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October 10, 2014

Tri-Conferences Start Sunday

GBA member bank presidents, CEOs, attorneys and accountants will convene Sunday evening for their annual conferences. The concurrent conferences will provide the latest updates about the economy, the real estate market, bank strategy ideas, fraud detection and prevention, legal issues, bank accounting and more. "There's so much value for these groups to come together each year for these conferences. We're all looking forward to the great ideas we'll share and the networking with our peers," said Philip Williams, president and CEO, The Claxton Bank, who chairs the Community Bankers Committee that sponsors the President and CEO Conference. Look for updates on the @GABankers Twitter feed, a summary in next week's GBA Bulletin and photos on our GBA Facebook page next week.

Regulators Signal Focus on Fair Lending, Mortgage Servicing

"Unintentional" discrimination, redlining, mortgage modifications and other servicing issues are areas of regulatory focus for the Department of Justice, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, said regulators at a panel discussion last week. An American Banker article outlined the areas of focus mentioned by representatives from those agencies. These are similar issues experts outlined for compliance officers during the GBA Compliance Conference recently. Access a link to the American Banker article and more summary here...


Mortgage Rules Readiness Guide Updated by CFPB

Compliance teams will want to access and keep handy the updated mortgage rules readiness guide by the CFPB. The agency updated the guide this week to include the TILA-RESPA integrated mortgage disclosures that take effect in August 2015. Here's a link to the guide...

Related In-Person Seminar

Integrated Mortgage Solutions - Nov. 18

GBA's Integrated Mortgage Solutions Seminar will address the new disclosure forms in detail and cover suggested changes to current procedures for taking applications, processing, and closing consumer real estate loans. This seminar is scheduled Nov. 18 at the Idle Hour Country Club in Macon. Please click here to register online. If you have any questions please contact GBA's Danielle Driggers, 404.420.2002.

Georgia Suspects with Stolen Card Numbers Arrested in Idaho

Police in Boise, Idaho, this week busted 12 suspects from Georgia who were trying to buy gift cards using stolen credit card numbers linked to one or more major security breaches, according to police. Read more about the card crooks' apprehension here...

Cybersecurity Resources Available from CSBS

October is cybersecurity awareness month and there's a great resource for bank CEOs from the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS). As part of its Executive Leadership of Cybersecurity Initiative, the CSBS has set up a good website that includes a downloadable resource guide. In addition, new resources are posted to the website weekly. Access links to the cybersecurity resources here...

Bankers attending GBA's President / CEO Conference will get a fresh update on cyber threats along with good fraud-prevention and prosecution tips from SunTrust's Steve Cross, one of the most respected security professionals in the industry.

Also related

A Cybersecurity session is part of the upcoming GBA Financial Risk Management Conference Nov. 4-5, and the GBA Information Security Officer Training seminar is coming up Oct. 16. Read more about that below.

Last Chance to Register

Information Security Officer (ISO) Seminar:

Oct. 16

Designed for Information Security Officers, Compliance Officers and network administrators, this seminar will highlight all the information you need to be a successful professional in this role. You will get a better understanding of the regulatory requirements and expectations, and we will define the internal roles and responsibilities of this important position. Click here to register now.

Credit Union Tax Facts for All to Know

Banking industry efforts to shine the light on the need for equitable tax treatment for credit unions continue. This week, ABA President and CEO Frank Keating responded to an op-ed in The Hill by CUNA chief Jim Nussle, with the following facts...

Join Members Promoting Georgia Peanuts

Colony Bank is among the many GBA member banks be participating in Georgia Peanut Bank Week coming up Oct. 18-25. The bank's Cordele office will be providing boiled peanuts for customers Oct. 23. Your bank can participate in the week's activities, too. Access resources from the Georgia Peanut Commission to help your bank participate. And, take a look at this video from the Georgia Peanut commission showcasing our state's peanut industry. The peanut is the official Georgia state crop.

Find a Job, Post a Job with GBA Job Bank

The Georgia Bankers Association offers free job posting resources for our member banks. These listings can be viewed online or through our print publication, the GBA Bulletin, mailed every other week. Resume postings are also available. For more information, please contact Kenyetta Parks.

GBA Window Decals Offer Consistent Appearance and High Quality

Now Accepting Pre-orders for GBA's Holiday Closing Decals, No Firearm Policy Decals Still Available

For years, the GBA has been the preferred source for banks to buy top-quality, thoughtfully designed window and door decals that provide a consistent, professional appearance at every branch. We're now accepting pre orders for our 2015 Holiday Closing Decals that communicate the 10 holiday closings recognized by the Federal Reserve Bank in accordance with FDIC rules. GBA's Holiday Closing Decals are made of the same high-quality material and are the same dimensions as our popular No Firearm Policy Decals, so if your bank bought those earlier this summer, please consider adding a pre-order of Holiday Closing Decals to give your branch signage a consistent look. GBA Holiday Closing Decals feature...

GBA Strategic Partner Spotlight

Click the logos below to lern more about these important GBA Partners...

Important Upcoming Events

    FDIC Consumer Protection Workshop:
    Oct. 29-30

    The FDIC Atlanta Region is pleased to announce the third installment of its Consumer Protection Workshop seminar series. This workshop is an interactive one-and-a-half-day event designed to provide information about current topics of interest and enhance knowledge of consumer protection laws and regulations. Register online here...

    Financial Risk Management Conference: Nov. 4-5

    Economist Chris Low to Update Attendees at November Conference

    Chris Low, Chief Economist for FTN Financial in New York, will be on hand at GBA's 2014 Financial Risk Management Conference, Nov. 4-5, to give attendees an update on the first half of 2014. Low will explain where the economy is going and what it means to markets and the Fed. Low is chairman of the American Bankers Association's Economic Advisory Committee and a member of SIFMA's Economic Committee. More about the Conference here...

    Credit Conference: Dec. 3-4

    Breakout Sessions on Managing NIM and Making Mortgages in This Tough Regulatory Environment

    GBA's 2014 Credit Conference will offer concurrent breakout sessions in an effort to touch on timely and substantive issues affecting bankers who manage daily credit challenges in their institutions. On Wednesday, Dec. 3, you will hear from two experienced real estate attorneys who have worked to keep banks originating loans while keeping them out of the regulatory hot seat. Richard Shafritz and Douglas Dean, partners with Shafritz and Dean, LLC, in Atlanta, present "How Can You Do Mortgages in This New Regulatory Environment?" Offered concurrently, Omar Esposito, with Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, will take a look at the current rate environment and rate trends and discuss "Strategies for Managing Net Interest Margin." More about the Credit Conference here...

    GBA Community Connections

    Click here to read about the latest good works by various GBA members. We want to share what GBA members do to support their communities. Submit your community involvement and service information to
    Bo Brannen and David Oliver.

    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.
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