Riley Returns to First Citizens Bank as Commercial Banking Manager for Columbia, Upstate S.C.

COLUMBIA, S.C., GREENVILLE, S.C. and SPARTANBURG, S.C., May 05, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Chris Riley has returned to First Citizens Bank as manager of commercial banking for the Columbia and Greenville/Spartanburg areas. He leads First Citizens’ commercial banking teams for these markets, focusing on developing and managing relationships with local companies.

Chris Riley has been named Manager of Commercial Banking at First Citizens Bank for Columbia and Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C.

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“Chris brings to First Citizens a deep understanding of the markets in South Carolina, strong leadership, superior relationship management skills and a proven track record of driving positive business results,” said Brendan Chambers, commercial and middle market sales director at First Citizens Bank. “These qualities and attributes make him extremely well suited to lead our talented team of commercial banking professionals.”

Riley rejoins First Citizens from Regions Financial Corporation, where he most recently served as South Carolina Market President for the past six years. Prior to this, he was Market President at the former Wachovia Corporation in Greenville, S.C., but started the first 14 years of his banking career with First Citizens in North Carolina. He has more than 26 years of banking experience, the last 12 based in the Upstate.

“I am excited to partner with Chris as he leads our commercial banking efforts in the Columbia and Upstate markets; we’re committed to forging lasting relationships through teamwork and helping our customers’ businesses grow and succeed,” said Sharon Bryant, the bank’s South Carolina Region Executive.

Riley’s duties as manager of commercial banking mark a return to First Citizens. He previously served at the bank in the 1990s until 2004 in a number of high-level positions, including credit underwriting, commercial banking and as a managing director for the Private Client Group.

He is actively involved in the community and has served on various boards. He was chairman of the Greenville Area Development Corporation Board in 2011 and 2012 and is the immediate past president of the Greenville Country Club Board of Directors.

Riley received his bachelor’s degree in business administration-finance (1988) and a master’s degree in business administration (1990) from East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. He received an All-American Scholar Athlete Award in Golf (1988) and was an NCAA Division I Golf Team Captain.

He is based out of the First Citizens Bank main office in Greenville located at 325 W. McBee Avenue.

Founded in 1898 and headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., First Citizens Bank serves customers at more than 500 branches in 19 states. First Citizens Bank is a major subsidiary of First Citizens BancShares Inc. (Nasdaq:FCNCA), which has more than $32 billion in assets. For more information, call toll free 1.888.FC DIRECT (1.888.323.4732) or visit First Citizens Bank. Forever First®.

Contact: Frank Smith First Citizens Bank 919.716.4121

Source:First Citizens Bank