Dec. 15, 2023  

Elaine Demarest

GBA Roundtables are Ready to Kick Off for 2024

GBA’s popular peer roundtables are ready to start up for 2024. Click here for a complete 2024 schedule of our President/CEO, Finance/Operations and Leadership groups. Emails from Joe Brannen with 2024 invoices to all sitting members of these groups are arriving in inboxes Dec. 15. If you do NOT receive your 2024 Roundtable invoice by email, please connect with us now to assure that your seat is reserved. We encourage you to rejoin your Roundtable peers for the upcoming year and stay tuned in to the ideas, networking, best practices, current events, useful session materials, and customized facilitation provided. Elaine Demarest and Chrys Henderson of Demarest Strategy Group, Inc. will serve as our facilitators again this year. Feedback from participants continues to give them high marks for preparing up-to-the-minute data and guiding productive peer discussions with plenty of take-away ideas for the members. Each Roundtable group will meet twice during the year. We will continue to hold our in-person Roundtable sessions in the Hatcher Conference Center at Middle Georgia State University (“MGSU”) in Macon. Sessions run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Peer members will receive extensive advance session materials before each Roundtable, plus plenty of custom financial reports and Q&A email networking support throughout the year. If you are interested in joining a group for the new 2024 year, please contact Kathy Friestad or Elaine Demarest at edemarest@demareststrategy.com. Spaces are limited. We will use best efforts to find you a geography-compatible seat to avoid direct competitive overlaps for comfortable brainstorming discussions with your peers.

 

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2023 BankPAC Campaign Begins Wind Down

The 2023 BankPAC campaign is finishing strong as the end of the year is upon us. A reminder to contribute to the StatePAC and FedPAC was recently mailed to CEOs that have not yet participated. This effort is critical to ensure that our industry’s voice is heard across federal and state levels of government. You can find the campaign materials on GBA’s website where you can easily download contribution forms for the GBA StatePAC and FedPAC and find a link to make an individual contribution online to the FedPAC. Members of the GBA BankPAC Board appreciate your support.

 

Thanks to the following banks for their support of the GBA StatePAC this week:

  • CBC Bank, Valdosta, Ryan Warren, president & CEO

  • Bank of Monticello, Walker Jordan, president & CEO

  • Bank of Dudley, Sam Beall, president & CEO

  • The Bank of LaFayette, Dave Gilbert, Chairman & CEO

Thanks to the directors, officers, and eligible employees of the following banks and companies for contributing to the GBA FedPAC this week:

  • Central Bank, Suwanee, John Thompson, president & CEO

  • United Bank, Zebulon, Jim Edwards, CEO

  • Oconee State Bank, Watkinsville, Neil Stevens, president & CEO

See a progress chart here. With questions, please call GBA’s Elizabeth Chandler at 404.372.7893 or Bo Brannen at 404.731.9886.

 

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Sure As Shootin’! Show Your Support for Georgia State PAC at Sporting Clays Tournament

Sign up today for our seventh-annual Georgia BankPAC Sporting Clays Tournament, coming your way Feb. 8 at the crowd favorite Old Hudson Plantation in Sparta. All proceeds will go to the Georgia state PAC*. There are registration options for four-person teams, individual shooters, as well as sponsorship opportunities. Click here for more details and to register. A big shout-out to our event sponsors: Bank of Madison; Cash Transactions LLC “CashTrans”; First Carolina Bank; First State Bank; Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC; Northeast Georgia Bank; Point to Point Environmental; and Steve H. Powell & Company. Contact GBA’s Kathy Friestad with questions.

 

* 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.

 

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Resource

Latest Georgia Banking Update Available

We’ve made some tweaks to our Georgia Banking Update publication available to all members and others. Here’s access to the latest version. You’re welcome to use the information as you talk with customers and civic clubs or visit elected officials. You may access the summary of all things Georgia banking anytime in the publications section of our website. With questions contact David Oliver, 404.402.2036.

