January 28, 2009

Congaree State Bank President Resigns

It was announced that Hank Ray has resigned his position as president and CEO of Congaree State Bank, which has two locations in the Cayce and West Columbia areas. Ray announced his resignation to the Board of Directors on Wednesday, January, 21 2009.

“We thank Hank for his service to the company and we wish him the best in his future endeavors”, comments Danny Scott, Chairman of the Board for Congaree State Bank.

The Board of Directors has appointed Charlie T. Lovering to serve as the company’s interim Chief Executive Officer while the company commences an immediate search for Mr. Ray’s successor.

Despite a challenging economy, Congaree State Bank continues to grow and perform. “Congaree State Bank has experienced steady and consistent growth,” comments Scott. “We have been extremely diligent in making sure that we have a good quality loan portfolio with quality credits.We are also continuing to grow with deposits and are consistently reviewing our product-offering portfolio.” The Bank’s total assets as of September 30, 2008 were $131,460,722.

At the core of Congaree State Bank’s success is its sense of community and the long-term relationships it has built with so many of the customers and businesses throughout its market. The Bank will continue to strengthen these relationships as it develops and introduces new products throughout the year. The philosophy of superior customer service will continue to be the driving force throughout this challenging environment.

Congaree State Bank offers checking and savings accounts, home equity line of credit services, loan and mortgage services and business banking. The West Metro Chamber of Commerce named the Bank 2008 Business of the Year. For more information on Congaree State Bank, visit

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