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SEATTLE, Jan. 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sound Financial Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SFBC) and Sound Community Bank announce several 2016 accolades. SFBC was included in the American Banker list naming the top 200 small banks across the nation with a notable Return on Average Equity, claiming the 188 th spot at 8.82%. This is well above the average of 6.49% for all 684 institutions achieving ranking criteria. Sound Community Bank ranked sixth in the Puget Sound Business Journal's (PSBJ) Top Corporate Philanthropists small business category list, gifting more than $122,000 to local beneficiaries. The PSBJ also named the Bank the 22 nd largest bank and the 28 th fastest growing publicly traded company in the State of Washington. SFCB and Sound Community Bank President and CEO, Laurie Stewart, was honored as one of 2016's "Women of Influence" by the PSBJ. In July, the Bank claimed first place per capita for Food Lifeline's Food Frenzy in the Financial Sector. "Our commitment to stakeholders including shareholders, the communities we serve, employers and employees is reaffirmed by recognition of our performance. We achieve these milestones with our brand promise to be 'Simply better here'," said Laurie Stewart, President & CEO of Sound Financial Bancorp. "We are truly honored by these recognitions. They are the result of hard work, supporting our communities, remaining nimble, and teamwork within our organization." Sound Community Bank is a full-service bank, providing personal and business banking services in communities across the greater Puget Sound region. The Seattle-based company operates banking offices in King, Pierce, Snohomish, Clallam and Jefferson Counties and on the web at www.soundcb.com. Sound Community Bank is a subsidiary of Sound Financial Bancorp, Inc.