2020 Annual Meeting: Hometown Edition

Instead of hitting the road, we’re bringing the GBA Annual Meeting’s educational experience to you and your team this year. Take advantage of two separate offerings to get the full experience of GBA's 2020 Annual Meeting Hometown Edition:

GBA Annual Business Meeting

GBA’s 2020 Annual Business Meeting is June 15, 9-11 a.m. EST. In addition to electing officers and other official business, FDIC Chairman Jelena McWilliams will join us in a moderated Q & A session. Here’s a look at the general agenda.
  • State of the Association Address – GBA Chairman Chuck Copeland, First National Bank of Griffin
  • Election of Officers
  • Recognition of Current and Incoming Board Members
  • The Year Ahead – Remarks by Chairman-Elect Spence Mullis, Morris Bank, Dublin
  • Recognition of 50-Year Bankers
  • Special Guest – FDIC Chairman Jelena McWilliams, Q&A Moderated by former Chairman Jim Edwards, United Bank, Griffin, member of the FDIC Community Bank Advisory Committee
  • GBA Insurance Trust Annual Meeting – GBAIT Chairman Rick Whaley, The Citizens Bank of Americus

Strategy and Skill Sessions Package (Content Available June 15)

Our virtual meeting package features eight unique strategy and skills sessions. There’s value for any person on your team and board of directors. One value-priced registration per company unlocks access for everyone from June 15-July 17. Register here. See the detailed content map below.

Economic Intel Session
How the Economy is Evolving Through the Pandemic

Speaker: Roger Tutterow, Henssler Financial Endowed Chair, Director of the Econometric Center and Professor of Economics, Kennesaw State University

Tutterow will give us his read on the effects of the pandemic on the global, national and local economies as well as prospects for long term impacts and recovery.

Trend and Forecasting Session
Georgia Business Outlook: 10 Global Trends

Speaker: Chris Clark, CCE, CED, President & CEO, Georgia Chamber of Commerce

Clark looks ahead to 10 global trends expected to have a major impact on our state and businesses of all types and sizes. Even before the pandemic, the Chamber was doing some unique work to figure out how a variety of trends are shaping the opportunities for Georgia’s economy. He’ll share his vision for how our hometown businesses can be best positioned, challenges we’ll have to overcome and the advantages we have to help Georgia remain the number-one state in which to do business.

Marketing Skills Session
Digital Marketing - Caring for Our Customers on Social Media

Speaker: Katie Joiner, Principal Team Leader, Integrated Creative, Chick-fil-A

Joiner will talk about trends in social media and how to reach current and new clients through engaging content and making digital feel more personal.

Strategy Session
The Community Bank Board of the 2020s

Speaker: Jonathan Hightower, Fenimore, Kay, Harrison & Ford

With the ever-shifting banking landscape, community bank boards and management teams that remain flexible and forward-thinking are in the best position to thrive. Hightower will discuss the traits of successful community bank boards during the last decade and those that will be most important in the future. From addressing culture and growth to ensuring proper governance and legal protections, the value of a community bank director has never been higher. This session will focus on maximizing the value offered by bank leadership.

Strategy Session
Board Composition, Succession and Other Matters

Speaker: James Stevens, Partner, Troutman Sanders

Stevens will discuss the importance of thoughtful planning regarding the composition of your board of directors, plans for director succession and other governance matters impacting your board.


Innovation Session
The New Era of Engagement Banking

Speaker: Bryan Clagett, Director, Strategic Initiatives, StrategyCorps

Consumers increasingly want the best of both worlds: a digital experience when they need speed and convenience and a human experience when they need advice for more complex financial needs. And while the fintech craze has potential impact, the opportunity for America’s banks has never been so great. This Ted-Talk-style presentation will get you feeling emboldened to bring new levels of excitement to your bank strategy and your tactical approach to building market share and customer delight.


Technical Skills Session
Prospecting Your Target Markets Using Real Estate Data

Speaker: Jason Pruitt, Financial Solutions Group, CRS Data

There’s an amazing wealth of public record real estate data available to community banks. The common use is for helping banks value real estate, but there’s added power in the data as a source for new lending and relationship opportunities. Pruitt will show you the secrets for turning real estate data into growth.

Hayhurst  Sheller  Sparkman

Technical Skills Session
Exploring Asset-Liability Management Strategies to Lead into Recovery

Speakers: Ryan Hayhurst, Dale Sheller, and Dana Sparkman, The Baker Group

The Baker Group pros will take a look at three key areas, with timely information about the overall market for investment and liquidity sources, regulatory hot buttons affecting financial management, and COVID-19-related impacts on municipal credit instruments and mortgage backed securities.

Registration Information and Pricing

To register for the GBA 2020 Annual Business Meeting, click here. There is no cost to attend this portion of the Annual Meeting.

To register for the GBA 2020 Annual Meeting Hometown Edition: Strategy and Skills Session Package, click here. The content will be available OnDemand June 15 through July 17, 2020. The package price of $350 will grant access for your entire organization to all the sessions. All incoming registrations will be monitored by the GBA to ensure that an organization is charged only once. Invoices will be sent to the appropriate person at your company. Credit card payments may be coordinated through GBA registrar ShaKeya Snipes, events@gabankers.com. On Monday, June 15, you will receive an email with the link to the OnDemand sessions.

Sponsorship & Virtual Trade Show

Associate Members are eligible to participate as sponsors and virtual exhibitors to maximize the conference experience of the bankers attending. Contact Kathy Friestad at kfriestad@gabankers.com for information on virtual sponsorship. For information on participating in the virtual trade show, contact Bo Brannen at bbrannen@gabankers.com.

Thank You to Our Sponsors:


Kathy Friestad
Professional Development Manager