July 2024

Compliance Programs
BSA Programs coming your way!
BSA Peer Group Meeting - Sept. 24, Idle Hour Country Club, Macon
Registration is now open for our next BSA peer group meeting. Join GBA's BSA Summit lead facilitator, Kristen Stogniew, along with your peers for our next in-person meeting. With a large focus on banking COAM accounts, registrants will also be able to submit industry hot topics during the registration process to discuss during the meeting. Get all the details and register here.
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BSA Summit - Jan. 13-16, 2025, at Lake Lanier Islands

BSA compliance professionals, mark your calendars! GBA’s BSA Summit is back. Our next session is set for the lake at Lake Lanier Islands in Buford, Jan. 13-16, 2025. 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. Look for registration details soon. Contact Aimee Corcoran with questions, 404.420.2035.
Customized to Georgia Law
Opening New Accounts Seminar
- Oct. 1, Middle Georgia State University, Macon
Matthew Dickinson of JM Consultants will focus on documentation and compliance during this full-day seminar. Attendees can expect to learn essential new account opening procedures, best practices, and compliance requirements. Matthew will answer complex questions asked by customers and staff while focusing on vital information for every new account type. Get all the details and register here.
See the detailed agenda!
Compliance Conference - Oct. 23-25, The Westin, Jekyll Island
GBA’s Compliance Committee, Lindsay Holloway, chair, The Four County Bank, and Renee McCullar, vice chair, BankSouth, is excited to announced this year’s agenda. Sessions include the latest updates on CRA, fair lending, 1071, small business data reporting and more! This conference is for any compliance professional needing to sharpen their skills, elevate their bank’s compliance management program, or looking to make connections and connect with their peers. Get all the details and register here.
We’d like to thank these GBA Associate Members who are showing their support through sponsorship –
  • Platinum: Steve H. Powell & Company and Centrant Community Capital
  • Silver: Mauldin & Jenkins, Carr, Riggs & Ingram, Compliance Alliance, Ncontracts and Troutman Pepper.
With questions, contact Aimee Corcoran, 404.420.2035.
Fundamentals Programs
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
Personal Cash Flow Seminar - Aug. 20, Middle Georgia State University, Macon
Join Shannon Fortson, EVP, Chief Credit Officer of Pinnacle Bank, for an in-depth, comprehensive understanding on how to analyze personal cash flow and personal tax returns. Learn how to calculate sources and uses of personal cash flow to support a borrower’s loan request to ensure a strong and healthy loan portfolio. Get all the details and register here.
Loan Documentation Seminar - Aug. 21, Middle Georgia State University, Macon
Shannon Fortson returns as the leader for our Loan Documentation Seminar. Prevention of loan losses is crucial and begins with proper loan structuring and documentation techniques. Connect with peers and walk away with all the best tips and tools. Commercial loan officers, commercial loan personnel, loan assistants and closing specialists will benefit from this program. Get all the details and register here.
Business Cash Flow Analysis Seminar - Sept. 10, Middle Georgia State University, Macon
Peter Faser, business strategy adviser at The Profitability Coach and a faculty member of the Georgia Banking School, will lead an introduction and practical approach to business cash flow analysis for those needing a hands-on learning experience to determine a borrower’s capacity to repay a loan. Get all the details and register here.
Shannon Fortson
Peter Faser
Management Programs
Leadership Conference - July 8-10, Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, Ponte Vedra, FL
We look forward to welcoming more than 150 emerging leaders for our annual Leadership Conference in Ponte Vedra, FL. Attendees will benefit from exceptional educational sessions, group meetings, time with exhibitors, and quality networking time with banking peers and GBA Associate Members. Click here to access the event website, where you’ll find registration and hotel information, a detailed conference agenda, golf info, and more. A huge 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
  • Platinum Sponsors: Anthem BCBS and Aubrey Thrasher
  • Gold Sponsors: BOND.AI, CRS Data, Fenimore Kay Harrison, FHLBank Atlanta, First National Bankers Bank and Steve H. Powell & Co.
