Bernard Wheeler Joins First Reliance Bank As Relationship Banker

Bernard Wheeler

Bernard Wheeler

Bernard Wheeler has joined First Reliance Bank as a Relationship Banker in Greenville, SC. In his new role, Wheeler will be responsible for building and maintaining relationships with business customers and offering advice on everything from personal and business deposit accounts to loans, treasury management services and investments available through First Reliance Wealth Strategies.

Based out of the Downtown Greenville branch, Wheeler brings more than 15 years of professional banking experience to the team. Throughout his career, Wheeler has held multiple fast paced positions at several local financial institutions including as Vice President, Branch Manager and Small Business Banker, and Relationship Banker. Wheeler holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Winthrop University and a Masters of Business Administration from Webster University.

“We are thrilled to welcome Bernard to the team in Greenville,” said Rick Saunders, President and Chief Executive Officer of First Reliance Bank. “He is a self-disciplined banking professional that is adept at fostering new profitable relationships and we are confident in his ability to deliver a Better Banking experience to our customers.”

“We truly believe that there’s more to banking than money and Bernard has proven to be an expert in building relationships throughout his banking career,” said Neal Kyber, Greenville Market President. “He brings outstanding communication and interpersonal skills to the team and we are excited for his success with us at First Reliance Bank.”

Wheeler is active in the community and currently serves as a Member of the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, he serves on the Finance and Personnel Committee of the Mary Black Hospital and is a member of the Bridge Builder Mentorship Program. He has served on local boards such as the Piedmont Community Actions and has volunteered for numerous organizations, including Big Brother Big Sister, Meals on Wheels, and Habitat for Humanity.


Founded in 1999, First Reliance Bancshares, Inc. (OTC: FSRL.OB), is based in Florence, South Carolina and has assets of approximately $658 million. The Company employs more than 140 professionals and has locations throughout South Carolina and central North Carolina. First Reliance has redefined community banking with a commitment to making customers lives better, its founding principle. Customers of the company have given it a 90% customer satisfaction rating well above the bank industry average of 81%. First Reliance is also one of three companies throughout South Carolina to receive the Best Places To Work in South Carolina award all 14 years since the program began. We believe that this recognition confirms that our associates are engaged and committed to our brand and the communities we serve. In addition to offering a full range of personalized community banking products and services for individuals, small businesses, and corporations, First Reliance offers two unique community-customers programs, which include: Hometown Heroes, a package of benefits for those serving our communities and Check N Save, an outreach program for the unbanked or under-banked. We also offer a full suite of digital banking services, a Customer Service Guaranty, a Mortgage Service Guaranty, and are open on most traditional holidays.

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