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Ready to Buy a Home? We're Ready to Help!
Buying a house is a big deal. It’s one of the most important financial decisions you will ever make, but it is also one of the most exciting! South Georgia Banking Company Mortgage is a full service mortgage banker - we can help you on your home-buying journey from start to finish. We have an extensive line of products to meet the financial needs of all buyers – whether this is your first home purchase, you’re looking to downsize, or you’re buying a residential investment property.
At SGBC, our focus for all clients is on relationships. We have strong relationships within the industry that will work to your advantage in all aspects of home buying, but we also focus on our relationship with you – our customer. SGBC knows that this is a big decision, and that you need a mortgage banker you can trust to guide you each step of the way. Our mortgage lenders stay in contact with you to ensure you stay up-to-date and fully informed.
In addition to our vast experience in the mortgage banking industry, SGBC is also now partnering with Fannie Mae with the HomeReady program. This service is designed to help our lenders confidently serve our low-to-moderate income borrowers with expanded eligibility for financing homes. Our mortgage team is excited to add this service for our customers – and to help more people turn a house into a home.
If you’re ready to take the leap and buy your first home, dream home or retirement home, please give us a call. South Georgia Bank Mortgage has all the tools you need to get the most home for your money, and we are committed standing side-by-side with you until the day you get those keys in your hand. Call us today! Let’s get started.
In recognition of America Saves Week Feb. 27 - March 4, South Georgia Banking Company is offering tips to help customers assess and improve their saving strategy.
“America Saves Week is an opportunity to step back and ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to meet our goals,” said Melinda Moore, Senior Vice President. “A few small changes can have a big impact on your financial future.”
To put customers on the path towards saving success, SGBC offers the following tips:
• Set a goal. The first step is to establish a realistic savings goal. Consider your expenses, make a budget and determine how much you can put away each month.
• Track your spending. Hold yourself to the budget you’ve set by tracking your expenses. Consider using websites that segment your spending so you can easily see what areas, if any, you are going over budget then adjust accordingly.
• Pay yourself first. Arrange to have a specific amount transferred to your savings account every pay period. If you wait till the end of the month to see what's left over, you are less likely to save.
• Consult a banker. Stop in to SGBC and speak with a banker about which package of products and services would best suit your saving needs.
• Consider investments. For long-term goals, such as saving for a home or retirement, look into bonds, mutual funds, real estate and stocks.
• Set up automatic bill pay. Although 97 percent of Americans pay their bills on time, some consumers find themselves paying late fees. Set up automatic bill pay so you’re never paying more than you have to.
America Saves Week is coordinated by America Saves and the American Savings Education Council. Started in 2007, the week is an annual opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for individuals to assess their own saving status. South Georgia Banking Company and all of our experienced staff would love to help you get started in your effort to save wisely for your future. Stop in any of our branches today for more information.
10 Scams Targeting Bank Customers: The Basics on How to Protect Your Personal Information and Your Money
The FDIC often hears from bank customers who believe they may be the victims of financial fraud or theft, and our staff members provide information on where and how to report suspicious activity. To help further, FDIC Consumer News includes crime prevention tips in practically every issue. As part of that coverage, we feature here a list of 10 scams that you should be aware of, plus key defenses to remember.
1 Government “imposter” frauds: These schemes often start with a phone call, a letter, an email, a text message or a fax supposedly from a government agency, requiring an upfront payment or personal financial information, such as Social Security or bank account numbers.
2 “They might tell you that you owe taxes or fines or that you have an unpaid debt. They might even threaten you with a lawsuit or arrest if you don’t pay,” said Michael Benardo, manager of the FDIC’s Cyber Fraud and Financial Crimes Section. “Remember that if you provide personal information it can be used to commit fraud or be sold to identity thieves. Also, federal government agencies won’t ask you to send money for prizes or unpaid loans, and they won’t ask you to wire money to pay for anything.”
