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American River Bank Announces Leadership Change

SACRAMENTO, Calif, Oct. 27, 2017 – American River Bank and American River Bankshares (NASDAQ – GS: AMRB) today announced that David Taber, who has served American River Bank as Chief Executive Officer since 2004, is stepping down from his post. Taber has held leadership positions with American River Bank since 1985, serving on the boards of both the Bank and its parent company, American River Bankshares.
 
“We are grateful to David for his longstanding tenure and service,” said Charles Fite, chair of American River Bank’s board of directors. “David has demonstrated a strong commitment to the Bank, our employees, clients and shareholders."
 
The Bank’s board of directors is excited to announce that David Ritchie has been hired as the new President and CEO. Ritchie is leaving his current position as Regional Manager and Senior Vice President for US Bank’s commercial banking office in Southern California. Ritchie’s move marks a return to Sacramento, where he once held leadership positions with Wells Fargo in its real estate and commercial banking operations.
 
“We are delighted to bring David’s financial services experience, talent and leadership to American River Bank,” Fite said. “David knows the Sacramento region well, and our clients and employees will benefit from his leadership as the bank moves to greater levels of growth and performance.”
 
Ritchie was extensively involved with the community during his earlier years in Sacramento, having served on the boards of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Pride Industries.
                                        
About American River Bankshares
American River Bankshares [NASDAQ-GS: AMRB] is the parent company of American River Bank, a regional bank serving Northern California since 1983. We give business owners more REACH by offering financial expertise and exceptional service to complement a full suite of banking products and services. Our honest approach, commitment to community and focus on profitability is intended to lead our clients to greater success. For more information, call (800) 544-0545 or visit AmericanRiverBank.com.

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