// // // // ATLANTA, Sept. 7, 2017
Article reprinted from SCNOW.com STAFF REPORTS, Aug 23, 2017
[caption id="attachment_9208" align="alignleft" width="300"] A ribbon cutting ceremony for First Reliance Bank's newest branch was held Thursday, July 27 by the members of the Summerville Chamber of Commerce. The office is located at 133 E. 1st North St. and is open Monday through Friday.[/caption]
First Reliance Bank has created a number of new jobs throughout the branch, including within their operational team in Florence, after expanding into the Summerville market area.
According to Pamela Rhoads, vice president of customer experience at First Reliance Bank, the company has added approximately 25 positions to support their growth initiatives for both branch growth, their dealer finance business line and their expanded mortgage business line.
"Not all the positions are in Florence but our operational area resides here which support these initiatives," Rhoads said.
Rick Saunders, president and CEO of First Reliance, said the bank will continue to look for additional expansion opportunities throughout the Southeast and bring their brand of banking to new markets.
"We are a Florence-based bank," Saunders said. "As we grow and expand our footprint throughout the Southeast it creates more opportunity for additional jobs in Florence, especially in our operational and support areas of the bank."
First Reliance Bank recently announced expansion into the Summerville market area with the opening of a full service branch. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Thursday, July 27th by the members of the Summerville Chamber of Commerce. The Summerville branch provides Personal Banking, Business Banking, Investments and Insurance, and Mortgage Banking. The office is located at 133 E. 1st North St. Suite #4, Summerville, South Carolina and is open 8:30am -5pm Monday – Thursday and 8:30am – 6pm on Fridays.
“We are excited to expand our current Charleston market presence into the Summerville area,” said Ben Brazell, Charleston Market President. “It’s a growing area that we’ve wanted to provide full banking services to for quite awhile. We already have been providing business loans, indirect auto finance and mortgage services to Summerville and now have expanded to be a full service branch in order to support the consumer and business needs of the community.”
Jerry Davis, has joined the First Reliance Bank team as Senior Vice President and City Executive for the Summerville Market. Mr. Davis has an extensive background in banking, during which he worked for several community banks throughout Dorchester County where he held numerous management and executive leadership positions. His
July 6, 2017, Florence, S.C. – First Reliance Bank was recently named as one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina. This twelfth annual program was created by SC Biz News in partnership with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and Best Companies Group.
First Reliance is one of three companies throughout South Carolina who have received the award all twelve years since the program began.
This survey-and-awards program was designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best employers in the state of South Carolina, benefiting the state's economy, workforce, and businesses. The list is made up of 70 companies. First Reliance has been named one of this year’s Best Places to Work in South Carolina.
Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in South Carolina. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking.
The ranked companies will be recognized at a reception and dinner, presented by Colonial Life, on August 3, 2017, and the rankings will be published in