1st Century Bank Chairman Alan Rothenberg Honored With Legacy Award by Major League Soccer

20:00 EDT 10 Aug 2015 | Globe Newswire

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 11, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 1st Century Bank, N.A. (the "Bank"), and its holding company 1st Century Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:FCTY), is pleased to announce that Chairman of the Board Alan I. Rothenberg was honored as the first recipient of the annual legacy award that will bear his name, the Alan I. Rothenberg Legacy Award, presented by Major League Soccer (MLS).

The Alan I. Rothenberg Legacy Award will be presented yearly to an individual who has made contributions that have left a legacy on MLS. Mr. Rothenberg has been dedicated to the sport since the 1970s when he was an owner of the Los Angeles Aztecs of the North American Soccer League. He went on to serve as the Commissioner of Soccer for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, and in 1990 he became the president of the U.S. Soccer Federation.  Mr. Rothenberg took on the role of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the U.S., was Chairman of the FIFA 1999 Women's World Cup in the U.S., and drove the launch of MLS including securing the league's original owners.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber honored Rothenberg during pregame ceremonies at the 20th annual AT&T MLS All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 29th. In receiving his award, Mr. Rothenberg stated, "It is a great honor to be recognized by MLS. My love for soccer runs deep and it has been gratifying to watch the game take root and grow in North America. I always had faith that Americans and Canadians would come to appreciate and love the beauty of the world's game. When the U.S. was awarded the 1994 World Cup, I was confident, along with a group of dedicated people, that we could fulfill our promise to create a top-flight professional league."

About 1st Century Bank

1st Century Bank is a community bank catering to small businesses and professionals on the Westside of Los Angeles. Founded in 2004 by a team of entrepreneurs and banking veterans, we work with our clients as partners, tailoring financial strategies to their unique needs. This is what distinguishes 1st Century Bank as the premier private bank in Los Angeles.

About 1st Century Bancshares, Inc.

1st Century Bancshares, Inc. is a publicly owned company traded on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol "FCTY." The Company's wholly-owned subsidiary, 1st Century Bank, N.A., is headquartered in the Century City area of Los Angeles, with a full service business bank in Century City, CA, and relationship offices in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills, CA. The Bank's primary focus is serving the specific banking needs of entrepreneurs, professionals and small businesses with the personal service of a traditional community bank, while offering the technologies of a big money center bank.

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