March 29, 2023

CBA Today eNewsletter,
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In this Issue:

CBA Launches New Website & Member Portal

Community Banking Month

Scholarship Deadlines

TopGolf Showdown

Communi-Tee Banking Shirt

ICBA National Consumer Campagin

Peachy Posts

Member Spotlight

With Sympathy

Upcoming Professional Development

Banking News

Flint Community Bank - Op-Ed

Preferred Service Provider

CONNECT - Convention

Featured Sponsorship


HR/TD League

CBA Affiliate Education Program

CBA's Advocacy Funds

Preferred Service Providers

CBA Events Calendar

HR & Talent Development League

CONNECT Convention

Compliance Professional Package

Banker Regulatory Forums

Check Out Our Preferred Service Providers!

CBA Launches New Website & Member Portal

CBA is excited to announce the launch of our New Website and member portal, now called the Member Compass.  With several new features, we’re sure you will love it as much as we do.  Search for anything on our entire website from the upper right hand magnifying glass icon.  Explore the new and improved Member Directory, now with an intuitive “search near address” map.   All of CBA’s blogs are now in one easy to find News Feed, filter by category to see only what you want to read.  Finding professional development opportunities has never been easier with our searchable Event Calendar.   Don’t forget to create your new login in the Member Compass, you won’t be able to register for events until you create one.  From here you’ll be able to view all of your CPE’s, invoices, classes past and upcoming, portal listing information, and so much more!  Feeling overwhelmed?  CBA has an answer for you on our FAQ’s & Help Guides page.  With new help guides added frequently, and easy online contact form, you’ll be zooming around our website like a pro in no time! 

Marketing Materials Make Celebrating Community Banking Month Easy

April marks Community Banking Month, a nationwide celebration recognizing the many contributions community banks make to their customers and communities. CBA of Georgia encourages our members to celebrate Community Banking Month and spread the word about what makes your bank an integral part of your local community.

Governor Brian Kemp kicked off the 2023 celebration by declaring April 2023 as Community Banking Month. CBA is offering a copy of the Community Banking Month proclamation as well as promotional materials for your website and
social media channels! Download today!

CBA Scholarship Deadlines Fast Approaching

April 7 - Applications due to Bank

April 14 - Applications due to CBA

May 1 - Applications due to CBA

April 14 - Applications due to CBA

Tee It Up for a Good Cause – Register Today!

Celebrate Community Banking Month in the
2023 CBA T-Shirt! Order by May 19!

CBA’s L.E.A.D. Board has designed a new t-shirt for 2023.  Don’t miss the chance to order this one-of-a-kind t-shirt!  Monies raised are used to support advocacy efforts at our state capitol. Join your fellow bankers by wearing these to increase awareness of our industry brand.

  • Special perks when you wear your t-shirt to certain CBA events!
  • Same soft fabric & style you love from our 2022 PAC/PR t-shirt.
  • Celebrate Community Banking Month in Style! (April 2023)
  • Share photos and videos wearing your shirts to CBA's Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter for a chance to be featured in publications! #CBAofGA #CommuniTeeBanking

ICBA Announces National Consumer Campaign

ICBA announced the rollout of a national public awareness campaign that differentiates community banks from other financial institutions and elevates community banks among U.S. consumers.

The ICBA National Campaign:

  • Includes market research, creative advertising, public relations, and media strategy.
  • Provides resources to help community banks amplify the benefits of banking locally.
  • Drives consumers to to help them find a community bank in their area.

The ICBA National Campaign’s customizable assets and key messaging, national ads, research and insights, and more are available on the campaign website.


Peachy Posts


Brian Bazemore Featured on TV35 

Brian Bazemore, President & CEO, Community Bank of Dublin-Laurens County, was featured on TV35 on the banking the recent bank failures and the strength of local community banks.  He also shared information about his friend and mentor, Chuck Harwell and the Scholarship the bank is offering to local high schools as well as to Bleckley County High School. Watch the interview.

Georgia-based entities take top 2 spots in 2022 Southeast community bank ranking

Douglas National Bank, a subsidiary of DNB Financial Services Inc., received the highest overall performance score when evaluated against the seven metrics used in the ranking. The bank not only beat the top 50 median in five metrics, it also performed better in six metrics when compared to the median of all 732 banks eligible for ranking.

Trenton, Ga.-based Bank of Dade, a unit of Tri-States Bankshares Inc., outperformed the median of the top 50 banks in four metrics and beat the region's median in six of seven metrics analyzed. The bank operates three branches in Trenton.

