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FMB assistant VPs graduate Banking School
Ponder, Stanford attend program at Georgia
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      Greg Ponder and Will Stanford, assistant vice presidents at Farmers & Merchants Bank, graduated in May 2009 from the Georgia Banking School. The graduation ceremony took place at the Center for Continuing Education on the campus of the University of Georgia.
Established in 1961, the Georgia Banking School is sponsored by the Georgia Bankers Association Professional Development Program.  It offers a unique growth opportunity for qualified, highly motivated bankers, through a challenging educational experience that demands a full personal commitment. The school includes three intense one-week residence sessions at the University of Georgia and requires the students to complete home study problems between sessions.
      The purpose of the school is to prepare first-level managers to effectively and profitably serve the public by developing a thorough understanding of banking practices, regulations and management principles. The school provides a well-balanced curriculum utilizing UGA faculty members, experienced bankers and other well-qualified industry experts and has been a highly effective resource for developing the leadership talents of Georgia bankers.
      A graduate of Georgia Southern University, Ponder is a member of the Kiwanis Club and attends Statesboro First Baptist Church. He and wife Lisa have three children, Maggie, Thomas and Lindsey.
      Stanford is a Georgia Southern University graduate. He is president-elect of the Brooklet Kiwanis Club and a member of Statesboro First Baptist Church. He and wife Tammie have two sons, Joseph and Daniel.
      Established in 1892, the Georgia Bankers Association is the trade and professional organization representing Georgia's commercial banks and thrift institutions.