Photo Release -- HomeTrust Bank Hires Pedro Velazquez, AVP Sales and Service Manager, Charlotte Market

ASHEVILLE, N.C., June 10, 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 Pedro Velazquez, as Assistant Vice President, Sales and Service Manager for the bank's Charlotte market retail banking operations.

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"Pedro's retail banking management experience and knowledge of the Charlotte market is an asset to our full service, regional community banking strategic growth plan," commented Jeffrey Mylton, Market President, Charlotte. "His strong community relationships and focus on relationship banking will further add value for our customers."

Pedro Velazquez brings 19 years of retail banking experience to HomeTrust. He has spent the past eight years in the Charlotte market managing retail banking centers for Wells Fargo and most recently Bank of America. Prior to Charlotte, he spent several years in New York City in bank leadership roles building and developing market share for several banking centers. Pedro received a Liberal Arts Associate Degree from Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte and is fluent in English and Spanish. He is a member of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte and previously served on the leadership team of H.O.L.A (Hispanic Organization for Leadership Advancement).

"I'm thrilled to be a part of the HomeTrust organization," said Pedro Velazquez. "Helping customers fulfill their financial goals is my passion and I'm thrilled to be a part of a relationship-focused company culture."

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 Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer 828-259-3939

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