March 6, 2020 

Members, GBA Acting to Prepare for Coronavirus

We’ve seen some good communications by members this week to their customers and employees acknowledging concerns and encouraging good public health practices to combat the spread of Coronavirus. Some members have sent customer emails and posted social media content with fact-based information and links to prevention techniques from all the right credible sources. During a debrief at the Operations and Technology Conference, committee members said they’d begun updating overall business continuity plans, vendor plans, crisis communications plans, identifying and making available telecommuting options and ensuring adequate online and mobile access for employees and customers. As a resource, we’re making available the most current edition of the Georgia Incident Response Playbook developed in partnership with GBA, FS-ISAC and the ABA. The document has a handy list of all key statewide emergency response contacts and helpful planning details.

We stand ready here to help members in a variety of ways. The GBA response team is as follows:

Below are some helpful links to government and health organization information.

And, as a reminder, here’s some good consumer-protection information:

Related: See below for information about cleaning supplies available from GBA Strategic Partner Office Depot through our member-discount program.


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FHLBank Atlanta and Georgia Heirs Property Law Center, Inc. Host Heirs Property Forum

FHLBank Atlanta and the Georgia Heirs Property Law Center, Inc., hosted a forum Thursday to tackle the challenges presented by "heirs property" and to improve economic opportunities in diverse communities. Heirs property are homes and land passed down informally without a legally designated owner, which limits the ability to sell or transfer the property to build generational wealth or participate in revitalization programs. This has a disproportionate impact on low-income and minority families, and research suggests that 11% to 25% of all land parcels in Georgia is heirs property. GBA and the Georgia Municipal Association co-sponsored the forum, which featured talks and panel discussions by professionals in legal, municipal, financial, governmental, and nonprofit sectors who come in contact with heirs property issues. Skipper G. StipeMaas, executive director for the Georgia Heirs Property Law Center, helped set the tone for the forum with a presentation that defined heirs property, discussed the impact that heirs property can have on families and communities, and explained the mission of the Georgia Heirs Property Law Center and the services it offers. There was robust conversation around the available mitigation tools and how to develop an action plan for the resolution of heirs property rights. Thanks to the FHLBank Atlanta and Georgia Heirs Property Law Center, Inc. for asking GBA to participate in support of our common members!


Related: StipeMaas will be a keynote speaker at the Rural Development and Lending Conference May 18-19 on St. Simons talking about how heirs property affects lending and rural economic development. Get more details on the conference here.


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Ops/Tech Conference Pours on the Intel

A big crowd of member bank operations and technology professionals spent most of last week together at the GBA Operations and Technology Conference on St. Simons Island. The conference kicked off Feb. 26 with a cybersecurity session by Brendan McGowan, Safe Systems; a branch evolution and digital automation session led by Lori Tucker, EVP, Retail, United Bank; and a GBA update from President and CEO Joe Brannen. The first full day of the conference, Feb. 27, was packed with valuable intel. Chick-fil-A’s Andre’ Kennebrew shared the Service Leadership Model used by Chick-fil-A to produce and assess leaders, Abel SolutionsJason Bell discussed automation in the cloud, Queensborough National Bank & Trust Co. chief operations officer Kim Kirk gave an update on the ABA Core Platforms Committee, Nelson Mullins Partner Brad Rustin talked negotiating core contracts, Fiserv Vice President of Strategy Virginia Heyburn outlined the intelligent payments experience, and attendees heard an outsourcing of core panel and regulatory panel. The conference wrapped up Feb. 28, with sessions on financial crimes and how to get your team to adopt new software. Thanks to speakers Rene Perez, CAMS, Financial Crimes Solutions, Jack Henry & Associates, and Michael Carpenter, risk solutions architect, Ncontracts. GBA’s Operations and Technology Committee presents the annual conference, led this year by committee Chair Jaye Eubanks, United Bank, and vice chair Kim Kirk, Queensborough National Bank & Trust Co. See photos of the conference here. Special thanks to our exhibitors and sponsors who helped make the conference possible.



