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July 05 2016

Gregory S. Peterson Joins Operation HOPE Southwestern Regional Board

ATLANTA – July 5, 2016 – Global financial dignity and economic empowerment leader, Operation HOPE, Inc., has appointed Gregory S. Peterson, SVP, California State President and Regional Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Manager for Mutual of Omaha Bank, to its Southwestern regional board of directors.

Peterson has more than 25 years of experience in various senior and executive positions in banking, as well as for major CRE operating companies. In his current role, he manages the California banking operations, and a team of CRE lenders and support staff in California, Arizona, Nevada, and the Midwestern states.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Finance from California State University at Northridge, Peterson became SVP and Director of Special Assets and Commercial REO Divisions for Home Savings of America. In that capacity, he directed the sale of more than $750 million of commercial real estate properties, and managed a staff of more than 50 employees in offices located in Los Angeles, New York, and Northern California. Peterson previously held the positions of SVP, Acquisitions Director for BH Properties, Vintage Capital Group, and the Trammell Crow Company, where he led a team of professionals who strategically procured more than $500 million of valuable and advantageous commercial real estate properties located throughout the United States.

Peterson lives in the Santa Clarita Valley with his wife of 25 years, Patricia, and their two daughters, Ashley and Brittney.

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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—powering the broadest financial inclusion network in the country. Through its core programs, the 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 Operation 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—further establishing it as a best-in-class organization. For more information: www.OperationHOPE.org