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Credit Committee Digs in to Key Issues for Credit Officers and Lenders

The GBA Credit Committee met this week, and the discussion touched on a number of weighty issues. The committee talked about staff development and training for credit officers and lenders, CFPB issues related to mortgage lending, how technology is changing how they do their jobs and interact with customers and a number of other issues. First Landmark Bank's Terrie Bunten Guthrie chairs the committee, which also began planning the agenda for the annual GBA Credit Conference. The committee is co-chaired by Mark Wills, Georgia Bank & Trust Company in Augusta. Look for full details about the Conference soon, or go ahead and register now. This year's conference will be Dec. 3-4 at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center. GBA's discounted nightly rate of $139 is available through Nov. 11. Remember rooms may sell out before this date. To make a reservation, call Marriott Reservations at 800.228.9290 and mention that you are with the Georgia Bankers Association group. With questions about the conference, contact Kathy Friestad, 404.420.2024.


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GBA Public Advocacy Reaches Auto Renting and Leasing Group

An improving banking industry in Georgia and a strong member commitment to business and community customers were the key messages from Joe Brannen, GBA president and CEO (pictured at right with Daimler Trucks’ John Martin, CATRALA president), to the Car and Truck Renting and Leasing Association (CATRALA) Monday. Brannen shared an early look at second-quarter banking results, which again showed a higher percentage of profitable Georgia banks. He also talked about improved family and business finances, increasing regulation and technology as trends. GBA often speaks to banker and business groups to share the story about banking beyond the headlines. Contact Joe Brannen, 404.420.2026, or David Oliver, 404.420.2036, with questions.


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Second Quarter and Year-to-Date Comparative Results Available Now via BANKSTAT

Second quarter and year-to-date comparative financial results and risk ratios are now available from BANKSTAT through our joint partnership with the Center for Excellence in Financial Services at Georgia Southern University. Please find linked copies of the Statistical Ranking Report in PDF format for all community banks headquartered within one of the ten GBA designated groups. The statistical Ranking report is one of seven separate but interrelated reports generated quarterly via BANKSTAT and available on a subscription basis for community banks in Georgia.  Subscribers receive  customized version of the Statistical Ranking Report with bank data, rankings and percentiles in the executive summary tables, as well as being highlighted on each exhibit page.


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Are you having a Board meeting later next week? There's also a Board of Directors Summary report that is well received by clients. If you're interested in a sample, please contact Ed Sibbald, Endowed Banking Chair and Director of the Center for Excellence in Financial Services for a complimentary copy of the Board of Directors Executive Summary. Please allow 24 hour turnaround.  Ed can be reached at 706.201.0326 (cell), 912.478.5061 (office) or by email at


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Marketing Peer Group - Sept. 9

Marketing Tools, Analytics and Social Media Success to be Shared

Join your bank marketing peers in a few weeks for a day of sharing resources, learning new techniques and professional networking. Our Marketing Peer Group meeting Sept. 9 in Macon will feature a session about modernizing your marketing plan and sharing tools that work for you, a session about website analytics, a look at social media successes from Georgia banks and financial literacy ideas. The Marketing Peer Group will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 9, from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Idle Hour Country Club in Macon. Click here to register and join your marketing colleagues for this valuable session, networking opportunities and more…


Connect to Your Peers and GBA with Our Social Channels

Stay connected to GBA and your peers through GBA's social media channels. Our Twitter feed, @GABankers, is a source of breaking industry, GBA and member news. Our Facebook page features member bank community activities, awards and other recognition, as well as photos of members at GBA events and recognition. And, our LinkedIn Group is a way to connect with other banking professionals. Check them all out and join the conversation.


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Culture of Compliance Essential, says FinCEN

Bank Secrecy Act compliance continues to draw significant regulatory attention. This week the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued an advisory urging banks and others to strengthen their culture of Bank Secrecy Act compliance. "Regardless of its size and business model, a financial institution with a poor culture of compliance is likely to have shortcomings in its BSA/AML program," the advisory says. It lays out six keys to a strong compliance culture, which you can read here. "It's so frustrating to read that kind of statement coming from a regulatory agency when I see how hard our members work to comply with BSA/AML. To suggest banks don't have a ‘culture of compliance' is downright offensive," said GBA president and CEO, Joe Brannen. GBA has resources to help our members with both their overall compliance efforts and specifically addressing BSA. Don't miss the GBA Compliance Conference, Sept. 24-26, which includes a BSA session. We also have a great seminar covering all the BSA basics coming up Aug. 21. With questions about the conference, contact Kathy Friestad, 404.420.2024. With questions about the seminar, contact Danielle Driggers, 404.420.2002. See our full Compliance calendar here...


