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Donna Smith receiving recognition from First Reliance Bank CEO, Rick Saunders, Jr.
Donna Smith receiving recognition from First Reliance Bank CEO, Rick Saunders, Jr.

First Reliance Bank is proud to announce that Donna Smith, a vice president for consumer lending at the bank’s West Columbia branch, has graduated from the South Carolina Bankers School, hosted at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina. Smith was recommended and accepted into the program as part of First Reliance Bank’s focus on promoting continuing education for its banking professionals.

“I couldn’t be prouder of Donna,” said First Reliance Bank CEO Rick Saunders. “It takes a significant amount of hard work and dedication to graduate from the South Carolina Bankers School. Donna’s accomplishment embodies the culture we strive to build at First Reliance Bank, where our professionals are always interested in continuing their banking education to serve their clients better”.

The prestigious three-year program, offered through the South Carolina Bankers Association, is designed to provide practicing bankers with an integrated and complete set of usable courses covering all aspects ...

Seth DuRoss, Vice President and Human Resources Manager
Seth DuRoss, Vice President and Human Resources Manager

First Reliance Bank has hired Seth DuRoss, a tenured human resources professional, to assist the rapidly expanding community bank. DuRoss will help with recruiting and retaining premier talent for the company’s South Carolina and North Carolina locations.

DuRoss will be working alongside Leslie Chaplin, executive vice president and director of human resources for First Reliance Bank.  

“Seth is a welcomed addition to the team,” Chaplin said. “His wealth of experience in human resources within the banking industry will allow us to continue to identify and recruit top-tier talent to our team. Along with this, he will provide human resources services to the company’s 215 tenured and experienced professionals across North and South Carolina.”  

DuRoss has 13 years of experience in human resources, as well as experience in accounting and bookkeeping. Prior to accepting this position, DuRoss worked with another South Carolina-based community bank.


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