 

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Advocacy in Action

United Bank Leadership Program Gets Industry and Advocacy Overview

We appreciate being invited to share the latest about the industry with the United Bank internal leadership program last week. GBA’s Joe Brannen co-presented with bank CEO Jim Edwards to this year’s class of the bank’s mentor/mentee program. In addition to key stats, facts, figures and advocacy priorities, the two also had a conversation during which Brannen shared examples of effective leadership by national and state leaders, other bankers and association leaders during his career. GBA often speaks to banker and business groups to tell the story about banking beyond the headlines. Contact David Oliver, 404.520.6311, with questions.

 

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GBA Retirement Services Welcomes New Member

GBA Retirement Services, Inc. is excited to welcome another member to the GBA Master 401(k) Trust that will be joining in 2024: Bank of Hazlehurst, Butch Kirkley, CEO. We have enjoyed meeting with employees as we prepare for them to join our program in January.

 

Here’s a reminder of some of the advantages of being part of the GBA Master Trust:

  • GBA’s dedicated staff support as a primary resource and oversight of service providers.

  • American Trust Company as an investment manager and discretionary Trustee.

  • Reduced fees with high-quality service providers.

  • Ongoing investment education and retirement planning sessions for employees.

  • Personalized Managed Account Solution geared to each participant’s needs through the Unified Plan at no additional cost for participants.

  • Added value: Your bank’s business customers are eligible to participate through referral from you as an add on service.

We would love to do a plan review and show you why all of our members are pleased with the service and performance provided by GBA Retirement Services! Contact Mandy Richards at 404.420.2025 for more information about how GBA Retirement Services can help design or improve your retirement plan.

 

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Leader Updates

SBA Stats, Beige Book, OCC Risks, Political Polling

Our series of regular email updates to CEOs, committee members and other key leaders continued this week. Topics included:

  • GA SBA Lending: More than $1.4 billion in SBA loans were made to Georgia borrowers during the agency’s recently completed fiscal year. 7(a) loans were the most by volume, at almost $1.2 billion. The most loans were to women-owned businesses, and the largest increase in the number of loans was to Latino-owned businesses, up 130%.

 

  • Beige Book: We looked at the recent trend in the Fed’s Sixth District economic reports, especially the language used to describe conditions. The gist is that not every sector of our state’s economy is flourishing. And that matches what we’re hearing.

 

  • OCC Risks: The agency’s semi-annual risk assessment is out. Overall the banking system is safe and sound, it reports. New to the list of risks that artificial intelligence is creating additional compliance, credit, reputation and operational risk.

 

  • Independent/Third-Party Candidates: We looked at a poll that showed two independent candidates drawing 16% support, and 11% of respondents are undecided. Trump led the poll.

If you’d like more information about any of those topics, contact Joe Brannen, 404.420.2026

 

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Ebony James

GBA Member Profile

Insights on Trust, Instincts and Financial Protection

Ebony James, AVP, compliance analyst at Craft Bank, began her career in financial services as a teller for a financial institution in California. Juggling her role with studies in criminology, Ebony discovered a knack for identifying fraud, counterfeit money and forged documents. “Of course, no one ever wanted to come to my teller window,” she exclaimed. Colleagues quickly recognized her talent, leading to her transition into a role in loss prevention. This marked the beginning of a career path that seamlessly evolved from fraud detection to BSA and compliance. In addition to her eye for detecting fraud, Ebony also relies on instinct in her role, following the mantra of “go with your gut.” “I’ve always had that gut feeling when something is good, or more often, when something wasn’t right. I operate with the philosophy to trust but also inspect,” she said. The member of GBA’s Compliance Committee shares about her experience teaching an elder financial exploitation class in Mexico, exercise regimen that supercharges her day, and much more in the latest GBA Member Profile.

 

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Check it out!

GBA Compliance School – Now Offering Year 1 and Year 2 Simultaneously

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.

 

GBA’s Compliance School will be April 28 – May 3, 2024, at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education and Hotel in Athens.  With questions, contact Aimee Corcoran, 404.420.2035.

 

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Webinar Recording Available for Purchase!

