June 5-9, 2024 • Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, FL

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Wednesday 6/5  Thursday 6/6  Friday 6/7  Saturday 6/8  Sunday 6/9

Wednesday, June 5
 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm CBA Board Meeting
 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm CBA Registration Desk Open
 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Exhibitor Set-Up
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm CBA Board Reception*
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm CBA Board Dinner*
*indicates by invitation only
Thursday, June 6
 7:30 am - 8:00 am Breakfast
 8:00 am - 8:15 am Welcome Kickoff to CONNECT
 8:15 am - 9:15 am

Austin's story is one of tragedy and incomprehensible loss and triumph. 

On Labor Day of 2003, his family was flying from northern Michigan to Ft. Wayne, Indiana. As they were preparing to land, the aircraft crashed and burst into flames. His dad threw me out of the plane to save his life while he went back into the flames to get his mom and his two sisters,  Julie and Lindsay as well as his brother, Ian. But tragically, was unable to. Austin's mom, sister and brother did not survive. 

He and his dad grieved the loss but  found ways to keep living in the midst of the incomprehensible pain. They pushed each other to overcome, as they knew his mom, sisters, and brother would’ve wanted. 

Eventually, his dad met a lovely woman named Kimberley, who had three kids of her own. They got married and together, they formed a wonderful blended family. Austin worked hard on his basketball skills. His dream was to play for The University of Michigan and on  June 15, 2011, he was offered a full scholarship to play basketball there. It was a dream come true. 

Nine days later, on June 24th, 2011, Austin's dad and “second mom” were flying to Northern Michigan to have a weekend of celebration. As they were preparing to land, the aircraft crashed, and his dad and second mom were killed on impact. Austin suffered severe injuries and was nearly killed himself. After being in a coma for over two months, Austin had to relearn how to walk, talk and basically how to live his life. With the help of many incredible doctors, therapists, his family and friends, he found a way to make it to Michigan. 

Twelve years later he graduated from  The University of Michigan and is now a full-time motivational speaker with a message about Grit & Thriving in the midst of adversity. His message is about his journey from a coma, to a wheelchair to playing for Michigan. Join us Thursday, June 6 for his inspiring message.

 9:15 am - 9:30 am Stretch Break

 9:30 am - 10:15 am

Join David Ruffin with Quickrate as he discusses loans and credit risks in uncertain times.  

Attendees will learn: 
•    A better understanding of current credit metrics and where trouble may be looming
•   Identifying and targeting optimum loan growth opportunities while avoiding risk in more challenged industries
•    Staying ahead of unquestionably heightened regulatory scrutiny
•    Fine-tuning risk management protocols for increased effectiveness
10:15 am - 11:00 am  Exhibit Break Time
11:10 am - 11:50 am

Financial services face a coming inflection point as attracting and keeping younger customers becomes more imperative.  Younger digital natives are entering the workforce and yet are not driven to open a traditional banking account, instead opting for “banking with P2P services and neobank alternatives".  Financial institutions need to rethink their approach to what it means to be a financial institution and take on a “customer experience” first mentality in planning for the transition in service offerings.

Fintech pioneer and internationally recognized speaker David Peterson will lead attendees through the steps that are needed to recognize the inflection point and detail strategies for successfully navigating the coming challenge of convincing future customers that having a primary financial institution relationship is strategically important.

11:50 am - 12:05 pm

Join CBA Chair Neil Stevens along with CEO John McNair as they give an update on the current state of CBA of Georgia. 
Afternoon On Your Own
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Night Event (PAC Fundraiser)
Friday, June 7
 7:30 am - 8:00 am Breakfast
 8:00 am - 8:05 am Friday Kick Off
 8:05 am - 9:05 am
Our news feeds are full of “overnight successes,” twenty-one-day fixes, diet pills, and sensational viral videos. We’ve feasted upon the false and fake for so long that we’re empty on the inside. As much as Facebook ads and Instagram influencers want to convince us otherwise, it is the basics that lead to an incredible life! These basics, done consistently, will transform your life and career. Are you ready to live a basically incredible life?
9:05 am - 9:15 am Stretch Break
9:15 am - 10:00 am
In a world characterized by clutter, confusion, information overload, and misinformation, the ability to communicate information clearly and succinctly is vital. This presentation highlights critical mistakes in communication and how to avoid them. Attendees will be given specific tools and techniques to help them better connect with others both virtually and in person.
9:15 am - 10:00 am

