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April 14 2016

BB&T Executive Vice President Sharon Jeffries-Jones Appointed to HOPE Inside National Advisory Board

ATLANTA – April 4, 2016 – Financial empowerment leader Operation HOPE Inc. has appointed BB&T Bank’s Executive Vice President and Director of CRA/Community Development Sharon Jeffries-Jones to the HOPE Inside National Advisory Board.

During her 37 years with BB&T, Jeffries-Jones has held a number of leadership roles, including, Retail Banking Executive, Private Banking Product Manager and Commercial Team Leader. She is a member of several non-profit boards, including, North Carolina Community Development Initiative, Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County, and Autism Society of North Carolina. She is married to Steve Jones, and they have one son, Steven.

The HOPE Inside National Advisory Board plays an essential role in advancing Operation HOPE’s initiatives to expand economic opportunity to underserved communities  throughout the country. Existing members include Maria Nalywayko, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, CoreLogic, and David Simon, Chief Executive Officer, TriStar Payments, LLC.

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About BB&T

BB&T is one of the largest financial services holding companies in the U.S. with approximately $209.9 billion in assets and market capitalization of approximately $29.5 billion as of Dec. 31, 2015. Based in Winston-Salem, N.C., the company operates 2,139 financial centers in 15 states and Washington, D.C., and offers a full range of consumer and commercial banking, securities brokerage, asset management, mortgage and insurance products and services. A Fortune 500 company, BB&T is consistently recognized for outstanding client satisfaction by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Greenwich Associates and others. BB&T has also been named one of the World’s Strongest Banks by Bloomberg Markets Magazine, one of the top three in the U.S. and in the top 15 globally. For more information: www.bbt.com

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About Operation HOPE, Inc.

Since 1992, Operation HOPE has been moving America from civil rights to "silver rights" with the mission of making free enterprise and capitalism work for the underserved. Through its core programs, the social investment banking nonprofit has provided financial dignity and economic empowerment to over 2.6 million individuals worldwide, and $2 billion in economic activity for the disenfranchised—turning check cashing customers into banking customers, renters into homeowners, small business dreamers into small business owners and minimum wage workers into living wage consumers. Project 5117 is HOPE’s multi-year four-pronged approach to combating economic inequality that aims to improve financial literacy, increase business role models and business internships for youth, and stabilize the American dream by boosting credit scores. Operation HOPE recently received its second consecutive 4-star charity rating for fiscal management and commitment to transparency and accountability by the prestigious non-profit evaluator, Charity Navigator. For more information: www.operationhope.org