Ben Vanderberry Joins Monarch Bank Private Wealth

CHESAPEAKE, Va., Feb. 9, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Monarch Bank, a subsidiary of Monarch Financial Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:MNRK), announced C. Benjamin "Ben" Vanderberry has joined the company as Executive Vice President to further support the growth of Monarch Bank Private Wealth. Mr. Vanderberry has over thirty years of experience in banking, with the majority of his experience in wealth management, private banking, and commercial lending.

"Ben is a results oriented banker with a rich understanding of the Hampton Roads market. He complements our private wealth team, which joined us from the same bank over two years ago. His credit skills and previous oversight of private bank lending throughout the southeastern U.S. will add greatly to our ability to grow loans to this targeted group of clients in our markets," stated E. Neal Crawford, President.

A graduate of Virginia Military Institute, he previously worked for Suntrust Bank as the private wealth management group credit strategy officer, mid-Atlantic credit advisory services manager, and regional private wealth manager for Hampton Roads. Prior to this he served as the private banking market executive for Hampton Roads as well as a commercial banker for Bank of America. He is a lifelong resident of Norfolk, Virginia.

Monarch Financial Holdings, Inc. is the one-bank holding company for Monarch Bank. Monarch Bank is a community bank with eleven banking offices in Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Suffolk, and Williamsburg, Virginia. Monarch Bank has loan production offices in Newport News and Richmond (Glen Allen), Virginia. OBX Bank, a division of Monarch Bank, operates offices in Kitty Hawk and Nags Head, North Carolina. Monarch Mortgage and our affiliated mortgage companies have over thirty-five offices with locations in Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, and South Carolina. Our subsidiaries/ divisions include Monarch Bank, OBX Bank, Monarch Mortgage (secondary mortgage origination), OBX Bank Mortgage (secondary mortgage origination), Coastal Home Mortgage, LLC (secondary mortgage origination), Regional Home Mortgage, LLC (secondary mortgage origination), Advance Financial Group (secondary mortgage origination), Monarch Bank Private Wealth (investment, trust, planning and private banking), Monarch Investments (investment and insurance solutions), Real Estate Security Agency, LLC (title agency) and Monarch Capital, LLC (commercial mortgage brokerage). The shares of common stock of Monarch Financial Holdings, Inc. are publicly traded on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol "MNRK".

This press release may contain "forward-looking statements," within the meaning of federal securities laws that involve significant risks and uncertainties. Statements herein are based on certain assumptions and analyses by the Company and are factors it believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Actual results could differ materially from those contained in or implied by such statements for a variety of reasons including, but not limited to: changes in interest rates; changes in accounting principles, policies, or guidelines; significant changes in the economic scenario: significant changes in regulatory requirements; and significant changes in securities markets. Consequently, all forward-looking statements made herein are qualified by these cautionary statements and the cautionary language in the Company's most recent Form 10-K and 10-Q reports and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company does not undertake to update forward-looking statements to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date the forward-looking statements are made.

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Source:Monarch Financial Holdings, Inc.