Get to know our team here at Lending Hand Inc.
After leaving the trucking industry in 2008 Art had no desire to retire; so he started thinking of ideas for a new business that would help his local community and also keep him busy at something he enjoyed. He had loaned money to his fellow service men during his years in the United States Air Force; so when the opportunity presented itself to purchase a payday loan store in Portage, Indiana he was delighted at the opportunity. He then opened a store in Monticello, Indiana, where he continues to work daily. Later, he was able to expand the company by opening stores in Lafayette, Indiana and Rensselaer, Indiana. Art then added check cashing services and gold and silver buying for the Monticello location only. Lastly, he decided to add the very fun services of gift card purchasing for all stores in 2013. He is very thankful for the blessing of being allowed to help his community by providing jobs through the multiple Lending Hand locations that are providing, in his opinion, a much needed service for the under banked. He takes great pride in his local community where he lives with his wife Janet Anderson, his wife of over 30 years, a Benton County native, then Janet Jefvert. In 2016 Janet retired from the Monticello Library after a career of over 20 years. Janet’s sons are Wayne and Dale Ringer. Art’s remaining children are Arricka and Art Anderson Jr.
Katie, like Art, also came from the trucking industry. As she was a single parent to 2 small children at the time she needed the convenience of working for a very local company so she was available for her children if they needed her during the day. But when her now husband, Max, and she decided to get married in 2010 she was blessed with the opportunity to branch out further and started with Lending Hand in 2010. She began as the store manager for the Monticello branch. At this time Katie had four beautiful children. In 2011 she and her husband were blessed by the Lord with their last daughter and Katie was then able to move down to part-time to be home with their daughter. In 2012 Art offered her the General Manager position, which was an opportunity she could not pass up. Max and she now live in the country near Remington, IN with their 5 children and she works at all 4 Lending Hand locations.
Jen is the full-time manager at our Monticello branch. She has been with Lending Hand since April of 2011 and loves it. She started out as a part-time lender when Katie needed help while she was on maternity leave but then was moved to store manager in 2011. Before she started here she worked at Pizza hut for over 10 years. The thing she likes the most about working at Lending Hand is the people she works with. She likes Lending Hand’s friendly and welcoming work environment. Everyone is easy going and easy to talk with if there is a problem. She loves the customers she has gotten to know, and also loves the fact that customers can trust our company to do what we say we will.
Cindy is the part-time lender at our Monticello branch. She started with the company in June of 2009. Before working at Lending Hand, Cindy worked as a Certified Pharmacy Technician at Hook’s Drug Store for over 22 years. She has the pleasure of working alongside her wonderful daughter-in-law, Jennifer Suhr, who works full-time in Monticello as well. Cindy has two amazing grandchildren whom are the lights of her life! Cindy has worked for a time in every one of our Lending Hand branches. She thoroughly enjoys her time at Lending Hand. Her favorite thing about working at Lending Hand is the friendly, family oriented nature of the business. She has always loved to help people in need and loves being able to help people with short-term financial troubles. She always put a smile on her face, so she can put a smile on our customer’s faces.
Greg is the full-time manager at our branch in Portage, Indiana. He has over 20 years experience in the payday loan industry. He began his career with Check into Cash of Northern Indiana but was unsure of his future when the owner decided he wanted to sell the business. He then found out Art was in the process of getting his loan license so he called him to see if he was interested in purchasing the business in Portage. When Lending Hand opened in Portage on February 1st 2008, we already had Greg, who continued working in Portage and has been one of the most valuable assets to the company. He loves the freedom that Art and Katie give him to run the Portage store. Because of his vast knowledge and experience in the payday loan industry they know they can trust his judgment fully. Greg is married and has a son and loves spending time with his family more than anything. He is also a lifelong golfer who takes pleasure in spending time on the course.
Michelle is the part-time lender at our Portage branch. Michelle has over 30 years experience in customer service. She has also worked for McDonalds, TCF Bank, and Blue Chip Casino. She has been with Lending Hand since May of 2009. Michelle really loves working here and says we have really awesome customers. She has been married for 15 years to a wonderful man, Robert. She also is a stepmom to a 27 year-old deaf daughter, Kyra.
Kim is the new full-time lender at our Lafayette store. She started with our company in February of 2017 and comes to our Lending Hand family with previous payday loan experience. She has worked for both Cashland and Check N’Go in Illinois and Indiana. We are excited to welcome her expertise and caring nature as our newest addition to our work family. Kim loves watching sports, (especially IU, the Cubbies, and the Colts), spending time with her 3 children and watching her youngest daughter play softball.
Dan is the part-time lender at our Lafayette branch. Dan has been with the company since April of 2014. He had been a customer of Lending Hand for years and saw an ad on Facebook for a part-time position opening. Dan really loves to meet with new people and catch up with existing customers. Dan has been married for 15 years and has 3 amazing children. He also enjoys working with model trains and train watching.
Brandi is the full-time lender at our Rensselaer store. She has only been with the company since December of 2014, but even as the new kid on the block she is continuing to learn and strive. Brandi loves that she gets to work with great people and really enjoys getting to know her customers. She feels it is amazing to grow close and care for so many people; she would do almost anything to help her customers. Brandi has an Associate’s Degree in Agribusiness and has 7 years of customer service/relations experience. She loves to read, shoot guns and paintball on the weekends. Brandi is originally from Medaryville, Indiana. She moved to Rensselaer in 2013, and bought her first home in 2015. She was married in the spring of 2014 to her best friend Ryan and they have one son.
Lynn is the part-time lender at our Rensselaer store. She has been with Lending Hand since May of 2013 and she has loved every minute of it. Lynn retired from the Indiana State Police, and has tried a couple of part-time jobs since but Lending Hand has been the best fit. She feels like it is the best thing has happened to her. She is a “people” person and what she loves about this company is the great customer service and that everyone that comes in is greeted with a friendly smile and gracious attitude. It makes her feel excellent when customers, old and new, come in and comment about how nice our staff is to do business with. Working here gives “this old Grandma” something to look forward to a couple days a week, and she has met some really great folks here. Lynn has two cats and loves spending time with her kids and grandkids; she also is a big fan of the TV show NCIS.
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1007 N. 6th St.
Monticello, IN 47960
3635 State Rd. 38 E. Ste. A
Lafayette, IN 47905
6508 US Hwy 6
Portage, IN 46368
323 S. College Ave.
Rensselaer, IN 47978
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