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ANDERSON – First Citizens announces that Norm Kirkwood has joined the company’s in-house broker dealer, First Citizens Securities, as Financial Advisor and Vice President for the Anderson area.

Kirkwood will be responsible for developing financial plans for clients based on their unique retirement and investment goals, and advising them on a variety of stocks, bonds, annuities and other investment products available through First Citizens Securities.

Prior to joining First Citizens, Kirkwood worked at SunTrust as vice president of investments. He also previously served as assistant vice president of investments at Wachovia Securities, now Wells Fargo.

“Norm’s No. 1 priority is taking care of his clients’ financial needs, and he works tirelessly to make sure their current investment strategy is closely aligned with their goals,” said John Suger, president of First Citizens Securities. “Norm is a great addition to our strong, experienced team of financial advisors, and I am confident our clients will come to know him as a trusted advisor.”

A graduate of Anderson College, Kirkwood earned his Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC) designation from the College of Financial Planning. He is actively involved in youth sports and coaching in his hometown of Greer, where he currently resides.

Barry Blakely also has joined First Citizens Securities as Sales Assistant. In his role, Blakely will be responsible for opening and servicing new and existing client accounts, and overseeing the delivery of a superior client experience.

Blakely comes to First Citizens from SunTrust, where he served as a sales assistant for more than five years. He graduated from Clemson University in Clemson, S.C., with a degree in marketing and currently resides in his hometown of Seneca, S.C.

Kirkwood and Blakely will be based at the company’s East Greenville office, located at 1508 East Greenville St.

About First Citizens

First Citizens Bancorporation, Inc., is the parent company of First Citizens Bank and Trust Company, Inc. First Citizens Bank offers services in commercial and retail banking through its more than 180 offices in South Carolina and Georgia. As of June 30, 2013, First Citizens Bancorporation, Inc., had total consolidated assets of $8.27 billion. For more information, visit the First Citizens website at www.firstcitizensonline.com.

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