April 19, 2023

CBA Today eNewsletter,

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Credit Quality, Economic Outlook, Core Deposits

Top to Bottom Solutions - Unconventional Ways to Grow Core Deposits 
We will cover:  Effectively and efficiently deal with exception pricing on a scalable basis to avoid rate matching.  How to seize the opportunity of refinancing that has shifted to deposits as interest rates rise. How hybrid savings accounts blend advantageous features of CDs and Savings for all stakeholders.

Economic Outlook
Chief Economist Dr. Lindsey Piegza will look at the current state of the economy amid the pandemic and what it means going forward for overall growth, interest rates and monetary policy. She will cover macro-economic trends in consumer spending and investment, in addition to new monetary and fiscal policy initiatives and the potential economic effects of these changes. She will also examine the changing global and political environment, and how it will affect the economic recovery. Participants will leave this session able to advise management teams on the possible effect of economic issues on their organizations

Current Credit Environment; Strategic Loan Review, Stress Testing, Credit Quality & Best Practices 
In this session, we’ll discuss: (1) Where the hotspots and high risk areas are right now in terms of credit quality — including a review (highest to lowest) of credit risk by industry. (2)  How to react to additional credit stress without overreacting. (3) The growing importance of loan reviews in the management of credit risk moving forward — taking loan reviews from merely a point-in-time event to an ongoing risk management tool. And why stress testing and loan reviews should be combined for a more effective approach.

Notice of Proposed CBA
2023-2024 Board of Directors

CBA’s Nominating Committee has announced the proposed 2023-2024 Board of Directors.  The proposed slate will be presented and voted on by CBA bank members at CBA’s annual convention, CONNECT, June 7 – 11, 2023 at The Charleston Place, Charleston, SC.

Executive Committee:

Chair Neil Stevens

Oconee State Bank

Chair Elect Franke Griffin

Flint Community Bank

Vice Chair Mike Sale

The Commercial Bank

Treasurer/Audit/ Investment Chair

Kelly Stone Community Bank of Georgia
Immediate Past Chair Richy Everly

Bank of Wrightsville

At Large Scott Curry First State Bank of Randolph County


Northern Division:

Shannon Henry

Bank of Dade

Bill Walker

The Legacy State Bank

Monty Watson

The Piedmont Bank

Derek Williams

Century Bank & Trust

Ron Quinn

Peach State Bank & Trust

Jane Lawson

First Peoples Bank

Harold Reynolds


Doug Williams

SouthState Bank

Charles Crawford

Hyperion Bank


Southern Division:

Stephen Lewis

First National Bank of Coffee County

Zachary Frye

Bulloch First

Jolene Carroll

Magnolia State Bank

Bran Thompson

South Georgia Bank

Ray Muggridge

Bank of Camilla

Nancy Jernigan

First Port City

Eli Tinsley

Planters First Bank

Heath Fountain

Colony Bank

Brian Bazemore

Community Bank of Dublin, Laurens County


CBA President/CEO                John McNair, CBA of GA

Corporate Secretary                Lori Godfrey, CBA of GA

General Counsel                         Dan Brannan, James Bates Brannan Groover, LLP

Supporting CBA’s Advocacy Efforts
Atlanta Topgolf Winners – Augusta Tomorrow

Bankers and vendor partners enjoyed a fun afternoon of golf, food, networking and competition at CBA’s Topgolf Showdown last week in Atlanta. Lori Godfrey, EVP, Government & Regulatory Relations at CBA, kicked off the tournament with a brief update on CBA’s advocacy efforts, 2023 Georgia Legislative Session highlights.


Congratulations to the winners!  Winning Team: (l-r) David Cross, DefenseStorm; Joel Thompson, Eclipse Brand Builders; Brian Bazemore, The Citizens Bank of Cochran; Chris McClung, Eclipse Brand Builders; Ryan Busenitz, Kasasa; pictured with Lori Godfrey, CBA.


1st Place - Joe Schafer, NFP Executive Benefits

2nd Place - Chris Cochran, Affinity Bank

3rd Place - Brad Brookshire, Great Oaks Bank


Special thanks to the Topgolf sponsors.  The next tournament will be Thursday, April 20th in Augusta and then May 4th in Chattanooga!  Calling all North GA banks – register here!

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John McNair

Our Commitment to Georgia Community Banking

“As the only banking association in Georgia to exclusively represent community banks, it is such an honor for us to speak on behalf of Georgia's community banking industry.

