Since our opening, First Reliance Bank has had a clear vision to become the largest and most profitable bank in South Carolina, while making the lives of our customers better. Here are just a few of the benchmarks we’ve set along the way:
4/18 Expansion into Lake Norman, North Carolina Market with a Loan Production Office
3/18 Expansion into Myrtle Beach with a full service branch at a temporary location and future plans for a permanent location
1/18 First Reliance Bank Legal Close of merger of Independence National Bank, a community bank in Greenville SC
10/17 Named to Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Top 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces 9th consecutive year
9/17 First Reliance Announce Acquisition of Independence National Bank, a community bank headquartered in Greenville
9/17 Expansion into the Lexington/Winston-Salem North Carolina Market with a Loan Production Office
8/17 18th Anniversary celebrated throughout First Reliance’s markets and on social media with special recognition for Hometown Heroes.
6/17 Summerville expansion into a full service Branch
6/17 Named a Best Places To Work for the 12th consecutive year and one of the only companies to have received it each year since the program began.
5/17 Awarded 5-Star Superior rating for being one of the strongest financial institutions in the nation by BauerFinancial
5/17 Customer Satisfaction Rating of 95% from our customers
4/17 Expansion into Summerville with a Loan Production Office
4/17 First Reliance donates over $21,000 of money raised through fundraisers to McLeod Hospital for cancer patients and to the American Cancer Society.
10/16 Named to Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Top 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces 8th consecutive year.
10/16 Opened a full service branch in Loris to service the Loris/Conway/Tabor City and N. Myrtle Beach, S.C. markets
8/16 17th Anniversary celebrated throughout First Reliance’s markets and on social media
7/16 First Reliance holds Law Enforcement Appreciation Events for their support of our communities and businesses.
7/16 Expansion into the Loris/Conway/N.Myrtle Beach market with a Loan Office in Loris, S.C.
6/16 Mobile Deposit and consumer Loan Payment Portal introduced as part of the Reliance-On-The-Go Convenient services
6/16 First Reliance Bank receives a Banky Award from the Institute of Extraordinary Banking
6/16 Named a Best Places To Work for the 11th consecutive year
4/16 First Reliance donates over $23,000 of money raised through fundraisers to the American Cancer Society.
2/16 Rick Saunders, CEO, receives FDTC ENTREPRENEUR Award for Leadership and Business Contribution to Our Communities
11/15 Paul Saunders, EVP, Relationship Banker receives He Behind The She, She Magazine Award for his support of woman-owned small business
10/15 Named to Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Top 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces 7th consecutive year.
8/15 First Reliance celebrates 16th Anniversary throughout it’s three markets and on social media with contests!
6/15 Named Best Places to Work for the 10th consecutive year.
6/15 Voted as the #1 Bank in the Pee Dee in the Florence Morning News Business competition.
2/15 Mortgage Business Line expanded to serve the growing Charleston and Columbia/Lexington markets.
10/14 Named to Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Top 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces 6th year running
8/14 Named Best Places to Work for a 9th consecutive year.
8/14 First Reliance Bank celebrates 15th Anniversary with celebrations in each of its three markets and a social media contest!
7/14 Mobile Banking iPad application launched.
5/14 First Reliance raises $20,000 donation for the American Cancer Society.
4/14 Mobile, Web, and Text Banking launched as an addition to Reliance On-The-Go convenient services.
4/14 Indirect Finance added as a new line of business that allows us to reach a broader range of car loan borrowers in our footprint.
8/13 Named to Dave Thomas Foundation for Adopton’s Top 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces 5th consecutive year!
8/13 First Reliance Bank celebrates 14th Anniversary!
7/13 First Reliance voted as one of the top three Banks in Florence by the Morning News, Best of the Pee Dee 2013
7/13 First Reliance is American Cancer Society’s second top fundraiser in Florence with $13,000 donated.
