Annual Meeting & Trade Show

Chairman Robert Hill and his wife Carol invite you to join them at the 2017 South Carolina Bankers Association Annual Convention, Thursday through Sunday, June 8-11, 2017, at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, on Florida’s Gulf coast. This year’s convention marks the 117th consecutive gathering of our state’s bankers. The Ritz-Carlton, Naples is consistently ranked among the top destination locales in the world, offering beautiful scenery, a variety of outdoor activities and some of the best golf in the Southern United States.
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples is located on three miles of pristine beachfront and caressed by the gentle waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
For a virtual tour and details about The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, click here. The program will have two full days of educational opportunities for bankers, directors and associate members. Convention fees are $595 for bankers and associates, and $395 per spouse or guest. For your convenience, our nightly hotel rates will be extended to our registrants three days before and after the convention should you choose to linger and further enjoy all that Naples has to offer. The resort is a spectacular backdrop for the Convention’s hard-hitting business and breakout sessions.

Annual Meeting & Trade Show


Thursday, June 8, 2017

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.        Registration Open – Trade Show Open

5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.         The Graduate Schools of Banking Reunion/Reception

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.        Opening Night Reception – Trade Show Open

                                                 Evening free for dining and entertainment on your own

Friday, June 9, 2017

7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.          Coffee and Pastries and Trade Show Open

8:30 a.m. – Noon                Registration

9:00 a.m. – Noon               Business Session

Afternoon events: Select from Golf or Tennis Tournaments or Third Street Luncheon and Shopping Excursion.

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.       Chairman’s Reception

Saturday, June 10, 2017

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.       Coffee and Pastries

7:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.       Prayer Breakfast

9:15 a.m. – Noon               Business Session

10:00 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.   Concurrent Sessions

10:35 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.    Concurrent Sessions Repeated    

11:10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.    Business Session Continues  

12:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.      Afternoon Free

6:45 p.m.                             Cocktails

7:30 p.m.                             Dinner Dance      

8:45 p.m.                             Dancing to the Music of The Brass Evolution

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With more than two decades of “Main Event” performance experience, The Brass Evolution’s goal remains focused on breathing life back into the great classic horn band-based Rock ‘n’ Roll music of our times … an experience to be remembered by everybody we have the good fortune to perform for. Groups like Chicago, Tower of Power, Steely Dan, Toto, James Brown, Sam and Dave, Stevie Wonder, Joe Cocker, Santana, The Beatles, Billy Joel and other ROCKN’ horn-based bands are what you can look forward to hearing. Know that it is you, our friends, family and booking representatives that are the essential ingredient that keeps “TBE” always moving forward, continuously evolving in the right direction with a genuine love and respect for the music we have the honor of performing.

Attire for the entire convention will be resort wear, no ties required!

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Blanton, Past-ABA Chair, to Kick Off Session

R. Daniel Blanton is senior executive vice president at South State Bank and immediate-past chairman of the American Bankers Association.
A graduate of Georgia Military College, Blanton earned his bachelors degree from Clemson University in 1973 and began his banking career in Augusta in 1976.
He received further training at the Georgia Banking School in 1982 and graduated from the LSU Graduate School of Banking in 1985.
In addition to being immediate-past chairman of the ABA, Blanton currently serves on the ABA’s board of directors.
He previously served as chairman of the Georgia Bankers Association (2004-2005) and chairman of ABA’s Community Bankers Council (2009). Blanton was selected to serve on the FDIC Advisory Committee on Community Banking and completed his two-year term in November 2012.
He currently is a member of the Advisory Board of Augusta University’s Hull College of Business and is on the Board of Governors of the Pinnacle Club.
In addition, Blanton has served on the boards and committees of numerous civic and charitable organizations including: The Family Y, Sacred Heart Cultural Center, United Way, Augusta Tomorrow, Augusta Museum of History, Historic Augusta Inc., Fort Discovery National Science Center, Fore Augusta Foundation Inc., University Hospital Foundation, Augusta State University Foundation, Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy, CSRA Regional Development Companies, Augusta Symphony League and the Exchange Club of Augusta.

