains up-to-date facilities for those customers who prefer to visit and talk personally to the staff. For those who never see the inside of a bank, secure online banking services offer customers the convenience of using their personal computer to access account information and conduct transactions electronically from the comfort of home or office.
“We’re committed to delivering what products people want in the way they want to receive those products. With a $1 million a year budget for technology, we’re making the investment to constantly update and maintain our service to our customers,” said Bochnowski.