Young Bankers Division Conference

Jennifer Jones

On behalf of the Young Bankers Division Board of Directors I would like to invite you to join the Young Bankers Division in Savanah, GA, March 2-4, 2018 for our annual conference.  The purpose of this conference is multifold: to promote leadership development, enhance career development and create networking opportunities. I am very pleased that the Young Bankers Division can present a conference with a diverse and varied array of speakers able to talk on a range of important topics, including legislative and regulatory issues, leadership, economic development and work-life balance. 

The Conference will be held at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa.  Nestled along the banks of the Savannah River and situated just a ninety second ferry ride away from historic downtown, The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa offers attendees an elevated escape in Georgia’s oldest city.  Unique among downtown destinations, our waterfront hotel seamlessly blends urban accessibility with excellent resort amenities when in meeting sessions. I am confident you will have time to network with your peers, gather essential industry information and build new relationships that will prove to be beneficial for both you and your respective companies in our rapidly changing industry. 

– Jennifer T. Jones, CBL State Savings Bank, Greer SC; Chairman Young Bankers Division



1:00-5:00 p.m.


3:00-5:00 p.m.

Afternoon Business Session


“Shaping the Future of South Carolina: Economic Development in the Palmetto State”
William R. “Will” Johnson – Shareholder, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.; Director Economic Development Practice Group, Columbia, SC
In an increasingly competitive global market, companies making significant investment and employment decisions are looking all over the world at where to deploy their capital and create new jobs. This presentation will discuss South Carolina’s significant successes in recruiting investment and jobs, the key tools that our state employs to attract industries, and challenges that we should work to overcome. We all have a role to play in making our communities great places to do business, and attendees should leave this presentation with a better understanding of how South Carolina and their region can enjoy more successes in the economic development arena in the coming years.


“Preparing Today for the Banking Industry of Tomorrow”
Greyson E. Tuck – Attorney and Consultant, Gerrish Smith Tuck, Memphis, TN
The banking industry is rapidly changing. The bank leader of tomorrow will not be the same as the bank leader of today. This presentation will discuss emerging trends in the banking industry and will help participants to identify how they can position themselves to be successful as a bank leader in tomorrow’s banking industry. The presentation will discuss the current state of the banking industry, forthcoming changes in the industry, the responsibilities of a future leader in the banking industry and what actions can be taken today to prepare for bank leadership tomorrow.

6:15–7:15 p.m.

Welcome Reception
(Dinner on your own)


8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Prayer Breakfast

Allyson Powell

“Finding Joy in Tragedy”
Allyson Powell – Co-Anchor, WYFF News 4 Today, Greenville, SC
You might have seen Allyson Powell delivering traffic news on WYFF in Greenville, SC, or you might recognize her husband, Landon Powell, as a former major league baseball player and the new head coach for North Greenville University’s baseball team. But it’s the role of mom that means the most to Allyson. The Powells made national headlines when they lost their infant daughter, Izzy, to a rare autoimmune disease, hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, or HLH, which causes the immune system to attack even healthy cells. Come hear Allyson’s story and learn how she is “Finding Joy in Tragedy.” $40 per person, limited seating and prior registration is required.

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

9:15 – 12:00 p.m.

Second Business Session

Sharon Cook

“Forget Work-Life Balance, Live and Lead with Rhythm”
Sharon B. Cook – First Vice President/Chief Marketing Officer, Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
Work-life balance sounds good in theory, but we all know that striking that balance can be a maddening pursuit. At times, it can feel like the circus act of balancing spinning plates on sticks. During this session, Sharon Cook will share tips to help you reframe your perspective and outlook from one of work-life balance to work-life rhythm.

Regulatory Panel:
Jeffrey L. “Jeff” Burgess – Field Supervisor, FDIC, Charlotte, NC
Robert L. “Bob” Davis – Commissioner of Banking, South Carolina Board of Financial Institutions, Columbia, SC
Scotty Duncan – Assistant Deputy Comptroller, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Charlotte, NC
Paul S. Frey – Senior Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Charlotte, NC
Moderated by Karl Nelson – Founder and CEO, KNP Consulting, Roswell, GA

Burgess Jeff

Bob Davis

Scotty Duncan


Karl Nelson

James Ballentine

James C. Ballentine – Executive Vice President of Congressional Relations and Political Affairs, American Bankers Association (ABA), Washington, DC

Afternoon Free for Networking and Vendor Relations – OR: –

12:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Special Event – Savannah Riverboat Cruise Georgia Queen (City Hall Landing)
Chairman Jennifer Jones and her first mate Walden invite you to join them on a special Savannah Riverboat
Cruise. Originally built in 1994 as a luxury floating casino on the Mississippi River this 1800’s majestic
paddlewheel-style riverboat spent 22 years traveling the Mississippi River. After traveling 2,800 miles down
the Mississippi River, Savannah is now its new home. Indulge in a Southern tradition as you sip, savor and see
your way down the river. Passengers will dine on a specially prepared luncheon, filled with the finest cuisines,
as the captain entertains you with intriguing tales and historic facts about the beautiful city, the iconic riverfront
and the impressive landmarks! $65 per person. Limited seating and prior registration required.

1:00 p.m.

Golf Outing (The Club at Savannah Harbor)
Enjoy the beautiful scenery surrounding The Club at Savannah Harbor during the golf outing on Saturday
afternoon following the business session. As home for The PGA TOUR’s Champions Tour Liberty Mutual
Insurance Legends of Golf Championship from 2003 through 2013, the course is situated with beautiful
views of downtown Savannah and the back portion of the Savannah River. The serenity of coastal Georgia,
with its tidal marshes and abundant wildlife provides the canvas for The Club at Savannah Harbor, an 18-hole masterpiece created and designed by renowned architect Robert Cupp in conjunction with the legendary
“Slammin’ Sammy” Snead. Come out and play! Prior registration is required. $235 per person which includes
greens fees, cart fees, range balls and a boxed lunch.

6:45 p.m.

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Dinner and Dancing to The Reggie Sullivan Band (Club Pavilion)

Saturday evening will conclude the Conference with a Southern Style Oyster Roast. Get ready to shuck and 
shake with the Reggie Sullivan Band. Since forming in early 2012, The Reggie Sullivan Band is an original 
music band influenced by many musical genres and has become one of the hottest bands in South Carolina. 
They will deliver a high energy show that promises to give you a good feeling!

Hotel Reservations

The SCBA is no longer responsible for making your hotel reservation. After completing this SCBA event registration form OR completing online, you will receive a confirmation email with a web link to make your accommodations with The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa. A group rate of $222 per night has been negotiated. Rates do not include state and local taxes, currently, 13% plus $2.50 occupancy tax, $5 state hotel fee and $15 resort charge. Reservation requests must be received by The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa by January 29, 2018. Should the room block become full before January 29 or should the reservation request be made after January 29, reservations will be accepted on a first come first serve basis, based on space and rate availability. It is not uncommon for a group room 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. All reservations must be accompanied by first night room deposit based upon your preferred accommodations. Deposits are refundable if cancelled seven days prior to arrival. Failure to arrive on the scheduled date will result in cancellation of your reservation and a forfeiture of your deposit. Failure to notify the hotel of an early departure prior to check- in will result in the loss of your deposit. Check-in time is after 4:00 p.m. and check-out time is noon.

2018 Sponsors


March 2-4, 2018

The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa
1 Resort Drive
Savannah, GA 31421

Attendance Fees:

Optional Fees:
$40/prayer breakfast
$65/riverboat cruise
$235/golf outing

Accommodation Fees:
$222++/per night