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Brad Barber Elected Secretary/Treasurer of the Georgia Bankers Association

ATLANTA – Brad E. Barber, president and CEO of First National Bank, Bainbridge, has been elected by his peers to serve a three-year term as Secretary/Treasurer of the Georgia Bankers Association (GBA).

“Brad is among the most well-respected career bankers in Georgia,” said Chuck Copeland, GBA chairman and president and CEO of First National Bank of Griffin. “His experience and passion for our industry will serve the association well.”

Commenting on the election, Barber said, “It’s an honor to serve in this role with some extraordinary leaders in our industry. It’s also a privilege to represent our local communities in this state-wide position.”

Barber has a history of service to GBA, having previously served on the board of directors from 2013 to 2017. He is a past president of Leadership GBA, past member of GBA’s Public Affairs Committee and a past trustee for the Graduate School of Banking at LSU.

Barber has more than 28 years of experience in the banking industry. He joined First National Bank in 2014 as CEO and as a director of the bank and holding company boards. He was appointed president in December 2016.

He has served and continues to serve his community on many local boards and civic organizations. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and the Graduate School of Banking at LSU.

About the Georgia Bankers Association: Founded in 1892, the Georgia Bankers Association promotes the general welfare and usefulness of banking and the preservation of a sound banking system. For 126 years, the GBA has provided Georgia’s banks with top-quality professional development, revenue-enhancing products and services, government relations and public advocacy.

Jeff Szyperski elected 2018-19 ABA chairman

Jeff Szyperski was elected the 2018-19 ABA chairman on October 23rd during the association’s Annual Convention.  Szyperski – chairman, president and CEO of Chesapeake Bank, Kilmarnock, Va.– assumed ABA’s top leadership post from Ken Burgess, chairman of FirstCapital Bank of Texas, Midland, Texas.

The Value of Connections at GSBLSU

We asked Brandon Nelson – VP at Hancock Whitney Bank in New Orleans if he was able to make connections at GSBLSU that have been useful to him! Here’s his response:

“I met people from all different aspects of banking and different sizes of banks. It was great to be exposed to so many different types of bankers and players in the financial industry. I was lucky enough to have another banker help me with a problem with a client and it helped me move forward and avoid landmines. It cut the learning curve in half just by a fellow banker sharing his experiences.”