Tennessee Bankers

This Week Newsletter

June 05, 2017 - Issue No. 1722

TBA's 127th Annual Meeting Convenes

Today the official activities of the 127th Annual Meeting of the Tennessee Bankers Association begins. More than 675 delegates, industry partners, spouses, and guests have traveled to Naples, Fla., over the last few days to gather at The Ritz-Carlton.

The 127th Annual Meeting features two morning business sessions and breakout sessions, presided over by TBA Chairman Gordon Majors, president and CEO, The Hardin County Bank, Savannah. Monday's business session includes an address by economist Anirban Basu and a panel discussion with ABA and ICBA representatives. Tuesday's business session features Ed Krei discussing five keys to banking success and entrepreneur Mark Cleveland talking about the importance of embracing disruption, innovation, and failure. There's also plenty of events allowing attendees to network with one another and to enjoy all that Naples has to offer, including the golf tournament at the Tiburón Golf Club, a South Everglades airboat tour, and a cruise around Port Royal. Click here to see the full agenda.

Chairman Majors Concludes Year of Accomplishment at the Helm of TBA

Gordon Majors, president and CEO, The Hardin County Bank, Savannah, concludes his year as TBA Chairman this week, and it has been a successful and eventful year to lead the industry. When The Tennessee Banker profiled Gordon in the July/August 2016 edition, TBA members were introduced to his passion for family, Chevrolets, and banking. The article also highlighted Gordon's pursuit of excellence and drive for success, not only widely recognized as his personal hallmarks, but also traits with which he led the TBA. 


During his tenure as TBA Chairman, Gordon led efforts to structure the TBA's model for a changing banking landscape, oversaw record attendance at TBA programs, and provided steady leadership for the industry and association. In addition to congratulating Chairman Majors on the conclusion of his term, we also thank him for his contributions to the industry.

Annual Meeting on Social Media

Keep up with the news, photos, stories, and remarks from the 127th 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 127th Annual Meeting would not be possible without our 35 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 Ritz-Carlton, be sure to stop by the exhibit hall. With 39 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. Click here to see the exhibit hall layout and list of exhibitors.

Naples Offers a Host of Entertaining Activities for Convention Attendees

From attractions for the kids to after-hours nightlife for the adults, this Annual Meeting locale has something for everyone.


Kid-Friendly Finds

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens—What better way to spend an afternoon than exploring the wilds of Africa and Florida in one stop? See lions, tigers, monkeys, and honey badgers alongside some of the Sunshine State's most exciting wildlife.

Golisano Children's Museum of Naples (C'mon)—C'mon has quickly become one of the region's premier destinations, with more than 100,000 visitors and counting.

Naples Botanical Garden—The 170-acre site features 10 distinct gardens and ecosystems.


Dining Alfresco

The courtyards of Third Street South—Whether you are looking for the serenity of the garden at Ridgeway Bar & Grill, a prime people-watching spot in the courtyard of Campiello, or an entertaining table at Barbatella, Third Street South has outdoor dining for any taste.

Fifth Avenue South sidewalk seating—If you want a great spot to take in people of Southwest Florida while still enjoying a fantastic meal, head to Fifth Avenue South.

Under the awnings at Mercato—Whether you want a cocktail at Cavo, a taste of Italy at Bravo!, or a burger at The Counter, there's a great spot outside with your name on it.


After-Hours Fun

Smoke a cigar and sip on a cocktail at Burn by Rocky Patel at Mercato, an exotic bar that evokes thoughts of Casablanca and Cuba. Then head over to the upscale lounge Blue Martini for some live music and dancing.

An eclectic Americana vibe has everyone raving about HobNob Kitchen & Bar on Fifth Avenue South, which was named one of "The 100 Hottest Restaurants in America" by opentable.com.

TBA On the Road

  • Nearly 700 Tennessee bankers, associate members, and guests begin traveling to the TBA's 127th Annual Meeting.

See where TBA goes while "on the road" by following @TNBankers.