KAPLAN PARTNERS COMMEMORATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY

Wynnewood, PA – March 8, 2019 – Kaplan Partners, a leading boutique executive search and talent advisory firm, today announced its 25th anniversary serving many of the nation’s leading financial institutions.

Specializing in executive search, board advisory services and management assessment, Alan J. Kaplan, Kaplan Partners founder and CEO, launched the firm in 1994, employing a holistic approach and proven methodology that finds the best solutions for evolving client leadership needs. Today, he and his team work directly with CEOs, boards, and investors to identify and evaluate leadership potential, leveraging best practices in corporate governance and succession management that ensure clients’ continued success in today’s demanding market.

“We are very proud of what we’ve accomplished over our first 25 years, and grateful to our clients, colleagues and friends who have enabled this journey,” said Kaplan. “Looking ahead, we are committed to setting a new standard for advising CEOs and boards on leadership succession, corporate governance, talent management, and enhancing diversity.”

Since its beginnings, the firm has served leading regional and community banks, asset management firms, private equity and venture capital funds, FinTech firms, mortgage and insurance companies, credit unions, technology companies, and high growth organizations.

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Afilias Promotes Ram Mohan to COO

Horsham, PA – March 6th, 2019 – Afilias, the world’s second largest domain name registry, today announced that it has promoted Ram Mohan to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer, responsible for most of the day-to-day operations of Afilias and its global subsidiaries. Mr. Mohan will continue to report to Afilias’ President and CEO, Hal Lubsen; most all of Mr. Lubsen’s previous direct reports will now report to Mr. Mohan. Mr. Mohan’s appointment recognizes the pivotal role he has played in the development of Afilias and paves the way for continued growth for the company.

“Ram’s thorough understanding of our industry and the Company, coupled with his excellent record of getting things done, will help lead the company going forward” said Mr. Lubsen. “Ram has played a leadership role in all of Afilias’ major successes, and the Board and I have the utmost confidence in his ability to continue building on this strong foundation.” Mr. Lubsen will continue to be responsible for and oversee finance, mergers and acquisitions and most legal matters.

Mr. Mohan joined Afilias in June, 2001 as Chief Technology Officer to oversee the start-up of Afilias and the launch of its inaugural product, .info. He was involved with the creation of the historic partnership with ISOC in 2002 and the founding of Public Interest Registry as the steward of .ORG. He was appointed Executive Vice President in 2008. His leadership has helped Afilias earn the confidence of the operators of over 180 top level domains (including 14 country codes), and the successful management of over 20 TLDs owned by Afilias. For over a decade, Mr. Mohan served as an ICANN Board member representing SSAC, sharing his expertise in cybersecurity. Mr. Mohan is also a global leader in IDN technology and has helped bring native language domain names to India, Asia and the Middle East.

Mr. Mohan will begin his new responsibilities on March 6th, 2019. He will initially be responsible for his former CTO responsibilities.

About Afilias
Afilias is the world’s second largest domain registry, with over 20 million domain names under management in over 200 top level domains. Afilias powers a wide variety of top-level domains, including TLDs for countries, cities, brands, communities and generic terms. Afilias’ specialized technology makes Internet addresses more accessible and useful through a broad range of applications, including Internet domain registry services, managed DNS, and mobile Web services. Afilias, Inc. is based near Philadelphia – offices are also located in Dublin Ireland, Toronto Canada, New Delhi India, Melbourne Australia, Vista California, and Beijing China. Afilias holds a Guinness World Records title for the “Largest migration of an internet top-level domain in a single transition” for its migration of the .au top-level domain in 2018. For more information on Afilias services please visit www.afilias.info.

Sandy Spring Bank Appoints Chief Risk Officer

Olney, MD, July 12, 2018 — Sandy Spring Bank (NASDAQ: SASR) announced today that Kevin Slane has joined the company as Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer. This is a newly created position at the bank and an addition to the bank’s executive management team. Slane will lead the continued development of the bank’s risk management program and will focus on safely enabling business strategies to drive Sandy Spring Bank’s long-term success.

“As we continue to expand our presence throughout the region, we want to ensure that we are well positioned to seize new opportunities to grow and better serve our clients. In order to do so, we must manage risk in a way that aligns with our vision and culture,” said Daniel J. Schrider, President and CEO of Sandy Spring Bank. “This is a strategic and proactive investment in our risk management structure, and I look forward to working with Kevin to further strengthen this critical capability.”

