Brad Barber Elected as 136th Chairman of the Georgia Bankers Association

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ATLANTA – Brad E. Barber, president and CEO of First National Bank, Bainbridge, has been elected by his peers to serve as Chairman of the Georgia Bankers Association (GBA).

"Brad is a distinguished leader in Georgia’s banking community, known for his extensive experience and commitment to excellence,” said Joe Brannen, GBA president and CEO. “His deep understanding of our industry and longtime GBA involvement make him the ideal person to lead our association as the 136th chairman. The Georgia banking community will greatly benefit from Brad's guidance and vision.”

Barber has a history of service to GBA, having previously served on the board of directors from 2013 to 2024. He is a past president of Leadership GBA, a past Georgia Trustee for Graduate School of Banking at LSU and past member of GBA’s Public Affairs Committee.

Barber has more than 32 years of experience in the banking industry. He joined First National Bank in 2014 as CEO and as a director of the bank and holding company boards. He was appointed president in December 2016.

He has served and continues to serve his community on many local boards and civic organizations. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and the Graduate School of Banking at LSU.

About the Georgia Bankers Association: Founded in 1892, the Georgia Bankers Association promotes the general welfare and usefulness of banking and the preservation of a sound banking system. For 132 years, GBA has been the resource that empowers Georgia’s banks, providing effective government relations and public advocacy, a community of professional peers, top-quality education and professional development, and revenue-enhancing products and services.


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