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Sonabank Hires Enterprise Risk Manager

MCLEAN, Va., Jan. 28, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Southern National Bancorp of Virginia, Inc. (Nasdaq:SONA) announced today that Beth Hendricks has joined its Sonabank subsidiary, as its Senior Vice President, Enterprise Risk Manager.

Beth Hendricks was Vice President/Credit Risk Officer for Fulton Financial Corporation in Herndon, Virginia. A veteran banker, she held credit related positions earlier in her career as Senior Credit Analyst with Fulton Financial Corporation and as a Credit Analyst at Greater Atlantic Bank based out of Reston, Virginia.

Georgia S. Derrico, Chairman and CEO, commented: "As Sonabank grows it is critical that we broaden and deepen our team. We believe that Beth will be a valuable addition to our management and lending team. She has exceptional credit skills and a very good understanding of the markets we operate in. This is a newly created position that will help us to more effectively manage our enterprise risk as a whole."

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CONTACT: R. Roderick Porter, President Phone: 202-464-1130 ext. 2406 Fax: 202-464-1134 Southern National Bancorp, NASDAQ Symbol SONA Website: www.sonabank.comSource:Southern National Bancorp of Virginia, Inc.