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July 26, 2010: John Gill Joins Western Bank as Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

St. Paul, MN. (July 26, 2010): Western Bank announced today that John Gill recently joined Western Bank as Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer in charge of financial analysis, accounting, audit, and compliance, as well as some operations functions. He will also play an integral role in developing bank-wide strategies and policies as a member of Western Bank's management team.

John is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated with a B.A. in Accountancy from the University of North Dakota. He has been a senior faculty member of Devry University for 16 years as an instructor of a national CPA review course and is ranked in the top 10% of instructors in the Becker Review. He comes to Western Bank with 20+ years of diverse and solid practical experience in corporate finance and accounting, treasury management, asset/liability management, tax compliance, audit and bank operations. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Minnesota Society of CPAs. Prior to joining Western Bank, John worked at Highland Bank, Richfield Bank & Trust, and RSM McGladrey.

"Western Bank is grateful to have an individual of John's caliber joining its organization," said Tony Lemaire, President & CEO of Western Bank. "As the world in which we conduct business becomes ever more complicated, John's skills and experience, along with the talent of the rest of our senior management team and board, will help Western Bank continue to be a successful and financially sound bank as we grow."

About Western Bank
Founded in 1915, Western Bank is an independent, community bank dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of businesses and offering a full range of services to all of our customers. The bank has five geographically dispersed locations serving customers throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The corporate office still serves the original St. Paul, Minnesota neighborhood in which it started, with other offices in Edina, Maplewood, Mounds View, and Oakdale. Western Bank has assets of nearly $347 million and provides a full line of deposit and loan services to businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals. Western Bank has always found ways to help customers, to improve the quality of life in our communities, to return profit to shareholders and to care for its employees. Visit www.western-bank.com for more information.


Information Regarding Forward Looking Statements:
This press release contains forward-looking statements. The statements regarding Western Bank contained in this release that are not historical in nature, particularly those that utilize terminology such as "may," "will," "should," "likely," "expects," "anticipates," "estimates," "believes" or "plans," or comparable terminology, are forward-looking statements based on current expectations and assumptions, and entail various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in such forward-looking statements. Western Bank undertakes no obligation to correct or update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


Media Contact:
Chris Dressel
Western Bank
651-290-8144
cdressel@western-bank.com

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