Mastering Power of Attorney in Georgia: A Comprehensive Legal Webinar

On Thursday, a group of bankers joined John Willis, partner, and Brandon Hill, associate, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, for an exclusive webinar tailored specifically to Georgia law where Willis and Hill shared background information surrounding the statute, safe harbors for banks and best practices to implement. Purchase a video recording of the webinar here. With questions, contact Aimee Corcoran, 404.420.2035.

 

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New Sponsorship!

BSA Summit, Jan. 29 – Feb. 1, Peachtree City

Thank you to our new silver sponsor, Mauldin & Jenkins CPAs and Advisors for GBA’s 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. Register here and strengthen your BSA knowledge and practices.

 

With questions, contact Aimee Corcoran, 404.420.2035.

 

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Overdraft Compliance Resource

GBA Partner John M. Floyd Rebrands to ADVANTAGE, powered by JMFA

GBA Partner John M. Floyd has announced a rebrand to ADVANTAGE, powered by JMFA. ADVANTAGE is a leading provider of consultation services for community banks. Their solutions include the GBA-endorsed overdraft compliance service. ADVANTAGE’s overdraft service offers the industry’s only 100% WRITTEN COMPLIANCE GUARANTEE for all state and federal regulations Their fully-communicated and fully-disclosed overdraft service provides a financial safety net for those who need it and their expertise comes from more than 2,500 customized programs in all 50 states. In addition, ADVANTAGE now provides account acquisition and retention services, contract negotiation, and FinTech strategy evaluation and selection services. Read more about the rebrand here. Visit www.advantage-fi.com to learn about the ways they can help.

 

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IRA Merry-Go-Round, Feb. 6-7, Macon, MGSU

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. Contact Aimee Corcoran with questions, 404.420.2035.

 

 

 

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2024 Ops/Tech Conference - Feb. 28 - March 1, Savannah

Take a Look at This Year's Agenda

The full agenda will be available soon but here is a sneak peek.

  • AI, Machine Learning, Zach Duke, CEO, Finosec

  • The Next Digital Wave: Evolving Expectations, from Experiences to Commerce, Matt Herren, Director of Product Strategy, CSI

  • Business Strategy – Bank Operations & Technology, Jaye Eubanks, EVP, Operations & Technology Director, United Bank

  • Leverage Your Next Core Contract Negotiation, David Saylor, President/Founder, Genesys Technology Group, LLC

  • Fraud Trends, Paul Benda, EVP, Risk, Fraud and Cybersecurity at American Bankers Association

  • Fraud Best Practices Panel, Moderated by Sam Drennen, EVP, Chief Operating Officer, First American Bank & Trust Company

  • Phishing Protection Securing Azure AD, with Conditional Access Policies, Eric Delgado, Safe Systems

  • Roundtable Discussion, Moderated by Shan Venable, Chief Technology Officer, Altamaha Bank & Trust Company

This conference is hosted annually by GBA’s Operations & Technology Committee under the leadership of Chair Shan Venable, Altamaha Bank and Trust Company, and Vice Chair Mindy Green, Citizens Community Bank. A huge thanks to Platinum Sponsor Liberty Technology. Click here to access the event website with everything you need to know.

 

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Georgia Banking School Details and Enrollment Access Here

 

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The Changing Face of Leadership

By Ned Pauley, GBA Associate Member Haberfeld

Simply stated, a leader is someone others follow. Leadership is not a title. It’s not a reward for length of employment. It’s an act of service that inspires people toward a shared vision. If you’ve been in bank leadership for a while, you know the role is changing. Perhaps more accurately, followership is changing. It’s not that people no longer want to be led. What’s changing is how and by whom they want to be led. The good news is that leaders who recognize and adapt to these changes will thrive. They will attract talent and give their banks a competitive advantage. Those who don’t will face increasing frustration in their role and decreasing returns in their results. What type of leader does today’s workforce want to follow? Here are three qualities.

 

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Reap the Benefits!

Sponsorships and Exhibit Space Available for Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference

Sponsorships and exhibit space are available for these signature events, and now is the time to lock in your involvement. Increase your company’s visibility and market presence with your customers by investing in one or more of these opportunities. Click here for complete details in our 2024 sponsorship/exhibit kit.

