Tennessee Bankers

This Week Newsletter

June 06, 2016 - Issue No. 1623

TBA 126th Annual Meeting Convenes

Sunday, June 5, the official activities of the 126th Annual Meeting of the Tennessee Bankers Association began. More than 650 delegates, industry partners, spouses, and guests traveled to the Culture Capital of the South—Charleston, SC—over the last few days to gather at the Belmond Charleston Place.

 The 126th Annual Meeting will feature two morning business sessions, presided over by TBA Chairman David Verble, president and CEO of Citizens National Bank, Sevierville. Monday's business session includes a marketing/culture panel, and a keynote address by Rebecca Wesson, Garden & Gun's president and CEO. Bankers will also have the opportunity to engage with TDFI Commissioner Greg Gonzales in an informal town hall. Tuesday's business session includes a 2016 Economic Outlook and a look at the Presidential election. There's also plenty of events allowing attendees to network with one another and to enjoy all that Charleston has to offer, including the golf tournament at the Wild Dunes' Harbor Course, a horse-drawn carriage ride through the streets of the Historic Downtown District, and a cruise around Charleston Harbor.

Chairman Verble Concludes Year of Accomplishment at the Helm of TBA

Chairman David Verble, president and CEO, Citizens National Bank, Sevierville, will conclude his term this week at the Annual Meeting, before passing the gavel on to Chairman-elect Gordon Majors, president and CEO, The Hardin County Bank, Savannah. The year with Chairman Verble at the helm has been a very successful one for the TBA. Through The Tennessee Banker feature story in the July/August 2015 issue, readers were introduced to Chairman Verble's passion for UT football, gardening and wave runners, and his association priorities including education, government relations involvement, and young banker engagement.

Under Chairman Verble's leadership, the TBA has introduced new education initiatives, including the Executive Development Academy launching June 13, and put an increased focus on webcast delivery of programs. The chairman was engaged in a highly successful BankPac fundraising year and state legislative session, in addition to making several trips to Washington to advocate for Tennessee banking. In addressing the delegates of the Leadership Convention in Knoxville this spring, Chairman Verble urged young banking leaders to approach their leadership by proactively identifying TBA programs and opportunities that they want to engage in as a way to demonstrate their commitment to their career and the industry.

As we congratulate Chairman Verble on a great year of service, we also thank him for his leadership and contributions to the Tennessee banking industry.

Annual Meeting on Social Media

Keep up with the news, photos, stories, and remarks from the 126th Annual Meeting by following TBA's Twitter, Facebook and Instagram account. If you're attending, be sure to use #TBAannualmeeting on your posts.

Sponsors and Exhibitors Show Their Support

The 126th Annual Meeting would not be possible without our 31 sponsors. We wanted to make this event exceptional, and with these sponsors providing for events such as the harbor cruise, golf tournament, receptions, and dinners, this annual meeting is shaping up to be one of the best in TBA's history. To see a list of sponsors, click here.
For those joining TBA at the Belmond Charleston Place, be sure to stop by the exhibit hall. With 36 exhibitors participating, you are sure to find products and services that can benefit your bank. Attendees can also fill out an exhibit hall bingo card to qualify for the grand prize drawing, sponsored by First National Banker's Bank and FNBB Capital Markets.

TBA Bylaws Amendment on Convention Agenda

One of the hallmarks of best practices in corporate governance is regular review and update of an organization's documents, including its bylaws. This applies not only to for-profit corporations, but also to nonprofit corporations. Because of statutory changes regarding corporate governance made by the Tennessee Legislature, which took effect January 1, 2015, and organizational process changes, TBA included review of the Association's bylaws as part of its 2015 Strategic Plan. The review was completed and presented to the Association's board at its summer meeting last year. The board approved and recommended revised bylaws for approval by Association members at the 126th Annual Meeting. A complete copy of the proposed bylaws is available here.

Charleston's Southern Charm Awaits Convention Attendees

Historic Charleston is bursting with Southern charm and hospitality. Thanks to its vivid history, stately mansions, and groundbreaking restaurants, it's the ideal location for the 126th Annual Meeting. If you're joining us, here are five attractions to take in during the convention:

  • The French Quarter—This distinct part of Downtown Charleston is characterized by cobbled streets and gas lit alleys. The French Quarter is located within the original city walls, which date back to the colonial era, and it emanates the true historic feel of Charleston.
  • King Street—This location is divided into three areas that include the Design District, the Fashion District, and the Antique District. Everything you need for a day out in Charleston can be found in this popular area.
  • The South Carolina Aquarium on Charleston Harbor—From stingrays, sharks, and otters to turtles and snakes, the aquarium offers exhibits of all kinds that allow for visitors to get a sneak peak into the habitats that make up South Carolina's wildlife population.
  • Fort Sumter—This iconic location was where the first shots of the Civil War were fired in April 12, 1861. The fort is located on Sullivan's Island in Charleston Harbor, and it attests to the historic significance of the city itself.

Historic Charleston City Market—The market is a favorite for locals, as well as visitors of Charleston. Individual vendors sell their products in open-aired buildings, and the whole aura of the market is centered around a historic feel. 

TBA On the Road

  • TBA will be in Charleston, SC, for the 126th Annual Meeting, along with more than 650 delegates, industry partners, spouses, and guests.

See where TBA goes while "on the road" by following

@TNBankers or  #TBAontheroad