April 2024  

Compliance Programs
Accelerate Your Compliance Career
GBA Compliance School
- April 28 - May 4, UGA Center for Continuing Education, Athens
Looking to strengthen your compliance skills and advance your banking career? GBA’s Compliance School will prepare you for what’s next. GBA’s Compliance School Board has built the school’s curriculum and has secured the school’s faculty, sure to deliver!
For the first time ever, Year 1 and Year 2 of Compliance School will be offered in 2024! Compliance officers as well as anyone who has compliance responsibilities, including department managers, will benefit from the school. Enroll today for career growth, personal growth, and an added value to your institution.
Fundamentals Programs
New Fundamentals Program
Virtual Understanding Bank Performance - April 30 - May 23 (Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Whether your organization is full of seasoned professionals or has a new group of bankers, understanding how the bank makes decisions is vital for every position. We’ve got a new offering that can help. We’ve partnered with our peers at other state associations to bring you a program from the Washington Bankers Association titled Virtual Understanding Bank Performance. Designed to help bankers of all levels understand bank performance, students will:
  • Learn to assess and analyze a bank’s financial performance using real data
  • Become familiar with balance sheets and income statements
  • Learn how to apply key performance metrics to data in those documents
  • Put skills to work with by concluding with a proforma capstone exercise evaluating Silicon Valley Bank.
Who should participate: Newer employees who need to get up to speed on how the banking industry works and experienced individuals wanting to further their careers.
The next session of the eight-part program begins April 30. Get full details and access registration here. With questions, contact David Oliver, 404.420.2036. Register early to secure your place!
No Travel Necessary, No Time Away from the Bank
Banking Foundations - Virtual Training
If you’ve got team members new to banking or just entering the workforce, we’ve got a host of good online training resources to help get them up to speed. There are more than 100 Banking Foundations courses and nine certificate programs available for:
  • Tellers
  • Branch Managers
  • Universal Bankers and Customer Service Representatives
  • Small Business Bankers
  • Early Career Lenders and many others.
Check out the full Banking Foundations catalog here, which includes information about signing up.
Lending and Underwriting Programs
Rural Development and Lending Conference - May 16-17, the King & Prince, St. Simons
Register now for the GBA 2024 Rural Development and Lending Conference, May 16-17 at the King & Prince on St. Simons. Planned by GBA’s Agriculture Committee, Matt Rushton, AB&T, chair, and Jake Cleghorn, Atlamaha Bank & Trust Company, vice chair, the conference will help bankers sharpen their skills, share the latest intel and make essential connections helpful in serving their communities. Content includes:
  • New This Year: Weather Outlook
  • Deferred Tax Liability
  • Crop Insurance Update
  • Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Industry Update
  • Economic Update
  • And more!
Secure your spot today! Get all the details and register here. Thank you to our Platinum Sponsor: CSRA Business Lending and Silver Sponsor: Point to Point Environmental.
Management Programs
Georgia Banking School - April 28 - May 3, UGA Center for Continuing Education, 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. Details and enrollment access here.
Annual Meeting - June 9-11, the Ritz-Carlton, Naples, FL
Registration for our Annual Meeting is now open for all GBA members. Click here to visit the event website, which features a detailed agenda, registration and hotel information, optional activity information; sponsors (thank you!) and more. Be sure to give that agenda more than a cursory glance – we’ve got an outstanding program this year, so you won’t want to miss it. In addition to that excellent educational slate, attendees can look forward to a stunning resort property at a beautiful beach location with lots to do, and an easy-to-get-to destination. Sponsorships and exhibit space are still available. Click here for sponsorship information and click here for exhibit info. Speaking of sponsors, a huge thank you to these associate members who are supporting our 132nd annual meeting through sponsorship:
  • Presenting Sponsor: BHG Financial
  • Platinum Sponsors: EBS; FHN Financial; Safe Systems, Inc.; and ServisFirst Bank, Correspondent Division
  • Gold Sponsors: CRS Data; Fenimore Kay Harrison LLP; First National Bankers Bank; Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC; McNair, McLemore, Middlebrooks & Co., LLC; Steve H. Powell & Company; Troutman Pepper LLP; United Bankers' Bank; and Wolf & Company, P.C.
  • Silver Sponsors: FHLBank Atlanta; Nichols, Cauley & Associates, LLC; PointeNorth Insurance Group; Warren Averett; and Wipfli
Contact GBA’s Kathy Friestad with questions regarding registration, sponsorship, and exhibiting.
New Leadership Resource
Bank Executive Academy - Virtual Program Starting June 12
Our new Bank Executive Academy resource, presented in partnership with the Illinois Bankers Association, needs to be on your leadership's 2024 professional development plan. The program starts June 12. Based on the curriculum taught in an executive MBA, but created for leaders & managers of banks, fully virtual learning & networking program occurs over six months, with meetings every other week.
  • 300+ engaging eLearning modules, templates, & resources
  • 6 hours of live coaching & insights from experts in our industry
  • A community of collaboration with industry peers across the country.
It's the perfect opportunity to elevate yourself and your managers to prepare them for success! Get details and register here.
Leadership Conference - July 8-10, Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, Ponte Vedra, FL
