November 2023

Featured Learning and Development Opportunities
Financial Risk Management Conference - Nov 2-3, The Westin Buckhead Atlanta
Georgia bank CFOs and other finance professionals are set to gather in Atlanta Nov. 2-3 for their annual conference, hosted by GBA’s Asset/Liability Management Committee under the leadership of Chair Haynes Standard, First State Bank, Wrens, and Vice Chair Holt Redding, South Coast Bank & Trust, Brunswick. Get all the details here.
We’d like to thank these Associate Members who are showing their support:
  • Platinum sponsorship: The Baker Group PC
  • Gold sponsorship: Brean Capital LLC and Raymond James & Associates
  • Silver sponsorship: Carr Riggs & Ingram CPAs and Advisors, Empyrean Solutions, FHLBank Atlanta, ServisFirst Bank and Wiplfi LLP.
BSA Peer Group (Virtual) - Nov. 28, Zoom
Sign up now for our virtual winter session! Grow your BSA network and connect with your peers. Kristen Stogniew of Saltmarsh, Cleaveland and Gund will be back to lead the group discussion and registrants can submit industry hot topics during the registration process to ensure those topics are covered. Get all the details and register here.
Hotel Block Ends Nov. 8 – Make your reservation today!
Credit Conference - Nov. 30 - Dec. 1, The Westin Buckhead Atlanta
Registrations are building for the GBA 2023 Credit Conference hosted annually by GBA’s Credit Committee under the leadership of Michael Tesler, Ameris Bank, and Vice Chair Rebecca Abraham, Signature Bank of Georgia. Get all the details and register here. Sessions include:
  • How to Evaluate a Borrower’s Ability to Survive Inflation and Recession, Dev Strischeck, Devon Risk Advisory Group
  • Current Challenges and Opportunities in Commercial Real Estate Credit, Cal Evans, Synovus
  • Ag Update, Will Bentley, Georgia Agribusiness Council
  • How Market Shifts Impact the Foundation of “Banking”, Dave Koch, Abrigo
  • Industry and Regulatory Update: A Chat with Kevin Hagler, Georgia Dept. of Banking & Finance, and Joe Brannen, GBA
  • Economic Update, Roger Tutterow, Kennesaw State University
We’d like to thank these Associate Members who are showing their support through sponsorship.
  • Platinum Sponsor: Steve H. Powell & Company
  • Silver Sponsors: CRI - Carr Riggs & Ingram CPAs and Advisors, CSRA Business Lending, Mauldin & Jenkins, Point to Point Environmental and Wiplfi LLP.
GBA Retirement Services Annual 401(k) Training Seminar - Dec. 5-6, Atlanta and Macon
The dates for the GBA Retirement Services Annual 401(k) Training Seminar are Dec. 5 in Atlanta and Dec. 6 in Macon. HR administrators of banks or companies in the Trust may attend either session at no cost to you! We will cover plan administration, SECURE 2.0 Act, website demos, testing review, compliance updates, overview of investments, financial wellness tools, and review of 2024 fee schedules. Is your plan not a part of our Master Trust? We invite you to also come and learn more about our services. Give us a call to find out how our program is helping thousands of Georgia Bankers be fully prepared for retirement. We promise you won’t be disappointed. Have questions? Contact Mandy Richards at 404.420.2025 for more information. Please click here to register for Atlanta or Macon.
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Legislative/Economic Forum & Legislative Reception - Jan. 24, Ritz-Carlton Atlanta Downtown
Break out the 2024 calendar and be sure to block Wed., Jan. 24 for GBA’s annual Legislative & Economic Forum and Reception. The Forum and Reception will be at the Ritz-Carlton in Downtown Atlanta. This event is a must-attend for member bankers, associate members, and strategic partners as the advocacy season kicks off. We are in great hands with our seasoned advocacy team, led by Elizabeth Chandler, Executive Vice President, Government Relations & Advocacy, Bo Brannen, Senior Vice President, Member Services & Advocacy, Steve Bridges, Government Relations Consultant, and Tripp Cofield, GBA Insurance Trust President and CEO. The event website and registration will launch soon, so watch your email for an announcement and check the GBA website home page for details and a registration link soon. Thank you to our event sponsor, ServisFirst Bank, Correspondent Division. Sponsorships are still available for this event. Contact GBA’s Kathy Friestad with questions about sponsorship.
