Albany Area Business Portfolio - July 6, 2014

Promotions, changes and other activity of business people in metro Albany and Southwest Georgia

Jason Rooks

Jason Rooks


The Community Bankers Association of Georgia’s Leadership Division named Jason Rooks, vice president and commercial lender at Flint Community Bank, Leadership Division Representative of the Year at CBA’s 36th annual Leadership Division Convention and Mini-Trade Show held recently in Amelia Island, Fla.

“We are pleased to offer this award of recognition to hard-working representatives each year and we congratulate Jason for being named the LD Representative of the Year,” said Rob Braswell, president/CEO of the Community Bankers Association of Georgia. “Jason has definitely gone beyond the call of duty. He has been extremely involved in raising funds for PAC/PR by organizing the inaugural clay shoot, promoting financial literacy in his community, and in raising money for Children’s Healthcare. He’s a true example of fine leadership.”

Rooks was also named to the 2014-15 Leadership Division Board of Directors as 2nd vice chairman of the Executive Board. Rooks has been in banking for 13 years, and is a member of the Albany Rotary Club and Greenbriar Church. He and his wife, Amanda, have two children, Preston and Calley.


Kerry Paschal

Created in 1980, the purpose of the Community Bankers Association of Georgia’s Leadership Division is to promote the advancement of future financial industry leaders and to encourage and foster additional relationships between the CBA and its member banks. The Leadership Division has three major initiatives which include promoting financial literacy and economic education, raising funds for Children’s Healthcare, as well as raising funds for the CBA PAC/PR Funds.


Kerry Paschal has been named the store manager at Belk in Hilton Head, S.C. Kerry joined Belk in March 1996 as a sales associate in the Albany store.

He was an assistant store manager in Savannah, a store manager in Tifton and, most recently, the store manager in Lakeland, Fla.

Kerry earned his bachelor of science in business from Albany State University and is an Albany native. He and his wife, Tiffany, have a daughter, Katelyn. Paschal is the son of Sandra Paschal of Albany.


Dorothy Hubbard


Two Southwest Georgia mayors — Dorothy Hubbard, of Albany, and Annette Morman, of Baconton — have been elected tp the Georgia Municipal Association Board of Directors at its recent annual meeting in Savannah.

Hubbard is chair of the Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute and Morman was elected to an at-large board position.


Annette Morman

“Mayor Morman has been a leader in her city and region and we appreciate her taking on this leadership position with our board,” GMA Executive Director Lamar Norton said. “She’s well respected by her colleagues and I’m sure she’ll provide great leadership to cities in the state.”

The Training Board that Hubbard chairs involves work between GMA and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government to OK and administer 28 training courses for elected officials in Georgia.

“The success of the training program is evident in the growth and in the demand for more classes,” Norton said. “Mayor Hubbard and other officials on the Training Board deserve much credit for creating courses that meet the needs of city officials and address the complex issues affecting cities today.”

Business Portfolio is a Sunday column on business leaders in metro Albany and Southwest Georgia. Items may be emailed to Managing Editor Danny Carter at danny.carter@albanyherald.com or mailed to him at The Albany Herald, P.O. Box 48, Albany, Ga. 31702.