For Immediate Release

Southern Financial Systems Expands Into Data Center Arena

(March 12, 2009; Lakeland, GA)

Southern Financial Systems, Inc. a Lakeland, Georgia based financial services company announced today the launch of their new Data Processing Center targeted to community banks throughout the United States.

Chastain Wardlaw, Southern Financial's President and Chief Executive Officer noted, “We are very excited about our new endeavor in the financial processing arena. Southern Financial has been providing software systems, implementation and consulting services for community banks since 1986. Our new state-of-the-art Data Center will now allow our customers to outsource all of their routine item and data processing requirements directly to us, allowing Southern Financial to effectively serve as the bank's back office. We are committed to offering unsurpassed value, service and technology to our customers. Our redundant facility in Marietta, Georgia provides full data backup and disaster recovery services. We are fully staffed at both locations by seasoned professionals from all aspects of bank operations and technology.

Kevin Berryhill, Southern Financial's Data Center Manager added, “We have launched our Data Center with three flagship customers in Georgia and Alabama and their conversions to our center have been seamless. The products and services we provide here allow community banks to move to the very latest technology and leverage the operational efficiencies enjoyed by the large Tier One banks, without making the significant upfront investment in hardware, systems and staff associated with acquisition. We expect strong new customer growth as community banks look for ways to offload more operational tasks and focus their resources on growing their deposit and loan base by serving the financial needs of their communities better than their regional bank competitors.”

About Southern Financial Systems:

SFS is a leading provider of bank processing and technology solutions designed specifically for community banks. Our goal is to help our clients improve and expand their range of services and remain competitive in a volatile market sector. We provide a complete suite of on-site and outsourced processing systems and solutions for Core, Teller, Check 21 and Web-Based banking. Since 1986 community banks have trusted our team of financial and IT professionals to identify, install and support leading edge technologies delivered with unparalleled service, reliability and value.

For more information contact:

Manager, Media Relations
Southern Financial Systems, Inc.
P.O. Box 615
Lakeland, Georgia 31635
(229) 686-5200

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