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Mark R. McCollom Presents at the Maryland Bankers Association 2016 CFO & Financial Management Forum

READING, PA, December 23, 2016 –Mark R. McCollom, Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of Griffin Financial Group’s Financial Institutions Group, presented at the Maryland Bankers Association 2016 CFO & Financial Management Forum held December 7, 2016, in St. Michaels, MD.

In his session, “Fact vs. Fiction about Capital Raising Alternatives for Your Bank,” Mr. McCollom addressed an audience of CFOs, CEOs, controllers and other financial institution executives regarding the state of the capital markets for banks, and broke down the capital raising process to help discern fact from fiction.

Mr. McCollom provides merger and acquisition advisory, capital formation and strategic alternative services to bank executives, directors, stockholders and investors. Calling on his more than 20 years of experience as a senior financial executive in the banking industry, Mr. McCollom works with both major and community banks and thrifts, specialty lenders and asset managers.

Over the course of his career, Mr. McCollom has coordinated the financial and operational aspects of more than 50 transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, asset sales, sale/leasebacks and debt and equity financings, with a combined transaction value in excess of $20 billion.

Prior to joining Griffin, Mr. McCollom was Chief Financial Officer for Sovereign Bancorp, Inc. and Sovereign Bank, a financial institution with approximately $90 billion in assets and 12,000 team members with principal markets in the northeast United States. During his tenure at Sovereign, he was responsible for corporate strategy and development; the treasury, accounting and financial reporting functions; investor relations; management reporting; budgeting; corporate real estate; and tax. Prior to joining Sovereign, Mark was a senior corporate development officer at Meridian Bancorp and an auditor with Price Waterhouse.

A CPA, Mr. McCollom is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a frequent speaker at banking industry conferences across the country. Mr. McCollom received a B.S., with high distinction, from The Pennsylvania State University. He is a licensed General Securities Principal.

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