GBA Staff Profile

Jenna Lynn Warner
Professional Development Coordinator
Georgia Bankers Association, Atlanta

Q: As GBA members meet you or talk to you for the first time, what can they expect from you?

I’m excited to meet all of our members and to put names with faces. When you meet me, you can expect a big smile and a positive attitude. I hope that my excitement will be passed on to our members and their teams.

Q: Who is someone that has influenced your chosen career path?

My father. I was pursuing a degree in furnishing and interior design at The University of Georgia when he told me that, in his opinion, few people were in the financial shape to have closets redesigned in the current economy. He said that public relations sounded like a field where I would excel and I agreed. I changed my major that day. What can I say? Fathers really do know best. I have thoroughly enjoyed working in the public relations field and am looking forward to honing my event planning skills at the GBA.

Q: What might someone be surprised to learn about you?

I am a fairly picky eater but read somewhere recently that your taste buds stop accepting new flavors around age 30, so I have been on a quest to introduce my taste buds to as many new things as possible. So far, I have acquired a taste for sparkling water, coleslaw and am currently working on tomatoes. I have also discovered that chicken liver is just never going to make the cut.

Q: When you’re not on the job at GBA, what do you like to do?

I am an avid reader. My goal is to read around 50 books a year and I love to read across all genres, but historical fiction is probably my favorite. I also love to research where I might travel next by reading and watching travel blogs as well as making trip itineraries. Baking is also a favorite pastime of mine and recently I have enjoyed making scones and macarons.

Q: What has been your favorite travel destination and why?

Hands down…Walt Disney properties. My grandfather took my brother and I to Walt Disney World in Orlando a couple of times as children and I went for the first time as an adult in 2014. Now I’ve made sure to visit every year since. Usually we go to the park in Orlando but in 2016 I ventured to Anaheim, Cali., to visit Disneyland, and I’m looking forward to visiting Disneyland Paris this Christmas. Walt Disney did such a phenomenal job of creating magical memories for kids of all ages. I think that’s what keeps me coming back. “Adults are only kids grown up.” -- Walt Disney