First Reliance Bank Hires Veteran Commercial Banker to Lead Greenville Market

Brian Rogers

Brian Rogers

May 6, 2021, Greenville, S.C. – First Reliance Bank has hired Brian Rogers as senior vice president and market president, Greenville. Rogers will be responsible for overseeing all lines of business, including personal banking, business banking, investments, and business development.

“Brian is a veteran in the commercial banking industry, and we’re pleased to have his experience and expertise lead our Greenville market,” said Rick Saunders, CEO of First Reliance Bank. “He has built strong relationships in the Upstate over the course of his career and I look to him to drive our priorities and focus in the market.”

Rogers has spent nearly all of this three decades in commercial banking in Greenville, over half of which he was the market president for the largest bank in Upstate SC. Rogers earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Clemson University. He is actively involved in the community and currently serves on the boards of the Greenville Metro YMCA Foundation, the Cancer Society of Greenville County, the Charity Ball of Greenville, and the Greenville Tech Foundation.

“What sets First Reliance apart is that it prioritizes its relationships with its customers,” said Rogers. “That’s always been my motto and I’m looking forward to expanding our services to customers across the Upstate.” Rogers will be located at First Reliance Bank’s downtown Greenville branch on E. Washington Street.

First Reliance Bancshares, Inc. (OTC:FSRL), the holding company for First Reliance Bank, reported record net income and earnings in 2020. “First Reliance continued building on the success of 2020 with a strong start to 2021,” said Rick Saunders, CEO. “Our net income of $1.7 million, or $0.21 per diluted common share, for the quarter represents an increase of 99.1% over the same period last year. We have also made significant investments in both our commercial and mortgage production teams during the quarter, highlighted by the hiring of Justin Strickland, who in January became President of First Reliance Bank. Additionally, against the backdrop of fiscal stimulus, the national vaccination rollout, and improved customer balance sheets, our markets appear poised for significant growth.”


Founded in 1999, First Reliance Bancshares, Inc. (OTC: FSRL.OB), is based in Florence, South Carolina and has assets of approximately $775 million. The Company employs more than 178 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 93% 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 15 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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