Attendee registration and the room block for these events will open in the spring. A big thank-you to these already-confirmed event sponsors: Annual Meeting: Platinum Sponsors: EBS; FHN Financial; Safe Systems, and ServisFirst Bank, Correspondent Division; Gold Sponsors: CRS Data; First National Bankers Bank; Mauldin & Jenkins; McNair, McLemore, Middlebrooks & Co., Inc.; Steve H. Powell & Company; and Troutman Pepper; Silver Sponsor: FHLBank Atlanta. And our Leadership Conference Sponsors: Presenting Sponsors: CSRA Business Lending and Point to Point Environmental. Gold Sponsors: CRS Data; FHLBank Atlanta; First National Bankers Bank; and Steve H. Powell & Company; Silver Sponsors: McNair, McLemore, Middlebrooks & Co., LLC; ServisFirst Bank, Correspondent Division; and Troutman Pepper. Have questions or need to discuss? Contact GBA’s Kathy Friestad.

 

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Andy Keusal

Commercial Lending Training – Webinars

 

Breaking into Banking 101 – Fundamentals of Commercial Banking, Thursday, Feb. 22

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, Wednesday, March 27

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.

 

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Compliance Alliance Question of The Week

 

Question: Is an opt-out option required for fraud alert calls and texts?

 

Answer: The FCC now requires an opt-out mechanism for fraud alert calls and text messages, as well as imposing limits to the frequency of these fraud alert calls and messages. Under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), "messages" are included within the definition of a "call."

 

Subscribe to Compliance Alliance's email newsletters for timely compliance updates and resources. Sign up for one of the live Compliance Alliance demos on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons to learn more.

 

 

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New Sponsorships!

HR Professionals Institute, Jekyll Island, March 20 - 22, 2024

GBA’s Human Resources Committee, Lance Whitley, Colony Bank, chair, is excited to welcome two new sponsors for our annual HR Professionals Institute. The committee would like to thank Platinum Sponsor Engaged Banker Experience and Silver Sponsor Yarmouth & Choate. The program’s agenda is shaping up to bring HR professionals invaluable insights, strategies, and tools needed to excel in their careers. Session topics include:

  • Recruitment & Retention

  • Legal Update

  • Communication

  • Embracing Change

  • Mental Health

Get all the details and register here. With questions, contact Aimee Corcoran, 404.420.2035.

 

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Hunter Young

Unlock the Power of Data!

Marketing Conference and The Power of Video Workshop, Jekyll Island, March 20 - 22, 2024

Unlock the power of data at GBA’s Marketing Conference! GBA’s Marketing Committee, Haley Barnes, BankSouth Mortgage, chair, is excited to welcome Hunter Young, HIFI Agency, to lead a session on mastering analytics for smarter digital marketing. Bank marketers will gain actionable insights during this in-depth session. Back by popular demand, the GBA Marketing Conference has two components again this year. Attendees have the option to register for both workshop and conference, conference only or workshop only. Get all the details and register here.

 

With questions, contact Aimee Corcoran, 404.420.2035.

 

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Registration Now Open!

Bank Security Conference – King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, St. Simons

Registration is now open for GBA’s annual Bank Security Conference, April 10-12. 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.

 

With questions, contact Aimee Corcoran, 404.420.2035.

 

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GBA Partner NContracts

Bad HMDA Data Can Cost Banks Millions

Back in the early 2010s, loan officers at a large multinational bank failed to gather required mortgage applicant demographic information, falsely reporting that applicants chose not to provide it. Now, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is fining the bank $12 million for violating the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). Effective employee training is the core of any strong compliance management program, and it can help head off problems like the example above. Training promotes adherence to HMDA. How do you translate HMDA compliance policies and processes into procedures? Regulators and examiners emphasize the critical role of the board and management in fostering a culture of compliance. They seek to verify that lenders possess effective compliance policies and processes and actively maintain oversight. Without such oversight, the actual effectiveness of HMDA compliance policies remains unclear. Read more from GBA partner NContracts and visit www.ncontracts.com to learn about the ways they can help.

 

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Year-End Savings on Webinar Subscription Service – Act Now!

