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Bankers Move to CapitalMark

Chattanooga, TN - November 8, 2006 - James H. Vavalides, Chief Credit and Banking Services Executive of CapitalMark Bank & Trust (In Organization), announced today the addition of 5 new bankers to the CapitalMark team.

Kenny Dyer, former City President for Regions Bank in Chattanooga, has joined the bank along with 3 other former Regions bankers, Bonnie Blalock, Rick Nelson and Bob Stimson. In addition, Mark Feemster has joined the bank. Feemster was formerly with First Volunteer Bank in Chattanooga.

“This talented group brings extensive experience in banking and a proven record of building relationships with Chattanooga businesses and consumers,” said Vavalides.

Dyer joins the organization as the Chattanooga Market Executive and will be responsible for day-to-day banking operations in Chattanooga. Blalock, Nelson, Stimson and Feemster join as Executive Vice Presidents and will be responsible for direct client services.

“We are extremely pleased to add these veteran Chattanooga bankers to the CapitalMark team,” said R. Craig Holley, President and CEO. “Collectively, this outstanding group of bankers represents over 115 years of experience in the industry and line up well with the bank’s commitment to hire experienced, successful bankers that can provide value-added service and advice to clients.”

In other news, the bank application has been approved and the Tennessee bank charter granted by state regulators. This approval came less than six weeks after the bank filed the application with the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions. The next step in the approval process is the field examination by state regulators, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Federal Reserve. The bank is on target for a first quarter, 2007, opening.

About CapitalMark Bank & Trust (In Organization)

The organizational office is located at the Republic Centre, 633 Chestnut Street, Suite 640. Mailing address is CapitalMark Bank & Trust (In Organization), P.O. Box 671, Chattanooga, TN 37401. In addition to Holley, bank organizers and executive officers include Grady Williams, CPA; Joe Prebul, Prebul Auto Group; Charlie Brock, Foxmark Media; Harshad Shah, Hamilton Plastics; Patsy Hazlewood, BellSouth Executive; Candy Kruesi, real estate developer and community volunteer; Jim Atkinson, Frontier Spinning Mills; Jim Vavalides, Chief Credit and Banking Services Executive; Barry Rich, Chief Financial and Operations Executive; and Ryan Murphy, Executive Vice President. For additional information, please contact R. Craig Holley at (423) 756-7878.


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