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GBA Member Profile

Lessons from Mom in Banking and Professionalism, Adventures in Performing Arts and More with Andrea Griffin

When First National Bank of Griffin Marketing Director Andrea Nolan Griffin arrived at a Wendy’s restaurant for her first job interview at age 15, she immediately made an impression on the hiring manager as the first person to wear a full business suit to the interview. "My mom always advised me to dress for success," Griffin said. Her mother spent more than 40 years at First National Bank of Griffin, and Griffin says it’s her mom who molded her into the person and banker she is today. "She loved her job and always shared the principles of financial literacy with me in my youth. She also taught me to have a good work ethic, to be kind to everyone, to never judge a book by its cover, and to admit when I was wrong," Griffin said. The Group 4 representative on GBA’s Marketing Committee shares about her career journey including valuable experiences at Georgia Banking School and the GBA Marketing Peer Group, discusses the year she spent traveling around the world singing and dancing and more in her GBA Member Profile.


Related: The brand-new GBA Marketing Conference is coming up April 2-3 on St. Simons. Learn more and sign up today!


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Lending Skill: Breaking into Banking Seminar with Andy Keusal

Join Andy Keusal, Keusal Learning LLC, on May 14 at his Breaking into Banking Seminar at Middle Georgia State University in Macon. Commercial banking can be intimidating because of its complexity and the risk-oriented nature of the work. This course is a clear and thorough introduction to the key concepts, terminology, and processes involved in credit and lending. It doesn't assume much prior knowledge of the topic, so it's ideal for those in their first year in the industry. Learners will walk away with a clear understanding of their job and how their specific role fits into the bank's overall profitability goals. New credit analysts, lenders, and underwriters, as well as bankers who don't do credit analysis but need a working knowledge of the process should attend. Learn more and register here. The speaker has also recorded a neat video invitation for our members below. With questions, contact Jenna Lynn Warner, 404.420.2035.



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DBF’s Fears Covers Cannabis; Compliance Peers Share Other Key Intel

At a well-attended Compliance Peer Group Meeting Thursday, special guest Bo Fears of the Department of Banking and Finance shared the latest rules covering banking cannabis-related businesses. While it’s still not legal to bank marijuana and unlicensed hemp businesses directly, state and local laws are evolving so that some doors may open soon, and there are some gray areas that require careful attention by bank compliance teams, he said. There was also a session about best practices for beneficial ownership data collection and reporting led by James Moore of Steve H. Powell and Company, and Committee Chair Maggie Davis, Commercial Banking Company, led an open forum peer discussion that covered E-sign, department structure, private ATMs and residential loan applications. The committee met afterward to begin planning for the 2020 GBA Compliance Conference Oct. 21-23 at the Lanier Islands Legacy Lodge in Buford. Melody Halloran, Thomasville National Bank, will be Committee Chair at that time and will lead the program. With content suggestions or questions, contact Alison Moreau, 404.420.2034.


Related: GBA Compliance School, Year One, May 3-8, Athens - Registration Continues

Related: The BSA Experience is back! Aug. 24-27, Lanier Islands Legacy Lodge in Buford - Register Today!


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South Georgia Community Bank Symposium Focuses on the Future

A big crowd of bankers from the southern part of the state took part in our South Georgia Community Bank Symposium in Valdosta Tuesday, presented in partnership with the Langdale College of Business Administration at Valdosta State University. They were treated to a future-forward agenda from start to finish. The symposium opened with a welcome from Dr. Wayne Plumly, Dean of the Langdale College of Business Administration. GBA’s Joe Brannen gave a big-picture industry snapshot followed by George Igler, Igler and Pearlman, P.A., giving his rundown of key strategic issues that bank boards need to be aware of. The annual attendee-favorite VSU student panel showcased several ways they and their peers are preparing for careers through VSU programs such as internships, study abroad, ENACTUS, the Financial Trading Center and undergraduate research—all focused on financial services. Georgia Forestry Commission Director Chuck Williams led a deep dive into the timber industry, and the program wrapped up with Scott Hilton, executive director of the Georgians First Commission, bringing us up to speed on the commission’s activities strengthening small businesses across Georgia. We owe a big thanks to Ellis Heath and the Valdosta State team for working with us to co-present the program. With questions, contact Jenna Lynn Warner, 404.420.2035.


