August 2020

Featured Learning and Development Opportunities

The BSA Experience - Only five seats left!
Please join us as The BSA Experience returns Aug. 24-27, 2020, by popular demand at Lanier Islands Legacy Lodge, Buford. We're moving ahead with an in-person format in response to member feedback and in working with the hotel to ensure appropriate health and safety protocols. One thing we have done is to reduce the maximum attendance to 30, so there are only five seats remaining. Claim yours today! Terri Sands, founder of Secura Risk Management, is teaming up with the GBA to bring you a BSA program taught by BSA officers and experts on applicable and emerging topics. The program uses different learning styles to better equip each participant to get the most out of the school through instructor-led training, utilizing interactive methods including case studies, quizzes, small group discussions, and demonstrations of internal controls, reporting and other types of leading business practices. See the full list of topics to be covered here, and secure your spot by registering here.
USDA to Host OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative Listening Sessions - Aug. 5 and 19
On Aug. 5 and 19, USDA is conducting a series of virtual listening sessions to seek feedback on the OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative Final Rule before it becomes effective in October. The goal of the OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative is to remove unnecessary regulations to increase private investment in rural businesses and rural economic development projects and to improve customer service within four loan guarantee programs. See below for dates and registration details in the listening sessions:
Loan Documentation Seminar - Sept. 16, Macon
This training was cancelled in the spring due to COVID-19 so we’re happy to bring it back this fall! To help your bank prevent loan losses through the implementation of proper loan structuring and documentation techniques, GBA is hosting a Loan Documentation Seminar on Sept. 16 at Middle Georgia State University in Macon. A faculty member of the Georgia Banking School with more than 35 years of industry experience, Mike Allen of Cadence Bank will address a range of documentation topics including real estate specifics and residential construction lending. Commercial loan officers, commercial loan personnel, loan assistants and closing specialists alike will benefit from this seminar. Click here to register.
"The Girl Banker"
New Program: Women in Banking Virtual Series
We’re excited to announce the Women in Banking Virtual Series: Conversations and Connections for Empowerment, a series of six virtual sessions held live each month beginning Sept. 15. Brought to you by GBA and the North Carolina Bankers Association (NCBA), this series is intended to inform, enlighten, and re-energize our women bankers.
ABA Chair Laurie Stewart, President and CEO, Sound Financial Bancorp., Inc., Seattle, will kick off the series. Stewart's story is amazing. Her banking career started as a teller. She ran a tiny credit union and led its conversion to a mutual bank and then to a publicly traded company. She has been named Community Banker of the year by American Banker. And, she’s the current Chairman of the American Bankers Association. Other speakers will include Natalie Bartholomew, better known to our Women in Banking Conference attendees as "The Girl Banker" - hooray! Dr. Melissa Furman, Founder/Consultant with Career Potential, LLC, who was a huge hit at last year’s conference; and Cassandra “Cassi” Chandler, well-known to North Carolina's female bankers. Click here to read about Chandler; her accomplishments are too numerous to list here! And two other sessions are being developed now.
Per person registration will include six (6) live Zoom sessions with optional casual peer networking time afterward, and a discount will be available when three or more register from the same bank/company. Sessions will be available on-demand if you miss any along the way. Registration will open soon, and additional details will be shared then, so watch your email over the next few days.
Fall Tri-Conference Registration is Open
GBA’s President/CEO, Bank Accountant, and Bank Counsel Conferences will be hosted concurrently Sept. 27-29 at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee. GBA will take all necessary steps to host a safe and meaningful gathering. We invite and encourage you to register for the conference with us and reserve your hotel room today. To ensure the best service and results, the hotel has asked our guests to use the reservations website link rather than call the hotel directly to book a room. Click here to book in GBA’s block, or copy and paste the following link into your browser:
Compliance Conference - Carl Pry to address Marketing & Advertising Compliance
The GBA Compliance Conference, a three-day event, will be Oct. 21-23 at a brand-new location, Lanier Islands Legacy Lodge, Buford. We are pleased to add a two-hour session on Marketing & Advertising Compliance. Carl Pry, CRCM, CRP, Managing Director, Treliant Risk Advisors joins our strong line-up of speakers and will address marketing and advertising compliance requirements. The agenda includes updates from Washington and CRA Modernization, a leadership session, a fraud session along with a fraud panel discussion and much, much more. Click here to access the agenda. Click here to register and click here for hotel information.

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ABA Certificates

Certificates build the skills necessary for a specific position in the bank and can be taken entirely online as a certificate curriculum. The programs are continually reevaluated and refined to reflect the current needs of bankers in their jobs today and changes in the industry. There are multiple certificates available in each of the categories below.
  • Business Banking & Commercial Lending
  • Compliance & Risk Management
  • Mortgage Lending
  • Retail Banking & Marketing
  • Wealth Management & Trust
  • Executive Education
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