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John Freeman named as CEO of Evolve Bank & Trust’s Arkansas Banking Group

MEMPHIS, TN, December 2, 2013 — Evolve Bank & Trust is pleased to announce the addition of John Freeman, former president of Liberty Bank of Arkansas, as the new CEO of our Arkansas Banking Group. He will also serve as the Chairman of the Evolve Bank & Trust Arkansas Advisory Board. Mr. Freeman will be located at our new office in Jonesboro at 111 East Huntington in downtown Jonesboro, AR.

"We had been looking for someone to help take Evolve to the next level in the state of Arkansas, and John is just the man to do it. ," said Joe Jenkins, director, Evolve Bank & Trust. "We’re all very excited about this new addition, and ready to get to work."

"At Evolve, we always work to bring people on board who not only share our vision, but will also work to make our company stronger and more vibrant. Without a doubt, Mr. Freeman does this,” said Scott Stafford, president and CEO, Evolve Bank & Trust. "Mr. Freeman has had a very successful career, and the knowledge, skillset, and experience he brings will be invaluable as we move further into the Arkansas market."

Evolve Bank & Trust, headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, currently operates four full-service branches and loan production offices in Arkansas and Tennessee with more than 30 mortgage production offices across the country. In addition to banking and mortgage services, Evolve is a nationwide Preferred SBA lender and also offers trust and fiduciary services to its customers throughout the U. S.

"I’m very excited about becoming a part of the Evolve team, and looking forward to helping spearhead our future expansion plans in Arkansas," said John Freeman, CEO, Arkansas Banking Group, Evolve Bank & Trust. "I want to share the exemplary customer experience—service and financial solutions—that Evolve has to offer our clients. We feel this will be the key to our future success, and look forward to working toward that end one customer at a time."