Chair, 2018-2019 GBA Asset/Liability Committee
Senior Vice President/CFO
First State Bank
Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your role as chair of this year’s GBA Asset/Liability Committee?
A: I was honored to get the chance to host a great conference for my fellow CFOs and related operations and financial staff. The agenda had a wide variety of sessions with knowledgeable speakers and topics of interest to our Georgia bankers.
Q: What has been the most memorable experience you’ve had in your career so far a banker?
A: I have had a long and varied career for over 40 years now. Opening a de novo bank was a great experience, and my best learning experience was attending the Graduate School of Banking at LSU from 1995 to 1997. It was terrific.
Q: What's the most important lesson you've learned in the last year?
A: I have re-learned the importance of trusting others to do what’s right, whether that’s at home, at church or at work. In banking, my most important lesson continues to be: I don’t know everything and likely never will, but I must keep on learning about finance and banking.
Q: When you think of the future of the banking industry in Georgia, what makes you concerned and what makes you hopeful?
A: The pickup in the economy and overall desire of community bankers to succeed in building and supporting each of their communities continues to fill me with hope for our state and our industry. I am concerned that we don’t have enough training or maybe the right way to train younger people to make them better prepared to be bankers with a wide set of skills and knowledge about banking services. This is why getting more bankers involved with GBA is so important as a resource for ongoing training and education.
Q: When are you the happiest?
A: I am happiest at home with my wife and family when we can all get together for fun and fellowship just enjoying each other.