Southern First Promotes Executives

Greenville, South Carolina, February 13, 2018 – Southern First Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: SFST), holding company for Southern First Bank, is pleased to announce the following promotions in the Greenville market.

Zach Freeman to Senior Vice President, Team Leader

William Johnston to Senior Vice President, Team Leader

Paige Kilton to Senior Vice President, Internal Audit

Amy Baxter to Vice President, Client Officer

Kimberly Macklanburg to Vice President, Client Officer

Bethany Nadeau to Assistant Vice President, Client Officer

Lauren Greene to Assistant Vice President, Client Officer

“We are excited to promote these valued team members. They have worked extremely hard to earn this recognition ” stated Art Seaver, CEO of the company.

About Southern First Bancshares

Southern First Bancshares, Inc., Greenville, South Carolina is a registered bank holding company incorporated under the laws of South Carolina. The Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Southern First Bank, is the third largest bank headquartered in South Carolina. Southern First Bancshares has been providing financial services since 1999 and now operates in 11 locations in the Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston markets of South Carolina as well as Raleigh, North Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia. Southern First Bancshares has consolidated assets of approximately $1.6 billion and its common stock is traded in the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol “SFST.” More information can be found at www.southernfirst.com.