January 12, 2018     

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle addresses forum attendees
Legislative Events Set Positive Tone for 2018
GBA members turned out in big numbers Wednesday for our annual Legislative/Economic Forum and Legislative Reception. The events mark the start of GBA’s annual Advocacy calendar, but in the words of GBA Chairman Palmer Proctor, Fidelity Bank, during the Forum, “GBA’s advocacy efforts don’t really have a beginning or end. The planning, issue analysis, and key relationship building goes on every day of the year.” We were honored that Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Sen. William Ligon and Rep. Greg Morris took the time to address GBA members. Each was introduced by GBA Chairman-Elect John Hall, American Pride Bank, as chair of the GBA Public Affairs Committee. The day concluded with our annual Legislative Reception that attracted a huge contingent of legislators and members of the executive and judicial branches of state government. Thanks to all who attended and again made the day’s events a valuable part of GBA’s annual calendar. Click here to see detailed highlights and link to a photo gallery for the event on our Facebook page...
Kessel Stelling addresses 2018 Eggs & Issues attendees
Bankers Continue to Lead for State Business Development
It’s noteworthy this week that 2018 will mark the second straight year in which a banker has served as the Chairman of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. At Wednesday’s annual Chamber Eggs and Issues Breakfast, Synovus Chairman and CEO Kessel Stelling took the reins as the Chamber’s 2018 Chairman from its 2017 leader, Regions Bank’s Bill Linginfelter, president for Georgia and South Carolina. Linginfelter highlighted the prospects for banking in Georgia and ongoing economic success for Georgia in a recent profile by WXIA TV and the Atlanta Business Chronicle. And, remember, GBA’s Elizabeth Chandler, SVP, Government Relations, serves on the Chamber’s Government Relations Council and is a past chair of that group. “The fact that the Chamber and its members representing more than 500 industry sectors frequently turn to banking leaders for key roles simply underscores how tuned in and committed the men and women who happen to be bankers are to Georgia’s success, year-in and year-out,” said Joe Brannen, GBA president and CEO, who also serves on the Chamber Board of Directors.
General Assembly Off and Running - Stay Tuned In
The 2018 Georgia General Assembly session got underway Monday. It’s been a busy organizational week and our Government Relations team has already been working a full slate of meetings and events. Each week during the session we’ll send out a Legislative Update email newsletter with a summary of the week’s news. Be sure to read through those to keep track of key banking topics. The first issue will be out Friday. Led by GBA’s Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Elizabeth Chandler, GBA is at the Capitol every day advocating on behalf of our members. Also at the Capitol are GBA’s government relations consultant Steve Bridges and GBA President and CEO Joe Brannen. With questions about GBA legislation, other issues of interest, or anything related to the legislative process, contact Elizabeth at 404.420.2027, Steve at 404.420.2037, or Joe at 404.420.2026.
GBA Member Profile
Ainslie's Investment in Family Helps Guide Day-to-Day Success in Morgan County
Bank of Madison Vice President and Commercial Lender Andrew Ainslie values the experiences in his life that have shaped him as person and as a leader. They inspire him to compete for success. The hours he has invested coaching his son’s sports teams and helping with his family’s farm operation in Morgan County consistently remind him of the commitment bankers must also make to their customers to support their success. In addition to his other duties, Ainslie is the current Vice President of Leadership GBA and told us he is excited for the upcoming inauguralGeorgia BankPAC Clay Shooting Tournament scheduled Feb. 8 in Washington County. Ainslie knows why it is so important to show up and he shared some thoughts about that and more in this week’s GBA Member Profile…
New! Leadership GBA BankPAC Sporting Clay Tournament Feb. 8
Sign up now for our newest event supporting GBA’s StatePAC. Leadership GBA’s BankPAC Sporting Clay Tournament is Thursday, Feb. 8, at Old Hudson Plantation, Sparta. Put together a foursome or two of bankers, directors, community leaders or even customers to share a round of clays and talk about important banking issues. Registration is $150 per person, $500 per four-person team, or $700 for a team and stand sponsorship (a $150 savings). Check out detailed information about the tournament and registration information here. With questions, contact GBA’s Susie McGehee at 404.420.2010.
Georgia Banking Update Available
We’ve got a new version of our Georgia Banking Update available for download or online review for members. The January 2018 version has the latest facts and figures about banking in our state. It covers the evolving landscape of Georgia banking, an economic summary and state and national legislative and regulatory issues of note. Take a look here…
Announcing Webinar Highlight Email Promotion
We've gotten feedback from some members that they'd like to know more frequently about GBA Webinars that are coming up, so be on the lookout for some enhanced promotion of these in your email box soon. GBA has partnered with Total Training Solutions to offer hundreds of live and recorded webinars to our members. Starting the week of Jan. 15, you will begin receiving emails that highlight individual upcoming webinars. If the topic interests you, click the embedded links to register or see more information. If the topic does not apply to your role at the bank, feel free to disregard or forward it to someone at your bank who you think would benefit. Opting out of these emails will not affect your subscription to GBA publications. We look forward to providing our member bankers with more of the timely and convenient training they need. With questions, please contact GBA's Katina Prokos at 404.420.2021. Here is a sample of upcoming offerings...
