John Lindley joins First Reliance Bank as Vice President, Bank Operations Manager

John Lindley has joined First Reliance Bank as Vice President, Bank Operations Manager. Lindley is responsible for overseeing multiple aspects of the bank’s operations, and he will provide senior management oversight to create and implement many process improvements to drive operational efficiency.

As a results oriented senior manager with over 20 years of banking experience, Lindley has a proven track record in developing and executing strategy, implementing efficiency improvements, and inspiring high performance in many environments. Most recently, Lindley served as Vice President, Director of Bank Operations at BankSouth, where he provided senior level support to numerous aspects of operations including loan origination, document preparation, core processing, and construction lending administration. He holds his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Erskine College, and is a graduate from the South Carolina Bankers School and the OMEGA Commercial Lending School.

“John is an incredible banking professional, and we are thrilled to welcome him to our team,” said Ben Brazell, Chief Administrative Officer of First Reliance Bank. “His management experience and banking knowledge will play a huge role when creating and implementing new process improvements to drive operational efficiency.”

“John’s understanding of the practices and procedures that a bank must follow in order to be efficient and successful will be instrumental in optimizing our operations,” said Rick Saunders, President and Chief Executive Officer of First Reliance Bank. “ At First Reliance Bank, we have a long-standing commitment to providing the best service possible for our customers. John is a professional team leader who blends strategic thinking with execution and his demonstrated ability to build both teams and consistent processes that serve everyone’s needs makes him an important addition. We are excited to have him on board with us.”

Lindley is active in the community and prior to moving to Florence, he served as President of his Rotary Club. Additionally, he served as a Board Member of Laurens YMCA, Vice Chairman of Straight Street Teen Center, and Treasurer of RMA, Upstate Chapter. He looks forward to getting involved in the Florence community.



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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