Convention Highlights

The 130th Annual MBA Convention was held May 9-13, 2018 at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in Destin, Florida. Over 650 attendees enjoyed a two-day trade show full of activities, general and business sessions, spouse event, receptions and more. Thank you to our 2018 sponsors and everyone who helped make this event a great success!!
 

Mary Childs elected first female MBA chair
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Mary Childs, CEO of The Peoples Bank, Ripley, has been elected as the first woman to chair the MBA. Childs follows her father, Bobby Martin, who served as MBA chairman in 1993. And she becomes MBA chairman as her son, Bob Glover, is serving as president of Mississippi Young Bankers.The unprecedented involvement of the Martin family exemplifies the many contributions that generations of families have made to the MBA and Mississippi banking. This tradition of leadership has been a big factor in keeping our banks strong and focused on the well-being of their communities and customers.
Contact: Mac Deaver, President & CEO, mdeaver@msbankers.com or 601-948-6366.

Three geographic divisions to replace eight geographic groups
Board members will be elected from three geographic divisions that will replace eight geographic groups that had been in place since the 1930s.  Beginning in 2019, the membership will each year elect a board member representing each of three divisions -- North, Central and South Mississippi. In addition, the membership will continue to elect an at-large board member each year.  When fully phased in, the revised Board will include 12 elected Board members serving staggered three-year terms. The three MBA officers and two most recent past chairmen will continue to serve as voting ex-officio Board members. The bylaw change adds the Mississippi Young Bankers president and the chairs of the Legislative and Education committees as non-voting ex-officio Board members.
CONTACT: Gordon Fellows, Senior Vice President-Government Relations, gfellows@msbankers.com or 601-948-6366.

Bankers honored for longtime service are inducted into MBA's 40-, 50-, and 60-year clubs
40-year club  | 60 and 50-year clubs
Banks are encouraged to submit photos of their honorees for publication in future issues of The Mississippi Banker.
CONTACT/submit to Vicky Franklin, administrative assistant, vfranklin@msbankers.com or 601-948-6366

Third annual silent auction raised record amount for MBA Education Foundation
The MBA Education Foundation's third annual silent auction held on May 10 during the MBA Annual Convention raised more than $16,000, a record amount that exceeded the previous year's auction by $3,000. The auction offered over 65 items -- including original paintings; autographed sports memorabilia; vacation accommodations; concert, museum and sporting event tickets; clothing; jewelry; and many others. "We sincerely appreciate the individuals and companies that contributed items to this year's silent auction," said Foundation President Mary Childs.
CONTACT: Mac Deaver, Education Foundation secretary/treasurer, mdeaver@msbankers.com or 601-948-6366.

Convention photos to view and purchase
Photos from this year's convention were published in the May June 2018 issue of The Mississippi Banker. To view all photos and order copies, click here for the Renaissance Photography web site. Enter MBA event code 218042.

CONTACT: Amy Davis, senior vice president, operations, adavis@msbankers.com or 601-948-6366.