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Reliance Bank Names John Blair Senior Vice President of Mortgage Lending

John Blair joins the Reliance Bank team.
John Blair joins the Reliance Bank team.

ST. LOUIS – Reliance Bank, a subsidiary of Reliance Bancshares, Inc. (OTCPK: RLBS) announced today the appointment of John Blair as Senior Vice President of Mortgage Lending.

Blair was previously employed at Wells Fargo where he served as Area Manager in charge of the St. Louis and St. Louis Metro East markets. There, Blair oversaw 12 branches and set new standards for the market. He was also an instrumental part of rebuilding the business model in the St. Louis region.

“I’ve been in the mortgage business for 18 years,” says Blair. “I started out as a loan officer and worked my way up through the ranks over the years.  I love being on the mortgage side of banking because of the thrill of putting people into homes and helping them realize the American dream of home ownership.  Buying a home is one of the biggest transactions most people make in their lives and I’m proud to lend them a helping hand in the process. “

Blair goes on to say, “What I like best about Reliance Bank is the accessibility of all the people at the bank; it really makes a difference in the way day-to-day operations happen.  In this fast-paced world it is good to know that we have access to all parts of the bank.  This makes Reliance a winning team and one that everyone can depend upon for their financial needs, whether it be a home mortgage, checking and savings accounts or business banking.”

Rick Sems, President and Chief Executive Officer of Reliance Bank says of Blair, “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Reliance Bank.  John’s enthusiasm for the industry and for helping others is exactly what Reliance Bank is about.”

Reliance Bank Chairman Tom Brouster adds, “John fills a very important role in our organization as we continue our growth and expansion throughout the St. Louis region.”

Born and raised in Tennessee, Blair has called St. Louis home for 20 years.  Blair attended University of Memphis where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration. Blair and his wife, Jean, currently live in Byrnes Mill with their son, Grant.  In his spare time Blair enjoys hunting, fishing, and cheering on his favorite sports teams.  Once a high school football coach, Blair says that working with young people in his life has helped prove to him that the future is, indeed, bright.

About Reliance Bancshares, Inc.
Reliance Bancshares, Inc., headquartered in St. Louis, MO, is a Missouri bank holding company that provides a full range of banking services to individual and corporate customers. The Company’s common stock is quoted on the Pink Sheets (www.pinksheets.com) under the symbol “RLBS.” It currently operates twenty branches and one loan production office (LPO) in the St. Louis metropolitan area and two branches in Fort Myers, Florida under the name of Reliance Bank. The company’s total assets as of December 31, 2013 were approximately $1.02 billion.  Reliance Bank’s website can be found at www.reliancebankstl.com

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