Ceo Of Huntington Bank To Participate In Sba Forum With U.s. Treasury And Hold Media Conference Call November 18, 2009

Stephen D. Steinour, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Huntington Bank, will meet Wednesday with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Small Business Administrator Karen G. Mills to participate in a forum on small business financing issues. Key stakeholders including policymakers, lenders and small business owners will attend the meeting to explore new ideas and strategies for expanding access to financing for small businesses.

Media Conference Call to Follow Forum

Steinour will host a conference call the same day at 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) to talk about the meeting, the potential for small businesses to create jobs in the Midwest and how Huntington has become the seventh largest SBA provider in the country. The call may be accessed via a dial-in telephone number at (866) 712-7678; passcode 8485 285#.

Background

Last month President Obama called for the SBA meeting. It is part of a larger effort to help small businesses grow, create new jobs and contribute to our economic recovery. It is also part of an effort to challenge the private sector to increase lending to small businesses.

About Huntington

Huntington Bancshares Incorporated is a $52 billion regional bank holding company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Huntington has more than 143 years of serving the financial needs of its customers. Through our subsidiaries, including our banking subsidiary, The Huntington National Bank, we provide full-service commercial and consumer banking services, mortgage banking services, equipment leasing, investment management, trust services, brokerage services, customized insurance service program, and other financial products and services. Our over 600 banking offices are located in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Huntington also offers retail and commercial financial services online at huntington.com; through its technologically advanced, 24-hour telephone bank; and through its network of almost 1,400 ATMs. The Auto Finance and Dealer Services group offers automobile loans to consumers and commercial loans to automobile dealers within our six-state banking franchise area. Selected financial service activities are also conducted in other states including: Private Financial Group offices in Florida; and Mortgage Banking offices in Maryland and New Jersey. International banking services are available through the headquarters office in Columbus and a limited purpose office located in both the Cayman Islands and Hong Kong.

/PRNewswire -- Nov. 17/

CONTACT: Huntington, Maureen Brown, +1-614-480-5512; or Paul Werth Associates, Dace de la Foret, +1-614-746-0828

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