July 20 - 23, 2015 Ponte Vedra Inn & Club Ponte Vedra, FL www

2015 Leadership Conference
Jul 20 - 23, 2015
Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, Ponte Vedra, FL
Registration Information
Member: $495 thru July 3
Spouse/Guest: $195 thru July 3
$545 July 4 and after
$245 July 4 and after
To register, you may return completed form below, noting preferred method of payment or register online at www.gabankers.com.
Hotel Information
Since the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club opened in 1928, this 300-acre oceanfront resort located in Ponte Vedra
Beach has been a perfect refuge for recreation and relaxation. Just steps from the ocean, the resort offers two picturesque 18-hole golf
courses, a racquet club containing 15 Har Tru tennis courts; four pools and an award-winning spa that’s the perfect place for relaxation and
reflection. GBA has reserved a block of rooms at a reduced rate of $219 - $239 per night. Reservations may be made by calling the hotel
directly 904.285.1111 or 800.234.7842. Be sure to say you are with the GBA to receive this special rate. The cut-off date for
reservations is June 12, 2015 and rooms may sell out before this date. After this date, all reservations will be subject to prevailing rate
and space availability.
Registration Cancellation and Refund Policy
Cancellations must be in writing and submitted to Angie Barber, GBA Registrar, at [email protected],
by Friday, July 10, 2015 to receive a refund. Substitutions are welcome at any time.
Contact GBA’s Susie McGehee at 404.420.2010 or [email protected]
Registration Form
Complete form below. If paying by check, make payable to the Georgia Bankers Association.
If submitting form by mail, send to 50 Hurt Plaza, Suite 1050, Atlanta, 30303.
If you would like GBA to invoice your company, you may return form by mail, or e-mail to [email protected]
July 20 - 23, 2015
Ponte Vedra Inn & Club
Ponte Vedra, FL
Spouse Name (if attending)
Payment Method:
Check enclosed (payable to GBA)
Invoice my bank/company
Is this your first time attending this conference?
Is this your first time attending a GBA event?
“Leadership GBA has been a tremendous part of my growth as a community banker. I always look forward to the
annual conference and meeting with bankers around the state that I now call friends. The atmosphere is relaxing
and really allows you to get to know the attendees better and learn about their banks and the roles they play in
their institutions. By developing these relationships at the conference, I have been able to reach out to many of
these folks and seek their advice or assistance on matters that arise at our bank during the year. I am very
thankful to my bank for the investment they are making in my career by allowing me to attend. Ponte Vedra is a
wonderful location, and I am looking forward to another great conference this year!” Colin Stokes,
Vice President/Commercial Lending, National Bank of Georgia, Athens
2015 Leadership Conference
Monday, July 20, 2015
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
3 p.m.
8 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
6:30 p.m.
This event will be indoors and will feature a delicious
buffet and great activities for the family.
8:15 a.m.
General Session
Parrish Clark, Leadership GBA President
CEO, Guardian Bank, Valdosta
8:30 a.m.
M&As and How they Will Affect Future Leaders
in the Next 10 Years
Jonathan Hightower, Partner
Bryan Cave, LLP, Atlanta
Letter from the President
Dear Leadership GBA Members:
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Leadership GBA’s focus is not only on recognizing the changes in the banking industry, but also on understanding their implications and
translating that information into useful knowledge.
The purpose of the GBA Leadership Conference is to promote leadership development, encourage public awareness of the banking
industry, create networking opportunities, and educate bankers about the legislative process. The Leadership GBA Executive Committee
has planned a great program this year that contains important information to help you stay informed about the issues that affect our
industry. You’ll receive an economic update from Tim Quinlan of Wells Fargo, along with a legislative update from GBA President and
CEO Joe Brannen. Nick Schuster with CashTrans will explore the look and feel of the bank of tomorrow, Jonathan Hightower with Bryan
Cave, will share his thoughts about M&As and how they will affect future bank leaders, and James Moore, with Steve Powell & Company,
will discuss fair lending and loan pricing. We’ll close this year’s conference with James Olson taking you inside the real world of being a
CIA spy.
The Leadership Conference also provides an excellent opportunity for you to network with your colleagues from around the state. Several
events are planned to allow you to spend time with your fellow bankers.
8 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m.
Welcome and General Session
Parrish Clark, Leadership GBA President
CEO, Guardian Bank, Valdosta
8:45 a.m.
