1st Financial Services Corporation Appoints Michael G. Mayer to be New CEO

Mayer to Leverage 30 Years of Community Banking Experience for Mountain 1st Bank

Jan 15, 2010, 12:12 ET from 1st Financial Services Corporation

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- 1st Financial Services Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: FFIS), parent company of Mountain 1st Bank & Trust Company, today announced the hiring of Michael G. Mayer as their new CEO.  Mayer has nearly 30 years experience in the banking industry, most recently serving as the President and CEO of a local community bank in the Charlotte market.

"As the economic outlook begins to brighten and there is a sense of a light at the end of what has been a long and dark tunnel, we knew that Mike Mayer could deliver a steady and experienced hand at the helm to guide us into this new decade," said Board Chairman Brad Schnyder.  "Mike's depth of experience in community banking is a perfect fit for our bank's culture, our customers, our shareholders and the communities we serve."  

"I am extremely encouraged by the strong foundation and positive culture that has been established here at Mountain 1st," said Mayer. "This financial institution has demonstrated strong deposit growth through its outstanding retail footprint in a relatively short period of time.  With our leadership team, Mountain 1st,  is well positioned for the opportunities that lay ahead and I am excited to be a part of this organization."

In addition to his extensive professional expertise, Mayer is an active participant in many community organizations.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Charlotte Regional Partnership, Advantage Carolinas, and Regent Schools.  He has served on the Boards of other civic organizations including Trinity Episcopal School, the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, UNC Charlotte Athletic Foundation and Brookstone School.  He is a graduate of Clemson University where he majored in Finance.

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About 1st Financial Services Corporation

Formed in May 2008, 1st Financial Services Corporation is the parent company of Mountain 1st Bank & Trust Company, and is currently traded on the Over The Counter Bulletin Board under the symbol FFIS.  Established in May of 2004, With over $686 million in assets, Mountain 1st Bank and Trust's more than 173 employees serve nine counties in western North Carolina through fourteen full service branches.    For more information, visit www.mountain1st.com.

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