Cole Taylor Bank Partners With Advanced Financial Solutions (AFS) to Provide State-of-the-Art Lockbox Image Service

Apr 14, 2006, 01:00 ET from Cole Taylor Bank

    ROSEMONT, Ill., April 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cole Taylor Bank now
 offers the latest in lockbox image services to its customers through a new
 in-house system that digitizes check and invoice images received in
 customer lockboxes. Partnering with Advanced Financial Solutions (AFS), a
 Metavante Image Solutions company, Cole Taylor Bank has made a major
 technology investment in a state-of-the-art system that handles both check
 and lockbox processing.
     "Our new system gives us the internal capacity and the ability to
 deliver online images of checks and invoices along with transaction data.
 We know that time does mean money to businesses and automated delivery is
 at the core of our financial services philosophy for all of our commercial
 banking customers," said Dan Stevens, Chief Financial Officer for Taylor
 Capital Group, the holding company for Cole Taylor Bank.
     "Our lockbox customers won't have to change their internal processes to
 conform to a 'cookie-cutter' receivables process. Cole Taylor Bank can
 provide a range of lockbox services to meet an individual customer's
 specific workflow and be responsive to their needs by having our own
 lockbox imaging system. This is a strong example of our brand promise to
 provide customized solutions to our commercial banking customers."
     Based in Oklahoma, AFS is a well-respected name in the industry and a
 leader in this area of software development and products. "AFS ImageVision
 provides Cole Taylor Bank with an image-based platform designed for paper
 and electronic payments," said Gary Nelson, President, Metavante Image
 Solutions. "The exceptional scalability will accommodate their business
 growth and changing customer needs for years to come."
     Cole Taylor will continue to offer boutique lockbox services such as
 keying in remitter information, sorting and providing documents in the
 format requested by clients. Dave Steinhoff, GSVP Servicing & Support for
 Cole Taylor Bank, noted that, "customers will continue to benefit from the
 cost-savings associated with lockbox service because money is directly
 deposited into their accounts. With the introduction of same day lockbox
 transactions and image delivery, they will also save on courier fees and
 reap the benefits of improved efficiency." Steinhoff added that, "apart
 from the obvious benefits to our clients, lockbox image service may also
 provide efficiencies to Cole Taylor Bank."
     Future value of technology
     "This investment in technology adds value for our customers and is
 foundational to our future at Cole Taylor Bank and Taylor Capital Group. It
 allows us the opportunity to leapfrog into other areas. In the coming year,
 we plan to leverage this technology for other electronic processing and
 image deliveries for our commercial banking customers. We will also be able
 to offer additional services to our correspondent bank customers," said Dan
     Cole Taylor specializes in meeting the unique financing, cash
 management and wealth management needs of the owners of Chicago's
 closely-held companies. It is one of Chicago's largest independent banks
 with more than $3 billion in assets. Cole Taylor owes its success to
 delivering prompt, straightforward answers to clients in manufacturing,
 professional practices and commercial and residential real estate
 development. In fact, the bank has supplied sound financial guidance to
 Chicago-area businesses for more than 75 years.
     Statements in this press release regarding Taylor Capital Group and
 Cole Taylor Bank which are not historical facts are "forward-looking
 statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such
 risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from
 those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in
 Taylor Capital Group's Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and
 Exchange Commission.

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