Banking on Relationships

The team at Horizon Bank in Fort Wayne serves clients and engages resources to impact business and community.
6/5/2017
Donna Detweiler
Jeffrey Crane
Banking on Relationships

Horizon Bank’s newest office is a team on a mission. “We have a passion for creating and causing positive impact within this community we all call home,” says Market President Greg Haney. 

After working for 18 years in the banking business, Haney was attracted to Horizon’s core value of people and relationships, along with the executive leadership’s forward thinking. He joined Horizon Bank in May 2016. Its new office near Dupont Hospital opened in October. 

The office focuses on its business growth and specializes in loans, lines of credit, deposit accounts and other cash management solutions. “We currently don’t have walk-in retail banking like a traditional branch,” says Haney, “but there is potential for expansion of services in the future.”

Five commercial loan officers work in the Auburn Place office daily: Christina Gaar, Jim Ryan, Michal Mazur, Jeff Dysert and Greg Haney. In addition, a treasury management officer and mortgage loan originator are available as needed. The team has decades of experience and an extensive network in the community.

The cornerstone of Horizon’s philosophy is building life-long relationships with customers, which entails the bankers getting to a comfort level personally and in business matters. “We want to be knowledgeable about a customer’s needs,” says Haney, “including knowing their industry and important local connections such as accountants, attorneys, insurance agents and commercial real estate advisors.”

With 24 other banking institutions in Allen County, there is plenty of competition. “It all boils down to building trusted relationships and connections with people,” says Haney. 

Becoming a trusted, sensible advisor is going beyond providing exceptional service. “It’s transparency between banker and client,” says Haney. “Giving our most sensible advice is what sets our value apart.” 

Horizon can assist clients with lending, succession planning, managing revenue cycles, home and auto loans, investing, asset protection, estate planning and wealth building. “Part of our regular conversation with clients is not simply to ask what they need, but to listen,” says Haney. “We want to understand their challenges so we can provide sensible advice for many possible scenarios.” 

Growing within the community is undoubtedly Horizon’s passion. “We want to get involved in whatever capacity we can on projects like downtown improvement,” says Haney. Horizon has built relationships with key individuals to stay informed about opportunities for involvement. “Right now we are talking with individuals that have opportunities to be a part of the GE campus revitalization,” says Haney.

In addition, Horizon is interested in assisting dental, veterinary and medical industry professionals.  It is currently working with some orthodontists on the expansion of their practices.

The new Horizon team is passionate about resourcing Fort Wayne business and community growth. “That is our mission,” says Haney. “It’s exciting. It changes the way you go to market in your workday.”

Horizon Bank

Address: 10020 Auburn Park Drive Fort Wayne, Indiana 46825

Phone: (260) 702-9724

Website: horizonbank.com

Email: ghaney@horizonbank.com

Years in Business: 144

Number of Employees: 5

Products & Services: Financial services, banking

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