Successful Entrepreneurship class speakers for this week!


Art Seaver, Founder and CEO
Southern First Bank

Art SeaverR. Arthur “Art” Seaver, Jr., is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Southern First Bank. Southern First Bank and its holding company Southern First Bancshares opened in 2000 and now rank as the 5th largest financial institution on South Carolina with over $1 billion in total assets.  He has over 27 years of banking experience in the Greenville market with experience at Citizens & Southern National Bank of South Carolina and Greenville National Bank. Mr. Seaver is a 1986 graduate of Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in financial management and a 1999 graduate of the BAI Graduate School of Community Bank Management.  Mr. Seaver is current Chairman of the United Way in Greenville.  He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Bankers Association.  Past organizations that he has worked with include Leadership Greenville, the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, the South Carolina Network of Business and Education Partnership, Junior Achievement, the Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Junior League, and First Presbyterian Church.

Steve Mudge, President and CEO
Serrus Capital Partners

steve-mudgeWith more than 30 years of real estate operations experience, Steve has earned a reputation for adding financial value to assets in both the public and private sectors. His corporate leadership roles include serving as EVP of Mixed Use Development for Marriott International and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, VP of Planning and Development for Centex Destination Properties, and VP of Project Management for Greg Norman & Macquire Bank’s Medallist Golf Development. Steve currently sits on the Advancement Board of Clemson University’s Center for Real Estate Development where he teaches courses in Mixed Use and Resort Real Estate Development.