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Ben Collier named market president

RALEIGH, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–South State today announced it will open its second Raleigh location at
3201 Glenwood Avenue in September. Additionally, the bank has appointed
Ben Collier market president for Raleigh.

“We are incredibly proud to be delivering on our promise of opening two
locations this year to serve the needs of the Research Triangle,” said
Greg Lapointe, president of South State Bank. “Our new location will
serve as our regional hub and will house all of our offerings – Consumer
Banking, Commercial Banking, Mortgage and Wealth – delivered by an
experienced leadership team of bankers who are both agile and attentive,
providing the personalized service Raleigh residents have come to
experience at South State.”

“No bank builds relationships like South State. We build teams that care
about the people they serve, and each other – and it shows,” said Bryan
Kennedy, division president of North Carolina and Virginia. “Ben Collier
is an excellent example of these values and will be a strong leader for
our team in this market. Ben is a Raleigh native and has spent the past
several years building and leading the South State Private Banking team
in the area.”

The company has also announced the addition of a South State Investment
Services group in Raleigh and Wilmington, N.C.:

John Parham will lead the local Investment Services team and
brings more than 30 years of experience serving in various leadership
positions with AXA Advisors and Lincoln Financial Group.

Shannon Jenke joins the team having previously worked with Baird
Securities and BB&T. She brings 10 years of experience in financial
planning, concierge service and relationship building that will help
accelerate growth in the Raleigh and Wilmington markets.

Harry O’Conner started his career in the life-insurance industry
before joining a firm where he worked in employee benefits and corporate
retirement plans. He has more than 18 years of experience as a financial

Additionally, South State has announced its expanded leadership team in

Tom Coker is a commercial banker in Raleigh. Coker’s varied
banking career spans more than 15 years. He has demonstrated experience
in construction loans, asset management, refinance, mergers &
acquisitions, and asset-based lending. He’s been with South State since

Jayson Foley recently joined the Raleigh team as a private
banker. Previously with Wells Fargo, Foley served as district sales
manager for business lending. With 13 years of experience in both
private banking and commercial banking for large financial institutions,
Foley brings a wealth of experience for South State clients.

Jeff Moncrief, CPA, has recently joined the South State
Commercial Banking team. Moncrief was most recently a commercial banker
in the middle market team with JPMorgan Chase Bank. He has extensive
banking experience, having worked as a financial consultant and
financial analyst, as well as a credit manager. Having served as the
director of credit for an international manufacturing firm, he
understands first-hand the challenges of commercial companies and how
the South State Commercial Banking team can meet their needs.

Marcus Payden joined the team in 2018 and serves as branch
manager for both of the Raleigh branches. He oversaw the opening of the
first South State Raleigh branch at 6623 Falls of Neuse Road, which
opened in March, and he is currently developing the team for the new
Glenwood Avenue branch, scheduled to open in September. Payden has five
years of experience in banking, most recently serving as a branch &
business center manager with PNC Bank.

Mike Romanus joined the team in 2017 and serves as a private
banker. Romanus has nearly 20 years of experience in banking, including
consumer banking, business banking and loan management. Romanus has
lived in the Triangle area since 2012.

John Van Campen is a veteran mortgage loan officer who brings
more than 28 years of mortgage experience to the South State team. Most
recently, Van Campen worked for FM Lending as a senior mortgage
originator for 21 years. He has lived in the Triangle for more than 40
years, and his experience in mortgage, as well as the Raleigh market, is
extremely valuable to his clients as they make decisions about one of
life’s biggest events – purchasing a home.

South State Corporation (NASDAQ: SSB) is a financial services company
headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina, with approximately $15.4
billion in assets. South State Bank, the company’s primary subsidiary,
provides consumer, commercial, mortgage and wealth management solutions
throughout the Carolinas, Georgia and Virginia. South State has served
customers since 1934. Additional information is available at

Securities offered through LPL Financial, member FINRA/SIPC.
Insurance products offered through LPL Financial or its licensed
affiliates. The investment products sold through LPL Financial are not
insured South State Bank deposits and are not FDIC/NCUA insured. These
products are not obligations of South State Bank and are not endorsed,
recommended or guaranteed by South State Bank or any government agency.
The value of the investment may fluctuate, the return on the investment
is not guaranteed, and loss of principal is possible. South State Bank
and South State Investment Services are not registered broker/dealers
and are not affiliated with LPL Financial.


Jackie Smith 803-231-3486