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Emerald Bank Announces Election of James L. Long as President and Chief Executive Officer

Middlefield Banc Corp. 2008 Press Releases

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Contact Info: James R. Heslop, 2nd
Middlefield Banc Corp.
Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer
440.632.1666 Ext. 3219
Contact Info: James L. Long
Emerald Bank
President and Chief Executive Officer
(614) 793-4631
Date: October 16, 2008

DUBLIN, OHIO  Emerald Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Middlefield Banc Corp. (Pink Sheets:  MBCN), today announced the election of James L. Long as President and Chief Executive Officer.  The announcement was jointly made by Kenneth E. Jones, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Emerald Bank, and Thomas G. Caldwell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Middlefield Banc Corp.

Long, a 36-year banking industry veteran, will have responsibility for the growth, direction, and profitability of Emerald Bank.  A long-time resident of Dublin, Long is a graduate of The Ohio State University and has been active with many community organizations.  He has served as a board member and committee chair of the American Cancer Society, as a United Way cabinet member, and on the boards of Kids ‘n Kamp, and Franklin Park Conservatory.  Glenn E. Aidt, President and Chief Executive of Emerald Bank since its opening, has been elected as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the bank.   

Commenting on the management changes, Mr. Caldwell stated, “We are very pleased to announce the addition of such a highly accomplished banking professional to our team.  Jim Long possesses well-rounded senior management experience from a number of financial institutions.  We are extremely confident of his ability to grow Emerald Bank in the near-term.”

Mr. Jones commented, “Adding Jim to our management team is a solid step in our next phase of growth and development at Emerald Bank.  With the support of the team at Middlefield Banc Corp., we firmly believe that we have positioned Emerald Bank to be an active contributor to the development of the central Ohio market.”

“Glenn Aidt has guided the organization through the difficult early stages of being a de novo institution.  Our sincere gratitude is extended to him for that service and we are pleased that Glenn will be remaining with the bank in an active day-to-day role.” concluded Mr. Jones.

Regarding his election, Mr. Long stated, “I am delighted to be joining Emerald Bank.  The central Ohio market is one of the most dynamic in the midwestern region of the country.  I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to lead Emerald Bank in the implementation of new initiatives and growth strategies.”

Emerald Bank, headquartered at 6215 Perimeter Drive, Dublin, opened on June 1, 2004.  On April 19, 2007, Emerald Bank became an affiliate of Middlefield Banc Corp.  Emerald Bank has announced the acquisition of the Westerville office of Commercial Savings Bank, which it anticipates closing in early November.  Middlefield Banc Corp. is a financial holding company headquartered in Middlefield, Ohio.  With total assets in excess of $454 million, its other subsidiary is The Middlefield Banking Company, which operates eight full service banking offices in northeastern Ohio.  Further information is available at www.emeraldbank.com and www.middlefieldbank.bank

This announcement contains forward-looking statements that involve risk and uncertainties, including changes in general economic and financial market conditions and the Company’s ability to execute its business plans.  Although management believes the expectations reflected in such statements are reasonable, actual results may differ materially.

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