Legislative Update
Joe Brannen, President and CEO
Georgia Bankers Association, Atlanta
Joe will bring you up to date on the latest state and
federal issues affecting the banking industry today
as well as the results of the 2015 legislative session.
9:15 a.m.
The conference will be exciting and informative, and as your bank’s Leadership GBA President, I strongly encourage you to attend. As you
review this brochure, I’m sure you will see that it is a great opportunity to grow as a leader. I look forward to seeing you in July.
Parrish Clark
President, Leadership GBA
Chief Executive Officer, Guardian Bank, Valdosta
2014-2015 Leadership GBA Committee
President: Parrish Clark
Guardian Bank, Valdosta
Group 4: Ryan Tucker
United Bank, Thomaston
At-Large: Andrew Ainslie
Bank of Madison
President-Elect: Susan Keigans
Planters and Citizens Bank, Camilla
Group 5: Reeves Skeen
First Citizens Bank, Atlanta
At-Large: Keith Anthony
Persons Banking Company, Forsyth
Vice President: Doug Strange
Ameris Bank, Moultrie
Group 6: Lucas Cowart
Morris Bank, Dublin
At-Large: Wade Johnson
Durden Banking Company, Twin City
Past President: Walker Jordan
The Bank of Monticello
Group 7: Chad Thomason
ServisFirst Bank, Douglasville
At-Large: Colin Stokes
National Bank of Georgia, Athens
Group 1: Kevin Harrison
Citizens Bank of Bulloch County, Statesboro
Group 8: Dain Smith
CBCBank, Valdosta
Associate Member Representative:
Randy Griffin
CSRA Business Lending, Augusta
Group 2: Ivan Crocker
Thomasville National Bank
Group 9: Scott Nanney
United Community Bank, Blairsville
Group 3: Danny Minick
The Citizens Bank of Americus
Group 10: Bill Inabinet
Athens First Bank & Trust, Monroe
Associate Member Representative:
Joel Foster
Raymond James & Associates, Atlanta
10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break
10:45 a.m.
Emerging Technology: An Open Discussion for
Tomorrow’s Bank
Nick Schuster, National Sales Manager
CashTrans, Austell
The community banking industry is in the midst of
rapid change. Markets are being
re-defined.Regulators are changing what they
require. About the only thing constant is
change.Each community bank is unique and your
approach to solutions should be as well. Bank
technologies are the result of comprehensive
solutions that include a balanced focus on culture,
processes, experiences, security and technology.
Join Nick for an open discussion at the intersection
of emerging technologies, transactions, and
9:45 a.m.
Group Meetings and Elections
10 a.m.
Fair Lending and Loan Pricing
James Moore, CRCM
Financial Institution Specialist
Steve H. Powell & Company, Statesboro
Economic Update and Outlook
Timothy Quinlan, Economist
Wells Fargo, Charlotte, NC
Join Tim as he provides a general overview of the
U.S. economy and examines the various drivers of
growth at the present stage of the economic cycle.
He will also discuss how a slow-growth expansion in
the United States fits into the context of the global
Jonathan will discuss the outlook for Georgia bank
M&A activity and the keys to independence in
today’s environment. Topics to be discussed include
drivers of M&A, strategic planning, and board and
shareholder management.
Join Jim as he focuses on the advantages and
disadvantages on using an interest rate sheet when
pricing consumer loans.
11 a.m.
Imagine living a lie for 31 years. That’s what James
Olson and his wife Meredith did while spying for the
CIA. Spying for his country was the furthest thing
from his mind when Olson, a farm boy from Iowa,
received a mysterious phone call that changed his
life forever. In his presentation, Olson takes you
inside the real world of being a CIA spy. He
describes the rigorous training they receive and the
difficult dilemmas that they face in the field on a
daily basis. Olson will also explain how the global
war on terror affects everyone and why the United
States needs spies to protect the country and its
vital interests.
Free to Enjoy Your Own Plans
6 p.m.
Farewell Reception and Awards Dinner
This event will be indoors and will feature a delicious
buffet. Kids are invited to this event. Following the
dinner there will be a magic show for the kids while
the adults enjoy the awards ceremony.
Conference Recess
Enjoy your own plans for the remainder of the day and evening.
Living a Lie for 31 Years
James Olson, Professor
The George Bush School of Government
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
9 p.m.
Conference Adjourns