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  • 2019 Annual Meeting: June 23-26, Banff Springs, Canada

  • Leadership Conference: July 22-25, Ponte Vedra, FL

  • The BSA Experience: Aug. 20-23, Macon

  • De Novo Bank Accelerator Webinar Series Archive Now Available

  • The Directors Education Series
  • GBA E-BulletinMay 17, 2019: Action Items for Legislation Passed This Year, Celebrating our Banking and Compliance School Stars, Perdue Joins Call for CECL Delay and more...
  • GBA-U EdgeMay 2019: Seminars and webinars for career bankers at any level, two premier GBA events coming up, registration deadline for Rural Development & Lending Conference and more.
  • Georgia Banking UpdateMay 2019: Facts, Figures and a Look at the Changing Landscape of Georgia Banking
  • GBA E-Legislative UpdateApril 5, 2019: General Assembly adjourns sine die, GBA’s three priority bills awaiting governor’s signature, other bills GBA supported that passed and more...

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Member Profile

Throughout his 36 years in banking, Charles Sweat, president and CEO of First Peoples Bank in Pine Mountain, has been involved with six banking organizations that have had 17 different names. First Peoples Bank, however, has had the same name for the past 30 years. "My personal goal is to retire with the bank maintaining its local independence (and name)," he said. Recently elected as the Group 4 representative on GBA’s Board of Directors, Sweat got his first job during high school at a Taco Bell when the uniforms were still 100% polyester in milk-chocolate brown and topped off with a pointed paper hat. His regional manager would do surprise visits to inspect the store, armed with a stopwatch and set of scales to time the entire process and to weigh each ingredient used by taking apart a fully loaded taco or burrito. "While my 16-year-old brain thought only of the annoyance of these visits, they were the perfect example of setting consistent expectations and measuring results (both for the benefit of the customer and for the business)," he said. "To this day, I can still stuff, fold and present a burrito in less than 30 seconds." Sweat shares about his career journey, involvement in GBA’s CEO roundtables, love of baseball and more in this week’s GBA member profile. Read his full Member Profile here >>>


Welcome New Strategic Partner BankTalentHQ

BankTalentHQ was designed to be a premier talent management and career-building resource for the banking industry and is brought to you by GBA in partnership with other state banking associations across the country, including Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina and South Carolina. The central feature of BankTalentHQ is its job board, which will allow banks to purchase individual job posts or packages of posts at discounted prices. For the next 30 days, we will be offering free job postings for every GBA member and Associate Member to help support the launch of BankTalentHQ in Georgia. Please connect with GBA’s Bo Brannen for your promotional code for your free post, or if you have any questions about BankTalentHQ. See all the BankTalentHQ features and services tailored specifically for the banking industry here>>>