Compliance Conference Update

Contractor Oversight – The New Norm is Vendor Management

Contract out a product or service -- set and forget it...not any more. Regulators have established numerous and detailed expectations of oversight and management of vendors. And, they are enforcing those expectations in numerous administrative and expensive actions. At the GBA 2014 Compliance Conference, Jimmy Loyless, managing partner of GemRay & Associates in Loudon, TN, will discuss those expectations, provide examples of the regulatory actions, and answer your questions. The Compliance Conference will be held Sept. 24-26 at Idle Hour Country Club in Macon. You may choose to register for the full conference, Day 1 only (compliance risk management), or Days 2 and 3 only (loans). Click here for more agenda details, hotel information and online registration. Contact Kathy Friestad, 404.420.2024, with questions.


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Senior Lender Spotlight

Senior Lending Officer Roundtables- Additional Group Added

Be sure to reserve your spot for GBA's Senior Lending Officer Roundtables that will start back up in October. Facilitated by Paul Sims, President of Guided Solutions, Franklin, TN, these roundtables will provide an in-depth look at all the latest issues a senior lending officer needs to understand to cultivate new business, evaluate risk and strongly support profitability.

There are currently four Roundtables that meet as follows:

  • Roundtable 1:  Tuesdays-Oct. 28, 2014; Feb. 24, 2015; and June 2, 2015, at Idle Hour Country Club, Macon

  • Roundtable 2:  Wednesdays-Oct. 29, 2014; Feb. 25, 2015; and June 3, 2015, at The Georgian Club, Atlanta

  • Roundtable 3:  Thursdays-Oct. 30, 2014; Feb. 26, 2015; and June 4, 2015, at The Georgian Club, Atlanta

  • NEW Roundtable 4:  Mondays-Oct. 27, 2014; Feb. 23, 2015; and June 1, 2015, at the Brickyard Golf Club, Macon

Click here to download the flyer/registration form. With questions, please contact GBA's Alison Moreau at 404.420.2034 or Susie McGehee at 404.420.2010.


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Credit Score Changes Benefit Consumers

FICO will change the way it calculates credit scores, it announced recently, and the two changes should lead to higher credit scores for some consumers, the company says. FICO said its credit scores won't count past-due accounts that have been paid to a collection agency. And, it will segment medical collection accounts from non-medical collection accounts, a change that could improve some consumers' scores by 25 points, the company said. "This will help ensure that medical collections have a lower impact on the score, commensurate with the credit risk they represent," FICO said.


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Georgia BankPAC Campaign

The GBA StatePAC has reached 48 percent of its goal this week while the GBA FedPAC is at 24 percent. The GBA StatePAC accepts contributions from a state bank or the holding company of a national bank while the GBA FedPAC accepts personal contributions from bank officers, directors and eligible employees. GBA Associate Members and Bank Counsel Members are also encouraged to contribute to the StatePAC. Here are the contribution forms for each PAC with suggested giving amounts for your use. With questions, please contact Elizabeth Chandler at 404.420.2027.


Thanks to those that have already made their contributions including these companies that contributed to the GBA StatePAC:

  • American Pride Bank, Macon, John Hall, President & CEO

  • Bank of Madison, Charles Haney, President & CEO

  • Legacy State Bank, Loganville, Bill Walker, Acting President

  • Midtown Bank & Trust Company, Atlanta, Stan Kryder, CEO

  • Pinnacle Bank, Elberton, Jackson McConnell, President & CEO

  • The Citizens Bank of Forsyth County, Cumming, Tim Perry, President & CEO

  • The Geo. D. Warthen Bank, Sandersville, Ken Bibb, President

And the officers, directors and eligible employees of the following banks to the GBA FedPAC:

  • American Pride Bank, Macon, John Hall, President & CEO

  • Heritage Bank, Jonesboro, Leonard Moreland, President & CEO

  • Legacy State Bank, Loganville, Bill Walker, Acting President

  • Georgia Bankers Association, Atlanta, Joe Brannen, President & CEO

  • Midtown Bank & Trust Company, Atlanta, Stan Kryder, CEO

  • The Citizens Bank of Americus, Rick Whaley, President & CEO

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Loan Documentation Seminar - Sept. 4

Prevention of loan losses through implementation of proper loan structuring and documentation techniques is critical in the banking industry today. Join Mike Allen, executive vice president, State Bank and Trust Company, Atlanta at GBA's Loan Documentation Seminar as he shares techniques for proper loan documentation. Topics include: background and review, identifying the borrower, identifying the collateral, evidencing the debt, attaching and perfecting the collateral, real estate specifics and much more. Designed for commercial loan officers, commercial loan personnel, loan assistants and closing specialists, the seminar will be held on Sept. 4 at Idle Hour Country Club in Macon. Click here to register for the seminar. With questions, please contact GBA's Danielle Driggers at 404.420.2002.


