Ben Brazell, Charleston Market President, joined First Reliance in August of 2007. Mr. Brazell’s primary responsibilities include growing the bank’s market share and locations within the Charleston area, while acquiring and developing business and personal banking relationships.
Mr. Brazell has extensive years of banking experience, during which he has held numerous sales management and executive leadership positions throughout the state of South Carolina. Before assuming leadership of First Reliance Bank in Charleston, Brazell was Senior Vice President, Market President of a large national bank in Memphis, Tennessee. In this role, Brazell provided leadership and strategic direction to all business lines and bank activities in the Memphis market.
Mr. Brazell graduated from the University of South Carolina, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Mr. Brazell has also received various professional certifications. Mr. Brazell is a graduate of the Leadership Development Institute and The South Carolina Banker’s School.
As an active member of the community, Brazell currently serves as the Chairman for the board of Commissioners for the Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority and as Finance Chairman for the Small Business Council of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the Charleston Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Charleston Alumni Association, and Leadership Development Intensive Alumni Association. Additionally, Brazell served as past finance chairman for the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina. Past memberships include the RISE Foundation, YMCA, SC DHEC, Robert Morris Association, and the Rotary Club of the Vista Nights.