Photo Release -- HomeTrust Bank Hires Brian Gompers, SVP

ASHEVILLE, N.C., May 8, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. (the "Company") (Nasdaq:HTBI), the holding company for HomeTrust Bank, N.A. (the "Bank"), announced today that the Bank has hired Brian Gompers, as Senior Vice President and Commercial Banking Relationship Manager. Gompers reports to Hunter Westbrook, Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer and will be located at the bank's headquarters office located at 10 Woodfin Street, Asheville, North Carolina.

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"Brian's commercial banking expertise and knowledge of HomeTrust markets is an asset to our commercial banking strategic growth plan and further supports our efforts to build out a full service community bank," said Hunter Westbrook, Chief Banking Officer. "His experience in middle market credit adds strength to the commercial relationship management team and provides additional value for our customers."

Brian Gompers brings 29 years of commercial banking experience to HomeTrust. He has spent the past ten years in the Western North Carolina market, as a senior commercial lender, developing commercial and middle market C & I relationships while managing loan growth with risk diversification. He also has commercial banking experience across contiguous HomeTrust markets in Greenville, South Carolina and Raleigh, North Carolina. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Pfeiffer University with a double major in Economics & Business Administration and Finance. He attended Furman University's Center for Corporate and Professional Development Leadership, is a graduate of Leadership Greenville, and is a graduate of Leadership Asheville. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board for Western Carolina Rescue Ministries and serves on the board of the University of North Carolina at Asheville Foundation. In addition, he is active in his church, North Asheville Baptist Church as a worship leader and Asheville Christian Academy as an assistant soccer coach for the men's varsity team.

"This is an exciting time of growth for HomeTrust Bank," noted Brian Gompers. "I'm looking forward to working in HomeTrust Bank's relationship-focused culture and continuing to grow commercial banking business across the Western North Carolina market."

About HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc.

HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. is the holding company for HomeTrust Bank, N.A. As of March 31, 2015 the Company had assets of $2.6 billion. The Bank, founded in 1926, is a nationally chartered, community-focused financial institution committed to providing value added community banking through its 45 locations in North Carolina (including the Asheville metropolitan area, the "Piedmont" region, Charlotte, and a loan production office in Raleigh), Upstate South Carolina (Greenville), East Tennessee (including Kingsport/Johnson City, Knoxville, and Morristown) and Southwest Virginia (including the Roanoke Valley). The Bank is the 5th largest community bank headquartered in North Carolina.

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CONTACT: HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. Dana L. Stonestreet - Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Tony J. VunCannon - Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer 828-259-3939

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