SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)
OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 17, 2023
Southern States Bancshares, Inc.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction
|615 Quintard Ave.|
|(Address of Principal Executive Offices)|
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (256) 241-1092
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
|Title of each class|
Name of exchange
on which registered
|Common Stock, $5.00 par value||SSBK|
The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC
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Item. 5.07 Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.
The Annual Meeting ("Annual Meeting") of Southern States Bancshares, Inc. (the "Company") was held on May 17, 2023. At the close of business on March 15, 2023, the record date for the Annual Meeting, the Company had 8,747,763 shares of common stock outstanding and entitled to vote. Of that number, 6,739,465 shares were represented in person or by proxy at the Annual Meeting. The Company's shareholders voted on the following two proposals at the Annual Meeting, casting their votes as described below.
Proposal 1: Election of Directors.
The shareholders of the Company elected the individuals listed below to serve as directors of the Company until the Company's 2024 annual meeting of shareholders by the votes set forth in the table below:
|Nominee||Votes For||Votes Withheld||Broker Non-Votes|
|Lewis C. Beavers||5,338,582||181,593||1,219,290|
|Mark A. Chambers||5,492,716||27,459||1,219,290|
|Daniel A. Cummings||5,501,355||18,820||1,219,290|
|Alfred J. Hayes, Jr.||5,337,884||182,291||1,219,290|
|Jonathan W. Hinton||5,518,341||1,834||1,219,290|
|Brent David Hitson||5,310,214||209,961||1,219,290|
|Brian Stacy Holmes||5,501,475||18,700||1,219,290|
|Cynthia S. McCarty||5,520,043||132||1,219,290|
|Jay Florey Pumroy||5,501,475||18,700||1,219,290|
|J. Henry Smith, IV||4,931,995||588,180||1,219,290|
|Henry A. Turner||5,347,136||173,039||1,219,290|
Proposal 2: Ratification of External Auditor.
The shareholders of the Company ratified the appointment of Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC as the Company's independent registered public accounting firm for the year ending December 31, 2023, by the votes set forth in the table below:
|Votes For||Votes Against||Abstentions|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Dated: May 22, 2023
|SOUTHERN STATES BANCSHARES, INC.|
|By:||/s/ Lynn Joyce|
Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer