Michael D. Sharkey Joins Cole Taylor Bank as Executive Vice President

- 30 Year Chicago Banking Veteran To Lead Asset Based Lending

Jul 07, 2008, 01:00 ET from Cole Taylor Bank

    ROSEMONT, Ill., July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Cole Taylor Bank today announced
 that Michael D. Sharkey has joined Cole Taylor Bank as an Executive Vice
 President, responsible for the bank's Asset Based Lending group. Mr.
 Sharkey most recently led LaSalle Bank's asset based lending business,
 which grew into one of largest such groups in the U.S.
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     "Mike is recognized as one of the top banking talents in the country
 and Cole Taylor is fortunate to have him," said Bruce Taylor, Chairman and
 Chief Executive Officer of Taylor Capital Group, parent company of Cole
 Taylor Bank. "With Mark Hoppe in his leadership role and other key
 additions, we have embarked on a campaign to make Cole Taylor the top
 relationship bank in our market and the addition of Mike Sharkey is a
 significant step towards that goal."
     Cole Taylor earlier this year announced the hiring of 35 commercial
 lenders -- doubling the size of its commercial lending team -- along with a
 series of actions taken to further strengthen the bank around its target
 market of owner-operated small and medium sized businesses.
     "We are delighted that Mike Sharkey, my colleague and friend for more
 than fifteen years, is joining Cole Taylor Bank," said Mark Hoppe, Cole
 Taylor President and Chief Executive Officer. "His extensive experience and
 leadership skills greatly enhance our already strong asset based lending
 team and raise this strategically important business to a market leader.
 Mike understands the importance of relationships and appreciates the unique
 challenges of owner-operated businesses."
     About Taylor Capital Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:   TAYC)
     Taylor Capital Group, Inc., is a $3.6 billion bank holding company for
 Cole Taylor Bank, a Chicago-based commercial bank specializing in serving
 the business banking, real estate lending and wealth management
 requirements of closely held and family-owned small- and medium-sized
 businesses. Cole Taylor is a member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing

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