Wintrust Financial Announces New President for Wheaton Bank & Trust Company

Wintrust Financial Announces New President for Wheaton Bank & Trust Company

ROSEMONT, Ill., May 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wintrust Financial
Corporation ("Wintrust") (Nasdaq:WTFC) announced the appointment of Pam
Sharar-Stoppel as President for Wheaton Bank & Trust Company ("WBT"). Based in
Wheaton, WBT has five locations in Chicago's western suburbs: Wheaton, Glen
Ellyn and Naperville.

Currently Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer, Sharar-Stoppel
joined WBT five years ago and brings more than 30 years of commercial banking
and leadership experience to the bank.

Stacey Huels is stepping down from his position as Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer of WBT to start a new firm, (First Focus Capital Partners,
LLC) and pursue private equity investment opportunities. He will remain active
in the bank and agreed to continue to actively serve as a director on the WBT

"Stacey started with one location and only $25 million in assets when he took
over in 2004," said Wintrust CEO, Ed Wehmer. "Stacey led the growth of the
bank to five locations and more than $750 million in assets. He also took it
through two acquisitions and the opening of additional locations in
Naperville. We thank Stacey for his many contributions and wish him the very
best in his new venture. We're honored that he will continue serving as a

"Pam has successfully led a major expansion of the commercial lending team and
customer base, has been an integral part of the Wheaton team, and is highly
regarded by her clients and peers," stated Huels. "Pam embraces the community
bank model and brings diverse experience and talent to her new role which will
serve her well."

Robert Hutchinson, who has been instrumental in developing the bank's strong
community banking reputation in Wheaton, will work to repeat that success in
Glen Ellyn by becoming the President of Glen Ellyn Bank & Trust, and
maintaining his leadership over the bank's Business Banking team and CRA

Wintrust also announced that Robert Paszczak, Vice Chairman, is being promoted
to Chairman. Bob joined the bank two years ago and has distinguished himself
as an accomplished leader as well as a mentor to others. He has enjoyed an
impressive banking career and his wealth of experience and relationships are
highly valued.

About Wintrust Financial Corporation
Wintrust Financial Corporation is a financial holding company with assets of
approximately $17 billion whose common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global
Select Market (Nasdaq:WTFC). Built on the "HAVE IT ALL" model, Wintrust offers
sophisticated technology and resources of a large bank while focusing on
providing service-based community banking to each and every customer. Wintrust
operates fifteen community bank subsidiaries, with more than 100 banking
offices located in the greater Chicago and Milwaukee market areas. Wintrust
also provides wealth management services, commercial insurance premium
financing, mortgage origination, short-term accounts receivable financing, and
certain administrative services, such as data processing of payrolls, and
billing and treasury management services to its customers.

CONTACT: Ed Wehmer
         President and Chief Executive Officer
         Wintrust Financial Corporation
         David L. Larson
         Executive Vice President
         Wintrust Financial Corporation
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