GBA Member Profile

Mary Frances Miller
Professional Development Administrator
Georgia Bankers Association, Atlanta, GA

Q: As GBA members meet you or talk to you for the first time, what can they expect?
A: Being new to the banking industry and even the professional world, I hope that when our members interact with me for the first time, they notice my energy and excitement to get involved any way I can. I ask a lot of questions because I want to learn from every new opportunity presented to me. I hope to make new connections, but I also know more people than one might expect. One of the perks of growing up in a small town is I typically know someone everywhere I go.

Q: When you’re not on the job at GBA, what do you like to do?
A: I love playing tennis, shopping and spending time with my friends. I am always out and about, and the nice thing about having just graduated from the University of Georgia is that a lot of my friends are still nearby. Most of my weekend time during the fall has been taken over by UGA football. Luckily I’m still not far from Athens, so my friends and I have spent a lot of time getting together and cheering on the Dawgs during this extraordinary football season.

Q: What has been your favorite travel destination and why?
A: Paris. There is something truly magical about seeing a new place, and it’s hard to begin describing all the amazing things that I saw while I was over there. Their way of life is completely different than anything I have ever experienced, and it was so much fun to step into that world even if it was just for a week.

Q: What would someone be surprised to learn about you?
A: I have six siblings (four half siblings and two full siblings). Holidays have always been a lot of fun at my parents’ house because I grew up with so many family members. I joke with my parents that they need to save some room for me to have children one day because the four older siblings have already taken up enough room with their combined total of eleven children for the Christmas stockings that are hung around the house every year.

Q: Where do you see yourself in five years?
A: Sometimes I don’t know what I am eating for dinner when I am leaving the office, let alone what I’ll be doing in five years! I hope that in five years I’m well-established in my career. I want people to know me as someone who is going to excel at anything she does. I strive to be the person that leaves a positively unforgettable mark on the world. I don’t want to be the person reading about significant people, but I want to be the person written about. So, in five years I hope I still have this outlook. I have a lot to learn in the business world, and I hope I look back on my life knowing that I learned everything I possibly could from every opportunity presented to me.

Q: If you were a dessert, what would you be?
A: I think I would be cheesecake. There are so many different flavors and toppings that can be added to cheesecake to make it sweet or savory, and similarly I am a multifaceted person who can go whichever way I want to depending on what kind of mood I’m in. However, in my opinion the ultimate flavor of cheesecake is white chocolate.