March 2023

Featured Learning and Development Opportunities
Compliance Peer Group Meeting - March 7, Macon
GBA’s Compliance Committee is excited to bring back our peer group meetings! Led by compliance specialist Sebrina Sweeney of Sweeney Compliance Group, attendees can submit topics during registration to generate discussion among their peers about common pain points and audit findings. Attendees will walk away with best practices they can implement to strengthen their bank's compliance management program. Registration includes lunch. Get all the details and register here.
Vera Stewart
HR Professionals Institute - March 22-24, St. Simons
We are excited to have Vera Stewart set to host a closing session for both the HR Professionals Institute and GBA Marketing Conference (more info on that conference below). Vera is a southern cooking show host, entrepreneur, caterer, mail order aficionado, cookbook author and mentor. Throughout her career, Vera’s true passion is mentoring young people. Don’t miss this entertaining story which is sure to motivate and inspire you. Planned by GBA's HR Committee led by Chair Terry Kennedy, Exchange Bank, and Vice Chair Lance Whitley, Colony Bank, the 2023 HR Professionals Institute is March 22-24 at The King & Prince, St. Simons. The agenda includes sessions on employment law, bank culture, protection from workplace violence and much more. Click here to get more details and to register.
Clark Hook
Marketing Conference and Creative Workshop - March 22-24, St. Simons
Your program, your choice! Planned by GBA’s Marketing Committee led by Chair Anna Grant Jones, Pinnacle Bank, and Vice Chair Haley Barnes, BankSouth Mortgage, the GBA Marketing Conference program has two components this year. First is a new creativity engine called the Bankreative Workshop led by Clark Hook, Creative Director at Financial Marketing Solutions, the nation’s top bank branding agency and GBA Strategic Partner. The traditional conference follows, with a jam-packed agenda for all marketing professionals. Click here for the full agenda and to register. Attendees have the option to register for both workshop and conference, conference only, or workshop only.
Personal Cash Flow Analysis - March 29, Macon
Back by popular demand, Mike Allen, a faculty member of the Georgia Banking School with more than 40 years of industry experience, will cover the A-Zs of how to analyze personal cash flow and personal tax returns. This program is designed for consumer lenders, commercial lenders, and credit analysts/underwriters. The training will assist those bankers who originate consumer loans as well as commercial bankers and underwriters who want to get a clear picture of a guarantor's cash flow to aid in identifying the availability of excess personal cash flow that could be available to provide additional support to related borrowing requests. Through a combination of lecture and casework, participants will learn how to calculate sources and uses of personal cash flow and any remaining cash flow to support additional debt. Click here to register.
Deep Dive on Growing Concerns in Georgia
Bank Security Conference
- April 12-14, Jekyll Island
Planned by GBA’s Security Committee, the Security Conference agenda will provide bank security professionals the tools necessary to execute their bank’s security program. Register today and join us as we take a deep dive with financial forensic specialist Mark Fellows and uncover the growing concerns in Georgia including elder fraud, human trafficking/smuggling and money mules. Learn what banks can do to help protect their customers and their assets. This conference is planned for bank security officers and staff at all levels as well as anyone with security responsibilities at the bank. Click here for details and to register.
Call Reporting - April 19, Macon
Presented by Michael Gordon, Nicole Cunningham and Bill Curtis of Mauldin & Jenkins, this seminar offers practical techniques to improve your overall call reporting process. Participants will receive a detailed line-by-line review of the commonly completed Call Report schedules with helpful tips for reporting individual items. Relationships between schedules and common errors will be discussed as part of this review. The session will also include a review of the proposed and finalized changes for 2023, including the revisions related to the Current Expected Credit Loss (CECL) model and changes to the reporting of troubled debt restructured loans. Particular attention will be placed on Schedules RC-C, RC-R and other areas that continue to receive heightened regulatory scrutiny. Click here for more details and to register.
Michael Gordon
Nicole Cunningham
Bill Curtis
Loan Documentation - April 26, Macon
Mike Allen
, a faculty member of the Georgia Banking School with more than 40 years of industry experience, will teach attendees of this seminar how to p
revent of loan losses through the implementation of proper loan structuring and documentation techniques. Topics include background and review, identifying the borrower, identifying the collateral, evidencing the debt, attaching and perfecting the collateral, real estate specifics, residential construction lending and guarantees. Commercial loan officers, commercial loan personnel, loan assistants and closing specialists will all benefit from attending. Click here to get more details and to register.
Information Security Officer - April 27, Macon
In this fan-favorite seminar, IT security experts Josh Dasher and Emily Strickland, Safe Systems, will take a deep dive into the “why” and “how” of the ISO's role. Topics covered include the regulatory mandate for the ISO, the ISO in a crisis, risk management basics, key responsibilities and interacting with stakeholders. This seminar is designed for new and experienced ISO’s, but compliance officers, audit committee members, IT Steering Committee members and network administrators will benefit as well from attending this seminar. Click here to get more details and to register.
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GBA Compliance School Year 1, Building the Base
- April 30 - May 5, Athens
Planned by GBA’s Compliance School Board, the GBA Compliance School is a two-year program designed to give new and experienced compliance pros the tools necessary to build, monitor and maintain an effective compliance program. Year 1 begins this year, so don’t miss this opportunity to join this program and gain the fundamentals required to ensure a solid compliance management program. Click here to learn more about the GBA Compliance School.
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Georgia Banking School
- April 30 - May 5, Athens
We look forward to welcoming students to this year's Georgia Banking School at the UGA Center for Continuing Ed and Hotel in Athens. We have reached capacity for first year students but are maintaining a waitlist. Planned by the Georgia Banking School Board, the Georgia Banking School has been a highly effective resource for developing the leadership talents of Georgia bankers since 1961. The school’s mission is to prepare first- and mid-level managers to effectively and profitably serve the public. Click here to learn more about the Georgia Banking School.
American Mortgage Conference - May 1-3, Charleston
GBA is proud to be among the state bankers associations co-presenting this year’s American Mortgage Conference with the North Carolina Bankers Association. Each year, the conference brings together policymakers, investors, experts in the financial services industry and mortgage practitioners of every kind, providing a prime opportunity to discuss important industry issues and analyze the progress being made in Washington. The next American Mortgage Conference will be hosted at Wild Dunes Resort just outside of Charleston, SC. Click here for full details and registration information.
Rural Development and Lending Conference - May 18-19, St. Simons
Bankers involved in any kind of ag lending should sign up for the GBA 2023 Rural Development and Lending Conference May 18-19 at The King & Prince, St. Simons. Agenda sessions will include: a livestock update, ag regulatory update, crop insurance, peanuts and farm bill update and a cotton update. Thanks to the GBA Agricultural Committee, led by its Chair Rachel Thompson, Bank of Newington, and Vice Chair Matt Rushton, AB&T, for their work on the agenda. For more information and to register, click here.
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