R. Arthur “Art” Seaver, Jr., is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Southern First Bank and its holding company Southern First Bancshares. Southern First opened in 2000 and now ranks as the largest financial institution headquartered in South Carolina with over $2.5 billion in total assets. Southern First Bank has 11 offices and operates in Greenville, Columbia and Charleston, SC; Raleigh and Greensboro, NC; and Atlanta, GA. 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.
Mr. Seaver is passionate about making a difference in the Greenville community. He has been involved with a number of non-profits throughout the years, giving of his time and resources to impact the lives of those around him.
Mr. Seaver is past Chairman of the Board for the United Way of Greenville County and past Chair of the Palmetto Society. He currently serves on the Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Past organizations that he has worked with include the Board of Directors -- Thornblade Club, Board of Directors -- South Carolina Bankers Association, Leadership Greenville, Greenville Chamber of Commerce, South Carolina Network of Business and Education Partnership, Junior Achievement, Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Junior League, and First Presbyterian Church.
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