Date: 05.25.17

Cetera Financial Institutions Names Britt Woods Vice President, Head of Relationship Management

Industry Veteran to Lead Recruiting of Financial Advisors to Bank and Credit Union Wealth Management Programs Affiliated with Cetera Financial Institutions

Newly-Appointed Executive to Spearhead Business Consulting for Cetera Financial Institutions-Affiliated Wealth Management Programs and Financial Advisors

St. Cloud, MN – Cetera® Financial Institutions (CFI), part of Cetera Financial Group® (“Cetera”)*, a leading network of independent firms supporting the delivery of professional financial advice through trusted financial advisors and financial institutions, today announced that industry veteran Britt Woods has joined CFI as Vice President, Head of Relationship Management, effective immediately. In his new role overseeing advisor recruiting and business consulting activities for CFI, Mr. Woods will report directly to the firm’s President, LeAnn Rummel.He will be based in Franklin, TN, while spending significant time in the field with CFI's business consultants and recruiters, together with the bank and credit union wealth management programs and financial advisors they support.Cetera Financial Institutions is the Cetera firm specifically focused on serving the wealth management programs of banks and credit unions.

LeAnn Rummel, President of Cetera Financial Institutions, said, “We enthusiastically welcome Britt Woods to Cetera Financial Institutions. Britt brings a well-established track record of building exceptional advisor business coaching and advisor recruiting programs in the financial institutions channel, and he shares our vision of creating a truly advice-centric experience for financial advisors and their clients. Britt's expertise will enhance our ability to provide bank and credit union-based financial advisors with highly customized support, thus enabling them to better serve their clients, while also creating new opportunities to align the institutions we serve with experienced financial advisors seeking to grow as part of a financial institution.We're looking forward to everything we can accomplish together with Britt as part of our team."

In addition to advisor recruiting, Mr. Woods’ responsibilities in his new role will include helping the wealth management programs of CFI-affiliated institutions achieve their organic growth goals by increasing client wallet share and capitalizing on other opportunities to build same-store sales, as well as retention of existing financial institution relationships. He will work in conjunction with Executive Vice President and National Director of Business Development Sean Casey, who oversees CFI’s institutional recruiting efforts.

Mr. Woods most recently served at Fifth Third Bank as Vice President and Sales Manager, where he managed financial advisors, licensed bankers and sales assistants across three different affiliates. He was awarded Retail Partner of the Year during every year of his service, in recognition of his effectiveness in supporting the client service success of the professionals reporting to him. Prior to that, Mr. Woods served at NatCity Investments, Inc., as Vice President and Financial Advisor, where he was named top financial advisor for seven consecutive years, while personally producing over $10 million in revenue during this tenure. He was also recognized as the #1 Program Manager by Bank Investment Consultant Magazine in 2013.

Mr. Woods said, “I'm excited to join Cetera Financial Institutions, a firm which has been recognized for many years as a clear leader in supporting the delivery of professional financial advice from banks and credit unions.CFI's ability to help grow bank and credit union wealth management programs, combined with its commitment to transform how advisors guide individuals and families to achieve financial well-being at every stage of life, positions the firm for continued leadership in our industry.I'm eager to get to know the advisors and programs supported by CFI, and to help the financial institutions they are with, as well as the clients they support, to achieve their goals."

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 professional 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 cetera.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 FINRA/SIPC.

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