CBA stands firm in our commitment to push back against actions that hurt our members and passionately support pro-community bank policies. Continuing to educate the public on the differences between community banks and other financial services providers is paramount.”

CBA’s John McNair Issued a Letter
on Behalf of All Community Banks

On behalf of GA’s community banking industry, CBA President/CEO John McNair supported the ICBA’s call to action to call on FDIC Chairman Gruenberg to fully exempt community banks from any special deposit insurance fund assessment as a result of the failure of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank, NY.  “Community banks were not part of the problem and should not be called upon to foot the bill.  We call on every association that has community banks in their membership base to support CBA’s efforts to exempt community banks from any potential special DIF assessment.” Read letter.

John McNair and Harold Reynolds Share Community Banking Difference on NPR Station WABE 90.1 Live Podcast

Earlier this week, Harold Reynolds, President & CEO, BankSouth and John McNair, President & CEO, Community Bankers Association of Georgia, participated in a Closer Look with Rose Scott on Atlanta’s NPR Station WABE 90.1.  Their conversation on the community banking difference following the recent bank failures starts at 26.50. Special thanks to Rose Scott for inviting CBA representatives to outline how the community banking difference.

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ICBA Community Bank Briefing: Overview of the New Small Business Lending Requirements under ECOA (1071)

On March 30, the CFPB published the final rule amending Regulation B to implement changes to ECOA made by section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Act. These changes will require covered financial institutions to collect and report data on applications for small business credit.Click here to access the briefing held on April 14, 2023.

Upcoming 1071 Webinars

May 22 - Section 1071 Final Rule Highlights & Effective Dates

June 12 - Section 1071: Developing a Data Collection Process Under the Final Rules


Join Ladies in the Community Banking Industry
for a Day of Learning.

Formerly Women in Banking, WINSPIRE is a positive and upbeat session with instructional and motivational presentations for all women. WINSPIRE promotes personal and professional growth and development in Mind, Body & Spirit. 

We invite our ladies in community banking to join us for a day to relax, learn, be encouraged, and gain tools for personal wellness. We will meet at The Club at Lake Sinclair, for coffee, learning, a sit-down lunch, networking, and an activity to learn how to plant a succulent. 

McNair Family Scholarship Due May 1

The McNair Family Scholarship recognizes and honors the achievements of Nicholas (Nick) R. Cimino. The scholarship will be awarded once per year to an adult learner who is currently employed at a Georgia community bank and plans to work towards an associate, bachelors, or trade degree. AThe award is for $1,000.00 and will be paid directly to the institution of higher learning to offset student expenses (tuition, study materials, and expenses).

Learn more.

CBA Board Member and former Chair, Ron Quinn, President & CEO, Peach State Bank & Trust, Gainesville, recently published a guest column in the Gainesville Times on community banking and the local economy stand strong.  "The biggest takeaway has been the strength of community banks and their symbiotic relationships with the local markets in which they operate. More simply said, large national banks are beholden to Wall Street. Community banks answer to Main Street." Read the article.

Community Bank Pride! Team members at The Citizens Bank of Cochran & Community Bank of Dublin-Laurens County proudly wore their CBA advocacy t-shirts as part of Community Banking Month.  

Century Bank & Trust, Milledgeville, recently celebrated the bank’s 124th anniversary.

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John Davis has joined Oconee State Bank, Watkinsville, as Executive Vice President, Chief Innovation and Technology Officer. Read more.

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Christy Pace has joined The Claxton Bank as a Personal Banker in the Richmond Hill office.  Read more.

Bootstrap Image PreviewMary Fuller has joined The Claxton Bank as a Loan Officer Assistant in Richmond Hill. Read more.

Tyler Phillips has joined Embassy National Bank, Lawrenceville, as Executive Vice President, Chief Banking Officer.

Tom Adelaar has joined Embassy National Bank, Lawrenceville, as Assistant Vice President and Human Resources Manager.

CECL Coffee Talk Q&A

The CECL deadline is here. How’s your first Call Report with CECL-driven reserves coming along Join QwickRate’s interactive CECL discussion series where they address the latest questions and concerns they have received from banks — including the reactions and expectations they are hearing from auditors and examiners. Register here.

Crescent Mortgage Company
Skip Willcox
Vice President & Account Executive

Crescent Mortgage Company is a community bank owned wholesale and correspondent mortgage lender. Founded in 1993, we exist to deliver high quality mortgage warehouse products and services. Products include Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA, VA, USDA Rural Development, and Jumbo loan offerings.  We also offer Financial Institution specific products such as our One-Time Close and Two-Time Close construction to permanent programs.

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