Financial Services >> CEO Interviews >> June 14, 1999

Stephen L. Chryst – Anchor Financial Corporation

STEPHEN L. CHRYST is the President, CEO and Chairman of Anchor Bank and Anchor Financial Corporation. He began his career as an Assistant Cashier at The Bank of Lancaster, (S.C.) in 1969, where he was promoted six months later to Assistant Vice President. In 1972, he joined Wachovia Services/Wachovia Bank and Trust, where he sold Wachovia processing services to correspondent banks in several Southern states. Executive positions followed, among them: Vice President, Bank of Montgomery (1973-1974); Vice President and Secretary, Anchor Bank (1974-1977) and Director (1977-1979), Executive Vice President (1979-1982). Since 1982 he has served in his current capacity. Mr. Chryst holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Clemson University and is a graduate of Louisiana State University's School of Banking of the South. He is involved in civic organizations as a member of the Administrative Board of the American Bankers Association Community Bankers Council, the South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Fisheries Advisory Board, the Board of Trustees for Conway Hospital, and is Chairman of the Board of The Bankers Bank in Atlanta. A veteran of the Vietnam War, Mr. Chryst is a recipient of many medals, including the National Defense Medal, The Army Commendation Medals and The Bronze Star. Profile
TWST: First, give us a quick background summary on Anchor Financial,

enough information to put us into context, what you see as your business

and what you see as your company today?