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First Palmetto Bank Joins The Upstate Mortgage Market With Lending Team Lisa Gilstrap And Nick Smith

As one of South Carolina's oldest financial institutions, First Palmetto is excited to add a Greenville mortgage office to its current roster of 23 branches.

Greenville, SC, February 15, 2021: First Palmetto Bank is extending its reach into the Upstate market with mortgage loan officers Lisa Gilstrap and Nick Smith. The new office, located off Halton Road in Greenville, will provide full-service home loans and refinancing.

Gilstrap has more than 20 years of experience working in both retail and wholesale mortgage channels. She originally hails from Atlanta, Georgia and possesses a BA degree in finance from Kennesaw State University. She serves on the Advisory Council of Rebuild Upstate and is a board member of Momentum Bike Clubs.

Smith started his career in Mortgage Banking in 2018 after spending over ten years in finance-related positions for two Fortune 500 companies located in the Upstate. After growing up in the Greenville area, he attended Clemson University and received a BS in Financial Management. He currently serves on the Advisory Council for Rebuild Upstate.

"We are pleased to announce our expansion into Greenville” said Samuel R. Small, Jr., President of First Palmetto Bank. “Lisa and Nick are a terrific cultural fit for our company, and they are well-positioned to provide significant value to local contacts and successfully expand our franchise to the Upstate.”

First Palmetto is one of South Carolina's oldest financial institutions, founded in 1904, and is currently headquartered in Camden. With 23 branch locations across South Carolina and recently being named the "best small bank" in the state by Newsweek magazine, the addition of a mortgage office in Greenville is the first step in establishing a strong presence in the Upstate.


About First Palmetto Bank: Founded in 1904 in Camden, First Palmetto Bank is one of the oldest and largest locally-owned and operated financial institutions headquartered in South Carolina. With 23 locations across the state, the bank offers a variety of business and mortgage loan products, as well as competitive deposit and online services for consumers and small businesses. Newsweek magazine recently named First Palmetto South Carolina’s Best Small Bank (2021) in its inaugural ranking of America's Best Banks, an evaluation which included every bank currently headquartered in the state. Additional information may be obtained at

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