Members of the Georgia Bankers Association (GBA) have elected and installed officers and five new members to the Leadership GBA Board of Directors for the 2022-2023 fiscal year.
Candice Nanney, vice president and controller with Peach State Bank & Trust in Gainesville, was installed as chair. Members elected Kelly Smith, senior vice president at First National Bank of Griffin, as chair-elect. Brad Sheffield, senior vice president and regional retail sales manager at Synovus Bank in Statesboro, was elected vice chair.
“This is an amazing slate of bankers guiding our Leadership GBA organization for the year ahead. It’s a group that brings a lot of energy and passion for the industry to the table, and I’m excited to see what’s in store as they lead this critical part of our association,” said GBA Chairman Rhodes McLanahan, First American Bank & Trust Company, Athens.
Leadership GBA supports the advancement of career bankers by providing leadership development training, serving as a forum through which career bankers can network and exchange ideas and promoting industry advocacy activities at the local, state and federal levels.
In addition, four new board members representing the association’s geographic divisions have been elected by their peers or appointed to At Large positions, and one new board member has been elected to represent GBA Associate Members. They are:
· North Group: Taylor Watson, senior vice president/commercial lending, The Piedmont Bank, Cumming · Central Group: Luke Lanier, assistant city president, Metter Bank, a Division of Durden Banking Company, Inc. · South Group: Stephen Whittaker, senior vice president and chief credit officer, First National Bank, Bainbridge · At Large Member: Jason Brisendine, executive vice president and chief credit officer, First Bank of Pike, Molena · Associate Member Representative: Crystal Huffman, attorney, Fenimore Kay Harrison, Atlanta.
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 130 years, GBA has been the resource that empowers Georgia’s banks, providing effective government relations and public advocacy, a community of professional peers, top-quality education and professional development, and revenue-enhancing products and services.
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The Hong Kong Institute of Directors (“HKIoD”) announced the winners of the Directors Of The Year Awards (“DYA”) 2021 at its Annual Dinner held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The central theme of this year’s DYA is “Leading in New Normal”. It aims to honour outstanding directors and boards who have fully grasped the recent changes in the business environment and demonstrated excellent leadership skills to lead their respective companies in adjusting their operating policies and striving for sustainable development under the “New Normal”.
A group photo brings together the 7 awardees (2nd row); guest of honour, Mr Christopher Hui, JP, Secretary of Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau (5th from left, 1st row); and Council Members of HKIoD.
Dr Christopher To, Chairman of HKIoD, said, “The epidemic has turned everything on its head, but its impact was not solely negative. Under the new normal, society’s digital transformation has taken a huge step forward, and corporates have been more focused on risk management, sustainability, the physical and mental health of employees, etc. These changes are great enhancements for the overall standard of corporate governance. It is therefore necessary for corporate leaders to shift their focus and strategies to respond to society’s changing expectations. With the awards, we hope to honour those directors and boards who have committed to their position in the face of turbulence and adapted to the new normal with a positive attitude. Showcasing an actual example of outstanding corporate governance, we aim to encourage our peers in the business sector to proactively enhance their corporate governance framework.”
Mr Kenneth Wong, Chairman of the 2021 Directors Awards Organising Committee, said, “During the assessment process, I noticed that many companies have adopted governance models suited to the new normal, such as those that emphasise the importance of digitalisation or include the establishment of a special crisis management committee as standard procedure when facing an emergency, etc. Due to Hong Kong’s previous experience in facing pandemic and difficult social situations, corporate decision-makers are more accustomed to facing these types of challenges and thus understand the importance of rapid and decisive decision-making in response to emergencies. With the current theme of ‘Leading in New Normal’, the Awards Organising Committee aims to recognise directors and boards who can respond to the challenges posed by the new normal in a timely manner, and encourage the Hong Kong business sector to work together to achieve the long-term goal of sustainable development.”
Dr Carlye Tsui, CEO of HKIoD, said, “The pandemic has greatly accelerated digital transformation and changed the operation methods of the business world, prompting company directors to ensure they keep their fingers on the pulse of trends and technological developments for the future. The comprehensive training courses offered by HKIoD have seen constant innovation, helping directors to understand the new normal and to effectively raise stakeholder confidence. Aside from providing suitable training and practice guidelines to members, HKIoD has also served as a platform for directors to share and exchange information, helping directors to ‘Lead in New Normal’.”
The winners of DYA 2021 in the various award categories are listed below:
Listed Companies Categories Executive Directors: Mr KONG Qingwei, China Pacific Insurance (Group) Co., Ltd. Dr MA Mingzhe, Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd. Boards: Board of China Pacific Insurance (Group) Co., Ltd Board of Medialink Group Limited Board of Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd.
Statutory/Non-Profit Distributing Organisations Categories Boards: The Council of Hong Kong Productivity Council
About Directors Of The Year Awards The Hong Kong Institute of Directors (“HKIoD”) is Hong Kong’s premier body representing directors to foster the long-term success of companies through advocacy and standards-setting in corporate governance and professional development for directors. A non-profit-distributing organisation with membership consisting of directors from listed and non-listed companies, HKIoD is committed to providing directors with educational programmes and information service and establishing an influential voice in representing directors. With international perspectives and a multi-cultural environment, HKIoD conducts business in biliteracy and trilingualism. HKIoD is a member institute of the Global Network of Director Institutes, a worldwide alliance of leading director institutes.
About The Hong Kong Institute of Directors The Hong Kong Institute of Directors is Hong Kong’s premier body representing directors to foster the long-term success of companies through advocacy and standards-setting in corporate governance and professional development for directors. A non-profit-distributing organisation with membership consisting of directors from listed and non-listed companies, HKIoD is committed to providing directors with educational programmes and information service and establishing an influential voice in representing directors. With international perspectives and a multi-cultural environment, HKIoD conducts business in biliteracy and trilingualism. Website: http://www.hkiod.com.
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