With more than 30 years of experience, Slane is an accomplished financial services executive. He joins Sandy Spring Bank from Hancock Whitney Bank in the Gulf South where he was responsible for enterprise risk management and operational risk. Prior to that position, Slane was the corporate risk director for First Horizon Corporation in Memphis, TN.

“Sandy Spring Bank is a purpose driven and values based organization that is truly client and community focused. It is what differentiates our company and what attracted me to join the bank,” said Slane. “I am excited to be a part of the team and to further develop a risk management program that will enable growth and build on the bank’s 150 year legacy of serving individuals, families and businesses across this region.”

Earlier this year Sandy Spring Bank completed the acquisition of WashingtonFirst Bank, making it the largest, locally-headquartered community bank in the Greater Washington Region. This year also marks the bank’s 150th anniversary. In recognition of this milestone, the bank officially launched the Sandy Spring Bank Foundation. “This is an exciting and pivotal time for us, so it is fitting that we continue to build on this positive momentum and welcome Kevin to the Sandy Spring Bank family,” concluded Schrider.

Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc., headquartered in Olney, Maryland, is the holding company for Sandy Spring Bank. Independent and community-oriented, Sandy Spring Bank offers a broad range of commercial banking, retail banking, mortgage and trust services throughout central Maryland, Northern Virginia, and the greater Washington, D.C. market. Through its subsidiaries, Sandy Spring Insurance Corporation and West Financial Services, Inc., Sandy Spring Bank also offers a comprehensive menu of insurance and wealth management services.

WSFS Announces CEO Successor

Wilmington, DE, July 11, 2018 — WSFS Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: WSFS), the parent company of WSFS Bank, announced that effective January 1, 2019, Mark A. Turner, Chairman, President and CEO, will become the Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors and that Rodger Levenson, WSFS’ Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, will become the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board.

As Executive Chairman, Mr. Turner will lead the Board of Directors with Lead Independent Director Eleuthère I. du Pont and facilitate the seamless transition to Mr. Levenson. He will also leverage his decades of experience in and knowledge of local markets and the banking industry to serve as an external champion for the Company, further enhance WSFS’ culture and reputation, and help shape the next chapter of the Bank’s growth story.

Mr. Turner, born and raised in Philadelphia and a lifelong resident of several communities in the Delaware Valley, was appointed WSFS’ President and CEO in April 2007 and has served in management for more than 22 years, including two decades as a member of the executive leadership team. In over 11 years as WSFS’ Chief Executive, a period that includes the Great Recession, he and his leadership team helped the Company and its many communities to grow and prosper. Mr. Turner and his team steadfastly executed WSFS’ strategy of Associate and Customer engagement and made significant investments, which strengthened the communities the Bank serves and substantially increased market share and returns for WSFS Owners.

Mr. Levenson is also a lifelong resident of the Delaware Valley and has more than 32 years of local banking experience. He joined WSFS in 2006 and has served in various executive leadership roles, including Chief Commercial Banking Officer (2006-2015) and interim Chief Financial Officer (2015-2016). Most recently, from June 2016 to August 2017, as Chief Corporate Development Officer, Mr. Levenson led cross-functional teams to evaluate, negotiate and integrate many mergers, acquisitions and large capital transactions. And since August 2017, he has led the Company’s executive leadership team as Chief Operating Officer and has assumed other executive responsibilities as Mr. Turner’s deputy. Mr. Levenson has also been a key member of WSFS’ investor relations team over the last decade.

Lead Independent Director Eleuthère I. du Pont said, “This transition is part of our thoughtful, deliberate, and continual Board and executive management succession planning process. We are incredibly grateful to Mark for his leadership and we are very pleased to appoint him as our Executive Chairman. The Board enthusiastically supports Rodger, who helped Mark lead these efforts, as Rodger builds on our momentum, fosters new thinking and positions WSFS for even more success.”

Mr. Turner continued, “I am excited for WSFS and for Rodger. The Board helped develop Rodger, evaluated him, and unanimously and enthusiastically selected him to lead WSFS to an even brighter future. He is the right person for the job, is a natural fit, and he will mold the next generation of WSFS leaders. I look forward to the next phase of my service to WSFS, and helping Rodger and WSFS become more successful than ever. I am also eager to explore and take on new challenges in my life.”