Including Douglas National Bank and Bank of Dade, Georgia had 15 institutions in S&P Global Market Intelligence's 2022 list of 50 best-performing community banks in the Southeast with assets below $10 billion. Other banks named include Century Bank of Georgia, Cartersville; Commercial Bank, Crawford; PeoplesSouth Bank, Colquitt; South Georgia Bank, Glennville, Southeastern Bank, Darien, Thomasville National Bank, State Bank of Cochran, Piedmont Bank, Peachtree Corners; Waycross Bank & Trust; Citizens Bank of Georgia, Cumming; Northeast Georgia Bank, Lavonia,  PrimeSouth, Waycross, and First National Bank of Waynesboro.

Brad Day has joined Embassy National Bank, Lawrenceville, as President. Read more.

Keith Prather has joined Legacy State Bank, Loganville, as Monroe Market President.

Cher Jeffares has joined Legacy State Bank, Loganville, as Banking Officer, Mortgage and Consumer Loan Specialist.

Carla Milam has been promoted to Vice President at Thomasville National Bank.

Danniell Slocumb has been promoted to Vice President at Thomasville National Bank.

Jamie Parramore has been promoted to Human Resource Officer at Thomasville National Bank.

James Halkis has joined Fiserv, Lake Mary, FL, as Southern Region Sales Executive, Bank Solutions.

Cameron Loughery has joined CalTech-Integris, Atlanta, as a Business Development Representative.

CBA extends our sincere sympathy to the family, friends and former associates of Thomas Leonard Arnold, former President & CEO of Sunmark Community Bank, Hawkinsville.

Flint Community Bank Op-Ed 

Flint Community Bank, Albany submitted an Op-Ed in the Albany Herald to highlight community banks and how they differ from the recently closed financial institutions.  “The financial institutions recently closed by regulators were nothing like the local community banks, like Flint Community Bank, that help the nation’s consumers, small businesses and their local communities thrive,” shared Scott Tomlinson, CEO and Frank Griffn, President.

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55th Annual Convention
& Mini-Trade Show
Wednesday, June 7 - Sunday, June 11 Charleston Place, Charleston, SC

In addition to the excellent programming, CBA’s Annual Convention CONNECT, offers the perfect combination of learning, networking and time to explore this year’s location – Charleston, SC.

Visit the CONNECT Resource page for everything you need: agenda, registration, hotel info and more. Early bird pricing ends April 5th!  During your free time, the options are endless - whether you're looking to immerse yourself in a rich coastal culture, hop on a tour, splash in the waves or find your bliss in a spa oasis, you'll find what you are looking for in Charleston.

2023 Loan Portfolio 

Management & Review

If your target audience includes Senior Credit Officers/Risk Managers, Senior Lenders, Commercial & Consumer Loan Officers, Loan Review Officers, Directors, CEOs & Presidents, then this program is for you!  Contact Lindsay Greene today for ways to showcase your business.

Community Bank Learning & Development – ICBA Live!

Kristi Greer 
Senior Vice President
Professional Development

I am thankful for the opportunity to celebrate the vibrant community banking industry by getting to participate in ICBA Live, a convention for community bankers across our nation.  The “light the fire” agenda was jam packed for learning, networking, and filling your tool belt with new resources. The ICBA Live learning labs included topics around digital transformation & innovation, growth & marketing, lending & deposits, management & strategy, risk, regulations & exams, and workforce development.   To highlight one area of learning focus for me personally, would be to remind us of the importance of People.  It seemed every session I attended, people and culture were a point of focus.  Why?  When planning any strategy for an organization, for there to be success, the people are who get the job done.  Which of these areas is your bank focused on for 2023?  What are you doing to ensure your people and culture are top notch to support the initiative?  How can CBA of Georgia support these strategies?  We serve you, our stakeholders by providing advocacy, professional development, and member services.  Call your team, we are your people, who work to support your success. 

Stop and take time to hear from ICBA’s new Chairman, our very own Derek Williams, President/CEO of Century Bank & Trust. The meaningful words Derek shares reminds us that our profession matters and the principle that sets us apart is, “passion for people!”  

As your learning and development practitioner, I encourage you to consider attending ICBA Live March 14-17, 2024 in Orlando.

We are geared up with multiple sessions to benefit your talent management and people initiatives.  Join your fellow HR professionals at this year’s Human resources and Talent Development conference on the beautiful Jekyll Island May 15-17.  Conference topics include: Talent/Labor market update, legal update, community banker core competencies, individual development planning, table top exercises & round tables, retention & recruitment strategies, personnel policies, HR strategies and best practices.

CBA Affiliate Education Program
Providing Additional Opportunities for Professional Development

Collaborating with ICBA gives our members even more choices to support the learning and development goals of individuals and your bank.   Check out Community Banker University Powered by ICBA.

When selecting to register for a Community Banker University Powered by ICBA program, please use our state association code GA-CBA. ​ Using the code will alert ICBA to give back to Georgia through our alliance in supporting the community banking industry.  Let’s all win by increasing knowledge, improving efficiency, and investing in our employees while working together to uplift the industry we love—COMMUNITY BANKING!

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