Date: 04.11.17

Cetera Financial Institutions Congratulates Life Insurance Sales Manager Mac McCullough for Receipt of BISA Career Achievement Award

Insurance Leader Wins Prestigious Industry Award for Distinguished Service and Professional Accomplishments

St. Cloud, MN – Cetera® Financial Institutions (CFI), part of Cetera Financial Group® ("Cetera")*, a leading network of independent firms supporting the delivery of objective retail financial advice, announced today that one of CFI’s leaders, Life Insurance Sales Manager and industry veteran Mac McCullough, has won the prestigious BISA Career Achievement Award. The award recognizes Mr. McCullough's distinguished service to Cetera during his 15 years with the company, as well as his contributions to the financial services industry during a career spanning more than 50 years. Cetera Financial Institutions is the Cetera firm specifically focused on serving the wealth management programs of banks and credit unions.

McCullough was recognized during the annual Bank Insurance and Securities Association (BISA) Conference held in Hollywood, Florida, from March 7 to 10. CFI is a member of BISA, a leading financial services industry association dedicated to serving those responsible for the marketing, sales and distribution of securities, insurance, and other financial products and advisory services through the bank channel.

LeAnn Rummel, President of Cetera Financial Institutions, said, “We are so pleased that BISA has recognized what all of us at CFI and throughout Cetera Financial Group have always known about Mac McCullough. He is an outstanding professional, mentor, colleague and leader. Throughout a remarkably accomplished career, he has long exemplified a level of commitment to the industry that has served as a model for others.”

Rummel continued, “Mac has been an inspiration to so many in the industry and Cetera. His unwavering dedication and commitment to colleagues and clients, coupled with his zest for life and passion for his work, have earned him the utmost respect from those who know him and love him.”

Mac McCullough said, “I am humbled and grateful to receive this prestigious recognition from BISA. Throughout my career, my focus has been first and foremost to help individuals and families get the insurance and risk management protection they need, and to help our advisors grow and progress in their careers. I am very proud of all that Cetera and I have achieved in these areas, and I am honored that BISA has chosen to recognize our accomplishments, as well.”

McCullough joined the Cetera organization in 2001 as Insurance Manager. He is responsible for Insurance Marketing and Insurance Operations. Since he joined Cetera, he has been instrumental in helping more than 100 of its advisors achieve Million Dollar Roundtable (MDRT) status – a recognition indicating exceptional professional knowledge, strict ethical conduct and outstanding client service – and in driving substantial growth for Cetera advisors selling life insurance.

Prior to joining Cetera, McCullough served as Vice President and Trust Officer with Peoples Bank in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he coordinated the Investment, Trust and Insurance departments for the bank. He had retired with over 30 years with Prudential Financial as an agent, sales manager and general manager. He has been a leader in numerous industry associations, and has served as president of two General Agents and Managers Associations and three local chapters of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.

About Cetera Financial Institutions

Cetera Financial Institutions is a marketing name of Cetera Investment Services LLC, a self-clearing registered broker-dealer that delivers customized investment and insurance solutions to financial institutions nationwide. Cetera Investment Services helps institutions expand their financial offerings, which allows clients to pursue their financial goals through a holistic approach while delivering sound and strong financial solutions. Advisory services are offered through Cetera Investment Advisers LLC, an SEC registered investment adviser firm, where financial advisors receive a wide array of solutions and back-office support, so that they can focus on their clients.

Cetera Investment Services LLC and Cetera Investment Advisers LLC are members of Cetera Financial Group, which provides leading wealth management and advisory platforms and innovative technology to financial advisors and financial institutions nationwide. Cetera Investment Services is a member of the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC), the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC), and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). For more information, see www.ceterafinancialinstitutions.com.

About Cetera Financial Group

Cetera Financial Group ("Cetera") is a leading network of independent firms empowering the delivery of objective financial advice to individuals, families and company retirement plans across the country through trusted financial advisors and financial institutions. Cetera is the second-largest independent financial advisor network in the nation by number of advisors, as well as a leading provider of retail services to the investment programs of banks and credit unions.

Through its multiple distinct firms, Cetera offers independent and institutions-based advisors the benefits of a large, established broker-dealer and registered investment adviser, while serving advisors and institutions in a way that is customized to their needs and aspirations. Advisor support resources offered through Cetera include award-winning wealth management and advisory platforms, comprehensive broker-dealer and registered investment adviser services, practice management support and innovative technology. For more information, visit www.ceterafinancialgroup.com.

* "Cetera Financial Group" refers to the network of independent retail firms encompassing, among others, Cetera Advisors, Cetera Advisor Networks, Cetera Investment Services (marketed as Cetera Financial Institutions), Cetera Financial Specialists, First Allied Securities, Girard Securities, and Summit Brokerage Services.All firms are members of FINRA/SIPC.

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