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Photo Release -- HomeTrust Bank Hires Kristin Y. Powell, Senior Vice President, Director of Mortgage Lending

ASHEVILLE, N.C., July 20, 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 Kristin Powell as Senior Vice President, Director of Mortgage Lending. Powell reports to Hunter Westbrook, EVP, and Chief Banking Officer.

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"Kristin is a recognized leader in the mortgage business. Her extensive sales management and strategic planning experience are critical to drive this line of business into the future," commented Hunter Westbrook, EVP and Chief Banking Officer. "I look forward to working with Kristin as we maximize the bank's regional franchise. Her demonstrated history of building teams and increasing both sales and fee income should significantly impact shareholder value."

Throughout her 15 year career, Kristin has developed effective mortgage talent recruiting strategies, resulting in high-performing mortgage sales teams that maximized market earnings. She brings with her in-depth industry and regional market knowledge, most recently with PNC Bank across the Charlotte metro market. Kristin will work out of the Bank's Charlotte office. Kristin is a native of Richmond, Virginia. She graduated from Meredith College, Raleigh, North Carolina with a B.S. degree in Business Management.

"I'm excited to join a regional bank with such a strong foundation of helping customers achieve home ownership," said Kristin Powell. "It's a robust environment in the mortgage industry, with substantial growth in home ownership projected across various demographic market segments. I'm looking forward to building and expanding the bank's mortgage services and further growing the line of business across the franchise footprint."

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 online/mobile channels and 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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WEBSITE: WWW.HOMETRUSTBANKING.COM

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

Source:HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc.