Oct. 25, 2019

Gen Z panelists

Southeast Georgia Community Bank Symposium a Big Hit

We had a roomful of members gathered on the campus at Georgia Southern University this week for the annual community bank symposium we co-host with the university through the leadership of finance professor Dr. Don Cox. A panel of students about to graduate with finance degrees compared their Gen Z generation with the millennial generation that preceded them. Read more about the area-specific program content here. Our thanks to the symposium sponsors: Steve Powell, Steve H. Powell & Company, Statesboro, and Rusty Lane, South Auction and Realty, Swainsboro. With questions, contact Joe Brannen, 404.420.2026.

Low Scores Raise Big Money at BankPAC Golf Classic

A full flight of members and guests took part in this year’s BankPAC Golf Classic Wednesday in Forsyth. We’re still tallying all the contributions, but when the final count is in the event will have raised more than $12,000 for the GBA StatePAC campaign. Rad Downey and Taylor Smith of the Holmes-Shaw Agency were the tournament winners, edging out Walker Jordan, Bank of Monticello, and Joel Foster, Raymond James and Associates, who were runners up, and Persons Banking Company’s Mike Henry and SecuritasJohn Holmes were third-place winners. Longest-drive honors went to Jarrod Prickett, First American Bank and Trust. The closest-to-the-hole winner was Shannon Fortson, Pinnacle Bank, and the putting contest champion was Ryan Floyd, The Piedmont Bank. Read what Leadership GBA Chair Andrew Ainslie, Bank of Madison, had to say about the turnout and details about next year’s tournament here.

GBA Backs AML/BSA Modernization Bill

This week we joined state bankers associations from around the country in calling on the U.S. House to pass a bill to improve anti-money laundering laws. The bill is H.R. 2513, sponsored by Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.). The bill, "Will for the first time in nearly 50 years update and modernize our anti-money laundering and Bank Secrecy Act program by establishing a secure national database of beneficial ownership information, closing the loopholes in the Bank Secrecy Act and ultimately improving our country’s anti-money laundering compliance framework by making it more effective and efficient," the letter to members of the House said. The House heard our pleas and voted 249-173 to pass the bill, and it’s now headed to the Senate for further consideration. Our thanks to most of Georgia’s House delegation who supported the bill. With questions, contact Joe Brannen, 404.420.2026, or Elizabeth Chandler, 404.420.2027.

Heartening Results from GA, other BankSafe Pilot Participants

In 2018, bank tellers at GBA member banks and in 11 other states participating in a national pilot program to combat elder financial abuse saved customers nearly $1 million dollars, says a report about the program just released. Twenty-two GBA member banks participated in the pilot BankSafe training program by AARP. The training used state-of-the-art online videos, graphics, animations and game-theory-based quizzes to enhance learning. The research shows how the program strengthens bankers’ ability to stop financial exploitation incidents before money leaves consumers’ accounts. Get more details about BankSafe and sign up for the program here. With questions, contact David Oliver, 404.420.2036.

Helpful Proposal for Delivery of Retirement Plan Documents

We’re supportive of a rule proposed this week from the Department of Labor that would be helpful for banks and other retirement plan administrators such as GBA Retirement Services. The proposal would provide a new safe harbor for employee benefit plan administrators to use electronic delivery for participant notices and disclosures. If finalized as proposed, electronic delivery could serve as the default method of delivery, making retirement plan disclosures and notices more efficient and useful for retirement savers, and less burdensome and costly. Plan participants will be able to opt in and continue to receive paper documents. Here’s the full proposal. Comments are due by Nov. 22. With questions, contact Joe Brannen, 44.420.2036, or GBA Retirement Services Director Mandy Richards, 404.420.2025.

Leadership GBA Board Convenes

The 20-member board representing emerging bank leaders throughout Georgia met Thursday to share banking trends in their markets and discuss leadership development needs within banks. Led by Chair Andrew Ainslie, Bank of Madison, and Chair-Elect Danny Minick, The Citizens Bank of Americus, the Leadership GBA Board also mapped out association programming to help shape strong leadership throughout the industry. Read more about the meeting here.

Internal Audit Seminar - Dec. 10

On Dec. 10 at Middle Georgia State University in Macon, Mike Thomas with Crowe LLP will host GBA’s Internal Audit seminar. This seminar will be a practical, "hands-on" discussion of effective practices in auditing that will cover the following topics: auditing electronic funds transfer, auditing the deposit function, auditing the branch operations function, as well as recent trends in financial institution fraud. Register here to secure your spot.

Financial Risk Management Conference, Nov. 7-8
Pre-Conference Sessions

We are just two weeks away from this year’s Financial Risk Management Conference, but there is still time to register. Part of the strong event program you’ll want to catch are two pre-conference sessions.
Contract Negotiations Brad Rustin, Nelson Mullins, Greenville, SC
Tax Credit Update
John Carson, Monarch Private Capital
See the full agenda and lineup of experts here, and click here to view hotel options and to register. As a reminder, participants can earn up to 8 CPE credits for this NASBA-sponsored event. With questions, contact GBA’s Alison Moreau, 404.420.2034.

Credit Conference, Dec. 5-6
Economic Development Panel Highlights Program

GBA’s 2019 Credit Conference will be Dec. 5-6 at Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Conference Center. One of the spotlight sessions is the economic development panel. Remember, economic development is one of the key association initiatives this year defined by GBA Chairman Chuck Copeland, First National Bank of Griffin. Meet the participants, and take a look at the full conference agenda here. The Credit Committee, led by chair Eddie Hoyle, Colony Bank, has set a "Pay It Forward" theme, with a challenge to regular attendees to bring a rising star from their bank to the conference. Click here for more information and to register.

Mark Your Calendars for these Spring Conferences and Schools

Please contact Alison Moreau with any questions.

Jobs posted on BankTalentHQ Reach a National Pool of Applicants Daily

BankTalentHQ is designed as a talent management resource for the financial industry and is brought to you by the GBA through a partnership with more than 20 state banking associations across the country. We know locating and keeping top talent is high on the list of challenges banks face. The central feature of BankTalentHQ is its national job board. BTHQ allows you to broaden the scope of your talent search and cast wider nets in the southeast and across the country. Get started using BTHQ here. BTHQ also offers a ton of other helpful services. They also host a regular podcast to cover significant trends and topics HR officers will face in any market. Here's a link to their latest episode. Also: Know someone looking for a job? Share this link to show them why they should consider a career in banking today!

2019 BankPAC Campaign Update

The GBA FedPAC and StatePAC continue to see success in this year’s campaign and we hope that those who have not yet participated will do so soon. See how your GBA Group is progressing toward its goals. With online capability of contributing to the GBA FedPAC, all eligible employees, officers and directors, can simply use this link to make a contribution by logging in with your MyGBA profile credentials. Also, here are the contribution forms for both the FedPAC and the StatePAC which include a useful guide of suggested amounts of giving. Many thanks to these banks, members and individuals for contributing to the GBA StatePAC and FedPAC this week.

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The Discover Debit program makes your brand stand out above the rest. The list of Consumer and Business Card Benefits available through Discover’s program are simply unmatched. Here are just a few of the valuable options your bank can choose from. Discover Debit is also the only program that delivers superior economics, simplified rules, fee transparency and unmatched program flexibility. Discover Debit is an offering of the PULSE Network, a Discover Company. With questions, contact Mark Reda, 813.854.2210.

Recruit, Retain and Develop the Best Bankers with GBA Career Solutions

GBA Job Bank - GBA will post open positions, free of charge, for GBA members. See the open positions in Georgia here. We will also post professional summaries for bank-job seekers on our Bankers Available page. To make the process easy and answer any questions, we've developed this
Q & A. Please contact Katina Prokos, 404.420.2021.
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GBA Community Connections
We want to share all the good work GBA member banks, bankers, Associate Members and Bank Counsel Section members do to support their communities. Read all about the Community Connections our banks and members have below. Share your Community Connections by sending a brief paragraph and any photos of activities you have to us and we'll publish them at our earliest opportunity. Send information to Katina Prokos and David Oliver, or if your company would like to sponsor this content, let us know. Here's our latest installment...
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