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Reduce the Spread of Germs with Help from GBA Partner Office Depot

GBA Strategic Partner Office Depot has all the cleaning supplies to help your bank run smoothly and keep illness at bay from your customers and employees during cold and flu season. At Office Depot, you'll find great deals on a broad range of cleaning supplies that every branch needs, including sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and hand soap. Whether you’re looking for personal-sized bottles of antibacterial gel or desk, economy-size bottles or refills of antibacterial soap for wall dispensers, Office Depot can supply you quickly and affordably. Click here for our March coupons and contact Office Depot’s Issac Mares with questions about all the discounts available to GBA members,, 855.337.6811 x12878.


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NEW Marketing Conference to Feature Podcasting Workshop, LinkedIn Master Class and More

Any banker with marketing responsibilities won’t want to miss GBA’s brand-new Marketing Conference April 2-3 at the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on St. Simons Island. The conference will be hosted in conjunction with the 2020 Bank Security Conference, so it’s a great opportunity for inter-department collaboration and learning. Sessions include:

  • A Podcast Case Study (to be broadcast nationally!) led by the hosts of the Marketing Money podcast, John Oxford of Renasant Bank and Josh Mabus of the Mabus Agency

  • An Economic Development and Community Engagement Panel led by Lorenda Smith, First National Bank, Bainbridge

  • A Tapping into LinkedIn session led by Gregg Burkhalter, "The LinkedIn Guy"

  • Unlocking the Power of Data led by Sherry Patton of Main Street, Inc.

Also planned are the following joint sessions with Bank Security Conference attendees:

  • A Crisis Situation and Communications session led by Gwinnett County Police Dept. Cpl. Eric Rooks

  • A GBA Industry and Advocacy Update from Joe Brannen

Sign up by March 18 for early-bird pricing! Get more details and register here. With questions, contact GBA’s Katina Prokos, 404.420.2021, or Jenna Lynn Warner, 404.420.2035.


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Georgia Banks Receive Over $37,000 in Distributions from American Bankers Mutual Insurance, Ltd.

American Bankers Mutual Insurance, Ltd., the reinsurer for the directors and officers (D&O), bond and cyber insurance program endorsed by the GBA recently declared a $2.5 million distribution to be shared by qualified banks insured through ABA Insurance Services (ABAIS), a member of Great American Insurance Group. More than $37,000 of that will go to Georgia-based banks. This is the 30th consecutive year that your industry’s leading professional liability and bond insurance provider has declared distributions to eligible banks, bringing the total to $88.8 million since the program’s inception. "The ABA’s insurance program is a fantastic opportunity for banks to maximize the value of their ABA and GBA memberships," said Bo Brannen, director of GBA Member Services. "Not only does it offer a stable, reliable source of insurance but it provides meaningful distributions year after year." To learn more about ABAIS, contact Pat, 410.960.6878.


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Last Call! HR Professionals Institute, March 18-20

Human resources professionals still have time to register for the 2020 HR Professionals Institute March 18-20 at the Westin Jekyll Island. Don’t miss the timely and informative sessions planned, including:

  • Leadership in the HR Role

  • Market Compensation and Strategy

  • Legal Update

  • How to Build a Culture of Engagement

  • Women in Retirement

  • Employee Communication

  • Crisis Situations and Communications.

Registration is $485 per person. Click here for more details and online registration. With questions contact GBA’s Alison Moreau, 404.420.2034.


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GBA Schools

Experience Banking’s Star Labs

More than 2,000 career bankers have graduated from the Georgia Banking School and many of today’s management-level bank compliance officers have been through the GBA Compliance School. These programs truly are where our industry’s stars are born. Enroll to sharpen your own skills or encourage a talented banker to take the next step in their career by being part of the upcoming sessions. Details below.

For almost 60 years, the school has developed generations of Georgia bank leaders who shape the industry in our state. It offers everything you want and expect from an investment in banker education, specifically preparing the next generation of bank leaders, building the pool of management-level talent in your bank, and connecting students to the most knowledgeable industry experts and a community of fellow bankers. Enroll here.


The school’s new, Year One curriculum will provide students with a solid foundation on compliance fundamentals and ensures that a bank’s internal compliance program is sufficiently comprehensive to avoid costly compliance violations. Check out the 2020 curriculum here, and click here to enroll online.

With questions, contact Alison Moreau, 404.420.2034.


