Meet the Nominees: Crescent Financial Group, First Community Bank, and Lauren Scurry

February 10, 2016 | Posted By: Connor Watkins

Meet the Nominees

With Chamber Awards Night just one week away, we will continue introducing you to more of our deserving nominees. Purchase tickets here or call (803)359-6113.

The event, which is designed to honor businesses and business people in the Greater Lexington area, will be held on February 18 at 6 pm at the Lexington Municipal Complex.

Crescent Financial Group has been nominated as Small Business of the Year.

“Being nominated for Small Business of the year brings with it a sense of accomplishment,” Crescent Financial President Gary Deese said. “I believe that all business owners start their endeavors with the hope of being significant.”

The company, which employs six people, has been significant in the Lexington community since Deese opened the investment firm on November 8, 2011. The firm’s mission is “to provide experienced guidance and exceptional personalized service so our clients can gain confidence in their financial future.” Crescent focuses on getting to know each client and understanding their personal needs in order to create a customized wealth management strategy aligned with their short and long-term objectives.

Crescent Financial’s primary products include retirement planning, 401k rollovers, estate planning, life insurance, long-term care and investment management.

“We all should strive to build a business that will help our clients accomplish their goals,” Deese said. “We of course need to show a profit but the greater good is to spend our days working hard to earn our client’s trust and to help them in achieving their life and financial goals.”

Deese also finds it important to support the local economy by shopping local and using local businesses whenever possible. He has also been involved in many community organizations, including the Chamber, Rotary Club, Lexington Baptist Church, Lake Murray Lions Club, and Shepherd’s Center of Lexington.

“Being nominated as small business of the year means to me that we are succeeding in our company goals to the degree that our clients and our community feel that we need to be recognized for our efforts,” Deese said. “It is both humbling and exciting. We work hard every day to earn the trust of our clients and our community.”

Large Business of the Year is another category to be recognized at Chamber Awards Night. This week’s nominee in this classification is First Community Bank.

A Chamber member since 1995, First Community Bank’s mission is “as the provider of choice of financial solutions to local businesses and professionals in the markets we serve, we optimize the long-term return to our shareholders, while providing a safe and sound investment. These markets are best described as communities and neighborhoods that have a local identity, where local businesses are valued and where individuals are important.”

First Community Bank offers a full line of financial products and services for businesses and individuals including loans, deposit accounts, residential mortgages, and financial planning and investment advisory services.

“Through our name and our actions we focus on what is local – the needs of local businesses and professionals, the way that we as an organization can make a difference in our communities,” First Community Bank Executive Vice President Robin Brown said. “We understand and can relate to local businesses, because we are one.”

Headquartered in Lexington, First Community serves six counties in the Midlands of South Carolina and just across the Georgia border. The company employs 179 people full-time and 15 people part-time.

Being a good corporate citizen is a priority for First Community, and the bank accomplishes this in many ways, including through donations of time and money to impact the quality of life in their communities. Bank employees are encouraged to be involved in civic organizations and industry groups. One example is First Community President and CEO Mike Crapps, who is a past Chairman of the Greater Lexington Chamber. Bank employees have also served as ambassadors for the Chamber, chaired local initiatives like Lexington County Night, and been involved with Leadership Lexington County and the Lexington Young Professionals group.

That brings us to Young Professional of the Year, which will also be presented at Chamber Awards Night. Lauren Scurry of State Farm’s Larry Hutto Agency is one of the nominees in this category.

Scurry is very involved in the community in various capacities, including her service as an ambassador for the Chamber. In fact, Scurry was honored as the 2014 Ambassador of the Year. Scurry also serves as president of the Lexington Jaycees, a role in which she has helped create a service-oriented group for young, active citizens seeking to make positive change in the community. She is also helping organize the first ever St. Patrick’s Day parade for Lexington. Scurry is also involved with Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church, serving in numerous roles at the church, including on the nominations committee and as the Young Adult representative on the administrative board.

“I’m very fortunate to have the opportunity for professional growth in Lexington, where a great business community is already established,” Scurry said. “It’s an honor to be recognized as a young professional for my efforts to make sure that growth continues through the next generation.”

Life insurance is another one of Scurry’s passion, which makes her work at the Larry Hutto Agency a perfect fit.

“As the daughter of a father who left his family an incredible legacy through life insurance, I’m proud to say that I’ve created an economic impact of over $4,000,000 through life insurance death benefits right her in our community,” Scurry said.

Wells Fargo is the presenting sponsor for Chamber Awards Night, and dress for the event is black tie optional.

Tickets for the event are $40. Click here to buy your tickets so you can support these and all of the other nominees on Feb. 18!