Photo Release -- Monarch Bank Announces New Peninsula Market President and Opening of Newport News Office

Photo Release -- Monarch Bank Announces New Peninsula Market President and
Opening of Newport News Office

CHESAPEAKE, Va., Aug. 1, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Monarch Bank, a subsidiary
of Monarch Financial Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:MNRK), announces William (Bill) H.
Carr has joined Monarch Bank as Peninsula market president to lead business
banking from Monarch's newest office in Newport News at One City Center. The
City Center and Oyster Point area of Newport News serves as the business hub
for the region, and is the second office opened in the bank's recent expansion
into the Williamsburg and Peninsula markets.

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William H. Carr
  William H. Carr

"Bill is an excellent addition to our team of bankers and will enhance our
business banking expansion and growth on the Peninsula," stated Brad E.
Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer. "Bernie Ngo will continue to lead Monarch
as the Williamsburg market president and is responsible for the growth of
Monarch Bank Private Wealth though out the company as a managing director.
Bill and Bernie have worked together for over two decades serving the clients
in both regions. We now offer a team of experienced banking, private wealth,
and mortgage professionals to serve Williamsburg and Peninsula clients from
two locations."

Most recently, Carr was Executive Vice President / Commercial Banking Manager
for Virginia Company Bank and prior to that served twenty-four years with
SunTrust Bank. Carr's office will be located at 11815 Fountain Way, Suite 510
in the City Center area of Newport News. His phone number is (757) 534-9352
and email is Carr is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney
College. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Living
Museum and the Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg. He is active in
public and trade service organizations, and serves on the Economic Development
Authority for the City of Williamsburg.

About Monarch Bank

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. 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 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), Monarch Home Funding, LLC (secondary mortgage origination),
Monarch Bank Private Wealth (investment, trust, planning and private banking),
Monarch Investments (investment and insurance solutions), and Real Estate
Security Agency, LLC (title agency). The shares of common stock of Monarch
Financial Holdings, Inc. are publicly traded on the Nasdaq Capital Market
under the symbol "MNRK".

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