6/13 Introduction of new business and consumer credit cards which include cash rebates or reward points
3/13 Online Banking updated to include customizable browser and budget and financial tools
12/12 First Reliance reaches 1,000 Facebook Fans milestone
9/12 Named to Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Top 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces 4th year running
9/12 First Reliance Bank donates property to Circle Park for community redevelopment improvement
9/12 Named Best Places to Work in SC 7th consecutive year
8/12 First Reliance Bank raises $10,400 as a donation to the American Cancer Society
7/12 Launch of a new branded website including social media integration, customer interactivity, and a blog
1/12 Introduction of CardCash® 1% Cash Rebate on our Debit Cards
11/11 Launch of four additional customer programs: Moms First, iMatter BetterPerks and BetterLife
8/11 Named Best Places to Work in SC 6th year running
2/10 FRB Launches new brand “Better” to support its purpose: To Make the Lives of Our Customers Better
2/10 Lender & Broker of the Year award
1/10 FRB launches FMU Scholarship Program
11/09 FRB gains top market share in Florence within 10 years
8/09 First Reliance Celebrates 10 years of Community Banking
8/09 First Reliance Bank Awarded Best Places to Work 4th Year Running
7/09 First Reliance Bank named in Moultrie News Best of the Best
7/09 First Reliance’s Hometown Heroes program raises money for supporting charities
6/09 First Reliance Bank announces new Sunset Branch Grand Opening
6/09 First Reliance launches Check ‘N Save community outreach program
1/09 First Reliance Bank Named Lender of the Year
1/09 First Reliance associates grant wishes for local Make-A-Wish children
1/09 Rick Saunders named to Florence Chamber’s Board
12/08 FRB donation helps elementary school give students free violins
9/08 FRB introduces Hometown Heroes Program
8/08 FRB Named one of the 15 best places to work in SC for the 3rd consecutive year
8/08 9th Anniversary of First Reliance Bank
7/08 First Reliance Bank chooses Hilliard Lyons for customer investment services
12/07 First Reliance Announces New Holiday Banking Hours
11/07 First Reliance Celebrates National Adoption Awareness month
10/07 First Reliance celebrates Grand Opening of Mt. Pleasant Branch
10/07 First Reliance Celebrates Grand Opening of Lexington Regional Headquarters
9/07 Rick Saunders, President and CEO, named Business Person of the Year and Florence Chamber Champ
9/07 First Reliance Introduces Same Day Banking until 8 pm
8/07 8th Anniversary of First Reliance Bank
8/07 First Reliance Named Top 20 Best Places to Work in SC
7/07 FRB introduces Not for Profit checking account
6/07 Rick Saunders, President and CEO, named Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year
6/07 First Reliance Added to the Palmetto 25
4/07 Distinctive Customer Programs: Reagan’s Promise, Adoption Awareness Program
4/07 Florence branches extend hours to 8-8 Mon – Sat
4/07 Opened First Reliance Learning Center
3/07 Florence Market achieves #1 Market Share for Mortgage Recordings for First Quarter of 2007
1/07 Introduced FRB’s Signature Financial Literacy Program
11/06 Florence Board of Advisors Established
11/06 Recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in South Carolina for 2006
8/06 Awarded the Essential Piece Award
8/06 7th Anniversary of First Reliance Bank
7/06 Named Top 15 Best Places to Work in SC
5/06 Rick Saunders, CEO and President named to the State Board of Financial Institutions
3/06 Introduced NO FEE ATM initiative Nationwide
3/06 Broke ground on a $4 million regional office in Lexington
2/06 Formed partnership with Delmae Elementary School
9/05 Recognized as one of the Top 25 Fastest Growing Companies in South Carolina for 2005
8/05 Opened the Mt. Pleasant office in mobile unit
3/05 Opened Charleston Regional Office.
1/05 Awarded “Small lender of the Year” for 2004
11/04 Recognized as one of the Top 25 Fastest-Growing Companies in South Carolina for 2004
8/04 5th Anniversary of First Reliance Bank.
7/04 Customer care center established and branded as ACCESSLive
6/04 Ribbon Cutting ceremony held for the opening of the Lexington branch in mobile unit
5/04 Recognized by the S.C. Psychological Association with one of only four “Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards” presented to businesses statewide
4/04 Received regulatory approval to begin trading its stock on the OTCBB (Over-The-Counter Bulletin Board) under the trading symbol FSRL
12/03 Received regulatory approval to open expansion branch in Lexington, S.C.
9/03 Completed installation of an “in-house” bank core-processing system
8/03 Released completely revised and enhanced corporate Internet website (making the First Reliance Bank website one of the most advanced websites in the S.C. banking market)
5/03 Completed construction of a new multi-million dollar Technology Center (bringing First Reliance Bank’s capital investment in the Florence community to over $8 million)
2/03 Successfully raised over $8 million in capital during First Reliance Bank’s Secondary Stock Offering
11/02 Recognized as one of the Top 25 Fastest-Growing Companies in South Carolina for 2002
11/02 Initiated expansion plans by purchasing and starting renovation activities of Technology Center in Florence
10/02 Released the First Reliance Bank corporate intranet, an important tool used internally by First Reliance Bank employees
6/02 Voted “Friendliest Bank” in the Best of the Pee Dee Awards sponsored by the Morning News
6/02 Ranked 4th in total Market Share (after only 3 years) among the 25 banks in Florence County
4/02 Formed separate Holding Company, First Reliance BancShares. 2170 West Palmetto St., Florence, SC 29501 P: 843.656.5000 g www.firstreliance.com
3/02 Granted shareholders a 2 for 1 Stock Split
6/01 Opened a 2nd Florence branch office in June 2001
2/01 Recovered “pre-opening” cost within the first 18 months of operation.
1/01 Started First Reliance Financial Services, a full service investment and insurance division
12/00 First Reliance Bank grows to surpass $50 million in assets
7/00 Grand Opening of Main Branch office
5/00 Established a full service Credit Administration & Review Division
2/00 Earned first profit after only 5 months of operations
10/99 Released the First Reliance Bank corporate Internet website
9/99 Established a full service Mortgage Division.
8/99 Vision: To Be the Largest and Most Profitable Bank in SC
8/99 Opened 235 accounts first 2 days of business
8/99 Opened for business in a mobile branch site located adjacent to the Main Branch office construction site
8/99 Achieved initial capitalization of $7.2 million with 950 shareholders in only 60 days (making it the most successful de novo bank ever chartered in Florence County)
2/99 Applied for FDIC insurance