Southwest Georgia Division President
Renasant Bank, Albany
GBA Public Affairs Committee, At Large
Q: Will you share a little insight with us about how you chose banking as a career?
That’s easy! Growing up in South Georgia working all kinds of jobs during the summer months, I knew that a desk job would be in my future. Seriously, after graduating with a degree in accounting, right out of college I was given an opportunity with the Federal Land Bank in Dawson, now the Farm Credit Service, as a commercial lender. Really loved the interaction with customers and serving their needs. After an eight year tenure with Farm Credit, I moved to the Commercial banking world with First State Bank in Albany. Thank you Luke Flatt for the opportunity!!
Q: What's your favorite part of any given day working for Renasant Bank?
Arriving early in the morning before the phone starts ringing, drinking my coffee and planning the day ahead.
Q: How important is it for bankers in Georgia to stay actively engaged with their local, state lawmakers to make sure we keep a strong voice in the state as well as in Washington D.C.?
Critically important!! It really does make a difference with a one on one interaction with our local and state legislators. I learned early on that if you are not actively in front of your legislators, your competitor will be…..
Q: How have benefited from your participation on GBA Committees and at GBA Events like the upcoming Legislative/Economic Forum and Legislative Reception?
As a member of the Public Affairs Committee, I strongly recommend active participation by all of our GBA Members. The benefits are far reaching. As stated, it does make a difference having the one on one contact with our legislators. Elizabeth Chandler is a strong voice for us with the legislators as well as being respected for her role in protecting our industry. Thank you Elizabeth!
Q: What is one thing your Renasant Bank co-workers and GBA friends and peers might not know about you?
Learning from one of my many summer jobs, I am considered a pretty good local pizza chef!!