Bank CEO panel with 3 of Upstate’s leading bankers hosted by RMA

WHAT: The local chapter of The Risk Management Association (RMA) will host a CEO Panel with three prominent local banking executives moderated by Louis Dunham from Ardmore Banking Advisors, Inc. Lynn Harton of United Community Bank, Robert Hill of South State Bank and Art Seaver of Southern First will cover many topics important to banking today, including mergers and acquisitions, increased regulations, the health of the banking industry and the overall local economy in this region. The program will be a structured Q&A with additional time for questions from the audience.

• Lynn Harton, President and COO, United Community Bank
• Robert Hill, President and CEO, South State Bank
• Art Seaver, President and CEO, Southern First

Moderated by Louis Dunham, Senior Vice-President & Senior Director, Ardmore Banking Advisors, Inc.

WHEN: Monday, April 4, 2016
3:00 Media availability
3:30-5 p.m. Panel Discussion
5-6:30 p.m. Networking Reception

WHERE: Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center
300 S. Main St.

NOTES: To register online, visit before Thursday, March 31 or register at the door. Registration is $20 for RMA members and $30 for non-members.


Lynn Harton currently serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of United Community Banks, Inc. and its subsidiary bank, United Community Bank. Prior to joining United in 2012, Harton served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The South Financial Group (“TSFG”). Prior to joining TSFG, Harton previously held positions at Regions Financial Corporation, Union Planters Corporation and BB&T. Harton is a graduate of Wake Forest University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He has also served on a number of financial boards and committees throughout his career, including the RMA National Community Bank Council, Palmetto Business Forum, RMA National Credit Risk Council, and the CBA National Small Business Banking Committee.

R. Arthur “Art” Seaver, Jr., is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Southern First Bank. He has over 29 years of banking experience in the Greenville market with experience at Citizens & Southern National Bank of South Carolina and Greenville National Bank. Mr. Seaver is a 1986 graduate of Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in financial management and a 1999 graduate of the BAI Graduate School of Community Bank Management. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Bankers Association.

Robert R. Hill, Jr. serves as Chief Executive Officer of South State Corporation and South State Bank. Founded in 1933, South State Corporation is the largest bank holding company headquartered in South Carolina. Having worked 21 years with South State, Hill has served in various positions since joining the bank in 1995, including Chief Operating Officer and President. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and the University of South Carolina Development Foundation. Hill also serves as First Vice Chairman of the Board of the South Carolina Banker’s Association. A graduate of The Citadel, Hill also earned an MBA from the University of South Carolina Moore School of Business.


Mr. Dunham has over 40 years of experience in the financial services industry. He currently serves as the Senior Vice President & Senior Director of Risk Management Consulting at Ardmore Banking Advisors. Mr. Dunham has served as President, Chief Executive Officer, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Bank Director, Chief Risk Officer and Chief Credit Officer at commercial banks and thrifts ranging from $100 million to $3.3 Billion in assets. He is an accomplished executive with wide ranging management abilities in corporate governance, lending, credit, finance, business development, policy development, as well as compliance and regulatory matters at several public and private financial institutions.

Founded in 1914, The Risk Management Association is a not-for-profit, member-driven professional association whose sole purpose is to advance the use of sound risk management principles in the financial services industry. RMA promotes an enterprise approach to risk management that focuses on credit risk, market risk and operational risk. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, RMA has 2,500 institutional members that include banks of all sizes as well as nonbank financial institutions. They are represented in the Association by 18,000 individuals located throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Asia/Pacific.