FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 8, 2008

For information, contact

Tiffany Rushton
First Citizens Corporate Communications
Phone: 803.931.1854
Email: tiffany.rushton@firstcitizensonline.com
www.firstcitizensonline.com

First Citizens Enters Camden Market

Camden Native to Serve as Market Executive of the Kershaw County Area

Camden, S.C. – First Citizens is pleased to announce that it will expand its market presence in Kershaw County by opening its first office in Camden, S.C.  This market entry supports First Citizens’ strategic direction to grow its presence in communities not currently served by the bank.

First Citizens has secured temporary office space at 1111 Broad Street and will begin conducting business in Camden on Jan. 15, 2008. Construction of its permanent site will begin at the end of 2008.

As part of this expansion, Camden native Dennis Stuber has been named market executive for the Kershaw County area. Stuber will lead the retail and commercial banking in the Kershaw market, which includes branch offices in Camden, Lugoff, and Elgin. “Having grown up in Kershaw County, Dennis is a wonderful fit for this market. He will be able to combine the expertise he has developed throughout his career with his knowledge of Camden to provide the community with the best possible banking experience,” said Sharon Bryant, First Citizens’ division executive and executive vice president. “We look forward to being the bank of choice for Camden and bringing to the community the high level of service First Citizens has been providing to our customers for nearly 100 years.”

With a financial services background spanning more than 30 years, Stuber brings extensive banking expertise, sales development, and business management to his new role. Most recently, Stuber served as senior vice president and market executive of First Citizens’ Rock Hill area, overseeing all York County branches. Prior to joining First Citizens, Stuber held management positions at South Carolina National Bank, First Federal of South Carolina and Rock Hill National Bank. ”I am excited to return to my hometown to lead our entry into this market because there is so much opportunity here,” said Stuber. “First Citizens’ commitment to the communities it serves is unparalleled. We look forward to partnering with the business and community leaders in Camden to invest in the city’s growth, redevelopment, and expansion,” said Stuber.

Stuber graduated from the University of South Carolina and earned a diploma from The National Commercial Lending School at the University of Oklahoma. He has served on the Rock Hill Economic Development Council, the Vision Council of the York County United Way, and the Government Relations Task Force of the York County Chamber of Commerce.  He is a former Board Chairman of the Rock Hill Area Chamber of Commerce and the Rock Hill Downtown Master Plan Committee.  He has been active in various other civic organizations in Rock Hill and York County. He is currently evaluating several community service opportunities in Camden.

About First Citizens

First Citizens Bancorporation, Inc., is the parent company of First Citizens Bank and Trust Company, Inc., and The Exchange Bank of South Carolina, Inc. First Citizens Bank offers services in commercial and retail banking through its 166 offices in South Carolina and Georgia. As of Sept. 30, 2007, First Citizens Bancorporation had total consolidated assets of $6.02 billion. For more information, visit the First Citizens web site at www.firstcitizensonline.com.

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