  • Silver Sponsors: American Bankers Association; McNair, McLemore, Middlebrooks & Co., LLC; PointeNorth Insurance Group; ServisFirst Bank, Correspondent Division; Troutman Pepper; Wipfli; and Wolf & Company, P.C.
Women in Banking Conference - Aug. 15-16, Chateau Elan Winery & Resort, Braselton
Summer is officially here but we’re already looking forward to ending the summer with our annual Women in Banking Conference. Women in all areas of banking, GBA associate members and strategic partners, bank accountant and bank counsel section members are invited.
Session Highlights:
  • Economic update
  • Briefing on Georgia legislative issues and priorities
  • Executive leadership panel
  • Navigating and building the capacity for change
  • The power of personal branding
  • Dynamic closing session with life coach, author, and QVC personality Kim Gravel
Click here to reserve your seat today. A shout-out to these Associate Members who are supporting this event through sponsorship:
  • Gold Sponsor: McNair, McLemore, Middlebrooks & Co., LLC
  • Silver Sponsors: Abram Armored; Carr, Riggs & Ingram, CPAs and Advisors; CRS Data; Elliott Davis; Empyrean Solutions; FHLBank Atlanta; Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC; Troutman Pepper; and Wipfli.
Sponsorships are still available! Contact GBA’s Kathy Friestad with questions.
President/CEO, Bank Accountant, Bank Counsel Conferences - Sept. 29 - Oct. 1 at The Charleston Place Hotel in Charleston, SC
Be sure your bank or firm is represented at Georgia’s only President/CEO-level concurrent conferences focused specifically on top-management skill-building, intelligence sharing and connections. These conference agendas are planned by your peer bankers, attorneys and accountants and will provide exclusive insight into strategy, trends and best practices to help ensure your companies' and firms' success in the future. The President/CEO Conference is planned and hosted by the GBA Community Bankers Committee and features general sessions relevant for attendees of all three conferences. The Bank Accountant and Bank Counsel Conferences are planned and hosted by the GBA Bank Accountants Section Board and the Bank Counsel Section Board, respectively. Each agenda has sessions tailored to address the unique needs of those peers. Register today by clicking here. Click here for hotel information.
A hearty thanks to these associate members who are supporting this event through sponsorship: Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC; EBS; Elliott Davis, LLC; Fenimore Kay Harrison LLP; FHLBank Atlanta; Mauldin & Jenkins; McNair, McLemore, Middlebrooks & Co., LLC; Nichols, Cauley & Associates, LLC; ServisFirst Bank; Troutman Pepper LLP; and Warren Averett. Contact GBA’s Kathy Friestad with questions.
South Georgia Community Banking Symposium - Oct. 10, Valdosta State University, Valdosta
GBA is pleased to announce its continued partnership with Valdosta State University's Harley Langdale Jr. College of Business Administration for the 2024 South Georgia Community Banking Symposium. This regional symposium features experts who focus on the important issues facing the banking industry, opportunities for partnership with the University in developing students interested in banking careers and a specific focus on south Georgia.
Who Should Attend:
  • CEOs and Presidents
  • Board Members
  • Management Teams
  • Lenders and Retail Business Development Officers
  • HR and Marketing Teams
  • Others with Customer-Facing and Community Responsibilities
It’s a great event for learning and networking for all bankers. Click here to reserve your spot today! Contact GBA's Kathy Friestad with questions.
Operations & Technology Programs
New Fraud Fighting Program
Fraud Academy - Aug. 6-8, offered virtually or in-person in Lexington, KY
We’re excited to share a new opportunity to fight fraud presented in conjunction with the Kentucky Bankers Association and 23 other state bankers associations. The Fraud Academy is being offered virtually or in-person for the first time this Aug. 6-8.
Why Attend?
  • Covering 18+ areas of specialized training including check fraud, cybercrime, elder fraud and more
  • Created and taught by police, Secret Service, FBI and fraud prevention specialists
  • Customized for bankers
  • Collaborate, share best practices and network with peers from 24 other states
  • In-person or virtual options available -- whichever is most convenient or preferred for you.
Who should attend: BSA and security officers, operations teams, compliance officers, front-line team members and anyone with fraud-prevention duties.

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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)
Registration Opening Soon!