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IRA Advanced Update and Review Workshop - Sept. 25

In a landmark case, the courts and IRS have re-defined the "once-per-12-month" rule. Banks must know about this so their customers can avoid huge IRS tax and penalty pitfalls. At this seminar you will be taught to separate fact from fiction for the more technical areas of IRAs. Too many times so-called experts post things on the internet that are vague or many times fabricated about retirement account rules and regulations. IRAs are a specialized area requiring expertise. Come and learn from one of the most respected IRA experts in the country, Patrice Konarik of Sunwest Training Corp., at GBA's seminar Sept. 25. The seminar will be at The Brickyard Golf Club in Macon. Please click here to register for the seminar. With questions, please contact GBA's Danielle Driggers at 404.420.2002.


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GBA-U Webinars

Lending Basics, Financial Statement Analysis and More coming up in Aug./Sept.

A GBA Webinar is a great way to quickly get the training you need right from the comfort of your office. Here is a sample of upcoming offerings. Check the GBA-U Calendar of Events for any webinars you are interested in at


Aug. 18

Lending Basics for Support Personnel

Aug. 25

Analyzing Business Financial Statements

Aug. 26

Get Global! Understanding Global Cash Flow Analysis

Aug. 27

Health Savings Accounts

Aug. 27

Analyzing Business Financial Statements

Aug. 28

Excel Explained: Pivot Tables

Aug. 28

Analyzing Business Cash Flow

Sept. 3

Walking Through the Maze of an ACH Audit & Risk Assessment

Sept. 4

Analyzing Business Cash Flow

Sept. 5

Overdraft Privilege Programs

Sept. 11

Deposit Regulations for the Frontline – 2014

Sept. 16

Equal Treatment of Same-Sex Married Couples

Sept. 18

Basics of Interest Rate Derivatives

Sept. 25

Signature Card Danger Zones: Account Titling, Ownership & Access


Webinars are live and allow time for questions and answers. The $255 registration price gives you access to one web site "seat," one telephone site license and all handout materials. If you can't attend the webinar, you may buy the audio CD, handout materials and a password to see the session online. With questions, please contact GBA's Danielle Driggers at 404.420.2002.


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AIB Course Highlight

Don't Miss Out-IRA Online Institute

Delivered in conjunction with ABA, the IRA Online Institute is an intensive 12-week course developed and supported by Ascensus' professional instructors that teaches in-depth, essential IRA information on Traditional IRAs, Roth IRAs, SEP plans, and SIMPLE IRA plans. Ascensus has tailored its premier on-site IRA training so attendees can conveniently access the web-based study material and submit assignments. Students should expect to spend 15-20 hours a week completing the readings and assignments depending on the student's prior knowledge of IRAs. The Online Institute is an Institute of Certified Bankers-approved educational program for the Certified IRA Services Professional (CISP) designation. Click here to learn more or to register or contact Alison Moreau, 404.420.2034. Learning Objectives for this course are:

  • Administer both traditional and Roth IRAs and SEP and SIMPLE plans.

  • Identify eligibility and set-up requirements for all of these plans

  • Administer contributions consistent with contribution limits

  • Manage rollovers and transfers

  • Administer distributions and required minimum distributions

  • Describe beneficiary options and facilitate beneficiary transactions

  • Manage error resolution, penalties, and reporting on these accounts

  • Identify key elements of successful IRA marketing effort

AIB Instructor-Led September Schedule

Below are instructor-led AIB online classes coming up in September. These courses have weekly assignments as well as midterm and final exams. All you need is a computer, printer and Internet access. Classes with an asterisk require Microsoft Excel Software. Please register two weeks in advance to secure a seat in the class. For more information, contact Alison Moreau, 404.420.2034.


Sept 2

IRA Online Institute

Sept 8

Analyzing Financial Statements

Sept 8

Law and Banking: Principles

Sept 8

Principles of Banking

Sept 15

Analyzing Bank Performance

Sept 15

Consumer Lending

Sept 15

General Accounting

Sept 15

Principles of Banking Accelerated

Sept 22

Economics for Bankers

Sept 22

Principles of Banking

Sept 22

Supervisor Certificate

Sept 29

Introduction to Trust Products and Services


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Wow Your Customers With NCR's Latest ATM and Branch Transformation Solutions

NCR has always been a leader in customer-focused hardware and technology. NCR's family of SelfServTM ATMs offer easy transactions in every location type: cash dispense, multi-function, intelligent deposit, cash recycling, foreign exchange, bill payment transactions in low or high volume, interior or exterior, in-branch, off-site or drive-up locations. And, the company's Branch Transformation Solutions include interactive video tellers and other machines to improve customer satisfaction, and ultimately, deeper customer loyalty. The overall result is greater opportunities for increasing income through improved efficiency and sales enablement and ultimately your customer viewing you as their ‘bank of choice." GBA co-endorses NCR for these products along with ABA's affiliate, the Corporation for American Banking. For information about co-endorsed NCR SelfServ ATMs and software, Financial Kiosks, APTRA Interactive Tellers and Teller Cash Recyclers, call 877.928.9627; e-mail; or contact GBA's Bo Brannen, at 404.420.2014.