Kristen Stogniew
BSA Summit - Jan. 29 - Feb. 1, 2024, Peachtree City
Ascend to new heights in your BSA/AML/CFT and OFAC compliance programs by attending GBA’s BSA Summit in Peachtree City at the Hilton Conference Center, Jan. 29 - Feb. 1. Facilitated by Kristen Stogniew, Saltmarsh, Cleaveland and Gund, attendees can expect a deep dive into the world of BSA compliance through a variety of sessions. Attendees will:
  • Gain tools for improved documentation and effectiveness.
  • Identify signs of unlawful activity and understand bad actors.
  • Connect with fellow BSA/AML professionals.
  • Be inspired as protectors of the financial system.
Special Bonus: Kristen's pre-Summit Session covers the entire regulatory framework, suitable for beginners and seasoned professionals. Register here and secure your spot!
Registration Opening Soon!
IRA Merry-Go-Round - Feb.6-7, MGSU in Macon

IRA professionals, mark your calendars! GBA’s IRA Merry-Go-Round will be Feb. 6 – Feb. 7, 2024 in Macon at Middle Georgia State University. Facilitated by Loni Porta, Director of Education, Convergent Retirement Plan Solutions, anyone even remotely involved in IRAs will benefit from this intensive two-day seminar. Look for registration details soon. Contact Aimee Corcoran with questions, 404.420.2035.
Georgia BankPAC Sporting Clays Tournament - Feb. 8, Old Hudson Plantation, Forsyth
If shooting clays is your thing, be sure you’ve got Feb. 8 locked and loaded on your calendar for the 2024 Georgia BankPAC Sporting Clays Tournament. Planned and hosted by Leadership GBA’s Board of Directors, this event will be back at crowd favorite Old Hudson Plantation in Sparta and all proceeds will go to the Georgia state PAC*. Click here for more info and to register. There are registration options for two-person teams, individual shooters, as well as sponsorship opportunities. Contact GBA’s Kathy Friestad with questions.
Operations & Technology Conference - Feb. 28 - March 1, The DeSoto, Savannah
Join Georgia bank IT and operations professionals in Savannah Feb. 28 - March 1 at The DeSoto, Savannah, hosted annually by GBA’s Operations & Technology Committee under the leadership of Chair, Shan Venable, Altamaha Bank and Trust Company, Vidalia, and Vice Chair, Mindy Green, Citizens Community Bank, Hahira. Sessions will include:
  • Fraud Mitigation
  • Succession Planning
  • Leverage Your Next Core Contract Negotiation, David Saylor, Genesys Technology Group, LLC
  • Phishing Protection Securing Azure AD with Conditional Access Policies, Eric Delgado, Safe Systems
  • Conversational AI and How to Leverage the Prompt
  • Evolving Expectations – The Next Digital Wave, Matt Herren, CSI.
Click here to access the event website with everything you need to know.
Mark Your Calendars!
GBA 2024 Spring Conferences
Mark your calendars and save the date for the following 2024 spring conferences!
  • HR Professionals Institute – March 20 - 22, at The Westin, Jekyll Island
  • Marketing Conference and Workshop – March 20 - 22, at The Westin, Jekyll Island
  • Bank Security Conference – April 10 - 12, at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, St. Simons.
Registration will open soon. With questions, contact Aimee Corcoran, 404.420.2035.
Georgia Banking School - April 28 - May 3, UGA Center for Continuing Education, Athens
Online enrollment is now available for the 2024 session of the Georgia Banking School, which will be April 28 - May 3 in at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education and Hotel in Athens. For more than 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. The Georgia Banking School Board, led by Darron Burnette of Synovus, has been hard at work reviewing the curriculum and planning next year’s session.
Registration opening soon for returning students!
GBA Compliance School Year Two (2024 Session) - April 28 - May 4, UGA Center for Continuing Education, Athens
Registration will open soon for students returning for year two of GBA’s Compliance School. Focusing on strategic compliance management, students will continue to build their foundation and strengthen their bank’s overall compliance management program. Students who completed year one, Building the Base, will receive an invitation to register. Limited year-two admissions may be available for senior-level Compliance Officers who have not completed the first-year curriculum. Requests by those prospective students must be reviewed and approved by the school board, and should be emailed to Aimee Corcoran.
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