Eugene S. Putnam

EUGENE S. PUTNAM, JR., has been Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer of Sterling Bancshares, Inc., and
Sterling Bank since March, 2001. Prior to joining Sterling, Mr.
Putnam was a Senior Vice President with SunTrust Banks, Inc., in
Atlanta. At SunTrust, Mr. Putnam held a variety of roles in
finance and treasury and served as the Director of Investor
Relations. Mr. Putnam began his banking career with First
Interstate Bank of California and spent 10 years with Crestar
Financial Corporation in Richmond, Virginia, before Crestar was
acquired by SunTrust. Mr. Putnam holds an undergraduate degree in
Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and
received an MBA with a concentration in Finance from The
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.