DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - Feb 10, 2012) - Guaranty Bancorp (NASDAQ: GBNK) announced that Keith R. Finger has been appointed to the company's Board of Directors.

"We are pleased to announce the appointment of a Colorado businessman to our Board," said Ed Cordes, Chairman of the Company's Board of Directors. "Keith has also been elected as Chairman of our Audit Committee based upon his strong finance background with over 30 years of experience serving as a consultant, chief financial officer or principal for various energy companies."

"I am excited to be joining the Board of Guaranty Bancorp, a Colorado-based bank holding company with such a strong reputation for personalized service," shared Keith Finger. "It is a great time to be joining this strong local franchise that is well poised for growth."

Paul W. Taylor, Guaranty Bancorp's President and CEO, stated, "Keith's extensive experience in the oil and gas sector fits well with our strategic focus on growing our energy banking group. Further, Keith's business and finance experience complements our Board and we look forward to Keith sharing his expertise with our organization."

In 2008, Finger was a founder of Monarch Natural Gas, LLC, a natural gas gathering and processing company and a portfolio company of Metalmark Capital. He has worked in the oil and gas industry for over 30 years for a number of companies including Canyon Natural Gas, LLC, Cantera Natural Gas, LLC, and Mountain Gas Resources Inc. Finger received his bachelor's degree and master's degree in business from the University of Kansas and a master's degree in taxation from the University of Denver. He also served in South Vietnam with the United States Army and was awarded two Bronze Stars.

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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Contact Information:

Contact Information

Christopher G. Treece
E.V.P., Chief Financial Officer & Secretary
Guaranty Bancorp
1331 Seventeenth Street, Suite 345
Denver, CO 80202