Southern First to expand to Charleston

Staff Report
Published July 16, 2012

Greenville-based Southern First Bancshares Inc. said Monday it will open a Charleston office and has hired a former NBSC executive to lead it.

Southern First, the holding company for Greenville First Bank in the Upstate and Southern First Bank in the Midlands, hired Len Howell to serve as executive vice president and Charleston regional executive.

Howell spent the last 13 years as a regional executive in the market for NBSC. Howell is a graduate of The University of the South and The University of Virginia Darden School of Banking. 

He currently serves on the Education Foundation of the Charleston Chamber of Commerce and the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments Board. He is a past member of the Trident United Way Board of Directors, Charleston Chamber of Commerce and Roper Hospital Foundation Board. 

The bank expects to open its Charleston office during the third quarter of 2012 at 480 E. Bay St.

Southern First Bancshares currently operates in six locations in the Greenville and Columbia markets and has assets of approximately $760 million.

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