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Lance King and Mark Hawkins A fter graduating from the University of South mortgage transactions. Carolina, Lance King took a job in the mort- Formerly Citizen’s First Mortgage – three branches gage lending business, and 14 years later, it’s started by King and longtime friend Mark Hawkins still the perfect fit. “I knew I wanted to help in 2001 – PrimeLending bought the company in people,” says the Simpsonville native, and he does 2009, and “the merger was the best decision we 211 E. Butler Road that by assisting them in achieving the American ever made,” King says. The company doubled its Mauldin Dream – whether that’s owning their own home or 864.349.0160 staff and now operates as a Federal Bank instead of reducing their debt through refinancing. a mortgage broker. He likes knowing that his local What sets PrimeLending apart is that it handles clients and friends get a secure partner that has been Banking, Mortgage mortgages only, with experienced employees offering doing business for more than 25 years. fast, friendly service – including closings within 30 Outside the office, King likes hanging out with his days. By creating a smooth, painless purchase or son, Palmer, boating, supporting the Gamecocks refinance process, it’s no wonder this PrimeLending and helping non-profits through the company’s new branch was named the No. 1 lender in the Upstate for PrimeCares Program (see page 54.) Photograph by: Monica Parkkenon