November 2022

Featured Learning and Development Opportunities
Financial Risk Management Conference - Nov. 3-4, The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North
This event, planned by the GBA Asset/Liability Management Committee, covers the full spectrum of finance topics essential for ensuring profitably run banks. The event provides participants the opportunity to network, share best practices and learn from nationally known experts in an away-from-the-bank environment to foster creativity and connections. Attendees qualify for nine hours of CPE credit in the area of Business Management and Organization from NASBA. Get all the details here. A big thank you to the following conference sponsors - Platinum Sponsors: The Baker Group and Truist Securities; Gold Sponsors: Raymond James, ServisFirst Bank and SouthState Bank; Silver Sponsors: Brean Capital, Carr, Riggs & Ingram, CPAs and Advisors, FHLBank Atlanta, Fifth Third Securities and The First National Bankers Bank. Learn more about sponsorships and exhibiting.
Business Cash Flow Analysis Seminar - Nov. 16, Middle Georgia State University, Macon
Join Mike Allen, a faculty member of the Georgia Banking School with more than 40 years of industry experience, for an introduction and practical approach to business cash flow analysis. This program is designed for small business lenders, commercial lenders, and credit analysts/underwriters. This seminar will assist those bankers who originate and underwrite small business and commercial loans by providing a framework of how to approach the technical and non-technical components to analysis, develop an understanding of what the key points of interest are relative to various requests, and ultimately determine a borrower's capacity to repay your loan. Get all the details and register here.
Credit Conference - Dec. 1-2, The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North
With higher interest rates in play, now’s the time to gather with peers to discuss best practices and get the latest market intelligence at GBA’s 2022 Credit Conference, planned by the GBA Credit Committee. Kennesaw State University’s Roger Tutterow will give an economic update and John Hunt of MarketNsight will give a housing update. We’ll have a regulator panel with representatives from the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance, the FDIC, OCC and Federal Reserve. The second day will feature an ag update from state senator, seventh-generation farmer and candidate for Agriculture Commissioner Tyler Harper as well as an all-star economic development panel and a peer roundtable. Sponsors are Steve H. Powell & Company, Carr, Riggs & Ingram, CPAs and Advisors, CSRA Business Lending, Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC, Point to Point Environmental, Inc., Qualtik, ServisFirst Bank and Wipfli LLP. Get details and register here.
Loan Documentation Seminar - Dec. 8, Middle Georgia State University, Macon
Prevention of loan losses through the implementation of proper loan structuring and documentation techniques is the objective of this seminar. Mike Allen, a faculty member of the Georgia Banking School with more than 40 years of industry experience, will cover background and review, identifying the borrower and collateral, evidencing the debt, attaching and perfecting the collateral, real estate specifics, residential construction lending and guarantees. Get all the details and register here.
Internal Audit Seminar - Dec. 9, Middle Georgia State University, Macon
Crowe LLP Senior Manager Darren Shuster and Internal Audit, Fraud Prevention Consultant Mike Thomas will host GBA’s Internal Audit seminar on Dec. 9 in Macon. This seminar will be a practical, "hands-on" discussion of effective practices in auditing that will cover the following topics: auditing the lending function, auditing mortgage banking functions and recent trends in financial institution fraud. Get all the details and register here.
Legislative and Economic Forum & Reception - Jan. 11, 2023, the Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown
Join the GBA Board of Directors, Public Affairs Committee and BankPAC Board on Wednesday, Jan. 11, as they host GBA’s annual Legislative and Economic Forum, followed by GBA’s annual Legislative Reception honoring members of the General Assembly, Constitutional Officers, statewide Judiciary and other dignitaries. The forum will be from 3-6 p.m., followed by the reception from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown. Any member bankers, Associate Members or Bank Counsel Section members with management, finance, business development or government relations-related responsibilities or interests will benefit from attending. Get all the details and register here.
IRA Merry-Go-Round Seminar, IRA Basic and Advanced Issues - Feb. 7-8, 2023, Middle Georgia State University, Macon
There are too many issues and too many potential pitfalls financial institutions will experience if they don’t have a working knowledge of recent IRA changes. Forms have been changed, IRA software was most likely updated and most of the new rules have gone through several interpretations. Patrice Konarik, Sunwest Training Corp, is back with an intensive 2-day seminar will help you pull it all together. The IRA Basic class on Day 1 will cover the old rules and the new changes because most of the IRA rules prior to 1/1/2020 are “grandfathered”. Konarik will go over her totally updated IRA “Red Book” Training manual, which has lots of cheat sheets to show you the before and after. In the IRA Advanced Day 2, she will summarize the changes and then actually get into the nitty gritty of new distribution regulations to owners and beneficiaries. Get all the details and register here.
Registration now open!
2023 Operations and Technology Conference - Feb. 8-10, The DeSoto, Savannah
Georgia’s flagship multi-day conference for bank operations and technology professionals planned by the GBA Operations & Technology Committee covers the full spectrum of tech trends and operational issues including payments, vendor management, cybersecurity, innovation, fintech partnerships and more. The event provides participants the opportunity to network, share best practices and learn from nationally known experts in an away-from-the-bank environment to foster creativity and connections. Speakers/sessions confirmed so far include:
  • Keynote Speaker – Andre’ Kennebrew, Chick-fil-A
  • Kim Kirk, Queensborough National Bank & Trust Company, Inc. – ABA Core Platforms Committee Update
IT officers, operations officers and anyone working in IT, technology and/or operations at the bank will benefit from attending. Get all the details and register here.

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