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Rick Saunders Receives Entrepreneur Award

Feb 12, 2015, Florence, S.C. - Rick Saunders, President/CEO was recognized with an Entrepreneur Award from the Florence Darlington Technical College February 11, 2016 at their second annual entrepreneurial forum. Rick, his brother Paul and friend, Dale Porter started the bank because they saw a need for a bank that was designed and operated with the community in mind. One with strong values, and an even stronger team of associates. They saw a need to create a bank that could become a rock in the community, based on trust and relationships; one that could make a real difference in the lives of its customers. They saw a need for a better bank. So they followed their dream to start a bank and contribute to their community in 1999 and First Reliance Bank was born. It took hard work and passion and learning from others, all traits the other recipients of this year’s Entrepreneur Award also cited. Saunders credited the desire to be a compulsive learner who strives to read two books a month and keep a 5 mentor arsenal ready at all times. He is most proud of how associates of the bank stay involved in and contribute to betterment of the

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2015 President's Club Winners

Feb 24, 2015, Florence, S.C. – First Reliance Bank recently announced that seventeen associates have been named to the 2015 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 2015 President’s Club Winners are: Wendy Cooley,Charleston Service, Neil Oliver, Charleston Sales, Donna Smith, Indirect Sales, Gail Berry, Lexington Service, Jason Koth, Lexington Sales, Sherry Byrd, Mortgage Operations, Johnny Nexsen, Mortgage Sales, Robyn Paul, Mortgage Sales, Phyllis Brosh, Wholesale / Correspondent Mortgage, Shayna Wallace, Florence Service, Marie Wheeler, Florence Service, Denise Lee, Florence Sales, Angela Cook, Florence Sales, Cammie Clavon, Customer Care and Deposit Ops, Darlene McCall-Grant, Professional, Mike Dowling, Professional, Wendy Edgerton, Loan Operations. “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

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$20,000 Raised for 2015 Relay For Life

Relay For Life of Florence County raises over $190,000 in 2015, surpassing their goal by over $30,000.

Florence, SC (September 2, 2015) – As the 2015 season of Relay For Life closes, Florence County celebrates an outstanding Relay season! On April 25, 2015 Relay For Life of Florence County hosted its 21st year with a nine hour walk at Freedom Florence Recreational Complex, in spite of some unfavorable weather conditions. “Weather doesn’t stop a cancer patient’s treatment and it didn’t stop us”, said Relay For Life Community Manager, Chinel Boateng. Teams from Assurant, PGBA, and First Reliance Bank were the top fundraising teams this year. “Relay For Life allows the entire community the opportunity to do something positive when so much negative surrounds the disease”, said 2015 Relay For Life of Florence County Event Lead, Katrina Graham. “I am proud of Florence County for coming together to support one another and help finish the fight against cancer.” Relay For Life is a county-wide, community-based, volunteer-driven event that honors survivors and caregivers, remembers those lost to the disease, and fights for a world with more birthdays. Individuals and teams gather at a track, park, or recreational complex to walk anywhere from 6 – 24 hours

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Billheimer Recognized For Economic Development Contributions

Joan Billheimer, Community Development Officer for First Reliance Bank in Florence, was among those honored from across the state. The contributions Mrs. Billheimer makes to economic development efforts in Florence County are tremendous. She serves as the Vice Chair of Florence County Progress, Inc., the private arm of the Florence County Economic Development Partnership, and also as Membership Chairman. She has been instrumental in growing the membership of Florence County Progress since becoming involved. Mrs. Billheimer serves on numerous boards in Florence County, including The McLeod Foundation Board. Ambassadors for Economic Development were honored by Gov. Nikki Haley at a ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion Complex on Thursday, April 2, 2015. The individuals were recognized for exceptional efforts to further community and economic development initiatives throughout the state. Each year, the Department of Commerce joins local communities to thank business and industry for its contributions to South Carolina’s economy. Ambassadors for Economic Development include local leaders from the private sector representing a variety of businesses and economic development organizations committed to securing new jobs and investment in their

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