May 30, 2012

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN- After signing a lease in July, 2011 and moving into the McKinley Northeast Corporate Office Center, Cole Taylor Mortgage has experienced great success and growth. Their total staff has grown to more than 275 employees. Cole Taylor Mortgage now has 200 staff in Ann Arbor, including nearly 100 added since the move to Ann Arbor. As part of this growth, Cole Taylor Mortgage is in the process of doubling their current office space in Ann Arbor.

"We are thrilled with the success of our move to Ann Arbor and the jobs we are creating locally," said Willie Newman, President of Cole Taylor Mortgage. The primary driver in our expansion of staff has been our ability to grow our mortgage market share and the resultant growth in earnings contribution to Cole Taylor Bank. This has increased substantially during 2012. As part of our efforts to find progressive ways to add staff through leveraging all that the Ann Arbor area has to offer, we recently started an innovative evening shift program. This program primarily targets college students and recent graduates. This program also provides a potential entry into the mortgage banking industry, as well help college students and graduates ease the challenges they face in entering the job market in this economy. Much of the inspiration for the design of this program came from being so close to several great universities in other words, being located in Ann Arbor."

Albert M. Berriz, CEO of McKinley, commented, "We are thrilled with the growth of Cole Taylor Mortgage. Willie Newman is a proven and experienced entrepreneur in the mortgage banking space, and I would expect nothing less from him and his company. Best of all the success of his company also helps the vibrant economy of Ann Arbor.

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May 13, 2012

Ann Arbor, MI McKinley is pleased to announce that Alexandra Jackiw has accepted the position of Managing Director - Residential Client Services effective May 29, 2012. Jackiw is a seasoned multifamily professional and within the past 10 years has built a long term management portfolio of more than 12,000 units with clients including blue chip institutional firms as well as an impressive list of private investors. Jackiw is also the Chair-Elect of the National Apartment Association (NAA), a past president of the NAA Education Institute and a frequent speaker at national conferences. Jackiw will partner with Ken Polsinelli, Director of Real Estate at McKinley to expand the McKinley's long term management and client services portfolio while also assuming responsibility for Midwest Client Services, Southeast Client Services and The Villages of Taylor.

"We are excited to have Alexandra (Alex) join McKinley. Her passion for customer service and the education and development of team members makes her a perfect fit at McKinley," said Ken Polsinelli, Director of Real Estate at McKinley. "Alex shares McKinley's focus on execution and operational excellence and will be a great asset as we expand our platform to continue to meet the needs of our clients and customers."

"I am absolutely thrilled that Alex has joined the McKinley Team, " commented Albert M. Berriz, CEO of McKinley. "Alex is a highly respected and experienced real estate operator and her addition to our team, along with Kristin Berg, who recently joined us after being with Freddie Mac for over 20 years, will allow McKinley to better serve our clients, as well as take our client service platform to a new level of excellence."

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May 8, 2012

Watch this great interview with McKinley CEO Albert M. Berriz as he presents his 2012 market forecast and shares McKinley's strategy for buying distressed assets in tertiary markets. McKinley repositioned Waldengreen Condos in Orlando as Riva Apartments.

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