“It is truly an honor to carry forward our strategy and lead the organization that Mark and our leadership team have built,” said Mr. Levenson. “I am humbled by the trust that Mark and our Board have in me and I am grateful to our highly talented WSFS Associates who deliver on our mission every single day. Working together, we will continue to grow, innovate and invest in our Associates and technology to meet the rapidly changing expectations of our Customers.”

Mr. Levenson earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Temple University and a Master of Business Administration from Drexel University. He began his banking career in 1986 in Philadelphia at CoreStates Financial (now part of Wells Fargo) and held a number of leadership roles during his 17-year tenure. He then became a member of Citizens Bank’s regional senior leadership team in 2003 and served in that capacity until he joined WSFS in 2006. He reinforced his leadership experiences with certifications from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Center for Creative Leadership, and Harvard Business School. As a committed and active member of his community, Mr. Levenson currently serves on the Boards of Directors for the United Way of Delaware and the Wilmington Housing Partnership, and is a member of the Board of Governors for the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. He also served as Chairman of the Delaware Bankers Association.

WSFS Financial Corporation is a multi-billion dollar financial services company. Its primary subsidiary, WSFS Bank, is the oldest and largest locally-managed bank and trust company headquartered in Delaware and the Delaware Valley. As of March 31, 2018, WSFS Financial Corporation had $7.0 billion in assets on its balance sheet and $19.1 billion in assets under management and administration. WSFS operates from 77 offices located in Delaware (46), Pennsylvania (29), Virginia (1) and Nevada (1) and provides comprehensive financial services including commercial banking, retail banking, cash management and trust and wealth management. Other subsidiaries or divisions include Christiana Trust, WSFS Wealth Investments, Cypress Capital Management, LLC, West Capital Management, Powdermill Financial Solutions, Cash Connect®, WSFS Mortgage and Arrow Land Transfer. Serving the Delaware Valley since 1832, WSFS Bank is one of the ten oldest banks in the United States continuously operating under the same name. For more information, please visit wsfsbank.com.

Univest Names President of Mortgage Banking

May 18, 2018 Univest Bank and Trust Co. recently appointed Brian Grzebin as president of its mortgage banking division. In this role, Grzebin will be responsible for the division’s growth strategy, operational efficiency and results along with overseeing sales, loan fulfillment, and loan delivery.

Grzebin brings more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry to his role, most recently as executive vice president of national operations at Guaranteed Rate Affinity, a joint venture between Guaranteed Rate Inc. and Realogy. Grzebin is a graduate of Wilkes University where he earned a bachelor’s degree. He also holds his NMLS license. Grzebin resides in Marlton, New Jersey with his wife and two children.

Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania (NASDAQ: UVSP), including its wholly-owned subsidiary Univest Bank and Trust Co., has approximately $4.6 billion in assets and $3.4 billion in assets under management and supervision through its Wealth Management lines of business as of March 31, 2018. Headquartered in Souderton, Pa. and founded in 1876, the Corporation and its subsidiaries provide a full range of financial solutions for individuals, businesses, municipalities and nonprofit organizations in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Univest delivers these services through a network of more than 50 offices in southeastern Pennsylvania extending to the Lehigh Valley and Lancaster, as well as in New Jersey and Maryland and online at www.univest.net.

Equity Bank Names Executives

Equity Bank Names Executives

March 21, 2018 Equity Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: EQBK), the Wichita-based parent company of Equity Bank, announced the hiring of Craig Anderson, who is being named as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and Craig Mayo, who is being named as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer. In his new role, Mr. Mayo will oversee Equity’s credit administration and loan operations personnel, processes, and decisions throughout Equity’s four-state footprint encompassing 42 bank locations. Mayo joins Equity after serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer for Investors Community Bank in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Mayo also will be named to Equity’s senior leadership team and will be based in Wichita.

Mr. Anderson will oversee commercial banking divisions in Equity’s metropolitan markets of Kansas City, Tulsa, and Wichita. Anderson will join Equity’s senior leadership team and will help lead the Company’s organic growth, business development, commercial lending and sales strategies. Anderson joins Equity after 31 years in various executive and leadership roles at UMB Bank in Kansas City, where he most recently served as President of UMB’s Commercial Banking – Eastern Region.

Brad Elliott, Chairman and CEO of Equity, said, “As our Company grows, we’re pleased to welcome additional team members who add considerable community banking expertise, leadership, and vision for organic growth to our leadership teams. Craig Anderson will be an outstanding resource for our metro market customers, bankers, and colleagues. Craig Mayo will be an immediate asset as our Chief Credit Officer, and will continue our focus on high credit quality and customer experience.”

Mr. Anderson served as President, Commercial Banking – Eastern Region for UMB beginning in 2017, overseeing commercial banking divisions in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Illinois. Anderson managed national specialty lending businesses and developed products and strategies for specialty agribusiness, health care and aviation lines. Prior to this, he served as President, Commercial Banking beginning in 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri and President, Regional Banking in Denver, Colorado. Mr. Anderson also served as Chairman and CEO of UMB National Bank of America in Salina, Kansas from 2001 through 2009, operating out of Wichita. Anderson is an alumnus of the University of Colorado – Graduate School of Banking in Boulder, Colorado and a graduate of Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. He has been involved in numerous community involvement efforts, including the Greater Kansas City and Mile High United Way chapters, service on the executive committee of YPO Gold, and has served as a board member and held key leadership positions with Music Theater of Wichita, Junior Achievement of Wichita, and Arts Partners of Wichita.

Mr. Mayo served as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer for Investors beginning in 2014, overseeing the bank’s overall credit quality and played a key role in helping the bank grow from two branches and $757 million of assets in 2013 to four branches and $1.4 billion of assets in 2017. Prior to joining Investors in 2011, Mr. Mayo served as a Vice President and Special Loans Officer with Citizens Bank in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Mayo has spent more than 30 years in the financial industry, including roles in mortgage origination and commercial lending as well as credit analyst, loan review officer, and special assets. Mr. Mayo began his banking career with Northfield Savings Bank in 1984. Mr. Mayo graduated from the Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking in 2016, and the Agricultural Lending School at the School of Banking in Topeka, Kansas, and he is an alumnus of Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont.

Equity Bancshares, Inc. is the holding company for Equity Bank, offering a full range of financial solutions, including commercial loans, consumer banking, mortgage loans, and treasury management services. As of December 31, 2017, Equity had $3.2 billion in consolidated total assets, with 42 locations throughout Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma, including corporate headquarters in Wichita. www.equitybank.com.

First Defiance Elects 3 to Board of Directors

First Defiance Elects 3 to Board of Directors

DEFIANCE, Ohio, January 8, 2018 — First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: FDEF), the holding company for First Federal Bank of the Midwest and First Insurance Group, today announced that Terri Bettinger, TK Herman and Mark Robison were appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors.

“Each of our new board members possesses a deep understanding of how innovation leads to exceptional results and complements our desire to be a high-performing community bank,” said William J. Small, Chairman of the Board of First Defiance. “Their extensive experience in leadership, community involvement and technology will be instrumental in First Defiance’s momentum for growth in a competitive industry.”

Bettinger mostly recently served as Chief Information Officer at Franklin County Data Center in Columbus, Ohio. She is highly accomplished and has had a successful career in leading the delivery of valuable technology solutions for Franklin County Data Center, Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase and other organizations. As a First Defiance Board Member, Bettinger will serve on the Audit, Compensation and Risk committees.

Herman currently serves as Co-Founder and President of Aptera. Based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Aptera helps companies drive growth, increase revenue and gain efficiencies by leveraging the best aspects of agile development and digital sales/marketing. Aptera’s excellence and proven track-record in delivering ROI for its clients has allowed it to grow into a 90-person company servicing clients across the country. As a First Defiance Board Member, Herman will serve on the Corporate Governance, Risk and Investment committees.

Robison currently serves as Chairman and President of Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Under Robison’s leadership, the company has increased its national footprint from 29 to 46 states and added more than 10,000 ministries to its customer base. In addition, Robison serves on the Board of Directors for Fort Wayne Rescue Mission Ministries. As a First Defiance Board Member, Robison will serve on the Audit and Corporate Governance committee and on the Board of First Insurance Group.

About First Defiance Financial Corp.
First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF), headquartered in Defiance, Ohio, is the holding company for First Federal Bank of the Midwest, First Insurance Group and Corporate One Benefits. With $3 billion in assets, First Federal Bank operates 42 full-service branches and numerous ATM locations in northwest and central Ohio, southeast Michigan and northeast Indiana, and a loan production office in Ann Arbor, Michigan. First Insurance Group, including its division Corporate One Benefits, is a full-service insurance agency with ten offices throughout northwest Ohio. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.fdef.com.