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Georgia Southern offers Community Bank Symposium

Georgia Southern’s Center for Excellence in Financial Services will host its first Community Bank Symposium Wednesday, March 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thirty-nine banks have registered to attend this free event, which will take place at the Forest Heights Country Club.

‘Community banks play a vital role in the economic well-being and life of our communities,” said Edward Sibbald, who directs the Center for Excellence in Financial Services. ‘Georgia Southern acknowledges the leadership role and continuing contributions of our local bankers, whose efforts benefit families, businesses, and civic organizations in our area, and we’ve developed this symposium as a way of recognizing those efforts.”

The symposium will include three presentations by College of Business Administration faculty, followed by a group discussion. The presentations will cover ‘The Economic Outlook for Southeastern Georgia in 2007-2008,” given by Anthony Barilla, assistant professor, School of Economic Development; a ‘Review of 2006 Financial Performance for Banks in Southeastern Georgia as a Group,” by Edward H. Sibbald, executive-in-residence in banking; and ‘Professional Sales Training and Selling Techniques to Improve your Bottom Line,” by David Shepherd, professor of management, marketing and logistics. The group discussion will focus on one key question: In terms of your bank and the industry, what keeps you awake at night?

All participants will receive a customized, written performance assessment summary for their own bank. This performance assessment will include a 2006 financial performance summary, a customized peer group comparison, risk ratio analysis and market share trends review completed by the Center for Excellence in Financial Services.

The symposium is free for all community bank participants. To learn more about the symposium, please contact Tina Brookins in College of Business Administration at 912-681-5161.

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