Among the sea of products and services, what works best for your efficiencies but more importantly, your effectiveness?  A discussion of how to incorporate emerging technologies in your institution to remain effective in today’s community bank.

10: 00 am - 10:45 am Exhibit Break Time
10:45 am - 11:30 am
Fraud continues to be a topic that is discussed every day in the industry. Let’s hear actual banker stories. Pat Dix will interview each banker to help us gain knowledge of what was observed during the incident, what the bank learned and implemented. How can we as an industry work together to support each other and improve solutions to stop fraudsters?

Moderator: Pat Dix, Shazam 
Panelists: Maggie Davis, First Vice President, Senior Compliance Officer, Commercial Banking Company; Alicia Durden, COO, ISO, Compliance Officer & BSA Officer, River City Bank; Heath Fountain, Chief Executive Officer, Colony Bank; Sarah Lynch, Assistant Vice President, BSA Officer/Deposit Operations, First Federal S & L Assn. of Valdosta  
 11:30 am - 12:05 pm
Get updated with what is going on on the national level.  Alice will be here to share the latest ICBA news. 
  Afternoon on your own
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Join your fellow Bankers and their families on Friday afternoon for CBA's Ultimate Beach Party. 
Saturday, June 8
 7:30 am - 8:00 am Breakfast
 8:00 am - 8:05 am Saturday Kick Off
8:05 am - 9:45 am
Join our panelists from across all of our Regulatory Agencies. 

Moderators: Mike White, Doroteya Wozniak & Lori Godfrey


Melissa Sneed, Deputy Commissioner for Supervision GA Department of Banking & Finance
Trey Wheeler, Assistance Vice President Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Jason Sisack, Assistant Deputy Comptroller Atlanta Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Timothy Rich, Regional Director, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

9:45 am - 10:00 am Stretch Break
10:00 am - 10:45 am
Come back together with our moderators to ask the important questions. 

Mike White, Doroteya Wozniak & Lori Godfrey

10:45 am - 11:00 am Stretch Break

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Chancellor Sonny Perdue's keynote "Unity: Bringing People Together" underscores the importance of unity amidst differences. Drawing from personal experiences and policy initiatives, Perdue highlights collaboration and understanding. He advocates for inclusive environments, collaboration, mutual respect, and community engagement to bridge divides. His message encourages students to embrace diversity, cultivate empathy, and champion inclusivity for a brighter, more interconnected future. In the realm of community banking, these values are essential for building strong relationships with customers and supporting the diverse needs of local communities.

 12:00 pm - 12:05 pm

General Session & Announcements
  Afternoon On Your Own
6:30 pm - 7:15 pm Reception
7:15 pm - 8:30 pm Chairman's Dinner 
8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Join us on Saturday evening for our special Chairman's party with the Kinchafoonee Cowboys.

The Kinchafoonee Cowboys began in December, 1991 in a pecan orchard in Terrell County, GA. The band's name comes from the Kinchafoonee Creek - a tributary of the Flint River that flows through Lee County and Albany.

The Cowboys are still favorites around the state of Georgia and play all types of venues from small clubs to large outdoor festivals. The group has shared billing with entertainers such as Alabama, John Anderson, Trisha Yearwood, Diamond Rio, Tracy Lawrence, Martina McBride, Widespread Panic, Blues Traveler, Dave Matthews Band, Jason Aldean, Hank Williams Jr, and many others. 
It will be a fun evening that you don't want to miss. 
Sunday, June 9