By: Sarah Phalen
INB President and CEO
After INB began to expand in the Champaign-Urbana market by providing commercial and mortgage loans, one thing became clear: We needed a full-service branch.
That began the intense journey of choosing a location, building a fantastic team and officially planting roots in the community. This month, that process transitions to a new journey as we throw open our doors to welcome customers to our newest branch in downtown Champaign.
“We had been in the market for several years with commercial lending as well as loan production from an office in southwest Champaign. After seeing success in those areas, we wanted to establish a full-service branch in downtown Champaign, which continues to grow and thrive,” said Evan Westlake, vice president, commercial lending for INB who helped lead the expansion project.
Location, Location, Location
At the corner of Neil and White, the new branch resides at 217 S. Neil St. (Suite C), which is along a major city thoroughfare. The bustling downtown scene is directly to the north of the branch.
Nearby eateries beckon for a taste, from Radio Maria to Guido’s Bar and Grill to DESTIHL Restaurant and Brew Works. And nearby, there’s a proposal for a new sports/ice hockey arena for the University of Illinois.
“We have high visibility in a popular area,” said Melissa Tepovich, vice president, business solutions for INB Champaign. “Our new branch breaks the mold in the banking world and is perfect for Champaign – it’s modern and vibrant.”
Large windows line the entire office, offering employees and customers a bright space with fresh features and design. And our new team is primed to expand on the growth we’ve experienced and continue to offer extraordinary customer service.
New Building, Ambitious Staff
Tom Whooley, vice president, commercial lending in Champaign says, “I’m excited because we’re bringing a bunch of young, talented people into the mix. We’re bringing in staff that is ambitious and eager to learn, to help educate our customers and to figure out the best solutions customized to our clients’ needs.”
At our newest branch, INB customers now can enjoy:
- Convenient location that is easy to get to and walkable to all of the popular restaurants and storefronts in the downtown area
- Access to a state-of-the-art ATM 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- Comprehensive retail services available in all other INB communities, in addition to commercial and mortgage lending
- Typical business hours with on-site staff ready to serve you
“We’re excited to be centrally located so we’ll be able to serve all of our municipalities, downtown businesses, schools and other customers,” Tom said. “And our new retail presence in this market, accompanying our already established commercial and mortgage departments, just solidifies that INB’s name is here to stay. We’re opening our doors this month to make a big splash in the community.”