DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - Jul 20, 2011) - Guaranty Bancorp (NASDAQ: GBNK)

Paul W. Taylor, Chief Executive Officer and President, Named Director of Guaranty Bancorp

Michael B. Hobbs Named President of Guaranty Bank and Trust

Guaranty Bancorp (NASDAQ: GBNK) today announced that Paul W. Taylor has been appointed as a Director of Guaranty Bancorp. As previously announced in May, Mr. Taylor is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Guaranty Bancorp as well as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer for Guaranty Bank and Trust.

Guaranty Bank and Trust Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Guaranty Bancorp and a Colorado community bank since 1955, also announced the appointment of Michael B. Hobbs as President. Mr. Hobbs has more than 20 years of financial services experience with over 15 years in the Colorado banking community. Mr. Hobbs' primary responsibility will be to lead the lending activities across the Bank.

"I am pleased to welcome Michael to Guaranty Bank and Trust," said Paul Taylor. "Michael is a respected financial professional with a deep understanding of the Colorado marketplace and extensive lending and business development experience. He brings a unique perspective on the banking industry with his time at a local investment banking firm, and Michael shares our dedication to being the premier community bank in the state of Colorado."

Prior to joining Guaranty Bank and Trust, Mr. Hobbs served as Managing Director of Financial Institutions Group Investment Banking for St. Charles Capital. Mr. Hobbs also served as Regional President of KeyBank's Rocky Mountain Region, comprised of Idaho, Utah, and Colorado. There, he was responsible for overall banking operations including its retail, commercial lending, wealth management and investments. He also served as President for KeyBank's Colorado District, and as Executive Vice President of Commercial Banking for the Rocky Mountain and Southwest regions.

"I am thrilled to be joining Guaranty Bank and Trust," said Mr. Hobbs. "Guaranty Bank has all the resources, capabilities and geographic locations to emerge as a leading community bank in the state of Colorado. During a time of market dislocation, Guaranty Bank offers not only financial strength and stability but also local decision making to help businesses reach their financial goals."

Mr. Hobbs earned a bachelor's degree in Marketing and an MBA with honors in Finance from Texas Christian University. He currently serves on Texas Christian University's Chancellor's Advisory Council. Active in the community, Mr. Hobbs has also served on the boards of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation and Junior Achievement.

About Guaranty Bancorp

Guaranty Bancorp is a bank holding company that operates 34 branches in Colorado through a single bank, Guaranty Bank and Trust Company. The bank provides banking and other financial services including real estate, construction, commercial and industrial, energy, consumer and agricultural loans throughout its targeted Colorado markets to consumers and small to medium-sized businesses, including the owners and employees of those businesses. The bank also provides trust services, including personal trust administration, estate settlement, investment management accounts and self-directed IRAs. More information about Guaranty Bancorp can be found at

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Paul W. Taylor
CEO and President
Guaranty Bancorp
1331 Seventeenth Street, Suite 345
Denver, CO 80202