3 Debt collection scams: Be on the lookout for fraudsters posing as debt collectors or law enforcement officials attempting to collect a debt that you don’t really owe. Red flags include a caller who won’t provide written proof of the debt you supposedly owe or who threatens you with arrest or violence for not paying.
4 Fraudulent job offers: Criminals pose online or in classified advertisements as employers or recruiters offering enticing opportunities, such as working from home. But if you’re required to pay money in advance to “help secure the job” or you must provide a great deal of personal financial information for a “background check,” those are red flags of a potential fraud.
5 Another variation on this scam involves fake offers of part-time jobs as “mystery shoppers,” who are people paid to visit retail locations and then submit confidential reports about the experience. In an example of the fraudulent version, your job might be to receive a $500 check, go “undercover” to your bank, deposit the check into your account there, and then report back about the service provided. But you also would be instructed to immediately wire your new “employer” $500 out of your bank account to cover the check you just deposited. Days later, the bank will inform you that the check you deposited is counterfeit and you just lost $500 to thieves. One warning sign of this type of scam is that the potential employer requires you to have a bank account.
6 “Phishing” emails: Scam artists send emails pretending to be from banks, popular merchants or other known entities, and they ask for personal information such as bank account numbers, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and other valuable details. The emails usually look legitimate because they include graphics copied from authentic websites and messages that appear valid.
7 “We have also seen emails with links to fake websites that are exact copies of real websites for FDIC-insured banks, except the web addresses are slightly different than the real ones,” said Doreen Eberley, director of the FDIC’s Division of Risk Management Supervision, which is in charge of the agency’s policies and programs related to financial crimes. “These sites are used to trick people into giving up valuable personal information that can be used to commit identity theft.”
8 Mortgage foreclosure rescue scams: Today, many homeowners who are struggling financially and risk losing their homes may be vulnerable to false promises to refinance a mortgage under better terms or rates. But borrowers should always be on the lookout for scammers who falsely claim to be lenders, loan servicers, financial counselors, mortgage consultants, loan brokers or representatives of government agencies who can help avoid a mortgage foreclosure and offer a great deal at the same time. These criminals will present homeowners with what sounds like the life-saving offer they need. Instead, the homeowner is required to pay significant upfront fees or, even worse, tricked into signing documents that, in the fine print, transfer the ownership of the property to the criminal involved. Common warning signs of fraudulent mortgage assistance offers include a “guarantee” that foreclosure will be avoided and pressure to act fast.
9 Lottery scams: You might be told you won a lottery (typically one that you never entered) and asked to first send money to the “lottery company” to cover certain taxes and fees. Similar examples involve bogus prize winnings and sweepstakes. “In one example, a scammer sent a letter to people using falsified FBI and FDIC letterhead telling them they won a popular, well-known lottery but that they needed to send money by wire transfer to a lottery ‘official’ in order to secure the winnings,” Benardo said. “The ‘official’ was really a crook hoping to trick people into sending money.”
10 Elder frauds: Thieves sometimes target older adults to try to cheat them out of some of their life savings. For example, telemarketing scams may involve sales of bogus products and services that will never be delivered. Warning signs include unsolicited phone calls asking for a large amount of money before receiving the goods or services, and special offers for senior citizens that seem too good to be true, like an investment “guaranteeing” a very high return. To help seniors and their caregivers avoid financial exploitation, the FDIC and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have developed Money Smart for Older Adults, a curriculum with information and resources (see our News Briefs).
- Overpayment scams: This popular scam starts when a stranger sends a consumer or a business a check for something, such as an item being sold on the internet, but the check is for far more than the agreed-upon sales price. The scammer then tells the consumer to deposit the check and wire the difference to someone else who is supposedly owed money by the same check writer. In a few days, the check is discovered to be a counterfeit, and the depositor may be held responsible for any money wired out of the bank account. Victims may end up owing thousands of dollars to the financial institution that wired the money, and sometimes they’ve also sent the merchandise to the fraud artists, too.