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Tune Up Your Overdraft Program and Stay Compliant with John Floyd and Associates

Financial institutions looking for ways to remain viable and competitive can no longer rely on conducting business as usual. As the opportunities to generate fees from traditional services are reduced, many are concerned with how to maintain a level of income that allows them to offer the services that keep them competitive. It's a challenging balancing act at best: increase your bottom line while staying compliant and delivering the services and service levels your account holders demand. According to industry experts, service charges on deposits have decreased substantially from levels reported just two years ago. And with ongoing regulatory pressures during that timeframe, the two products that produced the most non-interest income - debit card interchange fees and overdraft/NSF fees - have been greatly restricted. What actions can community banks take to offset the reductions in net non-interest income losses as a result of these pressures? Download and return a Performance Improvement Analysis from GBA Strategic Partner  John Floyd here. John M. Floyd and Associates (JMFA) is the preferred vendor of the JMFA Overdraft Privilege® program. For more information please contact Waid Thompson, JMFA's regional sales director, at 888.345.8639.


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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 at 404.420.2035.


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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 Bo Brannen and David Oliver, or if your company would like to sponsor this content, let us know. Here's our latest installment:


Atlanta – Community & Southern Bank

The Community and Southern Bank Foundation is pleased to announce that its 4th Annual Southern Cup Golf Tournament generated $24,000 in donations that will support local charities throughout Georgia. More than 112 CSB bank employees, vendors, customers, clients, and sponsors participated in the event held at BridgeMill Athletic Club.


Atlanta - SunTrust 

Last year, SunTrust collaborated with Operation HOPE to place financial counselors in select branches in Memphis, Atlanta and Washington, D.C., through the organization's HOPE Inside program. These counselors provide a wide range of free counseling services to help people improve their credit scores, understand their financial options, and ultimately, reach their financial goals. To celebrate the introduction and successes of HOPE Inside, SunTrust hosted an event in Atlanta on Aug. 4 that brought together SunTrust and Operation HOPE executives, local community leaders and politicians. Together, they commemorated this important step toward an even greater integration of traditional banking services with programs targeted at low- and moderate-income populations.


Lawrenceville – BrandBank

During August and September, you can drop off any non-perishable food items at any bank location to aid Partnership Against Domestic Violence.


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Albany – AB&T National Bank

Vice President Matt Rushton was recently featured in a video spotlight by Albany CEO. Here's a link to the video.


Augusta – Georgia Bank & Trust

Congratulations to the bank's mortgage team, which was named "Best Mortgage Lending Institution" for 2014 by Augusta Magazine.


Atlanta – Certus Bank

John Poelker has been named permanent Chairman, President and CEO.


Atlanta – Community & Southern Bank

Elizabeth Boyd has been named branch manager at the bank's Braselton branch.


Atlanta – Private Bank of Buckhead

Nikisha Hopkins has joined the bank's mortgage division as an Operations Specialist.


Atlanta – Regions Bank

The bank has launched a new financial services group in Atlanta led by Tom Dierdorff.


Atlanta – SunTrust

Paul Garcia has been appointed to the banks' board of directors.


Blairsville – United Community Bank

Bill Gilbert has been promoted to President of Community Banking. J.D. Williams has joined the bank as Vice President and Regional Sales Manager for the metro Atlanta area.


Eastman - Citizens Bank and Trust Company

Gail Rainey has been promoted to Assistant Vice President. Jeff Kipa has been promoted to Vice President.


Griffin – United Bank

United Bank and Monroe County Bank have announced the completion of their merger. Bill Bazemore has been named President of the Monroe Division for United Bank.


Peachtree City – The Bank of Georgia

Congratulations to Kathy Yellina on her retirement from The Bank of Georgia.


Reynolds - The Citizens State Bank of Taylor County

Matt Reed has joined the bank as Executive Vice President.



We want to wish luck to the GBA member banks that have submitted entries for the 2014 ABA Community Commitment Awards. Those members are: KeyWorth Bank, Johns Creek; SunTrust, Atlanta; Synovus, Coumbus, The Claxton Bank and The Bank of Georgia, Peachtree City. The 2014 award winners will be announced at ABA’s Annual Convention in Dallas Oct. 19-21.


Cleveland – Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE)

Linda Jameson has joined the company as Chief Operating/Credit Officer.












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 Bo Brannen.


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