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  May 11, 2018, Florence, SC – First Reliance Bank is pleased to announce that Shirley Borger has joined the bank as a Mortgage Lender for the Myrtle Beach, SC area. A native of Bethlehem, PA, Borger started as a teller and worked her way up to Branch Manager, Loan Officer, and Mortgage Lender, during a career of more than 30 years (the past 21 as a Mortgage Lender). She brings a deep skill set and experience with mortgage programs and guidelines such as VA, FHA, FNMA, and FHLMC. “Shirley has done pretty much every job you can do in a retail bank,” says Ron Paige, First Reliance Bank City Executive for Myrtle Beach. “We’re really excited to have her experience and capability on our team. I think our mortgage customers will really enjoy working with her.” Borger says, “I’m excited about the Myrtle Beach area. There’s a lot of variety here, and I enjoy working with a lot of different people and situations.” First Reliance offers a wide range of competitively priced mortgage products that meet the needs of most consumers looking to build, purchase or purchase and renovate a unique home.  It also offers products for low income households and customer segments which

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April 3, 2018, Florence, SC – First Reliance Bank is pleased to welcome Andy McDowell, Fuller Parham and David Dahl to the Winston-Salem Loan Production Office, which opened in the fall of 2017. McDowell serves as Senior Vice President and City Executive for the Winston-Salem, NC market.  In his new role, he will be charged with developing and managing banking relationships with small-to-mid-size business owners.  He will also be responsible for building the First Reliance Bank team and promoting their brand in the greater Forsyth County market.  McDowell brings more than 30 years of banking experience to the position, most of which has been in leadership positions in the Winston-Salem area. First Reliance Bank is also adding two new relationship bankers to the existing team showing their commitment to Winston-Salem.  Fuller Parham and David Dahl have joined the team which already includes Alan Lomax. Mr. Parham received his MBA from Wake Forest University and has extensive experience in commercial business development, portfolio management, and credit analysis. Mr. Dahl, a graduate of Elon University, brings a broad range of financial services knowledge and experience, including two decades in business banking, insurance, branch management and financial advising on the brokerage side. “I am excited to be leading

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Eighteen Associates Awarded President’s Club

March 29, 2018, Florence, S.C.  – First Reliance Bank recently announced that eighteen associates have been named to the 2017 President’s Club. Each year, as part of the bank’s associate rewards and recognition program, all managers have the opportunity to nominate an outstanding associate and submit a detailed reason of why the chosen associate deserves the award.  Executive Management then carefully reviews the nominations and selects the associates who go above and beyond performance expectations and who are the best role models for living the values of First Reliance Bank. President’s Club awards are for outstanding sales and service, operational excellence, professional, and leadership.   The 2017 President’s Club Winners are: Marie Wheeler, Florence Service,  David Mullins, Florence Service,  CM Brown, Florence Sales, Pam McCaskill, Florence Sales,  Tracy Brown, Lexington Service, Jason Koth, Lexington Sales, Bobby Mathewes, Charleston Sales, Shaniqua Pinckney, Charleston Service, Tina Tran, Greenville Service, Connie Griffin, Greenville Sales, Tracie Lang, Mortgage Operations, Toni Duncan, Mortgage Operations, Johnny Nexsen, Mortgage Sales, Robyn Paul, Mortgage Sales, Brett Frazier, Credit Admin/Loan Ops, Wendy Edgerton, Dealer Services/Collections , Cammie Clavon, Deposit Operations/Call Center, Pam Rhoads, Professional. “Announcing the associates who are in the President’s Club is always something I look forward to each year.  It’s just as hard for us to

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Brazell Named President of South Carolina

Rapidly growing First Reliance Bank promotes one of its top executives to the position of President of South Carolina. March 27, 2017, Florence, S.C. — Banking executive Ben Brazell has been promoted to the role of President South Carolina as part of the growth strategy of Florence-based First Reliance Bank. He will oversee sales management and community development for all South Carolina markets, as well as leading the growth initiatives of branch and market expansion, strategic acquisitions, and is responsible for the profitability of the SC sales platform. During his career, Mr. Brazell has held a number of positions in the banking industry, including sales management and executive leadership. Prior to coming to First Reliance, he served as Market President in Tennessee for a national bank, where he provided leadership and strategic direction to all business lines and activities. Most recently, he has served as First Reliance Market President for Charleston, SC. “I’ve lived and worked in banking in several markets of South Carolina,” said Mr. Brazell. “I love the variety and visionary qualities of the state. Leading the people of First Reliance Bank to grow our business by serving this state is a very exciting challenge for me. Our bank’s purpose, ‘to

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