- "Ransomware": This term refers to malicious software that holds a computer, smartphone or other device hostage by restricting access until a ransom is paid. The most common way ransomware and other malicious software spreads is when someone clicks on an infected email attachment or a link in an email that leads to a contaminated file or website. Malware also can spread across a network of linked computers or be passed around on a contaminated storage device, such as a thumb drive.
- Jury duty scams: A thief makes phone calls pretending to be a law enforcement official warning innocent people that they failed to appear for jury duty and threatening an arrest unless a “fine” is paid immediately. And to pay up, the caller asks for debit account and PIN numbers, allowing the perpetrator to create a fake debit card and drain the account.
What You Can Do: Plus the basics on how to protect your personal information and your money
While we have described many forms of financial scams, the red flags to look out for are often similar. And so are the things you can do to help protect yourself and your money. Here are some basic precautions to consider, especially when engaging in financial transactions with strangers through email, over the phone or on the internet.
• Avoid offers that seem “too good to be true.” As Eberley noted: “If someone promises ‘opportunities’ that are free or with surprisingly low costs or high returns, it is probably a scam. Be especially suspicious if someone pressures you into making a quick decision or to keep a transaction a secret.”
• No matter how legitimate an offer or request may look or sound, don’t give your personal information, such as bank account information, credit and debit card numbers, Social Security numbers and passwords, to anyone unless you initiate the contact and know the other party is reputable.
• Remember that financial institutions will not send you an email or call to ask you to put account numbers, passwords or other sensitive information in your response because they already have this information. To verify the authenticity of an email, independently contact the supposed source by using an email address or telephone number that you know is valid.
• Be cautious of unsolicited emails or text messages asking you to open an attachment or click on a link. This is a common way for cybercriminals to distribute malicious software, such as ransomware. Be especially cautious of emails that have typos or other obvious mistakes.
• Use reputable anti-virus software that periodically runs on your computer to search for and remove malicious software. Be careful if anyone (even a friend) gives you a thumb drive because it could have undetected malware, such as ransomware, on it. If you still want to use a thumb drive from someone else, use the anti-virus software on your computer to scan the files before opening them.
• Don’t cash or deposit any checks, cashier’s checks or money orders from strangers who ask you to wire any of that money back to them or an associate. If the check or money order proves to be a fake, the money you wired out of your account will be difficult to recover.
• Be wary of unsolicited offers “guaranteeing” to rescue your home from foreclosure. If you need assistance, contact your loan servicer (the company that collects the monthly payment for your mortgage) to find out if you may qualify for any programs to prevent foreclosure or to modify your loan without having to pay a fee. Also consider consulting with a trained professional at a reputable counseling agency that provides free or low-cost help. Go to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development website for a referral to a nearby housing counseling agency approved by HUD or call 1-800-569-4287.
• Monitor credit card bills and bank statements for unauthorized purchases, withdrawals or anything else suspicious, and report them to your bank right away.
• Periodically review your credit reports for signs of identity theft, such as someone obtaining a credit card or a loan in your name. By law, you are entitled to receive at least one free credit report every 12 months from each of the nation’s three main credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion). Start at AnnualCreditReport.com or call 1-877-322-8228. If you spot a potential problem, call the fraud department at the credit bureau that produced that credit report. If the account turns out to be fraudulent, ask for a “fraud alert” to be placed in your file at all three of the major credit bureaus. The alert tells lenders and other users of credit reports that you have been a victim of fraud and that they should verify any new accounts or changes to accounts in your name.
• Contact the FDIC’s Consumer Response Center (CRC) if you have questions about possible scams or you are the victim of a scam experiencing difficulty resolving the issue with a financial institution. The CRC answers inquiries about consumer protection laws and regulations and conducts thorough investigations of complaints about FDIC-supervised institutions. If the situation involves a financial institution for which the FDIC is not the primary federal regulator, CRC staff will refer the matter to the appropriate regulator. Visit our webpage on submitting complaints or call 1-877-ASK-FDIC (1-877-275-3342) Monday - Friday, 8am to 8pm (EST).
