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John Lingor Appointed EVP, Chief Credit Officer of Encore Bank

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HOUSTON, April 29, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Encore Bank, N.A., a subsidiary of Encore Bancshares, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of John G. Lingor as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of Encore Bank.

"I am delighted that John is joining Encore and bringing his over 35 years of lending and credit experience," said James S. D'Agostino, Jr., Chairman and CEO. "We are fortunate to be able to have someone with John's capability to maintain the solid credit quality of our loan portfolio."

John is a native Houstonian and a graduate of University of Houston with a B.S. in Economics. He has held positions of increasing responsibility in various local banks, including that of President/CEO and as a member of the Board of Directors. Most recently, Mr. Lingor was Senior Vice President, Credit Risk Manager of Amegy Bank of Texas.

About Encore Bancshares

Encore Bancshares, Inc. is a bank holding company headquartered in Houston, Texas and offers a broad range of banking, wealth management and insurance services through Encore Bank, N.A. and its subsidiaries. Encore Bank operates 11 private client offices in the Greater Houston area and six in southwest Florida. Headquartered in Houston and with $1.5 billion in assets, Encore Bank builds relationships with professional firms, privately-owned businesses, investors and affluent individuals. Encore Bank offers a full range of business and personal banking products and services, as well as financial planning, wealth management, trust and insurance products through its trust division, Encore Trust, and its subsidiaries Linscomb & Williams and Town & Country Insurance. Products and services offered by Encore Bank's affiliates are not FDIC insured.

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