First Bank Welcomes Brad Cantrell To SBA Team

Southern Pines, NC - Brad Cantrell, a 20 year banking veteran, has joined the First Bank SBA team focusing on the upstate South Carolina market and Western North Carolina. Cantrell will work with small businesses to help access capital for acquisition, growth, and other needs through SBA guaranteed lending.

Cantrell joins the team with years of executive level credit experience and most recently as an SBA Development Officer with Countybank based in Greenwood, SC. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Francis Marion University, Cantrell attended Clemson University, receiving his Masters in Applied Economics. He began his banking career and later graduated from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking through the American Bankers Association and also the South Carolina Bankers School through the South Carolina Bankers Association. When asked about the switch to the First Bank SBA team, Cantrell responded, “I am very excited to join a strong service culture like First Bank and for the opportunity to become a part of a well-established, growing bank, particularly in the upstate. I really want to see businesses grow in the South Carolina market and am excited for First Bank’s growth here too.”

Joe Diggs, Senior SBA Sales Leader, said of Cantrell joining the team, “Brad has a strong credit background and understands the challenges of small businesses. He is ready to help businesses with partner buyouts, franchise lending, buying commercial real estate, expanding and acquiring business, consolidating debt… you name it. We are a nationwide platform with local lenders here to help you with whatever you need and a strong bank behind us. Brad is a great addition to the team and we’re looking forward to all the businesses he can help.”

Cantrell resides in Greenville, SC with his wife, Sam and is often found either traveling or outside, biking and enjoying outdoor recreation. You can connect with him at or find him at

First Bank is the banking subsidiary of First Bancorp and is headquartered in Southern Pines, North Carolina, with total assets of approximately $12 billion. As a state-chartered community bank, First Bank operates 118 bank branches in North Carolina and South Carolina. Since 1935, First Bank has taken a tailored approach to banking, combining best-in-class financial solutions, helpful local expertise, and technology to manage a home or business. First Bancorp's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "FBNC." Visit our website at Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender.

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