UPSTATE, SC – Bill Stringer, chairman and chief executive officer of The Palmetto Bank has announced the appointments of Samuel L. (Sam) Erwin and Lee S. Dixon to senior executive vice president.

Portrait of Sam ErwinSamuel L. (Sam) Erwin earned his Bachelor of Science, cum laude, in financial management from Clemson University. Former Chief Executive Officer of Community Bankshares, Inc. in Orangeburg, Erwin brings with him nineteen years of solid banking experience as he steps into his newly appointed position.

Erwin currently serves on the board of directors for the Business Development Corporation of SC (BDC). He is actively involved in the American Bankers Association, South Carolina Bankers Association (SCBA) and was recognized as the 2005 Outstanding Young Banker by the SCBA.

While in Orangeburg, Erwin served as chairman of the Edisto United Way. He also served on the board of directors of the Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College Foundation, The Regional Medical Center Foundation and was a member of the Orangeburg Rotary Club. In 2004, Erwin was recognized as one of the “Top 20 under 40” by The State newspaper.

Portrait of Lee DixonLee S. Dixon received his Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, in accounting and finance from the University of South Carolina and is a graduate of Stonier Graduate School of Banking. Dixon served seventeen years with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, and was admitted as a partner in 1999. He most recently served as Chief Operating Officer of First Presbyterian Church of Winston-Salem, N.C.

Dixon is active in his community and currently serves as chairman of the audit and finance committee of The Center for Congregational Health and chairman of the finance committee of Twin City Youth Soccer Association. He also served on the board of directors of First Presbyterian Church of Winston-Salem.

“We are delighted to have Sam and Lee join our team and we feel that their leadership will only enhance our ability to provide greater service to our customers,” said Leon Patterson, chairman and chief executive officer, Palmetto Bancshares, Inc.

Celebrating 102 years of service in the Upstate, The Palmetto Bank manages $2.2 billion in assets including Commercial Banking, Trust, Brokerage and Mortgage Servicing. The Palmetto Bank’s commitment to safe and sound bank practices for 102 years has been the key factor in its ability to meet the challenges in today’s economy and banking industry. The Palmetto Bank is the fifth largest independent state-chartered commercial bank in South Carolina with 29 locations throughout the Upstate counties of Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg and York.