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Community Bankers Trust Corporation Announces Appointment of New Board Member

RICHMOND, Va., March 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Community Bankers Trust Corporation (ESXB), the holding company for Essex Bank, announced today that it has appointed William E. Hardy to its Board of Directors.  Mr. Hardy will also serve as a director of the Bank.

Mr. Hardy is a certified public accountant with 34 years of accounting and auditing experience in the central Virginia market.  He is a founding partner and the President of Harris, Hardy & Johnstone, P.C. in Richmond, Virginia, and his expertise covers numerous industries, including hotels, real estate, manufacturing, construction contractors and wholesale and retail operations.  Mr. Hardy is also active in the community, having served in leadership positions with Sheltering Arms Hospital, the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls and Westminster Canterbury, in addition to professional and alumni affiliations.  He is a graduate of Virginia Military Institute, and he received his certificate in accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Mr. Hardy is also a graduate of the Army's Command and General Staff College and a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserve.

Rex L. Smith, III, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and the Bank, stated, "I am pleased to welcome Bill to our Board of Directors.  We are at a very opportunistic time with the Company, and we look forward to the perspective that Bill will bring to the Board from his financial insight into many diverse industries and his years in the greater Richmond community.  His experiences will play a key role in our strategic direction and the achievement of our growth goals."

About Community Bankers Trust Corporation and Essex Bank

Community Bankers Trust Corporation is the holding company for Essex Bank, a Virginia state bank with 23 full-service offices, 17 of which are in Virginia and six of which are in Maryland.  The Bank also operates one loan production office in Virginia.

Additional information on the Bank is available on the Bank's website at www.essexbank.com.  For information on Community Bankers Trust Corporation, please visit its website at www.cbtrustcorp.com.

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