Southern First Bank Hires New Executive Jonathan Patterson Will Provide Leadership In Summerville

Greenville, South Carolina – February 20, 2018 – Southern First Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: SFST), holding company for Southern First Bank, is pleased to announce that Jonathan D. Patterson has joined the bank as Senior Vice President. Patterson’s primary responsibilities will include leadership for the Summerville, South Carolina area.

Patterson brings 15 years of banking experience, with 12 being in the Summerville market, most recently as an executive with a community bank located in the Summerville area. Patterson is a graduate of The University of South Carolina, The South Carolina School of Banking and the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. Patterson’s wife is a native of Summerville, and Mr. Patterson is highly engaged in the community. Patterson currently serves as the Chair Elect of the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce, as member of the Summerville Rotary Club, as past President of Summerville Exchange Club, and is an active member at Bethany United Methodist Church.

“We are excited to welcome Jonathan to the Southern First team,” stated Art Seaver, Chief Executive Officer of the company. “His leadership and experience in the Summerville market brings significant depth to our executive team.”

Southern First Bancshares, Inc., Greenville, South Carolina, is a registered bank holding company incorporated under the laws of South Carolina. The Company consists of Southern First Bank, the third largest bank headquartered in South Carolina. Southern First Bancshares has been providing financial services since 1999 and now operates in 12 locations in the Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston markets of South Carolina, as well as Raleigh, North Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia. Southern First Bancshares has assets of approximately $1.6 billion, a current market capitalization of approximately $316 million, and its common stock is traded in the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol “SFST.” More information can be found at www.southernfirst.com.