October 24, 2014    


Barber is Georgia's New Graduate School of Banking Trustee

The Board of Trustees of the Graduate School of Banking at LSU (GSB) met recently to review the 2014 session and finalize plans for the 2015 session. Brad Barber, president & CEO of First National Bank of Decatur County, Bainbridge, has joined the board as the Georgia representative. Keith Anthony of the Farmers Bank, Forsyth, is president of the class that will be graduating next year, and GBA will be hosting a reception for the Georgia students during the first week of the two-week session. We're looking forward to seeing those continuing in their second- and third-year classes as well as the new students beginning their studies. With questions, contact Joe Brannen, 404.420.2026.

Final QRM Rule a Positive Outcome for Consumers, Industry

Regulators this week finalized the mortgage risk retention rule required by the Dodd-Frank Act for companies that originate and sell mortgages into the secondary market. The important news is that there's no down-payment requirement for loans to be considered a qualified residential mortgage (QRM), and the standards are aligned with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Qualified Mortgage rule. Access a lot more QRM analysis and a link to the final rule here...

Related: Integrated Mortgage Solutions:

Nov. 18

On Aug. 1, 2015, disclosures for consumer real estate loans will be replaced by a loan estimate and closing disclosure developed by the CFPB. GBA's Integrated Mortgage Solutions Seminar will address the new forms in detail and cover suggested changes to current procedures for taking applications, processing, and closing consumer real estate loans. This seminar is 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.


Scott Signs on to Sub S Tax Equity Support Letter

We appreciate U.S. Rep. David Scott's (D-Atlanta) signature on a letter to regulatory agencies requesting that they take additional steps to better level the playing field between Subchapter S banks and Subchapter C banks, particularly in regard to the Basel III capital conservation buffer rules. We reported last week about our request for Scott's support of the letter by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO). Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Sharpsburg) also is a co-signer. Scott and Westmoreland are the two Georgia members on the House Financial Services Committee, and it was important to show bipartisan support for the change.

Privacy Notice Requirement Eased

A time- and money-saving rule about privacy notices for banks was finalized this week. The CFPB Monday announced that banks can fulfill Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act privacy notice requirements by either posting privacy notices online or including the notice with a regular mailing. Banks can post online instead of sending the mailings as long as the customer's information is not shared in a way that triggers opt-out requirements. While the rule is definitely good, there is some additional legislative work that would help clarify the actual law. More about loosening privacy notice requirements here...

Last Chance to Register!

Consumer Protection Workshop - Oct. 29-30

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. FDIC presenters and participants will include regional and local managers, regional specialists and compliance examiners.Contact Danielle Driggers, 404.420.2002, with questions or to register.

Leadership GBA Executive Committee Meeting Held This Week

The Leadership GBA Executive Committee met this week to discuss banking trends and to plan events for the upcoming year. "We had a great meeting and are looking forward to next year's Leadership Conference," said President Parrish Clark, Guardian Bank, Valdosta. "We've also got some new events we're planning for 2015 that we're pretty excited about." Stay tuned for more updates down the road...

HR Committee Meeting Highlights

The GBA Human Resources Committee met this week in to discuss trends in bank HR and begin planning its annual GBA HR Professionals Institute. Frankie Wright, Georgia Bank & Trust, Augusta, chairs the committee, and Tommy Zielinski, State Bank & Trust Company, Atlanta, is the committee vice chair. The 2015 GBA HR Professionals Institute will be Feb. 19-20, 2015, at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta. We'll send out a full agenda and all the important details soon. With questions, contact Kathy Friestad, 404.420.2024.

Related: Get your copy of the 2014 GBA Compensation and Benefits Survey now to see how your bank's compensation program measures up with peers. Contact Kenyetta Parks, 404.420.2035, for details and to order.

Related: Don't miss the 401(k) Plan and Administration and Investments Seminar from GBA Retirement Services coming up Nov. 5. It's free for GBARS members and $99 for bank not participating in the GBA plan. Details and registration information are here...

Georgia BankPAC Campaign Update

For those banks that have not yet contributed to the GBA StatePAC, you should receive your "fair share" invoice in the mail this week along with a form for the GBA FedPAC for the personal contributions from your eligible groups within the bank such as directors, officers and salaried employees. When considering these contributions, take a look at how your GBA Group is faring so far compared to the goals set by the GBA BankPAC Board of Directors. Thanks to HeritageBank of the South, Albany, Len Dorminey, CEO, for their contribution to the GBA StatePAC this week.

