October 2023

Featured Learning and Development Opportunities
South Georgia Community Bank Symposium - Oct. 12, Valdosta State University
Join GBA and Valdosta State University's Harley Langdale Jr. College of Business Administration for this regional banking symposium focusing on South Georgia. Experts will address key banking challenges and opportunities to collaborate with the university and its students. Its a great event for learning and networking for all bankers. Confirmed sessions include:
  • Economic Outlook with Dr. Elvan Aktas, Professor of Finance, Valdosta State University
  • Credit Conditions/Concerns with Stewart Thigpen, CEO, Steve H. Powell & Co.
  • Regional Economic Development Panel with Moderator Tiffany Holmes, Director of Center For Rural Prosperity, Georgia Chamber; and Panelists Jason Dunn, Executive Director, Fitzgerald Ben Hill Economic Development Authority; Jana Dyke, President & CEO at Albany-Dougherty Economic Development; and Scott Purvis, Community Development Manager, Georgia Power
  • A look at Georgia's Heirs Property Law Center and the impact of heirs property on communities throughout Georgia.
Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Click here to access the event website with everything you need to know.
Brad Rustin
Compliance Conference & HMDA Workshop - Oct. 18-20, Jekyll Island
Planned by GBAs Compliance Committee led by Chair Tabitha White, First State Bank of Blakely, and Vice Chair Lindsay Holloway, The Four County Bank, Allentown, attendees can expect a jam-packed agenda at this years GBA Compliance Conference in Jekyll Island. Our closing session will be presented by fan favorite, Brad Rustin, Nelson Mullins. During this session, Rustin will look back at recent enforcement actions and discuss what banks can do to avoid these setbacks along with what they should do in the future to meet and exceed the expectations and requirements set forth by the regulators. Get all the details and register here. Attendees have the option to register for the combined workshop and conference, conference only, or workshop only.
Wed like to thank these Associate Members who are showing their support through sponsorship:
  • Platinum Sponsors: American Bankers Association and Steve H. Powell & Company
  • Silver Sponsors: Carr, Riggs, & Ingram, CPAs and Advisors, Compliance Alliance, Mauldin & Jenkins, Ncontracts and Troutman Pepper.
Georgia BankPAC Golf Classic - Oct. 18, River Forest Club, Forsyth
Are you a banker who loves to golf? Or maybe you just want to spend a beautiful fall day outside with your fellow bankers, directors, co-workers or legislators? Then you won't want to miss the 2023 Georgia BankPAC Golf Classic! This annual event is a great way to entertain customers, prospects or team members, and all proceeds go to the GBA StatePAC. So whether you're a serious golfer or a weekend warrior, come out and support this important cause. Click here for more details and to register.
Attention Bank Marketing Pros
Marketing Peer Group Meeting - Nov. 1, Middle Georgia State University, Macon
Bank marketing officers, marketing personnel and anyone with marketing responsibilities within the bank should make plans today to join their peers at Middle Georgia State University in Macon for the 2023 Marketing Peer Group Meeting. Designed exclusively for bank marketing professionals, this event offers a full day of learning, sharing and networking that will elevate your bank's marketing strategies. Youll share insights, strategies, and challenges in the ever-evolving world of financial marketing. Dont miss this opportunity to gain fresh perspectives on your bank marketing role and build valuable connections within the industry. Registration includes lunch. Click here for more details and to register.
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Financial Risk Management Conference - Nov 2-3, The Westin Buckhead Atlanta
Join Georgia bank CFOs and other finance professionals in Atlanta Nov. 2-3 at The Westin Buckhead for the annual GBA 2023 Financial Risk Management Conference. Hosted annually by GBAs Asset/Liability Management Committee, the conference features sessions including an economic update by Ryan Hayhurst of The Baker Group, a banker panel discussion about recent regulatory exams to be moderated by Jonathan Hightower of Fenimore Kay Harrison, a session about loan pricing and hedging by Ed Kofman of SouthState Bank, a session on optimizing opportunities in government guaranteed investment and lending programs by Mark Evans of Brean Capital, a session on combating the true cost of fraud by Terri Luttrell of Abrigo, and a panel discussing funding alternatives moderated by Holt Redding of SouthCoast Bank & Trust. Get all the details and register here.
Wed 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.
Credit Conference - Nov. 30 - Dec. 1, The Westin Buckhead Atlanta
The GBA Credit Committee, under the leadership of Michael Tesler, Ameris Bank, and Vice Chair Rebecca Abraham, Signature Bank of Georgia, has finalized the agenda for the conference, Nov. 30 - Dec. 1 at The Westin Buckhead Atlanta. Get all the details and register here.
Wed 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.
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 GBAs 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!
Save the Date for These 2024 Events
Registration will open soon for these 2024 events. Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for registration announcements!
  • Feb. 28-March 1 - Operations & Technology Conference, The DeSoto, Savannah
  • March 20-22 - HR Professionals Institute & Marketing Conference, The Westin Jekyll Island
  • April 10-12 - Security Conference, The King & Prince, St. Simons
  • April 28-May 3 - Georgia Banking School & GBA Compliance School, UGA Conference Center & Hotel, Athens
  • May 16-17 - Rural Development & Lending Conference, The King & Prince, St. Simons
Check out GBA's Calendar of Events for all upcoming dates.
Related: GBA Associate Members can secure their sponsorships and exhibitor booths for next year now. Access the 2024 Sponsorship and Exhibit Kit here. Email GBAs Kathy Friestad, kfriestad@gabankers.com, to request a call or meeting.
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