Chair, GBA Compliance Committee
Commercial Banking Company
Q: What was your first job, and was there a lesson you learned there that you still use today?
A: At age 14, I began working for my dad at the telephone company washing vehicles. He always inspected the vehicles behind me and would make me wash any places I had missed. He taught me to take pride in my work and do the best I could. My dad was the best teacher.
Q: Tell us a little bit about your career journey.
A: I started in banking as a proof operator in the 80s for a large corporate bank. I became a lending assistant in the early 90s. In 2000, I was offered a job with Commercial Banking Company as loan operations manager. My role soon expanded to Deposit and Loan Operations Manager. In 2002, I became the bank’s BSA/compliance officer in addition to operations manager. I was promoted to vice president in 2004, received my CRCM certification in 2012 and became senior compliance officer in 2017.
Q: What’s your favorite part of your job?
A: My favorite part of bank compliance is meeting the challenges of regulatory requirements through training and implementation.
Q: How has involvement with GBA and its compliance programs affected your career?
A: Attending GBA training programs and conferences has provided me numerous tools that help with my day-to-day responsibilities as a compliance officer. The networking opportunities available at GBA compliance programs have also given me a large professional peer group to rely on for assistance.
Q: If you weren’t working in banking, what would you be doing instead?
A: My parents taught my siblings and me to give back to our community, so I would seek to make someone’s life easier by donating my time. I have been a Hospice volunteer for more than 18 years and co-founded the Treehouse thrift store that benefits Hospice of South Georgia, the only not-for-profit Hospice in an eight-county area.