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Volume 1, Issue 4
Included in this issue:

Letter from the President
Community Involvement
New Online Banking
Employee Spotlight - Beth Szala
New Hires
Customer RMN Agency
Toys For Tots Program
The Atlanta Community Food Bank
Chastain Park Conservancy Holiday In The Park
Cyber Security Center - Protecting Your Mobile Device From Hackers

Letter from the President

This year is quickly coming to a close as we find ourselves in the hectic holiday season rush. But it is also a time to look back on a rewarding year at Georgia Primary Bank. The success in 2016 could not have happened without the support of you our customer.
The holiday season is the season of giving and all of us at Georgia Primary Bank have been a part of giving to our community. We have been involved with so many worthwhile programs during the year. We have given much in the way of time and talent to such organizations as Toys For Tots, The Chastain Park Conservancy, The Buckhead Business Association, Taste of Buckhead, NYO, and AWARE, to name a few. I feel this commitment to our community defines what community banking is all about.
I hope everyone is as thankful to live in this country as I am. With the national elections behind us I wish for a smooth transition between administrations after what was perhaps the most contentious election in our history. Whichever side you supported, it is undeniable that our democracy gives us all an opportunity to express our feelings in a passionate way, and for that, we can be thankful.
Looking ahead to 2017, I see Georgia Primary Bank very well positioned to becoming even more a part of our community. More and more people are discovering the friendly and professional service they receive from our highly valued employees. Our goal is always to be a refreshing alternative to the other bank and we will always work to achieve that goal.
During this holiday season, let me express thanks for the remarkable team of employees we have at Georgia Primary Bank. Our team brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will propel us to further profitable growth in 2017 and beyond.
Happy Holidays to you and your families, and best wishes for a very successful 2017.


Congratulations to our recent new hires.  Kim White, Customer Service Representative, Andy Odom, Information Technology Officer and Assistant Vice President and Pamela Wilson, Credit Analyst and Banking Officer. When you are in the bank, stop by and say hello to all of our new faces!


If you haven't already, check out your new online banking account. It is much more user friendly and a lot more pleasing to view.  Nothing has changed on your end though, your user name and password have not changed.  There is a tutorial video on our website if you want to learn more. Next time you are in the bank let us know what you think! 


We are proud of our customer, The RMN Agency, on being named The Best Legal Recruiting Firm of 2016 by the Daily Report. Congratulations!


It was a lot of fun and a privilege to be part of the Chastain Park Conservancy's Holiday In the Park this past weekend. Santa Clause, cookie decorating and The Georgia Boys Choir all helped to put everyone in the Christmas Spirit! Can't wait for next year!


Community Involvement

We were pleased once again to be designated as a drop off location for the Toys For Tots program. Employees, customers and friends alike dropped off new, unwrapped and age appropriate toys for boys and girls from newborn to 12 years old. It is always nice to help the U.S. Marines Corps Reserve brighten a child's Christmas. Thank you to those of you who participated.
David Coxon and Buckhead Business Association members had a great time volunteering at Atlanta Community Food Bank. Together they helped prepare 9,424 meals for those in need.


Employee Spotlight

 Beth Szala
Assistant Vice President, Treasury Cash Management Services

Beth Szala has been with Georgia Primary Bank since 2008 and is one of our longest tenured employees.
After growing up in Jefferson City, Missouri, she attended the University of Missouri in Columbia as she began her banking career at a nearby community bank.
In 2001, Beth moved to Atlanta in pursuit of a career in massage therapy while continuing on the path of banking. After graduating from the Atlanta School of Massage in 2002, Beth went on to run her own business for massage therapy while simultaneously working for Bank Of America.
Beth was motivated to leave Bank Of America and join Georgia Primary Bank in March of 2008 because she wanted to work for a small bank that had a focus on customer service. Hired initially as a Customer Service Representative who mainly dealt with account maintenance, she quickly added online banking, remote deposit, debit card handling and deposit operations to her repertoire.
Beth enjoys the sense of teamwork she has found at Georgia Primary Bank and prefers the
community aspect of community banking.
"Daily interaction with customers, many who left large financial institutions due to poor customer service, is the most interesting part of my job," said Beth. "I like to think of myself as a problem solver. I get a lot of satisfaction quickly resolving issues that might have taken much longer to fix at bigger banks." Account holders and employees alike can attest. Her customer service is second to none.
Outside of the office, Beth enjoys traveling and sports. Though a back injury prevents her from participating in volleyball and softball, she still enjoys being a spectator at various sporting events. 




Cyber Security Center - What You Need to Know


12 Ways to Protect Your Mobile Device From Hackers During the Holidays (And Anytime of the Year)!

As more and more of us rely on our mobile devices to bank, browse and shop on the internet, it is extremely important that we exercise certain measures to protect our devices from online threats. Here are 12 tips from the American Bankers Association to help safeguard your data and protect your mobile devices from fraudsters.
  • Use the passcode lock on your smartphone and other devices. This will make it more difficult for thieves to access your information if your device is lost or stolen.
  • Log out completely when you finish a mobile banking session.
  • Protect your phone from viruses and malicious software, or malware, just like you do for your computer by installing mobile security software.
  • Download the updates for your phone and mobile apps.
  • Use caution when downloading apps. Apps can contain malicious software, worms and viruses. Beware of apps that ask for unnecessary permissions.
  • Avoid storing sensitive information like passwords or a social security number on your mobile device.
  • Tell your financial institution immediately if you change your phone number or lose your mobile device.
  • Be aware of shoulder surfers. The most basic form of information theft is observation. Be aware of your surroundings especially when you're punching in sensitive information.
  • Wipe your mobile device before you donate, sell or trade it using specialized software or using the manufacturer's recommended technique. Some software allows you to wipe your device remotely if it is lost or stolen.
  • Beware of mobile phishing. Avoid opening links and attachments in emails and texts, especially from senders you don't know. And be wary of ads (not from your security provider) claiming that your device is infected.
  • Watch out for public Wi-Fi. Public connections aren't very secure, so don't perform banking transactions on a public network. If you need to access your account, try disabling the Wi-Fi and switching to your mobile network.
  • Report any suspected fraud to your bank immediately.

Please contact us if you have any questions or want additional information.

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