Robin Witt Gregory Joins Bank of Hampton Roads as Manager of East Bank Financial Center in Norfolk

Robin Witt Gregory Joins Bank of Hampton Roads as Manager of East Bank
Financial Center in Norfolk

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., May 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hampton Roads Bankshares,
Inc. (Nasdaq:HMPR) (the "Company"), the holding company for The Bank of
Hampton Roads ("BHR") and Shore Bank, today announced that Robin Witt Gregory
has joined BHR as Manager of the East Bank Financial Center in Norfolk.
Gregory brings over twenty years of banking experience in the region.

Douglas J. Glenn, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and
Chief Executive Officer of BHR, said, "Our One Bank strategy is all about
having the best bankers and the right mix of branches and online banking
services to provide choice, convenience and outstanding service to our
customers.Robin is a talented banker with a proven track record and
longstanding relationships in the Norfolk community, and we welcome her to the

Donna W. Richards, President of BHR, said, "As a lifelong resident of this
area and experienced banker who was consistently recognized for outstanding
customer service at her former employer, Robin is a great addition to our
strong team in the Norfolk market."

Prior to joining BHR, Gregory served as a Personal Banker at SunTrust Bank in
Norfolk since 2005.At SunTrust, she received a Stellar Award for Service
every year for the past seven years.From 1996 to 2005, she served as a
Customer Service Manager at Bank of America in Norfolk.Previously, she served
as a teller at First Union National Bank in Norfolk.

Gregory attended Tidewater Community College.She is active in a number of
community organizations, including volunteering for the Norfolk Public Schools
and serving as a member of the Lynnhaven River NOW Club and Save the Bay

Caution About Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements made in this press release may constitute "forward-looking
statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
of 1995.Forward-looking statements are statements that include projections,
predictions, expectations, or beliefs about events or results or otherwise are
not statements of historical facts, including prospective statements about the
performance of the Company's personnel.Although the Company believes that its
expectations with respect to such forward-looking statements are based upon
reasonable assumptions within the bounds of its existing knowledge of its
business and operations, there can be no assurance that actual results,
performance or achievements of the Company will not differ materially from
those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.Factors that
could cause actual events or results to differ significantly from those
described in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to
those described in the cautionary language included under the headings "Risk
Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and
Results of Operations" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the
fiscal year ended December 31, 2012 and other filings made with the SEC.

About Hampton Roads Bankshares

Hampton Roads Bankshares, Inc. is a bank holding company that was formed in
2001 and is headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia.The Company's primary
subsidiaries are The Bank of Hampton Roads, which opened for business in 1987,
and Shore Bank, which opened in 1961 (the "Banks"). The Banks engage in
general community and commercial banking business, targeting the needs of
individuals and small to medium-sized businesses.Currently, The Bank of
Hampton Roads operates banking offices in Virginia and North Carolina doing
business as The Bank of Hampton Roads and Gateway Bank & Trust Co. Shore Bank
serves the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia through seven banking
offices, ATMs and a recently opened loan production office in West Ocean City,
Maryland. Through various affiliates, the Banks also offer mortgage banking
services and investment products.Shares of the Company's common stock are
traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "HMPR."Additional
information about the Company and its subsidiaries can be found at

CONTACT: Thomas B. Dix, III
         Senior Vice President, Treasurer and
         Interim Chief Financial Officer
         (757) 217-1000
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