Noted Combat Pilot, Golfer to Address SCBA

Major Dan “Noonan” Rooney is a fighter pilot with three  combat tours in Iraq, a PGA golf professional and founder of the Folds of Honor. He has served as the motivational speaker for two U.S. Ryder Cup teams and is a FOX News contributor.
A decorated military aviator, Major Rooney is currently stationed at Tyndall AFB Florida as a member of 301st Fighter Squadron. He is a two-time recipient of the Top Gun award and has received many decorations to include the Distinguished Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Medal, Anti-terrorism Medal, and Air Expeditionary Medal.
Major Rooney is the driving force behind Folds of Honor, which raised over $100 million and awarded over 13,000 scholarships to the family members of KIA or disabled soldiers.
For his service and patriotism Rooney was presented the White House’s “Presidential Volunteer Service Award” by President George W. Bush, the Air National Guard’s “Directors Service Award” and the Ellis Island “Medal of Honor.” He was honored at The Masters Invitational with the “William D. Richardson Award” for his outstanding contributions to golf and received the PGA of America’s first-ever “Patriot Award.” He has been recognized as one of People Magazine’s “Heroes of the Year,” Money Magazine’s “Hero of the Year” and ABC World News Tonight’s “Persons of the Year.”
Rooney founded The Patriot, a Robert Trent Jones, Jr.-designed course in Tulsa, Okla. The Patriot is home to the Folds of Honor Foundation headquarters.
Major Rooney is the author of A Patriot’s Calling – Living Life Between Fear and Faith and the proud father of five daughters.

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Sage Group Chief Executive to Discuss Economy

Anirban Basu is chairman and chief executive officer of Sage Policy Group Inc., an economic and policy consulting firm headquartered in Baltimore, Md., with offices in Pennsylvania and Indonesia.
The firm provides strategic analytical services to energy suppliers, law firms, medical systems, government agencies and real estate developers, among others.
Basu was recently appointed chairman of the Maryland Economic Development Commission. He also serves as chairman of the Baltimore County Economic Advisory Committee.
Basu is also the chief economist to Associated Builders and Contractors and chief economic advisor to the Construction Financial Management Association.
He lectures at Johns Hopkins University in Global Strategy and has also taught international economics, urban economics, micro- and macroeconomics at Hopkins.
In 2007, the Daily Record newspaper selected Basu as one of Maryland’s 50 most influential people. The Baltimore Business Journal named him one of the region’s 20 most powerful business leaders in 2010.
Basu has been on many boards over time, including First Mariner Bank, the Baltimore City Public School System, Port Discovery, the Baltimore School for the Arts and Union Memorial Hospital. He is currently on the boards of the Lyric Opera House, the University System of Maryland Foundation and the Archdiocese of Baltimore School System.
Basu earned a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 1990. He earned a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Master’s in Economics from the University of Mary-land, College Park. His Juris Doctor was earned at the University of Maryland School of Law.

Renown S.C. Minister to Lead Prayer Breakfast

For Brad Smith, being transformed by God’s amazing grace in Jesus Christ means living to love God and your neighbor. Smith has had the unique experience of seeing God at work in the everyday rhythms of people’s lives, while also seeing God’s Spirit stir in new ways that reach, literally, across America.
As a young seminary intern, Smith stood before his congregation on Super Bowl Sunday 1988 and offered up a simple prayer: “Lord, as we enjoy this Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those who are without even a bowl of soup to eat.” Inspired, Smith put an idea into action, organizing his Columbia youth group to collect dollar donations from the congregation and then donate the entire collection to a local charity. So began Smith’s dual-path ministry of serving in the local church while also fostering the growth of the Souper Bowl of Caring.
In 2001, Smith left the local church to devote himself fulltime to the Souper Bowl of Caring.  What began with that one youth group has now netted over $80 million for soup kitchens and food banks across the country. Also, over 200,000 young people each year are experiencing the joy of making a difference in the world through their involvement with the Souper Bowl of Caring.
While the vision God gave him for the Souper Bowl of Caring took Smith from coast to coast, from soup kitchens to NFL owner’s offices, and from youth ministry conferences to Super Bowls, Brad never lost appreciation for walking with people along life’s journey as a pastor. In 2009, he responded to God’s call to return to the area as pastor of Columbia’s Eastminster Presbyterian Church. He chairs numerous committees on Trinity Presbytery and is currently serving on the board of directors for Columbia Theological Seminary.
Brad’s wife Nancy, is a partner in ministry and in life. The have three children, a son and two daughters.

