The Palmetto Bank (the “Bank”) is pleased to announce the hiring of John A. Bickley as Senior Vice President, Specialized Lending.

Mr. Bickley brings to the Bank over twenty years of Small Business Administration (SBA) lending experience across the Upstate region.

“We are delighted to add another well-respected and seasoned expert to our commercial banking team. John’s Small Business Administration expertise will be a tremendous resource for our commercial clients and the communities we serve in the Upstate,” said Coleman A. Kirven, Executive Vice President, Commercial Banking Executive.

Mr. Bickley is a native of Barnwell, South Carolina, and resident of Greenville. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in management from Clemson University. In addition, Mr. Bickley is a graduate of Leadership Greenville, member of the Loan Committee for Appalachian Development Corporation, former board member of the Greenville Local Development Corporation and Board of Directors of Clemson University Center for Applied Technology.

About The Palmetto Bank

Headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, The Palmetto Bank is a 106-year-old independent state-chartered commercial bank and is the fourth largest banking institution headquartered in South Carolina. The Palmetto Bank has assets of $1.1 billion and serves the Upstate through 25 branch locations in the nine counties of Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee, Pickens, and Spartanburg. The Bank specializes in providing personalized community banking services to individuals and small- to mid-size businesses including Retail Banking (including Mortgage, Credit Cards and Indirect Auto), Commercial Banking (including Small Business Administration Loans, Business Banking, Corporate Banking, Treasury Management and Merchant Services), and Wealth Management (including Trust, Investments, Financial Planning and Insurance). Additional information may be found at the Company’s web site at www.palmettobank.com or Facebook.