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Still Time to Sign Up for 2020 BankPAC Sporting Clays Tournament - March 19

Due to rainy weather the last few weeks, the Leadership GBA BankPAC Sporting Clays Tournament was re-scheduled for Thursday, March 19, at Old Hudson Plantation. If you were registered for the event's original date in February, your registration will apply to the new date and you don’t need to do anything. Luckily, if you weren't registered but your schedule is clear for March 19 and you’d like to join us, you may still sign up by clicking here. Feel free to contact GBA’s Kathy Friestad with any questions, 404.420.2024. The event will start at noon with a barbecue lunch and a shotgun start at 1:15 p.m.


* The GBA StatePAC contributes only to candidates running for state-level office such as the Georgia General Assembly, the Governor’s office and the Lieutenant Governor’s office. Contributions can be made from an individual, from bank funds if you are a state chartered bank or from a national bank holding company if the contribution is made from funds other than those resulting from the operations of the national bank.


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Security Conference, April 2-3, St. Simons

Steps for Securing Branches of the Future get Conference Focus

We often hear and read about all the newfangled ways branches are being built, equipped and designed, but a lot of that focuses on architecture, customer experience and technology. Join us at the GBA Security Conference April 2-3 for a different point of view focusing on how to best secure all the new branch concepts. As a panel, Pinnacle Bank’s Jenn Whitmire, Nick Schuster of CashTrans and CBSI’s Chris Lower will share their expertise and lead a discussion of the latest trends. That’s one of several unique sessions, including a joint brush-up session on Crisis Communications planning with Marketing Conference attendees. And, it’s at St. Simons, so you may be able to get a head start on spring break travel! What’s keeping you from registering today?


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Retired FBI Special Agent to Close Out GBA Annual Meeting in June

For 20 years, David A. Chaves (retired) was a senior FBI Agent assigned to the New York Division, where he served as the securities fraud program manager for the most visible securities cases prosecuted over the past decade. He is widely recognized as the chief strategist in coordinating complex white-collar investigations and for infiltrating corrupt participants in the hedge fund industry through the use of sophisticated techniques, undercover operations, and wire taps. Chaves will wrap up GBA’s Annual Meeting, June 14-16, at the Fairmont Southampton in Bermuda, with a one-of-a-kind presentation, "FBI on Wall Street," where he’ll uncover the seminal investigation of Wall Street by the FBI and SEC. Hear how the FBI uncovered the biggest insider trading fraud in U.S history and the challenges in bringing charges as well as the sophisticated techniques used to change an industry. You’ll also hear how the epidemic of insider trading led to a revival of the same industry through partnership with the FBI. It’s sure to be a fascinating and intriguing end to our annual meeting sessions! Click here for a complete agenda. To make sure you secure the hotel accommodations you prefer, register soon. You must register for the meeting first in order to receive hotel reservation information. Once you’ve secured your hotel, we encourage you to book flights as it is prime season in Bermuda in June and flights will fill up quickly. Click here for a helpful early planning checklist. Associate Members are invited to participate by exhibiting or sponsorship. Questions? Contact GBA’s Kathy Friestad, 404.420.2024.


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Rural Development and Lending Conference Registration Open!

Led by committee Chair Danny Minick, The Citizens Bank of Americus, and Vice Chair Adam Smith, SunTrust Bank, the GBA Agriculture Committee has finalized its agenda for the 2020 Rural Development and Lending Conference, May 18-19 at The King and Prince Hotel on St. Simons. If your bank is involved in agribusiness, be sure your lender or someone from your executive team is registered to attend. Sessions include: Technology Trends Shaping Agribusiness, Brian Kelley, Ag Technologies; The Nuts and Bolts of Forestry from a Banker’s Perspective, Chuck Williams, Director, State Forester, Georgia Forestry Commission; Update from Washington, D.C. on Agricultural Finance Policy, Edwin Elfmann, Senior Vice President, Agricultural and Rural Banking Policy, American Bankers Association; and Market Trends and Economic Overview, Dr. John C. McKissick, University of Georgia. See the agenda here, or click here to get more details and to register. Contact GBA’s Alison Moreau with questions at 404.420.2034.


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Get in on Innovative BSA Training - Aug. 24-27
(New location!)