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Information on BankPAC Fundraiser will be emailed prior to event.

If you have any questions, please contact Donna Taylor at


The 2017 Annual Convention Trade Show is Thursday, June 8-Friday, June 9, 2017.
Exhibitor Fees: Associate Members, $1,500;
Preferred Vendors, $1,375; Non-Members, $2,750

Click Here for 2017 AC Exhibitors Packet

For additional details, please contact Anne Gillespie, or (803) 779-0850

Graduate Banking Schools Alumni to Gather

It’s a class reunion! All banking graduate schools’ alumni are invited to the Graduate Schools of Banking Reunion, which will begin at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, June 8.
Join us for reports from the different schools and the opportunity to reunite with other graduates over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
This always popular  event will run until 6:30 p.m. The reunion will be followed by the opening night reception, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
All alumni and their spouses/guests are welcome to attend this special event.
There is no charge to attend, but prior registration is required.
In the past, more than 50 individuals have taken part in the Graduate Schools of Banking Reunion, so don’t miss out on this year’s festivities.

2017 Graduate Schools of Banking Reunion
5:45 p.m., Thursday, June 8

SCBA Tennis Tourney Set for Ritz-Carlton, Naples

The 2017 South Carolina Bankers Association Tennis Tournament will be held at The Ritz-Carlton Tennis Center.
The center is a top-of-the-line facility, featuring four Har-Tru clay tennis courts.
The tennis tournament is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Friday, June 9, 2017.
The registration fee includes refreshments, prizes and court time.

2017 SCBA Annual Convention Tennis Tournament
Ritz-Carlton Tennis Center
2 p.m., Friday, June 9
$45 per player

SCBA Golf Tourney Set for Famed Tiburón Course

Sophisticated and alluring, the Tiburón Golf Club’s two 18-hole championship courses are home to the PGA Tour’s Franklin Templeton Shootout and the LPGA CME Group Tour Championship, which brings many of the top names in golf to this prestigious destination.
With all of its exquisite amenities, Tiburón’s main attraction remains the two superb golf courses, The Gold and The Black, designed by golf legend Greg Norman. SCBA members will have the opportunity to golf the Gold Course.
Tiburón golfers enjoy unique stacked sod wall bunkers, coquina shell waste bunkers and the absence of conventional rough. Following Greg Norman’s philosophy of maximizing the natural allure of the land, each element has been carefully integrated to produce a pleasing atmosphere in which to appreciate the finer aspects of the game.
Designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International, Tiburón strives to protect and enhance its surroundings.
The Franklin Templeton Shootout is a team golf event. Past winners include Columbia’s Dustin Johnson, Mark Calcavecchia, Lee Janzen, Fred Couples, David Duval and Raymond Floyd.
For more information, go to www.
The tournament will be chaired by South State Bank’s Alex Shuford. Shuford can be reached at (803) 765-4637 or by email at

