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American National Announces Employee Promotion


Experienced Senior Trust Officer Named Senior Vice President

For more information, contact: Debra Carlson
Jeffrey V. Haley
President & Chief Executive Officer
American National Bank and Trust Company

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 22, 2015

DANVILLE, VA – American National Bank and Trust Company is pleased to announce the promotion of its Senior Trust Officer, Debra C. Carlson, from Vice President to Senior Vice President. She will continue to serve as Senior Trust Officer, located at the bank’s Main Office in Danville, Va., and will continue to report to Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer H. Gregg Strader. Carlson’s appointment will be effective Jan. 1, 2016, and was approved last Tuesday by the Board of Directors for the bank and the holding company, American National Bankshares Inc.

"Debra has brought tremendous knowledge on estate law and other trust areas to American National over the past seven years," said Strader. "Her leadership as Senior Trust Officer has been stellar, and her promotion to Senior Vice President is in recognition of her accomplishments and of our continued confidence in her future success."

Carlson joined American National’s Trust and Investment Services division in 2009 after practicing law in Danville for 18 years. During her years of practicing law, her focus was on real estate and estate law. She also served as an adjunct professor at both Danville Community College and Averett University, and she is an alumna of the College of William and Mary, the Mississippi College School of Law and the University of Denver School of Law.

Carlson has earned her Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA) certification and is a graduate of the Cannon Financial Institute’s Personal Trust School. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Goodwill Industries of South Central Virginia Inc. and the Danville Science Center and as a member of the Wednesday Club. She has served for many years as a member of and on the boards of numerous other local organizations.

About American National

American National Bankshares Inc. is a multi-state bank holding company with total assets of approximately $1.5 billion. Headquartered in Danville, Va., American National is the parent company of American National Bank and Trust Company. American National Bank is a community bank serving Virginia and North Carolina with 25 banking offices and two loan production offices. American National Bank and Trust Company also manages an additional $733 million of trust, investment and brokerage assets in its Trust and Investment Services Division. Additional information about the company and the bank is available on the bank's website at www.amnb.com.

Shares of American National are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "AMNB."

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