HOUSTON, Feb. 18, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Encore Bank, N.A, a subsidiary of Encore Bancshares, Inc. (Nasdaq:EBTX) announced today that Derek Munger has been named Senior Vice President - Private Banking. Mr. Munger brings over forty years of banking expertise to Encore Bank and is tasked with further growth of the Private Banking Group.

In commenting on the announcement, Preston Moore, President and CEO of Encore Bank said, "We are very excited about the addition of Derek to the Encore team. He is a fantastic member of the local banking community and will be a tremendous asset as we continue to grow our franchise."

"Encore Bank's standard for personal service is unprecedented in the industry," said Derek Munger. "I couldn't be more pleased to be joining a financial institution that is 100% focused on serving Houston. With our wealth management partners, Linscomb & Williams and Encore Trust, and our insurance agency, Town & Country, we are extremely well-positioned to serve our commercial and private banking clients."

Mr. Munger comes to Encore Bank from Bank of Texas where he also served as Senior Vice President Private Banking. Before joining Bank of Texas, he was a Senior Vice President for Compass Bank's Wealth Management Group. Prior to Compass Bank (now known as BBVA Compass Bank) Munger held a variety of positions for first River Oaks Bank and then West University Bank including President, COO and Director.

Mr. Munger is a Trustee for Goodwill Industries of Houston and has served on the Rotary Club of Houston Board for over twenty years. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and earned his MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Derek and his wife, Kathy, are actively involved in Houston philanthropies and have three children.

For more information, please contact Jamie DeMore at jdemore@encorebank.com.

About Encore Bancshares

Encore Bancshares, Inc. is a financial 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 affiliated companies. Encore Bank operates 11 private client offices in the Greater Houston area. With $1.5 billion in assets, Encore builds relationships with professional firms, privately-owned businesses, investors and affluent individuals. We offer 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 affiliated companies, Linscomb & Williams and Town & Country Insurance. Products and services offered by Encore Bank's affiliates are not FDIC insured. The Company's common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol "EBTX".

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