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HilltopSecurities’ Capital Markets Makes Strategic Appointments to MBS Trading and Sales

DALLAS, August 18, 2016 – Hilltop Securities Inc.’s (HTS) Capital Markets business continues to expand its mortgage-backed securities (MBS) trading and sales group across the country, and recently completed a series of strategic hires and promotions in its New York, Chicago and Dallas offices. Chris Paternoster, Jeff Arnier, Brian Bowes and Carl Schref recently joined the firm’s MBS trading and sales groups, while Joe Vendemia has been promoted to Mortgage Sales Manager.

Chris Paternoster will serve as Managing Director with the firm’s MBS trading group in New York, trading Agency CMOs, prime jumbo and Alt-A non-agency products, and Jeff Arnier will serve as a Trading Assistant at the firm’s Dallas headquarters.

Brian Bowes and Carl Schref will serve as Managing Directors with the firm’s MBS sales group in New York and Chicago, respectively, bringing with them long-established relationships that complement the business’ existing sales effort.

Current Managing Director Joe Vendemia will now serve as the Mortgage Sales Manager, focusing on broadening client coverage and directing the department’s objective to recruit top-tier talent to the sales group, while continuing to cover accounts.

“The addition of Chris, Jeff, Brian and Carl to our mortgage group strengthens our trading and sales efforts,” said Daniel R. Leland, head of HilltopSecurities Capital Markets. “Expansion of this area is one of our group’s strategic initiatives and with Joe leading our recruiting efforts, we’re well-positioned to execute on those plans.”

About Chris Paternoster

Chris Paternoster joins HilltopSecurities from Cantor Fitzgerald where he served as a Senior Managing Director on the mortgage desk. Throughout his eight years at Cantor, he helped build and expand their CMO trading and sales business. Prior to his time with Cantor, Paternoster worked at UBS and Paine Webber.

About Jeff Arnier

Jeff Arnier joins HilltopSecurities from Goldman Sachs, where he served as an analyst in their residential mortgage analytics and commercial real estate portfolio analytics groups since 2014. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Northwestern University.

About Brian Bowes

Brian Bowes joins the firm from the structured products sales group at Stormharbour Securities. Prior to that, he traded non-agency RMBS at KGS-Alpha and headed the residential loan securitization conduit at UBS.

About Carl Schref

Carl Schref joins the firm from Cantor Fitzgerald. He has served in sales positions at Lehman Brothers, UBS, Banc of America Securities and was Senior Vice President in fixed income sales at Lehman Brothers in the 1990s. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

About Joe Vendemia

Prior to joining HilltopSecurities in 2013, Joe Vendemia served as an institutional mortgage bond salesman at Gleacher and Co. and as an institutional salesman with JP Morgan’s and UBS’s structured products groups.

About Hilltop Securities Inc.

Hilltop Securities Inc., a member of NYSE, FINRA and SIPC, delivers the forthright advice and tailored solutions necessary for municipal issuers, institutions, broker-dealers and individuals to thrive. The financial services firm and registered investment adviser is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with offices across the United States. Areas of focus include public finance; municipal and taxable fixed income underwriting, sales and trading; equity and portfolio trading; retail brokerage services; securities clearing; structured finance; corporate finance; and securities lending. A wholly owned subsidiary of Hilltop Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HTH), HilltopSecurities’ affiliates include Hilltop Securities Independent Network Inc., PlainsCapital Bank, PrimeLending and National Lloyds Corporation.

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