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John Bozard head shot copyJohn Bozard has joined First Reliance Bank as a Relationship Banker, for the Lexington, S.C. area. In his new role, he will be reaching out to businesses throughout the area and introducing them to First Reliance Bank's business products and services and he’ll represent the Bank through involvement in local associations, charities or business organizations.

Bozard spent the majority of his banking career with First Citizens Bank in Lexington, South Carolina and has over 30 years of experience. His long track record includes successfully leading the Lexington area commercial lender efforts. He has achieved numerous banking awards including a Top Performer Best Banker Award for highest branch and individual performance scores among peers.

Bozard has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Presbyterian College, South Carolina. He also has a Masters of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.

He currently serves as a council member of the USO of SC, is currently Secretary and President Elect for the Rotary Club of Lexington.  He is a member of the Greater Columbia Leads Group, and former Ambassador and Board Member of the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce, former member of the Lexington County Sheriffs Foundation, former member of Lexington Toastmasters, Lifetime Member of VFW Post 8738, member of the American Legion Post #6 and the Field Artillery Society.

Bozard is a 30 year commissioned veteran and retired Colonel from the United States Army where he has been awarded numerous decorations and badges including a Bronze Star Medal.

“We are excited to add someone of John’s caliber to our First Reliance team,” said Rick Saunders, president and chief operating officer of First Reliance Bank. “He has worked tirelessly to help businesses get their start and grow in the Lexington area. We appreciate his time spent serving our country and know his leadership will add to our success.”


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