As 2023 comes to a close, we're excited to offer an exclusive year-end promotion. From Dec. 18-31 enjoy a 10% discount on webinar subscriptions from OnCourse Learning using promo code YEAREND10. Why take advantage of this opportunity? You’ll lock in 2023 pricing, benefit from significant cost savings and utilize remaining 2023 funds for 2024 training plans.

 

How to Redeem:

This offer isn't valid on prior purchases or with other promotions.

 

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Webinars

8 Keys to Teller Excellence, Fair Lending Essentials, Nailing Your Job of Head Teller and More

Here’s a sampling of upcoming webinars. 

Want to see the full webinar schedule? Check out our webinar calendar for a full list of upcoming webinars.

 

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Recruit, Retain and Develop the Best Bankers with GBA Career Solutions

 

GBA Job Bank

GBA will post open positions, free of charge, for GBA members. See the open positions in Georgia here. We will also post professional summaries for bank-job seekers on our Bankers Available page. To make the process easy and answer any questions, we've developed this Q&A. Please contact Katina Prokos, 404.420.2021.

 

Why Do People Choose Careers in Banking?

Whatever their talents, interests and educational background, there is a career in banking for them. Here are few good reasons to share with folks you know.

 

Save Big in Q4 with GBA Partner BankTalentHQ

Navigating the challenges of talent acquisition and retention is a daily task for banks. Beginning Oct. 1, bank employers can take advantage of 20% off a single 30-day job posting package with GBA partner BankTalentHQ. See the promo offer below for more information. Why post with BankTalentHQ?

  • Tailored Audience: The platform caters specifically to banking professionals, ensuring that your job post reaches the right people.

  • High Visibility: Partnering with 40 state banking associations across the country and the American Bankers Association, BankTalentHQ works collaboratively to promote your postings and attract talent to the industry.

  • Easy-to-use: With its user-friendly platform, posting a job and tracking applicants is easy.

To redeem your savings, visit www.banktalenthq.com, create an employer profile, and enter the code SAVE20BTHQ at checkout. Or, if you would like to set up a meeting with a member of the BankTalentHQ team to learn more, please email info@banktalenthq.com.

 

 

 

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GBA Community Connections

We want to share all the good work GBA member banks, bankers, Associate Members and Bank Counsel Section members do to support their communities. Read all about the Community Connections our banks and members have below. Share your Community Connections by sending a brief paragraph and any photos of activities you have to us and we'll publish them at our earliest opportunity. Send information to Katina Prokos, kprokos@gabankers.com, and David Oliver, doliver@gabankers.com, or if your company would like to s6onsor this content, let us know. Here's our latest installment:

 

Atlanta - Synovus Bank

The bank recently donated $1 million to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to expand illness-prevention efforts in rural Georgia. Read more here.

Augusta - Pinnacle Bank

The bank’s Grovetown branch in Augusta is collecting toys for Toys for Tots.

 

Bainbridge - First National Bank

The bank’s Bainbridge team spent time ringing the bell for the Salvation Army at the local Winn Dixie.

 

Cartersville - Century Bank of Georgia

The bank provided hot chocolate at the Cartersville Christmas parade.

 

Cordele - Planters First Bank

The bank recently hosted its 2023 Winter Wonderland event for the community.

 

Cordele - South Georgia Banking Company

The bank’s Cordele team members read "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" to a few classes at Crisp County Primary School.

 

Dublin - Morris Bank

The Morris Bank Community Foundation has concluded its second-annual “12 Days of Christmas” grant, giving $24,000 back to the communities they serve. Starting December 1st, the bank announced one winner a day on their Facebook page, each receiving $2,000 to go towards tangible purchases to support their mission. Read more here.

 

Griffin - First National Bank of Griffin

Bank team members volunteered to ring the bell for the Salvation Army, and the bank matched the contributions raised.

 

Milledgeville - Century Bank and Trust

Bank team members assembled Blessing Bags at Northridge Christian Church, providing food for at-risk children on the weekends.

 

Milledgeville - Exchange Bank

The bank recently donated Kroger gift cards to 11 families enrolled in the Ocmulgee Family Dependency Treatment Court's (FDTC) program.