To learn more about how to avoid financial scams, search by topic in back issues of FDIC Consumer News and the FDIC's multimedia presentation Don't Be an Online Victim. Also find tips from the interagency Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force.
Time is flying – before you know it, graduation will be upon us. During this season of applying for colleges and making those important school decisions, many students and parents are also looking for scholarship opportunities. The Julian & Jan Hester Memorial Scholarship is a scholarship established by the Community Banking Association (CBA) to assist deserving high school seniors in their first year of college and to promote community banking.
South Georgia Banking Company (SGBC) is currently accepting applications for the 2017 Julian & Jan Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship program awards $1,000 annually to four (4) exemplary high school students who plan to attend a Georgia college, university, or technical school beginning the Fall semester after they graduate high school. In addition, the one (1) applicant selected by SGBC as the local winner will be awarded a $500 cash scholarship before moving on to the CBA selection process.
The Julian & Jan Hester Memorial Scholarship was created to provide assistance to deserving high school seniors during their first year of college and to promote community banking. The scholarship is named after long-time CBA Chief Executive Officer, the late Julian Hester and his daughter, Jan Hester. Jan was a senior at the University of Georgia when she died in an auto accident in April of 1990. In addition to supporting community banking, this scholarship is an opportunity to pass on the positive qualities both Julian and Jan Hester exemplified and to help further the development of tomorrow’s leaders.
Competition will be tight! Send in your application today. Here are all the details: the application and requirements for applicants (Opens in a new Window) (Opens in a new Window) (Opens in a new Window) (Opens in a new Window) (Opens in a new Window).
To apply, high school seniors that meet all requirements should fill out an application and return it to their South Georgia Banking Company branch or mail it to: SGBC, P.O. Box 1505, Tifton, GA 31793. Applications must be received by April 3, 2017.
For additional information, call Maghan Campbell at 229.238.0710.
Financial worries. We all have them. But how many of us resolved to be less stressed in 2017? If that was you, South Georgia Banking Company has some great tips to help get those worries under control and develop your own personal budgeting plan.
Getting your family’s budget under control can result in spending more time enjoying life and less time stressed about how you’re going to fund it. Here are a few tips to get you on track:
• Budgeting is all about planning. Take back the power of your finances with a smart, well-laid plan that includes saving, paying expenses and other spending.
• Think about WHY and HOW you’re spending. Again, be deliberate about your purchases, and don’t buy just because you “have to.”
• Ask yourself, “Do I have money for this purchase?” If the answer is no, maybe it’s time to rethink. Creating excessive debt is a serious bummer – try to avoid if at all possible.
• Track your spending as you go – after each purchase, make a list of your spending and be sure you’re staying within your budget.
• Remain diligent and follow the budget plan as closely as possible while you’re out and about. In other words, you made the plan in a calm state of mind – stick to it.
• Your budget provides parameters to buy and do the things that matter most to you - without worry or unplanned bills you may struggle to repay. Use it!
Make a plan - both you and your pocketbook will be glad you did! And remember, these tips extend into every financial decision every day. Finding financial freedom for your family in 2017 is well within reach.
A word of caution: creating and sticking to a personal budgeting plan can’t happen overnight! One method to consider is called “Zero-Based” budgeting. Instead of basing your budget on the past, you start fresh by writing down your total income; then, you list out all your fixed expenses such rent or mortgage, car payments. [Many people include savings in fixed expenses, with the idea of “paying yourself first,” knowing that even small amounts add up.] Then, make a list of variable expenses, such as groceries, eating out, and clothes. After you subtract expenses from income; you can see if there is an extra and decide how it should be used…extra savings, creating an emergency fund you contribute to monthly, or paying extra on your car may be options. Take this information and create a chart in Excel or other grid format and track your actual expenses throughout each month. This approach allows you easily see where you’re on track and where you are overspending. It’s empowering to take control of your money!