Emerging leaders from GBA member banks, Strategic Partners and Associate Members, will gather for our annual Leadership Conference in Ponte Vedra, FL. Attendees benefit from exceptional educational sessions, group meetings, time with exhibitors, and quality networking time with banking peers and GBA Associate Members. The CEO Panel is always one of the most highly anticipated educational sessions and we are extra-excited about the line-up for this year’s panel. Jackson McConnell, CEO of Pinnacle Bank and a past GBA Chairman will facilitate a conversation among three relatively new bank CEOs: Susan Moss, Planters & Citizens Bank; Perry Revell, AB&T; and Colin Stokes, Classic City Bank. Three very different paths led these bankers to their current leadership roles. They will share their unique experiences, lessons learned, and the specific challenges they have faced as their responsibilities increased. This is a don’t miss session! Click here to access the event website, where you’ll find registration and hotel information, a detailed conference agenda, golf info, and more. Don’t delay registering and reserving your room; rooms are very limited at this time. A shout-out to these associate members who are supporting this event through sponsorship:
  • Presenting Sponsors: CSRA Business Lending, Liberty Technology and Point to Point Environmental
  • Gold Sponsors: BOND.AI, CRS Data, FHLBank Atlanta, First National Bankers Bank and Steve H. Powell & Co.
  • Silver Sponsors: McNair, McLemore, Middlebrooks & Co., LLC; PointeNorth Insurance Group; ServisFirst Bank, Correspondent Division; Troutman Pepper; Wipfli; and Wolf & Company, P.C.
Sponsorships are still available; click here for info and to reserve. We have a few exhibit spaces available – click here for info and to reserve. Contact GBA’s Kathy Friestad with questions.
Jackson McConnell
Susan Moss
Perry Revell
Colin Stokes
Registration opening soon!
Women in Banking Conference - Aug. 15-16, Chateau Elan Winery & Resort, Braselton
Registration will open this week for GBA’s ninth-annual gathering of women bankers, Associate Members, bank accountants, and bank attorneys. Check out the planned sessions:
  • Fireside chat with GBA’s EVP of Government Relations & Advocacy Elizabeth Chandler
  • National and global economic outlook by Jessica Kearney, AVP at Travelers Institute/Travelers
  • Importance and impact of mentoring by veteran HR professional Cindi Lewis
  • Managing the capacity for change with Whitney Ott from Jackson Spalding and Leocadia Zak, president of Agnes Scott College
  • Unleashing brand potential and personal branding with Tammy Brown, Director of Accounts at Mighty 8th Advertising Firm
  • Executive Leadership Panel
  • Closing Speaker Kim Gravel, entrepreneur, author, QVC personality, and former Miss Georgia, sharing stories of her journey and success, and inspiring purpose
Thanks to these associate members who are sponsoring: Gold Sponsor: McNair, McLemore, Middlebrooks & Co., LLC; Silver Sponsors: Carr, Riggs & Ingram, CPAs and Advisors; CRS Data; Elliott Davis; FHLBank Atlanta; Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC; Troutman Pepper; and Wipfli. Sponsorships are still available – click here for details and to reserve! Contact GBA's Kathy Friestad with questions.
Marketing Programs
Trent Fleming
New marketing webinar!
Blending Marketing and Technology for New Levels of Success - May 14, Zoom
Get ready for an exciting webinar tailored for marketing professionals, executives, and operations audiences. Trent Fleming, CEO, Trent Fleming Consulting, will delve deep into the relationship between marketing and operations and provide you with solid ideas that you can put to work at your bank. You'll learn:
  • Smart growth concepts
  • Enhancing your online presence
  • Leveraging data to improve messaging and the customer experience.
Operations & Technology Programs
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Information Security Officer Seminar - June 5, MGSU, Macon
The regulatory mandate for the Information Security Officer can be exhausting...where to begin? Join IT security experts Emily Strickland and Paige Hembree, Safe Systems, on June 5 in Macon at Middle Georgia State University to get clarity. Strickland and Hembree will take a deep dive into the exam expectations and provide the tools and skills information security officers need to succeed in this critical role. Get all the details and register here.
Security Programs
Pete Stuart
Bank Security Conference - April 10-12, The King & Prince, St. Simons
Secure your spot at our annual Bank Security Conference, April 10-12. Planned by GBA’s Security Committee, Melissa Dasher, SouthState Bank, chair, the conference agenda is the premier in-person learning experience for Georgia bank security officers. The agenda is jam-packed and includes the following sessions:
  • Policies and Procedures Workshop, Jennifer Whitmire, Pinnacle Bank, Brian Frederick, Altamaha Bank & Trust, Pete Stuart, Morris Bank
  • A Bank Robbery: Lessons Learned, Pete Stuart, Morris Bank
  • Artificial Intelligence: Pros and Cons in the Banking Sector, Chris Lower, CBSi
  • Cybersecurity Threats, Trends, and Strategies for Financial Institutions, Mark Scholl, Wipfli
  • Growing Elder Fraud Concerns in Georgia, Mark Fellows, Georgia Division of Aging Services
  • ATMs: Robberies, Stats and Trends, Josh Floyd, FBI

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Facilitated Online Courses
Virtual learning with an instructor and peer interaction, weekly assignments and deadlines. Categories including Retail, Compliance, Executive Management and more. Learn more about instructor-facilitated online courses here. (click "member" status)

Self-Paced Online Courses

More than 200 courses in all the key banking skills. See a list of all the self-paced courses we have to offer here. (click "member" status)

ABA Certificates

Certificates build the skills necessary for a specific position in the bank and can be taken entirely online as a certificate curriculum. The programs are continually reevaluated and refined to reflect the current needs of bankers in their jobs today and changes in the industry. There are multiple certificates available in each of the categories below.
  • Business Banking & Commercial Lending
  • Compliance & Risk Management
  • Mortgage Lending
  • Retail Banking & Marketing
  • Wealth Management & Trust
  • Executive Education
See all available certificates here. (click "member" status)