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January 15 2013

Bill Rogers Extends Commitment to Financial Literacy by Joining Operation HOPE’s National Board of Directors

SunTrust Banks, Inc. CEO becomes newest “silver rights” ambassador for the financial dignity nonprofit

LOS ANGELES – January 17, 2013 – Operation HOPE (HOPE) was pleased to announce today the appointment of William H. Rogers, Jr., SunTrust Banks, Inc.  Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, to its National Board of Directors. Rogers’s extensive executive experience and commitment to HOPE’s Silver Rights Mission reaffirms the organization’s position as the global leader for financial dignity. Rogers’ appointment is only his latest effort to promote financial dignity with Operation HOPE. 
 
“Through SunTrust, Bill Rogers played a key role in bringing the HOPE Financial Dignity Center Atlanta, at Ebenezer into fruition,” said John Hope Bryant, HOPE Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We are delighted to have a leader with the expertise and capability that Mr. Rogers brings. His participation will help ensure success for our national as well as international mission to empower underserved communities.” 
 
During his two-year board term, Rogers will provide leadership, guidance and help generate ongoing support for HOPE programs and activities.  He also will be an active member, participating in national and international events to highlight the importance of financial literacy and dignity.  
 
Rogers began his career in 1980 in the commercial bank training program of Trust Company of Georgia, a SunTrust predecessor company.  He subsequently served in a variety of leadership roles  before being named President in 2008 and Chief Operating Officer in 2010.  He was named Chief Executive Officer in June 2011 and assumed the role of Chairman in January 2012.
 
Rogers is a member of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the Atlanta Committee for Progress as well as the board of trustees of the Woodruff Arts Center.  He is chair of the board of directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta and a trustee emeritus of The Lovett School.  
Rogers received an MBA from Georgia State University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
 
In 2010, SunTrust Bank, Inc. committed $1,000,000 in support of Operation HOPE’s flagship Financial Dignity Center Atlanta, at Ebenezer. SunTrust earned Global Corporate Partner recognition from the United Way in 2011, one of an elite group of  companies in the world to achieve such recognition. Both are examples of SunTrust’s dedication to empower the communities it serves.
 
SunTrust operates an extensive branch and ATM network throughout the high-growth Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states and offers a full array of technology-based, 24-hour delivery channels.  Its primary businesses include deposit, credit, trust and investment services.  Through various subsidiaries the company provides mortgage banking, insurance, brokerage, investment management, equipment leasing and investment banking services.  
 
HOPE’s National Board is comprised of some of the country’s most powerful executives, decision-makers, bankers and economists. These individuals play an essential role in driving HOPE’s Silver Rights Movement to expand economic opportunity, and make capitalism and free enterprise accessible to underserved communities. A complete 2013 list of HOPE Boards may be viewed online. To learn more about HOPE, visit our website at www.operationhope.org, www.twitter.com/operationhope, and www.facebook.com/operationhope.