The Fed will soon roll out a new tailored Bank Secrecy Act examination process, Michelle Bowman said during a recent Q&A with ABA President and CEO Rob Nichols. "If you are a low-risk institution, we will scale our examination process, requirements and models to tailor for that risk," she said. "My expectation is that we will see a significant reduction in the number of hours that we spend in your institutions." She added that she hopes to roll this out by the end of the first quarter. We'll have all the details of any new proposal by the Fed or the other regulators that supervise most of Georgia's banks covered at the 2020 BSA Experience Aug. 24-27 at the Legacy Lodge at Lanier Islands in Buford. GBA is partnering again with Terri Sands of Secura Risk Management to bring you this popular event, which has been enhanced this year to include more case studies, team participation and relevant topics based on financial institutions' feedback and emerging risks. Click here to find out more and to register.


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Popular Housing Expert John Hunt to Speak at Leadership Conference

The Leadership GBA Board of Directors is excited to welcome John Hunt, Principal of MarketNsight and President of ViaSearch, as the opening speaker on day two of GBA’s Leadership Conference, July 13-15 at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club in Ponte Vedra, FL. With his finger on the pulse of the industry, Hunt has consistently predicted downturns, upswings and trends ahead of the curve, and was part of the team that predicted the last housing recession years before it happened. An industry leader for decades, Hunt uses cutting edge analytics to help builders, developers, lenders and real estate professionals make the right decisions for their companies and home buyers alike. He is now on the leading edge of Millennial and Active Adult buying trends. Be sure someone from your bank plans to join us this summer. Click here to see the detailed conference schedule. Click here to register. And don’t forget, if you’re a member of one of GBA’s Leadership Roundtables, your Leadership Conference registration is included (but please register to let us know you will attend). Be sure to book your hotel soon as July is busy season. Questions? Contact GBA’s Kathy Friestad, 404.420.2024.


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Preventing elder financial exploitation is priority for banks. Your bank has the chance now to lead the way in making customers in your community feel safe. This is an opportunity to build your brand, build stronger relationships and, most importantly to protect the funds that you hold for your most loyal clients. GBA partner has developed creative and compelling messaging to help you keep your elderly customers informed and better protected. Choose from easily customizable newspaper ads, counter cards, digital posters and digital ads that you can post on your social media platforms. Click here to join us at a time of your choosing to learn more. Contact BMC president Neal Reynolds with questions at or 678.528.6688.


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Learn about Compliance, IRAs, BSA and More with Upcoming Webinars

There’s an informative lineup of webinars coming up in the next couple of weeks. Here are some of the topics.

Check the full calendar here for dates, times and more programs. With questions, contact GBA’s ShaKeya Snipes, 404.420.2020.


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April Facilitated Online Courses from ABA at GBA Member Rates

There are more than 300 facilitated-paced online courses available to all GBA members that cover everything from technical banking topics to just good business skills. Here are a few business basic courses coming up to check out:

  • Managing Interest Bank Risk - Member Price: $660

  • Basic Administrative Duties of a Trustee - Member Price: $300

  • The SOS Habit - Member Price: $149

See the full array of ABA-provided courses here.


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ABA Certificates: A 100 Year Tradition of Excellence

For more than 100 years, bankers have taken advantage of certificate programs to prepare for careers in banking or to enhance the skills and knowledge they already possess. Certificates build the skills necessary for a specific position in the bank and can be taken entirely online as a certificate curriculum. The programs are continually reevaluated and refined to reflect the current needs of bankers in their jobs today and changes in the industry. Certificates are available in the following categories:

  • Business Banking and Commercial Lending

  • Compliance and Risk Management

  • Mortgage Lending

  • Retail Banking and Marketing

  • Wealth Management and Trust

  • Executive Education.

See the full lineup of Certificates offered here. For more information, contact Alison Moreau or ShaKeya Snipes.


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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.


GBA Strategic Partner BankTalentHQ - The central feature of BankTalentHQ is its national bank-job board. Other key benefits include: resume search access, regional and national reach for your open positions, frequent special offers and custom sales/coaching programs. Visit BankTalentHQ to learn more. See the open positions in Georgia here, or search regionally or nationally here.


GBA’s Career Paths for Bankers™ - GBA’s Career Paths for Bankers™ is the most unique, organized and easy-to-use career development resource available for bankers and banks. GBA’s pioneering career development resource is unlike any other in the banking industry. Click here to start mapping your banking career today.


Why do people choose careers in banking? Whatever their talents, interests and educational background, there is a career in banking for them. Here are few good reasons to share with folks you know.


