PrimeLending Welcomes New Regional Manager Mike Watkinson (#770629) to the Northeast Region

DALLAS (July 22, 2015) – Dallas-based residential mortgage originator PrimeLending, a PlainsCapital company (NMLS: 13649), announces Mike Watkinson has joined the company as Regional Manager for the Northeast region.

Mike brings a proven track record of leadership to PrimeLending, with more than twenty-five years of experience in the home loan industry. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President at Embrace Home Loans, Regional Sales Executive for Bank of America, District Manager for National City Mortgage and State Manager/Private Mortgage Banking for Citizens Bank.

“Having Mike on our team is a huge win for PrimeLending,” said Gene Lugat, Executive Vice President Eastern Division, PrimeLending. “Mike is known for his inspiring brand of leadership that includes enthusiasm, creativity and commitment to excellence. I know he will bring out the best in our Northeast Region.”

Since 1986, PrimeLending has grown from a company of 20 to an award-winning mortgage lender over 2,500 strong. Known for a unique people-centric culture and team-oriented environment, PrimeLending ranked number 4 in the nation among large companies on the Great Rated!™ People's Picks: 20 Great Workplaces in Financial Services.* As an innovative industry leader, PrimeLending combines a tenured and talented group of industry experts with the latest tools and technologies to deliver an experience that is truly Home Loans Made Simple.

“After meeting and getting to know the executives at PrimeLending, and witnessing the company’s dedication to its people and customers, choosing PrimeLending was an easy decision,” said Mike Watkinson, Regional Manager PrimeLending. “And the opportunity to work with Jay Connor and the talented mortgage bankers he leads in the Northeast is not only a privilege, but a greatly appreciated advantage. It’s energizing to be a part of the growth initiative in our region.”

About PrimeLending

PrimeLending, a PlainsCapital Company (NMLS: 13649), is a Dallas-based residential mortgage originator with locations in 42 states. PrimeLending was listed in the top 10 for three consecutive years as a top mortgage lender in the nation in purchase units.1 Offering fixed rate, adjustable rate, FHA, VA, USDA and jumbo loans, refinancing and relocation programs, PrimeLending is licensed to originate and close loans in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Founded in 1986, PrimeLending is a member of the PlainsCapital Corporation family of companies. PlainsCapital Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hilltop Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HTH). Find more information at

Source: 1As Ranked by Marketrac for purchase units nationally for Jan.-Dec. 2012, 2013 and 2014.

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