MILWAUKEE - November 20, 2012 - Associated Bank was named the top mortgage originator in Wisconsin. The Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HDMA) Mortgage Origination Market Share Summary, ranks Associated Bank No. 1 in both units and dollar amount. This is the first time Associated ranked No.1 in Wisconsin overall (units and dollars), and the fourth consecutive year as the No. 1 mortgage originator headquartered in Wisconsin.

"We are proud to be the top mortgage originator in the State of Wisconsin and even prouder to have helped thousands of our Wisconsin customers with their home mortgages," said Dave Bauer, Associated Bank Director of Mortgage Sales. Our team of bankers strives to be clear and responsive to our customers while offering the best possible mortgage solutions. Our success is a measure of the trust our customers have placed in us."

In 2011, Associated originated more than 17,700 HMDA reportable loans totaling $2.5 billion. The bank helped approximately 507 customers avoid foreclosure, which represents nearly $27.4 million in mortgage loans.

"We have friendly and capable loan officers in our branch offices conveniently located throughout the communities we serve," he said. "Associated is dedicated to providing outstanding service to each and every customer and it is a commitment to honesty, transparency, and excellence in our interaction with customers that sets us apart."

ABOUT ASSOCIATED BANC-CORP
Associated Banc-Corp (NASDAQ: ASBC) has total assets of $23 billion and is one of the top 50, publicly traded, U.S. bank holding companies. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Associated is a leading Midwest banking franchise, offering a full range of financial products and services through more than 250 banking locations serving more than 150 communities throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota, and commercial financial services in Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Texas. Associated Bank, N.A. is an Equal Housing Lender, Equal Opportunity Lender and Member FDIC. More information about Associated Banc-Corp is available at www.associatedbank.com.

Contact: Nicole Koremenos
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