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8th Annual Georgia Southeastern Regional Community Bank Symposium hosted by the Center for Excellence in Financial Services

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[Statesboro, GA (March 31, 2014)]- The Center for Excellence in Financial Services, along with the Georgia Southern University College of Business, will host the 8th Annual Georgia Southeastern Regional Community Bank Symposium on Thursday, April 3 from 8:00 AM- 3:00 PM at Forest Heights Country Club in Statesboro, GA. The Georgia Bankers Association and the Georgia Southern College of Business are co-sponsors of the event.

During the conference, Joe Brannen, president and CEO of the Georgia Bankers Association; Roger Tutterow, professor of economics at Mercer University; Rob Cochran, CFO for the Brand Banking Company; Omar Esposito, senior relationship manager with the Federal Home Loan Bank; and Thomas Hinkel, vice president and director of Compliance Services at Safe Systems will present on various topics ranging from the economic outlook and loan demand in Southeastern Georgia to technology and retail banking. Thomas Dujenski, FDIC regional director-Atlanta; Kevin Hagler, the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance in Atlanta; Joel Palmer, assistant deputy comptroller in the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in Atlanta; and Steve Wise, vice president- Community Bank Supervision of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, will participate in a panel discussion on regulatory perspectives.

Edward H. Sibbald, director of the Center for Excellence in Financial Services at Georgia Southern says, “Our annual Symposium addresses issues and challenges that are current, relevant, and timely for community bankers. The focus this year will be on interest rate risks and issues surrounding the use of innovative technology to provide retail banking services. These topics replace credit issues for the first time in five years—a very positive sign that the worst is over in terms of loan defaults and bankers are once again setting their sights on promising future initiatives.”

The Center for Excellence in Financial Services is a business center within the College of Business.  The Center provides services to financial service companies, as well as business and civic associations involved in banking, risk management, insurance, and financial planning.  In addition, the Center assists in student career planning and placement upon graduation.

The Center seeks to provide community banks with services in four broad areas: industry information services and custom-designed training for bank management and board of directors; performance consulting services in areas of financial assessment, revenue enhancement, asset and liability management, strategic planning, and risk management; regulatory examination preparation assistance in terms of developing effective, streamlined strategic plans, risk management analysis and reporting programs, and compliance assessment; and applied situational research and market share analysis.

The Georgia Bankers Association is the trade and professional organization representing the interests of banks and thrift institutions in the state of Georgia. Virtually every institution is a member.

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