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Midland States Bank Hires Abraham Rezex as Regional Mortgage Sales Manager in St. Louis

EFFINGHAM, ILLINOIS – March 28, 2016 – Midland States Bank announced the hiring of Abraham Rezex as Regional Mortgage Sales Manager for the St. Louis and Missouri market areas.

Rezex brings 20 years of management experience in the St. Louis financial services industry, including retail banking, residential and commercial lending, and international business development. In this role, Rezex will lead Midland's mortgage residential sales team, which has continued to grow in recent years.

"As we continue to grow our mortgage team and client base, Abraham brings experienced sales leadership and a fresh perspective to the team," stated Cory Mackwood, President of Midland States Bank's Mortgage Division. "To provide our clients with a great experience when getting a home loan through Midland, we recently built a mortgage operations center that will expedite the turnaround time to close loans. This new platform, and Midland's superb work environment, will allow Abraham to continue to attract the best and brightest mortgage loan originators."

Rezex commented, "I am very excited about joining Midland, partly because of its growing mortgage team, as evidenced by its growth from approximately $100 million in mortgages in 2014 to $580 million in 2015 with its acquisition of Heartland Bank. Midland has also developed a mortgage loan origination platform that I believe can lead the industry in terms of pricing, turn-around times and customer service."

Rezex attended Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and CBA/BAI Retail Bank Management School at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. He is a member of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and a Board Member of Youth In Need and Hispanic Capitol Day Inc.

About Midland States Bancorp, Inc.
Midland States Bancorp, Inc. is a community-based financial holding company headquartered in Effingham, Illinois, and is the sole shareholder of Midland States Bank. Midland has assets of approximately $3.0 billion, and its Midland Wealth Management Group has assets under administration of more than $1.2 billion as of December 31, 2015. Midland remains locally owned and provides a full range of commercial and consumer banking products and services, merchant credit card services, trust and investment management, insurance and financial planning services. In addition, commercial equipment leasing services are provided through Heartland Business Credit, and multi-family and healthcare facility FHA financing is provided through Love Funding, its non-bank subsidiaries.  Midland now has more than 80 locations across the U.S.  As a community banking institution, Midland prides itself on establishing and maintaining excellent relationships with its customers and is committed to serving the financial needs of its communities. For additional information, visit http://www.midlandsb.com or follow us on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/midland-states-bank.

Greg Pence
Director of Marketing

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