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Southern First Bancshares Inc (SFST.OQ)

SFST.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

James Orders

62 Independent Chairman of the Board

F. Justin Strickland

51 2006 President of the Company and Southern First Bank

R. Arthur Seaver

51 2006 Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company and Southern First Bank

Michael Dowling

43 2011 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of the Company and Southern First Bank

Frederick Gilmer

50 Executive Vice President and Senior Lending Officer of Southern First Bank

Frederick Gilmer

79 Director

Rudolph Johnstone

54 Director

Andrew Cajka

55 Independent Director

Mark Cothran

57 Independent Director

Leighton Cubbage

62 Independent Director

Anne Ellefson

60 Independent Director

David Ellison

65 Independent Director

Tecumseh Hooper

67 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

James Orders

Mr. James B. Orders, III, is an Independent Chairman of the Board of Southern First Bancshares Inc. Since 1986, he has been the president of Park Place Corporation, a company engaged in the manufacture and sale of mattresses to the wholesale market. Mr. Orders is a director of Orders Realty Co., Inc., a real estate development and management company that is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Park Place Corporation. He attended Clemson University from 1970 until 1974. Mr. Orders is a past president of the International Sleep Products Association, a past president of the Downtown Rotary Club, a past member of the advisory board of Greenville National Bank and a past member of the advisory board of Carolina First Bank. He currently serves on the board of Cox Industries.

F. Justin Strickland

Mr. F. Justin Strickland serves as President of Southern First Bancshares, Inc., and Southern First Bank. He has over 29 years of banking experience. From 1985 until 1993, Mr. Strickland held various positions with The Citizens & Southern National Bank of South Carolina. From 1993 until November 2006, he was with Carolina First Bank. From 1999 until November 2006, he held the position of South Carolina Midlands Market President. Mr. Strickland is a 1985 graduate of the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in finance and the LSU Graduate School of Banking of the South in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1996. He is the past Chairman of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the Children’s Trust Fund of South Carolina, Junior Achievement of the Midlands, and the SC Bankers Association. He is a past member of the boards of the Saluda Shoals Foundation, Columbia Urban League, Palmetto Health Foundation (past chairman), the SC Bankers School (past chairman), and the Boy Scouts – Indiana Water Council. He was a prior Chairman of the SC Bankers Association/Young Bankers Division where he received the SC Outstanding Young Bankers Award in 1999. Currently, Mr. Strickland is the chairman of The Lexington Medical Foundation and vice chairman of The Navigating from Good to Great Foundation.

R. Arthur Seaver

Mr. R. Arthur Seaver, Jr. is Chief Executive Officer, Director of Southern First Bancshares, Inc., and Southern First Bank. He has over 27 years of banking experience. From 1986 until 1992, Mr. Seaver held various positions with The Citizens & Southern National Bank of South Carolina. From 1992 until February 1999, he was with Greenville National Bank, which was acquired by Regions Bank in 1998. He was the senior vice president in lending and was also responsible for managing Greenville National Bank’s deposit strategies prior to leaving to form Greenville First Bank. Mr. Seaver is a 1986 graduate of Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in financial management and a 1999 graduate of the BAI Graduate School of Community Bank Management. He is a member of the board of the St. Francis Foundation, member and past chairman of the Executive Committee for the South Carolina Bankers Association, and current chair of the United Way of Greenville County Board of Trustees. Past organizations that he has worked with include the United Way of Greenville County, Leadership Greenville, the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, the South Carolina Network of Business and Education Partnership, Junior League, Junior Achievement, the Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau, the United Way, and the First Presbyterian Church. His experience with various local and nonprofit organizations provides him with a valuable understanding of our community.

Michael Dowling

Mr. Michael D. Dowling is Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of Southern First Bancshares, Inc., and Southern First Bank. He has over 19 years of experience in the banking industry. Mr. Dowling was previously employed with KPMG LLP from 1994 until 2011, including most recently as an Audit Partner (2005-2011) and a member of KPMG’s Financial Services practice. Mr. Dowling has extensive experience working with public companies and financial institutions. He is a 1993 graduate of Clemson University, with a degree in Accounting and is a certified public accountant in South Carolina and North Carolina.

