Senior Vice President, HR & Training
Georgia Bank & Trust, Augusta
Chair, GBA Human Resources Committee
Q: You’re in Human Resources, so what do you see as some of the biggest challenges for bank HR professionals today?
A: Some of HR’s biggest challenges are finding the right people and staying compliant with the evolving regulatory changes for banking. You have to look hard to find that special person who will fit our culture and who has the knowledge and skills necessary to service our customers. Keeping up with the changing regulations and keeping our staff trained to adhere to the new practices is definitely a challenge.
Q: What do you tell people if they ask you why they should consider working in the banking industry?
A: We are a service industry with an emphasis on financial products, so if you like to help people, banking can be a great career. Most people only think of the retail and lending jobs. There are so many additional options available in the banking industry including technology, accounting, compliance, electronic services, operations and my favorite, human resources.
Q: What’s a good piece of career advice someone has given you that you still use today?
A: Always follow the Golden Rule. Treat others the same way you would like to be treated.
Q: How does involvement in GBA help you and your bank?
A: GBA offers a variety of services that help our bank. We participate in the Insurance Trust for health insurance and appreciate the efforts of the GBA with our federal and state legislative issues.
Q: When you are not at work, what do you like to do most?
A: When not at work I enjoy spending time with my family. We enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities like running, biking, camping and kayaking.