SOURCE: Pulaski Financial

October 15, 2007 15:45 ET

Pulaski Financial Names Matthew Locke Mortgage Lending President

ST. LOUIS, MO--(Marketwire - October 15, 2007) - Pulaski Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: PULB) announced today that Matthew Locke, 38, will be the new president of the company's mortgage lending division. In this role, he will be responsible for managing all facets of Pulaski Bank's mortgage business, including the company's appraisal and title divisions. Locke will also join Pulaski's executive officer team, which is responsible for the development and implementation of the company's business policies and strategies.

"Matt joined Pulaski in 1997 and has a proven track record of success over the past ten years in the bank's mortgage, home equity and consumer lending areas," said William A. Donius, Pulaski's Chairman and CEO. "He has successfully built several of our existing programs from the ground up. He initiated our consumer lending program over ten years ago, launched our home equity program almost five years ago, and established our Kansas City loan production operation in 2002. Matt currently manages our Kansas City lending operation, which has exceeded our expectations and has become one of the top five lenders in Kansas City."

Locke received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Pittsburg State University in Kansas and his MBA from Webster University in St. Louis. He and his family will relocate from Kansas City to St. Louis, but he will continue to spend a significant amount of time in Kansas City. Locke will be supported by a strong team of senior managers who are veterans in the mortgage industry, including Diane Hughes, Vice President - Kansas City Operations Manager, Chris Purcell, Senior Vice President - Loan Operations and Mark Della Camera, Senior Vice President - Loan Administration. "This is a tremendous opportunity for me to further develop the Pulaski lending team," said Locke. "It's a vibrant culture and I look forward to the opportunity to manage the St. Louis mortgage team while continuing the success we've enjoyed in Kansas City."

"We believe Matt will build upon the tremendous strengths we have developed in our mortgage lending group over the past 15 years," said Donius. "We owe our success to the collective efforts of a large number of people working countless hours to ensure we consistently deliver our own, unique brand of superior customer service."

About Pulaski Financial

Pulaski Financial Corp., operating in its 85th year through its subsidiary, Pulaski Bank, serves customers throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. The bank offers a full line of quality retail-banking products through 11 full-service branch offices in St. Louis and three loan production offices in Kansas City and the Illinois portion of the St. Louis metroplex. The company's website can be accessed at www.pulaskibankstl.com.

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Contact Information

  • For Additional Information Contact:
    William A. Donius
    Chairman & CEO
    Pulaski Financial Corp.
    (314) 878-2210 Ext. 3610

    Tad Gage or Woody Wallace
    The Investor Relations Company
    (312) 245-2700