updated 5/3/2011 8:16:13 AM ET 2011-05-03T12:16:13

HOUSTON, May 3, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Encore Bancshares, Inc. (Nasdaq:EBTX) ("Encore") announced today that Jim D'Agostino, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Preston Moore, President, and Andy Creel, Chief Financial Officer, will be presenting at the Gulf South Bank Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana on May 10, 2011 at 1:40 p.m. Central Time.

The presentation will be broadcast live online and can be accessed by visiting the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at http://www.encorebank.com . Listeners should access the site at least 15 minutes prior to the presentation start time to register and, if necessary, download and install the required software. The archived webcast will be available for approximately 60 days after the event.

About Encore Bancshares, Inc.

Encore Bancshares, Inc. is a financial holding company headquartered in Houston, Texas and offers a broad range of banking, wealth management and insurance services through Encore Bank, N.A. and its affiliated companies. Encore Bank operates 11 private client offices in the Greater Houston area. Headquartered in Houston and with $1.5 billion in assets, Encore Bank builds relationships with professional firms, privately-owned businesses, investors and affluent individuals. Encore Bank offers a full range of business and personal banking products and services, as well as financial planning, wealth management, trust and insurance products through its trust division, Encore Trust, and its affiliated companies, Linscomb & Williams and Town & Country Insurance. Products and services offered by Encore Bank's affiliates are not FDIC insured. The Company's common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol "EBTX".

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Safe Harbor Statement

Statements made during the presentation may include certain forward-looking information about Encore Bancshares that is intended to be covered by the safe harbor for "forward-looking statements" provided by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements. Such statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: competitive pressure among financial institutions; volatility and disruption in national and international financial markets; government intervention in the U. S. financial system; our ability to expand and grow our businesses and operations and to realize the cost savings and revenue enhancements expected from such activities; a deterioration of credit quality or a reduced demand for credit; incorrect assumptions underlying the establishment of and provisions made to the allowance for loan losses; changes in the interest rate environment; the continued service of key management personnel; our ability to attract, motivate and retain key employees; the incurrence and possible impairment of goodwill associates with an acquisition and possible adverse short-term effects on our results of operations; changes in availability of funds; our ability to fully realize our net deferred tax asset; our ability to raise capital when needed; general economic conditions, either nationally, regionally or in the market areas in which we operate; legislative or regulatory developments or changes in laws; changes in the securities markets and other risks that are described from time to time in our 2010 Annual Report on Form 10-K and other reports and documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

CONTACT: Rhonda Carroll
         Corporate Secretary
         713.787.3118

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