2015 Annual Legislative Reception

and Legislative/Economic Update, Jan. 14

Mark your calendars to attend GBA's annual Legislative Reception honoring the members of the General Assembly, the Constitutional Officers, the statewide Judiciary and other dignitaries. This premier event will be Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. The GBA Board of Directors, the GBA Public Affairs Committee members and the GBA BankPAC Board of Directors will also host a Legislative and Economic update earlier that afternoon at The Georgian Terrace.
With questions, please call GBA's Susie McGehee at 404.420.2010.

Take a Lunch Break and Be a Georgia Voter; That's What We Did

GBA staffers are taking advantage of early voting. Some of us walked down to the nearby early voting polling place during a lunch break this week and breezed through the line. "It's almost cliché to say that elections matter, but this year, these elections matter! With the open U.S. Senate seat and the battle for the Governor's office showing as virtually tied in the polls, every vote is important," said GBA President & CEO Joe Brannen (pictured below with GBA Marketing and Communications Coordinator Bo Brannen).

Banks Go Nuts for Georgia Peanuts

There were tons of Georgia peanuts this week at our state's banks. It's been Georgia Peanut Bank week, and GBA members in all corners of Georgia have helped promote our state's largest crop during this annual promotion. This is the 38th year GBA has co-sponsored the promotion with the Georgia Peanut Commission. Check back next week for a full rundown of GBA member participation.

Georgia Blueberries Take Top Ranking

Georgia produced 96 million pounds of blueberries this year, making it the top state for blueberry production according to the North American Blueberry Council. Georgia's crop surpassed long-time leader Michigan for the first time. Georgia's 20,000 blueberry acres are mostly located in South Georgia. An Atlanta Journal-Constitution article notes that Scott NeSmith, a University of Georgia researcher, developed 15 blueberry varieties.

GBA in the News

Technology Spending Trends Article Features GBA Perspective

Reporters continue to call on GBA for insight into the state’s banking industry. There’s been a spike in technology spending, according to research from SNL Financial. In a story this week, SNL contacted GBA for some perspective about how that trend is playing out in Georgia. We pointed out three areas where Georgia banks are spending more on technology. One area is for new technology to meet shifting customer preferences. Access a link to the SNL article about tech spending at banks here...

How Your Bank Can Get a .bank Domain

The .com world has become overcrowded, making it difficult for banks to stand out. Thousands of new domains—including .bank—are making their way to the Internet. ABA and other entities within the banking industry established fTLD Registry Services to operate .bank and to ensure it is governed in the best interests of banks and their customers. The new .bank domain opens up much-needed virtual real estate and provides new marketing and branding opportunities. Only verified members of the banking community will be able to register a .bank domain. Here’s a flier about the new .bank domain and how to get more information about registering...

What the Market Roller Coaster Means for Your 401(k)

With the recent decline in the stock market, it is a very common for emotion to take over and retirement plan participants to make hasty investment decisions. When investing in a retirement plan, participants need to maintain their long-term investment focus to have a chance to recoup their losses. Reliance Trust Company, the Investment Manager and Discretionary Trustee for GBA Retirement Services 401(k) Plans, has released its own commentary regarding recent stock market volatility. Plan participants can access that analysis here...

New Atlanta Fed Webcast Worth a Look

A good overview of improving conditions for banks in the Southeast compared to the downturn is the subject of the inaugural "ViewPoint Live" webcast by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. "The banking environment continues to improve steadily, but some lingering challenges remain," said Atlanta Fed Supervision and Regulation (S&R) Chief Michael Johnson during the first of the twice-yearly webcasts. More about the new Fed webcast here...

Community Banking Research Resource Available from CSBS

The Conference of State Bank Supervisors has released a reference guide covering materials from the Community Banking in the 21st Century Research Conference held Sept. 23-24 at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The guide contains high-level talking points covering major themes of the conference, a one-page summary of each research paper presented at the conference, and quotes where relevant from the research papers. Get the guide here...

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 Strategic Partner Spotlight

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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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