South Georgia Banking Company encourages everyone to strive for a solid financial foundation. If you have questions about your family’s budget plan, ask us for help! It’s important to take control of your financial life/finances; that way, if you need a loan for a larger purchase, a mortgage or your business, you’ll be one step ahead. Call or come in to your nearest South Georgia Banking Company branch today, and we’ll help you get started.
In the wake of recent data breaches, shoppers should be on high alert while purchasing their presents this holiday season.
“While millions of credit and debit card transactions are conducted safely every day, it’s important that consumers are aware of the potential for holiday scams,” said Melinda Moore, Senior Vice President.
South Georgia Banking Company offers the following tips to help consumer keep their information safe whether shopping in the store or online:
• Monitor your account. Use online and mobile banking to keep an eye on your transactions, especially during the holidays. Notify the bank right away if there’s any fraudulent activity.
• Beware of phishing scams. During the holidays, criminals will create a fake email for a deal that’s too good to be true. If you click on any links within the email, you may be downloading malware onto your computer or you may be asked for payment information that could lead to fraud.
• Limit large sums of cash. Even though we’ve seen financial crime migrate from physical to cyber, customers should be careful not to carry around large sums of cash when shopping.
• Secure your internet connection. If shopping online, make sure you do so from a password protected Wi-Fi network. Never access online banking from a public Wi-Fi network.
• Shop safely. Before making an online purchase, make sure the website uses secure technology. When you are at the checkout screen, verify that the web address begins with https. Also, check to see if a tiny locked padlock symbol appears on the page.
South Georgia Banking Company organized a Peanut Butter Food Drive throughout the region this fall. All eight branches participated in Tift, Colquitt, Turner, Crisp and Dooly Counties.
The employees and communities really came through in this food drive. In Vienna, every single jar of the 1,223 collected came from individual donors and an impressive effort by the Dooly County school system. The Ashburn branch collaborated with Peanut Proud who added a whole pallet of creamy goodness. The majority of that collection was distributed to local churches and Backpack Buddies.
The collection drive was winding down when Jeff Hollis of Golden Boy Peanuts walked into SGBC's 2nd Street branch. He noticed the peanut butter collection and wanted to be a part. The Golden Boy contributions nearly doubled the collection of the entire bank.
"We had originally planned to support two or three Tift County food pantries, but with the additional contributions from Golden Boy, we had to expand our reach! We were able to spread hope to most every agency in Tifton. It was such a blessing to be a part of this endeavor and we are thankful to all who helped make it happen!" said Maghan Campbell, Marketing Director at South Georgia Banking Company.
In total, SGBC's bank-wide donation total was 5,694 jars for distribution to local food pantries throughout the communities. "Thank you to all of our customers and those who donated. You are making a difference." said Glenn Willis, president of South Georgia Banking Company.
We proudly continue our Customer Service Representative spotlight series with Carlie Tawzer. Carlie has been with South Georgia Banking Company - in our Omega branch - for nearly four years and truly defines the spirit of connection that we strive to have with our customers and communities.
"I'm a people person, and I love interacting with my customers on a daily basis," says Carlie. "SGBC has a very diverse customer base, and everyone has a story. I love hearing these stories and working with them to find solutions. Because every interaction is so different, I feel that allows for significant personal growth in my own life."
Beyond the close relationships that Carlie forms with SGBC customers, she also enjoys the community spirit that the bank is so proud to display. SGBC's involvement with Relay for Life (supporting the American Cancer Society), Suitcases for Kids, food drives for local shelters, the Uganda Glasses Drive and the Seamless Summer program are just a few of the ways that the bank allows its employees to really get involved with important community services. Carlie recalls that the first week she was at work for SGBC, there was a bank tour for Omega Elementary's 1st grade students. She also mentions that SGBC is continuously planning for the next event - whether it is the Omega Pepper Festival, Trunk-or-Treat or the upcoming Christmas festivities - SGBC is always involved.
