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FIRST RELIANCE BANK ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP  CHANGES IN THE MIDLANDS MARKET

First Reliance Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Michael Edens to Market President of Columbia; the relocation of Brent Mackie, Regional Executive, to the Lexington market; and the hiring of Casey Goodrich as Senior Vice President, Relationship Banker for the Columbia market.

Michael Edens, an industry veteran with more than two decades of experience, most recently as a Commercial Banker, will serve as Market President. He will be responsible for the expansion of the Columbia market as well as oversee sales management and community development.   He earned a B.A. in Finance from Wofford College and completed Louisiana State University’s Graduate School of Banking program in 2006. Michael received the Outstanding Young Banker Award in 2008, the highest award recognition from the SC Bankers Association.

Brent Mackie, Regional Executive, has moved to the Lexington market where he has established a customer base and is well known ...


Zach Brown—Vice President, Director of Customer Solutions and Asset Management
Zach Brown—Vice President, Director of Customer Solutions and Asset Management

Zach Brown has been promoted to Vice President, Director of Customer Solutions and Asset Management. He joined the bank in 2017 where he served as Vice President, Default Management and Call Center. In his new position, Zach will oversee the management of the bank’s Customer Care Call Center, Facilities, Collections, and Special Assets.

“Zach Brown continues to excel in elevating our customer interaction processes along with our asset management,” said Rick Saunders, Founder/CEO of First Reliance Bank. “He is a dependable and trustworthy leader.”

Ben Brazell, Executive Vice President of Retail Banking said, “Zach is a great leader who mentors his team for professional growth and who strives to continuously improve his knowledge and skills. He doesn’t hesitate to take on more challenging work that provides value and supports our bank’s purpose.”

Zach brings more than 16 years of financial institution experience to his management role. He received a degree ...


THREE PROMOTED TO SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT POSITIONS

First Reliance Bank is pleased to announce three top-level executive promotions to Senior Vice President. Ross Foshee, Senior Vice President and Controller, John Lindley, Senior Vice President, Director of Operations, and Robert Mayhue, Senior Vice President, Information Technology.

Foshee is charged with overseeing the bank’s accounting and financial reporting operations, including the design and implementation of the company’s internal control framework. A native of the Pee Dee, he is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in South Carolina who received a Bachelor of Art in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of South Carolina.

Lindley leads Deposit Operations, Loan Operations, and digital banking, overseeing, creating, and implementing process improvements to drive operational efficiency. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Erskine College and is a graduate of the South Carolina Bankers School and the OMEGA Commercial Lending School.

Mayhue is responsible ...


Justin Strickland, President (Rt),   Frank Bullard, Corporate Community Relations (Lt)
Justin Strickland, President (Rt), Frank Bullard, Corporate Community Relations (Lt)

First Reliance Bank is pleased to announce that Justin Strickland, president, and Frank Bullard, corporate community relations developer, were recognized among the 2021 50 Most Influential business leaders by Columbia Business Magazine and Charleston Business Magazine.

The annual awards recognize and honor each region’s most influential leaders nominated by community members and magazine staff

Strickland oversees the overall commercial platform for the Carolinas-based bank. He also is a prominent Columbia community member and has held leadership positions such as the committee chairman for the Board of Financial Institutions and a member of the executive committee for the Lexington Medical Foundation.

Bullard was recognized in the Charleston area for his role as market president. He oversaw the strategic expansion of the bank’s Charleston market through managing sales and community development. Recently, he was promoted to lead corporate community relations for the bank’s South Carolina and North Carolina regions. Bullard also ...


First Reliance Bank Promotes Two Senior Leaders

First Reliance Bank is pleased to announce Blake Dressler has been promoted to Charleston Market President and Frank Bullard to lead Corporate Community Relations across the bank’s South Carolina and North Carolina footprint. The advancement of these two leaders will help continue the bank’s unprecedented growth and significant expansion in the Southeast.

“Frank and Blake’s long-standing reputation as best-in-class bankers with unparalleled expertise has been an invaluable benefit since they first joined First Reliance Bank. They understand exactly who we are as a company and see the pathway forward to growth and market expansion,” said CEO and Founder of First Reliance Bank, Rick Saunders. “I am excited to see their continued success in their new roles.”

The promotions of Dressler and Bullard come as First Reliance Bank looks to continue its substantial period of record growth. With plans to continue expanding across South and North Carolina and offering new services ...


First Reliance Bank is proud to announce that Robert Dozier, Jr., president of First Reliance Bancshares and chief operating officer of First Reliance Bank, has been appointed to serve as South Carolina’s representative on the American Bankers Association (ABA) Government Relations Council (GRC). The national association is responsible for representing the interests of banks of all sizes across the country, as well as their two million employees.

Dozier is a tenured banking professional with over 31 years of experience in the industry. Prior to joining First Reliance Bank in 2020, Dozier served as executive vice president and chief business officer for Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta (FHLBA). Dozier oversaw all customer facing departments of the bank including the government and industry relations department. FHLBA is a $80 billion dollar wholesale bank that serves over 850 financial institutions throughout the Southeast.

Dozier currently serves on the South Carolina Bankers Board ...


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.

 

Chris Laughridge, Senior Vice President and Relationship Banker, Downtown Greenville
Chris Laughridge, Senior Vice President and Relationship Banker, Downtown Greenville

First Reliance Bank has hired Chris Laughridge to serve as senior vice president and relationship banker for its downtown Greenville branch. Laughridge will be responsible for providing advice on business accounts, loans, treasury management services, and investments through First Reliance Wealth Strategy, along with personal banking services to owners and their employees.

We couldn’t be more excited to bring Chris onboard,” said Brian Rogers, First Reliance Bank’s Greenville market president. “His depth of experience in the South Carolina banking industry and his ability to provide effective and efficient solutions for his clients makes Chris a valuable addition to the First Reliance Bank team.”

Laughridge comes to First Reliance with almost two decades of experience in the banking industry, most recently as a senior vice president for a large community bank in South Carolina. He attended North Carolina State University and graduated in 2007 from the South Carolina Banker’s School.

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Ross Foshee, Vice President and Controller
Ross Foshee, Vice President and Controller

Ross Foshee has joined First Reliance Bank as Vice President and Controller. Based in Charleston, S.C., Foshee will be charged with overseeing the bank’s accounting and financial reporting operations as well as providing expertise in bank operations and internal controls.

“We are excited to welcome Ross to the team” said Rick Saunders, CEO of First Reliance Bank. “His experience in the banking industry in the Carolinas will be a valuable asset to our company and will help us continue building a foundation on which we can execute our growth strategy.”

Foshee, a Pee Dee native, brings nearly a decade of experience in the banking industry working as an audit and consulting manager for Elliott Davis, LLC.  He is a certified public accountant licensed in South Carolina and received his bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting from the University of South Carolina.