 

Rome - River City Bank

Members of the bank’s Rome branch recently volunteered ringing the bell to support the Salvation Army of Rome.

 

Savannah - Colony Bank

More than 40 high school students in Georgia recently graduated from the Colony Leadership Academy, a year-long leadership style program created by Colony Bank. Upon completion of the program, each student received up to a $1,000 scholarship to the college or university of their choice. Read more here.

 

Vadosta - CBCBank

The bank recently provided donuts to Lowndes High School FCA.

 

Watkinsville - Oconee State Bank

Bank team members served hot chocolate at the Watkinsville Christmas Parade.

 

 

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GBA Newsmakers

 

Americus - Citizens Bank of Americus

Congratulations to President and CEO Rick Whaley for being recognized by Georgia Southwestern State University among the 2024 Outstanding Alumni Award winners. Whaley, a past GBA chairman and current chair of GBA Insurance Trust and a 1989 graduate of the University, is receiving the Aeolian Award during a ceremony slated for Jan. 27. The Aeolian Award is given to an alumnus who has distinguished themselves in their profession as well as in their community. The recipient is chosen based on their outstanding lifetime achievement as a distinguished alumni and community leader. Read more here.

 

Athens - Oconee State Bank

EVP, Chief Administrative Officer Cristi Donahue was recently nominated for an Athena Award from the Athens Chamber of Commerce.

 

Augusta - Colony Bank

Jennifer Gross has joined the bank as mortgage loan originator and market development manager. Read more here.

 

Charlotte, NC - Truist Financial Corp.

Truist Financial Corp. appointed Scott Stengel senior executive vice president and chief legal officer, effective Dec. 26. Stengel will succeed Ellen Fitzsimmons, who is set to retire. Stengel previously served as general counsel of Ally Financial Inc., where he handled legal affairs, corporate secretary and government relations functions.

 

Cordele - Planters First Bank

The bank was recently featured in a business spotlight by Georgia Business Journal their 2023 Best of Georgia. Read more here.

 

Darien - Southeastern Bank

The bank recently celebrated the 135th anniversary of its founding.

 

Fort Valley - SunMark Community Bank

India Adams recent joined to the bank’s Fort Valley branch teller team.

 

Perry - SunMark Community Bank

Marketing Director Bre Knowles recently graduated from the Robins Regional Chamber Leadership Program.

 

Sandy Springs - Signature Bank of Georgia

Congratulations to the bank, which celebrated its 18th anniversary this week and the dedication of its new sign atop its office building. Pictured below from left are Debi Davidoff, GBA’s David Oliver, Stevie Vickers, Charles Hoag, CEO Charlie Brown, Executive Vice Chairman Freddie Deutsch, Steve Reagin, David Perlis and GBA’s Elizabeth Chandler. All bank employees in the photo other than Brown have been with the bank since its founding.

 

Savannah - BankSouth Mortgage

Preston Laird has joined BankSouth Mortgage’s Savannah team as vice president, producing production manager.

 

Tifton - South Georgia Banking Company

David Griffin recently joined the bank in the newly created position of senior vice president, security, facilities and enterprise expense manager. Tom Stitely also joined the bank as senior vice president, director of sales and business development. Read more here.

 

Brentwood, TN - Ncontracts

GBA Strategic Partner NContracts recently announced it has acquired Quantivate, a growing provider of governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) solutions for banks. Read more here.

 

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House of Representatives

Best wishes to Third District Rep. Drew Ferguson as he steps down from Congress at the end of his current term in 2024. He’s the only member of the Georgia Delegation on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee and has served in various leadership positions. Prior to serving in Congress, he was Mayor of West Point and a dentist in private practice.

 

 

Rick Whaley Cristi Donahue Jennifer Gross Southeastern Bank India Adams

 

 

Bre Knowles Signature Bank of Georgia Preston Laird David Griffin Tom Stitely

 

 

Read All About It: Send Us Your News

Please remember to include the Georgia Bankers Association on the list of recipients for announcements about promotions, new employees and special recognition your bank has received. We want to share your news with your colleagues across the state. Please forward your announcements and photos to GBA's Katina Prokos.

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