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Jeremy Groom Named First Reliance Associate of the Year

And Twelve Associates Awarded President’s Club

April 15, 2013, Florence, S.C.  –  First Reliance Bank recently announced  that Jeremy Groom, Senior Vice President of Compliance and Risk Management, is the First Reliance Associate of the Year for 2013. Each year, as part of the bank’s associate rewards and recognition program, all associates have the opportunity to nominate an outstanding associate and submit a detailed reason of why the chosen associate deserves the award.  A committee of  associates, then carefully reviews the nominations and selects the associate who goes above and beyond performance expectations and who is the best role model for living the values of First Reliance Bank.  Groom was selected from among the bank’s 100 associates. In his twelve years of service with First Reliance Bank, Groom has demonstrated a career of upward movement because of his consistent dedication to produce excellent work while continuously improving his knowledge of banking.  He has helped the bank navigate through one of the most challenging times as compliance and bank regulation have become a focus in today’s banking world.  Many of his accomplishments were self motivated and his proactive approach have pushed the bank forward to remain a strong secure contender in today’s ever

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Active and Retired Military Are A Segment Supported In The Bank’s Unique Hometown Heroes Program

[caption id="attachment_5451" align="alignright" width="300"] The Citadel Lacrosse Team, in conjunction with the Virginia Military Institute and First Reliance Bank presented a check to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.[/caption] November 28, 2012, Charleston, S.C. —   The Citadel Lacrosse Team, in conjunction with the Virginia Military Institute and First Reliance Bank presented a check to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation in the amount of $3,000.  The Special Operations Warrior Foundation provides full four- year scholarships to children of deceased special operations veterans from all services. The Special Operations Warrior Foundation in the past year has provided over $4,000,000 in financial assistance to the children of fallen soldiers.  The Special Operations Warrior Foundation is only one of 5% of all charities in the country to continually receive a 4 star rating for financial efficiency. Michael Grimm, the head coach of the Citadel Lacrosse Team and 10 year Special Operations veteran says, “We play for those who have fallen and their families”.  Michael Grimm is a 2002 graduate of The Citadel and has taken the lacrosse program to great heights over the past two years playing teams such as West

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First Reliance Bank Welcomes Julius G. “Cass” Parris to Board of Directors

FLORENCE, South Carolina, December 15, 2011 - Julius (Cass) Parris is now a member of First Reliance Bank’s Board of Directors. Parris, along with other members of the First Reliance Bank board, brings a unique perspective to the development of board policies and goals. He has more than 40 years of business experience, primarily in helping organizations to refine their brands and understand and exceed customer expectations. "We are proud to have Cass as our newest board member," said Rick Saunders, president and CEO of First Reliance Bank. "Our Board has a good mix of knowledge and experience. Cass brings a great background in business and branding, and he'll be able to add valuable insights into how we are viewed in the community and how we can do better. First Reliance Bank works hard to convey that 'there's more to banking than money' and I’m confident that he will help us toimprove our efforts to communicate that message. Parris began his career in 1970, in the graphics and brand management industry at Pittsburgh based Matthews International. In 2003, he and two associates began their own graphics business, Focus Imaging of Atlanta, Ga. In 2009, Focus Imaging was sold to

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First Reliance Bank Youth Scholarship Program

FLORENCE, South Carolina, December 1, 2011 - First Reliance Bank has announced that Kaesi Boyce of Florence, a student of Francis Marion University, is the recipient of the 2011/2012 First Reliance Bank Scholarship. The First Reliance Bank Scholarship recognizes and assists outstanding area students who are pursuing a degree in business or finance. Administered through the Francis Marion University Foundation, the scholarship program has been helping area-wide students to meet their academic financial obligations since 2010. Boyce, a business major, is the second student to be awarded the scholarship. "First Reliance Bank believes in encouraging continuous personal improvement and the Francis Marion scholarship program is one way that we can make a difference with our community's youth," said Rick Saunders, president and CEO of First Reliance Bank. "Making your way through school can be challenging — especially if you're committed to staying at the top of your class. We're proud to partner with Francis Marion to help outstanding students like Kaesi with their financial obligations so that they can focus on achieving their academic goals." To be eligible to receive funds from the scholarship program, an applicant must be a business or finance major. To be eligible for the scholarship

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