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New York - September 2015 - Hamilton State Bank, a Tailwind portfolio company, has completed its acquisition of Highland Commercial Bank that was announced on May 15, 2015.

"We are a community bank that serves customers throughout Georgia and we look forward to working with our new customers from Highland Commercial Bank," Hamilton State Bank Chairman and CEO Robert Oliver said.  "The acquisition brings together two strong community banks that focus on serving our customers' needs."

Product and service enhancements will be introduced as Hamilton State Bank completes the systems conversion in November.

"Customers of both banks can expect the same high level of service they've always received," Oliver said.

Highland Commercial Bank is the sixth bank acquisition for Hamilton State Bank in the last four years.

About Hamilton State Bank
Hamilton State Bank is a full-service community bank that operates 28 branches in Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Cherokee, Cobb, Douglas, Hall, Henry, Forsyth, Jasper, Jackson and Paulding counties in Georgia. Led by an executive team with decades of community banking experience, Hamilton State Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hamilton. The company focuses on conservative and sound banking practices.  Hamilton and Hamilton State Bank are among the highest capitalized banking companies in the State of Georgia.  Hamilton State Bank now has approximately $1.8 billion in total assets and $1.5 billion in deposits.  Hamilton has $271 million in total capital.  To learn more about Hamilton State Bank visit www.hamiltonstatebank.com.
 
About Tailwind Capital
Tailwind Capital is a leading private equity firm focused on growth-oriented investments in the lower end of the middle market in the healthcare, business and industrial services sectors in North America. Tailwind partners with experienced management teams and entrepreneurs to transform businesses through organic growth initiatives, acquisitions and operational and strategic improvements. Since its founding in 2003, Tailwind and its portfolio companies have completed more than 65 acquisitions. The firm currently manages over $2 billion of committed equity capital.
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