February 2022

Featured Learning and Development Opportunities
The IRA Merry-Go-Round Webinar - Feb 8-9, Zoom Webinar Format
Based on feedback from a number of members dealing with staffing challenges due to COVID-19, we've converted the IRA Merry-Go-Round training to a virtual webinar. We want to ensure that everyone can attend this banker-favorite training. The training will take place on the same days, just in a virtual format. We hope that this new format will allow you to register your team! Patrice Konarik, Sunwest Training Corp, will teach you all you need to know about IRAs, including the latest updates! Each participant will receive the latest 275-page, IRA Training and Reference Manual - “The Red Book.” Click here for all the details and to register.
BankPAC CSporting Clays Tournament - Feb. 10, Old Hudson Plantation, Sparta
Leadership GBA will host its fifth annual Georgia BankPAC Sporting Clay Tournament on Feb. 10, 2022, at Old Hudson Plantation in Sparta. This four-person scramble tournament is a fun and challenging event and a great opportunity to invite your legislators, directors, customers, and friends to meet and shoot a round of clays with your colleagues in the banking industry. Proceeds will go to the GBA StatePAC. Get all the details and register here.
Southeast Georgia Community Bank Symposium - Feb. 16, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro
We hope all bankers in Southeast Georgia will sign up for the return of this regional symposium. We’ve teamed up again with Georgia Southern University’s Don Cox to put together a really good program. Cox, director of the university’s Center for Excellence in Financial Services will present an economic outlook, Melissa Sneed from the Department of Banking and Finance will team up with GBA’s Joe Brannen for an industry and advocacy update, and we’ll get an inside look at how to partner with GSU to help small businesses and connect to emerging talent for your banks. Get all the details and register here.
Operations and Technology Conference - Feb. 23-25, The DeSoto, Savannah
GBA’s Operations and Technology Committee has worked hard on the program agenda for the Feb. 23-25 Operations and Technology Conference. The agenda includes sessions on cryptocurrency and emerging technology, payments, cybersecurity, operational assessments, vendor management and much more. Associate members are invited to sponsor and/or exhibit. Get all the details and register here.
Breaking into Banking 101: Fundamentals of Commercial Banking Webinar - Feb. 23, Zoom Webinar Format
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. Get all the details and register here.
HR Professionals Institute - March 23-25, The King and Prince, St. Simons
Held concurrently this year with the GBA Marketing Conference, the GBA HR Professionals Institute is the premier in-person learning experience for Georgia bank Human Resources professionals. Programming covers the full spectrum of skills, best practices, latest trends and good ideas for practitioners. Content includes information about effective policies and procedures essential to developing, attracting and retaining team members, managing compensation and benefits programs and establishing a winning culture for their banks. Peer networking and idea-sharing flourish during the institute. HR directors and staff at all levels will benefit from attending. Get all the details and register here.
Marketing Conference - March 23-25, The King and Prince, St. Simons
Held concurrently this year with the HR Professionals Institute, the GBA Marketing Conference is the premier in-person learning experience for Georgia bank Marketing professionals. Programming covers the full spectrum of skills, best practices, latest trends and good ideas for practitioners. Content includes the latest information about branding, business development, product and service marketing, social media and other channels, messaging, community programs, measurement and tracking and more. Peer networking and idea sharing flourishes during the conference, forging relationships and opportunities for further growth. Chief marketing officers, marketing professionals at all levels and anyone who has marketing responsibilities will benefit from attending. Get all the details and register here.

2022 Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities Kit

There’s no better time to reserve your participation in GBA’s 2022 events valuable to your company. Click here to access the 2022 Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities Kit. See the last page of the kit for event dates or visit our home page at gabankers.com to access our 2022 event calendar. Ready to sign up? Complete the response form in the kit and submit it to Kathy Friestad, or you can also email Kathy to request a call or meeting.

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