"I enjoy the family atmosphere we have at SGBC, especially in the smaller branches," Carlie continues. "We go above and beyond banking; we have personally driven to elderly customers' homes to check on them during the high temperatures this summer. We genuinely care about our customers."
So next time you're in Omega, stop in South Georgia Banking Company and meet Carlie. She embodies the SGBC connection that we strive so hard to keep.
South Georgia Banking Company is committed to providing our customers with the latest information as far as the safety and security of their personal information and monetary security is concerned. In light of recent hacks (Yahoo is the most recent and widespread example), we want to arm you with tips to prevent yourself from becoming a victim. Cybercrime continues to be a growing problem in the U.S. According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, in 2015 the agency received approximately 288,000 complaints from consumers who were exposed to online fraud — up from nearly 270,000 in 2014. In recognition of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the American Bankers Association is urging online users to take simple steps to safeguard their personal information, protect their networks and stop fraud.
“Fraudsters are using the Internet to facilitate all types of scams,” said Doug Johnson, ABA’s senior vice president of payments and cybersecurity policy. “As a result, it is extremely important that online users secure their Internet connection and install the latest security software to lessen their exposure to online threats.”
ABA recommends the following tips to protect yourself while navigating the web:
1. Keep your computers and mobile devices up to date. Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats. Turn on automatic updates so you receive the newest fixes as they become available.
2. Create complic@t3d passwords. A strong password is at least eight characters in length and includes a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters.
3. Watch out for phishing scams. Phishing scams use fraudulent emails and websites to trick users into disclosing private account or login information. Do not click on links or open any attachments or pop-up screens from sources you are not familiar with. Forward phishing emails to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at email@example.com – and to the company, bank, or organization impersonated in the email.
4. Keep personal information personal. Hackers can use social media profiles to figure out your passwords and answer those security questions in the password reset tools. Lock down your privacy settings and avoid posting things like birthdays, addresses, mother’s maiden name, etc. Be wary of requests to connect from people you do not know.
5. Secure your internet connection. Always protect your home wireless network with a password. When connecting to public Wi-Fi networks, be cautious about what information you are sending over it.
6. Shop safely. Before shopping online, make sure the website uses secure technology. When you are at the checkout screen, verify that the web address begins with https. Also, check to see if a tiny locked padlock symbol appears on the page.
The American Bankers Association is the voice of the nation’s $16 trillion banking industry, which is composed of small, regional and large banks that together employ more than 2 million people, safeguard $12 trillion in deposits and extend more than $8 trillion in loans.
If you are concerned about your or your family’s cyber-security, please call South Georgia Banking Company, and be sure to take these 7 precautions in keeping your personal information secure.
Source: American Bankers Association
Celebrate Georgia Peanut Week with SGBC Local Food Drive
South Georgia Banking Company (SGBC) celebrates Georgia Peanut Bank Week by acknowledging all Georgia peanut farmers and industry professionals for their outstanding peanut production and contribution to our economy. As a part of Georgia Peanut Bank Week, SGBC is collecting jars of peanut butter at all of our branches which will be distributed to local food pantries in the communities we serve. The peanut butter drive is from October 1st through October 21st - we hope you or your business will consider contributing! Each of our branches will collect for their own community, just stop by your local SGBC location to drop off your jars. Following is a list of the local food pantries that will benefit from this peanut butter drive:
- Tifton - Brother Charlie’s, Community Action Agency and Backpack Blessings
- Vienna - Open Hearts Thrift Store
- Cordele - Hands of Hope
- Ashburn - Local church food pantries
- Moultrie - Colquitt County Food Bank
- Omega - Brother Charlie’s and Community Action Agency
Additionally, SGBC will be hosting a peanut-themed Customer Appreciation Day on October 21st at each of our locations. Georgia leads the nation in peanut production and is proud to support the peanut industry and our local farmers. Stop by for a snack and let us show our appreciation! And don’t forget to help us SPREAD hope by donating peanut butter. Visit our locations page addresses. Check out the news release on WALB (Opens in a new Window) (Opens in a new Window) (Opens in a new Window) (Opens in a new Window) (Opens in a new Window).
