Southern First Hires New Executive Brian Blackwelder Joins Columbia Team

Greenville, South Carolina, May 2, 2018 – Southern First Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: SFST), holding company for Southern First Bank, is pleased to announce that J. Brian Blackwelder has joined the bank as Senior Vice President and Team Leader in the Columbia market.

Blackwelder, who is a native of Columbia, has over 22 years of consumer and commercial banking experience. He began his banking career with Wachovia Bank and was most recently employed by CresCom Bank where he served as a Commercial Relationship Manager. He is a graduate of Presbyterian College and Leadership Columbia. He is active in the community as a long-time member of Eastminster Presbyterian Church, youth soccer coach for South Carolina United FC, and member of the board and Executive Committee for Welvista. Brian and his wife, Margie, have been married for 20 years and have three children.

“We are excited to welcome Brian to the Southern First team,” stated Justin Strickland, President of the company. “His leadership and experience in the Columbia market brings significant depth to our executive team.”

Southern First Bancshares, Inc., Greenville, South Carolina, is a registered bank holding company incorporated under the laws of South Carolina. The Company consists of Southern First Bank, the third largest bank headquartered in South Carolina. Southern First Bancshares has been providing financial services since 1999 and now operates in 12 locations in the Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston markets of South Carolina, as well as Raleigh, North Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia. Southern First Bancshares has assets of approximately $1.7 billion, a current market capitalization of approximately $338 million, and its common stock is traded in the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol “SFST.” More information can be found at www.southernfirst.com.