January 2024

Advocacy Programs
Legislative/Economic Forum & Legislative Reception - Jan. 24, Ritz-Carlton Atlanta Downtown
Join your fellow bankers and colleagues as you learn all the fresh news and updates on the GBA advocacy and legislative fronts, as well as a look at the 2024 election year. Among the experts presenting to us will be nationally acclaimed political strategist John Ashford, The Hawthorn Group; Georgia Banking Commissioner Kevin Hagler; and Georgia Economic Development Department Commissioner Pat Wilson. We’ll also hear from a number of members of the Georgia General Assembly and constitutional officers as their schedules permit. Get details and register here.
John Ashford
Kevin Hagler
Pat Wilson
Georgia BankPAC Sporting Clays Tournament - Feb. 8, Old Hudson Plantation, Forsyth
Lock and load your calendar to take part in the seventh-annual Georgia BankPAC Sporting Clays Tournament. All proceeds will go to the Georgia StatePAC*. There are registration options for four-person teams, individual shooters, as well as sponsorship opportunities. Click here for more details and to register for more details and to register.
* The GBA StatePAC contributes only to candidates running for state-level office such as the Georgia General Assembly, the Governor’s office and the Lieutenant Governor’s office. Contributions can be made from an individual, from bank funds if you are a state chartered bank or from a national bank holding company if the contribution is made from funds other than those resulting from the operations of the national bank.
Compliance Programs
CRCM and CAFP Credits Applied For
BSA Summit
- Jan. 29 - Feb. 1, The Hilton Peachtree City Atlanta Hotel & Conference Center
Ascend to new heights in your BSA/AML/CFT and OFAC compliance programs by attending GBA’s BSA Summit. 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.
Special Bonus: Kristen's pre-Summit Session covers the entire regulatory framework, suitable for beginners and seasoned professionals. Register here and secure your spot!
Compliance Peer Group - March 5, Middle Georgia State University, Macon
Don't miss the chance to connect with your peers at the next in-person GBA Compliance Peer Group, where attendees will discuss the industry’s latest hot topics and learn best practices to strengthen their bank’s compliance management program. Get all the details and register here.
GBA Compliance School - April 28 - May 4, UGA Center for Continuing Education, Athens
You’ve asked and we’ve listened! GBA’s Compliance School Board is excited to announce that 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 added value to your institution. Get the details and register here.
Banking Fundamentals Programs
New Fundamentals Program
Understanding Bank Performance - Virtual Program Begins Jan. 10
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.
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.
Customer Service Programs
IRA Merry-Go-Round - Feb. 6-7, Middle Georgia State University, Macon
Facilitated by Loni Porta, Director of Education, Convergent Retirement Plan Solutions, anyone even remotely involved in IRAs will benefit from this intensive training. Whether you are looking to gain basic knowledge of IRAs, raise your comfort level, or sharpen your skills with the most up-to-date rules and regulations, the IRA Merry-Go-Round will cover it all. Click here for more details and to register.
Human Resources Programs
Tonya Parker to jump start program!
HR Professionals Institute - March 20-22, The Westin Jekyll Island
Tonya Parker is back! Join us for GBA’s annual HR Professionals Institute, where Tonya will jump start the institute through the exploration of each of our own “Inner Rules” and how they affect our ability to actively listen and empathize with others. Planned by GBA’s Human Resources Committee, Lance Whitley, Colony Bank, chair, attendees can expect invaluable connections, strategies, and tools needed to excel in their careers. Get all the details and register here.
Lending Programs
Breaking into Banking 101 – Fundamentals of Commercial Banking Webinar - Feb. 22, Zoom
Commercial banking can be intimidating because of its complexity and the risk-oriented nature of the work. This course is a clear and thorough introduction to the key concepts, terminology, and processes involved in credit and lending. It doesn’t assume much prior knowledge of the topic, so it’s ideal for those in their first year in the industry. Learners will walk away with a clear understanding of their job and how their specific role fits into the bank’s overall profitability goals. Click here to register.
Breaking into Banking 201 – Analyzing Repayment Sources Webinar - March 27, Zoom
This 9-module online course is a “sequel” to the 101 course and is best taken after completion of that course, though it is not a prerequisite. The 201 course includes a case study and dives deeper into topics covered in modules 4, 6, and 8 of the 101 course: analyzing a borrower’s balance sheet, income statement, collateral, and risk ratings. Click here to register.
Both are presented by Andy Keusal, Keusal Learning. These online courses will be held by Zoom from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. EDT. The recording will be available to registered participants for one month after the live training. See the intro video from the speaker below.
Seminars for Lenders - March 5-7, Middle Georgia State University, Macon
Registration is now open for several lending seminars in spring 2024. Connect with your peers and gain the tools and expertise needed to excel in your role.
Shannon Fortson
Peter Faser
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.
Marketing Programs
Marketing Conference and The Power of Video Workshop - March 20-22, 2024, Jekyll Island
Get the scoop on the latest bright ideas for marketing your bank and its products and services. Planned by GBA’s Marketing Committee, Haley Barnes, BankSouth Mortgage, chair, the GBA Marketing Conference has two components:
  • Our pre-conference workshop, presented by Ken Fehner, owner of The Social Gloo, will equip attendees with the knowledge and tools needed to create compelling videos for social media posts.
  • The traditional conference follows, with programming covering the full spectrum of skills, best practices, latest trends and good ideas for practitioners. Hunter Young, HIFI Agency, will lead a session on mastering analytics for smarter digital marketing. Bank marketers will gain actionable insights during this in-depth session.
Attendees have the option to register for both workshop and conference, conference only or workshop only. Get all the details and register here.
Ken Fehner
Hunter Young
Operations & Technology Programs
Operations & Technology Conference - Feb. 28 - March 1, The DeSoto, Savannah
Join Georgia bank IT and operations professionals in Savannah for this conference 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. Exhibitor registration now open!
Security Programs
Registration now open!
Bank Security Conference - April 10-12, The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, St. Simons
Registration is now open for GBA’s annual conference for bank security professionals. Planned by GBA’s Security Committee, Melissa Dasher, SouthState Bank, chair, the conference agenda will include a polices and procedures workshop, sessions on security technology and equipment, fraud, mental health, and more. Secure your spot today! Get all the details and register here.

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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)