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First Reliance Bank and First Reliance Bancshares has announced the Board has unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. C. Dale Lusk as Chairman of the Board.  Dr. Lusk was one of the original organizers of First Reliance Bank and has served as a Director of First Reliance Bank since August 1999 and as Chairman of the Audit Committee.  He is the third board Chairman over the banks twenty-one year history.  “His tenure and long standing service gives him an abundance of institutional and industry knowledge and makes him uniquely qualified for this role” said Rick Saunders, First Reliance Bank CEO and President.

Presently, Dr. Lusk is employed by McLeod Physician’s Associates since February 1996. Dr. Lusk became a partner of Adams, O’Dell, Davidson, & Lusk OB/GYN PC from July 1993 until February 1996. He was appointed to the position of Chief Medical Officer for both McLeod Health and the McLeod ...

On Friday, May 8, First Reliance Bank launched its “You Can Make A Difference” Food Bank Drive to assist those in need during the COVID-19 health crisis by restocking its local food banks. With the goal of accumulating 2,000-canned goods across all First Reliance Bank locations, each branch has partnered with a local food bank to serve as a designated drop off to collect donations until Friday, May 22.

First Reliance Bank has partnered with NewSpring Church, First Presbyterian Church, and Helping Florence Flourish in order to expand its resources and increase the amount of food collected for Harvest Hope Food Bank at its Florence Main and Second Loop branch locations. First Reliance Bank will make donations collected to 6 different charities for markets it does business in:

Mark Brady has joined First Reliance Bank as Market President for Lake Norman, North Carolina. Brady is responsible for the strategic market expansion of First Reliance Bank’s footprint in the Laken Norman Market, and he will oversee sales management and community development throughout that footprint.

Brady has more than 40 years of professional banking experience with a strong blend of expertise in marketing, sales, operations and finance. The East Carolina University graduate has served in critical sales and financial management roles at several financial institutions, including as Vice President of Fidelity Bank and Senior Vice President of Pinnacle. During his tenure, Brady has a demonstrated history of leadership in new business development, budgeting, strategic business planning, forecasting, and general business practices.

“Mark brings over four decades of high-level experience working in the banking industry, and we are thrilled to have someone of his caliber joining our team,” said Rick Saunders, President ...

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