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Photo Release -- Sandy Spring Bank Opens New Bethesda Community Office

OLNEY, Md., Dec. 8, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, Sandy Spring Bank opened its new Bethesda Community Office at 7550 Wisconsin Avenue. This new space features an open layout, free of the traditional teller line, and Universal Bankers who stand ready to provide comprehensive financial support. Also on site is a full-service Financial Center, which offers clients convenient access to wealth, mortgage, insurance, commercial banking, private client services, and specialists.



A photo accompanying this release is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=29503

In addition to a fresh, modern atmosphere, this new model offers clients more individualized and consultative financial support. Clients will also have access to convenient self-service technology. Sandy Spring Bank is one of the first banks in Bethesda to offer this unique and innovative banking experience.

"At Sandy Spring Bank, we are always looking for ways to improve the client experience and to better serve our communities," said Daniel J. Schrider, President and CEO of Sandy Spring Bank. "We've had a presence in Bethesda for more than 18 years, but this new location presented the perfect opportunity for us to reimagine how we do business. We designed this Community Office with the Bethesda community in mind, and as a result we've created the most innovative, convenient and accessible branch in Sandy Spring history."

Community members are also encouraged to take advantage of the complimentary meeting spaces, and free Wi-Fi and charging stations that are available during business hours.

"With growth and development on every corner, this is an exciting time to be in Bethesda," added Schrider. "We know that we must continue to evolve to meet the changing needs of our clients. We are proud to be a leader in bringing this new and improved banking experience to the Bethesda community."

About Sandy Spring Bancorp/Sandy Spring Bank

With $4.2 billion in assets, Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq:SASR) is the holding company for Sandy Spring Bank and its principal subsidiaries, Sandy Spring Insurance Corporation and West Financial Services, Inc. Sandy Spring Bank traces its origin to 1868, making it among the oldest banking institutions in the region. Sandy Spring is a community banking organization that focuses its lending and other services on businesses and consumers in the local market area. Independent and community-oriented, Sandy Spring Bank offers a broad range of commercial banking, retail banking and trust services through 46 community offices in Anne Arundel, Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George's counties in Maryland, and Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun counties in Virginia. Through its subsidiaries, Sandy Spring Bank also offers a comprehensive menu of insurance and investment management services. Visit www.sandyspringbank.com for more information about Sandy Spring Bank.

The photo is also available at Newscom, www.newscom.com, and via AP PhotoExpress.

CONTACT: Jen Schell 240-755-7834 jschell@sandyspringbank.com

Source:Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc.