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Steven Lerner

Director

Dr. Lerner served as a director of Yadkin Bank and Yadkin Financial Corporation from July 2014 until its sale to F.N.B. Corporation in March 2017. He joined Yadkin following the merger of VantageSouth Bancshares, Inc. and Piedmont Community Bank Holdings, Inc. with Yadkin Financial Corporation. Prior to this merger, Dr. Lerner served as a director of VantageSouth Bancshares, Inc. since November 2011, and as Vice Chairman of Piedmont Community Bank Holdings, Inc. since he co-founded the company in 2009. He has served as the Chairman of FGI Research, a provider of online market research services, since he founded the company in 1981. From 2000 to 2012, Dr. Lerner served as Chairman of Capstrat, Inc., a strategic marketing communication firm, and he was Chairman of Yankelovich, Inc., a consumer research firm, from 2000-2008. Dr. Lerner has spent the last 30 years helping small and medium sized businesses maximize their potential. He has been involved in the formation of a number of companies including Blue Hill Group, and Sterling Cellular prior to its sale in 1993. Dr. Lerner serves on the board of advisors of Bandwidth.com, a provider of next generation communications services. Dr. Lerner served as a member of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill board of trustees and as Chairman of its Finance Committee until July 2015. Dr. Lerner’s extensive business experience, as well as his extensive experience in the information technology sector, qualifies him to serve on our Board. Dr. Lerner served on our board of directors prior to our acquisition by the Apollo Funds in February 2015, and joined our Board on February 10, 2017.

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