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Local Banker Graduates from Prestigious Compliance School

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Angela C. Woodard, CRCM, CACTS, AVP/Compliance Support Officer of Planters First Bank, has graduated from the Georgia Bankers Association Compliance School.

The two-year GBA Compliance School provides students with in-depth understanding and knowledge about the variety of rules, regulations, and requirements banks have to meet as they strive to serve the needs of their clients. The curriculum is designed so that graduates will have key management and technical skills to guide their banks’ compliance efforts.

Pamela L. Wheeler, EVP/Director of Enterprise Risk Management at Planters First Bank, had the following to say, “Completion of this program exemplifies Angela’s dedication to ongoing education of all compliance issues in order to better serve the bank and its customers.”

In each year of the school, graduates attended a five-day resident session, during which time they learned through lectures, discussions and case studies. The first-year curriculum sets the foundation on which a student can build a successful compliance program at their bank and forge a strong career path as a compliance executive. In the second year, students cover more complex and advanced material geared toward management-level success. Students learned from a faculty that included nationally known bank compliance consultants and leading Georgia bankers who are compliance officers.

"Banks are compliance-oriented businesses, and these professionals are committed to making sure their banks do the right thing every day. Compliance is one of the fastest-growing and most complex professions within a bank. The GBA Compliance School participants are better equipped than ever to lead their banks’ efforts to serve their customers and communities,” said Thomas Williams, director of the GBA Compliance School and senior compliance officer at United Bank in Griffin, Ga.

19 compliance professionals graduated from the program this year. The on-campus session was May 1-6 at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education and Hotel in Athens, Ga.

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 131 years, the GBA has provided Georgia’s banks with top-quality professional development, revenue-enhancing products and services, government relations and public advocacy.


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