Southern First Bank Announces Executive Promotion

Blake Taylor

Southern First Bank is pleased to announce that Blake G. Taylor has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Columbia Regional Executive. Blake’s leadership role will include the growth and performance of the entire Columbia market.

Taylor currently serves as Vice Chair of the Emerging Leaders Board with the American Bankers Association, on the executive committee of Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina and on the University of South Carolina Athletics Director’s Cabinet. He also served on the Young Bankers Board of the South Carolina Bankers Association and is a graduate of The Graduate School of Banking at LSU.

“Our company is fortunate to have the leadership of Blake Taylor, and his promotion is a recognition of his executive talents and contributions to the Southern First team,” stated Justin Strickland, President of the company.

Southern First Bank is the third largest bank headquartered in South Carolina and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern First Bancshares, Inc., a registered bank holding company incorporated under the laws of South Carolina. Southern First Bancshares has been providing financial services since 1999 and currently operates with 13 offices in the Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston markets of South Carolina, as well as the Triangle and Triad regions of North Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia. Southern First Bancshares has assets of approximately $1.9 billion, a current market capitalization of approximately $253 million, and its common stock is traded in the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol “SFST.” More information can be found at

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