Leadership Conference

The annual GBA Leadership Conference is the premier event for emerging executives from all disciplines within GBA's membership. Planned by the Leadership GBA Executive Committee, the conference touches on economic trends, skill sessions in bank strategy development, leadership best practices, government and regulatory relations and more. It's also designed to help members develop strong bonds with their peers and families for the benefit of Georgia's community of bankers. Don't miss this exciting, informative and fun conference.

See the Conference Agenda

Conference Highlights

Economic Update

Brittany Kleinpaste
VP, Economic Policy and
Research, ABA
Legal Update

Jonathan Hightower
Fenimore, Kay, Harrison & Ford, LLP
Talent Recruitment
and Retention

Darron Burnette
S. GA/ N. FL Division CEO
Synovus Bank

The Amazon Prime

Dave DeFazio
Closing Session

Rodney Bullard
Executive Director
The Chick-fil-A Foundation

Sponsorship & Exhibiting

Associate Members are eligible to participate as sponsors and exhibitors to maximize the conference experience of the bankers attending.Click here to view sponsor information, and click here to view exhibitor information for the 2019 conference.

Registration Price and How to Register

Member/Banker Registration: $575 through July 8 / $625 July 9 and after
Spouse/Guest Registration: $215 through July 8 / $265 July 9 and after

Click Here to Register

Cancellations must be in writing and submitted to Shan Haugabrook at shan@gabankers.com no later than Friday, July 12, to receive a refund.

GBA Leadership Roundtable Members: Your roundtable package includes your 2019 Leadership Conference registration, but please register anyway to confirm your plans to attend in July!

Hotel Information

GBA is excited to host the 2019 Leadership Conference once again at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, near Jacksonville, FL. Since the Inn & Club celebrated its opening in 1928, this 300-acre oceanfront resort in Ponte Vedra Beach has been a refuge for recreation and relaxation. Just steps from the ocean, the resort offers two picturesque 18-hole golf courses, a racquet club containing 15 Har Tru tennis courts, four pools and an award-winning spa that's the perfect haven for relaxation and reflection. Ideal for families, and regardless of your interest, there will most certainly be an activity for your enjoyment.

Please be advised that the GBA room block is currently full. The hotel has availability in the Island House (at the $229 GBA rate). There is limited availability in Deluxe Oceanfront rooms through Tuesday night, July 23. Due to the arrival of another large group, we are not able to secure additional Oceanfront rooms for Wednesday night, July 24. For Oceanfront room, we recommend that you reserve the nights that are available, reserve an alternate room type for Wednesday night (if needed), and the hotel will waitlist you for an Oceanfront room for Wednesday night. GBA is in daily contact with the hotel and will do our best to keep our guests in their preferred room type for the entirety of their stay. Reservations may be made by calling the hotel directly at 904.285.1111 or 800.234.7842.

In addition to the nightly room rate, there is a negotiated resort fee of $24 per room per night, which includes wi-fi, coffee maker, use of fitness center; and twice daily maid service.

GBA Contact

Kathy Friestad
Professional Development Manager