Frederick Gilmer

Mr. Frederick Gilmer, Jr., is Executive Vice President and Senior Lending Officer of Southern First Bank, a subsidiary of Southern First Bancshares Inc. He has over 25 years of banking experience. From 1987 until 1999, Mr. Gilmer held various management positions with Wachovia Bank, N.A., including commercial lending, city executive, and vice president in private banking. Mr. Gilmer is a 1986 graduate of Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in management. He continues to be actively involved with Clemson University as a current member of the Board of Visitors and the Board of the College of Business and Behavioral Sciences. He has also served on the community boards of Bon Secours St. Francis Foundation and the Metro YMCA. He is a past chairman of the Cleveland Street YMCA and a graduate of Leadership Greenville.

Frederick Gilmer

Mr. Frederick Gilmer, Jr., is Director of Southern First Bancshares Inc. Mr. Gilmer is a retired senior vice president of our Bank. He is a seasoned banker with over 50 years of experience in the financial services industry. Mr. Gilmer was involved with the organization of Southern Bank and Trust Company, as well as Greenville First Bank, and has held executive positions with two other banks in the Greenville area. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1958 and the LSU Graduate School of Banking of the South in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1970. He is a graduate of Leadership Greenville and has served numerous organizations, including the Greenville Rotary Club, the YMCA, the United Way, and the First Presbyterian Church. He also is a past board member of Family Children Service, Goodwill Industries, Downtown Area Council, Greenville Little Theater, Greenville Cancer Society, South Carolina Arthritis Foundation, Freedom Weekend Aloft, and the Greenville Chamber of Commerce.

Rudolph Johnstone

Dr. Rudolph G.Johnstone, III, M.D., is Director of Southern First Bancshares Inc. He is a physician who has practiced with Allergy Partners of the Upstate since 1992. He graduated from Washington & Lee University in 1982 with a degree in biology and from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1986. Dr. Johnstone served on the consulting board to Greenville National Bank from 1995 until 1998. He is on the board of directors of Allergy Partners, PA and is a past president of the Southeastern Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology Society. He has an extensive knowledge of and a connection to the medical community, a targeted market for the bank, which enhances his ability to contribute to the company as a director. .

Andrew Cajka

Mr. Andrew B. Cajka Jr. is an Independent Director of Southern First Bancshares Inc. Mr. Cajka is the founder and president of Southern Hospitality Group, LLC, a hotel management and development company in Greenville, South Carolina. Prior to starting his own business, Mr. Cajka was a managing member of Hyatt Hotels Corporation from 1986 until 1998. He is a 1982 graduate of Bowling Green State University. He serves as a board member for the Metropolitan Arts Council, and as treasurer of the Visit Greenville SC Convention and Visitors Bureau. He is a past chairman of the Greenville County Research and Technology Development board, past chairman of the Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau, past chairman of the Greenville Tech Hospitality Board, and as past vice chairman of the board for St. Joseph’s High School. He is a previous member of the BMW Nationwide Tournament advisory board. Mr. Cajka has served as a board member of the Urban League, Upstate Red Cross, and Thornblade Board of Governors. Mr. Cajka served on the board of directors for the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and is past president of the downtown area council, as well as past chairman of Greenville Hospital Foundation Board and past chairman of the Children’s Hospital.

Mark Cothran

Mr. Mark A. Cothran is an Independent Director of Southern First Bancshares Inc. He has been with Cothran Properties, LLC since 1986. Mr. Cothran received his bachelor’s degree in finance and banking from the University of South Carolina in 1980 and is a licensed real estate broker in the State of South Carolina. He currently serves on the Tax and Legislative Committee and the National Business Park Forum of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) for which he is also the past chairman. He is also the past president of the state chapter of NAIOP. He has served on the board of directors of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Board, and on the Advisory Board of Greenville National Bank. He currently serves on the board of directors of General Wholesale Distributors, Inc. His extensive experience in real estate and development activities, along with his long term ties to our local community, provide him with a valuable understanding of the key markets we serve.

