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.
Alleigh Ezra is our new GM here at Lending Hand. Alleigh typically works out of our corporate office in Monticello, however you may catch her at any of our 4 loacations. She is a Jr. in college studying Mathematics at IU East. She lives in Monticello and has a beautiful cat named Malibu. Alleigh has a close support system with her parents and most of her family living in Monticello as well. She has one sibling, an older brother, who lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic. In her free time Alleigh enjoys taking her cat out on walks, playing video games, and watching The Office and How I Met Your Mother. Alleigh’s name is pronounced “Ali.”
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.
Shanna has worked in Customer Service the past 10 years and enjoys working with people. She moved up to Indiana in 2016 from sunny South Florida for a better environment to raise her daughter. Shanna enjoys working for Lending Hand because her co-workers are some of the nicest people she has ever met and the customers make every day an adventure! She grew up playing Softball and enjoys just about any sport. Every day is a new day and she just can’t wait to grow with the Lending Hand family.
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.
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 that 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.