Analyzing Financial Statements - Jan. 30
Learn the ins-and-outs of personal tax returns and commercial financial statements at GBA’s Analyzing Financial Statements seminar Jan. 30 at Idle Hour Country Club in Macon to. A faculty member of the Georgia Banking School with more than 35 years of industry experience, Mike Allen of State Bank & Trust Company will thoroughly cover these statements during this hands-on seminar designed for entry-level lenders. Early-bird registration ends Jan. 22. Register by then for $225 per person. Click here to register online. Please contact GBA's Katina Prokos at 404.420.2021 with questions.
Five Reasons to Attend GBA’s IRA Basics Seminar Feb. 7
Don’t miss the opportunity to get your simple and complex questions answered by one of the most respected IRA experts in the country, Patrice Konarik of Sunwest Training Corp., at GBA’s IRA Basics seminar Feb. 7 at Idle Hour Country Club in Macon. Here are five reasons you won’t want to miss this seminar...
How Banks Can Stay Relevant in Today’s Payments Race
Digital transformation is reshaping the payments industry. Financial institutions that can capitalize on this transformation will be able to build deeper and more profitable relationships with their customers. Because digital consumers are trained to expect instant gratification and immediate delivery, the payments industry has not been in a position to keep pace until now. That’s good news, right? Attendees at GBA’s 2018 Operations and Technology Conference will hear Virginia Heyburn, VP, strategy for Fiserv’s Global Sales Organization as she discusses the revolutionary changes we can expect in payments types and speed over the next three to five years. Heyburn will offer strategies for responding to game-changing trends that are challenging traditional innovation cultures. If you are your bank’s technology officer, IT manager, ISO or involved in deposit operations, business development or even compliance, don’t miss this conference, March 6-8 at the Atlanta Marriott Northwest. Register for the Pre-Conference Sessions ($295), the Conference sessions ($350), or Both ($595). Click here to register and see hotel information. Contact GBA’s Kathy Friestad with questions, 404.420.2024.
Your Bank’s Wellness Program - Getting It Started, Keeping It Going, Measuring the Results
Creating a workplace that promotes health and well-being is much more than just encouraging fitness or healthy living. The health and well-being of your employees is reflected in productivity, positive energy, work enjoyment and bottom-line healthcare costs. At the 2018 HR Professionals Institute, March 21-23, Westin Jekyll Island, Amanda Haeffner, director of client success for GBA’s wellness partner, Wellview Health, will share practical guidance and step-by-step instructions on how to create a successful wellness culture, excite and engage employees at the highest level, and have a measurable positive impact on your company’s bottom line. Click here for complete details, to register online, or to see hotel info. The registration price of $450 also includes the administration, analysis, and discussion of the Path Elements Profile members get the opportunity to complete. Questions? Contact GBA’s Kathy Friestad, 404.420.2024.
Did You Know We Offer…
Two Business Banking & Commercial Lending Certificates
  • Certificate in Business and Commercial Lending focuses on financial statement analysis and commercial lending, will familiarize lenders with both audited and unaudited statements, and fill any gaps in your understanding of credit analysis and underwriting. Pre and post-tests allow seasoned lenders to test out, and more importantly, let the industry know you are "credit trained" and ready to bring in new, qualified business.
  • Small Business Banker Certificate helps branch managers build their skills in relationship-centric sales approaches. Learn to engage customers to better understand their needs and offer appropriate solutions, handle objections, plan and execute an ideal sales call, and manage relationships post sale. Small business bankers will also learn a strategic approach to building trusted relationships with business customers as a means to retain and grow their book of business.
With questions, please contact GBA’s Alison Moreau at 404.420.2034.
Fill a Job, Find a Job with the GBA Job Bank
The GBA Job Bank is among the most popular and valuable benefits we provide to member banks and bankers. The Positions Available and Bankers Available sections on our website consistently are among the most visited pages. Best of all, the service costs nothing for member banks and bankers. To make the process of posting a job or resume easier and to answer any questions you may have, we've developed this Q & A document as a resource. It outlines how to submit open positions and resumes, our deadlines and timelines for posting, and other helpful details. If you have any questions, please contact GBA's Bo Brannen at 404.420.2014.
Edwards and Thomason
Read All About It: Send Us Your News
Please remember to include the Georgia Bankers Association on the list of recipients for announcements about promotions, new employees and special recognition your bank has received. We want to share your news with your colleagues across the state. Please forward your announcements and photos to GBA's David Oliver and Bogan Brannen