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Florence banking community flourishes over the years

This excerpt of the article was posted, Wednesday, March 23, 2016 8:00 am in the Morning News.  The article was written by and is posted in Courtesy of JOE PERRY Morning News jperry@florencenews.com  The full article can be viewed by clicking on the following link:  http://www.scnow.com/news/business/local/article_f5652b8c-ed18-11e5-9401-4bce3de4e58e.html
FLORENCE, S.C. – When Rick Saunders was a young man still finding his way in the world, he fell in love. With the finance industry.

“I tripped over myself and landed in it,” he said, laughing. “I was a typical young man concerned about what path in life I would take.”

The 55-year-old Sumter native who grew up in Timmonsville first worked in consumer finance before delving into banking.

“It wasn’t until a company I was working for was sold to a much larger organization that I realized the need for clarity around my beliefs and ...

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