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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:


Albany - AB&T

Bank associates celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday with students at Alice Coachman Elementary School as part of Read Across America week.

Albany - Flint Community Bank

Assistant Branch Manager Tammy Howell represented the bank at Morningside Elementary School for Read Across America.

Albany - Georgia Community Bank

The bank’s Lee County and Dawson branches recently served meals at First United Methodist Church of Albany’s SEWN (Sunday Evening With our Neighbors) event, which provides meals for the needy and homeless in downtown Albany.

Augusta - Queensborough National Bank & Trust Co.

For the past two months the bank’s Augusta branch operations department has collected items for troops stationed overseas. The items will be shipped to troops deployed in remote areas.

Augusta - Security Federal Bank

Commercial Lender Bennett Bowers participated in Career Day with his daughter Ramsey at Episcopal Day School in Augusta.

Bainbridge - First National Bank

Six bank team members read to more than 150 boys and girls at local schools for Read Across America week.

Broxton - Colony Bank

The bank’s Broxton branch wore gray on Feb. 27 in celebration of Macy Barfield receiving her last chemo treatment. They also rang the bell at the Atlanta hospital where she had been receiving treatments.

Cochran - Citizens Bank and Trust Company

The team members from the bank’s Cochran branch gave out refreshments at the Biking Bleckley event on Feb. 29.

Columbus - Synovus

The bank awarded a $500,000 grant to NeighborWorks Columbus, which will support its efforts in creating safe, fit and affordable housing for low income families in the Columbus area. Read more here.

Fitzgerald - Community Banking Company of Fitzgerald

Executive Vice President Debra Weil recently attended the Parker Finance Connection at Georgia Southern University to discuss careers in banking with college students.

McDonough - Heritage Bank

The bank recently donated to Clayton State University’s Give4Dreams fundraising drive.

Rome - Greater Community Bank

Bank director Bill Temple and Vice President and Mortgage Loan Officer Terri Ainsworth presented a check on behalf of the bank for $1,148 to the Murphy-Harpst Children's Center at the Greater Rome Board of Realtors February Membership Luncheon.

Sandersville - Queensborough National Bank & Trust Co.

The bank’s Sandersville branch is collecting books during the month of March for the Little Free Libraries across the community.

Twin City - Durden Banking Company, Inc.

Executive Vice President Wade Johnson recently gave a class on household budgeting for parents and faculty of the CSRA Head Start Program in Emanuel County. He is shown at right with some of the parents discussing their individual household budgets.

Valdosta - Southwest Georgia Bank

Valdosta Market President Jud Moritz presented a $50,000 check to Susan Bowden, executive director, and Bill Meli, facilities manager, at Hospice of South Georgia. This donation has been dedicated to hospice’s new thrift store building, The Tree House Thrift Shop, a donation-based store that benefits patient care for Hospice of South Georgia. Read more here. From left: Meli, Moritz and Bowden


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Atlanta - Georgia Primary Bank

Sherry Kinard, director of the bank’s Government Guaranteed Lending Division, was one of a select group of entrepreneurs and innovators nationwide invited to the White House for a summit on supplier diversity and access to capital. She also attended the annual National African American History Month Reception held in the East Wing of the White House.


Greenville, S.C. - United Community Bank

Melinda Davis Lux has joined the company’s executive leadership team as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Read more here.


Milledgeville - Exchange Bank

Heather Cook has been promoted to Business Development Manager.


Perry - Bank of Perry, a division of Persons Banking Company

Jan Douglass has joined the bank as vice president of commercial lending.


Rome - Greater Community Bank

Vice President and Loan Officer Paula Jasper was recently honored at the Black History Month Presentation held in the Commission Chambers of City Hall. She was presented with the Mayor's Proclamation by Commissioner Mark Cochran.


Savannah - First Chatham Bank

Marcella Cotter has joined the bank as a vice president and branch manager of the Telfair (downtown) branch. Stephanie Courtney has been promoted to banking officer.


Sylvester - South Georgia Banking Company

The Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the bank’s new branch in Sylvester.


Washington D.C. - Promontory MortgagePath

Sue Shaffer has joined the organization as regional vice president of sales.







Jasper (left) and Cochran





South Georgia Banking Co.




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 Katina Prokos.


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