Leighton Cubbage

Mr. Leighton M. Cubbage is an Independent Director of Southern First Bancshares Inc. He is the co-founder and chairman of Serrus Capital Partners, a real estate investment company. Previously, he was the co-founder, president, and chief operating officer of Corporate Telemanagement Group in Greenville, South Carolina from 1989 until 1995. Since 1995, Mr. Cubbage has been a private investor maintaining investment interests in a weekly newspaper and car dealerships. He is a 1977 graduate of Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Mr. Cubbage previously served as chairman of the Greenville Hospital System board of trustees, was a former member of the Greenville Technical College Foundation Board and has served on the board of directors of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Clemson Spiro College of Entrepreneurship and Homes of Hope. Mr. Cubbage was chosen by the South Carolina Governor as Chairman of the South Carolina Venture Capital Authority and was inducted into the Clemson University Spiro Entrepreneurial Institute Hall of Fame in 2011. In 1993 he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Advanced Management Program.

Anne Ellefson

Mrs. Anne S. Ellefson is an Independent Director of Southern First Bancshares Inc. Ms. Ellefson is an attorney and serves as Deputy General Counsel for Academics and Community Affairs at Greenville Health System. She was formerly a shareholder with Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A., where she practiced law from 1979 through 2013. Mrs. Ellefson is a 1976 graduate of the University of South Carolina where she received a bachelor’s degree and a 1979 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law. Mrs. Ellefson previously served on advisory boards at both United Carolina Bank and BB&T. She is a past chairman of the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Greenville County and formerly served on the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. She currently serves as President-elect and as a member, and President, of the Board of Governors of the South Carolina Bar Association and as a member of the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Educational Television Endowment, South Carolina Technology & Aviation Center (SCTAC) and its 501(c)3 affiliate, ITIC. In addition, she serves on the boards of the Greenville Local Development Corporation, the Hollingsworth Fund and Verdae Development, Inc.

David Ellison

Mr. David G. Ellison is an Independent Director of Southern First Bancshares Inc. He is a Wealth Management Advisor with Northwestern Mutual, where he retired as managing director in 2010, after 28 years of service. Mr. Ellison is a 1972 graduate of Furman University where he received a bachelor’s degree and a 1976 graduate of the Clemson-Furman University Program where he received a master in business administration. Mr. Ellison served three terms on the board of trustees of Furman University, where he is a former board chair. He is a past president of both the Furman Alumni Association and Furman Paladin Club. He has also served on the board of trustees for United Way of Greenville County. He is a prior commissioner of the Greenville Housing Authority. He has extensive financial experience primarily in the insurance industry and has corporate governance experience with a number of nonprofit organizations which provide a valuable perspective as a director.

Tecumseh Hooper

Mr. Tecumseh Hooper, Jr., is an Independent Director of Southern First Bancshares Inc. Mr. Hooper, Jr. is a private investor and chief executive officer of Sign Crafters, USA, LLC, a sign manufacturer and service company in the state of South Carolina. Mr. Hooper is also chairman of the board of FGP International Inc., an executive search and temporary placement service company. Mr. Hooper was the president of Modern Office Machines/IKON Office Solutions in Greenville, South Carolina, from 1982 through 2001. Mr. Hooper graduated from The Citadel in 1969 with a degree in business administration, and he received a master in business administration from the University of South Carolina in 1971. Mr. Hooper has served the community as a board member of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Camp Greenville, YMCA Metropolitan, and the United Way, and as past president of the Greenville Urban League. Mr. Hooper has also served on the board of directors for Leadership Greenville, Leadership South Carolina, and also served as chairman of the South Carolina Department of Transportation, and of the Patriots Point Development Authority in Charleston. He is currently a member of The Citadel Board of Visitors.