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Hanmi Financial Appoints David L. Rosenblum and Chulse (William) Park to its Board of Directors

LOS ANGELES, March 27, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hanmi Financial Corporation (Nasdaq:HAFC) ("Hanmi"), the holding company for Hanmi Bank, today announced that its Board of Directors appointed David L. Rosenblum and Chulse (William) Park to its Board of Directors, effective April 1, 2014. 

"Both Mr. Rosenblum and Mr. Park bring additional skills to our board that will be highly valuable in the coming years, as we execute our plans to expand and grow," said Joseph K. Rho, Chairman of the Board. "Mr. Rosenblum's experience in M&A and integration will be extremely valuable as we work to complete the pending acquisition of Central Bancorp, Inc. Mr. Park's deep roots in the local community and his understanding of the regional real estate and national mortgage markets will help us expand in these critical areas."  

After 34 years of service, Mr. Rosenblum recently retired as Senior Principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP, a $5 billion management consulting practice providing world class strategic planning and financial management services to firms nationwide.   He currently serves on the audit committees of Wesleyan University, the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, and The California Club, and is President of the Southern California Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Mr. Rosenblum earned his M.B.A. in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his B.A. in Economics from Wesleyan University, where he graduated magna cum laude and was elected Phi Beta Kappa.

Mr. Park is a successful entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in mortgage banking, real estate, hospitality, golf course operations and certified public accounting.  He is the Chairman and CEO of PMAC Lending Services, which funded over $3 billion in loans in 2013 and was the 12th largest wholesale lender in the U.S. in 2012.   In addition, he founded First Family Home (previously Century 21), one of the most successful real estate firms serving the Hispanic community in Southern California, and was the managing partner of William Park CPA. He is also the owner of the Indian Palms Country Club. Mr. Park has been highly active in the Korean American banking community for many years. Mr. Park earned his B.S.  in Accounting from California State University at Northridge.   

About Hanmi Financial Corporation

Headquartered in Los Angeles, Hanmi Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hanmi Financial Corporation, provides services to the multi-ethnic communities of California, with 27 full-service offices in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, San Francisco, Santa Clara and San Diego counties, and loan production offices in Texas and Washington State. Hanmi Bank specializes in commercial, SBA and trade finance lending, and is a recognized community leader. Hanmi Bank's mission is to provide a full range of quality products and premier services to its customers and to maximize stockholder value.

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