Lessons from Leaders
Stephen R. Covey
"Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success;
leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against
the right wall."
"Great leaders are almost always
great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and
doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand."
"The best executive is the one
who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants
done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them
while they do it."
Today's Resource for Tomorrow's
bankers active in
are committed to developing the future leaders of the banking
industry. Leadership GBA...
Promotes leadership development
Encourages public awareness of the banking
industry through the Financial Literacy Program
Creates networking opportunities
Educates bankers about the legislative
Mark Your Calendar
Annual Leadership GBA Conference is July 22-25
Leadership GBA will host its
Leadership Conference on July 22-25 at The King and
Prince Hotel on St. Simons.
The Leadership GBA Executive Committee has planned a program that
promises to be educational and enjoyable. Attendees will
receive an economic update, hear from a CEO panel about dealing
with today’s challenges, get up-to-date information on the
legislative front, hear about the latest economic
developments in Georgia and as always, receive excellent
leadership training. The conference will also provide
networking opportunities for bankers from around
the state to share ideas. A conference brochure will be
mailed in March. GBA has also reserved a block of rooms at
The King and Prince at a reduced rate of $209 to $229. You
can make reservations by calling the hotel directly at
912.638.3631 or 877.543.6077. Be sure to say you are with
the GBA to receive this special rate. The cut-off date for
reservations is June 18. With questions about
the Leadership Conference or Leadership GBA in general,
please call GBA’s
at 404.420.2010 or
Leadership GBA Profile
Meet Doug Strange
Doug is Senior Vice President and
Regional Credit Officer at Ameris Bank, Moultrie, and one of
our Leadership GBA At-Large Representatives. Doug
came to the bank in 2005 and has been in the banking
industry for 16 years. He was appointed to the Leadership
GBA Executive Committee in 2011.
"The most meaningful
takeaway of being involved in Leadership GBA is the
networking with other bankers throughout the state. As our
bank footprint has expanded, I can always find a GBA member
in a new market to discuss the market and activity,"
Strange said. "And the Leadership Conference provides
a great opportunity to learn about current events and
challenges other bankers are facing in our state."
received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the
University of Georgia. He is active in his community, where
he is a member of the Rotary Club, the First United
Methodist Church of Moultrie, finance chairman of the
Moultrie YMCA and former chairman of the Moultrie Colquitt
County Library and the Odum Genealogy Board. If you would
like to talk to Doug about how to get more involved in
Leadership GBA, feel free to contact him by
e-mail or at 229.890.6366.
Children to Save Day is April 24
true, kids that save are more likely to attend college.
Many Americans have traded
in their spending habits and are making saving for a rainy
day a top priority. To help ensure this trend continues, the
ABA Education Foundation and
Leadership GBA will take
steps to lead kids down the path to a positive financial
future. On Tuesday, April 24, bankers nationwide will use
their expertise to inspire students to become life‐long
National Teach Children to Save Day.
save is the first step to becoming a successful money
manager," said Leadership GBA President Spence Mullis,
President & CEO of Morris Bank in Dublin. "And
teaching our kids these skills is one of the most important
services we can provide."
To help you plan or present a
lesson, the foundation has created a
Teach Children to Save Resource Kit.
Available for K-6 and the age 7-12 groups, the resource kits
have multiple lesson plans that explain the difference
between needs and wants, ways to identify expenses and how
priorities can influence spending. For more information
Teach Children to Save Day or to purchase Teach Children to
Save resource kits, please visit the Foundation’s
website or call 1-800-BANKERS.
Georgia Banking School
An Essential Step
to Enhance Your Career
The Georgia Banking School is a three-year
school designed for first-level and mid-level managers to provide a
thorough understanding of critical banking functions such as
asset-liability management, lending, human resource
management, sales and marketing, investments and technology.
In addition, the legal, regulatory and economic environments
are analyzed from the perspective of the banking industry.
Enroll now and join the Class of 2014. This year’s session
will take place April 29 – May 4 at the University of
Georgia’s Center for Continuing Education in Athens. For
more information, please contact
Help our Industry Shine
Support GBA’s Financial Literacy Program
It’s extremely important for bankers to be visible in the community
demonstrating their commitment to helping people understand
and manage their money. It’s easy to do by supporting
Leadership GBA’s Financial Literacy Program and making arrangements to visit your local classrooms
and civic organizations. For example, make plans now to
participate in Career Day or
National Teach Children to Save Day at local
schools. Adult and senior members of the community also
need your help with the latest financial literacy
information. These presentations can easily be reported as
Financial Literacy Program contacts with this
Online Report Card. GBA has materials and
brochures available to help you with your presentations.
Topics include personal financial management, credit
responsibilities, identity theft, the latest FDIC
information and much more. If you would like to receive
samples of these materials, please contact GBA’s
at 404.420.2024. Get involved today!
Four Reasons Your Bank Should Have More than
encourages every bank to have at least one
Leadership GBA Representative. However, there's no limit
to the number of representatives a bank can have. It's a good way to expose mid- and upper-level career bankers
to the leadership skills and information they need for
success in this business.
Powerful Resource: Leadership GBA provides a strong
peer network for sharing ideas and problem solving with
other emerging leaders across the state.
Participants get the same regular
updates member CEOs get with the most current
information about the economy, legislative issues facing
the banking industry and current leadership training
through weekly GBA e-Bulletins, this special quarterly
Leadership Notes e-publication and other special
Annual Leadership Conference: With content modeled after the GBA Annual Convention,
this event is structured to expose emerging leaders to
top industry experts in government affairs, regulatory
issues, the economy and industry-specific topics.
Financial Literacy Program:
Leadership GBA coordinates this program that helps
educate consumers in your communities and benefits the
industry's public image.
These are just a few examples of how Leadership
GBA is a valuable benefit to the bank, emerging
leaders and ultimately customers. So, think about adding
another representative for your bank. Here's a link to a
Leadership GBA Representative volunteer and approval form.
Simply fill it out and return it to
Jennifer Stevens by email
at firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax at
404.522.9848. Call Jennifer with any questions at 404.420.2024.
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