SFST Southern First Bancshares

Filed: 20 May 21, 2:55pm




Date of report (Date of earliest event reported)May 18, 2021

Southern First Bancshares, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
South Carolina
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)
000-27719       58-2459561
(Commission File Number)(IRS Employer Identification No.)
100 Verdae Boulevard, Suite 100, Greenville, SC29607
(Address of principal executive offices)(Zip Code)
(864) 679-9000
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)
Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each class     Trading Symbol(s)     Name of each exchange on which registered
Common StockSFSTThe Nasdaq Global Market

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

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ITEM 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers

As previously disclosed on May 18, 2021, the joint Board of Directors of Southern First Bancshares, Inc. (the “Company”), and Southern First Bank (the “Bank”), appointed Ms. Terry Grayson-Caprio, Mr. Ray A. Lattimore, and Mr. William A. Maner, IV as directors of the Company and the Bank, effective June 1, 2021.

Each of these newly appointed directors will participate in the current director compensation arrangements generally applicable to the Company’s non-employee directors. There are no arrangements or understandings between any of the appointed directors and other persons pursuant to which they were selected as a director. None of these directors newly appointed have engaged in any transaction with the Company or the Bank that would be reportable as a related party transaction under Item 404(a) of Securities and Exchange Commission Regulation S-K.

ITEM 5.07. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.

On May 18, 2021, of the 7,841,283 shares of common stock outstanding and entitled to vote at the 2021 Annual Shareholders’ Meeting, 6,992,002 shares (89.16%) were present in person or by proxy, and the following matters were voted upon and approved by our shareholders at the 2021 Annual Shareholders’ Meeting:

1.the election of five members to our board of directors;
2.the non-binding resolution on our executive compensation policies and procedures; and
3.the ratification of the appointment of Elliott Davis, LLC as our independent public accountant.

The following is a summary of the voting results for each matter presented to the shareholders:

1. Election of Directors

VotesVotesBroker Non-
Director’s Name     For     Withheld     Votes
Mark A. Cothran5,988,090249,358754,554
Rudolph G. Johnstone, III, M.D.5,966,842270,606754,554
Anna T. Locke6,210,86426,584754,554
R. Arthur Seaver, Jr.6,184,84352,605754,554
Tecumseh Hooper, Jr.5,742,098495,350754,554

The following individuals continue to serve as directors until our Annual Meeting in the year indicated:

Directors Whose Terms Will Expire in 2022
Leighton M. Cubbage
David G. Ellison
James B. Orders, III

Directors Whose Terms Will Expire in 2023
Andrew B. Cajka
Anne S. Ellefson
Tecumseh Hooper, Jr.

Directors Whose Terms Will Expire in 2024
Mark A. Cothran
Rudolph G. Johnstone, III, M.D.
R. Arthur Seaver, Jr.
Anna T. Locke

2. Approval of Compensation of Named Executive Officers

Votes For     Votes Against     Votes Abstained     Broker Non-Votes

3. Ratification of the Appointment of Elliott Davis, LLC

Votes For     Votes Against     Votes Abstained


Exhibit No.     Description
104Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 By:/s/ Michael D. Dowling                           
 Name: Michael D. Dowling
 Title:Chief Financial Officer

May 20, 2021