Metropolitan Bank Adds Healthcare Team to Private Client Group

(Memphis, Tenn.) — Metropolitan Bank announced today the addition of a dedicated healthcare team to its Private Client group. With the expansion, the bank welcomes two new associates to its Memphis, Tenn., office. Holly Bronson joins Metropolitan as Senior Managing Director to lead the new team, which complements Metropolitan's existing Executive and Professional Private Client team led by Executive Managing Director Mary Ann Hodges. The move solidifies the bank's market presence and provides specific infrastructure to serve healthcare professionals.

"Private client service has been a core strength since our inception, and Metropolitan is a perfect match for this market," says Phillip May, Tennessee president. "Healthcare businesses and professionals exemplify our tight segment focus and the select types of clients we are built to serve. Having associates who consult almost exclusively with private healthcare clients will bring our value proposition to life more effectively."

Bronson brings 13 years of private banking experience to Metropolitan. For the last 11 years, her focus has been on serving the medical and professional community.

Bronson anticipates a seamless transition. "Metropolitan has an excellent Private Client offering which has excelled from the beginning," she says. "The addition of a dedicated and experienced healthcare team will build on this foundation and further enhance our ability to serve this market."

Joining Bronson in this strategic initiative is Rachael Bradley, Client Services Director. Bradley brings six years of experience in private client banking. Both were most recently with Magna Bank.

"We look forward to the opportunity to deepen our product offerings and expertise with the addition of the new healthcare group to our outstanding Private Client team," says May. "Together we will continue to redefine convenience for our clients through both exceptional products and services, and through exceptional delivery."

CEO Curt Gabardi adds, "We are very excited about the addition of this new team and market niche to Metropolitan. We have achieved significant growth and profitability during our first three years, and this announcement represents one of our primary strategic objectives for the future--acquiring key banking talent that complements our core values and client-centric vision."

The new team will begin immediately and work out of Metropolitan's Aaron Brenner Drive location.

About Metropolitan Bank.
The Metropolitan Bank, the banking subsidiary of Metropolitan BancGroup, Inc., is a $510 million bank co-headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, and Ridgeland, Mississippi. Local market deposits for Memphis are now in excess of $300 million. After its successful acquisition of Bancsouth Financial Corporation and its subsidiary Bank of the South in 2008, and its acquisition of a Tennessee state bank charter, Metropolitan now operates five full-service banking offices in Tennessee and Mississippi. The Metropolitan Bank offers a full range of financial products and services, including private banking services, personal and business checking accounts, online banking and bill payment, mortgages, home equity lines of credit, custom construction loans, commercial and consumer loans, treasury management, remote capture, and merchant card services.