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ICBA Securities Congratulates New Leadership at Vining Sparks

Washington, D.C. (August 5, 2008)—Gregg Lewis, ICBA Securities chairman and chairman of First Option Bank, Osawatomie, Kan., and Jim Reber, ICBA Securities president, issued the following joint statement following a Vining Sparks, Memphis, Tenn., announcement of new leadership:

ICBA Securities congratulates Jim Vining and Mark Medford on their new roles and responsibilities at Vining Sparks. ICBA Securities and Vining Sparks have had a tremendously beneficial relationship for over 20 years, and the relationship will continue to be one of synergy with Jim as chairman and Mark as president and CEO.

"ICBA Securities looks forward to working with Mark and Jim. We're confident Vining Sparks will be as supportive of community banks’ efforts as ever and will continue to provide our customers with the same level of service and visibility they’ve been accustomed to."

Since 1988, ICBA Securities has offered full broker/dealer services, including educational programs and an inventory of portfolio investment products suitable for community banks. Today, ICBA Securities actively serves more than 1,000 ICBA community bank members, making it one of the largest broker/dealers for community banks in the nation.