Sonabank Hires Enterprise Risk Manager

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

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
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