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February 11 2016

Wells Fargo’s Eli Marks Appointed to Operation HOPE Southeastern Board

ATLANTA – February 11, 2016 – Global financial dignity and economic empowerment leader Operation HOPE has named Eli A. Marks, retail and business credit manager at Wells Fargo, to its Southeastern Board of Directors.

Since 2010, Marks has led credit services for the retail bank’s Southeast community banking business that incorporates Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi and South Carolina. He leads the region’s efforts to acquire new consumer and small business credit volume, and manages the region's existing consumer credit portfolio, including, all elements of credit prospecting, fulfillment, and servicing.

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.8 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,700 locations, 12,800 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune’s 2015 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially.

HOPE’s Southeastern Board is comprised of some of the region’s most powerful executives, decision-makers, bankers and economists. These individuals play an essential role in advancing HOPE’s initiatives to expand economic opportunity, and make capitalism and free enterprise accessible to underserved communities throughout the area. A complete list of HOPE Board’s may be viewed online.

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About Operation HOPE, Inc.

In 2015, Operation HOPE received a 4-star charity for transparency and accountability by the prestigious nonprofit evaluator, Charity Navigator, establishing it as a best-in-class organization. Since 1992, Operation HOPE has promoted financial dignity through financial literacy and educational tools in underserved communities. Through its core portfolios, the organization has provided youth and adult financial literacy, encouraged economic preparedness and digital empowerment, promoted homeownership, and assisted with foreclosure prevention to more than 2.5 million individuals, families, and small-business owners. It is currently focused on Project 5117, a multi-year initiative that will track and increase business role models for youth, boost credit scores for adults, and empower underserved communities, as a part of its “silver rights” mission to make free enterprise work for everyone.