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Feb 12, 2015, Florence, S.C. - Rick Saunders, President/CEO was recognized with an Entrepreneur Award from the Florence Darlington Technical College February 11, 2016 at their second annual entrepreneurial forum. Rick, his brother Paul and friend, Dale Porter started the bank because they saw a need for a bank that was designed and operated with the community in mind. One with strong values, and an even stronger team of associates. They saw a need to create a bank that could become a rock in the community, based on trust and relationships; one that could make a real difference in the lives of its customers. They saw a need for a better bank. So they followed their dream to start a bank and contribute to their community in 1999 and First Reliance Bank was born. It took hard work and passion and learning from others, all traits the other recipients of ...

President's Club v5 copyFeb 24, 2015, Florence, S.C. – First Reliance Bank recently announced that seventeen associates have been named to the 2015 President’s Club.

Each year, as part of the bank’s associate rewards and recognition program, all managers have the opportunity to nominate an outstanding associate and submit a detailed reason of why the chosen associate deserves the award. Executive Management then carefully reviews the nominations and selects the associates who go above and beyond performance expectations and who are the best role models for living the values of First Reliance Bank.

President’s Club awards are for outstanding sales and service, operational excellence, professional, and leadership. The 2015 President’s Club Winners are: Wendy Cooley,Charleston Service, Neil Oliver, Charleston Sales, Donna Smith, Indirect Sales, Gail Berry, Lexington Service, Jason Koth, Lexington Sales, Sherry Byrd, Mortgage Operations, Johnny Nexsen, Mortgage Sales, Robyn Paul, Mortgage Sales, Phyllis Brosh, Wholesale / Correspondent Mortgage, Shayna Wallace, Florence ...

Relay For Life of Florence County raises over $190,000 in 2015, surpassing their goal by over $30,000.


First Reliance raised over $20,000Florence, SC (September 2, 2015) – As the 2015 season of Relay For Life closes, Florence County celebrates an outstanding Relay season! On April 25, 2015 Relay For Life of Florence County hosted its 21st year with a nine hour walk at Freedom Florence Recreational Complex, in spite of some unfavorable weather conditions. “Weather doesn’t stop a cancer patient’s treatment and it didn’t stop us”, said Relay For Life Community Manager, Chinel Boateng.

Teams from Assurant, PGBA, and First Reliance Bank were the top fundraising teams this year.

“Relay For Life allows the entire community the opportunity to do something positive when so much negative surrounds the disease”, said 2015 Relay For Life of Florence County Event Lead, Katrina Graham. “I am proud of Florence County for coming together to support one another ...

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Joan Billheimer, Community Development Officer for First Reliance Bank in Florence, was among those honored from across the state. The contributions Mrs. Billheimer makes to economic development efforts in Florence County are tremendous. She serves as the Vice Chair of Florence County Progress, Inc., the private arm of the Florence County Economic Development Partnership, and also as Membership Chairman. She has been instrumental in growing the membership of Florence County Progress since becoming involved. Mrs. Billheimer serves on numerous boards in Florence County, including The McLeod Foundation Board.

Ambassadors for Economic Development were honored by Gov. Nikki Haley at a ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion Complex on Thursday, April 2, 2015. The individuals were recognized for exceptional efforts to further community and economic development initiatives throughout the state.

Each year, the Department of Commerce joins local communities to thank business and industry for its contributions to South Carolina’s economy. Ambassadors ...

Year after year First Reliance's Relay For Life Team, under the leadership of Joan Billheimer, Community Development Officer, shows its commitment to the American Cancer Society.  This year, First Reliance is the second top team in Florence County for raising funds announced Chinel Boateig, American Cancer Society. "First Reliance is very committed to supporting the community and giving back," said Rick Saunders, CEO.  "Joan is a strong leader for our fundraising events and is very committed to this cause as well as serving as a resource for our associates.  Several of our employees are cancer survivors and many of our employees have family and friends who have had cancer.  Our company truly wants to make a difference by supporting this cause that has affected so many people including our own." [caption id="attachment_7379" align="alignleft" width="300"]Joan Billheimer Joan Billheimer hosting Colors of Cancer Fundraiser dinner.[/caption] Joan Billheimer, a thirteen year cancer survivor herself, ...

David Hall, SVP Indirect Finance [if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4  “First Reliance Bank’s financial strength has prevailed since the bank opened in 1999. First Reliance Bank has benefited from being part of the community banking system, where confidence has remained  high.  Many people have discovered that a community bank is often the best source of business and personal services in communities it serves.  First Reliance is safe, secure and it is capitalized well above FDIC required levels.  Our focus on superior customer service delivered by a highly skilled, personable work force is an ideal platform upon which to build trust and bring customers to our branches.  We are taking this same approach with ...

April 7, 2014, Florence, S.C.  –  In celebration of its 15th Anniversary First Reliance Bank is planning many events and promotions throughout the year to thank its customers  for doing business with them.  One of the first promotions launched is a personal finance program.
The program, called DIG OUT NOW!,  is a personal Finance program which consists of four FREE 15 – 20 minute videos created in partnership with Joseph Sangl, founder of an Anderson South Carolina organization, called I Was Broke Now I’m Not.
 DIG OUT NOW! is easy to view online and  share with family members, church, or work groups.  The videos are located on the bank’s website, www.firstreliance.com   The bank encourages everyone to take time to view these life changing personal finance videos and use the tools that are offered – all FREE.
Most banks don’t offer online personal financial video lessons.  First Reliance Bank ...

Twelve Associates Awarded President’s Club at First Reliance Bank

 

February 19, 2014, Florence, S.C.   First Reliance Bank recently announced  that twelve associates have been named to the 2014 President’s Club. 

Each year, as part of the bank’s associate rewards and recognition program, all associates have the opportunity to nominate an outstanding associate and submit a detailed reason of why the chosen associate deserves the award.  This year 12 outstanding associates were chosen for their unique contribution to the bank and their commitment to teamwork.. 

The following President’s Club winners  received awards  for outstanding contribution in sales and service, operation and  professional services.,.   The 2014 President’s Club Winners ...

July is a time for food, fireworks, family and friends. It's one of those special times of year when we pause to celebrate our nation and appreciate our community. In keeping with that spirit, it's also a good time to reflect about those who have contributed time and energy toward helping us have a better life.

Danny Turner is one such person. A successful businessman, Danny owns a company that provides good jobs for 40 employees.

Danny TurnerHis story starts at the foot of the Smokey Mountains in Greenville County, South Carolina, where he was born.

Like many young people, he served our country after he graduated high school. He joined the U.S. Navy and spent four years working in navigation and nuclear submarines.

When Danny finished his tour with the Navy, he moved to the Florence area. He got a job running the Florence-based operation of a glass company headquartered ...