FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MidCountry Bank Executive appointed to National WWI Museum Board of Trustees.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (09-08-09) Joe Freeman, Chief Operating Officer of Pioneer Services, the Military Banking Division of MidCountry Bank, has been appointed to the National World War I Museum's Board of Trustees. Freeman joins a group of other notable and distinguished community leaders such as Henry Bloch; William Dunn, Sr.; R. Crosby Kemper; and Dr. Thomas Hoenig, all who are committed to preserving, promoting, and improving the nation's official WWI Museum.

Freeman's strategic and entrepreneurial business skills, along with his knowledge of the military and national security communities, and the financial services arena, will benefit the Museum. "Each new Trustee brings a diverse base of experience and knowledge that will help further the Museum's mission," said Brian Alexander, President and CEO of the National World War I Museum.

Freeman is active in local business, philanthropic, and community service efforts, including; the UMKC Board of Trustees Bloch School Blue Ribbon Committee; the Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation Council; the Dean's Bloch School Advisory Board, Chairman of the International Entrepreneur of the Year Dinner; Business Executives for National Security; the Association of the United States Army; the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Armed Services Committee; Angel Flight Central; the FBI Citizen's Academy, and more. He was named one of Ingram's magazine's "40 Under 40 Power Elite" in 2006.

He is responsible for all lending and retail operations at MidCountry Bank's military division, as well as strategic planning. In his position, Freeman manages a diverse group of more than 200 associates in various departments and geographic locations. He has more than 15 years of business experience in accounting, operations, consulting, and marketing.

Freeman is a graduate of the Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He is the author of several published articles on management and financial matters.