2017 SCBA Annual Convention Golf Tournament
Tiburón Golf Club
12:45 p.m., Friday, June 9
$245 per player

Third Street Luncheon and Shopping Excursion


“Old Naples … Enjoy the romance of Third Street in historic Old Naples … an elegant shopping area of more than 100 fine apparel shops, gift boutiques, restaurants and art galleries. Located in the southern section of Naples – between Naples Bay and the Gulf of Mexico – the Third Street South area has a charm and elegance that is designed for your pleasure.
The excursion will begin at 12:15 p.m. when private motor coaches are loaded for transportation to The Continental, rated as one of the top five restaurants in Naples. This Third Street restaurant breaks the mold with culinary innovation and design.
Please join Chairman Robert Hill and first lady Carol Hill as they invite you to experience Old Naples with them. Once you depart from The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, you will get a completely different feel as you arrive in Old Naples. After the luncheon you will enjoy the streets of Old Naples as you wander in and out of the art galleries, shops or just sit on a bench and people watch.
Of special note is all registrants are invited for prosecco and lemonade while visiting the Marissa Collections, in its landmark pink building, just a block from The Continental. Marissa Collections has earned its sterling national and international reputation with in-store boutiques featuring Michael Kors, Brunello Cucinelli and Oscar de la Renta, among others, complemented by up-and-coming designers, extraordinary jewelry, handbags, shoes and more. Always chic and always with taste. Another not-to-miss store is Gattle’s. On Third Street South for more than 50 years, Gattle’s provides some of the finest bed, bath, table linens, lingerie and accessories.
Today Old Naples – which is on the National Register of Historic Places – is one of the last remaining communities along the Gulf of Mexico that has retained many of its original structures. Most importantly, the quality of life that was sought by the early pioneers continues to be enjoyed by many of their descendants. Come enjoy Old Naples!
Once you have finished your excursion you will need to taxi back to The Ritz-Carlton, Naples.

Third Street Luncheon and Shopping Excursion
Friday, June 9, 2017
The Continental
Load Private Coaches at 12:15 p.m
Limited to 75 participants.
$65 per person.
Prior registration is required.


Due to a policy change, the SCBA is no longer responsible for making your hotel reservation. Once you have registered with the SCBA, you will receive a confirmation email with a web link to make your reservations with the Ritz-Carlton, Naples. The group rate of $269+ through $284+ per night has been negotiated for the 2017 SCBA Annual Convention and Trade Show. Once you have received the reservation link, reservation requests must be made by May 1, 2017. Any request after this date will be on a first-come, first-serve basis, based on availability. It is not uncommon for a group block to become full prior to the deadline date; we encourage you to make your reservations as early as possible. The hotel will make every effort to honor specific preferences such as location, connecting rooms and bedding preferences. The cancellation policy for all room reservations is seven days prior to arrival to avoid a 2 night room/tax charge. Should you need to cancel your hotel room once you have made your reservations at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples please call the SCBA at 803.779.0850. We have limited rooms at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples and will need the room placed back in our room block.
Due to the policy change you will NOT be able to make reservations for early arrival or delayed departure by using the link. Once you have received your confirmation from The Ritz-Carlton, Naples you may then call for reservations for early, late departures or any special requests. Detailed information about early arrival and late departures will be provided in your confirmation from the SCBA. THE SCBA HAS A VERY LIMITED BLOCK OF ROOMS FOR EARLY ARRIVALS AND DELAYED DEPARTURES.
If you plan to play golf other than during the SCBA Tournament, you should reserve your tee times prior to arrival. Don’t forget about dining arrangements, spa appointments and other recreational activities. Please call The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, Leisure Reservations at 239.514.6100.

Convention Registration Information

SCBA’s 117th Annual Convention boasts two full days of educational opportunities for bankers, directors and associate members. Included on the convention registration is the opportunity to attend the reunion/ reception of The Graduate Schools of Banking, the golf and tennis tournaments, and the special event. The registration fee of $545 per banker/associate member and $395 per spouse/guest, and $155 per child (all children of any age must be preregistered to be admitted to convention events. If you have not preregistered your child or children for SCBA events, please arrange for child care through the hotel by contacting the concierge at 239.598.3300). The registration fee includes admission to all events except for the aforementioned golf and tennis tournaments, and the Third Street Luncheon and Shopping Excursion. For your convenience, you may register online. Again, once you have received the SCBA confirmation you will receive the hotel link in order to make your hotel reservations. Deadline for registration material is May 1, 2017.


2017 Annual Convention Sponsors

Annual Meeting & Trade Show

Date of Event:
June 8, June 11, 2017

The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
280 Vanderbilt Beach Rd
Naples, FL 34108

Contact Anne Gillespie,

Registration Fees:
$545/member banker/associate
$395/spouse or guest

Deadline to Register:
Tuesday, May 1st

Refund Deadline:
12 p.m., Friday, June 1st