No, you’re not imagining things; South Georgia Banking Company has a new website! We love this new way of connecting with you and think you will love it too. Not only is the look more modern, it is much easier to navigate and it works better on your tablets and smart phones.
But, we improved more than just the look of our site – you’ll love the new functions, here’s an overview:
- Quick links are on the home page to reorder checks, apply for a credit card and more – allowing you to handle these tasks at your convenience.
- An online loan application makes applying for a loan something you can do on your time, with a few clicks.
- Try out the new calculators! Learn how you can pay off your mortgage quicker, calculate loan payments or check out how saving even just a little every month can have a huge pay off.
- Request information or give us feedback with our easy to use forms.
- The new site search function makes it easy to find what you need.
- In another town and looking for an SGBC location? You’ll love our new mapping function, found in the Locations tab.
- Bank news and information: stay up to date on new products and features, along with articles about our staff and customers in our improved news sections right on the home page.
- Local branch information: we’re a local bank and proud of it! Being connected to our communities is important to us and we know it is important to you. Our new site provides local news and updates for each of our locations. Check it out!
In this fast paced, instant-gratification, automated society we live in, things have gotten very impersonal these days. It’s hard to get personalized attention or a real human voice on the phone with a lot of companies. But if you bank with South Georgia Banking Company, you know when you call there will be a local employee on the other end of the phone. You will never get a remote call center in another community – SGBC prides themselves on connecting with their customers on a local level.
If you live in Ashburn and need a hand at SGBC, one of the people you may speak with is Daisy Lee Speight. Daisy has been working in the banking industry since 1960, and she currently volunteers at SGBC as a Customer Service Representative just because, as she puts it, “I really enjoy what I do.”
“I love meeting people and also talking to people I’ve known for years,” Daisy says. “If a customer tells me what they need, I can either help them myself or tell them who they need to talk to.” With such an extensive background in banking, Daisy often can handle the customer’s needs without transferring them to another department.
Daisy has lived in Ashburn all of her life, and she knows most of Ashburn’s SGBC customers. She can even recognize a lot of their voices over the phone before they tell her their names. That’s customer service, and that’s local connection.
Daisy is also closely connected with the community as an active member of 1st Baptist Church of Ashburn, volunteer with Hospice and the Red Cross. She and her husband raised two children in Ashburn, and she now has 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren (with 2 more on the way!). Many in Ashburn know Daisy as a wonderful hostess – she has held many a party at her home (some even for SGBC), and she still plays bridge once a month and loves to cook, sew and garden.
South Georgia Banking Company takes customer service seriously and we want our customers to know we care. Daisy is one example of the many caring Customer Service Representatives (CSR) we have at all our SGBC branches. All our CSRs are local and knowledgeable and do their best to serve you in a professional but always friendly manner. Connecting locally with someone you know makes banking a more enjoyable and comfortable experience.
You’ll never get a call center with us; but if you’re lucky, you just might get Daisy when you call.
Our new Online Banking platform will launch September 8! This new technology provides the latest in online banking while allowing you to connect with a community bank – we think this is the best of both worlds. We are excited to announce that Quicken and QuickBooks will both be available to our Online Banking customers.
Below is some important information you need to know about our new Online Banking platform, in addition to knowing the service will be even more user-friendly, with improved navigation and search features. Please take the time to review these points about the conversion to our new Online Banking system.
- At the end of August, current Online Banking customers will receive a letter about the conversion to our new platform with information about accessing your accounts for the first time. Please keep this letter for reference!
- Online Banking access will NOT be available September 6 beginning at 2:00 pm through September 8 at 9:00 am – this applies to Online Banking, Mobile Banking, eStatements and Bill Pay. NOTE: Bill pay will still send out scheduled payments.
- The new system will be live on September 8 at 9:00 am
- Bill Pay history and payees will convert to the new system; however, we recommend that you print a list of all payees and their information for your records.
