June 2024

Compliance Programs
Last chance to register!
BSA Peer Group Meeting - Virtual Session, June 6
Don't miss out on our next BSA Peer Group Meeting coming up June 6 in a virtual format. You can join GBA's BSA Summit lead facilitator, Kristen Stogniew, from the comfort of your office. Registrants will be able to submit industry hot topics during the registration process to discuss during the meeting. Get details and register here.
Only three spots left!
Internal Audit Peer Group Meeting - June 18, Idle Hour Golf & Country Club, Macon

Our peer groups are growing! Audit pros are invited to join us at our Internal Audit Peer Group meeting June 18 at Idle Hour Golf & Country Club in Macon. Darren Shuster with Crowe LLP and Mike Thomas will facilitate the meeting covering industry hot topics. Get details and register here.
Kristen Stogniew
Darren Shuster
Mike Thomas
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Compliance Conference - Oct. 23-25, The Westin, Jekyll Island
Registration is now open for our annual Compliance Conference. Planned by GBA’s Compliance Committee, the conference is for any compliance professional needing to sharpen their skills. Conference topics will include:
  • Community Reinvestment Act: Where are we now?
  • 1071 Update | Small Business Data Collection
  • Washington Update
  • BSA Fireside Chat
  • Fraud Panel
  • Peer Sharing / Roundtable Discussion.
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, Compliance Alliance, Ncontracts, and Troutman Pepper.
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.
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
Annual Meeting - June 9-11, the Ritz-Carlton, Naples, FL
Anticipation is building around GBA’s Annual Meeting, coming up in just one week. A record crowd of bankers, board executives, bank attorneys and accountants, associate members, and strategic partners will gather at the newly transformed Ritz-Carlton in Naples, FL. We are excited that several key legislative leaders will be with us this year, so we’ve created a special session with them on the dais featuring them in a conversation facilitated by GBA’s own Elizabeth Chandler, Executive Vice President, Government Relations & Advocacy. In the conversation will be Jon Burns, Speaker of the House; John Kennedy, President Pro Tempore of the Senate; Carden Summers, Chairman, Senate Banking & Financial Institutions Committee; Noel Williams, Chairman, House Banks & Banking Committee; and Bruce Williamson, Chairman, House Republican Caucus. Don’t miss what’s certain to be an informative session with these distinguished special guests. Click here to access the event website. A hearty thanks to our Associate Members who are supporting this event through sponsorship.
Elizabeth Chandler
Jon Burns
John Kennedy
Carden Summers
Noel Williams
Bruce Williamson
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! Banks signing up three or more staff members can take advantage of special team pricing. 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. A shout-out to these Associate Members who are supporting this event through sponsorship.
Jackson McConnell
Susan Moss
Perry Revell
Colin Stokes
Women in Banking Conference - Aug. 15-16, Chateau Elan Winery & Resort, Braselton
Check out the planned sessions for GBA’s ninth-annual gathering of women bankers, Associate Members, bank accountants, and bank attorneys:
  • 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: Abram Armored; Carr, Riggs & Ingram, CPAs and Advisors; CRS Data; Elliott Davis; Empyrean Solutions; FHLBank Atlanta; Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC; Troutman Pepper; and Wipfli.
President/CEO, Bank Accountant, Bank Counsel Conferences - Sept. 29 - Oct. 1 at The Charleston Place Hotel in Charleston, SC
Our President/CEO, Bank Accountant, Bank Counsel Conferences, Georgia’s only President/CEO-level concurrent conferences focused specifically on top-management skill-building, intelligence sharing and connections, will be Sept. 29 - Oct. 1 at The Charleston Place Hotel in Charleston, SC. The conference agendas are planned by your peer bankers, attorneys and accountants to provide exclusive insight into strategy, trends and best practices. Click here to see the event website, register, and see hotel reservations info.
A hearty thank-you to these banks, law firms and accounting firm members supporting this event through sponsorship: American Bankers Association; Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC; Crowe, LLP, EBS; Elliott Davis, LLC; Fenimore Kay Harrison LLP; FHLBank Atlanta; James Bates Brannan Groover; Mauldin & Jenkins; McNair, McLemore, Middlebrooks & Co., LLC; Nichols, Cauley & Associates, LLC; ServisFirst Bank; Symphona; The First National Bankers Bank; Troutman Pepper LLP; and Warren Averett.
Operations & Technology Programs
Time running out to register!
Information Security Officer Seminar
- June 5, Middle Georgia State Univesity, Macon
Take part in this crucial training brought to you by Safe Systems. IT security experts Emily Strickland and Paige Hembree will facilitate the seminar June 5 in Macon at Middle Georgia State University. 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. A big thank you to our seminar sponsor, Safe Systems.
Emily Strickland
Paige Hembree
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
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