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Mze Wilkins Joins Board of Certified Development Corporation

Mze Wilkins, market president for Ameris Bank in Columbia, has been elected to the Board of Directors of Certified Development Corporation of SC (CDC).

Wilkins oversees business development activities and banking operations throughout the Midlands for Georgia-based Ameris. She joined the bank in 2007 when it began its expansion into South Carolina. She has been a key player in growing Ameris from zero to more than $400 million in assets in the Palmetto State.

Wilkins is a Darlington native and graduate of Columbia College. She serves on several other civic and non-profit boards, including Carolina Children's Home, CREW Midlands, Junior Achievement of Central South Carolina, Columbia Development Corporation, Columbia Rotary Club and Lake Murray Presbyterian Church.

"I've had the privilege of working with corporate, commercial and retail banking in the Midlands — helping these groups finance their visions — and I'm excited to join the CDC Board and help to continue this growth for businesses in South Carolina," Wilkins said.

"The addition of Mze Wilkins to the CDC board continues our tradition of securing the leadership of accomplished professionals. We're pleased and honored she has agreed to serve," said Edwin O. Lesley, President and CEO of Business Development Corporation (BDC).

About BDC

Since 1994, CDC has approved debenture financing for more than $374 million to more than 740 businesses in South Carolina. Total capital investment on these projects exceeds $1 billion, ultimately creating or retaining more than 7,800 jobs in the Palmetto State.