- Please be sure NOT to reenter a previously scheduled Bill Pay payment: this will result in duplicate payments.
- Scheduled transfers and loan payments set up in Online Banking will need to be set up in the new system; these elements will not automatically convert.
- It will be necessary for you to access your new Online Banking account FIRST and change your password before you can access your account through the Mobile Banking app.
Remember to delete your old bookmarks for Online Banking – these links will not direct you to the new system. We encourage you to bookmark our new home page www.sgbconline.com to access your Online Banking account. With the upcoming conversion, you can be assured that the login button on our home page will always take you to the right place, and that way you can stay up to date on our news too.
If you have any questions or concerns at all, please contact your local office; our customer service representatives are ready to help!
South Georgia Banking Company (SGBC) collects close to 100 pairs of used prescription and reading glasses to support local missions team for their upcoming trip to Uganda. These spectacles, along with other collections from the community, will be used for a medical/vision clinic in the remote villages of Uganda.
In preparation for the trip, Dr. Wes Ross and his wife, Shannon graded the glasses, repaired minor damages and sorted each pair based on prescription in order to distribute them appropriately. The people of these communities are likely to have never experienced a vision exam or had access to corrective lenses. In addition to the medical mission, the Uganda Mission team also plans to build a chicken coup for the Cannan Orphanage to ensure a steady supply of protein for the children with easy access to fresh eggs. South Georgia Banking Company is proud to support local people making a difference.
Pictured (l-r) are Carlie Tawzer, Johnny Bryan, Kristen Sconyers and Jane Justice with SGBC; Dr. Wes Ross with South Georgia Eye Partners; Chris Cutts with SGBC; Alice Johnson, Uganda Team leader; Connie Massengale, Melinda Moore and Sara Moore with SGBC.
All South Georgia Banking Company locations participated in a United Way food Drive with much success! Overall, employees and customers collected more than 2,820 items of food for the United Way food drive held in November. The food was donated to the community in which it was collected.
Elizah Huff of Tifton, GA, is the 2016 top winner of the $500 Julian & Jan Hester Memorial Scholarship from South Georgia Banking Company. Huff was chosen by a regional panel of judges for her impressive academic performance at Tiftarea Academy as well as her long list of extracurricular and civic activities within the community. Huff started her own business when she was 14 - making and selling handmade soaps and scrubs - and she also bought and restored (along with her father) a vintage VW. Huff will go on to compete for one of the four Hester Memorial $1,000 scholarships chosen by the Community Bankers Association (CBA).
The Julian & Jan Hester Memorial Scholarship programs awards $1,000 annually to four deserving high school seniors planning to attend a Georgia college/university/technical school beginning the Fall semester after graduation from high school, along with with local scholarship recipients. Local winner Elizah Huff has proven to be well-rounded and success-oriented. As STAR student of her senior class, Huff is dual-enrolled at ABAC and Brewton Parker College and will attend Young Harris College in the fall.
Zachery Willis of Tifton, the local runner up, is also a candidate for the CBA scholarship award. Willis, who attends Tiftarea Academy, has maintained an impressive grade point average while dual-enrolled at ABAC and Brewton-Parker College. Willis’ excellent academic record and extracurricular activities, some of which include Wrestling Team, Beta Club and Cross Country, contributed to him being chosen to compete for this scholarship. He will continue his education at ABAC in the fall.
The Julian & Jan Hester Memorial Scholarship is named after long-time CBA Chief Executive Officer, the late Julian Hester and his late daughter, Jan Hester. Jan was a senior at the University of Georgia when she died in an automobile accident in April of 1990. In addition to supporting community banking, this scholarship is an opportunity to pass on the positive qualities both Julian and Jan Hester exemplified to further the development of tomorrow’s generations.
Please join South Georgia Banking Company in congratulating both of these outstanding students and wishing them luck with their very bright futures.
PICTURED ARE L to R: Zachery Willis, Ashburn City President Chris McCard, Elizah Huff