Allen Daley Sharpens Skills at Banking School
Allen Daley, a relationship manager with AgSouth Farm Credit in Sylvania, attended the 2017 on-campus session of the Georgia Banking School as second-year student. Established in 1961, the Georgia Banking School is a three-year specialized school run by the Georgia Bankers Association. The purpose of the school is to prepare financial managers to effectively and profitably serve their hometowns by developing a thorough understanding of lending practices, regulations, and management principles.
During the course of the three-year program, participants complete an annual one-week residence session at the University of Georgia as well as home study problems between sessions. The school provides a well-balanced curriculum featuring UGA faculty members, veteran lenders, and other industry experts and specialists.
Robbie Haranda, regional business development manager for AgSouth, says that the school “is a great source for developing leadership skills for our relationship officers.” He adds, “The program exposes them to all aspects of lending and affords them the opportunity to work alongside other Georgia lenders who can offer different perspectives so they can hone their strategic decision-making abilities. They also learn how the world outside of finance can affect what they do and how they make decisions. Our knowledge of the trends and prices of commodities, for example, is extremely important when considering an agricultural loan. We have been making loans to farmers for a century, and we plan to be here for the next. Training and keeping up with lending trends is vital to our success as an association.”
Established in 1892, the Georgia Bankers Association is the trade and professional organization representing Georgia’s lenders. For 125 years the GBA has provided Georgia’s banks with top-quality professional development, revenue-enhancing products and services, government relations, and public advocacy.
AgSouth Farm Credit provides loans for land, equipment and production agriculture; crop insurance; leasing; and home mortgages. The association serves 93 South Carolina and Georgia counties and is headquartered in Statesboro, Ga.