Southern First Bancshares Announces New Employee

November 25, 2008

GREENVILLE, SC – November 25, 2008 – Southern First Bancshares, Inc. is pleased to announce the following new employee, Toni Whitten.

Toni Whitten joins Southern First Bancshares as Senior Vice President, Chief Credit Administrative Officer. She has been with The South Financial Group/Carolina First Bank for 15 years where she gained extensive experience in loan, credit review and operational risk management. Whitten has also served as an examiner with the FDIC. 

Southern First Bancshares, Inc. is the holding company for Greenville First Bank and Southern First Bank.

Greenville First Bank was established in 1999 to create a unique financial institution for the Greenville market. Southern First Bank was later formed in 2006 and serves the Columbia, SC market. The company offers a complete line of banking services, including loan and deposit products, plus online banking and Bill Pay, and free ATM access nationwide.

Greenville First and Southern First differentiate themselves from other banks by providing clients with dedicated relationship teams, led by senior officers, assigned to each client’s account for customized ClientFIRST® service.